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stefan gill
Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Mar 7, 2012 at 9:37:35 pm

I've contracted an event videography gig for a sweet 16 in June. I've spoken to the mother and daughter and they are looking for a nice, professional video, nothing crazy.

I've never filmed a sweet 16 before, what advice do would you have for a green sweet 16 videographer?

How does the event schedule of the day go?

Does the girl make a grand entrance? If so, best place to setup? Ever have lighting issues with the DJ's strobes?

BIG difference from weddings which I'm more used to. Thank you in advance.


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Brent Dunn
Re: Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Mar 8, 2012 at 8:01:09 pm

It's not really a big difference than shooting a wedding. You need to get a timline of events and a clear explanation from the client or coordinator on what is going to happen. It varies from event to event. Usually there is some kind of entrance, but you have to find out ahead of time so you are not surprised.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:16:08 pm

There will often be speeches, plan to get good audio a couple of ways. It's the modern equivalent of the "coming-out" party or Debutante ball. Covering the girl's fashions will be important, also the decor and the band or DJ. Lighting will be varied and crazy. There is drama to be seen in the prep and pre-arrival, you can see some of this on MTV, though those are done to excess.


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stefan gill
Re: Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Mar 13, 2012 at 7:25:17 pm

Thanks...any advice in regards to the DJ's lighting?


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Brent Dunn
Re: Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Mar 22, 2012 at 6:10:44 pm

What kind of advice, are you a DJ too? That'll be challenging.

One issue that's come up is the blue LED lighting. It's like the PAR Red lighting used to be. It looks bad on their faces and skin.

Brent Dunn
Owner / Director / Editor
DunnRight Films
DunnRight Video.com
Video Marketing Toolbox.net

Sony EX-1,
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 7D
Mac Pro Tower, Quad Core,
with Final Cut Studio

HP i7 Quad laptop
Adobe CS-5 Production Suite





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stefan gill
Re: Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Mar 22, 2012 at 8:31:51 pm

Haha, no.. I'm not a DJ too.. So what do you do when the blue lighting comes out?


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Brent Dunn
Re: Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:38:26 pm

Unplugg the DJ lights and the blue goes away : )

Not much you can do. I try to tell them to turn off the blue lights during the father/ daughter dance and speeches.

Brent Dunn
Owner / Director / Editor
DunnRight Films
DunnRight Video.com
Video Marketing Toolbox.net

Sony EX-1,
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 7D
Mac Pro Tower, Quad Core,
with Final Cut Studio

HP i7 Quad laptop
Adobe CS-5 Production Suite





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stefan gill
Re: Sweet 16 Video Recommendations ?
on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:41:57 pm

Great suggestion, thanks..

Always looking for more suggestions,eager to learn.

Thanks guys, n gals.


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