July 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime
Beyond pro wedding photography, we’re often encouraging our readers to consider video too, for while photographs freeze those perfect moments in time, film footage enables you to relive the moments over and over again.
And just how there are many differing styles of photography, there are also lots of types of videographers, so it’s well worth exploring the options. For those wanting something super special and individual with a hint of nostalgia, we’d highly recommend checking out the awe-inspiring work of our fabulous new Sponsor William Cummock of Ciné Reportage.
Based in West-Yorkshire, William has an impressive collection of Super 8 and 16mm cameras, dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, which he uses to shoot, capturing weddings on real film – which we think you’ll agree is a great novelty and skill in this digital age!
The result is utterly beautiful and super romantic footage that will cause you to weaken at the knees (and tear ducts!). So, while we grab the Kleenex, we’ll hand over to William who’s here to share more details and examples of his stunning work…
When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?
william says: I studied Fine Art at university and purchased my first super 8 camera to record the process of painting, but it soon became more about the film than the painting. I teamed up with a friend to enter a Super 8 film competition called straight 8 that I’d seen on Channel 4 late one night. Amazingly, we were selected for their prestigious Cannes Film Festival screening for a record five consecutive years and had our work screened at festivals all over the world. Alongside a few exhibitions and screenings in London art galleries and forays into the world of music videos and animation, I took over the running of straight 8 full-time until 2012 and still help out today.
In 2010 I offered to shoot a few friend’s weddings on Super 8 as gifts and Ciné Reportage was born. I loved doing it and it’s what I’ve done ever since.
How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?
I shoot on Super 8 and 16mm film. It’s real film, like the stuff that you used put in your camera 20 years ago – you need to send it to a lab to be processed and digitally transferred before you can see it. Film has a unique, tactile beauty that can’t be replicated digitally. It’s not the easiest format to shoot with, but I think it’s the most beautiful and the most romantic.
What is it that you love most about your job?
I feel privileged to be doing what I do. I’m invited to witness and record incredibly important and intimate moments in people’s lives. I can’t think of many circumstances in commercial film production where a client would be so happy with your work that they’d shed tears of joy! It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?
Videographers and filmmakers are definitely not one-size-fits-all. There’s a wealth of talent out there and a lot of different ways of working. It’s worth putting in some research to find films that you love and someone that will work in a way that you’re happy with. If you see films with loads of footage of the couple on their own, do bear in mind how much time you’d like to spend away from the party!
Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed?
Film captures atmosphere and people in a way that photography can’t. It’s a beautiful way to re-live your wedding day.
What is the feedback like from your couples? What do they say about the way you work and the films you produce?
We’ve had loads of great feedback from our lovely clients over the years. Here are a few of our favourites:
I can’t put into words just how it is everything and more that we ever dreamed of. I am alternately crying and grinning like a fool! You and Caroline have done the most amazing piece of artistry and we love you for it. Rosie & Andy
When you finally get to sit back and watch your film of the day it all seems like a dream and the best part is seeing all the bits that you may have missed. Will really captured us as ourselves and all of our family and friends feature at some point throughout the film. Having your wedding filmed is just the best keepsake, your very own piece if artwork from the best day of your life so far. Hannah & Kenny
Our best idea was to have a cinematographer. We had Will from Cine Reportage and it was the best money that we ever spent. They went above and beyond on the day and fitted in perfectly. It was so unobtrusive that people were surprised when we said we had a film made. We can’t talk highly enough about them, the film makes me cry every time, it is so romantic. Carly & Justin
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
I don’t really have a favourite part of the wedding day, although I do love shooting confetti! I think the most beautiful moments are those of real, natural emotion, so I won’t boss you around and will be as unobtrusive as possible.
What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?
I moved to Holmfirth in West Yorkshire in 2016, but shoot weddings all over the country and on the continent. Living in such a beautiful part of the world, I would love to shoot a few more weddings locally.
Other than photography, what are your other passions and what do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a videographer?
I think it’s important to have more than one creative outlet. I take photos on film and make the occasional music video. I’m off to shoot a video in Gran Canaria this month! I also help to run a film competition called straight 8. If you’ve ever thought about making a film you should check it out – it’s an awesome way to get a film out of your head and on to a cinema screen. Straight 8 takes me to Cannes Film Festival every year, which is pretty awesome.
If I wasn’t doing what I do, I’d be a professional road cyclist (in my dreams)!
Do you work alone or as part of a team?
I shoot a lot on my own, but do work with an assistant for bigger weddings – usually my beautiful and talented wife, Caroline.
What can couples who book you expect?
A reportage approach and a beautiful film.
What is included in your videography package?
All of my packages include coverage from getting ready through to the first dance. I don’t have a set number of hours and am happy to arrive extra early or stay later if there’s anything you’d particularly like me to capture.
Can you give us an idea of price?
Our prices start from £1,650.
How can readers get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…
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