I’d like to be a videographer when I grow up.
In the meantime, I have just come to the wrap-up phase of my very FIRST wedding coverage. After three engaging weeks, an aching arm, a pair of burned-out eyes and a load of office backlogs, the video is now ready for release to DailyMotion, YouTube or be flown to China. I have edited a number of videos before but none as decorous as a wedding story.
But first, those who know me – know me well: I am from the good ol’ days of the MTV era who believed that the fusion of rock n’ roll music and a demiurgic video is the next big thing man invented since the wheel; my pocket playlist consists of goodies you won’t find in the next guy’s mini-player: MOVIE SCORES. Talk about movies, my set of DVDs will definitely bore you to death if your preferred cinematics include doltish 3D or CGI enhanced flicks. (Would you take pleasure viewing The Deer Hunter? Even at the thought that half of its full length is “wasted” on the wedding scene?) And most importantly, I just discovered some years ago, that with this video editing software, even the dull can make movies too! Through the years of fun-filled editing, with a few shits here and a few hurrahs there, allow me to have the bragging right that I was a filmmaker in my past life.
Now back to Earth. My father SMSed me one morning saying something about my brother tying the knot on a limited scale and a modest ceremony and me to cover the event. Pretending like a real pro, I asked for two handycams, a DSLR and an unfailing laptop. No small deal to cope with singlehandedly. We all know weddings are usually one of the most significant event (birth, school,
Metallica, marriage, death) in one’s lifetime hence, I can’t choke on this one. Truth is, at the back of my jittery mind: “they should’ve hired the service of a pro.”
After weeks of monotonous compiling of raw footages and segments, arranging shots and still images, editing and previewing, wedding #1 – check! A one whole day of noteworthy celebration butchered into a 16-minute video. Next project pls..
Not everyone can be a wedding videographer, photographer or a video editor. Ask yourself first if you have the will and some creativity in your body. But then again, that was the say-so of long ago!