Timeless Recordings

Timeless Recordings

A professional wedding video allows newlyweds to relive their special day at the press of a button. Bhria Vellnagel speaks with David Delyster, the leading videographer at PikaFlix Productions, about the process of creating this timeless keepsake.

Since the introduction of portable video cameras in the early 80s, wedding videography has been extremely sought after. Thanks to modern technology, the old makeshift wedding videos are a thing of the past. With the addition of professional filming equipment such as DSLR cameras, interchangeable lenses and innovative post-production editing softwares, your wedding video is sure to be an enduring memento of your special day.

“Videos can capture your memories in a cinematic-like way that brings all the happy, exciting and butterfly-like feelings right back,” Delyster says.

Despite all these new developments, the perfect video starts with the person behind the lens. A professional videographer with adequate wedding videography experience will make a big difference to the final product.

Developing Skills

The last thing anyone wants at their wedding is an unprofessional videographer who makes your guests uncomfortable, or misses filming all the important moments. A great way to tell if a videographer will produce your desired video is by looking at their credentials and previous projects. Delyster studied at SAE Institute Melbourne and graduated in 2007 with a diploma in digital filmmaking, which ensures quality and experience to all his clients.

“I am always keeping updated with the latest equipment and software so the learning never stops,” he says.

A Focused Plan

Your videographer will arrive before the ceremony to set up their equipment, test the lighting and plan shots. They will also often attend the rehearsal or check out the venue if it’s unknown to them. Delyster likes to meet with his clients before the wedding to ensure he can create the video his clients want. Agreeing on a particular style and theme for your video before the wedding will ensure the videographer creates a film that best reflects your personality as a couple.

“[By arranging a meeting], I can get to know the couple and explain what I do in more detail,” he says. “I can walk them through the whole process [from] start to finish.”

The role of a videographer is to also be present at all times to capture the special moments, but they should not interfere with the celebrations. Similarly, the videographer should be equipped to handle unforeseen circumstances such as bad lighting or difficult angles.

“I believe knowing where to stand at the right moments is one of the most important parts when filming,” Delyster says. “I want the newlyweds and guests to feel comfortable while I film, not camera shy.”

A great pleasure that comes with hiring a professional videographer is receiving the ultimate film experience. Gone are the days of grainy, single-shot wedding videos. With modern, high- tech recording equipment, your day can be captured from every angle and in high definition.

“One special service I provide is drone footage,” Delyster says. “Having an aerial [video] of the venue, or a group wedding [scene filmed from above], [will make] your video stand out [with] a Hollywood cinematic feeling.”

Post-Production

The magic of editing comes into effect during the post-production stage. If you’ve chosen particular songs or a theme for your video, the videographer will ensure the clips flow with perfect timing. This process can take up to a couple of months, depending on the length of the film and the amount of editing needed. A wedding video can run between 45 minutes to a few hours, and hours of footage is edited to ensure the film’s style and timing is consistent.

During the editing process, your videographer will bring your film to life with music and special effects. They will combine your style with their own to create a truly unique and timeless wedding video. Delyster is always searching for new editing techniques and modern effects, which allow him to improve his methods. “Music is a big part in a wedding film, so I want to be sure to choose this correctly,” he says.

Loved And Shared

“[Years ago], couples would [only] think about [hiring] a photographer [instead of] a videographer,” says Delyster. “Now, [as they] see videos online, [more couples] are considering a [professional] videographer.”

The evolution of technology has allowed videos to be accessed just as easily as images. Within three to four weeks, Delyster will post a USB with the entire video, or he'll send it online via Dropbox or Vimeo. This timeframe can vary depending on how in demand your videographer is; some newlyweds may have to wait more than six months during peak wedding season.

“I first put together a wedding trailer 48 hours after the wedding,” Delyster says. “The couple can share their special day online with their family and friends while they wait for the main wedding film.”

Sharing your wedding day with the important people in your life is wonderful, but being able to watch unique moments such as walking down the aisle, or your first dance together as newlyweds, truly is special.

The influence of technology and social media has inspired more couples to choose wedding videography to capture their special day. However, creating the perfect wedding video is a complicated process, which is why hiring a professional is a must. With experts such as Delyster, as well as an array of modern filming equipment and editing softwares available, you can rest assured your wedding video will be a cinematic masterpiece.

 




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