I used to shoot wedding videos. I worked for this place that sold everything and I only worked on videos. We'd shoot on the weekends and edit during the week. I was assigned this wedding and no one told me anything was special about it. I show up and it was an Indian wedding.
In a typical wedding we would mic up the groom and the bride and groom would stand in front of the preacher and the one mic would get everyone's audio.
...except in this wedding the bride and groom sat on a swing and the person officiating the wedding was pacing back and forth. So my audio was like this, "today we are here to celebrate the LIVES OF THIS young couple who have agreed to spend..."
On top of that the bride and groom had eloped months earlier and this was all for show. So what did the bride and groom do? Sat there and talked shit about all their guests.
So not only could I barely hear the guy talking, I had way to much audio about how the brides mother's cousin was a drunk and a slut.
Then we go to the reception. The reception lasted 8 hours. 8 fucking hours. I brought enough batteries and tapes but jesus that was a long time. I sat a camera up at one end of the hall for a long shot, then a slightly closer shot from over the DJ booth, and I was doing handheld camera work. Every few songs I'd move my long shot cam to get a different angle.
Now we go into the edit phase. This is really the first time I ever interact with the couple where we spend any amount of time together. I get shots while they are getting ready, but we didn't really talk that much.
So I'm editing and we have a standard format we follow. A montague in the beginning, ceremony footage, first dance, father/daughter dance, mom/son dance, cake cutting, random footage of people dancing, testimonials and well wishes, etc. Basic shit. It ends up being about 2-4 hours once everything is done.
Theirs was 5 hours long. We gave them a copy and the next day the bride stormed in the store demanding the rest of her wedding. I have no idea what's she's talking about and I don't get paid for any re-editing work. We gave her an hour longer than any video I'd ever done, but that wasn't enough. She wanted all 8 hours of the reception. Edited together.
I loaded all my shots up, and did huge cuts where I'd stay on a shot until it sucked, then I'd change it. Some shots wouldn't move for 3 songs. There was no way I was spending a lot of time on this.
We finally finished and exported the video to DVD. We called her in and she wanted to watch it in the store... and she brought a note pad. As she's watching she's making and "edit list" of things she wants me to change. That list ended up being 3 pages of shit.
I stood up, looked her in the face and said, "This job isn't worth it. I quit."
That was the last wedding video I ever edited.