I'm here to help your wedding be relaxed and stress free, so I have put together a selection of my most frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer that you are looking for, please let me know. I am more than happy to have a chat with you and answer your questions.
How long will you be filming our wedding for?
I will stay at the event until I get the footage I need to finish your video/capture the proceedings. If there is an event that will take place later in the evening, please let me know ahead of time so that I can make arrangements in our schedules.
How long does it take to finish editing our video?
It really depends on how busy I am. I try to aim to finish editing your video within 8 weeks from the wedding date.
How do you edit our video?
The way I shoot and edit the video is by using candid camera film shooting and editing techniques. This means that your entire day will be condensed into a short film between 5-8 minutes, or 15-20 minutes depending on the wedding package you have chosen. I edit your film using professional editing software.
Can we buy the raw footage?
Yes you can. I offer the chance to purchase all of the original, raw, unedited clips from the wedding day.
How do we get our wedding videos when you are finished?
All films will be delivered in full HD via a digital download, You will get your very own online video streaming showcase page to download the files or share with friends / family as well as casting to smart devices and smart TV’s.
Why do you say that the Highlight Film is 5-8 minutes or 15-20 minutes long?
I ask that you trust me with the length of your highlight film. The story and content of your day will dictate the length. I would never want to cut a great story short due to time constraints, and, equally, I would never want to dilute a story just to reach a mini- mum length. In my experience, a film will always need to be longer than 5 minutes, but never longer than 8 minutes, and somewhere between that is the sweet spot that will allow me to tell your story in the most beautiful way.
Where is our money going?
Because I know how important your wedding day is, I only take on a select number of weddings each year to ensure that I give each one my full and undivided care and attention. I realise that videos don’t come cheap, and it can often be difficult to figure out if hiring a videographer is worth it. I’d like you to think of your wedding film as an investment. Have you ever felt so happy that you never wanted the moment to end? Well that’s what I aim to do with your wedding film – I capture the day using state of the art equipment so that you can relive those happy moments again and again for the rest of your life. But that state of the art equipment doesn’t come cheap, and my prices include the cost of maintaining and upgrading my equipment to make sure I’m always as prepared as possible to capture your special memories. Once the day is done, I pour my heart and soul into editing your video, which can often require several weeks of non-stop work to perfect a stunning film that is sure to evoke some emotion in both you and your friends and family.
How do I know you won’t lose our video?
After every wedding, I immediately back up everything I recorded that day onto an ex- ternal hard drive. Then, when I get back to my editing studio, I back this up again onto another hard drive; for good measure, I also back it up to a third hard drive, which is kept on a secure cloud. That way, if anything happens to my local physical copies, there’s always another backup to make sure your footage is ALWAYS safe.
I really like Beyonce and Ed Sheeran, can you put their music in my Wedding film?
Unfortunately not, no – unless you’re willing to pay the records companies lots of money for it! Music licensing laws in the UK are fairly complicated. While there are many companies who will continue to use commercial music in their films illegally, there’s always a risk that the label who produce the song will take action through civil or criminal courts for making unauthorised copies of their songs and for loss of rev- enue. For that reason, I do not use commercial music in my films, and instead use a database of independent music producers who I pay to licence their music (don’t worry though, the cost of licensing their music is included in my packages).
What sort of things do you film on the day?
I like to film candid moments, and get natural shots. I usually leave the formal arrange- ments and posing to the photographer and strive to be discreet and unobtrusive.
Is it possible to video and/or photograph everyone at the wedding ceremony and reception?
No. It is impossible to guarantee that everyone will be filmed. As a general rule with my videos, I focus on the bride and groom. If you want to make sure that a specific family member is filmed, you must contact me before the wedding.
Do you retain master copies?
Yes, I keep master copies of your films for up to 3 years from the date of our wedding day. After this, you will be advised that the footage is about to be deleted forever, so it will give you a last opportunity to get a copy of the films in case they are lost or if you want a further edit creating.
Can you travel for Weddings?
Yes I certainly can. I can travel all over the country and around the world to film your wedding.
Do you use lights?
In most instances, no. I generally don't need to. The high quality of my equipment allows me to go all day utilising natural light.
Do you require a meal at reception?
I will never say no and it would be lovely to be provided with a meal. However, this is never expected from you, so it is entirely up to you. I won’t be offended if I am not provided a meal, but it is appreciated.
What happens if you are ill on the day on our wedding?
I have a small network of trusted videographers that can be on hand in the worst case scenario. All trusted videographers, are close friends of mine, and have worked with me previously in other instances. In the very unlikely case where I am ill, I will ask them to film the wedding on the day, and I will still do your editing, so you will still receive a Richard Blake Wedding Film.
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes, I have cover up to £1,000,000.00
Do we get to preview our film before we get the final package?
I currently include a 1-2 minute teaser trailer video in my packages, which is delivered within 7 days from your wedding date. So you can have a small taste of what is to come.
Do we have to pay a deposit?
Yes. I can’t ‘hold’ dates or ‘pencil them in’ unfortunately. The deposit covers the cost of the day of filming to ensure that I do not have any lost work on the day in the event of a cancellation as well as covering the work carried out from the date for the booking. The deposit is non-refundable after a period of 14 days from the date of payment.
How much is the deposit?
In order to secure your booking, I require a deposit representing 25% of your chosen wedding package along with the signed Terms of Engagement. Payment is accepted in the form of a BACS transfer.
When is the final payment due?
The final payment is due exactly 4 weeks prior to your wedding date.
How do we make a booking?
You can complete the enquiry form, or alternatively telephone, e-mail, FaceTime/ Zoom me to discuss your wedding film.
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