Frequently Asked Questions

How can we reserve your services for our date?
When you've decided we right for you just request a contract and one can be e-mailed to you. Included will be instructions for returning it and options for the retainer payment.

How is the retainer payment made?
The contracted total is divided into 2 or 3 equal payments depending on the type of coverage you've chosen. The first payment accompanies the contract and reserves the date, the second payment is due by or on the event day and if you're receiving the Unedited Content as part of the Unlimited Coverage the final payment is made when that is ready to ship. Payment for your chosen editing option isn't due until just prior to the commencement of editing. Payment options include a personal check or online with a credit card via PayPal:

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What does the coverage include?
Couples consistently remark that they didn't notice the videographer was there and are surprised by how comprehensive and detailed the coverage is. Up to three, small, inconspicuous high definition cameras are discreetly operated to get the best angles during the day without taking attention away from the event itself. Audio recorders are used to get clear recordings of the vows, homily, readings, speeches and toasts. Possible locations other than the ceremony and reception sites include the salon before dressing, the place the girls and/or guys are getting ready, photo sessions, a 'first look' before the ceremony, photo sessions after the ceremony etc. In addition, pocket-sized high definition video cameras are available for the wedding party to use throughout the day for a behind-the-scenes candid view of the celebration.

Is it possible to get all of the footage that was captured?
Yes! The Unedited Content is included with the Unlimited Coverage option and is available as an add-on after your event if you choose Hourly Coverage. Full editing and duplication rights are included. The available formats are:
Portable USB Hard Drive or USB Flash Drive - All of the video and audio recorder files.
DVD - Standard definition. Playable in a standard DVD player and most computers.
Bluray disc - High definition. Playable on standalone Bluray players, PlayStation consoles and some computers.

Can you explain the differences between the editing styles?

Think of the Highlights as the music video of your wedding. All the best visual moments encompassing the entire day's activities are energetically paced to a song you can choose, or let us decide and we'll choose a piece which we feel fits the event best. It is the perfect length to share with family and friends via social media.

The Documentary is an all-inclusive record for posterity. It is meant to be truly archival, with real audio in real-time with nothing left out. It will be just as treasured in the long term as the shorter, more dynamic pieces because of its broader sense of reality. And unlike the Unedited Content, it will be very "watchable". The length is completely based on the amount of content.

The goal of the Featurette is to evoke a strong emotional response through the creative nonlinear juxtaposition of the day’s most memorable spoken words, most emotional moments and most dynamic cinematography. The elements are woven together and tightly integrated with carefully chosen music. The result is a narrative cadence which stands up to repeated viewings. The length is dependent on the amount of content, but is usually 3-4 songs.

How is timing of the editing handled?
The Unedited Content is available immediately. The Highlights is available for sharing within 2-4 weeks of the event. If you choose the Documentary or Featurette options the wait will be longer due to the time intensive nature of the editing process. See third party editor information below if your needs are more immediate.

Third Party Editor Option: Because of high demand I always have a backlog of editing, meaning that it may be a while before your edit comes up in the schedule, so for couples that would like to receive a more complex, time-intensive edit sooner you can elect to have your editing done by a third-party editor. The standard package includes all the unedited content which comes with full editing and duplication rights. I have a list of qualified editors I can pass along, or you can use one you may know. The quality and experience that goes into how the the day is captured, how comprehensive the coverage is and the contemporary style in which it is shot are the most influential factors that determine what the final product will look and feel like. If you like the samples I present then suggesting them as a template to another skilled editor will result in a very similar result.

Can we select music for you to use in the editing process?
In most cases, yes, but under some conditions there are restrictions against presenting edited pieces which contain music under copyright publicly on the internet or for broadcasting. Wedding Films has invested in the rights to a contemporary music library for legal use in all of its productions.

Can we have special photos, slides or home video edited into our Wedding Film?
Yes! Use the contact form at the bottom of the website to tell us your ideas.

Do you use lighting?
Lights are never used during the ceremony, the preparation or post-ceremony activities. It may be necessary to use lighting during the reception because of the low available light in most halls, but special consideration is given to maintaining the lighting ambiance you’ve chosen. Lighting is discreet, only used for special activities during the reception and never on the camera at eye-level.

Do you have back-ups in case of equipment malfunctions?
All on-site equipment has a back-up so that any gear malfunctioning on the job can be replaced without interruption.

Will you be professional in your appearance?
Always. You can only expect a class act, both in demeanor and dress.

Are you noticeable while you're capturing the day?
All efforts are made to blend in and be as inconspicuous as possible.

How have you been trained?
I learned my basic skills while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Video Production from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, completed in 1989. By 1996 the company had grown into the full-time occupation it remains today.

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