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),up to 3 hours of coverage,  starting at $750. Our "AFFORDABLE PACKAGE" starts at $1550: 6 hours of coverage and one location.

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

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

A $700 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. 

Why do you think we need a second videographer?

One videographer can't be in many places at once, and you want to get the most of your wedding day. This ensures that nothing valuable is excluded. Benefits of a second videographer includes the following: Provide coverage for both Bride and Groom when they are getting ready at different locations. Aerial footage of your venue location (weather and air space drone fly permitted). More creative footage throughout the day, additional angle/perspective to capture all the important moments. One can capture the bride coming down the aisle while the other capture the groom and guests' reactions. Great for large weddings with many guests.

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.

What is a feature film?


Is a 12 to 20 minute cinematic film that's set to music and includes longer and extensive audio from your ceremony and or reception. May or may not be chronological. (Length of the film will depend of the hours of coverage and content we have of your wedding day)

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?


The basic package includes 1 videographer, and multiple cameras, so we can get multiple angles of all the big moments. You can add a second videographer that allows you to have the getting ready of the groom simultaneously  in different locations and for more great footage of your guests and family reactions during key moments of your wedding day, and perhaps get some  aerial shots of your wedding location.

Do you offer partially coverage?

Yes we do, our "AFFORDABLE PACKAGE"  starts at your Ceremony  and part of the reception coverage, If both are happening on the same location.

The least amount of coverage we will do on a full wedding day is typically 8 hours. It's best if we arrive at least one hour before the bride puts on her dress, and if we leave a half hour after the dance floor opens. (More hours can be added to any package!)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. 

Do you offer drone footage?


Aerial footage is stunning and cinematic and provides a perspective that is incredibly unique, will  increase the value of your film. We will need a dedicated drone operator, so It will be included if you hire a second shooter and will be used for a couple of location shots only. However, There are instances when drones aren't suitable: weather is an important factor, we don't fly our drone in inclement conditions , like rain, sleet or snow. There's also the noise factor. We will not use a drone during a ceremony, or fly our drone over people for safety reasons. The venue/geographic location: keep in mind there are federal airspace restrictions at all times, and there are certain flight restrictions in place that either prohibit or restrict UAS flights. Some of these may include proximity to nearby airports, schools, police & fire services, hospitals, and critical infrastructure. therefore there is no guaranty of aerial footage for your wedding film.

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?

Recently media companies have had to deal extensively with only using licensed music for commercial work. It all comes down to what is legal. Licencing music is so important to keep us legal and to keep us in good standing with music providers and Federal copyright laws. Buying a song from iTunes and using it as a music track for your wedding film is illegal and can come with very hefty fines and  potential lawsuits. We generally license music from www.ARTLIST.CO. If you find a track on this site that you like, please let us know and we will try to secure it. . All music has to be licensed legally to be used in our 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 and toasts 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.


What video format do you shoot?


By default, our packages include HD capture and delivery at 1920 x 1080 resolution. With the introduction of the Sony a7siii, I now offer 4K capture and delivery at 3840×2160 resolution for an additional fee. ($300) I always shoot at 23.976 frames per second which produces the most filmic look.


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. We offer additional edits like the complete  multi- camera ceremony, First dances, and full uncut speeches splitting into  chapters as another option. 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?


What is your  photography style?

Our style is a combination of Photojournalistic, or reportage and traditional wedding photography. We focus on capturing organic, natural and genuine moments to occur during your first look and ceremony, to tell a story in a creative way. Most couples don’t even notice the interjection. We will try not to be in the way and be the least intrusive as possible, while we capture unforgettable moments of your big day.

Clearing out clutter, opening windows, or turning off lights to set up a shot in advance is a normal practice. We will give some posing direction, such as what to do and where to stand, but in a way that produces natural, relaxed moments. We will acknowledge when to stand back and just let things happen.

We might also add elements of flash photography to our shooting style. During portrait sessions, we will give you some directions or suggestions , but will leave room for natural and candid posing.

What would be the quality and amount of photos we would get in our package?

On average you will receive 80 to 100 images per hour of shooting. We do snap more than that but we do you the favor of taking out the outtakes like blinks, unflattering images, test shots, duplicates and the like. The images will be delivered in full resolution JPEG format, no water marks, with a mix of color and black and white images, and deemed appropriate by CINEMARVELFILMS.