>> FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions
that brides and grooms ask us. If these do not fully answer your
question, then feel free to contact us or leave us a message
and we'll get back to you shortly (210-520-0526).
>> RESERVING YOUR WEDDING
should we book with SHOOTING THE VIDEO?
viewing our website and finding out about who we
are, we hope that our work has spoken for itself.
We have no fancy sales pitch, no pushy tactics, and
we only rely on referrals and the strength of our
work. Put simply, we love what we do and we would
love to work for you.
makes SHOOTING THE VIDEO so unique?
are not in the business of getting rich. We are not
a wedding drive-through company that tries to as
many clients as possible. We do this only because
we love to tell stories. We do not simply shoot your
wedding. We tell your story. There is a beginning,
an ending, and after you see our wedding stories
you feel like you actually know the couple.
do we reserve your services for our wedding date?
may email or call us and we will schedule a sit down
appointment with you. We will then go over all details
and show you some of our work. In order to secure
your specific date, we require 50% of the total price
upfront. This will hold your date and assure you
that we will not schedule any other wedding shoots
on that date.
much in advance should we reserve a date?
the sooner the better but we would say to book the
date at least 3 months in advance. We have even had
couples book an entire year in advance. It is always
better to be safe than sorry.
Q: Do you
shoot multiple weddings on any given day?
only schedule one wedding per day no matter what
package is chosen. This leaves us with plenty of
extra time to devote ourselves exclusively to you
and your one day.
>> FILMING YOUR WEDDING
Q: Do you
attend the wedding rehearsal?
A: We love rehearsals!
These allow us to see exactly where everyone will sit,
stand, who are the most important guests and to get
to know the family better. Attending rehearsals is
a must for any vendor to ensure that everything is
preparations are made for the day of the wedding?
A: During the reservation
process we sit down with you and go over all details
to make sure that we know exactly what you want. On
the actual day we have extra tape and batteries, we
double check all equipment, and arrive at least an
hour and a half before set. There is no room for mistakes
and we make sure that we are prepared.
Q: Do you
do all of your own shooting and editing for all weddings?
A: Yes. We actually
have degrees in Video/Audio Production and we do all
of our own shooting and editing. The truth is that
we simply do not trust anyone else to put the same
time, effort, and dedication into your wedding. We
give each client 100% or our attention.
long exactly will you be at our event?
A: Because every
wedding is different, we do not assign times. We know
that we need to be present before the required time
and to stay until we get all important shots. Because
we will be the ones who edit your video, we also know
to get plenty of extra shots.
your cameras or presence cause a distraction?
A: Our equipment
is smaller than most companies so our presence should
not cause any distraction. Even our lights are tiny
and we rarely use them since the cameras have such
low light settings. Because our cameras are smaller,
we are also able to capture more intimate footage than
with conventional "professional" cameras
which are 3x the size.
Q: Do you
A: Guest interviews
are some of the most personal touches that can possibly
be made to any wedding story. We love to set up a stand
alone camera in a hall or out of the way so that guests
can come at their convenience to wish the bride and
groom their best. We do not point a camera in guests
faces or blind them with lights. We are very organized,
clean, and only shoot footage which is flattering to
both you and your guests.
>> EDITING YOUR WEDDING
long will our finished video be?
completed wedding stories are usually around 35-50
minutes depending on which package you choose. We
create nicely paced and entirely edited WEDDING STORIES.
We do not let the camera roll and just hand you the
tape. Too many vendors believe that more is better
when more is usually just boring. Nobody wants to
watch two hours of dancing. Our work is more like
a small movie. We tell romantic stories and we are
excellent at it.
many hours of actual tape do you shoot?
A: On a typical
wedding day we will shoot about 4-5 hours of digital
tape. Because we only include the best, funniest, and
most romantic clips in order to tell a story, our finished
product is nowhere near 4-5 hours. We bascially stay
until we know that we have captured all of the important
events of the day. We do not charge for extra hours,
overtime, ect. On the busiest day of your life, we
do not want you worrying about whether you will have
to pay extra fees.
chooses the style of music on our video?
A: Music is a big
consideration that is very often overlooked by most
vendors. We do not assume that you like Celine Dion
or Kenny G just because all other vendors use them.
We want your wedding story to be unique to you and
for you to have a personal connection to the music.
If you like jazz or country, then we will ask you to
identify songs that you have a connection to. If you
are a little more classical... more comical... hopeless
romantics... or a even little funky, then your wedding
story should reflect that.
is "Linear" and "Non-Linear" anyways?
And what is "Digital" all about?
A: These terms are
the difference between night and day in videography.
They represent the old style and the newer style. Older,
bigger, heavier cameras shoot in an "Analog" format
that basically is recorded onto a tape as a signal.
This signal is then copied to multiple tapes when edited
and copied again to make VHS copies. When you copy
a signal though, you get weaker signals down the line.
Each signal is weaker than the last and you are bascially
making a copy of a copy or a copy, ect. This is "Linear" editing
and is also known as a generation loss.
"Non-Linear" and "Digital" refer
to newer technologies. When you shoot with smaller "Digital" equipment
you are shooting onto a digital tape that records 0's
and 1's instead of a signal.
This has huge differences in the editing world. Digital cameras
also record twice the quality of Analog cameras. When you edit
this digital tape you are making a perfect copy because you
are copying numbers instead of a signal. Every single copy
is a perfect copy. The end result, after capturing, editing,
adding effects and transitions, is a crystal clear master.
That master which is still the exact quality of the original
is then used to make VHS copies. All of our equipment is digital
all of our work is Non-Linear.
>> CREATING WEDDING DVDs
we really consider DVD as an option?
because of their interactivity, special features,
and quality, are very quickly becoming a standard.
DVD players are now being sold more than VHS players
and DVD rentals have skyrocketed in the past few
years. We suggest that every couple consider having
their wedding story archived onto a DVD.
are DVDs and why are they so popular?
A: DVDs are large
format discs that can hold many times more information
than that of a CD. DVDs are perfect for movies because
of their large file sizes and DVDs are twice the quality
of VHS tapes. DVDs are also a perfect storage medium
because they last over 50 years. To put it simply,
DVDs are fun, easy to use, allow instant access, hold
tons of information, and are a meduim that will be
around for many years to come.
A: DVDs take time
to encode and author but once the first one is made,
the copies are very easy to duplicate and do not take
much time all. Basically, the original will cost $300
and each additional copy will cost $20. This is about
the same price that you will pay for a normal DVD in
are some cool features of DVDs?
A: A DVD has folders,
directories, unique menus, and they involve the user
to a much greater extent. Instead of putting in a VHS
tape and having to stop, rewind, or fast forward, you
will be able to access any scene you want instantly.
DVDs also have motion clips where you can actually
see the action happening. They are very fun to navigate!
Besides navigation though, DVDs also are even more
personal because you can choose your own theme, color
styles, navigation, music, and backgrounds. They can
also be played on a computer, a laptop, and DVD players.
They are also the perfect gift for anyone who is starting
their DVD collection.
>> PAYMENT QUESTIONS
forms of payment do you accept?
accept cash, personal checks, and money orders. The
only payment type we do not currently accept is credit
is the payment broken down?
A: In order to secure
our services and the date of your wedding, we require
50% of the total amount upfront. One month prior to
the event we require an additional 25% payment. The
final 25% is due upon completion of the finished wedding.
Basically, there are 3 payments.
- 50% to secure the date
- 25% one month prior to the actual
- 25% upon completion