Feb 072011
 

Wedding video London, filming at the Wedding Venue Waldorf Hotel Aldwych London. Church wedding video.

Wedding video London Warldorf Hotel from Portobello Films on Vimeo.

Filmed back in August 2009 by two wedding videographer. They filmed for 10 hours coverage capturing the couple preparations to brilliant effect. Then onto the arrivals at St James Church Muswell Hill with the groom. Then following the emotional ceremony it was time for the spectacular location of the world famous Waldorf Hilton Hotel right on the Aldwych in the centre of London and the centre of Theatreland. With guests family and friends from all over the world all gathered together maybe for the first and only time. Everyone made sure they had a good time. Be sure not to miss the end credits with the groom interviewing a guest on the merits of Nigerian cuisine.
On a technical note, this wedding video was shot in 2009 before we ofered “Colour grading” as standard. We have since “graded” the footage so if you go straight to our Vimeo channel you will see the original wedding video highlighs with out the “grade”

Wedding video Surrey show our wedding videographer in a completly different surrounding, out of the centre of London and into the Surrey Hills

Feb 052011
 

Wedding video Surrey ,filming at the Wedding Venue Guildford Albury Park Mansion. Civil wedding video.

Wedding video Surrey from Portobello Films on Vimeo.

Filmed back in 2009 on one delightful late summers day in early September this film is the wedding video highlights part of the wedding DVD. Two of our in house wedding videographers arrived at the impressive wedding venue The rather magnificent Albury Park Mansion just outside Guildford in Surrey GU5 9DD. To film a civil wedding video, including the brides preperations, the garden reception, wedding breakfast all the way to and beyond the first dance.
Always looking to frame the scene within a locational context, our wedding videographers were able to take full advange of their number. Capturing events not only highlightling the beautiful surroundings of the Surrey countryside. But also get the impromtue personal shots that give the wedding film its identity. Untilising the full extent of the “Television” package by filming fom both sides of the room during the lovely civil service. Thereby filming both the bride and groom at the same time. Giving our editor the easy task of letting the film edit itself by naturally cutting between action and reaction, rather than looking for a shot to cover the resizing or reframing of a shot. Giving the wedding video a natural feeling and a light touch. So we would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that made the happy couples day such a joy to film

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Jan 192011
 

Wedding Video London St James’s from Portobello Films on Vimeo.

Filmed by one London videographer, exclusively in the historical venue of the Naval and Military Club, St James’s Square SW1Y 4JU. This Civil wedding video was shot in HD and delivered to 8 wedding DVD.
You can toggle HD on and off by pressing the HD symbol in the bottom right of the wedding video
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Jan 192011
 

Wedding Video London Landmark Hotel from Portobello Films on Vimeo.

Check out our Chinese civil wedding video shot in the amazing civil wedding venue Landmark Hotel. Filmed by just one London videographer and shooting everything in stunning HD and delivering to 8 high quality SD wedding DVD. We really hope that the footage does justice to such a lovely couple and their choice of wedding venue. Watch the wedding video here in it’s original HD buy clicking the HD symbol in the bottom right hand corner of the wedding video
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Mar 232010
 

We have just posted Shaka and Chinyere’s beautiful wedding video in London. With the reception held at thewonderful wedding venue Waldorf Hilton Aldwych.
Filmed with 2 cameras by 2 in-house wedding videographers we hope that it gives
an idea of what 2  wedding videographer can do and shows how relaxed our
clients are around them.

Wedding Video Waldorf London from Portobello Films on Vimeo.

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Mar 072010
 

At this time of year we have many people enquire as to best working practices for videographers or videography in general. If we are fully booked for a date we are frequently asked to provide information or recommend another videography service.
So we have decided to compile a 5 top tips list for selecting a wedding videographer or videography service. We do hope you find this list useful when googling through the thousands of videographers and events filming companies that are out there.

01) You are the Producer.

It’s important to set a realistic videography budget before you talk to a videograher.
Then once this is set, contact your shortlisted videographers and tell them your budget and see if the videographer or their representative tries to sell you up. For example if you have decided on a 1 camera documentary feel but the videographer suggests a 2 camera filmic style instead. It would strongly suggest that they are not receptive to your wishes but rather overerly concentrated on upping the budget.
We would suggest moving straight to the next name on your videographer shortlist.

02) Beware the static camera

2 cameras 1 videographer means one person has 2 tripods, 2 tripod bags, 2 cameras, 2 camera bags, endless batteries and 2 cameras to change tapes in. Mr Bean springs to mind rather an image of calm discretion.
The main issue is that the videographer will need to spend valuable time at important moments shuttling cameras around and may well actually loose a lot of important shots.
Then on a more technical note the static camera footage has an odd effect in edit. The editor will use the footage to cut to when the operated camera is being moved or refocused. The effect produced is rather a strange one because the static camera footage feels rather a lot like cctv. Something that the eye is just not familiar with.

03) Who is actually filming

If you are considering using a high turn over videography service. (One that can cater for over 2 events on the same day). An important thing to note is who is actually filming your special day. There is nothing inherently wrong with a close group of videographers working in conjuction. However what it is best to avoid is videographers beginning hired in for the day, through a high turn over videography service. A good question to ask is for the name of the videographer several months in advance. If they are a close group then they should know who will be filming on your day. If not then maybe a far smaller company would be able to supply you with a more personal and skillful film.

04) How old is the equipment

Is a really good question for cutting through the dead wood. Ask for the name of the camera directly. If what follows from the videographer is a lot of guff about this and that format and the latest mahoosey-what thing-a-me, move on. If you do get the name of the camera which should include the brand and its number (for eg. Sony HVR Z7) then give it a google. Age really matters in this business and more than 6 years is pretty old. Popular cameras for videographers are as follows. Sony PD 150 or 170 (way way too old) Sony Z1 or FX1 or A1 or V1 (too old). The Sony Z5 and the Sony Z7 are both very good cameras (we use the latter) and the Sony EX1 and EX3 are excellent cameras (we use both).

05) Style or fashion

In videography terms the shear volume of shots gathered is key to a truly stylish film. The videographer needs to shoot a huge varity of establishing, mid, and close up shots, as well as what are called transitional and 1, 2, 3, and group shots. Then once the footage is in post production the editor is able to select the shots which edit together seamlessly.
However if the editor is struggling to match shots then there is a propensity to reach for the latest fashion in transitions software, to cover the lack of shots. Typically at the moment this would be the, white flash disolve, or the colour burn out. Which may divert your attention now, but in 5 years time it will look tired and cheesey and off course you will notice the mistakes it is designed to cover.
While the carefully implemented and infrequent use of dissolves can look great, if you see more than 2 in a 3 minute showreel it does not bode well for the longevity of your film. Check out our video

We understand that videography is just a part of the many different services you will be using for your wedding day. However a well made film of your special day should be a treasured possession with the ability to entertant for many a year to come. We hope that the above helps you in finding the right videography service.

Feb 102010
 

Welcome to our new blog. Over the course of the year we will document how our clients films are produced, from the initial contact through to delivery of the final film. We hope this will give you an insight and hopefully some ideas when you consider filming your wedding.

We have just completed a NTSC transfer for an American client from Iowa City USA. Unable to attend his niece’s wedding here in London. Dennis decided to purchase one of our packages as a wedding gift. Because here in Europe we use a different system for television, called PAL. It meant that Dennis needed a company that operated pro edit systems to transfer the footage to his native NTSC format. Happily we were glad to oblige and in fact we can transfer our films to any format worldwide.

Towards the end of last season we introduced our new cameras. So now has come the time to take down our old and fondly remembered samples and highlight what those new cameras can do.

After much debate we have managed to select Kathrina and Alistair’s absoulutely lovely village wedding in Dorset, for our example of the “Documentary” package.

Shot in and around  Charmouth.

We selected Kathrina and Alistair’s  Church wedding film in the end as we felt it highlighted how at ease people felt around the camera. Something that we really feel is important is that the film should be about the people starring in it. We have a sort of motto at Portobello Films – invisible but approachable – and we think that Kathrina and Alistair’s film shows both in equal measure. We hope you enjoy it.

However we cannot bring ourselves to take all those films away so we have kept one of our favorites from 2007. We will be adding some more examples to show our other packages, just once we can decide which ones.