THE Worst nightmare

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Arthur.S
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So there we are. A truly stunning wedding venue. Waiting for the bride's entrance. Cameras, audio back up, everything rolling. The harpist Strikes up the intro music. Beautiful smooth pan back from the bride to the groom's face as he waits. Capture a lovely smile from the bride to the groom. Perfect. Then I look up to see a 'pause' icon not RECORD!! I have a bad habit of hovering over the record button, so I just can't remember at what point I've accidently pressed it. I spend the whole ceremony concentrating on the job in hand, trying to keep it at the back of my mind. I get the shots of the registry, then take a DEEP breath and explain the situation to the registrar. She explains to the guests. We shoot the whole bridal march again! And this time I actually get a much better head-on shot. I build a pregnant pause into the end before giving a double thumbs up - and get a huge cheer!! THE most embarrassing thing to happen to me in my entire wedding career, but the clients reacted brilliantly (my 3rd wedding in the family) and I just had to put up with the occasional bit of ribbing throughout the day. blush  The moral of the story? Don't be afraid to admit a mistake - however big. You have one to chance to redo something, then it's gone forever. Oh....and keep your bloody thumbs away from the 'record' button!! laugh
branny
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Re: THE Worst nightmare
1st rule of filming weddings - Is it recording?
2nd rule - see 1st rule!

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Arthur.S
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Actually, first rule for filming anything I'd say. wink When I got the chance to review what I'd shot, I'd actually pressed the pause just before she arrived at the groom's side - only big 'G' knows why. In the retake though, she even replicated her smile at the groom. One 'plus' was that I had a 3 camera edit of the aisle shots. Every cloud, and all that...smiley
branny
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Arthur.S wrote:
One 'plus' was that I had a 3 camera edit of the aisle shots. Every cloud, and all that...smiley
 
Why on earth would you opt for a re-run of the entrance if you had 3 cams covering the original? I can't imagine the cringe factor of  a re-take, especially when they come to watch the DVD. It'll be the main topic of conversation when they watch the DVD of how the 'video man' missed the entrance.
Not something I would ever risk doing, especially if I had other cams covering the small portion that may have been missed by the main cam crying

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Barry Hunter
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A few years back when both madam & I would do a wedding each, she had a similar situation! Only using the one camera, she was ready for the bride`s entrance, turned to the TOG to make sure he could also get his shot & pressed record! Then, when she put the cam on the tripod for the ceremony she realised that she`d actually pressed stop!!!! So during the signing of the register she asked the vicar if the entrance could be done again & he agreed, he even made sure the bride`s veil was down. When we edited it, everything was fine & as far as the couple were concerned, she hadn`t missed the actual entrance. Needless to say we gave the vicar a decent contrtibution to church funds. I was very proud of her, took a lot of guts!

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johnpr98
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I missed to film the bride and groom coming out of the church entrance I asked them if they could do it again, they said "You want us to do it all again!" I filmed my missing shot and all was well :)

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Arthur.S
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branny wrote:
Arthur.S wrote:
Why on earth would you opt for a re-run of the entrance if you had 3 cams covering the original? 
 
We didn't. Read the original post again. For the retake, I moved the main camera head-on to the aisle. 3 angles = a 3 cam edit. What I missed on the original was the bride arriving at the groom's side. Cringe making? Imagine the fall out if I'd taken a chance and just carried on as if nothing had happened. As I said, to my relief this was all taken with great humour. The end result has been another booking from within the family plus another from a guest. 
 
This all happened at the end of the last season. The post was intended to get this forum going again. Seems to have worked. smiley
nigelbb
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I think that we have all done that. Pressed record twice that is not asked for the bridal entrance to be repeated.
branny
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Well, I've read it again Arthur and it still reads like you have more than  the one cam covering the ceremony. Ok you missed a few seconds of the main cam, but this would have been covered by the 2nd cam? I certainly wouldn't risk looking inept in front of 200 potential clients and a Vicar who would dine out on the  'video people who forgot to press record'.
Your choice of course, but it's also your reputation.
 

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Arthur.S
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Yes 2 cams Branny. But one at the back to capture the bride arriving next to the groom isn't good enough, especially with the bridal party behind her. I would rather risk ridicule than not have that special shot. Definitely NOT a decision to take lightly! But to be honest, I'd have felt like a coward if I'd left it. And as I said above, it hasn't apparently done me any harm with 2 bookings resulting from that wedding. The couples glowing testimonial has been on the review site for quite a while. Looking back I'm sure I pressed pause when moving the tripod across a couple of feet to get a better shot past the best man. So similar to Barry's wife's boo boo. I might look into getting my thumb removed. crying