The Two 'Ographers
If you’ve started your search of hiring a professional to create a video or “film” of your wedding day, you have probably realized that there is a lot to consider. One common point of confusion that many end up asking is, “Do I hire a cinematographer or videographer? Is there even a difference or are those two ways of saying the same thing?”
Just because someone calls what they producea “film” or labels something “cinematic”does not mean it is. It’s not about the type of music or the cameras used. Technically, nobody shooting with a digital camera is making actual FILMS, even Hollywood isn’t making many movies shot on film anymore! So what is the difference and why does it matter to you? When you strip away the differences, the core of each is a person operating a camera. This is not a debate about cinematographers being superior to videographers or vice versa, there is a time and a place for both.
A cinematographer has a more proactive approach. Some may argue that you can’t shoot a wedding as a true cinematographer, the events are just too unpredictable for planned shots and fixed lenses. This is simply untrue! Weddings are actually quite predictable, and though the sets and names change, the characters and scenes stay nearly the same. With enough experience and foresight, every critical decision required for making the decisions of a qualified cinematographer can be made at a wedding, just minutes before each event.
Cinematography is a completely different approach and thought process than videography. Cinematographers determine ahead of time where to shoot from, what lenses to use, settings they will dial in, whether to use a tripod, monopod, or other stabilization, and so on, to intentionally fit the pieces into your story. It’s similar to baking, in that the baker chooses exactly the right ingredients and amounts to make something delicious.
So, why do we label our work as “films”? What we make most closely follows the techniques and styles used by cinematographers for over a century of making movies. We are highly trained, using our skills to plan ahead and anticipate moments to make informed decisions to better tell your story. It’s not a question of whether one is right or wrong but which is right for you. We trust this information has made your decision at least a little bit easier!