Do You Need Dialogue to Create an Amazing Wedding Film?

Do You Need Dialogue to Create an Amazing Wedding Film?

Do You Need Dialogue to Create an Amazing Wedding Film?

One of the incredible things about this industry is the way that people take this thing that we do – create a film from a wedding day – and make it unique to their style.  When it comes to Iris and Light, they leave you in awe of the couple’s love for each other and the beauty around them… and they do it without including any audio!

When I first started filming weddings, I was heavily obsessed with Iris and Light. I still love their films (and photos!) and always feel so inspired by them for so many reasons. One of my favorite things about their work is that I often feel as though they weren’t there directing or posing when I watch their films. Oh, I’m totally sure that they are directing and posing, but somehow it doesn’t FEEL like they are. I’m always watching and wondering how they are getting their couples to look so natural in front of the camera! It looks as if their couples are truly flirting, truly playing, truly adventuring around these exotic places… all without being posed or even aware that they are on camera. I love it so much.
 
Sometimes it can be so easy to run through my quick list of poses (and gosh, that quick list of poses is important to have!) but I can occasionally rely a little too heavily on that quick list. Somehow I always watch their films and feel inspired to push my clients to try something different.
 
Play with this flower, throw this rock, snuggle in this amazing location… Don’t just stand under the archway and kiss. Don’t just hold hands and walk this way. Sit down. Play with her hair.
 

Be real humans doing real things and not just different faces in the same poses as last week’s couple. 

Another thing that I truly find unique about this company is that they are able to create an interesting edit without incorporating much audio. They seem to use sound design here and there, but they aren’t pulling in vows or anything said during a ceremony, at least in this edit. I don’t know about you, but I somehow feel refreshed by this. It’s just money shot after money shot. Several minutes in, I realize I’m drooling, and wonder how on earth I am still with it when normally I’ve checked out. I’m the queen of skipping through films or checking out as soon as I’ve felt a hint of “this has lost my interest”, so I don’t quite know what makes me stick around other than the fact that their films are a purely, visual beauty. Sometimes that looks like straight artwork, sometimes it’s more story-based, sometimes it’s pure visual beauty. 

It’s incredible how many different versions of a wedding film we can have, and don’t let anyone tell you that one way is the best way. What a boring industry we’d have if every film looked exactly the same. So while the industry has made a huge shift towards audio heavy styles, don’t overlook the films that are simply music, money shots, and sound design. Sometimes they are full of some of the most beautiful, inspiring footage.