Foxvideo Productions

August 2012

Our very last wedding!

Having said 4 years ago we'd never do another wedding I was asked by the sister of our last wedding client if we'd video her wedding as she'd been unable to find anyone who had the date free, the Bride wanted a style similar to her brother, more traditional than 'modern' so we agreed to cover it. A couple of days prepping and testing gear beforehand and we loaded the car on the day of the wedding. We were using a DSR500WS shooting both to tape and a Quickstream recorder and a Sony FX1 (in HD) to tape and a Datavideo DN-60. The weather forecast was for sunshine / showers so it was going to be an interesting day!

We arrived 2 hours before the ceremony, the Bride didn't want coverage at the house beforehand so that was a little less pressure for us, Sue did cutaways of flowers as a lot of effort had gone into the floral displays, with some flowers being grown specially by family and friends. We used 2 camera positions, on the stage (Grooms side) towards the couple and the congregation and the FX1 in the balcony for a wide / safety shot, it's always difficult to predict where the couple will actually be when the rings are placed on but the FX1 from the balcony captured it just right, Sue's shot was slightly blocked, as was the photographers but thankfully I got a good close shot.

The audio was interesting, we used the Church's radio mic frequency for the vows, picking up the Groom, Bride and Minister, the FX1 got the ambient sound but Sue's channel 1 is almost useless as she was standing next to a very loud drum set! We also got a CD from the sound desk as a backup. After the ceremony there was 'get together' for all the Church guests in the hall, and then a group photograph in the Church garden, so it was basically 'shoot and grab' and edit it all into a section later.

The couple leaving the Church was a bit of a scramble, it was raining heavily and those guests with confetti were all under the Church porch so we ended up fighting for a good shot with the 'tog and all the guests, I also got soaked filming the car pulling away. We used back lanes (local knowledge!) to arrive at the Reception venue well ahead of the couples car and got a nice two camera sequence of the Rolls sweeping into the drive and up to the house.

Guests mingled around for an hour or so before going into dinner, we were fed very well and then it was the speeches. It was quite a small room with oval tables, including the top table, we'd not come across this before and it was difficult to pick the camera positions, especially as there was a very large mirror just behind the bridal group table. Sue went for a slightly right of centre position and the FX1 went in a window bay to get a wide / safety shot. Audio was from a Sennheiser mic with a radio transmitter on the Bridal table to the DSR500. Viewing the footage we did OK, we used 6db of gain on the DSR and the camera angles worked.

Cutting the cake was similar to the confetti shot - everyone wanted a good position but when guests (and 'tog) were faced with Sue swinging a large camera with a big battery on the back in their face we won the position battle!

Céilidh's are now popular at receptions, it was fun trying to get the 'First dance', it was actually the second dance we got, the first was just a practice, we ran the 2 cameras for the whole dance and after checking the footage, it should cut to nice sequence.

In all it was a good wedding, helped by the fact we knew most of the guests, we arrived back home around 10pm and I needed to check the footage or I wouldn't have slept that night - a quick spin through the tapes (with a large Scotch in hand) and all was well, exposure and focus was good, sound was good, now it's down to the edit, having seen the 6 hours of footage it's going to be difficult to know what to leave out.


Update 5th September 2012:

Received a very nice Thank You note from the B&G and her parents thanking us for a wonderful DVD they all loved watching - Makes it all worthwhile!

YouTube music copyright policy

Interesting day - I'd produced a short 7 minute video from a series of old photos depicting "Coach and Four" horses that I'd scanned for a client, he was giving a talk on the subject as an expert and wanted a short presentation. I produced a draft edit then looked for some music to lay under at a low'ish volume and I chose Mozart-Allegro from Piano Concerto in A K488, a well known piece of music that suited the subject and the mood. I uploaded the presentation to YouTube as a private video for my client to view and approve.

Checking the stats to see if he'd watched it tonight, I noticed a copyright claim against the clip - the music had been identified and a claim lodged by one of the music publishing rights collecting societies! An option was given for me to dispute the claim with a warning that if I lost the claim my YT account would be closed!

I filed a claim explaining the track came from a Trackline CD I'd bought complete with licence for use and giving the Trackline web address, within less than 10 seconds I got an email back from YT saying the claim had been released and my video was now approved with the music track. I can only assume that the claim was read automatically and the word Trackline was recognised, there was no way human could have had time to read the claim and reply before I actually got the reply from YouTube!