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Peter Ralphwedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 9, 2006 at 11:22:42 pm

I'm compiling a list of the main reasons that wedding video production encounters a "fatal" error. By which we mean an error that has a significant effect on the end product (one that might require a refund or somesuch). I think we've covered them all but if anyone can add any to the list please do so.

1. losing/reusing tapes

2. equipment failure

3. bad mic placement/ audio interference

4. media failure

5. transportation problem, accident, breakdown

6. miscommunication leading to missed shots

7. operator error - bad exposure/framing/audio levels - renders footage unusable

8. assistant not showing up

9. problems cause by failure to have appropriate equipment or backup equipment readily available.

10. losing client photos/cds etc.

11. failure to meet delivery deadlines.

12. Physical accidents involving video equipment.

13. Physical incapacity of crew member


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Doug GrahamRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 10, 2006 at 12:41:23 am

Photographer blocks shot
Officiant limits shooting position
Theft of equipment and/or tapes
Illness or accident prevents you from showing up


Regards,
Doug Graham


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jdRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 10, 2006 at 1:41:24 pm

* Unexpected weather related issues at outdoor weddings/aka Acts of God


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MatteRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 10, 2006 at 3:11:26 pm

[jd] "* Unexpected weather related issues at outdoor weddings/aka Acts of God"

Yeah, I had a college chum who went into show biz.

Though he never made "top billing" his biggest claim to fame was being one of the "Opening Acts of God".


;-)


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Peter RalphRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 10, 2006 at 9:48:23 pm

thanks Matte - I take your point. Would this cover it:

16. Miss covering first dance because guests distract you with stories about their famous friends.

:O)


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Jeff CarpenterRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 10, 2006 at 10:40:31 pm

Failing to hit the "stop record" button when you thought you did. This leads to nice footage of the floor as you carry the camera to the next spot, nice footage of you setting up the shot, and nice footage of you pre-focusing, then BAM, the shot ends as you hit the record button, thus stopping the tape.

Not that this has ever happened to me.


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Doug GrahamRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 11, 2006 at 9:00:14 pm

I think that one's covered under #7. :)

Regards,
Doug Graham


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markp_92647Re: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 12, 2006 at 4:32:07 am


Not staying on the shot for just 5 more seconds


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BobRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 12, 2006 at 10:33:18 am

Taking the phone number of really cute bridesmaid who's interested in acting....


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Jeff CarpenterRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 12, 2006 at 3:30:01 pm

This is an add-on to #3, but it's worth adding on:

Making sure the groom's cell phone is OFF. He may think that it's not a problem since he has it on silent mode, but if it is on at all it can cause wireless interference when it checks in with the tower.


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mike velteRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 12, 2006 at 8:14:35 pm

Camera persons cell phone on Silent will cause a loud buz on the tape and anyone close to the camera as well!

Not keeping one eye on the bride and the other on the photog.


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btveditorRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 13, 2006 at 7:32:11 pm

Good day Peter,

I have been looking over you list as well as the rest of the replies, but I in my opinion things such as Photographer blocks shot
and Officiant limits shooting position are things we deal with at least once a month. In my contract and meetings with the couple I make them quite aware of things that may happen during the day, a CYA, but I stress to them about church location and the Officiants rules to that particular church and also that try as I might, sometimes the photographer gets in the shot. It is going to happen, count on it. But I don't think that these issues are reason for a refund.

Thanks,

John


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Peter RalphRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 14, 2006 at 3:48:00 am

Yes - I agree. It's kind of like data errors. Type 1 are unrecoverable, type 2 can be corrected unless a bunch of them arrive at once.


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gasparRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 14, 2006 at 5:05:11 am

Huh, that's interesting that in your market, you have to warn the bride that the photographer might get into a shot. That would never occur to us. Here in Montreal, I shoot for a studio that 90% of the time, covers both the photography and video. Thus, we are hired and go out as a team.

I purposely put the photographer in many of my shots, several of which will probably make the final video. We figure it's part of the day, and should be included. Of the over 100 videos I've edited for them, only once has a bride asked to not have the photographer in the video (and that was before the wedding even happened).

Perhaps it's a different story when you don't work with the same photographers all the time...It's true that on the odd occasion that I work with a photographer outside of out studio, I hesitate to put him/her in the video.

Ciao,
Vito
http://www.ipi-events.com/demo.html


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Ralph HajikRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on Apr 17, 2006 at 6:28:13 am

Hi All,

Have you ever had a Wedding Gone Bad?
Such as the Bride or the Groom getting cold feet.

Ralph



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robertbecRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on May 4, 2006 at 10:19:01 am

i once forgot to press record when the bride and groom were cutting the cake


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Adrian LeeRe: wedding videos - what goes wrong?
by on May 9, 2006 at 5:51:03 pm

My greatest fear is Hard Disc Failure towards the end of an edit.

We can start all over with some recent backups, but dateline will be missed and backlogs accumulate.



Adrian Lee
http://www.VideoLane.com
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