We believe that our film-making expertise is a perfect fit in tying together all the wedding media matters so that you can finally tie the knot, with peace of mind that you can relive these precious moments again and again. We are willing to answer any and all questions you might have about our service and what we have to offer to you. Here are a few of our more frequently asked questions, questions you should asking your own wedding videographers/cinematographers, and our answers to them.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
We started filming as a team since the spring of 2010.
WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU TO FILM OUR WEDDING?
Plainly put, our videographers and cinematographers are perfectionists, always striving towards providing superior quality in our work. Since we are a group of friends, there is natural competition between our videographers and editors, such that everyone tries to one-up each other in production values and quality. This environment of creative competition is one of our greatest assets in ensuring that the absolute best is always aimed for in everything that we do, and we are always striving to improve our skills and our work after each and every wedding day. Another quality of our team is that we believe in engaging our clients in the creative process. Creativity and imagination are the fuel to our company’s fire, and it goes without saying that bringing couples into the fold of our artistic endeavors will always produce unforgettable memories that last throughout the couples’ lives together. We have extensive experience with a multitude of couples from many diverse backgrounds, and in the spirit of Toronto’s multiculturalism, we are more than ready to accommodate to the cultures, styles and tastes of our clients.
WHO ARE THE WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHERS & CINEMATOGRAPHES FROM YOUR TEAM?
There are 8 highly experienced videographers in our wedding videography crew. We shoot our events as a team, and organize our efforts together as a team to achieve the best results possible. We do not hire freelance videographers, since we want consistent quality in our work. We are a group of friends who have worked on countless film projects since the early days of our company, and thus have a common goal of becoming the best wedding day storytellers in the industry.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU BRING TO A WEDDING?
In terms of equipment, we bring tripods, monopods, sliders, steadicams, lav mics, digital field recorders, lights, and plenty of backup gear.
WHAT TYPES OF CAMERAS DO YOU USE TO FILM WEDDINGS?
We use Canon EOS C100, Canon 6D, Canon 7DMKII and the Canon 5D MK II, Sony A7R, DJI Cameras, DJI Drones, GoPro Cameras.
HOW DO YOU RECORD SOUND?
Sound is a vital part of our work and we go through extreme efforts to ensure that we capture the best sound quality throughout the wedding day. All of our cameras have an external microphone attached for professional sound recording, so that we never skip a beat. For the wedding ceremony, we give a lav mic to the groom to record the wedding vows, and capture the rest of the room with a digital field recorder for audio of the procession. If possible, we will tap into the sound system of the venue and record the master sound track on a separate digital field recorder. During the reception, we will leave a digital field recorder next to the speaker to record room sound. We will tap into the DJ sound board to record the master sound track on a digital field recorder. For wedding day speeches, we leave a third digital field recorder on the podium.
DO YOU USE A STEADICAM?
We use both electrical and mechanical gimbal stabilizers to stabilize our captured footage. Specifically, we use the Glidecam HD4000, Zhiyun-tech Crane, DJI Ronin-M, Steadicam Pilot, and Steadicam Solo for camera stabilization. We also favor lenses with built in image stabilization functions.
DO YOU BRING BACKUP CAMERAS?
Yes, we always bring backups. Every moment of your wedding day is precious, and thus we take any and all precautions to be ready if there are any hiccups in the filming process.
HOW DO YOU SELECT THE MUSIC FOR YOUR VIDEOS?
We usually ask our clients to provide us with 5 to 7 of their favorite songs. From this selection, we will then pick the song that best reflects the wedding.
HOW DO YOU STORE THE RAW FOOTAGE FROM OUR WEDDING?
We keep three different permanent physical copies of the raw footage from your wedding in three different physical locations.
HOW LONG WOULD IT USUALLY TAKE FOR YOU TO FINISH EDITING OUR WEDDING VIDEO?
We generally deliver all of our videos in one to four months. If your wedding is taking place during the off season, your videos will be delivered a lot sooner.
DO WE GET DVDS OR BLURAY COPIES OF OUR WEDDING VIDEO?
Yes, we provide our clients with the option of adding DVDs or BluRays onto their investment packages.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?
Usually, our clients books us 5 to 16 months in advance. We recommend that you book us for the estimated date as early as possible to secure our services for your wedding day.
WE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR SERVICE, CAN YOU HOLD OUR PROPOSED DATE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS TILL WE MAKE A DECISION?
Unfortunately due to high demand we cannot hold wedding dates. Your wedding date is secured with a signed agreement and deposit.
HOW DO WE SECURE YOUR SERVICE? HOW DO WE RESERVE OUR WEDDING DATE?
Once you have finalized the decision to hire us for your wedding, we will draft up a contract for your date. Once both parties has signed the contract, and the deposit fee paid, we will lock your wedding day and turn down future inquires about that wedding date.
HOW MANY WEDDINGS A YEAR DO YOU GUYS FILM?
The number of weddings we film each year varies. Our goal is to deliver the best work for all our clients. For this reason, we try to limit the number of weddings we each film to 40.
HOW LONG IS YOUR FULL DAY COVERAGE?
Our full day coverage usually starts from 9AM in the morning to 10PM in the evening.
DO YOU PROVIDE PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE?
Our group’s focus and strengths lie in wedding day videography and cinematography, thus we unfortunately do not provide photography service. However, having worked with many photography groups during many weddings, we are at the liberty to recommend a list of talented photographers for your day.
HOW DO YOU WORK WITH DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Our goal is to work in unison with your photographer to document your wedding day in the best possible fashion. We know that photography is an integral part of capturing wedding day memories, so the logistics behind the entire videography and photography process is essential to our work.
In the morning when you are getting ready, we would typically arrive 30 minutes before your photographer to make sure we get the shots that we needed. If you have a very tight schedule, we will communicate with your photographer either before or on the day of the wedding to make sure we do not disrupt the flow of each others’ work.
When it comes to the ceremony, we will tell your photographer exactly where we will be standing to film. If needed, we will move to make sure that your photographer can get the perfect shoot of you and your fiancee at the altar. For the reception, we will inform your photographer of our planned filming locations to best capture your entrances, speeches, dances and wedding reception activities.
ARE YOU HIRING AT THE MOMENT?
Unfortunately, we are not looking to hire any additional wedding videographers, cinematographers and editors. We want to keep our team intimate and provide our client a specialist feel in our work.
WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHT VIDEO?
A wedding highlight video is a 3 to 7 minute video of the best clips, moments and sound bites from your wedding day. This is the video that most couples share with their friends and family.
HOW LONG IS THE FULL WEDDING VIDEO?
A typical wedding video is usually 60 to 150 minutes. The length varies depending on how long your ceremony is, how many reception speeches there were and how many unique events and ceremonies took place throughout the day.
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT TERMS?
The retainer fee to reserve SDE Weddings® for your wedding date(s) is $700+HST. All outstanding fees must be paid to SDE Weddings® prior to services rendered.
DO YOU TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY?
Yes, our videographers and cinematographer would love to travel!!
DO YOU USE LIGHTING?
We always bring lights to all of our weddings for safety, but we will only use it in extremely dark situations and only as a last resort. We are not big fans of using video lighting though, since we don’t want to change the mood of your decor and interfere with your guest’s wedding experience.
DO YOU FOLLOW US TO THE PHOTOSHOOT?
Yes, we usually follow the wedding congregation through the photoshoot. During the photo sessions, we try to capture candid moments between both bride and groom to add to our storytelling. If time permits, we will also try to have a creative filming session. Usually, we ask the bride & groom to reserve 20 to 30 minutes for our videographers for the creative video shoot.
WHAT IS A “SAME DAY EDIT”?
A same day edit is a wedding highlight video that our wedding cinematographers create on the fly during the day of your wedding. It typically lasts about 3 to 5 minutes and it is usually played at the reception. The reason why a lot of couples get a ‘same day edit’ is so that they can see wedding day morning clips of each other getting ready, and also to highlight earlier ceremonies or events such as the wedding ceremony for any late guests to enjoy. Read this post to learn more about Same Day Edit and everything you need to know before considering it for your wedding.
If you have any questions we haven’t answered or if you want to setup a in person meeting to learn more about our service, contact us today and let our experienced wedding videographers and cinematographers be a part of your big day.