Partner: WED2B

WED2B has launched Click & Collect! Offering hundreds of luxury wedding dresses, accessories and flower girl dresses on their website wed2b.co.uk.

Purchase online, or on your mobile device, and then simply collect your dream dress from a WED2B store of your choice as soon they re-open.

A team of  Bridal experts are available from 9am until 10pm, 7 days a week via Live Chat or via telephone 03331237494 to help you find ‘The One’ and you will then experience the same level of  expert service in-store with your one-to-one Bridal consultant when you collect your dress.

Should you change your mind they offer a no quibble refund or exchange in store.so you can purchase with total confidence.  There are no lead times, your dress and accessories will be waiting for you to take home the same day!!!

The perfect marriage of luxury, affordable bridal and peace of mind at this time. We think so!

Where can you speak to us?

Aside from the usual channels of website, social media, email and phone, we exhibit at a number of selected wedding shows/exhibitions/fairs each year.

This gives us the chance to speak to couples face to face, hear more about your day and hopefully get some bookings as a result.

So far in 2020 we’ve been exhibiting at:

  • Radstone Hotel
  • Crazy Little Things Boutique
  • West End Wedding Festival (Glasgow University Union)
  • Bohemia Bespoke Vintage Wedding Fair

Upcoming shows & Exhibitions:

Send us an email – hello@nine18films.co.uk if you’d like to meet up with us at any of the above shows.

What’s in the Bag?

Introduction – What’s in the Bag

What makes a good videographer or filmmaker is not “having top of the range, super expensive kit”, it’s knowing how to use it and how to use it right.

Gone are the days where video cameras were huge, with lights and big screens on them and you struggled to carry them – today it’s about blending in with the surroundings, to make people less aware that you are filming, so they can relax.  Candid, handheld, relaxed, all perfect ways to film.

To this end I often get stood on because someone didn’t notice me, impressive for a 6’4″ human or people think I’m a photographer so stand and pose… I leave them a good 5-10seconds holding the pose before letting them know it’s video 😉

My first DSLR was a cheap Canon 650D which I purchased from Gumtree and you know what? I LOVED it. It was perfect for filming, it taught me a lot about light and composition but with the advances of HD and 4K it was becoming a backup camera, rather than my “go to” camera. Especially when I bought by first Panasonic GH4.

Fast forward through all the upgrading, to today, what’s in the rather heavy bag today?

Because of it’s outstanding and possibly industry-leading IBIS (in-built image stabilisation), the A Cam or main camera is the Panasonic GH5 – it is definitely my “go to” camera.

Lenses are equally as important as the body you use – the Sigma Art 18-35mm 1.8 is a tremendous lens. As well you’ll find the Sigma 70-200 2.8, Canon 85mm 1.8, Panasonic HD 12-35mm 2.8, 25mm 1.7 and 14-140mm 3.5-5.4 lenses.  For the non-native lenses I use the Viltrox EF-M2 speed adapters to convert to the Micro 4/3rds system.

Stability and Non-movability

Years ago, it was tripod central to ensure every shot was solid and stable, the mere idea of handheld filming was laughed at. Today, it’s my favourite way to film. It’s quicker, more convenient, no humphing heavy tripods about then waste time setting them up. I can pirouette like a ballerina (sans spandex) and capture the action as it happens.

For fluid filming I use the GH5 on a Zhiyun Crane 2 3-axis gimbal – perfect for walking shots, tracking and  capturing mad shapes on the dancefloor. Plus with my long arms, the Crane can get shots almost 9.5ft in the air which is great for group shots or dancing.

My B & C cams are GH4’s and I still have a mix of Velbon and Manfrotto tripods and monopods. Ceremony and Speeches do call for fixed shots so it makes sense to have the cameras locked off on tripods.

Audio – testing testing 1-2-1-2

Capturing clean audio on the day is crucial, no longer can we rely on omni-directional mics on the cameras, that’s a dangerous game to play.

Never do I trust or use the onboard or mic’d cameras to capture audio, you would need to be placed too close to the subjects to ensure you pick up what’s being said. To me, that’s a mix of selfish, unprofessional and just wrong. You can ruin the moment for the couples, guests and photographers if you are too close. Nope, no thanks, not me!

So, normal practice is to mic up the celebrant, the groom and anyone doing readings or making speeches. We still have Rode Video Mics on our cameras too but this is more for room/ambient audio.

Yes, this is a lot more work in the editing suite but it’s worth it to ensure we can hear what the couples are saying, what the celebrant is saying without the distraction of chairs being moved, cutlery being rattled, people talking, babies crying, all which get picked up by on-board mics and can overpower and silence readings, speeches, vows, the important spoken bits during the day.

In the bag we have the super handy clip on Sony TX650 digital recorders as well as the TASCAM DR-10 with lapel mic. Back up Sony recorders are used when there are more than the “standard” number of people speaking and also to capture ambient audio, placed out of view but still able to pick up audio.

Get this wrong and life is pretty tricky.

Scottish Wedding Exhibition

Throughout the year we attend a number of wedding exhibitions and venue open days. Often it’s better to speak face to face with couples, get to know them and hear all about their big day plans.

May 25th, The Arches, Glasgow.

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For more info or to buy tickets just click here.

2020 – A New Year

2020 has arrived and things are definitely changing already. This time last year we had arrived back from a cruise to the Bahamas. New Year was seen in at home, very different, no jet skiing on the Clyde!

Gone is PV Wedding Films and now the rebranding has commenced. Step aside and welcome Nine18 Wedding Films to the stage.

More to follow…