// Can you film both of us getting ready?
Each film package comes with one videographer as standard. If you are both getting ready at the same venue (or nearby), then I can usually film you both getting ready. However, if this is not possible, for a additional fee I can organise a second videographer to make sure we cover both locations.
// Are there any travel costs?
I’ll travel anywhere within 50 miles of OX14 at no charge, anything beyond that is charged at 50p per mile. If travelling clocks in at more than two hours, I usually need accommodation the night before (so that I’m there early enough to film morning preparations), and sometimes the night after (to make sure I can stay until the dancing starts). All I need is a room in a hotel somewhere close to the action. I’ll usually try and find a suitable option, but if you think you can find a better alternative, feel free to suggest that.
For overseas weddings, I’ll need a room for the duration, preferably nearby. I also ask that flights and transfer costs are covered. I never charge an additional fee for travel time.
// Do you need to visit the venue beforehand?
No, as my work is people and story focused, the venue, as beautiful as I know it will be, simply provides me with a backdrop to your film. My films always contain establishing shots which show off the location and it’s details, however I usually capture this footage either early on during the day or whilst you’re eating.
// How many weddings do you film each year?
I take on a limited number of weddings each year. This way I can give the proper care and attention needed to every project during the build-up preparations, editing process, and the day itself.
// How do you record sound?
During ceremonies and speeches, I clip a very small audio recorder (about this size of a pen) onto each of the people speaking (except the bride of course), along with backup audio recorders nearby. My entire sound kit is pocket size believe it or not!
// What time do you stay until?
Although I don’t give a set finish time, I’ll always be there to capture some of the party. The wedding film needs some of the crazy dance moves. End time will always vary from each wedding and often depends how late you start getting ready on the day. There is always the option to extend coverage til late too. We will discuss all of this properly beforehand.
// Can we obtain the RAW wedding film footage?
Yes, I’m more than happy to provide a timeline of all my clips.
// How do I know you won’t lose out video?
After every wedding, I immediately back up everything I recorded that day to an external hard drive. Then, when I get back to the studio, I back this up again on a second external hard drive. I also back up onto a third hard drive located off-site. That way, if anything were to happen to the local physical copies, there’s always a backup!
// Are you insured?
Of course. That goes without saying. I am fully insured and a public liability certificate can be supplied as per venue requirements.
// Can we choose the music for our wedding film?
I’ll always welcome your suggestions with regards to genres if you have any and will always try to work with your ideas. To use music in a wedding film it must however be licensed. I will select the soundtracks from musicbed.com based on the feeling I get during the edit. It’s part of the creative process and plays a very important role.
// How long will our film be?
I usually produce a short film (5-7 minutes) and/or a longer film (15-20 minutes) depending on your package choice. I ask that you trust me with the length of your film. The story and content of your day will dictate the length. I would never want to cut a great story short due to time constraints, and equally I would never want to dilute a story just to reach a minimum length. In my experience, these film lengths contain that sweet spot.
// When will we receive our wedding films?
I’ll never rush a wedding film, but I always try to get your film to you within two months. However, depending on the time of year this can differ. If I have a clear schedule I’ll often deliver the wedding film sooner.
// Do we need to meet beforehand?
It’s always nice, but not essential. If this cannot be arranged, I always try to Skype/FaceTime or phone call at the very least. This provides a good platform to check out my personality and put a face to the name. To gain a proper understanding of the wedding and to create the best wedding film I can, I’ll send you a number of questionnaires to complete beforehand. These allow me to understand the precise timings and details of the wedding. We’ll always follow this up with a final chat in the weeks leading up to the big day.
// How do we book?
To completely secure your date, I need two things from you. First, is completion of a very simple booking form, and second a deposit payment paid by transfer into our business account. I’ll invoice you for the balance payment due 30 days before the wedding.