Valuable Tips to Become a Unique Wedding Cinematographer

Alejandro Carole

Wedding cinematography is a very challenging business. The responsibility to safely/artistically capture such an important day is surely not for everyone. The number of ways to approach wedding cinematography comes close to the number of “newly married couples”… that is why it was truly encouraging to meet and talk to Alejandro Calore, who is a master at filming weddings. Carefully listening to his personal story and valuable advice in the interview above. If you are in this competitive business it might help you fine tune your strategy and workflow. 

For those who are interested in reading rather than watching the video, here is a summary of what Alejandro had to say:

  •  “Taking a collection of beauty shots during a wedding won’t cut it” – Like in any other serious project, you have to think “story telling” and according to that story, compose and structure your shots.
  • When it comes to equipment, Alejandro is not “chasing technology” – He is pretty much relying on his trusted Canon 5D Mark II, various lenses and a tripod. That’s it! No drones, sliders, rigs and such. One man, one camera, one point of view.
  • His secret for a successful business: “Don’t copy others’ style” – Find your own way to use “an audio-visual language” and creatively tell the story of that important day the best way you can.
  • Alejandro is a believer in “what comes in, goes out” – Heavily manipulating the image during post-production is not his thing. “Technicolor’s Cinestyle” is his preferred “in-camera setting” and as you can see in the sample films, the “flat image” became his artistic signature.
  • You might be a bit concerned regarding his “out of focus” approach, but if you take your time to watch the above interview you will find out why he does that.

Below you can watch a “pre-wedding piece” and a “wedding ceremony” sample work from Alejandro:

At the end of the day, when a couple has to choose their wedding cameraman/editor, it all narrows to a personal taste. Alejandro is bravely challenging all those who are leaning towards technology and forget that nothing beats great cinematography and good content.

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More info about Alejandro and his work can be found under the following links:

realnshort.com
vimeo.com/realnshort
facebook.com/Alejandrocalore

Special thanks to Adrian Mahovics for helping to arrange this interview. Photos by Damiano Errico and Eugen Bernath

If you are a wedding cameraman/camerawoman/cinematographer, why not share your working experience with us in the comments? We would love to hear what you say.

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I was a wedding cinematographer, lost my touch, seeing this I feel calm, I thnk my customers would not have been happy with this kind of content.

But I would.

Daniel Curtean
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Agreed! Horrible lenses, flat look and framing that makes my blood boil. Art has a tangible, OBJECTIVE aspect to it’s beauty that can be measured, and he brakes all the rules in terrible ways.

Sorry, but this guy can’t shoot to save his life!

Daniel Curtean
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Breaks*

Gione da Silva
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Man, you have no idea what you are talking about! Art is just that: Subjective! People interpret it in various ways! Alejandro is well respected amongst his peers and one of the most sought after wedding filmmakers in the world. The guys is top 20 for a reason. And as Johnnie said, respect goes a long way! It’s fine to disagree and dislike things but insulting others won’t take you anywhere. Good luck my friend!

Daniel Curtean
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Every heard of the “rule of thirds” – is that subjective? What about the objective facts of what humans consider beautiful, like patterns, equal geometry, color science, contrast and the 10 other things I didn’t mention – are those “subjective” too?

Art is NOT solely subjective. There is a personal aspect to it, sure, of course! But what qualifies it to be objectively good are laws of visual design which are ABSOLUTE and not some dumb-ass idea some idiot came up with (NO reference to anyone in particular!).

Post modernism has ruined all thought, because now those which grew up in it think that everything is subjective – its not! There are definable LAWS, if you care to obey them or not is up to you, but it doesn’t change the FACT that they exist.

So yes, I certainly do know what I’m talking about.

That said, I do acknowledge that my previous comments were pure douchebaggery, and I take responsibility for that – its not cool, agreed! I apologize, sincerely! But, at the same time, I don’t disagree with the core of what I said, perhaps better said with more consider word choices, but just the same.

Gione da Silva
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Hey Daniel, very commendable to come back and apologise, kudos to you! My comment with regards to ‘not knowing what you were talking about’ were more in relation to you saying ‘this guy can’t shoot to save his life’. Like yourself (and I), Alejandro is also a student of the art of cinematography, photography, filmmaking and storytelling. All of what you said are things that we all learn (and boy, trust me, I study a lot!) about.

I agree with you that those laws were made for a reason and there are absolutely beauty in them. I myself, hate to break those rules as I don’t think I can pull them off. Now, a guy like Alejandro that has mastered his craft and is confident with the message he wants to pass can certainly break the rules. Anyone can! One of the first things I learnt was to really master the rules so that you can have leeway and creativity to break them.

Anyway, no point extending this to a personal thing and hijacking the post. Only thing I would say is, since you mentioned you are a student (like myself), try to open your mind and be receptive to new things. It will make you grow immensely! All the best!

Daniel Curtean
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I guess that’s a good point. Learning can come from many directions. Thanks for being a gentleman.

 Jim Kappel
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Check out their work on Vimeo perfection

Eno Popescu
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Eno Popescu

Well said!

Matt P
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Matt P

You’re kidding right? What gives you the right to say he can’t shoot purely because his style doesn’t match up to yours? If we were all the same in the way we shot there would be absolutely no inspiration, no originality, no new ideas. Show respect to videographers above you, even if you take home one thing that you’ve learnt from them, you’ve still learnt something. Saying “this guy can’t shoot to save his life” when he clearly can, just shows your ignorance.

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You apologized of course. But you display exactly the issue why so many people are afraid to experiment or follow their bliss and do what they really like. Yes the framing is weird, and the timing is not always what I would like. But you forget an important issue.

These images stay in your head. Look at it again. They are very powerful and beautiful.
Yes of course the scenery is great. But the thing is he is taking his time to make it very atmospheric and paints in two minutes the feel of the day.

do not understimate what you see. True art is has many layers. And these short movies have many layers.

I think the message if there is one, is that we you cinematographers have to challenge ourselves and make ourselve able to step outside bounderies. (if that’s what it takes when you want to follow what you really want to make.

Of course these movies are a special niche with probably a special clientel.

i think it is somewhat time to not do what the client wants. But to make art. And f*ck the rest of the ‘opinions’

Sebastian Wöber
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I loved this piece, very inspiring not only for wedding filmmakers. Thanks to Johnnie and Alejandro!

 Chad Beaty
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Great video… Definitely a lot of great insight to his process. What is unfortunate, however, is how clients have been so accustomed to thinking that they must have drone footage, or a 4 person crew, or a lengthy 30 min video, that a true artistic approach gets lost in most wedding films.

I have recently been approached to do a wedding film, but Im not so sure I want to do it. The main dilemma being that they want it exactly how their friends wedding film was done… And their friend’s video is just not my style of doing things (yes, lots of slider and drone footage).

Bravo to Alejandro for keeping his artistic integrity intact.

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