FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHY SHOULD I HAVE A WEDDING FILM?
Nothing beats film when it comes to recording emotions. Sound and motion are incredibly powerful and we are hardwired to respond to them.
2. DO ALL YOUR FILMS HAVE VOICE OVER?
Most of them do. You see, most wedding videography one sees around overlay their films heavily with music because recording good quality sound in the field is difficult and hard work. Human speech is the lifeblood of a film. Along with ambient sound along, human speech (wedding speeches, wedding vows, interviews, etc.) drive the film narrative forward.
3. HOW DO YOU RECORD SOUND? DO I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING?
I always record sound with external microphones. These include lavalier (commonly known as lapel mics) to record broadcast quality sound during ceremony and speeches. As you have already seen, sound is extremely important to my films.
4. YOU SAY YOU DON'T POSE PEOPLE. HOWEVER, IN YOUR FILMS THERE ARE INTERVIEWS AND SHOTS WHERE THE COUPLE ARE CLEARLY POSING?
I am mainly a documentary wedding videographer. Although I create cinematic films, these are the product of documentary camera work observing and filming what's going on. However, there are certain weddings where we need to create some cinematic content to help bind all the documentary parts of the film into one coherent, romantic, aesthetic product. Most of the times that's done during the photographer's couple shoot. During those photographs I sneak in and create the stuff I need whilst the photographer is working. Sometimes, the couple have a really good, unusual love story on how they met and I really want to feature that in the film - that's why I do interviews or have the couple reading a letter to each other, etc. The idea is that this stuff cannot take any more than 5 minutes and doesn't contend with the wedding schedule. If it does, I won't do it. As much as I want to create an impressive wedding film, I'd rather do it out of documentary content.
5. WHAT DO I GET WITH MY FILM?
All my packages include as a default a film with the full ceremony and the full speeches. Then, whether you're having a Highlights Film (8-10 min) or a Feature Film (20-40 min) done, you get a wedding film and a trailer. All this is delivered via digital download to ensure you get the film as soon as it's ready.
6. CAN I CHOOSE THE MUSIC THAT GOES WITH THE FILM
I'm normally in charge of the music choice. I use fully licensed music from independent producers. People like me who work hard to produce content without the backing of a big record label. With copyright laws being evermore enforced, I don't want my couples running into copyright infringements nor I want to be part in one. For this reason, whilst I do listen to your musical taste, your suggestions, I go to great lengths to choose the music appropriate to the film and the feel of your day that fully complies with the law and respects artists' hard work.
7. CAN I ASK FOR CHANGES TO THE WEDDING FILM?
You can, but within reason. Although this requests tend to be very rare, I totally understand a wedding film is a personal document, so I want the main characters (you) to be fully comfortable with it. I go to great lengths and consider every single shot - I would never select an unflattering shot because that's not what the film is all about. The film is about having you (mind you, the real you) in your very best. Therefore, if there's anything that makes you or any of your guests, friend or family uncomfortable, let's talk as soon as possible after delivery and find a solution.
7. WILL YOU PUBLISH MY FILM?
I publish a small selection of trailers from by best wedding films. The trailer is only 1-4 minutes long and crafted to generate curiosity about the films they're about. However, if you still would rather not have it published, please let me know.
8. Do you film ethnic or non-traditional weddings?
Of course. The skill set and the creative drive behind the wedding films I produce is the same whether you are having a Jewish, Sikh, Muslim or otherwise Asian wedding or even a non-traditional civil wedding with a different format. Furthermore, over the years I have filmed countless ethnic weddings either on my own or as a freelancer with other colleagues I sometimes work with.
9. WHAT CAMERAS DO YOU USE?
Even though I love talking about cameras and lenses, these are just tools to create. One should focus on the latter rather than on the tools themselves. If you still would like to know, I film with two Sony A7S II cameras and an assortment of fast cinema lenses and record sound with a number of microphones, both on camera and off.