When videography calls.
While both capture motion pictures, the differences between cinematography and videography are dependent on a few factors. To find out what approach best fits your project, consider the size and scope of the work, the size of crew, the amount of pre-production needed (such as creative brainstorming, writing scripts, creating storyboards, etc.), and who’s in charge of creative direction.
When it comes to the scope of the work, whether it’s a concert, news piece, or special occasion like a family reunion or birthday, videography is ideal for documenting dynamic situations and supports a sense of spontaneity.
“Videography is geared toward live events or weddings, or something that’s not necessarily planned with a giant crew or any filmmaking setup that you usually see in a movie,” says professional filmmaker Whit Ingram. “It’s usually a broadcasting camera, which works better in a run-and-gun-type shoot, where you do not necessarily know what you’re shooting until you start.”
While the actual video production is often smaller scale, don’t let that description fool you. “Videography has this connotation that you don’t work on big projects, but that’s not true,” cinematographer Josh Miller adds. Videographers work on smaller teams or, at times, by themselves, but they can and will get asked to work on complex projects with a broad reach, like corporate training videos, capturing sports events, and aerial drone footage.
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