Monday, 24 July 2017

Why Wedding Videography?

Why Wedding Videography?

What is the need of wedding video production?

Months of planning goes into your wedding day, the day arrives and you love every minute of it. But the day goes so quick and before you know it you find yourself thinking back over what happened during the day. Often you can’t remember much because there was so much going on and you hadn’t time to take it all in!
So how will you preserve these wonderful memories? There is no better way than to have your very own wedding video.
Stories will unfold during your day, some you wouldn’t even have noticed, and it’s important that these are captured. By capturing these in a wedding film it also captures the spirit of your day with it. Just imagine being able to re-live your wedding day over and over by enjoying your own wedding video which takes you on an emotional roller-coaster from tears to laughter?

Photographer or Videographer?

Planning a wedding can be expensive, and often having a wedding videographer is last on the list, if the budget stretches that far. In contrast to this a photographer will traditionally be first on the list to be booked. Having a good quality photographer to capture special moments is important. However, still images won’t bring your day back to life, they won’t capture the emotion as it happens, and they won’t capture what was said or heard. A still image will bring back a memory that we would have to remember ourselves, but now imagine actually seeing and hearing all that again in a true cinematic style film? Is there any comparison?
A good quality photographer can often be a similar cost to a videographer, often even more expensive than a video. A videographer will then have weeks and weeks of editing to create a film for you on top of the day’s videography. As well as the visual, audio would be captured to a high quality standard. After all, there is little point to a visual without decent sound. Have you ever tried watching a film, or TV programme with awful audio? It's so off putting. When this is all taken into account a wedding videographer is actually quite cost effective with the amount of work that will go into creating your wedding video. I wouldn't go as far as to say it's photography vs videography, as it's not a competition, and both provide a significant difference. When it comes to capturing actual memories there's no comparison.

What you get

A modern wedding video should be of high-definition on ultra-wide cinematic widescreen giving the video a dramatic sense of occasion. That's what your life-changing event merits. Care should be taken in post-production to make it so much more than just a montage of clips with music tacked on; it creates a beautiful and authentic record of the day. A lot of time needs to be spent with the post production. The editing needs to be so spot on that it's as though the film clips were made for the music. The audio and visual must be integrated using voice-over and music in such a way that they are married together.
There is an old saying in the film industry that “all good films are made in the cutting room.”

What is the conclusion?

Wedding videography has come a long way since the days of a camcorder. Those days are thankfully gone. Now there is really no limit to what can be re-produced on film. Of course, there are still different levels of video production. Wedding videography companies will differ in their shooting style and quality; this will reflect in the price. If you settle for a cheap videographer this will clearly reflect in the finished product. You may well then end up with a home video look which you don't want. Your wedding video should have a filmic look. Therefore it is important to watch some of the videos the video production company has produced.
Wedding video production is becoming steadily much more apparent and popular now with modern day cinematic techniques. We would encourage you to seriously consider having your own feature film of your wedding day, it's a once in a lifetime event. A wedding video will be a way of not only remembering your day, but to re-live it over and over. Don’t just settle for still images, but have a cinematic wedding video to bring it all back to life!

You can view wedding videos by Trapdoor Films by visiting Trapdoor Films website.

Have a look at the wedding videography prices that Trapdoor Films offer.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

How To Choose Your Wedding Videographer

What's The Deal

It’s the most wonderful occasion of your life, and your wedding video should perfectly encapsulate the spirit and magic of your big day. Preserving wonderful memories, it will become a family heirloom watched on anniversaries for years to come. But which wedding videographer do you trust with the creation of this crucial wedding element? With many wedding videographers in Essex area how do you decide which is right for you?
Research may begin online, or by word-of-mouth. A wedding video is a visual record. When conducting research make sure you see examples of the work of your potential wedding videographer. Trapdoor Films, reputable and professional film-makers, display a portfolio online so you can assess the style of their work. This ensures that it is in keeping with the theme and ambience that you are seeking to generate.

Watch Wedding Videos

Watch examples of wedding videos to check the shooting style, and lighting conditions; do they film both inside and outside? Are the transitions between scenes smooth and does the music help the wedding video bear emotional resonance for the viewer? Whilst you will be initially watching to see how it makes you feel, the technical aspects are highly important. These make the difference between watching a video made by a professional film maker to one shot on your Uncle’s smart phone! Many wedding videographers work individually, but with Trapdoor Films you have at least two people capturing the day. In doing so, this ensures that the best angles are captured and no detail missed.
Trapdoor Films’ wedding videos are of high-definition on ultra-wide cinematic widescreen. This gives the films a dramatic sense of occasion that this life-changing event merits. The care taken in post-production makes so much more than just a montage of clips with music tacked on; it creates a beautiful and authentic record of the day. You don’t have to worry about copyright on the background music that you choose for your wedding video; Trapdoor Films have all the licences that you would require for this.

It's About Communication

Entrusting such an important aspect of your wedding to a video production company is a big deal. Make sure that you have a connection with your cinematographer and that they are as passionate and dedicated to interpreting your vision and making an amazing film as you are. Your wedding videographer should keep dialogue open from the first enquiry, take on board your requirements, but also demonstrate their expertise by making suggestions and offering ideas. Whilst a rapport is needed, on the day they should be as unobtrusive as possible so as to not distract guests from you!
Planning a wedding can be expensive – achieving value for money will help you from going over budget. Trapdoor Films have packages to meet your requirements. For example, you may not want footage of you getting ready, but see the first dance as an important symbol of your union. You can select the package to suit. They also travel globally to capture weddings, so whether you are getting married in Essex where they are based, London or further afield, even abroad, you are guaranteed wedding videography of the highest quality from calibre film producers at value for money.

To view some wedding videos by Trapdoor Films you can view their works here

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Are charity videos needed?

Are there too many charity videos on the TV and internet? Are the public becoming numb to charity video appeals? Do you wonder how you can make your charity video stand out among the crowd?

It could be a harder task than ever before to appeal to the good nature of the public to support a charitable cause. With TV broadcast saturated with advert  appeals to encourage us to give to various charitable causes, you may wonder how you can make your charity video achieve more impact than what's already out there.

We need charitable organisations, and charitable organisations need support. It's easy to take things for granted and we can forget that in the background charities are constantly working to help keep the cogs turning. Without them and the support they receive there would be such a collapse in society more than we could realise.

So, we need charitable organisations, and charities need a good visual impact to help make us all aware of what is at stake, and to appeal for support. One of the ways this can be done is with video. Video is now the greatest way to communicate. Quite simply, everyone wants to see it in action, whether it's something to purchase, something to do, a place to go, and experience, a memory, music, tips, tutorials, products, and reviews. Therefore a charity video is also necessary for fundraising, appeals, public awareness, news, and promotional purposes.

There are a huge amount of charity videos in circulation, but without them how would we know? How would they be able to reach out to the public for support? The moment we are not made aware is the moment we can turn a blind eye. There can never be too many charity videos to keep us aware of the reality, encourage us to take part, and ask for support.

It's easy to become numb to charity videos which is why it is important for the video to have an impact. It's important not to rely solely on tugging at the heart strings. Emotive videos are great, but great scripting, the right sound track, and thought provoking ideas will help the video to rise above the others. More importantly, it will help to stay in people's minds rather than blend in with others.

Below is a selection of charity videos by Trapdoor Films. If you would like to see more then you can visit our charity video production.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Documentary Video Production

A special place

"Pardon Mill .....a special place..."
What a true statement this was in this special documentary we produced.
Parndon Mill is tucked away on the outskirts of Harlow in Essex. It is a hidden treasure which is home to over 30 different creative businesses, arts, and creative designers. many would not even know it is there. This hub of creativity was a flour mill a long time ago, and today it still holds it's character in it's beautiful surrounds.
This was one of our first filming projects and a documentary video production was in at the deep end. The film is narrated by Robert Halfon MP. Robert often visits and has his lunch in the grounds of Parndon Mill amidst it's tranquility set next to the River Stort.

More than just a filming project

In this film we interviewed Sally Anderson and Roger Lee. Sally is the owner and founder of Parndon Mill and she gives a lovely brief over view of the history. Roger Lee takes care of the everyday running of the mill. Both are passionate artists themselves and have even worked together on projects. What comes across in the often emotional interview is how in love they both are with what goes on within the mill. In Roger's own words "'s the people that are Parndon Mill".
We had the pleasure of visiting some of the varied different works that go on behind closed doors at Parndon Mill. For us this was quite enlightening and we learnt a lot. For us this was more than just a filming project. The documentary was filmed over quite a few weeks in order to coincide with some of the busy schedules there.

We hope you enjoy this short documentary and welcome you comments.

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Past Life - How we filmed it

So, we had the idea to put together a promotional video production that was edgy, and showed some varied filming and post production ideas.
It was fun putting together, and initially we had in mind a warm sunny summers day in a concrete suburban area, something like a flyover. However, instead it was winter, cold, and spitting with rain. Furthermore, we ended up in a dirty underground car park and a town park area.
Still, it added to a cool grungy effect and just made the angle of the film head a little bit differently. But this is often how it happens, you start with the initial idea and it develops, unfolds, and it can change. In the end your finished product can be different to the idea at the you started with.
it was important that the short film told a story, and at the same time story needed to be short, sharp, hard hitting and grungy. We also wanted to have the use of graffiti, jumping and break dancing within the video. I approached a good friend of mine, James Blunderfield, who agreed to be used in the film. James teaches break dancing so it seemed a good idea!


Before filming even starts, if a sound track is going to be integral to the video then I think it's important to have this in mind before you even start. The music could influence the feel of how you actually film.


Originally I wanted to use the underneath of a flyover for the shoot. The shape and the mass of concrete would have been a great effect, especially against the sky. We did find a couple of locations, but the best ones weren't that accessible and trying to get permission to film when it's on land belonging to someone else is a right pain! We then tried to find some derelict sites for effect but security companies always got in the way.
James then had a good idea about a little known old car parking area underneath some flats, it was dingy dirty, oh and awesome! The main issue with our chosen location was the light, or the lack of it. Although there were pockets of light from above and at one end through some shutters. These lighted areas actually added towards a great effect in the end.

Camera Settings

We wanted to shoot in 1/4000 shutter speed to create gritty sharp motion. Our reason for this was also to to be able to control slow motion much better. The frame rate was 50fps for the same reason. Of course, with little light it proved quite difficult at times, but it added to the whole grungy look anyway.
The other issue we had was that we wanted James to spray graffiti as this formed part of the 'Past Life' story. But we weren't about to be arrested for criminal damage for real. Therefore we added the graffiti in post production. So, in effect James was actually in front of a blank wall spraying nothing at it.
The actual hours of filming probably came to around 6 hours. It was cold and wet, and not really ideal for break dancing I guess.

Post Production

As previously mentioned having the sound track settled before editing the footage is so important. For us, this is what produces the feel, the flow,  and the impact of the whole film. Too often we have seen some well filmed footage out there, but the music is added as though it's a backing track to a montage of clips. For this reason the video then becomes a series of clips stitched together with music to help it along. Wrong. The goal is to make the two become one.


Within the post production, the biggest time consumer was getting the graffiti on the wall. To do this a still image was taken of a drawing James did on a piece of paper. This was probably about 10 x 6 inches in size. This still image then had to be masked. The image then went through quite a few different processes to give it a life like feel. What we tried to achieve was a rough effect as though on a brick wall. It wasn't bad in the end.
One thing you will notice is that the camera is moving in all but one of the scenes where graffiti is being sprayed on the wall. If the shot was still it would be easy. So the image then had to be motion tracked to follow the movement and angle of the wall.
The last shot of James spraying the graffiti has a green screen spray effect as no real spray was used.
In post production we decided we wanted a 'filmic' look. I wanted to get away from the video look as much as possible. This was another reason we didn't shoot interlaced, but progressive.
The natural colours also needed dealing with to give more of a grunge appearance. We didn't want it too colourful.
Chroma keying was used to overlay the targeting effects. These were then motion tracked.


The ultra slow-mo effect on the jump, on the break dance twist, the jump over the bench, and the spray was created with the help of Twixtor. This is a cool program but works best if the background is as clear as possible so not to interfere. These ultra slow- mo shots normally only work well for a few frames before warping appears. This normally appears around the parts that move the fastest. Twixtor has to work hard to keep up where there is a lot of information on the screen, so with quick movement this makes it quite difficult. Therefore our shots had to be chosen carefully.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Reaching New Heights

We had a great experience filming the charity video for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust. As well as filming the helicopter and the crew, we had the the added bonus of meeting and filming Jonny Coggan, a paralympic wheelchair rugby athlete.

The Airbase

It was a packed agenda at the Earls Colne Airbase in Colchester. The weather was on our side which meant the helicopter would be flying today. The helicopter was actually taking off as we arrived and offloaded our kit. There was no knowing when the crew would need to fly off for call or when the helicopter would return, so we knew this was going to be a bit of a run and gun shoot. We had to be ready.
The plan was to film in 50i interlaced with a few shots in progressive 25p as we knew some of the footage may be used for broadcast. We were just finishing off our first interview with one of the crew when we could hear the helicopter returning from a call out. We grabbed our kit and ran into position to grab the shots. Fortunately though we actually had some time later in the day to mock up a take off. One of our videographers, Michelle, actually got the opportunity to go inside the helicopter for the ride and get some footage from inside, it's not everyday you get the opportunity to film from up in the sky. However, I was most happy with my feet on the ground and filming from there.

Interviewing and filming Jonny was revealing. He had an amazing story of overcoming a life changing injury to his spine resulting in paralysis. Amazingly he is now a wheelchair rugby athlete and was due to compete in his fourth Paralympic games in Rio. What an amazing triumph and encouraging story.

The Training Session

Our second day shoot for this charity video was to get some footage of Jonny's rugby training session. Their training session had us astounded. For 3 hours it was virtually non stop and quite full on at times. There were no shortage of wheelchair clashes, and fortunately no injuries. It was quite an eye opener to a sport that we had not really seen much of before and to of been able to film this sport was quite a privilege.
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