BRIDE & GROOM TIPS

The difference between wedding videography and digital wedding cinematography?  Maybe you’ll find this important if you’re leaning toward a cinematic wedding video.   A videographer shoots video while a cinematographer uses light to create scenic atmosphere in the telling of a visual story. Film cranes, professional stabilizers, rails, aerial cameras and cinemantic post-production mattes can add to the overall cinematic feel of a video, but  unless the camera person/ DP shoots footage where light is manipulated, it’s not cinematography.  Just so you know, we can shoot the real deal—a daylight lighting package with a professional film grip and gaffer is an add-on to your video package. Cinematic packages start at $3400 and include all of the gear/techniques decribed here.    DIGITAL WEDDING CINEMATOGRAPHY EXAMPLE

fireworks blazing across the sky above Lumahai beach Kauai

Widescreen matte and film production lighting by Kauai Video Productions


Bring along an umbrella — maybe a small towel too!

I’m sure you’ve noticed how lush and green Kauai is.  It doesn’t look this way without a little spice from heaven.  Kauai, the oldest of the main Hawaiian islands, is a bit rainer than the other islands; that’s why it’s so green. Be it summer, winter or spring, you never know when a ten minute downpour is likely to happen. So an umbrella can be the difference between a sodden wedding gown and a dry one. Also: you might want to bring along a small towel; even if it doesn’t rain, a towel to dab away perspiration (especially for the groom) is a pretty nice idea.  

Do not get upstaged—

 “Upstage” def: divert attention from (someone) toward oneself; outshine. Tip: don’t allow your officiant to unwittingly upstage you.  Not that your officiant is intending to be mean but you deserve the best background not your officiant.  Here’s an example: A couple is on a spectacular beach for their wedding. They’re so wrapped up in the excitement of the moment that when the officiant says, “now stand here,”  they allow themselves to be postioned away from the dramatic background, for the entire ceremony.  Now the officiant has the wonderful background, the lush mountains or crashing ocean, and the couple has a palm tree and a power transformer.  Remember, your officiant is not the star!    

Love the Kauai location where you're getting married for the NOW moment—

What this means is simply: If the location you’ve discovered on the other side of the island makes you feel, “I’m so lucky to be getting married here” and NOT “ the wedding photographs will look amazing here” then you’ve chosen the perfect spot. I’m telling you this because so many brides and grooms knock themselves out looking for the perfect wedding spot believing that the video and photographs will be the best there. The reality is: there isn’t a bad photo-op location on Kauai. For photography, usually the ultimate backdrop is never more than one hundred feet away.  The edge of a parking lot can be as verdant as the middle of the jungle; that tiny beach a stone’s throw from your condo can be a paradiscal castaway dream. Professional videographers and photographers are usually more concerned with where the sun is and how it’s lighting their subject than choosing this beach versus that beach. So, if that long hike to reach your wedding spot is what you really want, must have, because you can’t imagine saying “I do” anywhere else, then it’s your perfect place; otherewise perhaps you can make things a bit easier on yourself and go for convenience—a beach close to your hotel or condo, for example.        

Choose your vendors wisely—

Price comparing and searching for better is something most of us do. The age of the Internet has made us savvy buyers. But “lowest” doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be satisfied with the product. A friend  made me see this in a whole new light;  he said "okay, you can fly back to the mainland on this guy’s plane that he's made completely from scratch by bidding on the lowest price for parts, or pay an additional $200 and fly on a regualar jet.