Frequently Asked Questions…
Style Me Pretty recently asked us to answer some questions about wedding cinematography. We thought we’d share our answers here with you.
WHAT IS THE SAME DAY EDIT?
The Same Day Edit is edited much like the Highlight Film – creative and artistic. The main difference is that the Same Day Edit (SDE) is produced on-location (we bring along a full-time editor) and shown at your reception just hours after your ceremony is complete. This is a huge crowd favorite. It truly brings your guests into your entire wedding day. We encourage our couples to think of the SDE as an experience, and not just a film.
WHAT IS THE DOCUMENTARY EDIT?
What’s the most important part of your wedding day? EVERYTHING! That’s why included in both our packages is the Documentary Edit. Documentary edits usually range anywhere from 60-120 minutes, depending on the schedule and events of your wedding day. On your DVD your Documentary edit will be broken up into segments, so that you can skip around from bridal prep to the reception events.
WHAT IS A ‘LOVE STORY’ VIDEO?
The Love Story is a great way for your wedding guests to get to know you as a couple better. We sit down and interview you months before the wedding. We ask fun questions about how you met, what you love about each other, how did the proposal go….stuff like that. We take that footage, along with still photos from your ‘growing up’ years and incorporate them into an edit that plays at the reception. The Love Story helps give background to this special day.
WHAT IS ‘COVERAGE’?
Coverage is the amount of time we’ll be present at the event. The earlier we are there, the more time we’ll have to capture the essence of the location, the preparation and the emotion of the pre-ceremony events. It also gives us more options in the editing room and gives you a better wedding film.
WHAT IS RAW FOOTAGE ON HARDRIVE?
Uncut footage includes all the footage from your day. Raw and unedited, we’ll provide you with the original H.264 video files on a hard drive.
WHAT ABOUT NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL?
We travel any where in the world to capture your wedding.
DO YOU CREATE A LONGER FORM FILM?
Our 2 packages are the Wedding Film package and the Same Day Edit Film, both range from 5-7 min. We specialize in creating short, dynamic films that tell the story of your day. The package does include a Documentary Film. You can learn more about that here.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
IS ALL THE FOOTAGE YOU DELIVER EDITED, OR IS SOME OF IT RAW?
We shoot everything the same – with the idea that it will show up in the Wedding Film. Everything delivered to you is edited. The Documentary film is lightly edited chronologically. You can purchase the RAW footage on a hard drive if you want. Which is a good idea, because we only hold on to the raw footage for a year after your wedding.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS AND EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? IS EVERYTHING SHOT IN HD?
We use the Canon 5D Mark II, and the Canon 7D cameras. Everything is HD.
DOES THE ENTIRE MOETIC TEAM COME OR JUST A FEW OF YOU?
2 Cinematographers for the Wedding Film package. 3 for the Same Day Edits.
DO YOU HAVE BACK-UP CAMERAS IN CASE ONE BREAKS?
We have plenty of cameras – no need to worry about that.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET SICK?
First, we’d look to having one of the other Moetic team members fill in. If none are available, we have relationships with a handful of wedding cinematographers around the country that we could call on to fill in if need be.
HOW MUCH OF A DEPOSIT DO YOU REQUIRE? WHEN IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE?
50% non-refundable retainer due to reserve the date. Balance due 14 days prior to the wedding date.
HOW LONG DOES IT USUALLY TAKE TO GET THE FILM?
We try to have your Wedding Film posted online within 3 months of your wedding and deliver the packaged items shortly after that.