6 Types of Elopement Films Explained
If hiring a videographer for your wedding is something you're considering, then you've probably encountered terms like "highlight films", "raw footage", "teaser films", etc. And to someone who's not in the wedding videography scene, this can be a bit confusing, what's the difference between these types of videos?
1. Teaser Film
Length: Between 30-60 seconds long
A teaser film is a lovely way to share your elopement on Instagram & other social media.
Typically, a teaser film will be the first thing you receive back from your videographer. You should receive the teaser back 2-5 weeks after your wedding, depending on what season you're in.
As the name implies, it's a teaser for what's to come. Being so short, its main purpose is to excite you and set the tone for your final film. Also, as mentioned earlier, it gives you something to share on social media that fits within the upload limits of popular apps. It's a great way for friends and family who couldn't make it to get a quick recap of what happened while the wedding is still fresh in everyone's mind.
2. Highlight Film
Length: Between 3-5 minutes
A highlight film is typically a cinematic composition of beautiful moments that tell a story. The story is usually related to the relationship between you & your partner, but the emphasis doesn't necessarily have to be on the two of you the entire film. Highlights also usually include peak moments such as first look, first kiss, first dance, getting ready, letter reading, vows, etc. Highlight films are amazing for giving you the ability to view your day from a third-party perspective. It's like being at your wedding day, but without all of the worry and stress.
The first film is an example of a shorter highlight film that would showcase an "elopement" or smaller wedding.
The second film is an example of a longer highlight film that really lets you get to know the couple & their day.
3. Engagement Film
Length: Between 1-3 minutes
An engagement film is an awesome way to spread the good news to your family and friends. Some use their engagement films as a "save the date", others like to use their engagement films to serve as a memory of "before" they were legally married.
Personally, I think engagement films are super great because we can use the footage from the engagement film in your actual wedding film. This adds a completely different layer to your film and will help bring out your personalities so much more.
Engagement films are typically filmed alongside your engagement photo session. This also is a great opportunity for your videographer to meet & work with your photographer before your big day.
4. Ceremony Film
Length: 15-60 minutes
When filming the ceremony at an elopement or micro-wedding we use one camera & high-quality microphones. When purchasing the ceremony film, you will receive every moment from your ceremony exactly how it happened. All the vows, tears, laughter, first looks, are all captured & smoothed out in post-production for a very pleasing viewing experience.
5. Raw Footage
Length: not applicable
Raw footage is the ability to have access to all of the unedited video & audio files. I do not offer this unless you or a loved one has a background in video editing.
The size of the camera files can range from 700 GB to 2 TB in size & most computers cannot open raw video files without using special video editing software. The videos that are produced straight out of the camera are very flat & lack lustre. The other issue is the sound won't be synced up to the video properly. For this reason, if you're keen on preserving every moment of your day, I highly recommend the keepsake film (listed below)
6. Keepsake Film
Length: Between 1.5-6 hours
If raw footage had wings, it would be a keepsake film.
A keepsake film includes EVERY detail captured on video during your day. This includes:
Getting ready (both partner's perspectives), letter readings, interviews, first look, photo session, ceremony, family photos, grand entrances, first dance, cake cutting, reception games, entertainment, dancing, grand exit, etc.
Every video clip we have from your day is stitched together in chronological order, synced with audio, colour-graded & put to suitable background music to provide a pleasing viewing experience. We also provide timecodes to all of the events so you can skip to any part of the day you'd like.
Personally, I am an extremely forgetful yet sentimental person, so having access to moments like these is invaluable to me.
The biggest complaint I hear from brides after their wedding is that "it all happened so fast". & in the heat of the moment, you forget to breathe & take a look around.
This is why videography is so special. It allows you to have eyes on all of these moments while still being able to enjoy your day.