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Vancouver Wedding Videography Guide
The difference between the two is much greater than you might believe
As your special day approaches and you rush around to finalize your plans and make arrangements, one of the big questions you might have about your upcoming wedding is this; what’s the difference between wedding videography and wedding cinematography in Vancouver? The truth is, many brides-to-be in your situation believe that videography and cinematography are the same things, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In this guide, we’ll explain the differences between the two as well as why you will probably want a cinematographer. (Hint; the results are simply beautiful!) We’ll also give you some tips on how to find the best cinematographer in Vancouver and give you an idea about how much they will cost. Enjoy!
The easiest way to describe the difference between videography and cinematography is this; it’s like the difference between videos your dad takes on his iPhone and a movie directed by Taika Waititi (the director of Thor: Ragnarok). Sure, the videos that your dad takes are fun and silly and good for a laugh. They might even be sweet. But the movies that Taika shoots tell a story, with passion and tear-jerking moments and enough emotional heft to float a boat.
That’s the difference between the two. Videography is random videos of people and places with no story structure, arc, or semblance of direction. Cinematography has a beginning, middle, and end, with fun moments, touching moments, and moments that will make you laugh and cry (maybe at the same time).
What this means is that you have to ask yourself a question; do you want a wedding video stitched together from a bunch of things that happened on your special day? Or do you want a wedding movie? A masterpiece that you and your new spouse will watch with tears in your eyes and joy in your heart? A cinematic experience all about your big day with both of you as the stars and your family as the supporting characters?
Now, please don’t get us wrong. Wedding videography (in Vancouver) isn’t bad at all and, if that’s what your budget calls for, it’s certainly better than nothing. On the other hand, if you have the budget and you want results that are close to an actual movie with your wedding day as the subject, going with cinematography for your wedding day is your best choice. Trust us, the results will be something you’ll treasure for a very long time.
Why is Wedding Videography and Cinematography So Important?
Here’s the thing; you don’t get married every day. Many people only do it once in their entire life and, for that reason, having a beautifully made video or movie of your special day is extremely important.
Another factor to keep in mind is that, on your wedding day, there’s going to be so much going on that there’s no way you’ll be able to see (or remember) everything. For most newlywed couples their wedding day is a complete blur, whizzing by so fast that they hardly have time to fully enjoy themselves let alone take the time to look around and get the full experience.
Your grandparents enjoying a slow dance together. Your mom and dad sneaking in a quick kiss. The flower girl looking so beautiful and cute as she walks down the aisle behind you. The tears of joy in your mother’s eyes as she watches you turn into a woman right in front of her.
While all of these wonderful, heartfelt, and moving moments are happening, you’ll be busy in your own little world and missing most of them. With a wonderfully shot and beautifully edited video or movie of your wedding, however, you’ll be able to see it all and, even better, enjoy it over and over again in the years to come.
Plus, Vancouver wedding videographers and cinematographers are true artists who can, and will, turn your wedding into a beautiful and moving spectacle. Many newlywed couples who see their wedding movie for the first time are flabbergasted at how beautiful they are, and how many things they missed while their big day rushed by like a hummingbird in flight.
Those are the reasons why Vancouver wedding videography and cinematography are so important on your wedding day. The best can capture everything and put it into a big, beautiful package that you and your family (and your children and grandchildren) will be able to look back on and enjoy in the years ahead.
There are a few things you need to do to find the best videographer or cinematographer (or both) in Vancouver. It’s not difficult, but it will take some time and effort and a little bit of diligence too.
Start Looking Today
We highly suggest that you start looking for a Vancouver videographer or a cinematographer right away. The reason why is that the best ones in Vancouver are usually booked up for a few months in advance (at least). If you don’t find one and hire them early, you might have to settle for one that isn’t nearly as good (or none at all).
Find Some and Start Following Them on Social Media
Every good Vancouver videographer and cinematographer will have several social media sites where they post about their business, get feedback from clients, and talk about their craft. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc) It’s one of the best ways to “get to know them” without actually meeting them. Plus, you’ll be able to see the types of things that they post, get an idea of their expertise, and, most importantly, see what their former clients have to say about them.
Read Their Online Reviews
There are several excellent review websites that you can use to see and read reviews of the top Vancouver cinematographers and videographers. It’s a great way to see the opinions of married couples who have used them in the past and get an idea about how they treat their clients. It goes without saying that, if they have a lot of negative reviews, you should probably skip them and keep looking.
Meet With Your Favorites in Person
Once you narrow down your list to a handful of the best videographers and cinematographers in Vancouver, ask to meet and talk with them in person. It’s extremely important that you feel comfortable with the people who will be filming your wedding because, frankly, you’re going to trust them to create something amazing that you will have for a very long time (and hopefully treasure for the same amount of time). Meeting with them in person is the best way to do this, by far, and it’s also one of the reasons you should start early.
Ask To See Their Work
Have you ever seen a movie that moved you to tears? You probably have, as well as another movie that moved you to leave the cinema early because it wasn’t good at all. Asking your cinematographer or a videographer to see their past work can do the same thing and let you know if they’re truly the best at what they do. Also, don’t be shy about asking! The best Vancouver cinematographers and videographers will want to show you their work because they’re proud of it and know that it will sway you to make your decision in their favor.
While the cost of a wedding videographer will vary depending on their level of expertise and experience, the average cost in Canada is about $2500.00 but can go up to $5800.00 or sometimes more. These costs are based on several factors including:
The time they spend shooting
The more time a videographer or cinematographer spends at your wedding, the more it will cost. That includes things like coming to your home in the morning to record you getting ready and the many other small events that occur during your big day. Plus, how long into the night they stay also.
The number of extra staff members needed
To capture everything that’s happening, your videographer may need to bring extra staff members, and the more they bring the more the price will increase.
The final product that you desire
As we talked about earlier, videography is more like a collection of clips while cinematography is more like an actual movie. Because of this, and the extra time it takes to create the latter, cinematography adds more to your cost.
Any extras needed
This includes things like drone footage, USB drives, Super 8 film, and other extras (if you want them).
Any travel time and expenses
Depending on who you hire and where they are located, you may need to pay a bit extra for any travel expenses that your videographer or cinematographer incur. This might just be gas for their drive, but it could be airport and hotel charges also.