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You may have found our work shared online, or maybe you were referred to us by family or friends. Regardless of how you got here, we definitely appreciate your interest! We understand that searching for vendors is an intensive task, and that you likely have many questions for us! Fortunately, we've compiled some of the most commonly received questions and answer them on this page! If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us!
"What is your shooting style?"
Our number one priority when we film is to tell a story. Not only about the events that unfold on your wedding day, but also about you, your partner, and the connection that brings you together. We continually search for those touching moments that arise throughout the day, from the way a mother may tear up during vows, to the gleaming smile that appears on the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time in her dress. At the same time we pay close attention to the lighting, angles, and audio for a truly cinematic experience.
Unlike some other studios, we do our best to avoid the "set-and-forget" philosophy of stationary cameras and swiveling around to follow the action. Throughout the day, we are constantly on the move, finding and capturing a variety of angles for your highlight.
"What kind of equipment do you use?"
We shoot on Canon and Panasonic cinema cameras with a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. For the majority of the time, we are on monopods in order to quickly compose and capture our shots. Occasionally, you may see our lead shooters with motorized gimbals, which allow us to capture the smooth, sweeping shots that both we and our clients love! We use Tascam recorders to capture crisp, clean audio during card readings, vows, and speeches.
"What is your payment structure?"
A non refundable 50% retainer fee is due with the signing of the contract. The deposit amount is based on your chosen package price. The remaining balance of your package is due one week prior to your wedding date. I accept all payment types but for credit card payments there will be a 3% transaction fee added to your package.
"What is the difference between Raw Footage and the Documentary Film Upgrade?"
Raw Footage is unedited footage straight from the camera, without any of the cuts, color grading, stabilization, etc. that you would find in our films. Depending on the scope of the wedding, we may deliver the footage on a 128GB or 256GB flash drive. The Documentary Film Upgrade allows our clients to enjoy a comprehensive edit of the wedding day coverage. While our highlights tell a story of a wedding day in a condensed format, the Documentary Film is a polished, long-form feature that includes footage from the day and allows viewers to enjoy the full ceremony and main reception events.
"Do you offer drone footage?"
Yes we do! We own two drones that we enjoy using for establishing shots of the venue. However, we cannot guarantee that we can fly over your venue, as we do have to follow Federal Aviation Adminitration laws and as well as restrictions imposed by the venue itself. We generally avoid flying during the ceremony or reception, as their noise is very noticeable and distracting (if you can imagine a large swarm of bees, that's what drones sound like!), and because we would instead like to focus on capturing a bride's walk down the aisle or a parent's reaction to the first dance. However, if that is something you definitely would want, we do offer the option of hiring a drone operator for your wedding day!
"How do you choose your music? Can we suggest songs?"
When it comes to our Cinematics, we believe that what you hear is just as important as what you see. The music is essentially the driving force of the mood and dynamic of any film or movie. Just try watching a horror flick with no sound and you'll see what we mean! With that in mind we pay extra attention to the music we use, in order to fit the vibe we get from the wedding day and the footage we capture. Since we love featuring vows, speeches, and written notes that we record throughout the wedding day, we gravitate to using instrumentals to keep voices as clear as possible.
Legally, we must use songs that we can purchase licenses of. Unfortunately, most well-known and mainstream songs cost thousands (if not tens-of-thousands) of dollars to license. On the flip-side, there are large libraries of amazing songs with varying genres and moods that we can license. In many cases, these songs can mesh well together to form dynamic backdrops for our Cinematics. If you are interested in browsing through the libraries we use for our music, please contact us and we can send you the link!
"How soon can we see the film after the wedding day?"
Depending on when in the wedding season your wedding day lies, you can expect to receive your wedding film within 3 to 6 months. While you wait, you can expect a teaser video or two! We do all of our editing in-house and are meticulous with our post-production and color grading. Our videos are hosted on Vimeo, and can be embedded on almost all social media platforms.
"Do you travel for weddings?"
Absolutely! Our passports are up to date and we are open to traveling anywhere! For weddings outside of the OC, LA, and IE counties we do ask that our travel expenses be accommodated for.
"Do you have any recommendations for photographers?"
We do! It's definitely a great idea to book photographer and cinematographer teams that can mesh and cooperate well together. After all, both teams are there to get awesome images! When both teams understand each others' approach and can accommodate for each other's needs, the result is a combination of gorgeous photos, beautiful films, and a satisfied couple! Feel free to contact us so we can refer you to some of our favorite people to work with!
"We'd love for you to cover our wedding! How do we book you?"
Fantastic! Please fill our contact form and we'll be happy to give you more information on our packages and pricing!