When asked kind of notes I would like to see from a wedding shooter before I began editing his/her work. I had to think about it for a minute.
I just like to know how the day went and the vibe they had with the bride and groom. It, surprisingly, helps with finding the right vibe in the edit. Their story of the day really adds nuance to the cut since it's essentially through their eyes. And sometimes it's difficult to get an idea of the bride and grooms personalities without knowing about the moments they had with them in-between the record button. Good or bad.
Also, if there were any shots that they remember working really well, or if there was some stuff that they remember not working for whatever reason. Please tell me about them. No judgement, things happen and there's no perfect shoot. So as many details about the ins and outs as possible would be awesome.
But to take it a little further, I'm interested in the moments they're proud of catching with their unique perspective and skills, so I can zero in on them and make sure their work is showcased well. But on the other side of that coin, definitely list out stuff that didn't work so that I can start working out the details of the cut without wondering what happened or why something might be missing, etc.
Really anything that helps me find their best work and get the day/night right as far as pacing and vibe. It's a team effort and the more they give me as an editor, the more I can showcase their hard work. I want them to see the edit and think, "Yeah! That's what I was going for!" or "Yes! That shot made the cut!" Having all that said, the most difficult projects are when things aren't organized and/or there are no editor notes and I just have to guess with everything.
But every editor is different so I can't say if these things would apply to everyone. When in doubt, more information is probably always appreciated, however you choose to relay that information.
These are my thoughts about random things related to videography, photography and editing.
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