What different styles do you offer? How do I choose?
We offer two types of packages: Super 8 film and Hybrid (Super 8 film combined with HD video) options:
- Super 8 really captures the feelings and emotions of the day—it really has a magical quality that way, but it is more like a home movie and the end result are highlight films—we're selectively shooting little moments and vignettes, plus it's always set to music since Super 8 sound film is no longer made. We'll occasionally record the ceremony and/or toasts with a handheld audio recorder and use little bits in the Super 8 editing, or we can add on HD video for the ceremony and/or toasts for a small additional fee. Super 8 is at its best when there’s lots of natural light, and is ideal for outdoor weddings; however we work with a light panel for after-dark and indoor receptions.
- Hybrid options allow you to add on a select amount of Super 8 to HD video, perfect for documenting your day with full audio and video and rich detail in low light with traditional HD video. The Hybrid packages ensure you'll have key parts of the day in documentary-style footage as well as both 3- & 20-min. cinematic highlights with the romance, magic, and nostalgia of the Super 8 sprinkled into the editing.
We recommend Super 8 for outdoor weddings and those in the daylight/early evening with lots of natural light and Hybrid options for lower light and very dark locations. But we're happy to talk with you in depth about all the reasons for choosing each.
What primary style do you identify with?
Our Super 8 films feature short-form storytelling (emotional montages of the couple's day set to music) in both a highlight film and a longer home-movie style film. Our Hybrid packages feature a cinematic short-form highlight film, a longer feature film, and documentary-style edits of key parts of the day, along with a home movie of the Super 8 set to music.
For our shooting style, we try to remain unobtrusive and document the day as it unfolds candidly and rarely stage anything, aside from a shot or two during the photo session part of your day. We work closely with your photographer to capture the sweet, memorable moments that comprise your day.
What do your packages include?
We offer two different types of packages with various options of each type: Super 8 film and Hybrid combinations of both Super 8 and HD videography. They include:
- A consultation to plan your coverage
- Your choice of coverage for your wedding day
edited approximate three-minute online highlight film set to licensed music to
share with family & friends and a longer feature film
- Your choice of DVD or Blu-Ray copies in metal keepsake tins with custom menus and packaging
- Plus, Super 8 packages include the archival celluloid film reels, which can last 50+ years to be transferred to future formats
Contact us for full details. Read more about our videography packages or watch wedding videography examples.
What formats can the final video be in?
DVD, Blu-Ray, and online highlight films. With all Super 8 & Hybrid packages the couple gets the celluloid film for archival and heirloom purposes, and we include a sheet on caring for your film to help make it last 50 years or more.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes; please let us know if your venue needs a faxed copy.
Where is your business based?
We have a home studio in South Austin, but we are open to traveling all over to document special events and keep our travel and destination wedding pricing
reasonable for this reason.
Do you offer demo DVDs for potential clients to look at?
We have a page with our wedding videography
and portfolios on Vimeo
, and can give passwords to the longer full-length edits after meeting with clients. Upon request we can also mail a hard-copy DVD/Blu-Ray.
What types, such as unedited footage or special effects, of videography do you offer?
Describe any special editing services you offer:
We love to edit to music to tell a story for highlight films. We are very creative and flexible in our editing. Depending on our schedule and commitments, we can also edit a couple's honeymoon footage or other footage (family films, etc.) Just ask us
Do you have lighting equipment to accommodate a more dimly lit event?
An on-camera LED lighting panel. Super 8 isn't the ideal medium for very low light situations, but we have a couple tricks up our sleeve. Please talk more with us during a consultation
to make sure we'll all be on the same page about lighting at your venue(s).
How many videographers do you work with?
A husband and wife team: Michael & Shanna
. We also work with associate cinematographers from time to time.
Does the client get to meet the videographers before the event?
Of course! It's so important that we get to know and are comfortable with each other, so that we and the cameras are less obtrusive on the wedding day. Plus getting to know our clients helps us best create their unique film. We'll often e-mail with the bride (and groom) over the course of the engagement and are happy to help with suggestions, ideas, vendor recommendations and more.
Let's go grab coffee or a glass of wine and chat. Or we can talk via phone or over Skype. Contact us here.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Shanna or Michael
will be there depending on the package option, usually both. However, we occasionally work with associate cinematographers, trained by us, on very popular dates.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We don't book more than one event in a day. We prefer to have only one--occasionally two--weddings in a weekend depending on the locations and packages.
Do you have a replacement videographer in case you become unavailable on the event day?
We do have referrals and back-ups if needed for emergencies. Michael has worked in the industry for fifteen years, so he knows many videographers in town.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day of?
A lot! Depending on the videography package
: two to three HD cameras, tripods, lights, audio/mics, multiple vintage Super 8 film cameras, lots of film stock to choose from based on lighting conditions, and more.
Do you bring backup equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes - batteries, cameras, extra film stock, and more!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We do ask that the client provide something to eat during a short break for 6+ hour weddings. We like to take a break during the dinner and request to be within eye/earshot of the reception. It's a good time, since no one wants to be filmed eating anyway usually, and then we can be ready when cake cutting and toasts or dances happen afterward.
Do you charge overtime?
We charge our hourly rate if clients want us to stay longer than the hours stated in the contract. Please let us know before or during your wedding if you'd like extra coverage.
Do you give access to your raw footage?
Generally, raw footage is not of much use to the bride or the groom, unless they are skilled in video editing. It consists of hundreds of short files that amount to very large file sizes. We spend 40-80 hours minimum in post-production on each wedding, choosing the best shots to edit together. We can however provide a (Mac-formatted) hard drive with raw files for the client for an additional cost.
Do you reserve the right to use the video in the future for deals, contents, etc.?
Yes, we do, for promotional/portfolio/advertising purposes, all of which is outlined in our contract.
Is the client involved in the editing process? If so, how much input does the client have in editing?
We are flexible on this. We love clients that let us have creative control, but we also love input on what will make your film special for you! We also welcome input on the kinds of Super 8 you love--very vintage or more fine film, black & white or vivid color, which is good to know a while before the big day so we can order the right film stocks. We discuss it all at the consultation. We put a lot of time into choosing the very best licensed music to complement the highlight film, too, so we like to get a feel for the couple's favorite music to help us choose the best song.
How long does it take for the client to get the final video?
We often like to share a highlight film with the couple as soon as we're able--generally within a couple months of the wedding, as we continue to work on the longer full-length edits. The full package takes approximately four to six months from the wedding date, though it can be longer at certain busy times of the year. We put several weeks of work into editing each wedding--from logging footage and selecting the music to cutting together the footage, to creating the custom DVD and Blu-Ray menus and packaging. Turn-around time will be clearly stated in the contract, and we will always keep in touch with you to keep you posted.
Contact us for special circumstances and rush edits. We don't prefer "same-day edits" because we want to give you a final film to cherish for a lifetime made with thoughtfulness and care.