Wedding Film or Wedding Video: What’s the Difference?
Wedding film, wedding video, wedding movie, wedding cinema, wedding videography: These terms are often used interchangeably. So why do we call ourselves Chicago Wedding Filmmakers even though we use digital cameras instead of film?
It’s About the Technique
Digital cameras are now used throughout the film industry. Very few movies released in the past few years were actually shot on film, and movie theaters now show those films using digital projectors rather than cans of film. So no matter who shoots it, your wedding day movie is likely to be shot on digital cameras.
So what makes it a film?
Is it the use of careful composition of images, careful thought about lighting, high-quality audio capture so you can hear every word said, the use of editing software to cut from one moment to the next, provides transitions, and use color-grading to create a cinematic look? That’s part of it, and we certainly do all those things. But so do music videos, and we still call them “videos.”
What sets it apart is the storytelling. We’re not just creating a music video of pretty images of you and your guests in stunning dresses, surrounded by flowers and all those details of decor you have worried over for the months leading up to this day. Some wedding videographers do that and think that’s enough.
It’s the Story of You
For us what makes it a film and not just a video is storytelling. We want to tell your paired stories through the lens of this momentous day, a day that profoundly changes the trajectory of your life. In the weeks before your wedding, we’ll want to sit down and talk to you and ask you some questions so that we know your story: What brought you to this day? Are you bold and daring or quiet and reserved? Are you analytical or creative, or both? When you go to the ice cream store, is it the vanilla cone every time, a mocha toffee or peanut butter cup concrete, or a different exotic fruit gelato every time? What does your fiancé order? When did you meet this person you now want to make a solemn vow to? When did you know that he or she was the one? What was your first car trip like? Who chose the music for the day and why?
These can all end up being part of your story and thus part of your film. So it’s not just a documentary capture of the ceremony (though that’s part of it). It’s not just moving pretty pictures from your day set to music (though that’s part of it, too).
There’s only one you, and there’s only one person you’ve chosen to marry. Telling a story about all the unique things the two of you bring to this day—individually and as a couple—is what makes us love what we do. And we hope it makes you love it, too.
It’s also what makes it a wedding film.