The cinematic approach has gained tremendous popularity in the past five years. These tend to be short features - with lengths of about 15 minutes. The technique is to collect a series of sound bytes, generally from the toasts, or from the officiants pronouncements, and to set this against a soundtrack of instrumental music, utilizing a fast pace to bring many random moments of the day into the weave. The feel is overwhelmingly similar to a Hollywood style preview.
Cinematic video if done well is beautiful - concise, memorable - but it is also incomplete. To create a 15 minute video you will not see full processionals, vows, nor will all the words of your toasts be preserved - you get the "sizzle" but not the substance.
A Documentary edit is the opposite - primarily giving you the moments of your day as they actually happened. Of course there is some editing involved, but primarily this is an "old school" wedding video that can result in a very long program.
We'd describe our approach as a hybrid or a happy medium between styles. First and foremost we're story tellers and historians. The goal is to create a living portrait of your day that will be watched on your anniversary every year - and that will reach your children and beyond. When we think about the films we love most, they are not 15 minute productions, they last long enough to tell your story - whether is be 30 minutes, 50 minutes or longer.
These terms are used almost interchangeably - many newcomers to the industry refer to themselves as "cinematographers" to create an air of being "high-end" and to distance themselves from the stereotypical videographer. The perception of a "videographer" is someone with a huge camera and light looking like a crew member on a tv show.
The title has little to do with the level of experience or accomplishment of the individual unless they hold a degree from an accredited film program.
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