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Capture an Event like it's a Film | How to video an event that stands out and looks cinematic

Capturing the essence of an event in a cinematic way not only documents the moment but transforms it into a visual masterpiece. Whether you're filming a wedding, corporate gathering, or a special celebration, adopting cinematic techniques can elevate your footage to a new level.


James Hastings London Videographer

In this blog post, we'll dive into essential tips and tricks on how to film an event with flair and bring your storytelling skills to the forefront.


Check out this event video I filmed for an awards ceremony. Notice the fast paced editing, cinematic shots on both the stage and the audience and the use of sound...



So, here's some tips:


  1. Preparation is Key: Before the event, scout the venue, understand the schedule, and identify key moments. Having a clear plan allows you to anticipate shots, angles, and lighting conditions, ensuring you capture the essence of the event seamlessly.

  2. Invest in Quality Equipment: While you don't need a Hollywood budget, investing in quality equipment can significantly enhance the cinematic feel of your footage. Use a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a good lens to achieve that coveted shallow depth of field and crisp image quality.

  3. Master Composition Techniques: Cinematic shots often rely on strong composition. Experiment with the rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing to create visually appealing and dynamic shots. Use different angles and perspectives to add depth to your footage.

  4. Play with Lighting: Lighting sets the mood for your video. Take advantage of natural light whenever possible and use artificial lighting strategically. Experiment with backlighting for a dramatic effect or create silhouettes to add a touch of mystery.

  5. Capture Candid Moments: While planned shots are crucial, don't underestimate the power of candid moments. Capture genuine emotions, reactions, and interactions to add authenticity and depth to your event footage.

  6. Utilise Slow Motion and Timelapse: Incorporate slow-motion shots to add a sense of drama and emphasise specific moments. Conversely, use timelapse sequences to condense time and showcase the event's overall atmosphere.

  7. Focus on Sound Quality: Crisp and clear audio is as important as stunning visuals. Invest in a good external microphone to capture high-quality sound. Consider ambient noise, and use it to enhance the overall atmosphere of your footage.

  8. Create a Narrative Structure: Organise your footage in a way that tells a compelling story. Establish a narrative structure with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Use editing techniques to build anticipation, create emotional impact, and keep the audience engaged.

  9. Post-Production Magic: Enhance your footage during post-production. Experiment with colour grading to achieve a cinematic look, add subtle transitions, and incorporate music that complements the mood of the event.

  10. Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest trends and techniques in videography. Attend workshops, watch tutorials, and learn from other filmmakers to continually refine your skills and keep your approach fresh.

Filming an event in a cinematic way requires a blend of creativity, technical skill, and attention to detail. By preparing thoroughly, mastering composition techniques, playing with lighting, and embracing cinematic post-production, you can create a visually stunning narrative that not only documents the event but transforms it into a cinematic experience to be remembered.


Elevate your videography skills, and let each event become a canvas for your artistic expression.


Be sure to get in touch if you need a videographer to capture your event or have a question. I'm a London based videographer and provide a full video production service for an affordable price.


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