Cinematography FAQ

What are your starting prices? What do most couples spend on average?

 

We offer an "ELOPEMENT PACKAGE", for intimate weddings only (50 guests or less), 3 hours of coverage,   starting at $750 

Our traditional wedding film packages begin at $1950 but most couples spend between  $2650 to $3100.

Wedding film/Photo Combo packages begin at $3600 (8 hours coverage)

What do I need to do to retain my Wedding Date, and when do I pay you?

 

A $600 retainer fee is required at time of booking. This is Non-Refundable, but goes towards your final payment. The remaining  can be paid automatically, monthly or all at once two weeks prior to the wedding date. 

How are you able to capture our day without  being "IN THE WAY" OR A DISTRACTION TO GUESTS? how do you capture audio from the day?

Our cameras are small enough that they allow us to be nimble, reacting to spontaneous moments that occur throughout the day. Combined with our goal to be unobtrusive and letting things happen naturally, most guests hardly know we're there. We utilize a combination  of on camera microphones, as well as off camera audio devices, and very small lapel microphones to ensure every word is captured perfectly so you can hear all those special moments of your wedding day.

What is a SHORT FILM, and what about the other stuff?

 

A short film is what you will watch thousand of times and share with everyone you know (and many you don't know) It's your love story; it's the culmination of your lives now coming together as one. The short film has the ability to take you back to that day and allows you to relive all the emotions and feelings you had. The length of your short film will be between 5 to 7 minutes.

We understand the ceremony, toasts/speeches and other moments throughout the day are important keepsakes you might like captured. We offer edits that include full versions of the ceremony, fist dance, toasts and speeches and other long edits. These are perfect to watch on your anniversaries and for sharing with those close to you only. Each package is customizable.

Do I have to book cinematography and photo together?

You are not required to use both services from us. We have work with other photographers.

How many videographers will be present at my wedding day?

 

Most packages include 2  video shooters, and multiple cameras, so we can get multiple angles of all the big moments.

Do you offer partially coverage?

If you are having a very intimate wedding (less than 10 guests), we can offer you our ELOPEMENT PACKAGE, that will cover the ceremony or reading of personal vows, followed by a portrait session (3 consecutive hours).

 

The least amount of coverage we will do on a traditional wedding day is typically 8 hours. To tell your wedding Story, we will need to have additional time for details, location shots, getting ready of bride and groom, reading or cards, first look, etc. It is really hard to create a cinematic film if we don't have enough footage.

 

What do we film and how long is a typical day?

 

The day of a wedding videographer is a bit different than the photographers. On average our days are 8 to 10 hours. We normally start at getting ready in the morning. We are with you for about an hour to an hour and a half getting ready. We will cover first look if you are doing that. We need to be at your ceremony location at least 45 min before you start time as we do have a lot of set to do with multiple cameras and audio and b-rool footage. We then cover basic bridal party and your creative photo session where will also do our own directing for your wedding film. Normally as videographers we will no cover entirely the family photos or cocktail hour as we need some of that time to ether trailer to location to set up again, set up in reception and all out detail shots of the room and venue along with setting up audio with your DJ or Band and back up audio.

Does Cristian M.Velez film every wedding?

Yes, I will be there in most of them, unless something really out of my hands happens, my  second team will be in charge, and will let you know in advance. 

Are you going to blind me with bright lights on the video camera?

 

Of course not. We do not use lights at the church, and we do not have intrusive camera mounted lights at the reception. We use a spot light on a stand just for the dances and speeches or toasts. Light is needed to produce beautiful images. Without it your video will lack depth and detail, so we will use it when needed only. 

Do we get to choose the music?

 

Yes and no. All music has to be licensed legally to use in your film. As a creator and story teller, I will pick the ideal song, most likely cinematic. I would love you to trust me and let me be the artist that will create your story. If you want to choose a song, we can give you a link of licensed music, but  it has to be chosen before your wedding day. The majority of wedding videographers illegally use music that is not licensed to be put into their films.

 

How long will it take to receive my finished wedding film?

We will send you a 1 minute teaser to you the next 48 hours after your wedding to share on social media. Depending on the time of the year, short films take anywhere from 2 to 3 months, and ceremony, dances ant toasts edit, plus documentary edits 4 to 6 months.

How will my videos be delivered?

 

We will send you a link to your online theatre & hosting. Consider this an online Blu-ray Disc menu that allows you to host, share and download all of your edited videos from one location. Keeps all of your wedding videos in the cloud indefinitely, and from there, you can stream all your wedding videos to your big TV screens.

 

Does Cinemarvelfilms carry insurance?

Yes, we are fully covered. Always ask your vendors if they carry insurance.

Do you offer raw files?

All our package prices are built around buying the edit and not including RAW footage. Raw footage is archived for 10 months after your event, we do offer a licensing fee of $650.00 for personal use within this time. We will deliver a hard drive with all the video clips we recorded on your big day, but before we provide RAW FOOTAGE, we want you to understand what they are.

 

What is Raw Footage?

 

Raw footage is just what it sounds like. It's the footage just how it is directly off our cards. These files are not edited together and are very hard to watch with out a very fast and powerful computer.There are hundreds of unedited files. Giving raw files is much like asking an artist for an unfinished painting. We spend a lot of editing time watching EVERY second of footage when we make your Wedding Film, and we use the very best and most precious parts from all the footage. You’ll find in the raw footage that it’s a lot of us setting up shots (framing, focusing, etc.) and the wedding short film has all the best bits. If your package includes a Documentary edit, we will fill it with footage from the day that didn't make it into the Short Film, so once you have both those videos, you're essentially seeing as much of the day as possible in the most aesthetically pleasing way. Raw  footage is not easy to watch. It’s not something that can be burned to a DVD and watched on your television.

Nowadays all videographers shoot on digital media, which means every time we start and stop recording, a new video file is created. Now imagine how many times we do this throughout the entire 8-10 hour wedding day, not to mention that most of us are using 3-4 cameras for each wedding! What you end up with is hundreds of 10-60 second, 1-10 minute clips which we must then sort, color correct imperfections, and then ultimately piece together to create a story. Who has the time to sift through and double-click, watch for a few seconds, close, double-click, watch, close, hundreds of times?