Post # 17
A “teaser” is another term for a short movie trailer. If you look at the way it’s edited, it’s their interpretation of a movie trailer, but applied to a wedding film. That seems to be everywhere these days…
The reason it looks like a home movie is the low quality flip-cameras (and inexperienced camera people). IMO, it’s a waste of money to have professional editors try to piece together amateur video. Editors can only do so much. If the video and sound are poor quality, they can’t do much of anything to improve on it. You either have the shots, or your don’t.
Re: hiring a cinematographer. I thought about that, but our venue requires vendors to be licensed and insured. So…that won’t work unless we pay for their insurance policy, which negates ANY savings. Even if it did save money, we really want our friends to be able to enjoy our wedding and not work our wedding. My FI’s uncle is a photographer and EVERY family member asks him to shoot their weddings for free. We know it drives him nuts…so we’re not asking him. We want to give him the night off.
On top of that, I would NOT recommend using someone who has never shot a wedding before. A friend did that and because the videographer was inexperienced, he did not fully understand what coverage he needed. There were gaps of the ceremony not covered, as well as the father/daughter dance. I even saw another inexperienced yet self-proclaimed “professional videographer” online who who shot the entire ceremony from a low angle looking right up the bride’s nose. The videographer had left a stationary/tripod camera there, assuming he’d use his handheld camera to get the ceremony, but when the shots didn’t turn out, he was stuck using the bad angle video. The whole ceremony scene looked awkward. They might has well have shot a home movie and saved thousands of dollars. That’s what I hope to avoid.
Again, it’s not a budget issue as much as it is that we can’t seem to find a videographer that isn’t cheesy, or who doesn’t do movie trailer or music video style wedding films…
Post # 18
You could always ask if they can make a video that focuses on actual audio instead of music
Post # 19
Sure, I could ask, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll get that. Normally, if a videographer knows how to do quality sound, they do quality sound in ALL their videos. The ones with terrible sound may not have the proper equipment or technical skill to do it. If they did, they’d use that skill or equipment for all their videos.
Ladies, I work in film and television. You CANNOT assume that a photographer or videographer just magically knows how to do exactly what you’re hoping for. Many aren’t experienced or skilled enough–or they don’t want to invest in the better equipment. You also have to pick a videographer with MULTIPLE videos you like…not just one. Most GOOD videographers have a signature style…and their portfolio should reflect that. You should know by seeing their other work what you are going to get.
Post # 20
My guys are FlyFennix (capitalized differently), and I don’t know if that’s what you’re looking for. I think they start at just over $3k, and they were on the low end of what I was looking for.
My wedding planner also suggested I hire a film student, and she knows of one in particular already. It’s $1k, and she’s worked weddings with the planner before. I got to see her work, and it’s pretty good. If you want details, I can ask my planner for them.
Post # 21
Honestly, I don’t think it’s going to be easy for anyone here to suggest a videographer that you’ll like if we can’t see the type of quality work you’re looking for. Why not give us the link to the work of your favorite videographer? Then, we’ll be able to suggest back up options.
As a wedding videographer, I feel, you’ll have to spend more than $4,500 to get the guy you’re looking for. To me, it doesn’t sound OK to make all your requirements and still be “looking for an insured videographer that is reasonably priced ($1500-3000 MAX).” I know you understand what I mean because you work in the Film and TV industry. You can’t expect somebody who is licensed, insured and uses non-copyrighted music, does multi-cam coverage, uses several pro lavalier microphones, uses different types of lighting…to charge less than $4,000!
If budget isn’t your problem, simply be willing to spend more than $4,000 and you’ll get what you want.
Post # 22
Actually, I ended up finding a spectacular videography team and I definitely didn’t spend anywhere near $4500.
I’m sorry–but having insurance or a business license doesn’t entitle ANY business owner to charge more on their product. It’s just good business.
And By The Way…EVERY professional videographer should use licensed or public domain/copyright free music as well. Otherwise the videographer is committing copyright infringement and could get sued–or get the bride and groom sued for showing their wedding video online. That’s reckless and amateur.
Clearly you charge your clients more than $4500. If so, that’s your choice. That’s what you believe your time and quality of work is worth. Potential clients might agree. They might disagree. I can’t speak to that as I haven’t seen your work. However, the suggestion that a client should pay a videographer more for things that all professional videographers should do anyway (have a business license, carry insurance, bring microphones, use licensed music, edit the video professionally and not just lay a music track over the image) is ridiculous. It just makes me question your level of professionalism.
By The Way…I also never said the videographer had to bring ANY lighting with them. I said that they have to understand how to shoot under different lighting conditions given that our event is day-to-night, and both indoor and outdoor. Again, knowing how to film in different lighting conditions is film school 101 stuff. ANY decent videographer should know how to do that…and should understand how to white balance. Trouble is, there are a lot of amateurs out there passing themselves off as professionals and charging what the big dogs charge.
Post # 23
Thanks for the offer. I went to film school myself, so I know a number of very talented film students and film school grads who would be willing to film our wedding inexpensively. However, my venue requires that all vendors have business licenses and be fully insured. So…I couldn’t use them even if I wanted to.
That said, I’m all set now. I found an amazing videography team.
Post # 24
Can I ask who you found? I’m starting to look and have no clue where to start.