Guest Post: Bringing a Bit of Hollywood to Your Wedding

Happy Friday lovelies! I’m very excited to have a guest post (and a beautiful video!) this week from one of my favourite Cape Town videographers, Andrew Alexander (of Alexander Productions). Now I have to admit, if you’d asked me a couple of years ago, I would have told you that wedding video was pretty low down on my list of things a couple should spend their money on. That is, until my lovely friends Lenore and Adrian tied the knot. I couldn’t be there, which sucked, but a couple of months later I got a little package in the post with a DVD of their big day. Exciting! And ok, it wasn’t the same as being there, but I really did get to feel like I came close. As insanely gorgeous as photographs are, you get something quite different from a moving image, and nowadays videos are so far beyond what used to be available. In fact, many of our real brides here on Cap Classique mention this as something they either wish they’d invested in, or something they’re so glad they did, so it’s definitely worth giving a second thought. Over to Andrew…

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Your wedding memories, all you’ll have left… 

Your wedding day will probably be the one day of your life where you will exert the most effort and time management. Today the average couple spends anything from 10 to 15 months planning their wedding. When the day finally arrives, those eight or so hours fly by so quickly that it feels like it has not even begun by the time it is over. As a very recently married man myself, I promise you those eight hours are the best hours of your life. So how do you preserve these special hours and give them the justice they deserve?

Photography is extremely important and always will be vital to conjure up those special memories, but I can promise you that almost all photographers (definitely those who’ve got married themselves) will agree with me that photographs are simply unable to bring memories and moments to life the same way moving visuals and sound are able to do.

Canon and Nikon’s introduction of Full HD video function into their photographic DSLR camera, is allowing wedding filmmakers to be more creative than they’ve ever been. We’re now able to capture Hollywood style moving images. Internationally the wedding video has been re invented through the advent of this technology, some famous US TV series such as House and CSI are now shot on these camera’s. Today, more than ever, is the best time to invest in having your memories preserved perfectly and with this technology, when used correctly – the results are absolutely magnificent.

So ensure you budget almost the same for your wedding film as you do for your photographs. As a cinematographer who wants to attain the highest calibre, we will shoot your wedding on two separate cameras, ensuring a moment is never missed.  The equipment we use is beyond sub-standard and on par with movie makers around the world. In post production we spend 40 to 60 hours editing your movie, utilising state of the art edit suites to edit the footage.

What requirements should you be looking out for?

  • Alexander Productions record everything, and we believe that all footage should be captured on the same technology. We film everything on DSLR camera’s so you don’t end up with a video where the footage jars in certain scenes.
  • Many video companies offer clients a package whereby they only get a 5 minute edit of speeches or the ceremony, and the video is filmed to produce a five minute video. We film enough so if you change your mind later down the line we’re able to give you a full edit.
  • We offer a wide range of package options, thereby ensuring a tailor-made offer that suits you best. As a bonus, you can always upgrade your package after the wedding, as our shooting methods are not affected by your package chosen.
  • Some companies have a waiting period of up to six months for your wedding video to be delivered to you. I personally aim to have work out within six to nine weeks of the function, and worst case I’ll ensure a highlights video goes live on the blog within six weeks from the function date.

If you have any questions or would like to consider booking us to film your wedding, please feel free to visit our blog at www.alexander-productions.com , or email me on [email protected] or call me on 083 957 2717.

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