WEDFILM ACADEMY is indeed a world first – an online subscription site offering video tutorials to train all videographers, filmmakers and photographers in the art of creating cinematic wedding films. It differs from 1-to-1 wedding video training in that the user can log on and watch training videos anytime, anywhere!
Click here to go to the site, and watch below for the preview trailer:
- Audio Recorders
Richard talks through audio recorders he’s used in the past, as well as his current models (Zoom H4n and Zoom H1).
Guest speaker Anton shows us the various B-Cams he uses at weddings – with video examples.
- Basic Jib/Crane
Richard’s crane / jib is quick and easy and very mobile. See it in action, as well as its setup, in real-time.
- BTS of a DSLR Solo Shoot (Part 1)
Behind-the-scenes coverage and commentary, of a DSLR solo-shoot (part 1: grooms prep)
- BTS of a DSLR Solo Shoot (Part 2)
Behind-the-scenes coverage and commentary, of a DSLR solo-shoot (part 2: bridal prep)
- Camcorder Basics
Here, Richard talks you through the main features of a pro camcorder, with reasons for filming in manual.
- Canon Lens Samples
A short film showing examples of different Canon glass and a helpful tip at the end.
- Canon XF305 Camera
John Cooper from Canon Europe talks to us about the exciting new XF305 from Canon.
- Choosing Your DSLR
Can’t decide between DSLRs for your 1st/2nd/3rd cam? Richard tries his best to compare them!
- Creative Lighting
On Location – shooting with dramatic effect using off camera lights.
- DSLR Basics 5D Mk II
A useful film if you are considering moving over to DSLR.
- DSLR Filming Techniques for Photographers
We highlight a few differences in using these cameras for capturing stills to capturing video.
- DSLR Lenses
Richard talks you through his own DSLR lens choices (with example shots).
- Filming Interviews
Some practical advice on how to film and conduct interviews with samples.
- Filming the Preparations
A complete guide to how Engage Cinematic shoots preparations with lots of hints and tips.
- Framerates and Shutter Speeds
A visual comparison between framerates, shutter speeds, resolution and ND fader filters.
- Glidetrack Hybrid Vertical Shots Tip
Want vertical shots from your dolly slider, but haven’t got a ball head? Try this method!
- Large Crane Hints and Tips
A run through and set up of a 15ft Camera Crane/jib.
Richard briefly shows you the LCDVF (a cost-effective DSLR viewfinder).
- Lens Choice
A quick look at examples from the lenses in Richard’s kit list.
- Pete’s Uniform and Kit Bag
An explanation of what uniform and kit we use and why.
- Portable Lighting
An explanation of different types of lighting we use and why.
- Rapid Shooting
How to film with multiple pieces of equipment including glidetrack, monopod, camera stabilisers and turning a tripod into a crane!
- Richard’s Kit List
Richard shares with you his camcorder / DSLR kit list setups, and proves you can transport them easily on single shoot weddings.
- Setting White Balance
The all-essential methods to gain correct white balance on your camcorder or DSLR, before you even hit record!
- Shot Choice
Richard talks you through shot choice and anticipation, with many examples running in the background.
- Sounds Good
Audio comparisons showing the importance of good microphones and their placements.
- Steadicam – Hints and Tips
Engage Cinematic’s Pete takes you through ‘blinging’ up the rig and takes you on a photo shoot with models around Cardiff Bay.
- Steadicam Tango Launch Day, London, 2010
Exclusive interviews from Oscar winning inventor Garrett Brown and Steadicam op Larry McConkey, inc. Steadicam Tango footage.
- The Glidecam
Basic setup and balancing of a camcorder on a Glidecam, with demonstrated glide moves.
- The Glidetrack
Richard shows off the fantastic Glidetrack – with various tips and trick manoeuvres)
- The Monopod
Here, Richard will show you the Manfrotto Neotek Monopod, for use with DSLRs.
Here, Richard shows you the tripod legs/head setup he uses, and explanations why.
- Vintage Lenses
Anton (Image On Video) gives you a rundown of the vintage lenses he uses at weddings… with examples.
- Wireless Microphones
The benefits of using wireless microphones.
- NewBlueFX – Video Essentials 5
Richard takes a look at ‘Video Essentials 5′ (a plugin pack by NewBlueFX)
- The 2.5D Effect
How to create a 3D-esque moving picture from a still framegrab.
- Basics of Editing (Premiere)
The Basics of Editing (in Premiere CS5 – more NLE’s will be covered over time).
- Cloning People
Matrix-style cloning isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. Features here include cropping, masking and nested sequences.
- Colour Correction (inc. White-Balancing)
Here, Richard performs white balance corrections and general primary colour correction, using a variety of methods and plugins.
- Corporate Coolness
Here we look at some elements of a couple of corporate promos.
- DVD and BluRay Authoring
A look at authoring and creating DVDs and Blu-Rays, using Premiere, Encore and Photoshop.
- DVD and BluRay Design
Richard talks you through his choice of film delivery and presentation, accompanied with tips for the design and printing.
- Dynamics Compression
Compressing audio waveforms can have high importance for your projects. Richard shows you how!
- Entire Wedding Edit (Part 1)
Project organisation and titling.
- Entire Wedding Edit (Part 2)
Titles and more tips.
- Entire Wedding Edit (Part 3)
Assembling clips and grading tips.
- Entire Wedding Edit (Part 4 – Ceremony)
A whole ceremony edit on a 3 camera shoot, with hints n tips as always!
Richard will talk you through creating a fake timelapse sequence, and touch on various ways to key footage.
- Fancy Titling in Photoshop (1)
An example of how to create a fancy title on top of a wedding framegrab (using Photoshop).
- Fancy Titling in Photoshop (2)
Another example of how to create a fancy title on top of a wedding framegrab (using Photoshop).
- Fixing Errors (Mattes and Cloning)
Has your scene captured unwanted objects or difficult light exposure? Here are some tips to help you remove them!
- Fixing Errors (Noise Reduction)
Got background hiss/hum/wind? Use professional noise removal tools to reduce it.
- Long and Short Form Edits
Long and Short Form Edits
- Magic Bullet – Mojo
An introduction to this simple to use and mighty powerful plug in with workflow and samples.
- Magic Bullet Looks
An introduction to the interface, workflow and samples of work.
- Making a Cinematic Trailer (Part 1)
The whole edit explained, with all resources listed.
- Making a Cinematic Trailer (Part 2)
Second part in depth tutorial on the making of Vishal and Schveta’s epic trailer.
- Motion Tracking (Advanced)
These examples of accurate motion tracking were carried out with After Effects’ own ‘Motion Tracker’ feature.
- Motion Tracking (Beginner)
Here’s a straightforward method to motion track a title or graphic, using Premiere or another NLE.
- NewBlueFX – Motion Blends
Richard takes a look at ‘Motion Blends’ (a transitions plugin pack by NewBlueFX)
- NewBlueFX – Video Essentials 1
Richard takes a look at ‘Video Essentials 1′ (a NewBlueFX plugin pack)
- NewBlueFX – Video Essentials 4
Richard takes a look at ‘Video Essentials 4′ (a plugin pack by NewBlueFX)
- Optical Flares Plugin
An introduction to the amazing plugin – Optical Flares. Watch examples and work flow.
- Photoshop Basics
Here, Richard will talk you through commonly used tools and features in Photoshop (CS5 and below).
Our guest speaker from ‘Image on Video’ gives you an insight (with tips) for creating ‘Same-Day-Edits’.
- Save the First Dance
Dark first dance footage? Here are a few ways to deal with it!
- The Vintage Look
Richard shows you how to create a Vintage look (filmic colour / classy b+w using various colour grading techniques.
- Time Remapping
Techniques on applying time-remapping to clips, when to use it and more.
- Titling for Beginners Part 1
The basics of making titles in Premiere and After Effects.
- Titling for Beginners Part 2
More in depth tutorial on creating a camera and animation in After Effects.
- Enquiries and Paperwork
Richard takes you from the initial contact of a customer, through to sending out contracts, plan of action and invoices.
- Going Public with your Clips
This is Richard’s exact methodical procedure of sharing out a highlights clip, to maximise exposure and SEO.
- Vimeo Embedding
An easy to follow guide for embedding vimeo clips into Facebook, websites and blogs.
- BVE Earls Court London – February 2011
WedFilm Academy reporting from BVE 2011 (Earls Court, London, UK).
- Effective Ways to Advertise
We talk you through what works best and what’s not so hot.)
- FAQs Answered
Many of your FAQs from emails, answered in one foul swoop!
- Get the Business You Want
We’ve all done free weddings to get business started. But how about FUN corporate work, leading to well-paid work. Consider these tips.
- Intro to WedFilm Academy
Both Richard and Pete giving you the background and ideas behind ‘WedFilm Academy’.
- Kevin Shahinian and Joe Simon come to London
An interview with 2 internationally famous wedding cinematographers.
- Networking on the Day
Seize the opportunity to market yourself on the day. You are exposed to many opportunities!
- Online Clips
A tutorial showing you how best to present and share your highlights clip online (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, Exposure Room).
- Public Relations Tips 1 of 5
Guest speaker Rebecca Sloan, gives some Public Relations tips. (Part 1 of 5, Press Releases)
- Public Relations Tips 2 of 5
Guest speaker Rebecca Sloan, gives some Public Relations tips. (Part 2 of 5, Key Messages)
- Public Relations Tips 3 of 5
Guest speaker Rebecca Sloan, gives some Public Relations tips. (Part 3 of 5, Reputation Management)
- Public Relations Tips 4 of 5
Guest speaker Rebecca Sloan, gives some Public Relations tips. (Part 4 of 5, Online Presence)
- Public Relations Tips 5 of 5
Guest speaker Rebecca Sloan, gives some Public Relations tips. (Part 5 of 5, Corporate Social Responsibility)
- Starting Out (Branding)
A few hints and tips on how to market your company, branding and more.
- Starting Up in the Business – Our Stories
Richard and Pete give honest insights into their own company histories.
- Useful Apps
Richard shows you some useful apps for the iphone and ipad, that can make life easier, and help you work more efficiently.
- Video Blog filmed at SWPP London, Jan 2011
A video blog from the January 2011 SWPP convention.