Behind the scenes production stills from Elia + Danny’s wedding love story. Shot on location in Chicago.
Shot on 5D MarkIII’s. All light effects and hazing created in-camera through the art of “Lens Whacking.”
The most commonly asked first question is ‘how much ?’.
Understandably, this is an important question if you understand what’s involved in making your wedding film. However, if you haven’t done the research, how will you make sense of the price ?
Here’s what we recommend before asking the price.
• Research wedding films so that you are as educated about them as you are about engagement rings. You can tell the difference between a $1000 and a $7000 ring but can you tell the difference between a wedding video and a wedding film ? Can you describe what makes one wedding film better or different from another ?
Buyers walk into a car dealership having researched the latest car specs down to details such as mpg, 0-60, body styles, performance..etc. An educated car shopper knows the value of a luxury car and can tell you at length why its more expensive.
The one big difference between buying a car and getting married, is that you can always trade-in a lemon or sell it and get a better car. You are fixing a buyers mistake. However, since your only getting married once, you want to make sure you invest in your memories. It’s a mistake you can’t fix later.
• Remember the amount of time you lovingly invested customizing your invitations ? Paper material, font, engraving, envelope style..etc. You’ve become quite the invitation expert. If you don’t invest this kind of time into your wedding film, how much value do you expect to get from it ?
• When speaking with a company, don’t rely on pre-written questions you got from a wedding website as they are not taking into account your personal hopes and dreams for your wedding day. Many of the questions are out of date and will not help you to understand the service.
• Talk with “recently’ married couples and ask them what they value most after their wedding and also what they regret the most.
• If video is a last-minute add-on that you have not budgeted for, how much do you estimate you will value the final product ? How much will that company value your memories ?
Invest in your memories, they have a way of becoming priceless over time.
Here’s a destination film we shot in Chicago + Costa Rica. Justin and Angie’s dream wedding in cinema.
Return on investment ? Tears, laughter and reliving your memories in sound and motion.
Every winter, we receive emails from angry and upset couples who hired a cheap videographer to capture their wedding. These emails are filled with sadness and anger that their final product is terrible. They email our studio asking if we can *fix their bad wedding video. While good editing can help, there is NO magic in the editing studio that will ever fix poor video and audio. Its a done deal and you’re stuck with it.
An email from an upset couple that hired a discount videography company
….My husband is so upset , we both are in the way things turned out. As everyone we spent a lot of money, energy, and time planning our wedding and as beautiful as it was its not depicted as such in our video.
My request is if you would be able to somehow salvage this video through your wonderful editing to make it somewhat from the 21st century.
Another email from a couple
|…Here’s our story: We were married on New Year’s Eve of 2010. We hired a videographer to do our wedding – and while he showed up, he never edited the footage. After months of battling back and forth with him we were finally able to get the raw footage. We’re looking for someone who would be willing to take the footage and turn it into a real wedding video for us. My husband and I really like your style! And while we know it can’t be fully replicated because you didn’t take the original footage, we’d love to find someone with your eye to do process it somehow. Just wondering if this is something you’d be willing to do, and if so, what do you estimate something like that to cost? Thank you for your time!|
How much should you budget for your wedding film ?
It doesn’t come cheap, expect to pay a lot. The equipment and the time involved in editing your wedding film is intensive and costly. A good filmmaker, is a storyteller. Stories are told not only with images but with sound. Dialogue from your entire day is woven into the story. This makes your film captivating and emotional. Good equipment is expensive but more importantly, creative talent is priceless.
Return on your investment
Memories become more valuable over time. Here’s an email we received two years later from a couple who hired us to shoot their Manhattan wedding.
Hi Steve & Ton-Essa, ……you did our video in New York (2010) – ‘Manhattan’. I just wanted to congratulate you on the work you’ve been doing since we last saw you. We keep a track on your website and it’s absolutely outstanding. Our video gets watched all the time by us…and you wouldn’t believe how many friends say to us…”we were just watching your wedding trailer earlier to remind us of what a great time we had in New York”. It provides a fantastic memory of our day and more than 2 years on, I just wanted to thank you again and wish you guys all the very best for the future.
How Many Times Will You Re-visit Your film over your lifetime ?
Our couples watch their films hundreds of times and then re-visit their favorite parts as well. Its not a 1 shot deal. If its made well, you’re going to watch it more than once.
A Film of Your Wedding Is An Absolute Necessity
Hire the best and book early. The top studios book 1-2 years out and sometimes more. Wedding cinematography isn’t a last minute add-on, its your memories and the ONLY way to re-live your wedding with friends and family.
If we could bottle the excitement that families get when we release a screening of their film, we would have lighting. How much are your memories worth to you ?
We’re often asked how we get such clean audio for the bride so here’s exactly how we do it.
Thank you to our real bride, Katie Dalton for being our model!