Video: Highlight film or Feature film?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which video option should we get rid of to save the budget?
    Get rid of the 3-5 minute highlight film, keep the longer version : (8 votes)
    53 %
    Get rid of the 30-45 minute feature film, keep the shorter version : (7 votes)
    47 %
    I have another cost saving video tip for you! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @urbanriceball:  

    To be honest I would not be cutting videography from the budget. It captures so much of the day that you missed (sounds and movement versus still photo’s, expressions of your guests, all of the things you did not get to see before you went down the aisle or during the course of the day). There will be moments that you did not realize they were there filming that are priceless. We are so glad to have the video as I was able to watch and be a guest at my own wedding (such a busy day and most of it is a blur).

    I mean the photo’s were nice but they don’t compare to the experience of the video. We were even able to capture still shots of items videoed because the photo’s missed it or did not capture these as well.

    You put so much money into the actual day but you’re really only left with a few items after the wedding such as photo’s (you’re not going to always get those key shots or capture movement, sound/expressions etc) and your memory (the details will fade over time).  I was in the same boat initially about forking out more money for video but I am so glad we did. You’re investing in what your simply left with after the day has come and gone.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I didn’t want video to begin with. It seemed like such an extravagance, but after seeing both the highlight and the full length, I am SO glad we did it. I really almost like it better than the photos!

    Post # 5
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    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I am getting both but if i had to choose I would do the long version. You will have more moments from the day that way 🙂 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    In either instance, are you getting the raw footage? Do you know anyone who could edit the highlight film for cheap or free? That may allow you to get the feature film and then someone else to edit a highlight film.

    Personally, I had both. The highlight film is a good way to show others things that happened at the wedding in less than 5 minutes. Most don’t want to watch a wedding video longer than that.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Considering our cinematographer wanted about 15k for a feature film, we decided to stick with the highlight film. We have an option to pay for all the raw footage so we have 12 hours of material. 

    The feature film just seems too long. I would definitely watch the highlight film more frequently and it’s so much easier to share with people as well! 

    It’s almost like a movie trailer. Whether the movie is good or bad, the trailer always looks spectacular! haha 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @urbanriceball:  tough choice but I would pick the highlight film. you obviously sacrifice on footage but the highlight video is the only one you will actually watch regularly. its 5 mins and easy to play these days on computers and smartphones etc, easier to send to loved one who couldnt make it etc.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @mumkin:  $15k?! woowww!!

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    If you absolutely cannot do both (which I highly recommend you do), go for the feature film. We just got our highlight reel which we love, but its your entire day summed up into 5 mins…you will be yearning to see more. Right now I can’t wait for the full feature film!

    If you have to cut in areas, I really feel that the 2 areas people shouldn’t are photography and videography. Those are what are going to tell the story of your day and let you remember it all over again.

     

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    can you have a middle one?

    I had this issue and so my photograper made me a 12 minute video.

    If you PM me I’ll get you the link and password.

     

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @urbanriceball:  Super smart chicka!!! You wont regret it seriously! This video and the photo’s are what you will be left with to remind you of your wedding when the memories start to fade.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I thought I posted this but… http://www.towervideophoto.com. This is their website they run specials and try to work with you on budgets! There are a couple different packages and also a la carte items that you can talk to them about. We ended up getting all of our reception& ceremony edited as well as the unedited and a 10 min(I think) clip of the whole day. 8 hours with 2 people and 3 cameras. For us this meant we will have them while we are getting ready until the important things of the reception are done!


    We ended up gettin the highlight, raw footage, and clip with all of that ^^^^^ for $1300. 

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