The Wedding Film School
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The Wedding Film School

How to film a wedding using a cameraphone
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Created by Adrian Stone
Last updated 1/2019
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • The 50 essential filming moments to creating a authentic wedding film
  • Own a cameraphone

Hi, I’m Adrian Stone, founder of Europe’s leading wedding film studio: The Dreamcatchers. I have used my vast experience having filmed over 800 private events for London’s most prestigious and exclusive clients to create SelfieWed. The first product of its kind to show filmmakers how to film a wedding, using their camera phone.

I’ve filmed everything from intimate elopements to weddings held in Italian castles, château’s in the south of France and all the five star hotels in London, to discreet royal events at Windsor castle and lavish footballers’ weddings at Blenheim Palace.

The SelfieWed Method is an instructional product that teaches you how to film a wedding using real examples from the hundreds of weddings I have filmed – all of them edited into our 50 Key Moments.

Over a year in production, 48 000 words written, 12 PDF’s designed and 2.5 hours of video content edited, it’s the first product of its kind to show filmmakers how to film a wedding, using their cameraphones. Designed specifically for the millennials who want to embrace the latest technology to film their magical wedding day.

With SelfieWed and the latest cameraphone, you can become a master wedding filmmaker.

"Adrian is the Martin Scorsese of the event world." - Adam Blackwood, Founder – Private Drama Events

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner wedding filmmakers
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 05:38:45
+ Act 1: The Preparations
4 lectures 29:07

Filming the bridal preparations is one of my favourite parts of a wedding day to film. It’s when everyone is at their most relaxed and you can capture some emotional, interactive moments, that add an extra depth to the wedding film.

I know that most Brides are not keen on being filmed, while they are still getting ready, so this moment is not so much about that, but about capturing the interaction between the Bride, her best friends, and family.

Some of my best moments, ever captured, have happened during the preparations. Look out for the moment when the Bride sees her flowers for the first time, when she opens a gift or card from her Groom, or when the bridesmaids see her in her dress for the first time – I love it!

It goes without saying that a wedding day can be one of the most emotional and stressful days of our lives, irrespective of planning and as a friend or family member filming these moments, be sensitive to the Bride’s emotions. If you can see she is stressed, just walk away – don’t make a big deal of it – just step away for a moment and film something else.

Preview 14:14

As in with the Bride getting ready, getting great footage of the Groom needs interaction and engagement to happen between the Groom and his best friends.

We want conversation, sound bites, banter, back-slapping, cheering and all the good stuff to really make a emotionally strong wedding film.

It’s really bringing the Groom’s story to the wedding day. Filming the Groom getting ready is a great opportunity to get the Groom to film a piece to camera, talking about how they met and how he proposed.

This isn’t often mentioned in the Grooms speech and it can be a crucial part to their story as a couple.

Filming the groom preparations.
+ Act 2: The Ceremony
3 lectures 34:19

I love filming Jewish weddings! Having filmed almost 80 Jewish weddings now, I know that with a Jewish wedding, the video is as important as the photographs.

I love all the traditions that date back to the beginning of time, and relish the opportunities to film the action packed footage of Jewish dancing and the big band performances.

There are three elements that make up a Jewish wedding ceremony. The Tish, the B’deken and the Kiddushin.

The Jewish ceremony

I have found that with most church weddings, it’s all about being as discreet as possible. There’s nothing worse than having a photographer or videographer running around during a very intimate ceremonial moment.

I’ve seen it happen and it mortifies me each and every time. Vicars now have very strict rules on how you can operate during the church service.

My approach to filming weddings is very much doing it in a way that most people aren’t even aware that the wedding is being filmed.

One way to ensure this is to remain still when everyone at the wedding is standing still – during the ceremony and speeches.

The average church service lasts around 40 minutes. I’d advise against trying to film it in its entirety unless you increase the number of moviemakers filming the event.

Don’t film any of the hymns or the vicar’s sermon. If you do feel that these will be important to the couple, then increase the number of moviemakers covering the event.

If possible, I’d go to the wedding rehearsal, so you can meet the vicar and you can determine where you will be standing. With my camera and lens set up, I’m able to stand at the back of the church and remain very discreet using my long telephoto lenses. But using your cameraphones, you won’t be able to stand far away and zoom in meaning the moviemakers will need to be close to the action.

If possible, I’d have two moviemakers cover the vows and the exchange of rings so they can capture both the Bride and the Groom’s expressions. The vicar will definitely have a say in where they can stand, so do get it all sorted out at the rehearsal with your moviemakers testing their set up and distance.

The Church ceremony

Civil ceremonies are always fun to film! I don’t think I’ve ever had any issues filming a civil ceremony. The registrars are always very friendly and accommodating towards the photographers and videographers.

When I first started wedding videography, I’d stand at the back and film from there, but on a few occasions I’d miss the expressions on the couple’s faces during the vows. Since then, I stand in front, looking back at the couple.

Unlike a church wedding, where you always know where people will be standing, for the readings with a civil ceremony you can’t plan so you need to be flexible and able to change position fast. You need to be fully mobile at all times.

The Civil ceremony
+ Act 3: The Party
2 lectures 17:11

All the formalities are now over and it’s time for the celebrations.

Most drink receptions are an hour in length – during that time you need to film establishing shots, guests arriving, guests mingling, detail shots, entertainment, group photographs and room shots of the dining room.

One hour may seem like a long time to do all of those things, but on a wedding day, it feels more like 20 minutes. The reception is a part of the wedding where having two moviemakers filming comes in really handy. One can focus on filming the establishing shots, guests and dining room shots and the second moviemaker can film the group and couple photos.

There can be a lot of walking involved! If the photographer has chosen a stunning location on the other side of the venue for the group photographs, it can take twenty minutes just to get everyone there, and usually – without fail – some key person in the family goes missing and the entire photography session grinds to a halt whilst the ushers try to find them!

Some of the best shots to get during the reception are photographs of the couple with their bridesmaids, Best Men and Ushers, as there is always banter and action happening!

The Reception & Party

The only way to film the Jewish dancing is to go hand held, holding the cameraphone above your head, that way you can get right into the middle of the dancing and capture the action from up close. The only other option if you are filming on a monopod is to film from the stage. I would highly recommend having two moviemakers filming the Jewish dancing, one filming the men and the other filming the ladies.

There will be speeches and dancing between all the courses, grace after meals and they always finish of with a big song and the Bride gives a speech right at the end. That’s why you can never leave early with a Jewish wedding, you have to stay right until the end.

Jewish Dancing
+ Extended Cuts
7 lectures 04:18:08
Bridal Preparations - Extended
Groom Preparations - Extended
The Church Ceremony - Extended
The Civil Ceremony - Extended
The Jewish Ceremony - Extended
The Reception & Party - Extended
Filming Tips using a cameraphone