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aqwaChristening party ideas?
by on Mar 18, 2006 at 8:28:43 am

Someone called me to do video on his dauther christening party but I've never been on christening before. Any ideas which shots,and how to edit that. Thank you

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MatteRe: Christening party ideas?
by on Mar 18, 2006 at 12:01:26 pm

Be sure to shoot the preist dabbing water on the baby.


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Mark SuszkoRe: Christening party ideas?
by on Mar 19, 2006 at 5:02:21 am

You could interview all the people there one at a time and ask them a few leading questions about their predictions about the baby's future, then montage that. Face it, the baby is not going to be much of an interview:-)


You want to do something like "Look Who's Talking", and have a voiceover narrator pretend to be saying what the baby might be thinking of all this. That takes some talented writing and performing, probably not in the budget or time line for this job. It can also backfire pretty bad if not performed with considerable skill.

If you want to play it safer, just keep it real, shoot the ceremony and the party afterwards, (don't forget to document the gifts) and have people speak "to" the baby on-camea, introducing themselves and saying a little something about themselves, to be played back ten years later or so. If someone passes away befoer then, the tape becomes quite precious.

Depending on the religion, the ceremony can be pretty short or over an hour, say for example if it's a Roman Catholic mass with a baptism as part of it. The key sections to get there would be the readings and the priest's homily, then the entire ceremony, which can usually be shot from one angle, as they stage the action so the entire congregation can see it...

If it's a more personal ceremony done without a mass, or after one, you will likely be able to get up close to within a few feet and shoot everything. In the Catholic service, there are formal oaths declared by the parents and godparents, (who hold the child) annointing the child's head with holy oil, blessing the water, the baptism itsef, lighting of a symbolic candle to pass on the light of Christ, and dressing the new-baptized baby in a symbolic white garment.

As far as audio, in a full service you will need a mic, stand-alone mic/minidisk recorder or a system tap into the lectern for the readings, a tap into the priest's wireless, if he's using one, or alternately a wireless lav of your own on the godfather or dad, since they will be standing all within arms length of each other. It's actually less difficult to shoot than a wedding, IMO.

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aqwaRe: Christening party ideas?
by on Mar 20, 2006 at 2:47:34 pm

Thanks Mark this is realy helpfull ideas.

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