This page describes a few frequenty asked questions and gives you a bit more in depth information.
What is a 1-3 minute trailer/teaser?
The first stage of our editing is to comb through the footage and pick out the best of the best clips for editing. We like to create a very short and fun little film that is the one you will probably watch over and over and over again. For our 5 hour packages, this edit is more like a trailer (about 1 minute in length). For our 8 hour or more packages, the edit is more like a mini-highlight film and is around 3-5 minutes in length.
What is a Short Form Highlight Video?
Your Short Form Highlight is about 8-12 minutes or so in length. It is edited cinematically and includes the main highlights of your day set to a song or two of your choosing. This is our most popular product as our clients enjoy being able to show off their video to their family and friends in a more condensed format that isn't too long. It includes more than the teaser/trailer, but not too much to make it too long. Typically, with our 5 hour package, this edit includes about 2 songs. With our 8 hour, it could include up to 3 songs.
What is a Long Form Highlight?
Your Long Form Highlight is basically the same thing as your Short Form Highlight, but with the full ceremony included, instead of just a few highlights of the ceremony. Depending upon how the footage looks and sounds, your Long Form Highlight may also include other extended elements such as the special dances or toasts. This edit typically runs anywhere from 20 minutes up to an hour or so in length. Your Long Form Highlight is intended for you to enjoy on special occasions and to have your Wedding Day Legacy recorded for future generations to enjoy.
Can I get the raw footage?
If you want the raw footage, you are more than welcome to, just ask! Although it isn't automatically included with our packages, if you ask, we would be more than happy to do this for you! We record on SD cards and in Quicktime movie format encoded at h.264. When editing, we convert the footage to Apple's Pro Res format for editing and output. If you want the raw footage, it will be delivered in the Quicktime h.264 format. A typical Wedding will take up to around 40-65 (or more) Gigabytes of space. We would be happy to copy the files for you at no charge as long as you provide us with either an external hard drive or external USB flash drives for this purpose. If you would like it on BluRay discs, there is a flat $300 charge to burn and transfer these files to disc for you.
How long does it take before I receive the final product?
It typically takes anywhere from 4-12 weeks to complete editing on your video. It might take a little longer depending on the "busy" season. We take careful time and effort to make it perfect, so we hope you don't mind the long editing time! In our off season (from November-early March), this is closer to 4 weeks. In our busy season, it can take up to 12 weeks or longer to complete each film.
How is your billing process, and do you accept credit cards?
We know you have lots of other vendors to pay for and it can get to feel overwhelming. If you want to pay it all at once, you certainly can, however we give you the option to have 2 payments. The first is your non-refundable deposit in the amount of 1/3 of your total package. This is due upon booking and reserving your date. The next and final payment is due one week before your Wedding. This is due one week before so that the funds have time to clear before we arrive to film. You also have the option of choosing to do a payment plan. With our payment plans, everything must be paid in full no later than 1 week before the wedding. We accept all major forms of credit cards through PayPal on your online client page. We also accept cash or check.
Can I see a sample contract?
Sure! Visit this link to view one of our contracts: View Sample Contract
What is your dinner policy?
We require to be fed a warm meal at the reception. If you are having a buffet, you must include us in the head count of your buffet total. If you are having a plated dinner, we require to be provided a plated meal. For most weddings, this is 2 people. At travel weddings, this may or may not be 3 people. Your caterer or wedding planner may tell you to provide a box meal or vendor meal for us. We need to eat first or with the guests so that we can be available to film any important events that take place during your reception. We need to go through the buffet line at the beginning of the meal and/or be served our meal at the beginning so that we can get back to work immediately.
Can I get extra copies of the final video?
Of course you can! Additional copies are $20 for DVD copies, $30 for BluRay, and $45 for the BluRay-DVD double disc set. This might be a bit more if your Wedding takes up more than one disc (for example, a super long Catholic Ceremony just might go over the 80 minute disc limit when all is said and done!), then those copies will be priced accordingly depending upon the situation.
Can I see my video and provide feedback while you are working on it?
Each one of our clients is assigned an online client page. Here you will have links to view the work on your video, make your payments online, and once the video is completed, order additional copies. You will be given a username and password to access your private client page upon booking with us.
Will you be doing my Wedding, or do you have someone else that will be there?
I personally (Cheryl) film and edit every Wedding booked with Artworks. I do have additional shooters that provide shooting alongside of myself, but I will be the main person at every Wedding. These shooters are also available in case of any emergency situation where either myself or Steve would not be able to make it. It would have to be a dire emergency to keep me away from your Wedding! It's good to know that we do have back-up options worst case scenario.
How many Weddings do you do a year?
We like to shoot and edit no more than 20 per year. Once we reach 20, we consider the year fully booked. We do, however, make exceptions for clients who are referred to us from other clients (for example, you get married this year, and your brother is getting married next year and we already have our 20 for the year, we will make an exception up to no more than about 25 total). Other interested parties can ask to be placed on a wait list and we can accommodate on a per case basis depending upon our editing workload.
Why do you only do 20 per year?
We want to take more time and energy on each one of our clients so we can make the best film possible. When we started doing this almost 10 years ago, we were like everyone else and booked as many as we could. After doing about 50 or more Weddings per year, we found that we weren't able to focus on our clients as much as we can now that we stop at 20. Our main goal is quality, not quantity, and we are happy to offer this kind of exceptional service to our clients.
If you only do 20 Weddings, is this not your full time business?
This is Cheryl's full time business. Steve does have a Monday through Friday, 8-5, gets us insurance kind of job. :) When not shooting and filming her own Weddings, Cheryl also operates a little Etsy shop, www.woodberrydesigns.etsy.com. The shop specializes in unique guestbook alternative signature posters.
What is the difference between Videography and Cinematography?
Simply put, Cinematography does NOT use video cameras. Cinematographers use HD DSLR cameras - these are the same cameras professional photographers use to take photographs. Canon pretty much started the Cinematography art form by incorporating high quality HD video capturing capabilities to their still photography cameras with the release of their famous Canon 5D Mark II camera. Unlike video cameras, these cameras have huge image sensors, and allows the ability to change out lenses, something afforded only by the Hollywood Studios making films with $300,000+ video film cameras. With the release of this camera, Canon enabled Cinematographers to achieve the SAME beautiful footage with a camera in the price point of around $5,000. This has had, to put it mildly, a mind-boggling HUGE impact on Wedding Videography. We can now enjoy a gorgeous amount of creative flexibility and control over our shots than we ever had with our video cameras. This results in absolutely stunning imagery - the difference is obvious.
What kind of equipment do you use?
In order to deliver the finest in Atlanta Wedding Cinema, you need the highest quality equipment. Here at Artworks Wedding Cinema, we use only the best! We prefer the Canon line of HD DSLR cameras and lenses. Canon has, in our opinion, the best optics in the world. No other brand has come close to the clarity and quality of their lenses and sensors within their cameras. For our wireless audio capture, we use Sennheiser Wireless Microphone systems. We place a lav microphone on the groom to capture the sound of the vows and ring exchange. We also place a lav microphone on the officiant. We capture the live, ambient sound using an audio capture device known as the Zoom H4n. We also use Zoom's H2 as a backup audio capture source. To even further improve our audio, we use a Rode Video Microphone on one of our HD DSLR cameras. We edit the audio together in post so it is seamless. For stabilization and creative motion shots, we use Manfrotto tripods and monopods. We use the ZaZa Slider/dolly track, a Glideshot mini-crane, and finally use a steadicam for fluid walking shots. Finally, we use a variety of software to achieve our desired outcome. We edit using Final Cut Studio on a Mac. Depending upon our needs, we also use After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5. We achieve color correction with Final Cut Studio's Color software.
If you have any questions that are not listed on this page - please feel free to call us or send us an email. We are happy to help!