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order for the production to run smoothly it is necessary to undertake a
little planning! Below is a list of the important points:-
you require coverage of the ceremony and the signing of the register, you
must check with the clergyman or official to ensure that this is
allowed, and to seek permission for us to work on the day, and to
attend the rehearsal in order to plan the shoot in a way that is
acceptable to all.
must then let us have the name of the person who is officiating so
that we can liaise with them on the day to establish exactly what we
can an can't do, acceptable camera positions, etc.
if you have an official or MC at the reception, we would like them
to be aware in advance that a video production is being shot, and
expect their cooperation.
you have engaged the services of a professional stills photographer,
you should notify him or her that you have also commissioned a video
production. We will respect that the stills photographer has a
job do do, and expect reciprocal consideration. We will
endeavour to work together to ensure the smooth-running of the day.
What we need from you on the day
We all hope for a
lovely sunny day, and that everything will proceed without a hitch.
However, we must be prepared for anything! Hard work and planning are
the secrets of success, and to help us cope with whatever fate throws at
us, we would ask for the following:-
need a contact person who is closely involved with the proceedings
(the Best Man?), of whom we can ask questions, and who can keep us
informed of important people who must not be overlooked, or of any
special requirements. It's no good complaining that we didn't
get special footage of Aunty Maude, if nobody told us she was
there. Remember, we don't know who is whom!
there is anything we need to know in order to avoid embarrassment or
problems, or if anything special or "unexpected" is
planned, the contact person should keep us informed.
couple of volunteer helpers would be appreciated, especially if the
weather is inclement! They would, if necessary, assist with
holding umbrellas while we are shooting outside, or running errands
if required. We are not asking for full blown camera
assistants or gophers, but it is better that you appoint a couple of helpers
to give us and extra pair of hands if the occasion arises, rather
than we charge for supernumerary crew members to stand around doing
nothing in case they are needed.
will, of course, do everything to be discreet and as inconspicuous
as possible while we work. We don't wish to be intrusive in
any way. However, you must accept that our presence will not
be invisible, that good results may depend upon certain camera
positions, and that we may need to organise or "stage
mange" certain events in order to achieve a good result.
We may need to re-shoot some sequences.
do not expect to become full-blown wedding guests, but it may be a
long day and we would appreciate access to refreshment as we work.