by Craig Flood from Watertown Films
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When Should I Begin Looking for My Videographer?
As soon as you can. I would say anywhere from 18-6 months. Just realize it's first to come first serve. So there really isn't a reason to wait on these things. You want to be the first so you get the date. I hate when I have to tell a sister or friend of a previous bride who that they're date is not available because they waited to long to... Read More »
Can I Ask for My Favourite Songs to Be Feature in My Wedding Video?
You can ask, but chances are they won't be able to use it.... legally. Music has to be licensed to be used. If a videographer uses a song which wasn't licensed they are opening themselves and their company up to lawsuits which could end their business. https://vimeo.com/202542139 Nowadays there are so many great companies out there licensing music for us to use that there is no reason at all to... Read More »
What if I Don’t Like My Video?
Be kind and write a really nice email to your videographer. This would also be a conversation best had over the phone so there is no miscommunication. I have re-edits on about three films in my 5 years as a wedding videographer. A lot of times it was because the couple wanted a certain family member in the film. The other thing to mention here, and this is for a... Read More »
What’s the Best Time To Book the Videographer For My Wedding?
Sooner is always better. Everyone books out at different times, so there is no one size, fits all. The only thing I can say is that most videographers operate on a first come first serve system. So the longer you wait to book the more chances you have of running out of options. I have couple reach out to me 3-6 months before their wedding wanting to hire me but... Read More »
Some Wedding Videographers Offer Lower Prices, What Is the Difference Between a Film That Cost Hundreds to a Film That Cost Thousands?
Quality, style, and expertise are all factors. Not all wedding films are equal. You're ultimately paying for value and what's it's worth to you. In the same way, some leather purses are $20 or $3000. You want an expert at your day, not an amateur. There are no redo's, this only happens once. Your paying for the cinematographer's expertise and experience in this area to create a cinematic wedding film... Read More »
What Is the Point of Having My Wedding Filmed When I Already Have a Photographer?
First, you need to decide if you even want a film. If you don't value it then what is there to say. Something to consider is if your 50 yr old or 80 yr old self would want a wedding film. I think it's easy to get short-sighted in this matter, especially if the budget is getting tight. I can say this... I've never cried at a strangers wedding album,... Read More »
Do Our Photographer and Videographer Have to Get Along?
YES YES YES! For your sake YES. It takes a team to pull your wedding off the way you've dreamed of it. This is especially true when thinking about who your photographer and videographer are. They will need to play in tandum the whole day. If they aren't able to comprise, give and take then it's gonna slow things down, a lot. Which will push your whole day off schedule.... Read More »
Should We Be Scared if Our Videographer Use a Ton of Special Effects?
If that isn't what you wanted then yes! But if you hired them and knew that is the kind of work they create then that is what you should be expecting. Prior to hiring a videographer look at there work and ask... is it consistent? Is this the style I want? If they aren't consistent in what they create then you don't really know what you're going to get and... Read More »
Will the Videographer Give Me a Copy of All the Footages?
Some studios do give you RAW footage and some don't. Some include it in their collections and some sell if afterward as add-ons. A better question to ask is, "why do you want the raw footage?". Raw footage is not the same as raw images from a photographer. Raw video footage is not a pretty thing to look at. It's bumpy shots, multiple takes, multiple camera angles and separate audio... Read More »
How Long Should My Wedding Film Last?
As long as you'd like :) There are so many different options here and you'll need to think about what you will want in the end. Not one film can do everything and you might consider getting a Highlight film ranging anywhere from 3-10 minutes and a full doc that is less cinematic and more documentary in nature. This way you will have the best of both worlds. Craig Flood
What Is “Raw Footage”? Do I Need It?
Raw footage is individual unedited video clips and audio clips. This is a great thing to get for the purpose of backing up but something that might serve couples better for viewing is something more like a full feature or documentary film. Craig Flood
Does My Videographer Need a Drone Operator License to Film Aerial Shots at My Wedding?
Yes, to legally operate a drone at a wedding for commercial use your wedding videographer needs a drone operators license to film. Not only does this make it legal it also makes it safe. A huge benefit of the license is to educate the operator on safe practices to keep you and your guests out of harm's way. With that being said it is a process to get your license... Read More »