the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution.
“he is revered by his employees for his mentorship and problem-solving qualities”
So why did you decide to go on this particular journey of mentoring other wedding videographers in fact your competitors, some new to the industry and some already established?
I guess I can answer that with a one word answer, passion and if asked to elaborate further I would say that there seems to be a significant need from fellow wedding videographers in the industry.
Over the years I have been approached by many men and women wishing to assist me at weddings or take them on as interns. This is all very positive but can it truly be practical and beneficial to both parties, the short answer is simply no! There is absolutely nothing you can learn when thrown in the deep end at a wedding and can leave you stressed out and disillusioned at the end of the day. Interns are what I would call those actually wanting mentorship and that’s what I’m offering.
What can I expect from your mentoring programme?
Ok, now that I have your attention this is what you can expect from the programme.
We discuss where you are currently in your wedding videography business and where you would like to take your business. We then discuss an achievable timeline for this and then set out together on that journey.
The Framework Of The Mentoring Programme
– Module 1 –
GEAR, ALWAYS A HOT TOPIC!
DOES THE BEST AND LATEST GEAR BRING BEST RESULTS?
In this module you will learn not to spend money unnecessary on gear. You will be briefed on all the gear I use, camera gear, sound, lighting, editing, grading, gimbals, monopods etc, etc. Knowing what gear to get from the outset will save you a great deal of money in the short and long term.
– Module 2 –
PREPERATIONS BEFORE FILMING THE WEDDINGS – MEETING THE CLIENT AND MUCH MORE …
Preparation is everything in my book, plan your work and work your plan. You will learn how to prepare for the day and why a bullet proof plan is so important.
– Module 3 –
FILMING A WEDDING THE APPROACH FROM BRIDAL PREPERATIONS TO PARTY
We will spend a great deal of time dealing with this module and discuss in detail every setup of the wedding day from prep to party.
– Module 4 –
Having spent 15 years as a professional sound recordist in the film industry, I have a few things I can share. Sound is equally important as the visual, many videographers overlook this fact, and this is what can truly set your films apart.
– Module 5 –
Is this really necessary at a wedding? How to go about it in a professional yet unobtrusive fashion.
– Module 6 –
NO SECOND CHANCES, WHAT TO CONSIDER
Leave nothing to chance, learn how to back yourself and your gear up on the day.
– Module 7 –
I’m all about storytelling, for me it’s the most important entity of my films and filmmaking. How to find and structure a story for each and every wedding film.
– Module 8 –
MY EDITING WORKLOW
Editing in FCPX I will share my fast-paced data conscious workflow
– Module 9 –
MY COLOUR GRADING METHOD, SIMPLE, FAST AND INTUITIVE
Just the idea of colour grading a wedding can be overwhelming, my method will not overwhelm you and is faced paced and offers a great look.
– Module 10 –
MUSIC & FX’S
Choosing the right music can take forever, where to source and how to use it in your films for maximum impact.
– Module 11 –
THE HAND OVER TO CLIENT
Now that the work is done its time to present to your client, lets wow them!
– Module 12 –
WORKING WITH WEDDING PLANNERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE INDUSTRY
Let’s not bump heads lets rather be friends.
– Module 13 –
BUILD YOUR BRAND AND HAVE MENTORSHIP ALONG THE WAY
Need a website, start on the right footing with experts to assist you on this journey, I will introduce you to a team.
– Module 14 –
COLLABORATION, SHOOT WITH ME, SHOOT WITH YOU!
As part of this mentoring journey, I hope to film with you on one on your projects and you on mine, this has already been done with other videographers I have mentored in the industry.
– Module 15 –
MARKETING WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOES NOT
Where to spend your marketing budget can be tricky, I will share what is working for me and what has not!
– Module 16 –
WEBSITE / SEO
Having a website is a simple accomplishment, having one that brings you business is a totally different experience, I will give some great input on this subject, please view my websites to see how they are structured. How to get them optimsed will be elaborated on in this module.
Pricing to be discussed after an initial consultation, hopefully face to face or via a Zoom meeting.
In this consultation we will access where you are in your wedding cinematography journey and what’s is you ultimate goal. Based on this we will decide what modules to include and price it according.
“David is an exceptional filmmaker and storyteller. Another strength of his is imparting this knowledge and wisdom to others. With over ten years of experience capturing weddings, David inspired me to dream bigger with my wedding videography business and helped me view it as more than just a passion. I learnt while shooting with him just how meticulous he is, and how this is one of the reasons he has been a leading wedding videographer for so many years. This certainly gave me a lot of respect for what it really takes to shoot wedding films of the highest quality. He even gave me the opportunity to capture two weddings with him as a second shooter in Italy, where he introduced new challenges that await destination wedding videographers and showed how to handle those skillfully. It’s been three years that I’ve shot weddings now, and David was there from the beginning up until now, always generous in giving insight and guidance where needed. I’d highly recommend him as a mentor, whether you’re an experienced filmmaker, or a total beginner. He’ll save you lots of money, and most importantly, time.”
– G U S T A V F R A N K E
“I started working with David during the early stages of the pandemic. An extremely trying time for the industry and all involved. Regardless, David took me under his wing and trusted me with the responsibility of second shooting for him. I could not have asked for a better opportunity to build the foundations of my own career. His professionalism from the outset is something I still admire to this day. As with his wedding films, he makes sure he leaves no detail untouched. David was always very open to sharing his knowledge, showing me all the ins and outs of filming on the day. Which pieces of equipment matter, how to allocate my time, when to focus on pushing the creative envelop and when to honour the client expectations. With his guidance I have saved myself years of trial and error. A more valuable mentor in a such a competitive industry would be hard to find.”
– S T U A R T H A B L U T Z E L