There will be many things to consider once you are hired for a video production job. The more info the client can give you the better the result will be. They can’t just say, “Go shoot a video!” or “Do your thing, you’re a professional.” I certainly appreciate their confidence in me, but that does not tell me what they expect. What kind of story are they wanting me to tell? Have they selected who they want me to pre-interview? These are types of things that need to be considered. Here is a list of things you should ask about before shooting:
Where will the bride get ready?
Where will the groom get ready?
Is the ceremony and reception at one location?
Who plans on giving toasts?
How much time have you allotted for pictures and video?
How long do you want the video?
Where will the video be played?
Do you want music to accompany the video?
Who are the major players for the video (regarding content)?
Where they would like to shoot b roll?
Do the interviewees have extra time for me to capture b roll footage of them?
The list goes on and on, but if you can ask and get answers to most of your questions, the better you will be prepared to start capturing the story. Remember, it’s up to you to ask….don’t assume.
I have been working in television/media for over 16 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, and storyteller. It is my belief that you have a chance to better your skills each time you pick up the camera. I strive to be better than I was yesterday.