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Wedding Videography Guide - Filming the Wedding Speeches & Toasts

Ian Worth

Wedding Videography Guide - Filming the Wedding Speeches & Toasts

Ian Worth

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10 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. 01 INTRO

    • 2. 02 EQUIPMENT

    • 3. 03 CLASS PROJECT

    • 4. 04 PLANNING

    • 5. 05 SETTING UP


    • 7. 07 AUDIO

    • 8. 08 PROBLEMS

    • 9. 09 EDITING

    • 10. 10 ENJOY THE WEDDING

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About This Class

In this wedding videography class, I will teach you how I plan and film the speeches or toasts at a wedding.
I cover every aspect of filming the wedding speeches, from the gear you need through to editing the finished film
By the end of this wedding videography course, you will have learnt how to film the speeches and record great sounding audio which will be sure to drive the story in your finished film.

If you would like to watch my next wedding videography class, please click the link below or search through my Skillshare classes for more like this.

How to film a wedding ceremony class
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Please note: A good understanding of camera basics will help you throughout this course.

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Ian Worth


Hello, I'm Ian, a professional filmmaker and photographer based in the UK. I document weddings for a living but also run a Youtube channel based around my love for the great outdoors and landscape photography.

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1. 01 INTRO: Hi there. You're looking to start a wedding videography business up your wedding videography game, or even film a friend's wedding. And this class is definitely for you. My name is Ian worth and unprofessional photographer and filmmaker based in the UK. Alongside teaching, earnest, successful what InVideo free business. And today, I would like to share with you my steps for filming the toasts, all speeches at a wedding. Odysseus, everything from equipment to planning, to tips to making sure you get the shots that you need. How to put together an efficient workflow, and how to get great quality audio. This class will be sure to make filming the wedding speeches a breeze. So I do hope to see you in the class. 2. 02 EQUIPMENT: So let's talk about the all important equipment. I like to film with three different cameras during the speeches, but two can work just fine on up to cameras set up on tripods worldwide, which will capture the whole of the top table. And near that tighter, which will focus on the speech maker. Depending on the size of the room and the distance I am from the top table that he thinks might be slightly different, but my usual set, it would be Fuji x h will move the 85.81 from our tight shot. It's T3 with a 23 millimeter, 1.4 from my wide. Nowadays, prominence is relevant to 3530 millimeters. If you're shooting on a full frame camera, I'll have my x T2 with a 50 to 142.8 lens, which is equivalent to 70 to 200 for roaming shots. So I'll also help to Manfrotto tripods. Won't Manfrotto a mono pod. The paramour cameras for long periods or connects an anchor power call battery to the charging port or toy, the battery to the leg of the tripod using velcro straps. And this makes sure that my batches remain fully charged. Router speeches in my cameras occupy a spare battery, my pocket also for my Roman cameras to that one-hour battery, fresh, a 128 gigabyte v3 SD cards in all of my cameras for the speeches, for audio or use the Sony tick 650 recorders. And on the cameras, I also have the right video micros, microphones, which just helps get decent ambient sound and forcing him purposes. 3. 03 CLASS PROJECT: For the class project, I would love for you to put together a planner which will help you to plan how to record your speeches during the wedding. This can be a simple list or a detailed plan. Feel free to share the planets so others can learn from your ideas. I'd love to see your planets too. 4. 04 PLANNING: Planning is definitely key for successful wedding shoot and the speech is should definitely not be overlooked. On, I'd have a detailed note about how the speeches will unfold as this gives me a better understanding from our cameras positions and ODA, the grown-ups, a wedding, I send out a questionnaire from our broaden groomed to fill out the questionnaire, small list of questions or help me to better understand more about the speeches. The questions will be different depending on the traditions and they will vary from country to country. My questions are based around a traditional English wedding. My questions go as follows. When the speech is take place before or after the wedding breadth-first. What time will the speeches take place? Will you be having entertainment during the speeches? If so, what, how many people will be speaking German speeches? Please provide names and also rolls. Also must be announced in the speeches. Are yet host master, roughly how long each speech last would be any party games during the speeches? Will you be using a microphone during the speeches? To go along with this list? I asked them to provide a room or table plan which say will usually have been given by the vendor. And this helps me to figure out before hand good positions for placing the cameras. I also make it clear that if someone else speaks that is not listed, then that audio may not be recorded. And as a result, they may not be included in the finished film. 5. 05 SETTING UP: From the planning list, I'm able to get a clear idea of how the speeches will play out. And this really helps to setting up cameras, generally speaking, or have a wide shot of the top table and a toy shop of the speech maker. These cameras be locked down on a tripod and position so clear as possible view over the top of the guests are prevents position the cameras towards the back of the room if possible, so as not to be in the view of the gas. And this also makes easy access to all of the canvas rather proceedings. The room layout will play a significant part in how I position the cameras. I find a long table much easier than roundtables, but I'm gonna come to that in a little bit. Let's assume we have a long top table with a wedding party seated, something like this. For this setup, my Wide Camera, camera one will be placed at the back and central, meaning I can record everything in one shot. This camera will be set to record for the whole duration of the speeches. My tight camera, camera number two will be set up at an angle pointing towards the person that's speaking. For this to work well, the camera, it needs to be positioned from the angle of the bride and groom out towards the speaker. As it's more likely that they will face towards a couple as I speak quite often for English weddings, we'll have the bride and groom in the center, father of the bride and the best month, one side or maybe even opposite sides. Making a know this helps work out if camera to be need to be repositioned when the speaker changes by roaming camera, camera at number three will be positioned on a monopole. What I'm trying to do here is to capture as many reaction clips as possible. So I'm looking to get footage from everyone from the top table plus the bride's reactions during the groom speech. Also focus on payroll and the guests reaction. I'm just trying to take short clips here that I can use any point during the edit. Now, I'm not so bothered about sinking hair as clips of the guests laughing can be overlayed at any point during the laughter from the other two cameras, if you like, you in the Edit over, if you're going in time code on your cameras. And it will definitely help make the sinking far easier. I make sure I know where I can run without being in the photographer's shop. And also my other two cameras. Having a 50 to 140 lens on a bromine camera really helps staying out of the way. Keeping a distance also stops people from climbing up. When the cameras are directly facing them. For me, I have to keep an eye on timings as my cameras record limb is 30 minutes now I made sure that I set my cameras record start times by at least a minute to make sure there's always a camera record. And when I have to restart them, the tally lights on the front of the cameras o also allow me to see both cameras recording when I'm positioned in front of them, just to check to make sure everything rolling during longest speeches or may decide to bring my atomos Linji monitor, which provides me with unlimited record times. If the tables are circular, I asked the speakers to come around to the side and face the guess so everyone can clearly see them during speeches and I can get a good shot. Everyone. If the people on the opposite side of the table to the bride and groom are obstructing the shot a. Politely ask them to move their seats further around the side to allow a noise view of everyone. Generally, I'll have my tripods positioned fairly high to make sure I can get a nice view over the top of the guests. 6. 06 CAMERA SETTINGS: Why camera settings are fairly straightforward for the speeches, obviously isn't at 148th of a second. To keep in touch with that, a 180 degree shooter angle rule for my frame rate of 24 frames per second. My aperture will be between 2.8 and f 1.8, depending on the depth of field required. More ISO, It will be set to gain the correct exposure, which, you know, it's got obviously depend on the ambient light available. Very occasionally here in the UK, species may be outside. So in those cases, I may need to use an ND filter to keep moisture to correct if the conditions are too bright. I should everything in 4K, so I'll have some resolution to play with later in postproduction. B-roll is also very important to help tie everything together in the Edit during speeches on looking for all sorts of things are can shoot with my Roman camera. And this could be grasses being filled, someone laughing, candle's flickering, creative shots of the wedding favors. I just tried to get as much as I possibly can using a noise shallow depth of field. I tried to be creative to by looking for reflections or shooting through things to add depth. 7. 07 AUDIO: Audio is key for well-made film, and it's probably one of the most difficult parts of recording the speeches. I've tried many things over the years of work well, that many have had their problems to. Firstly, before I go through how I set things up, I'm going to talk about the ways in which I have recorded audio in the past and the reasons why I now do things slightly differently. So firstly, recording audio directly into the camera using a directional microphone can work really well for Scratch audio. But as my cameras or towards the back of the room for the speeches that we're picking up the room noise as well. And this can often become louder than the speech makers themselves. So this option only serves me for sinking purposes under the backup, should something go completely wrong. Secondly, plugging into the sound board of the DJ or Benyus PA system. To be honest, this has the potential to offer the best possible audio source, however, have enjoyed this method extensively over the years. It is fraught with problems. These problems go as follows. The speaker may not be holding them white close enough to get clean signal. It may hold it too close. Introduce feedback which can sound dreadful. O say for someone that's used to public speaking, they may decide they don't want to use the market tool and place it on the table. And this has happened to me so many times. And the last thing you need to do is stop proceedings and ask them to pick it up again. Of course, if they place the mark on the table, you're not gonna get any audio. It's so also tapping into the PA system is solely relying on somebody else's equipment. And for me, this is a big gamble in Dade. Thirdly, placing directional microphones plugged into an audio recorder at the front, near the speeches. Now this can work well, whoever they can get in your shop. And also if one of the speakers decides to wander off, which does happen quite a lot, especially when people are nervous, then you've lost your clean audio source. So with all of these ways of recording and potential problems, I found that placing a simple recording device on each speech maker to be the most reliable. Now, I use either the tascam, they are ten l or the Sony TX 650. Both work well and capture great audio. The task can definitely offers better quality audio, especially if you purchase a decent landmark to go along with them this year, is that you've got to find a place to route the cable and difficult taken their jackets off, then this can be a real problem. I found the clipping the Sony tick 615 to jacket pocket or onto a tie gives good results with good-quality. And know first, I can take these on a matter of seconds, which is great. Although there are better ways of getting better cause he audio, the Sony tick 650 years, we'll always get good audio. And apart from the odd bit of risks then you may get from clothing, they present the least amount of potential problems. And this is by far the most reliable method I've used in the last ten years. I place one sunny recorder on every speech maker, and I also take them to the microphone. In most cases, it will be the one that's taped to the microphone or will use for the film, provide an everyone decides to use it. That is, I found that it gives the clearest recording with the least amount of interference. I use some black electrical tape to stick it on just before the speech is start. This means that I've got to record is getting clean audio for each person throughout the speeches. Having the audio so close to the source means that the ambient room noise is kept to a minimum. Have a listen to this recording to see how noise the audio sounds. Orfeo is perfectly acceptable for a wedding film. And not to forget Dan Michel through organized and the flowers and the flower girls as well. I'm sure you all agree they've done a fantastic job in supporting Hanna on her special day, who I must say, looks stunning. Well, that's for malloc. What can I say? You look at a quote, a lot to thank the ashes wherever you are, Fur Elise, turning up sober and ensuring that mark gets there on time, which as you all know, is a miracle in itself. 8. 08 PROBLEMS: So let's talk about potential problems that may arise during the speeches. Firstly, time is a big one. It's not unusual for me to find myself according for 1.5 hours continuously during the speeches. Sometimes longer. Battery life and storage will be an issue. As mentioned before, I have my battery pack plugged in and this gives me at least three hours. Also, I make sure my cards are empty and large enough when shooting in 4K. I've heating can also be a problem on some cameras. I found lifting the screen out on the back. My cameras helps to keep the body cool on those really, really hot days, camera placement is critical. Tried to find a space where the guests are not going to knock your tripod. And this has happened to me so many times. To me is one of the reasons I record with multiple cameras checkout the floor as well. So what I mean by this is that quite often wooden floors can be quite bouncy. Especially the removable type you may get in a non permanent structure should such as a marquis or something like that. Temporary flooring and Mark he's is probably the worst literary. Every time someone moves it sends micro jitters down through the camera. The only advice I can give here is to find the best possible location and make sure that you stand still as you can when you're near the cameras yourself. Next, the wanderer. So the best man that wanders around, I think this is a nervous thing, but it happens a lot. Always try to make a point of saying to them, wide shots range from 1 to another. And should they wander outside of those areas, that there will not be filmed? Of course, I can get them on the Roman camera, but it just makes life more difficult. A little bit of communication when you're placing the mikes beforehand can really help next, guests that get in the way. Now this often happens. You set up your shot from the back with a clear view of the couple, and then the guest moves their chair to get a better view themselves and blocks your view completely. All I can say here is try to observe and if necessary, reposition the cameras. Leslie, photographer. Quite often the photographer will want to shoot out the front. It's making them aware were you will be working and what angles there'll be in your shot is critical atoi to make sure that they have a clear path around the back of my cameras should they need to move around. I tell them they stand in the shot that is covered by both cameras than there will be appearing in the film themselves. This usually makes them think twice about their position. I've worked with a few photographers over the years that blatant care and we'd just stand right in front of the camera. If you say this happened, just make sure that the Roman camera is rolling and steady. To be honest, most photographers are very respectful in my experience, especially if you can communicate your intentions. So usually this isn't too much of a problem. Jackets been removed. So this has happened to me on more than one occasion. Pick the mike into the jacket pocket and then the speech maker caught nervous and sweaty until the jacket off. And as a result, the mike is placed on the back of the chair behind them. This is a nightmare, to be honest, especially if they decide not to use a PA microphone as well. The only thing to do really is to make sure to ask them when you're placing the mike, if there'll be keeping their jacket on or not unexplained the consequences to them if they take it off. For the most part, this works, but when nerves get the better, anything can happen. If it does happen, I usually tell the bride and groom after the speech is what happens. They know not to expect any audio from that person is better to be honest at the time, they won't blame you if you leave it until you deliver the film, things can be quite different. Well, so potential problems, but hopefully knowing these can help you to prepare for them. 9. 09 EDITING: Let's quickly show you how i edit my speeches in Adobe Premiere Pro. Firstly, I lay both video tracks on the timeline and sync them up with either the time code or the audio feed. Then our add in my Sony recorded audio file and sync that up to are usually worked through this manipulate. But there are other ways such as creating multi cam sequences and using pluralized to speed up the thinking process. Once I've got my two tripod cameras sink and the audio, I'll just cut from one to the other every minute or so. I do this really quickly. I'm roughly and render the whole tone line. Next I start tweaking my audio may be a little bit of Treble or basic required, and then I'm good to watch the whole thing through and add might be rolled and adjust the curse if required. During what shrew, once it's essential for editing a documentary film, we're talking potentially about an hour and a half every time you watch it, so it can definitely eat away your time. So having an efficient workflow is essential. Once I've run through the edit, I would export it and watch it through again for 1.5 hour documentary edit of the speeches. I'm looking around about six hours of editing work. This is a film they may only watch a few times. It doesn't need to be cinematic, just good causally. The cinematic stuff comes in the form of the feature film and the highlight film for me. What I obtained my watch through during my edit, I'm looking for good parts to include in my feature and highlight films. When I come across something like I place a cut and make this section at different color so you know which bits to copy and paste into my feature film later on. 10. 10 ENJOY THE WEDDING: Quite often the speeches are one of the best parts of the day for everyone involved path from those that are speaking, of course, it's definitely time to enjoy the moment and stay relaxed. Just remember though, to gather in all of those audio recorders at the end, as it would be an absolute nightmare to leave one of those behind. Please feel free to check out my other wedding filmmaking classes. I'm going to link to those in the description and please feel free to follow me if you'd like to see more classes like this. Many thanks guys and look forward to senior class projects. And I'll see you next time.