What to ask your wedding videographer.
Updated: May 31, 2018
You've made that all important decision to hire a wedding filmmaker/videographer/cinematographer; to capture all the laughs, tears and cheers of your big day. How do you know you are hiring the right one? After all you will be spending a lot of time with them on your big day, so making sure they aren't like Kathy Bates' character in Misery is pretty important. Luckily Tall Tale Films are here for you, even if you decide we aren't the ones for you (highly unlikely) then at least you will be armed with right questions to ask at your consultation.
1. How long have you been filming weddings?
Experience in filming weddings is pretty important; there are a lot of things that can go wrong on a wedding filmmakers day. Experience in dealing with these issues is invaluable but not the be all and end all. Whatever experience your chosen filmmakers has, make sure you have seen and LOVE the work that they produce. There are no do overs.
2. What style are your wedding films?
There are two main styles of wedding video. First is documentary, which we refer to as point and shoot. This style will usually involve one videographer, who films from a tripod and documents your day as it happens (BORING! It looks like one of your parents' home videos from the 1980's. When I say yours I mean mine, and when I say home videos I mean embarrassing torture techniques)
Second is cinematic. As the name suggests this style uses blockbuster filming techniques to give your wedding film that cinema look. This is the only style of wedding film we offer. Using our years of experience behind the camera, we will film everything from bridal prep through to the first dances, weaving the most beautiful shots of your wedding together to create an Oscar worthy wedding film. (I would like to thank my mum and dad, my pet dog...RAPTUROUS APPLAUSE).
3. Have you worked with our photographer before?
This is a great question to ask as working together is imperative to having both great photos and video from your big day. We pride ourselves on getting along with the photographer and have even made great friends along the way. If you havent chosen your photographer yet, ask us to recommend one. We know all the best guys and girls.
4. Have you filmed at our venue before? If not would you be up for visiting it with us - will this cost extra?
If your wedding filmmaker has shot a wedding at your venue before, they will probably know the staff and all the best angles/locations to film from. Whether we have filmed at the location before or not, we will always try to visit your venue with you, either at your rehearsal or at your final consultation. We love grabbing a coffee. We love weddings. We love getting to know you better.
5. What equipment do you use?
If you dont know a lot about cameras this may seem like a pointless question. It's not. Find out the size of the cameras, the resolution capabilities, how they will be recording audio and if they will be bringing lights. Check out our equipment here.
6. When will I get my final wedding film?
Point and shoot videos will usually be turned around a lot quicker than cinematic wedding films. Some wedding videographers can take up to 6+ months to give you back your wedding film. Are you ok with this? Make sure you ask the question.
We aim to have your highlight film back within a month and your full edit within 12 weeks.
7. What will the finished product be?
A 5 minute video? A 3 hour epic? Make sure you are getting the finished product that you want not whats most convenient for the wedding videographer. We will supply a short highlight film (usually between 5-10 minutes long) which is published online for you to share your epic wedding film with your friends, family and jealous exes. You will then receive a full edit that includes your speeches and ceremony in its entirety. This obviously depends on how long both these parts are. If you want the speeches, make sure that is included in your videographers package.
8. Can I choose the music for my wedding film?
Lots of wedding filmmakers are happy to include your favourite song or first dance music in the video. However licensing does make this expensive and your videographer may not be willing to pay for the licence. We will always try and accommodate your wishes, but we love putting a spin on music choices to suit the feel of your film. This may be a nice cover or acoustic version. We take this part of our films very seriously, trust us we know what we are doing.
9. Who owns the copyright?
This is important as if you would like to make copies you may have to pay for it. Most videographers grant personal licences for you to watch and share with your family and friends.
10. What do you wear when filming a wedding?
We still cant believe wedding photographers/videographers wear jeans to a wedding. You want your videographer to blend in with your guests. Nobody wants anybody at your wedding wearing a pair of baggy jeans and an ill-fitting shirt. We will always dress in keeping with your wedding. Not too good that we stand out for looking amazing but good enough that we look like wedding guest - because ultimately we are.
Happy planning! Ready to talk to us about filming your big day? Contact us!