Pro Moviemaker May-June 2021 - Web


1 Cameras and lenses Small and compact mirrorless cameras lead the way for ease of use, high-ISO performance, built-in image stabilisation and twin card slots. Take a look at the Sony A7S III, Panasonic S5, Canon EOS R5 or Nikon Z 6II. Speed and flexibility is important, so a fast aperture AF telezoom like a 70-200mm f/2.8, plus some fast primes, are an ideal combo. Even better if your camera has great phase detection AF, but don’t rule out cine primes. 2 Supports A compact, but sturdy video tripod is essential, although manywedding filmmakers prefer to use a monopod, as it takes up less room and can be quicker to use. Sliders also add to the production value – and a motorised gimbal is fast becoming a must-have for smooth shots, especially during the reception. If you have the necessary permissions and insurances, then a drone shot is something many couples want now– particularly if the venue is spectacular. 3 Audio Your in-camera mic just won’t cut it. Ideally, you would have a camera-mounted shotgun mic with a windmuff, such as the new Sennheiser MKE 400. But it’s also essential you capture the words at the speeches and usually the vows, too. It’s a great idea to use an omnidirectional lavmic on the vicar and groom to capture the vows, as this should also pick up what the bride is saying. These can be plugged into small recorders, or more often into bodypack transmitters to wirelessly send the signal to a camera or recorder. Look for something reliable and small, for example the Sennheiser XSWwireless kit. 4 Lights Many filmmakers find that working with lights at a wedding is just too time-consuming, preferring ambient light at all times. But a pocket-sized LED can be useful for just lifting shadows on a close-up shot, or picking out details on a wedding cake that’s in a gloomy corner of a reception room. TOP KIT FOR WEDDING FILMING



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