Client Questions Answered
Below are some of the most common questions asked by prospective clients, with accompanying information. Do please contact us if you require any additional information not covered on the website; we are always happy to chat through the options and possibilities.
What is a cinematic wedding film rather than a wedding video?
Many wedding videos consist of a simple format of recording and editing the sequence of events covering the wedding day. We feel something as special as a wedding is worthy of much more and we look to capture the story of your day, focusing in particular on the people involved and those often unseen moments. We look to film and edit the Wedding as a mini film, including music and audio, drawing upon our experience as commercial film makers. This adds the cinematic dimension to the film, conveying the emotion and fun of the day, elevating it to something entirely different for the viewer.
Why do you film with two Videographers rather than one?
There are so many things happening on the day, often at the same time, that we believe to do the Wedding justice, two cameramen are necessary ensuring nothing important is missed. Using two videographers also allows us the flexibility to capture the multiple angles and footage required for the Cinematic type of films we produce and greatly enhances the final results.
Do you record audio for the ceremony & main speeches?
We record general audio throughout most of the filming, but look to capture professional audio specifically for the main part of the ceremony and main speeches. Before the ceremony, we will put a discrete pin mic on the groom (and sometimes the official) to capture quality audio of the vows. This keeps the ambient sound to a subdued level. Likewise for the main speeches, in conjunction with any sound/PA system provided by the venue. In producing the films, we may use snippets of the vows or speeches, as applicable, but in the extended film, we include the vows section of the ceremony and the main speeches in full.
Do you film in high definition (HD)?
Like many other industries, the film world has seen major advances in recent years both in quality and capability. These have thrown up welcome opportunities to obtain Wedding footage that would not have been possible only a few years ago without prohibitive budgets. 4k High Definition filming and aerial drone footage are just two of these advances, adding to the creative possibilities. At Memorable Day Films, we endeavour to keep abreast of these advances absorbing them into our equipment and skill set, whilst never letting the technology overrule the creativity. As such, we film everything in 4k full high definition.
How will the final film be delivered to us?
Your final film edits will be supplied by way of a secure online HD download facility (gone are the days of DVDs, which could only cater for standard definition formats). We simply upload your HD film files to our online facility and supply you with private login details that enable you to both view them online and download the films locally in full high definition. You can then download and save the films for viewing on your devices such as a smart TV and archive copies for future safe keeping. The online facility can also be shared with your friends and family via a secure password protected link, allowing them to view the films wherever they are located.
How quickly can we expect to see the final films?
We aim for a 6-8 week turnaround. Depending upon the time of year and editing workload, this maybe be extended, in which case we will keep you informed of the revised delivery schedule. The HD films are then uploaded to a secure client area which you can access online by way of a link and unique password allowing you to both view and download your films for TV viewing, sharing and safe-keeping.
Can we choose our favourite music for the films?
That familiar word ‘Copyright’ plays a large part in what music can be legally used with the films and we are always mindful of protecting both ourselves and our clients from infringement and any consequences. We choose the music from some of the best music libraries available (all our folio sample films carry such music), and license the music so you can share your films in public and on social media without concerns. Normally, we do this for clients, having discussed the flavour and mood they like.
How far will you travel to cover a wedding or event?
We will film wherever our client requests take us, both in the UK or abroad, however, we make a charge to cover travel expenses once the venue is more than 35 miles away from our west London base. Any travel and accommodation expenses likely to be incurred will always be quoted before any firm booking is accepted and will always be charged at the same cost to the client as we incur them.
How long do you keep our film material?
We keep clients’ film footage for 3 months after delivery of the final films. It is rarely kept longer due to the large file sizes involved and resulting excessive storage demands & costs. We keep the final edited films themselves for 6 months, after which we cannot guarantee we will still have a copy. Your films are precious and will be viewed for many years to come and we highly recommend you store a copy of your film files in an archive location, both on a local computer and on a cloud facility, such as google drive or similar.
Do you have Public Liability insurance cover?
We are covered for Public Liability with a limit of indemnity of £1m. Our insurance certificates can be supplied to clients and venues, upon request.