Saying I Do

Below you will find guidance about filming yourself saying I DO. You can also download the guidelines, here (you will need to create a free ISSUU account to download).

Do READ THEM THROUGH as it they really will help you save a massive amount of time and get the best possible result. Really.

Before doing anything, watch at least 3 of the I DO films at

There are 3 shot elements:

Shot 1: The Walk Up To Camera and the saying of the line I DO.

  • You will need about 20 seconds of walking to help you when you edit. Best way to do this might be to walk away from the camera at normal pace for 20 seconds and make that your start point.
  • When you are ready, walk at a normal pace towards the camera. As you walk, try not to make any big gestures – you’ll be blurred but raising your arms, any sudden movements, touching your hair, will distract.
  • Your end position should be more or less as below, known as a medium close-up.

Daniel Henshall, I DO

  • When you get to your mark, stop and take a pause of 2-3 seconds before you say I DO, right down the barrel to camera. Say this once
  • The statement is intended as a message of affirmation, support, hope and love, so bring that to your personal interpretation of the line.
  • When you’ve said the line, hold that position for 3 seconds (this is important as it will make your life a lot easier in the edit!). Make sure you hold for these 3 seconds for every take you do, as you don’t want to lose a great take because you don’t have enough of a handle at the end.
  • Go immediately into Shot 2, The Reprise (see below,).
  • We recommend doing lots of takes, and experimenting.
  • Never assume you have it in one go!
  1. Shot 2: The Reprise
  • This shot, lasting 5 seconds and appearing after the I DO title cards, is a more personal moment, with you looking at the camera.
  • You can break the seriousness, smile, walk out of shot, throw party streamers – whatever you think really. Some have been solemn and serene, others more playful. The key ideas are grace, joy, and happiness – and to send a message of positivity and community.
  1. Standalone shot
  • When you have done the walking shots, also do a couple of takes of you looking directly to camera without movement, pausing for a couple of seconds and saying I DO and then pausing again. This might be useful should we look at doing an edit down the line of everyone who participated in The I Do Project.
  1. Publicity shots
  • Also, do take some still publicity shots of you on location, both as a hero shot (the main publicity image) for your film and a couple more to show more of where you are (and ideally one of you with your cameraperson and team).
  • Importantly, do take one in your end position of the walk up to camera to show the location.
  • See as examples:
  1. Background Sound
  • We don’t recommend attempting to record sound during the takes themselves. Sound is SO difficult to capture in a take without a sound recordist or proper equipment. There is also so much extra noise around you when you film (particularly if you are looking to film in a busy place) that it will drive you crazy trying to get ‘the perfect take’. Filming the I DO films we had to contend with airplane noise, birdsong, traffic and very talkative tourists, so we opted to record everything afterwards.
  • Instead, if you want to capture the sound of the location, record what’s called a wild track, without anyone speaking. This is just using your mobile phone or camera to record sound. Just press record and let it run for 30 seconds or so. Having said that, even then, it’s unlikely you will get much usable, so you might choose to have no atmosphere in your film, or you can download sound effects from a number of free sites.
  1. Saying I DOvoice-memos-recorder-iphone
  • Go to a quiet place (where there is no other noise) either indoors or outdoors.
  • Using the Voice Memo app in your iphone or equivalent, record yourself saying I DO.
  • Do lots of takes, but pause 3 or 4 seconds between each one so editing will be easier.
  • Be careful not to hold the phone too close to your mouth, as this will distort the sound.

Good luck!