q: where are you based?
a: i'm based in dunfermline scotland, but will pretty much travel anywhere.
q: is there a deposit?
a: yes. a £400 for the feature film and a £250 for the highlights. more info about this is in the contract.
q: how far in advance do you take bookings?
a: i'd probably say around a year and half in advance; so at the moment, i'm taking bookings up to the end of 2019, but not into 2020 yet.
q: do you travel outside of scotland?
a: if you're willing to cover the travel costs, i'll go to the moon.
q: what are the travel costs?
a: in scotland/britain - we'll travel a 50 mile radius of dunfermline (there and back) for free, anything over that will be charged at .30p per mile. travel more than 3 hours will require accommodation to be provided for at least the night before the wedding. destination/abroad - this depends on the mode of transport, so this will need to be discussed.
q: how long will the video take until it's done?
a: depends on the time of year, but probably upwards of 5 months. the earlier in the year your wedding is the faster i'll be able to get it to you. as they year goes on the back log grows so the delivery time increases. the style that i do takes a while to edit so i need the extra time to figure it out. you're going to have it for life, so i'd rather not rush it just to get it done.
q: do you have an assistant/second shooter?
a: yes. depending on the venue i may do the highlights by myself, but generally i will have a second shooter with me.
q: do you offer aerial/drone footage?
q: is the vhs/flickery effect optional?
a: yes. if you like the way i shoot but are not a fan of the vhs/flickery style then still feel free to get in touch, i'm fairly flexible about the edit so i'm sure we can figure something out. i may ask to do my own version for the website, but your personal copy can be whatever you like. the only thing that i wouldn't change is the shooting style.
q: what's the policy on re-editing the video if i want anything changed?
a: i'll send the online copy of your highlight video to you about a week before posting out the finished product, and in that week if you notice any minor things you'd like changed; some shots are too dark, the music is too loud, you'd like a sound bite taken out/added etc. and you let me know i can get them changed before posting it out. but once it's sent, or if the re-edits are too extensive, that will require an additional charge, the price of which will depend on the extent of the work. i keep the footage from the wedding for around 1 year before deleting it, so you have that length of time to ask for any re-edits.
q: what music is used?
a: i'll choose your music. i used to let people choose their own music, but i decided to change that fairly recently for two reasons: 1. you technically need specific licences to use popular music, and the horror stories that i've heard about people being caught out using the music without these licences is pretty scary. 2. the music is one of the main emotional driving forces behind your video, so it can potentially hamper what i can do creatively if i only have a small selection of songs to choose from. i have access to a huge library of high quality, licensed tracks that i can go through in order to edit your video in the best way that i possibly can. don't worry though, i'll have a chat with you before hand to see what style and genre of music you prefer, what artists and songs you like to listen to etc. in order for me to not only choose what's right for your video, but also something that you'll enjoy listening to.
q: can i get additional copies sent out?
a: yes, at an additional cost. i'll keep all the footage from the wedding for about 1 year before deleting it, but the finished videos will be kept longer so you can request more copies at anytime. you'll also have access to the online version of the video indefinitely.
q: will the videos be shared publicly?
a: yes, the short trailer will most likely be shared online as a way of advertising the business. the finished videos, however, won't be available to the public, but i may share them privately with prospective customers as a way of showing them what the end product will look like.
q: do you do half-day/ceremony only videos?
a: not really, if your wedding is close; as in about a month away, and you've decided at the last minute that you'd like your ceremony covered, then give me a shout and, if i'm available, i might help out. but i wouldn't take on any half-day bookings months in advance.
q: what about elopements?
a: yep, i shoot elopements. if you're looking to elope then drop me a message and we can figure something out.
q: do you do pre-shoots/engagement shoots?
a: i would only offer this if your photographer was doing it and they were happy for me to tag along, i wouldn't offer it by myself. not yet anyway.
q: will you need fed?
a: it would be really appreciated, yes. it's a long day and a packed lunch doesn't really cut it.
q: how will you be dressed?
a: shirt, smart trousers and shoes; and probably a flat cap. i've tried doing the whole tie and a suit-jacket thing, but i find it too hot and restricting.
q: can i have all the raw, unedited footage?
a: no. the way i film is in quite a 'reactionary' style, which basically means that i don't really plan what i'm filming, i just shoot what i see (and i shoot A LOT). so if you were to look at the raw footage, it would just look absolutely mental and incoherent. whereas i go through every second of footage choosing the best bits in order to tell your story in the best way that i can. all you'd be missing out on is alternate versions of shots that are already in there, shots that are unusable or shots that aren't great; they can't all be winners! so you wouldn't be missing anything, it would just be really boring to go through and watch it without the music. it would be a little like going into a restaurant, eating the meal that the chef has specifically prepared and then asking for the individual ingredients afterwards.
q: can i request a screenshot to use as a photo if i like one of the shots?
q: how many sound bites are used in the highlight video?
a: i generally use everything unique to your wedding during the ceremony; so basically anything that you wouldn't hear at another wedding, and i try to take at least one segment from each speech; sometimes more.
q: are you insured?
a: yes, i have public liability insurance, but i'd still recommend getting your own wedding insurance.
any other questions then just drop me a message here