When you read through one of the Melbourne wedding videography websites, you would notice the word named wedding feature film within the wedding video package.
What is the definition of wedding feature film?
Wedding feature film is a long version wedding video, it also has other names such as wedding live footage. In contrast to the short version which is the wedding highlight reel, a typical wedding feature film would last from 1-1.5 hours.
What are you expected to see in a wedding feature film?
- Appropriate length of live footage which includes all the formalities, behind-the-scenes captured on the wedding day
- Professional editing of wedding feature film
- Optional background music and clear audio for speeches
The length of wedding feature film:
You would get different offer on the length of wedding feature film from wedding videographers in Melbourne.
However, to be able to present the entire wedding’s formalities, the documentary of wedding feature film can last from 1-1.5 hours.
A comprehensive wedding feature film will contain bride and groom’s preparation, ceremony, location photos and wedding reception.
Below is an example of appropriate length of each segment within the wedding feature film:
Groom get ready 5-10 minutes
Bride get ready 10-15 minutes
Ceremony 30 – 60 minutes
Location photos 5- 10 minutes
Reception (speeches and first dance) 60 minutes
Here, we need to emphasize that a professional wedding feature shall include the real time footage of wedding ceremony as well as formalities such as the speeches during the reception.
For other formalities on the wedding day, such as bride’s getting ready, location session, those footage will be significant shorter than real time, because they needed to be cut off to remove lots of repeat activity as well as bridal party would have lots of rest time during those activities.
In addition, the 1-1.5 hours of length in wedding feature film is the standard length, traditional weddings such as Lebanese, Chinese, Jewish weddings involve lots of culture rituals and dancing. Therefore, a traditional wedding feature film normally would last much longer than a civil wedding in Melbourne.
Wedding feature film VS RAW footage
What is the main difference between feature films and RAW footages?
A wedding feature film involves precise cuttings and professional editing, the professional Melbourne wedding videographer would cut off unusable wedding footages, such as repeating shots, shaking and blurred footage.
RAW footages refer to unedited original footages without any modification such as colour grading, the footages are provided in single short clips.
Professional edited wedding feature film will contain footages of the bride and groom’s preparation, ceremony, location and reception all arranged in a clear narrative storyline.
In contrast to wedding highlight, the wedding feature films rely more on documentary style of editing, there will not be too much special effect or fancy transition in a wedding feature film.
Authenticity and comprehensiveness are essential aspects when considering wedding feature film.
Wedding feature film VS Wedding highlight
In more down-to-earth expressions, the difference between wedding feature film and wedding highlight can be understood as:
Wedding feature film can be seemed as a documentary literature, honestly and comprehensively reflecting things happened on your wedding day such as the formalities and details.
Wedding highlight can be seemed like a poet of William Shakespeare, it elegantly expresses the wedding couple’s emotions and wedding vibe.
Could you add music into the wedding feature film?
It depends on your wedding feature film style and your personal preference.
There are 2 styles of the wedding feature film in terms of the audio:
1. The wedding feature film reserve all original live audios, such as people conversations during the bride and groom preparation, canapés and etc and ambience sound such as, wind, water flow, bird singing and etc.
2. You could use music to replace the live sound during the bride and groom get ready and location. It is advised to keep the voiceover during the ceremony and speech at reception, it is the most important part of audio that people looking to hear in terms of the live sound.
How much does a wedding feature film cost in Melbourne?
Some wedding videography package in Melbourne would include both the feature film and wedding highlight together. However, wedding videographers in Melbourne offer different options for bride and groom.
Some wedding videographer only provide RAW wedding footages, meaning you will need to pay extra money to get the professional wedding feature film.
A professionally edited wedding feature film costs around $400-800 in Melbourne.
You could purchase an all in one wedding videography package or buy the wedding video coverage, wedding feature film, highlight reel separately.
To get clear insight of wedding videography insight, you could read our wedding videography price 2020 report.
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Is wedding feature film important to wedding couples?
The wedding feature film is definitely an important wedding video production for bride, groom and their family.
The bride and groom are usually more interested in the wedding highlight and somehow ignore the importance of wedding feature film.
Due to the limited length of the wedding highlight video (normally 4-8 minutes), it can not show all wedding details.
After many years, when the bride and groom want to reflect things happened on their wedding day and want to watch the entire of ceremony and hear all speeches in reception. The professional wedding feature film can bring back all the moments and resonate with the couple.
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