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Up Down Media | How We Work

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be filming and editing my wedding?
On most occasions, Chris is the one behind the glass. But depending on your package and the date, we may use other highly-skilled videographer(s) to film your wedding. We only ask people to film we fully trust. Most of the character and style of your video comes through editing. Chris edits every highlight video. We never subcontract your wedding to other companies or individuals.

What is the booking process?
After you decide to use our services, a 50% deposit is due upon booking with the contract, and the remaining 50% is due on or before the event. It’s usually a good idea to get it out of the way before we have that awkward moment at the end of the reception where you’re writing a check while your guests are lighting sparklers. :P

What do you need from us prior to the event?
Our goal is to make your experience with us as easy and stress free as possible; therefore the little we do require of you is intended to make working with us enjoyable and easy for you. Logistically, all we need from you is a detailed event timeline at least one week prior to the event. Most importantly we need your trust in us as filmmakers and friends.

What equipment do we need to provide for you the day of the event?
We bring everything that we need. The only thing we can’t bring with us is electricity, when necessary (for lights, chargers, etc.).

When will you arrive and depart from the event?
Much of the story occurs in the moments of the early morning preparations. We arrive as everything is getting started. This is when we are able to capture footage of the bride and groom preps as well as the ceremony site prep. In most cases, we leave when you leave.

Will you direct us, instructing us on what to do while filming is taking place?
The essence of our films is to capture moments as organically as possible. We usually never ask a couple to say certain things into the camera, or do certain actions; we want their film to reflect them naturally. However, if lighting or background is not conducive to an optimal finished product, especially during preps, we will ask if we can move to a different part of the room or facility to make sure we capture the moments in the best way possible. Ultimately, it is all about you being you!

Do you film both the bride and groom preps?
Yes, but in cases that you have one videographer and both preps are happening at the same time, the bride gets priority. It’s much easier to recreate the groom’s prep than the brides.

Do you use a mic during the ceremony?
Absolutely! We use a lavalier (lapel) mic on the groom. We’ve found that’s the best position to capture both of the you and the pastor.

Do you shoot in HD?
“Have you seen my movies?!” -Dave Chappell (interpreting Samuel L. Jackson)

How long does it take to get our film back?
Your finished product is not a cookie cutter film, but rather created custom for each couple. In order to do this, it takes time; the season and workload are also factors that come into play. It is a goal of mine to have your highlight video finished within 6 weeks of the wedding. You will receive the final DVD in 90 days or less. That’s about half the time of some wedding videographers.

Do you work well with photographers?
Absolutely! In fact, we usual become friends before you even say “I do”! We don’t see weddings as a competition of shots, instead we focus on the couple and their day. In order to make sure we are on the same track as a photographer, we like to email the photographer a week before the wedding to introduce ourselves and let them know we want to work together as a team. Our desire is to not only produce great films, but to enhance the overall experience.

How long are the highlight videos?
Highlights run about the length of one song (3-5 minutes). It’s my experience that anything longer will start to lose people’s attention.

Who chooses the song for the highlight video?
We always choose the song for the highlight videos. We feel that is a part of the reason you should choose us. We do our best to choose a song that fits the couple, the mood of the day, but yet still has a cinematic feel to it.

What is on the DVD?
The DVD’s include the items listed in your package, all which contain the highlight video, ceremony, and a variation of reception footage. Some may include the rehearsal, engagement video, slideshow, etc, depending on your package and add-ons.

Tips from a Videographer

It’s going to be okay. I’m sure you’ve never done this whole wedding thing before, and that’s okay. We have. So here are some tips we’ve learned over the years that will help you’re video to be one that you’ll treasure forever.

  • The more detailed the schedule of your big day is, the more we are able to prepare for each upcoming event. However, don’t stress when things run behind. Instead, allow some time for relaxing and extra cushion in case they are. These space cushions not only help you, but they also allow us to work on more creative and planned out shots.
  • When doing things at the reception (i.e. first dance, cake cutting and speeches), be sure a videographer (and photographer) is near and aware. There are times at the reception when we may be off getting detail shots of a flower or something else odd. However, we may need to change camera lenses or audio settings before being able to record the next event at the reception. It’s a good idea that whoever is announcing the events give a warning between each event so that we (and your guests) may properly prepare.
  • The best-case scenario for quality lighting in our films are locations that have as much natural light as possible. Lots of windows are a plus! This keeps skin tones looking natural and makes the colors in the end product look so much more vibrant.
  • In order to do what we do best, our team must have the freedom to move camera positions. We often work in churches and other venues that have strict rules against moving during the ceremonies. We understand that many before us have been in the way or distracting, forcing venues to create rules. Our team is very respectful to religious traditions and, in discreet manner, film the events of your day as they take place. We move frequently in order to cinematically capture the event but will never be anywhere or do anything to take away from the event. Please discuss these tips with your venue prior to the event to ensure we’ll be able to accomplish our goals in providing you with the highest quality film of your day.

Thank you for considering these tips when planning your wedding!