The "simplicity" is in the editing style. The cinematographer(s) actively move around a scene to capture the essential moments. Even as a single cinematographer there will be visual variety with the use of multiple cameras and sophisticated filmmaking equipment. Audio is also given careful attention.
A creative product is often difficult to define. Our ability to serve a client's needs is determined by how well we have accomplished the purpose of the product we are producing. The purpose of our “simple documentation” is to comprehensively cover your event. While we always strive to create emotional content, this particular product will prioritize technical accuracy. In serving this purpose the client can expect an exacting account of the day with natural audio and beautiful imagery.
This is a South Asian Reception was a six hour event with many speeches and performances. The footage was edited with a simple choices of camera angle and the use optimal audio recordings. The video begins with a short musical section in the beginning which shows the cocktail hour in short clips. The remainder of the video was a simple series of events until the dance floor opens.
This is more than a simple documentation of the event. An extra day is dedicated to the shooting of this short film. For Nam and Joe's occasion, the day before the event was filmed for a behind-the-scene perspective of how their wedding was realized. We were also commissioned to film an impromptu skit which was played at the wedding ceremony and can be seen here at the end of the video. Almost all of the spoken words that we had recorded are transcribed and organized into a storyline. The edit is a refined abstraction of dialogue, music selections, and "cinematic" imagery. I have included this project's script below in order to illustrate how we have used dialogue to drive the plot.
The script will also provide a client with a way to easily review the direction that we have taken during our editing process. We insist on a certain amount of creative control but also recognize that we are trying to properly reflect the personality of the main characters. Nam and Joe are a fun-loving, rabble-rousing, and often sarcastic couple. We approached this work with a lot of planning and an open communication throughout the entire process.
This particular piece of equipment has been highly valued in nearly every aspect of film and television for the past 30 years. It allows a camera to be moved and manipulated in space smoothly and in any situation that can be accessed on foot. It can be used for long sweeping shots or subtle moves in tight quarters. Many of our competitors have been utilizing a lightweight, handheld version of this tool to varying degrees of competency. The bottom line is that the heavier object moving in space has more inertia. Greater inertia means a more deliberate quality of movement. The enduring stability and creative versatility of the professional steadicam operator has kept this skill in high demand within the television and film industry. We have brought it into our own production and it is one of our proudest features.
A “slider” is a linear track designed to carry a camera through space. This technique is not just a simple camera trick. It has been used in filmmaking for over a century. This film-making tool allows a camera to describe a subject from an actively moving perspective. It provides a viewer with the feeling of moving through the scene. We use a variety of camera support gear. Smooth consistent movement is always on our minds.
The term cinematography has traditionally been given to anyone in the field of bringing moving images into movie theaters. Today, the lines between film, television, and web content have become blurred. As technology has improved the wedding videographer has taken advantage of the film-like quality of modern photography equipment. Although "wedding cinematography" is arguably a complete misnomer our industry has almost unanimously adopted this filmic technology. I don't believe that technology alone has leveled the playing field. It is only changing the game and we will remain consistent and competitive with our artistic style and work ethic.
The real strength of our work is the quality of our imagery. We are constantly looking for a perspective that best describes the moment. We are also keenly aware of our fellow artisans and attending guests. Our style is consistent, clean, intimate, and unobtrusive.
Shooting with multiple cameras and audio recorders allows us to capture with confidence. Keeping footage on multiple, well-maintained storage units is an absolute necessity in this industry. Our redundant workflow is our only relief from anxiety in this market.
All packages include a 3 to 7 minute video that gives a visual synopsis of the event. This pricing structure begins with a single cinematographer and additional cinematographers may be added.
Natural audio, beautiful imagery (steadicam, sliders, filmic camera gear) & basic editing. This package comes with 3 Blurays and 3 DVDs.
$1500 half day / $2400 full day / $2600 full day plus*
This is more than a record of events. An extra day is dedicated to the couple's interview and portraiture. Almost all of the spoken words during the interview and events are transcribed and organized according to a pre-planned storyline. The edit is a refined abstraction of these elements
$2400 half day / $3200 full day / $3700 full day plus*
ADDITIONAL CAMERA OPERATORS
Having a second camera operator will provide more comprehensive coverage during the event. It also gives a staged event more camera angles and visual variety.
$300 half day/$500 full day / $700 full day plus*
ADDITIONAL BLURAY OR DVD DISCS
An archive will be kept of your disc and you can buy additional copies for up to 5 years after the first copies are delivered.
$20 per disc
For the sake of efficiency, revisions to the original edit are finalized in-person. The amount of time required will be fairly assessed.
$300 half day / $500 full day
half day = 5 hours on-site / full day = 10 hours on-site / full day plus = 15 hours or more on-site