Basic Package Prep Form
NOTE: This form should only be filled out when all of your dates, times and other pertinent information is finalized. Please submit it no later than one week before your wedding so we have all of the information we'll need to execute filming on the day-of as well as have accurate information for the editing of your video in a timely fashion. For a limited time, you can get a second videographer and raw footage outakes video for $225! The both together are normally $350 and having a second videographer will allow for a Video Message Station at the reception for guests to come leave well wishes on video at their leisure. If this is something you'd like to do and take advantage of the special pricing, simply email Matt and he'll add it to your package! The fee can be added to your final payment.
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-- What are your full names, first, middle (optional) and last? This is how your names will appear in your video (ex- Jane Michelle Smith, John Michael Doe):
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-- What is your mailing address? This is where we'll be sending your video once we're finished with editing. If you plan on relocating shortly after the wedding, please provide us with an alternate address for shipping (parents, workplace, somewhere that's established and won't be changing anytime soon):
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-- What is your email address? If you want to include both of your email addresses, please put each address on it's own line. Remember to include your new email address if your old email address will be changing after the ceremony:
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--What are your cell phone numbers? Again, use separate lines for separate numbers. These will only be used in case of emergency:
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-- Are we doing any Pre-Ceremony coverage for you? Remember, you have 4 hours of coverage and this package usually is geared toward just Ceremony and Reception coverage. But, if everything is happening in the same place or you'd rather have Pre-Ceremony vs. more Reception coverage, specify what time you'd like us to begin filming any Pre-Ceremony activities. Remember, hours of coverage run consecutively. So if you have us start at 2pm, we will film until 6pm regardless of breaks or travel time in between events. If you just want us to begin filming at the Ceremony time (where we'll be filming guests arriving beforehand and what-not anyway), ignore this Pre-Ceremony section:
-- What time is your ceremony taking place? This should be the exact expected start time. We will show up well in advance of this time to get set-up and get establishing video of guests arriving:
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-- Where is your ceremony taking place? Please include the name of the grounds/facility along with it's address, city, state and zip code. Also provide the facility's phone number if available. If same as pre-ceremony location, put 'Same as Pre Ceremony':
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-- Are there any special rules or parameters that we have to follow at the ceremony location? If the information helps, we use two camera's for all of our shoots and like to be up front on a knee leaning around the first row of seats, if room allows, as the bride comes down the aisle. Once she's just about up front, we move out of the way and get shots from the side aisles discreetly during the rest of the ceremony. All the while a main camera somewhere centrally located on the floor or balcony is recording the whole time, solely focused on the bride and groom. If you don't know of any rules or parameters or if our standard approach sounds fine to you, put N/A as your answer:
IMPORTANT info for WIRELESS MICS! Note that we do not use over-the-air, or UHF wireless microphones during any ceremony. Some venues won't allow them in fear they may interfere with their own systems. We use AIFF recorders (MP3 recording) which have no over-the-air signal and record without any signal drop-outs. We'll also have professional shotgun microphones on our cameras to pick up general audio. We typically put a wireless mic on the groom (which looks just like what you would see an anchorman on TV wearing), which must go on the outside of the jacket and not under the jacket or anything else. The mic must be unobstructed for clear audio. If it's a breezy day, we'll put a special wind-screen on it to minimize the affect of the wind, although it's impossible to truly eliminate wind noise. The wind screen will dramatically improve the quality of the audio, however. If the groom decides he does not want to wear a mic, we'll try to put it on the officiant or if there's a canopy during the ceremony, plant it there somewhere. But please note, we can not guarantee clear audio of the vows unless the groom himself wears the mic where we place it! The mic is very small and blends right in on dark jackets, and will be recording for several minutes before and after the ceremony, so it's ideal to capture that audio from the groom too as we'll be sending you the entire audio file in MP3 format after the wedding:)
-- Will you be going anywhere after your ceremony other than your ceremony location and/or reception location for a formal photo shoot? If so, please indicate that here with the name of the location and an address with a city, state and zip code if available. If not, briefly describe the location to the best of your knowledge. If this question does not apply to you, put N/A as your answer:
-- What time is your Reception expected to begin (from the point of introductions)? If time allows after your ceremony, we will get plenty of any cocktail hour footage for your video before this expected start time. (ex- 6:00pm):
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-- Here, please include the name of your reception facility and full address (street name, city , state and zip code). Also provide a phone number if available. If your reception location is the same as your ceremony location, simply put 'Same as Ceremony'. NOTE: Make sure to read over the 'Preparation' page on our website for important information regarding the overuse of LED lighting at your reception.
-- Emergency Contacts? Please include those cell phone numbers of anyone we could contact in order of importance in the event an emergency occurs on the day-of. ex- 443-123-4567 (Jim- best man) 410-987-6543 (Mary- brides mom), etc. Use a new line for each number:
Okay! Now we're going to cover a few details about your video, including music, so you can personalize it to your liking. You can choose the music for each individual part of your video, or, if you'd rather Matt just wing it for you, simply skip the individual music selections below and you'll have the opportunity to tell us what you'd like to hear toward the bottom of this page. It's important to complete this information so Matt can edit your video in a timely fashion (2-16 week turnover time depending on the season). Without this info, we can't complete the editing!
--Next we'll need you to choose a style for your video intro. You can pick between our 'Modern' (more color) or 'Classic' (all black and white). You can see examples of both on our 'Samples' page:
-- What kind of Highlight Video would you like? There's three different styles; Modern (if you leave this blank this is the option I'll put in your video), Old Film Look or Flowing. Modern is edited to the beat of the music you choose and our most popular option. Old Film would give your highlights an old film/9mm look. Flowing is good if you pick a real slow song; we'll slowly transition from one scene to the next throughout the highlights. You can see samples of different types of Highlight Videos on our Samples page. Indicate your preference here:
--Give us 2-3 more songs that we may use in the video to fill in any gaps if necessary. Put each new song choice on its own line. If we're winging it for you, put N/A as your answer:
If you'd like us to wing the music in your video, you can give us a list of songs here that Matt will fit into the video that sounds best. If he needs more songs than what you list, he'll base those selections on the style/s of music you choose here. If you want Matt to totally wing it, just say that and he'll surprise you (usually base the music on some of the formal dances from your reception, which is usually a good reflection of any given couple). If you list music, put each song on it's own line:
--You're getting 3 DVD's of your event. If played in a Bluray player they'll appear in HD. On a standard DVD player, they'll look standard def. If you'd like more than four copies of your video at any time you can order those copies right on our online store located on our home page. We'll also send you a link to download the HD master digital file, suitable for iTunes, Windows Media Player and other media outlets, including all the 'cloud' stuff going around.
-- For your Video Intro, I will use your wedding program for any credits we put in your video including any 'In Memory Of' section of the program. If your program is missing anything you would like seen in the video, credit wise for those who have passed for example if not already in the program, indicate that here along with those names. Likewise, if there are any spelling errors in the program, let us know ASAP. Once we add the names, there's no going back!
--IMPORTANT: If you have an itinerary of the days events on file, attach it here! It's always nice to see a time breakdown of the complete days events. If you don't have one in an uploadable/attachable format, you can copy and paste a simple itinerary in the 'Special Requests' field below or simply ignore this request if you don't have an itinerary.:
-- This should cover everything. If you have any special requests, indicate them here and I will address them in an email when I get the results of this form for review. Likewise, if you've added other options to your package in our contract, use this area to indicate that and to put down any music selections that might be needed to execute the production of that package option in your video. Put N/A if you have no additional comments or didn't add anything to or alter your package in any way:
NOTE: If you have not mailed your final balance already, please have that ready and hand delivered to one of our staff before your ceremony begins on the day-of, per our shooting policy!
NOTE: If there are any parking fees at any of your venues, kindly add those costs to your final balance as they are not built into any of our package prices!
Finally, a lot of other vendors put "must have a hot meal" in their contracts. We think that's just silly! There's never been a time where we have not got fed, and we appreciate that greatly! It's a long day so a meal is nice to re-energize. It doesn't matter to us whether it's the same meal your guests are getting or a 'vendor meal' (usually a lunchmeat sandwich), but we do ask that you advise your catering staff to feed us at the same time as or before your guests! Time and time again, the catering staff will wait until all other guests are served (even if there's a lunchmeat sandwich already waiting for us wrapped up in a box) before we get our meal. By that time, it's time to begin filming again as a dance is coming up or what have you and then the food just goes to waste. So, just something to keep in mind if you can squeeze that request in there!
We always wear all black on shoots. But, in the event you're getting married on a hot day and are having a casual reception outdoors, let us know in the special requests field above if it's okay to wear or bring our 'hot day ensemble', which is a black top with kahki shorts.
That's it! You're done! Well almost. When you click the submit button below, we'll store this information with your file and use it to execute the shooting of, editing of and delivery of your video! If you have any questions or if any of this information should change, notify Matt ASAP!