A Passage In Time
A well-taken wedding video is perhaps the best memento a couple can have of their big day. Cinematographer Alvin Lee, from Alvinadeline Weddings, tells us why.
Text Stella Woo
Photography Jeremy Foo/Red Co Photography
A good wedding video is one that tells the story of the event and engages the viewer in the emotional ride. Take it from Alvin Lee, Kenny Shem and Adeline Lee, the cinematography experts at Alvinadeline Weddings. "It is about recording the love story of the couple, for their parents, future children and grandchildren to enjoy," says Alvin. "It is for the couple to reminisce about when they are grey-haired and holding each other's wrinkled hands," adds Adeline.
What do you love about your job?
It gives us great satisfaction and joy knowing that our work matters to our clients and it will be enjoyed by many, even after the wedding day is long over.
Which moments do you go all-out to capture?
We film as much as we can, but the final edit will be tailored for the couple. We like capturing the hard work put in by the couple's parents to make sure that the wedding goes smoothly for their children, and also their tears and joy during the event.
What is the most challenging part of the filming process?
Capturing spontaneous dialogue that will help move the story of the wedding video. We cannot predict what the bride or groom will say at any moment!
How do you make your subjects feel less self conscious?
In addition to getting to know the couple on a personal basis, we shoot from afar and try to stay "hidden". During the celebrations, we also keep a distance from the couple to avoid being intrusive.
How can a videographer and photographer work together?
Instead of having your videographer and photographer jockeying for the same camera angles or images, they should try to complement each other. At Alvinadeline Weddings, we have a strong synergistic relationship with Jeremy Foo of Red Co Photography. Together, we are able to produce different perspectives of the same scene and create the right atmosphere throughout the day to make the bridal party feel comfortable having us around.
Alvin's top three videography tips
1. Give your videographer your wedding itinerary and make sure he attends the wedding rehearsal.
2. Ensure that he has ample time to set up his equipment on the wedding day.
3. Discuss your preferred video style with him. If there are any specific moments you would like him to capture, inform him in advance.
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