How much input do I have with my final wedding film?
If you are interested in my services, I am assuming you are hiring me for my expertise and that you will trust me to create the most memorable film for your big day. If you have seen my films, you know the amount of care and detail that goes into each one of them. I want you to be able to relax and leave the filmmaking to my creative process. Who wants to worry about their pictures and wedding film when they have so much else on their plate! I promise, you won’t be disappointed. If you are looking to nitpick and direct your own film, we may not be a good fit.
How many videographers will be present at the wedding?
Though my wife attends many weddings as my assistant and runs my second camera during ceremony, I shoot most weddings solo (as many videographers do). I pride myself in being able to create a wedding film with the same (or better) quality as a multiple shooter team. Take a look at my films and I promise that you won’t be able to tell the difference between single shooter coverage and multiple shooter coverage!
When will my wedding film be ready to view?
Please allow up to 12 weeks for me to complete your film. I pride myself with incredibly quick turnaround, but in the peak of wedding season, I have to give myself a little buffer room, just in case I get backlogged. Most likely, it will be significantly sooner, but I always want to be overly cautious more than overly ambitious. We deliberately limit the number of weddings we cover per year, which allows us to focus all of our attention on each event and editing said event, so that we offer our couples the absolute best wedding film we can produce.
Can I choose what music goes into my film?
Due to copyright laws and how easy it is to get in legal trouble with music labels, I am not able to use the popular music you are probably thinking about having in your film (like Jason Mraz or Maroon 5). This is the case for most videographers who are professional and are knowledgeable about copyright laws. I license all the music that I use for my films from music licensing companies, such as, Artlist, Audiio, and Soundstripe. This means that I pay for the use of individual songs that are created specifically for films like this. However, I definitely want to know what genre of music you are looking to incorporate into your film. This way, I’m better able to select the perfect song for your film. If you so desire, please send me a couple examples of songs that you really like and I can find something similar that will complement your film.
What is your style of filmmaking?
This is a loaded question that is somewhat difficult to answer definitively, but I believe that watching a few of my wedding films can easily answer this question. Filmmaking styles are ever evolving, especially as we, filmmakers, continue to hone and sharpen our skills. However, I like to think that I have a cinematic style that follows a linear storyline of your wedding day. My films can be light and airy or darker and moody - it just depends on which style you prefer. I like to experience the wedding and then match the style of the film with the vibe of the day. If you have a preference, though, please let me know!
How do you work with my photographer on the wedding day?
I always contact your photographer (and DJ) before the date to introduce myself (especially if we haven’t worked together before) and make sure to make a good first impression and let them know that I’m there to help them out, so that the day goes as smooth as possible and to let them know if there is anything I need from them and vice/versa. All vendors should be respectful of each other and their work, so I strive to be as accommodating as possible and I expect the same in return. The wedding day is already stressful enough, so I like to get along with other vendors to the best of my ability.
What is your presence like throughout the wedding day?
My gear is very minimal and I try to stay "in the shadows" as much as possible, as to not interfere with your big day. Please let me know how much or how little you want me to be present (mostly for events like the ceremony). Remember, I will be roaming around like the photographer (many times with the photographer), trying to get the best shots possible, so limiting my mobility will affect the final product and what is captured. I want create the best possible film for you, so I ask that you trust my creative process and my desire to get great shots, but I do try to be elusive to the best of my ability. I want to be one last thing you have to worry about.
How do you get audio throughout the day?
I use small, self-sustaining, lapel microphones that easily fit under the bride’s dress, on the groom, and the officiant. I also use a second recorder to capture audio directly from the DJ’s board, as a backup. For the best audio quality, I highly suggest mic’ing the bride (please see how we do it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AeNAnvvyVA). If you are uncomfortable or just do not want to do this, please let me know and I will pull your audio from another source. Note that pulling the bride’s audio from the groom’s mic will automatically have a decrease in quality. It will most likely be useable, but depending on how close the couple is to each other and external factors (wind, rain, crickets, birds, etc.), there may be more interference and background noise which can take away from the overall film experience. I leave this decision at the couple's discretion.
As a single shooter, how do you capture multiple events happening at the same time (i.e. bride prep vs. groom prep)?
First and foremost, the bride is my main priority. I work with the photographer to make sure not to miss important parts of the bride’s preparation, like zipping the dress, the bridesmaid’s first look, father’s first look, or reading of a letter. If I have time before or during this early timeframe, I will grab some groom prep (which is usually very minimal and quick) and come back to the bride. If I am unable to get groom prep early on, I usually have time at the venue or right before the ceremony, to get quick shots of the groom and his attire. It’s really a matter of good communication with the bride and the photographer.