A photographer and videographer have very similar jobs, both responsible for capturing your memories for you to look back on for years to come. As a wedding photographer, I work with a lot of vendors throughout each wedding but none closer than with the videographer. I recently got to meet and get to know Patrick Janka, an Orlando wedding videographer. With over 10 years in the filmmaking industry and a passion for relationship building and adventure, Patrick creates an experience for his couples like no other. I loved Patrick’s energy and I wanted to sit down with Patrick and get to know more about him and his career as an Orlando wedding videographer. Below is our Q&A, keep reading below!
A: I’ve actually explored just about every avenue of videography lol. My favorite thing about filming weddings is how everything is beautifully curated for me. It’s like I’m working on a film set where the other vendors are the film crew. The planner is the producer, the coordinator is the director, the decorator is the set designer, and of course there’s hair and makeup to make the bride and/or groom beautiful. Then I get to capture the people through the various scenes. What makes me excited the most is that the day goes by fast and the couple doesn’t always get to truly be present, so they get to relive their day through the experience of a cinematic film.
A: My favorite thing is the people. You always hear about bridezillas, but I’ve honestly never run into one. The brides, as well as the couples’ friends and family, always work with me so I can give them the best film I can. I love capturing all the different personalities coming together for their once in a lifetime event.
A: I often have to explain what I do to the bride’s parents haha. In the old days a wedding film was 1-2 hours long in sequential order, which is what they’re used to seeing. Nowadays that’s referred to as a documentary film, and I do offer that, but the main offer is the short feature film. It’s basically a cinematic short movie. A question I sometimes get is why is the film only a few minutes if you’re filming for hours? Well, it’s akin to a 90 minute Hollywood movie that was put together from weeks or months of footage. We take the best parts of what we captured and create a beautiful love story. The shorter film is ideal for sharing with friends and family on social media, too.
A: No two films I create are alike. I don’t have a formula that I copy and paste. The music, the look, and everything else depends on the vibe I get from the couple and wedding in general. When I’m shooting I do go more for a dark and moody look over a light and airy one. I believe it gives a more high end feel that adds elements of mystery and wonder. Once I’ve viewed the footage in my edit bay I start making choices on how to form the story. I always take my time with the story’s pacing, even on my shortest length films. It’s trendy right now to do a flashy edit with quick cuts, but I aim to make all my films timeless. That way no matter when the films are viewed in the future, they don’t feel dated.
A: I don’t know if this is a trend, but something I’ve seen some studios do is reaction videos. Basically the couple films themselves as they watch their feature film for the first time. After working on an edit for a few weeks, it’s nice to relive it through the eyes of the couple. It’s like my first time watching the finished film again.
A: I have a few memorable ones that stick out. One I did was in New Orleans with the couple marching down Bourbon Street with a 2nd line band. Another was one I did in NYC on New Year’s Eve. However, the one that sticks out to me the most was a cross cultural one right here at home. She was Vietnamese and he was French. The ceremony was meant to be outdoors, but it rained, so they moved everything inside. There wasn’t anything extravagant or crazy about the day, but it was the one wedding where I actually cried while filming the ceremony. You could tell the couple were deeply in love and it struck a nerve with me. It shows that the emotion is really the most important part of the big day.
A: I’ve been a musician my whole life, so definitely playing music. As a matter of fact, before I became a wedding videographer, I actually played classical guitar with a violinist at a wedding ceremony once. I think it would be cool to play in a wedding band during the reception. They always look like they’re having a lot of fun!
A: I wish people knew that our shots take time to set up. We aren’t as mobile as the photographers as we have a lot more gear. I bring a drone, slider, tripods, a monopod, a gimbal, various microphones and audio recorders, and other miscellaneous equipment. Some people expect us to be able to just point our camera in any given direction and get a great shot as if we were shooting with a cellphone. When you hire a professional videographer, in order for your film to look cinematic, we need the extra time to change our camera settings and grab the right piece of support gear for each shot.
Well, that’s it folks, thanks for reading this far. Hopefully this Q&A gave you a good idea of who Patrick is! His work is fantastic, you can see one of his most recent wedding films here:
Bottom line, if you are looking for an Orlando wedding videographer, contact Luxe Filmography!
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