In a sense the choice of


In a sense the choice of transitions reflects the overall style of your wedding video. You can treat the piece episodically, fading to black at the end of each “episode.” Most television and motion picture dramas do this. An example: long shot from alter as the first bridesmaid walks down the aisle toward the alter. Second bridesmaid begins walk, fade to black (1 sec); fade up on reverse angle shot from back of the sanctuary with all the bridesmaids at alter. You’ve established the action, compressed time and established the result of the action. Continue this technique with each section of the wedding.

Second choice would be to keep the piece “organic,” for want of a better term. In this scenario, start with a shot from the alter of bridesmaid walking down aisle for example, cut to CU of her flowers, cut to CU of the floral arrangement at alter and pull out to reveal all the bridesmaids now assembled at alter. Or for the cake cutting you refer to: CU of cake; pull out to show bride cutting cake, cut to CU of fork cutting into cake slice on a plate, cut to wide shot as bride approaches dance floor with father, cut to CU bride and father dancing, match dissolve to bride dancing with groom. In this scenario “B” roll is your friend, allowing you to cut from the primary action to a secondary associated action, then cutting to a new and different primary action.

With regard to music: if music is playing as part of the action — e.g., before the ceremony or during the dancing — it’s o.k. to include this in your video. It’s not o.k. to extract the music, however; in other words, to use music from the bride/groom dance when the bride and groom are getting into the getaway lemo. There are a great many royalty free music sites with good music tracks. Some require that you purchase their discs others that you buy single cuts; but once bought you can use the cuts indefinitely without further payment. Music Bakery and Music2Hues have really good song collections and there are many more that others on the Forum may suggest.

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