Stuff People Ask Us…
Do we need 3 videographers for the ceremony? After shooting over a 250+ weddings we have found this to be the best thing you can do to document your ceremony and reception. While the two cameras are focused on you we use the third camera to get the fun crane shots, shots of the crowd, close-up of the rings being put on and that third angle when the bride walks down the aisle. For the Reception we can divide up the work (one films the couple taking pictures, one covers cocktail hour and one covers the reception room being setup to get all the details before guest walk in.) We want every single wedding film to be amazing and meet the high quality standards we all demand. To make all this coverage possible; three cameras for the ceremony and/or the reception is the way to go.
Who will be filming my event?
Many companies sub-contract their shooting and editing but when you hire Shakewell Studios, you get Shakewell Studios. This consists of Jesse and his team and none of the editing is contracted out.
Why should we consider Shakewell Studios to document our event?
There are many reasons to consider our team for your event but in short we are a team of filmmakers that love people and love what we do! We never settle for “basic” coverage or video equipment that is cheap. We want to offer what we think is THE BEST for you. We are aware and understand our competitor’s products and prices and are confident that you are hiring one of the best.
Do you have complete wedding video samples you can show us?
You can view samples of our Highlight Films, Same Day Edits and Love Stories online. To view our work in more detail, drop us a line, and we can set-up some time to meet in person.
How do we book with you?
You can call us directly and we would be happy to set-up a consultation. Once you make a decision we require $1,500 to retain the date and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks before the wedding date. We do offer a 3- part payment options but the balance must be paid in full before we edit your film. Up to $1000 can be payed after the wedding.
Do you charge California State Tax?
We try and keep our packages and prices as simple as possible. The price we give you covers tax and most travel expenses.
What forms of payments do you accept?
We take cash, check, cashiers check and Paypal (Paypal takes any major credit card and is as safe and easy as purchasing something from a website. No account is needed.) Paypal is subject to a 3% charge.
What do you need from us prior to the event?
Our goal is to make your experience with us easy and as stress-free as possible. Therefore we try to require as little from you as possible. We will send you our “Tips on how to make your wedding film awesome!” and a “Wedding Questionnaire” to fill out that gives us all the information we need to make sure everything is covered.
Will you direct us or have us say certain things while filming?
The essence of our films is capturing the raw moments as they unfold. We never ask a couple to say things to the camera or do anything unwanted. Things we have had couples volunteer for in the past have been reading their vows, running on the lawn, telling their partner what they mean to them, holding hands, kissing and walking. We keep it fun and simple.
Do you film both bride and groom preps?
Yes, unless prohibited by the package or locations.
Do you mic the groom?
Yes, we mic the groom and the officiant with professional grade wireless mics to ensure that the vows are captured. We also place a mic next to the trio, quartet or piano player if you have one. We also plug into the DJs equipment as an extra precaution. Audio is half the project so we make sure we have it covered.
Do you shoot in HD?
We shoot with the latest Canon HD DSLR cameras coupled with L series Canon lenses for superb clarity and vivid color. In addition we utilize Steadicam and Pocket Dolly technology for fluid cinematic shots. To experience your film in High Definition we highly recommend adding a USB Thumb Drive or Blu-ray disc to your package.
Do I get to pick my own music for the Highlight Video or our complete film?
Shakewell Studios prides itself on standing out from the rest. We scour the internet for the freshest music out there. We ask for a list of your favorite songs, artist and genres and choose music from a website like www.themusicbed.com where we can purchase the rights to the song so that neither you or us can be sued for copyright infringement. Note: Due to the music industry suing us little guys for using copyrighted music we have decided to take the high road and pay these musicians for their work. We all have to make a living!! Anything that goes on the internet must have the rights to present all material. We have many options for you. Contact us for more details.
Do you offer discounts?
We are a highly trained, passionate, and unique team of cinematographers and feel our prices are extremely fair for our services. We put in endless hours of time in training ourselves, preparing for and planning our shoots and editing the films. Because of this we do not offer discounts.
How long does it take to get our film back?
In the industry the typical turnaround time is 6 months to 1 year. Our goal is to make films that are not cookie cutter but custom every time. Your film will be completed in 4-6 months.