Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should I have a videographer?
The question you have to ask is "Why shouldn't I?" If you want to look back on your emotions, film is the way to do it. While photographs freeze us in time, film has all the qualities to take you through your day with sound and movement. Granted; photography is a traditional thing to have and oriented for an exhaustive detailed coverage, but film can provide you alone with how you - an all those around you - felt on the day, rather than how you looked. Also, check my article "Why Video? 10 reasons why you should have a wedding film done."
2. Do you work by yourself?
For most wedding projects, I work alone with 2 cameras. The times I work with another videographer or assistant is whenever couples choose package options with full ceremony. Wedding films require a less intensive coverage (albeit continuous at times) than photography and, therefore, I chose to work alone to keep the costs down for couples and to make sure I'm as unobtrusive as possible. After all, the wedding is all about you, not about me filming it! You will have a better idea if you look at my pricing.
3. What do "cinematic documentary films" mean?
Cinematic documentary films are the essence of my approach to wedding videography. Although used (and abused) to describe any film to make it look credible and cool, cinematic is an open concept that essentially means films have a cinema-like quality - in artistic value, in story and technique. Cinematic wedding films are therefore wedding in which the technique used (in shooting and editing, both in pictures and audio) makes it resemble the style and quality of cinema productions.
Why documentary, then? Indeed, when we think of documentary films, we think of David Attenborough in some wild landscape or an interesting history program - and although these films and series can very enjoyable, they look very little like cinema films. Documentaries are in essence, non-fiction films which story is told with a certain distance from the filmmaker.
There are always ways to make a wedding look better. More crew, more cameras, lighting, cranes - you name it. However, your wedding day is a celebration, so I want to keep the coverage small, stealth and discrete, since most people feel awkward when being filmed. And in the end of the day, the wedding happens because of you and I have the privilege to be filming it - not the other way around.
4. Do you offer long form films?
In short: yes, I do. As per my pricing page, I tend to edit and deliver a maximum of four films (the 15-20 minute Full Wedding Film, the 2-3 minutes Highlights Film, Full Ceremony Film and Full Speech Film), because that's what most people prefer. However, for those who really like to sit down and watch the full thing, I'm happy to edit it all together. Obviously, the editing is different and it tends to take a bit longer, but it can obviously be done.
5. Can I choose the music?
Yes, for the most part. As you probably know, music is an essential part of the film and the actual storytelling; and if you look at feature films, you'll find most of them that are enhanced and even recognised by their music score (or soundtrack). Don't believe me? Check out this short clip of Rocky with and without music. Regardless of what you think of the Rocky franchise, the film without music could be of my own jogging routine, for all I care.
However, because this is your wedding film, you might have strong views on the music. Having said that, I'm happy for you to choose the music on most of the deliverables. Obviously, I am obligated, as you are, by law, to use music for which we have the copyright. For more details, please mention how important the music is for you, when you do your enquiry.
6. Do my films go on the internet of everyone to see?
I publish only the 2-3 minute Highlights Films, which is a reduced version of the 15-20 minute Full Wedding Film. I totally understand the need for privacy for my couples and that's why I keep to a minimum the material that goes on the internet. I do this so my prospective couples can see my films and decide whether they'd like to hire me or not, the same way my previous couples did. And while I never include in any of the delivered films any unflattering shots, I'm more than happy to edit out any scenes you want to keep private.
7. What equipment do you use?
This should be a question asked only if you're a geek like I am. I love