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. You must want one, but if you're unsure, definitely get one.
2. DO ALL YOUR FILMS HAVE VOICE OVER?
Yes. Capturing location/live sound is incredibly important for my films. 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. But for me, 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 LONG DO YOU TAKE TO DELIVER YOUR FILMS?
Anything between 2 weeks to 4 months, depending on the season. If there's one thing wedding films differ from photography is the post production. Photography's storyline is being done as one shoots whereas film needs to be edited over time. Done and trimmed and redone until you get the music, the story, the tempo and the music just right. Of course, it's my interest to deliver the film as soon as possible after the wedding, because it's fresher in my memory and - you know - in wedding film production there is no script to follow, so my memory and experience and eye are the only things I have to rely on.
4. YOU DON'T POSE PEOPLE. HOWEVER, IN YOUR FILMS THERE ARE INTERVIEWS AND SHOTS WHERE PEOPLE CLEARLY KNOW THEY'RE BEING FILMED?
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?
Depending on the package you choose, you can have a 3-5 minute highlights film, a 8-10 minute an 8-10 minute documentary film or a long-form 20+ minute wedding film. Any of these packages include simple cut full ceremony and speech films as a default. Obviously, fully edited cinematic versions of those are also available. Please enquire for more detail!
6. CAN I CHOOSE THE MUSIC THAT GOES WITH THE FILM
I'm normally in charge of the music choice for a number of reasons. The music most of us like to listen to regularly cannot be fully licensed without spending thousands of pounds. I know there are colleagues cutting corners, but I don't do it. As an alternative, I use fully licensed music from independent producers available online at sensible prices. People like me who work hard to produce music content without the backing of a big record label and make . 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 welcome your music 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. The film is supposed to show 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 and I'll keep you off-line.
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.