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Wedding Cinematography and Videography differences

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

Videography and cinematography have had great advances since their origins. Today we all have cellphones to take shots of everything we like, be it photo or video.

We have almost become experts because it gives us the facility to edit, add lyrics, emoticons, messages, and music to our videos in seconds. Also to slowing down or speeding up our shooting.

Who hasn’t made a video of the weddings you attend? We also have platforms where we can upload our videos like Facebook and Instagram, and there, receive likes, comments and shares... We like to feel famous!

Videography and cinematography aren't the same, although at first glance they seem, and sometimes it's easy to settle with one when we can aspire to the other. There are few who know the real differences.

How can we distinguish them?

The answer is observing.

If we observe videography, it can include a recording that covers photographs, interviews, and recordings on VHS or DVD, even previous film formats on a reel. It works like a monograph.

When recording a documentary or event such as a wedding, the videographer records in a digital format, almost all times in shots with little movement, and with very few shots.

I say this because when observing the result we notice the starting angle in a fixed way, which tends to be maintained while moving to another image. In addition, the graphic content tends to be linear from the beginning of the wedding to the end.

On the other hand, a cinematographer makes cinema in all the extension of the word, let's not forget that the cinema has been considered the seventh art.

The word cinema comes from two Greek words, "Kiné", which means movement and "graphs", which means image.

In cinematography: photography, editing, location, props, costumes, light, and makeup stand out; the language of the cameras and their movement and cadence. This, without counting that requires the creation of a human team, the director, the producer, the cinematographers, the editor, in charge of lighting, audio, and music.

In short, a group of film professionals: who seek not only to make a wedding video but to film and post-produce it, using cutting-edge technology.

In 1895 the Lumière brothers invented cinematography in Paris, giving movement to a photograph, their camera only captured the image (something like a slide reflector ), so in the beginning, cinema was mute.

In 1910 in Europe they begin to make films of greater duration, and it was until 1923 that the company Phono Film created a sound amplifier, giving rise to the sound cinema that began to grow in the '40s using soundtracks.

Between 1915 and 1920 people interested in cinema began to settle in Hollywood for its landscapes and sunny days suitable for recording.

It was in 1928 that the first color film was created. From the ’50s to the ’00s the cinema went from fiction to the inclusion of characters played by black actors, to cinema without post-production, and even the intervention of digital tools and the internet.

Another important technology is drones, the cinema has been benefited in our time with its use since it presents very little risk to the human team, lower cost and great beauty and quality of aerial shots. It is interesting to learn about the techniques and technology that cinematography has incorporated.

Regarding the camcorder, the first demonstration was held in April 1956. Its inventors were Ray Dolby, Ginsberg, Charles, and Charles Anderson, who created a video camera capable of recording images and sound. From the ’80s, the camcorder's size was decreasing until it was self-managed.

As we can see, while cinematography has a more artistic history and evolution, videography is much younger, and a bit more practical and utilitarian.

At Ruiz Wedding Films we have joined both techniques, cinematography and videography wedding filming, achieving a new format that we call cinematic wedding.

We like to believe that from the moment there is a story like the relationship of a couple who wants to join and live their lives together, having a wedding to celebrate it, us, the directors weave with it a very important link that we'll reflect in the final product, creating the best wedding cinematography video for you, where the bride and groom are the most important stars, besides, they are actually the associated producers of their own film, making this unique moment last forever and reliving all those wonderful sensations of the wedding day.

It is thanks to the wideness of shots and plans in the cinematography that we can deepen the feeling that the couple is living in their wedding, the beauty of the beaches in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cancún, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta; the magnificent Churches in Guadalajara and Oaxaca, both inside and out; the landscapes, the arrangement of the bride and groom and the beloved words that address each other and especially the personalities of the bride and groom are embodied in the best place.

Our cinematographers record what we already knew we wanted to record because the couple and the director agreed.

The childhood memories of the newlyweds, how they began their relationship, preparations when dressing in the dreamed bride's dress and the groom's Gala dress, the ceremony, and the party.

At Ruiz Films we have a great experience and with the cutting-edge technological equipment, 4K cameras, high-end lenses used to the latest technology drones and the digital tools that allow us to improve both the brightness and color in each pixel.

It's not about recording a video, but a film of great quality, co-produced with our unique wedding videographers or rather, destination wedding videographers because we attend different locations, so that together with the bride and groom we can finish at the height of Hollywood films for that unique and unforgettable moment.


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