Cinematic Vs Traditional Wedding Video? What Are The Difference?
When you think of wedding videos, are you thinking about those shaky home-styled videos, with the date stamp at the bottom and the poor-quality images? Or are you thinking about dramatic slow-motion videos with lens flares and high-quality footage? If it’s the former, you’re thinking about traditional wedding videos. These videos could last hours because it’s captured every aspect of the wedding and the reception. If you’re thinking about the latter, then you’re thinking about a cinematic wedding video, which a professional wedding videographer would have captured. But, of course, that’s not the only difference between the two, and there are many reasons you’d choose one over the other, so let’s look at the differences, and see which one best suits you.
For the most part, both tell the story of the wedding day itself, but in different ways. For traditional wedding videos, you’re telling the story of the day by documenting everything that’s going on. However, if you want to know the fine details of the day, you’d need to watch an entire day’s worth of footage and more to understand the nuances of the experience. So, what you’re left with is a video that’ll be too long to watch because everything was captured and was put together in one, long, continuous stream of footage. So, in simple terms, it’s a document of the day and not a very fun story to watch.
If you’re looking at creating emotion, you’re looking at creating a video that reflects the emotions of the big day. You don’t have to know the fine details or document everything that happened. Sometimes leaving out the long and tedious ceremony is better. All you need are the highlights of the day. For example, the bride and groom getting ready, their first meeting at the altar, their entrance into their reception as husband and wife, the cutting of the cake, or even a snippet of a toast.
All these details are essential, but if you want to create an emotional story, you’d need to know what to leave out, like the toasts, the long speech by the celebrant, and even the long procession of bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family members. While it might be nice to see who took part, it’s unnecessary, detracting from the main story.
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Emotion Vs Facts
The emotional aspect of a video is closely tied to its storytelling aspect. If you document a day or someone’s life, it’s not very exciting. In fact, it can be boring. Watching their everyday routine with no other context or excitement will be like sitting in a security office, watching CCTV cameras all day. This is what a traditional wedding video is like. You already know what’s in the video, you’ve lived the day, and you’re watching back on what you’ve already seen. In a word, it’s emotionless.
With a cinematic wedding video, you will feel more emotions as you watch it because it tells a story. The video gives context and perspective through the jumps in time, both back and forward. That means you get to see the wedding from different perspectives. So, for example, you might see the bride standing at the doors to the church, waiting to be ushered in. Her face is nervous. Then you’re suddenly watching a montage of her getting ready, the dress, the shoes and the makeup all standing by, waiting for her, and her bridesmaids helping her into her gown. This shows how exciting the day is for her. You see the smiles and laughter between her and her bridesmaids, and then she’s left alone at the doors before she walks in.
The same goes for the groom. He might be standing confidently at the altar, waiting for his bride, before cutting away to him getting ready, looking nervous as his groomsmen pin his boutonniere to his lapel. Although there are countless sequences you can create with cinematic wedding videos, they don’t always tell the same story. Sometimes, they include special touches that the couple has requested, like watching their reactions as they read letters to each other whilst being separated by a door.
There are thousands of ways a cinematic wedding video can stir the viewer’s emotions, and it doesn’t need to document the whole day. Instead, piecing together highlights, adding emotional music, and a few live audio recordings of the day will ensure that those who watch the video feel sentimental every time they watch it.
It’s Your Personal Preference
Remember that choosing which form of wedding video you’d like to make is all up to you. You don’t need to go for the cinematic version if you want to see every little detail of the day that you missed. Sometimes, sitting back and watching the footage or rewinding and fast-forwarding to the parts you want to see is great fun, and it brings the family together as you reminisce on the day. Sometimes, watching the procession of bridesmaids and groomsmen will remind you of who you valued at the time. And sometimes, listening to the entire speech from the bride’s father will be as emotional as watching a cinematic wedding video.
So, whatever you decide, it is all up to you. You can even choose to have both. Keep the original, uncut footage from your videographer, and have a highlights reel to send to your family and friends. If you want to look back on your memories together without missing the fine details of the day, you can play each reel of footage and pick out those things you missed. It’s up to you.
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