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How to become a wedding videographer?

by Corry
(Dallas)

Hello my name is Corry and I have had recent thoughts about becoming a wedding videographer, but have no idea where to begin. I have no experience with cameras and don't even own one and totally lost when it comes to editing a film. My issue is I don't know if the best thing to do is to enroll in film school here in my local city of Dallas, TX (which I'm thinking I don't really want to do), but not sure. I want to respect this craft and take it serious. Need any advise I can get.

Thanks
Corry



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Hi Corry, thanks for your question. There are several ways you can go with this.

With zero experience, you may want to consider an apprenticeship with an established wedding videographer to learn first-hand, on-the-job what's involved in being a wedding videographer.

Here's what you do. Look up some the top wedding videographers in your area. Many of the professional videographers not only do weddings, but many other types of videos. So you could offer to volunteer /intern with their production company in exchange for the experience or they may even be willing to pay you a small stipend if you prove to be a valuable asset. The key is that you just want to get the door and offer to be helpful to them at no risk on their part. Send them a friendly e-mail and offer your help. Ask them if you could stop in for five minutes just to say hi. If you are feeling a bit more bold, you could look up the address of these production companies and just walk in. Ask for the owner or production manager and let them know of your interest to help them in exchange for the experience.

Learning "on the job" is a MUCH more effective way to learn than going to film school. You may not be making money by volunteering, but at least you're not paying! And by volunteering, you have the chance of the internship turning into a job, or at least giving you the skills to go out and make your own living!

The other option if you're starting from scratch is to sign up with Lynda.com and take some online video production tutorials on things like video editing and shooting. There are also some great books you can buy (or check out from the library) that can provide the landscape of the wedding videography and/or video production business. Here are a few examples:

BOOKS:

The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production By Anthony Artis.

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro By Steve Stockman

Wedding Videography: Start to Finish By Joanna Silber


VIDEO COURSE from Create Live:

Visual Storytelling: The Art of Wedding Filmmaking with Alfio Stuto


Those are just a few ideas to get you started.

Anyone else have additional ideas for Corry? Please leave feedback/comments below.

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Feb 05, 2016
Wedding Videography School
by: Michael

Hey there- My name is Michael and I'm a wedding Videographer in Denver Colorado. I've started an online school where I post articles and such about being a pro wedding videographer. You can check it out here:

weddingvideographyschool.com

I hope you find it useful.

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