How much of the day do you cover?
That really depends on you - we can cover the ceremony on it's own, or we can be there for the whole wedding day from your hair & makeup in the morning till you leave the reception at the end of the evenng. The packages we offer will give you a good idea of exactly what is covered and what you get as an end result.
How long is the video?
There are separate sections for each part of the day so it depends on what parts you have chosen to be filmed.
the bride & groom preparation highlights is around 5 minutes to 7 minutes depending on the package
the ceremony is 25-35 minutes on average (your ceremony is filmed non-stop so the end result is as long as your ceremony took)
the photo shoot highlights are around 5 minutes *this is an option on most packages - see the question below
the reception is 45 - 60 minutes on average
the online sample is 1.5 minutes
the wedding day highlights are 5, 8 or 12 minutes depending on the package
Why don't you include the photo shoot in your packages?
You can include the photo shoot as an option, but we'd prefer to leave that to the photographer - you have allocated a specific amount of time for the photo shoot and your photographer needs that time to get the best shots - Most videographers include the photo shoot because that's the time they get the most 'creative' shots', if you look at their examples you'll see lots of those creative shots. Our examples are all real highlights of actual weddings and include plenty of creative and cinematic shots without faking anything. We prefer to film the final preparations at the venue and pre-dinner drinks with your guests to show you what's happening while you're not there. If you specifically want the photo shoot covered we'll be happy to add that in - just check with your photographer to see that he has time to cover all the locations with us there.
What do I get?
Again - the choice is yours - we usually deliver your wedding as a 2 DVD set or on USB but if you'd prefer your wedding on Blu-Ray, that's fine, just let us know. Your entire wedding is also available online via your very own private web page (The page will remain active for a minimum of 12 months).
Can I choose my own music?
YES, YOU CAN! - we ask you to list the music you have chosen on the day together with other songs you particularly like and we use that music to complete your wedding video. We have an AMCOS - ARIA licence to produce this. If you have chosen a song to play while you walk down the aisle or sign the register, that's the song you want to hear when you watch your wedding film!
** it's important to note that the sample we produce for online delivery (facebook etc) cannot have your choice of music - we are limited to commercially licenced music. If you want your complete wedding highlights online we will create another version with commercially licenced music. You cannot upload your highlights to social media without infringing copyright.
Who will film my wedding?
We have a team of 5 camera operators who work as part of the business. It depends on the day and availability as to who will cover a particular wedding. I personally cover around 90% of weddings but there are days where we have many enquiries and we are able to form 2 teams to cover different weddings. We always call the week before your wedding to discuss details and we'll let you know at the time who will be filming on the day.
How many camera operators will there be on the day?
We always use two camera operators. That way we can separate to cover the bride & groom preparation and cover different angles at the ceremony & reception without getting in anyone's way.
What equipment do you use?
Our inventory is regularly updated as we purchase new cameras & lenses and sell the old equipment. Our main cameras are Panasonic, we may, of course, use other cameras if the situation calls for it:
2 x GH4's, 2 x G7's, 2 x FZ100's, 1 x FZ2500, 1 x HC X1000 - all these cameras are capable of shooting 4k
we have too many to list individually, 12 Panasonic lenses & about 20 Canon lenses plus an assortment of low light primes
We have 6 audio recorders with a variety of lapel mikes, cables & adaptors to suit any situation.
We use LED lights and stock 12 of different sizes & capacities, while we bring plenty of light to a wedding, we only use what is absolutely necessary.
We use Miller tripods and have an assortment of grip equipment to cater for any occasion.
All our equipment is of a professional standard and our lighting & support equipment has been used on a number of TV commercials.
Will you get in the way?
NO! - our primary aim is to document the day without becoming part of it. Unlike most videographers, We will NEVER stand in the aisle and film, we will NEVER go behind the celebrant to film. Apart from the farewell circle (we may have to get in the middle to film) we aim to remain in the background, behind the guests. A lot of our couples say "we didn't even see you - how did you film that?
Can I make changes to a particular package?
Yes, you can choose to mix & match to suit the coverage you want. We are always happy to discuss different options.
Can I organise a payment plan?
You certainly can, we can organise regular payments to suit you - weekly, monthly - whatever suits you.
How long after the wedding will we see the result?
We will create a sample/trailer within 7 days of the wedding and have all parts of the wedding day online for you to view within 12 weeks of the wedding date. That may seem a long time but with the number of weddings we do and the work involved in editing your wedding, 12 weeks is the timeframe we have set.
How many hours are you there filming?
We don't specify the number of hours - we are there as long as it takes to get the coverage you want. If you have chosen to have a package where we cover till the end of the 1st dance, one of us will film a couple more songs while the other packs up. If you have chosen to have us there till the end of the evening - we'll be there until you leave.
How far will you travel?
Wherever you need us to go! - We consider anywhere within an hours travel each way as 'normal' travel - that covers as far north as Nelson Bay, inland to Singleton and as far south as the Hawkesbury river. If your wedding is anywhere on the Central Coast, Newcastle or in the Hunter Valley - you're local and there is no charge for travel!
While a 1-hour drive first thing in the morning to film your preparation is no problem, packing up at midnight ready for the drive home is a struggle. If the drive takes longer, or is more that 100k, then we need to charge for travel & accomodation. An easy way to estimate the cost is to use Google Maps to calculate the distance from Lake Munmorah on the Central Coast (our base) to your suburb. By doubling that distance you have the amount of return travel we need to cover. One dollar for every kilometre gets you a cost for travel & accommodation. This charge also covers the fact that we book the whole weekend for 'away weddings' travelling there on a Friday & back on a Sunday.
as an example:
Lake Munmorah to Port Macquarie = 290k x 2 x $1 = $580
Lake Munmorah to Dubbo = 408k x 2 x $1 = $816
Lake Munmorah to Parkes = 433k x 2 x $1 = $866
This charge is calculated using the NRMA cost per kilometre for travel, accommodation for 2 camera operators & wages while travelling for the 2nd operator (I don't charge for myself) .
** The calculation applies for regional NSW - if your wedding is in the greater Sydney area the charge is $2/km
as an example:
Lake Munmorah to Cronulla = 142k x 2 x $2 = $568
Lake Munmorah to Penrith = 134k x 2 x $2 = $536
Do we use drones to capture footage of your wedding?
We own, but do not regularly use drones for weddings due to the legal restrictions.
Anyone operating a drone commercially (as in for wedding photography or videography) must have an aviation reference number issued from CASA (the Civil Aviation Authority), they should also have Public Liability insurance.
The rules for small drone use are very specific and there are 3 that are most pertinent for weddings:
You must keep your RPA at least 30 metres (100 feet) away from other people - you CANNOT sign a waiver or get around this rule.
You must not fly your RPA over any area where, in the event of a loss of control or failure, you create an unreasonable hazard to the safety of people and property on the ground (populous area). Places like beaches & parks are specifically mentioned.
You must keep your RPA at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes - Operations within the 3nm radius of an uncontrolled aerodrome or helicopter landing site are restricted.
That means we can't do a fly-over of your ceremony while guests are present, we can't fly over your guests or any other members of the public at any time.
You should also check with the venue, an increasing number are banning drone use due to safety/privacy concerns.
Got a question we haven't answered? you can ask it here and we'll get straight back to you - we may even add it to the list!