Why do you only offer one package?
For years we offered three packages but found it was almost impossible for couples to select the best length of film BEFORE the wedding. We hadn’t even filmed the event, how could we possibly know how much meaningful footage we would come back with?
Some couples had tons of amazing, meaningful moments, but only selected a short 5-minute film. Other couples selected a longer 20-minute film but didn’t have the content to support it.
We finally decided to offer one film length that is driven by the story, and not dictated by arbitrary packages!
Why should we spend $7,900 on a wedding film?
We believe you get what you pay for. Your wedding only happens once, and when you hire 3rd Street you are booking more than a video team, you are hiring a professional job and peace of mind.
We have over 15-years of experience filming weddings and know the nuances of working with photographers, wedding planners, bands, and other vendors. As in any business, when your vendors work together they can achieve exceptional results. We view it as a win-win-win.
Our team includes three lead filmmakers. So what does this mean? Many video companies offer a lead shooter and a “second” shooter. This means you get a “pro” and someone to assist them. Our team includes three “pros” who can handle any aspect of the wedding day.
Why do you need to meet with us before we book?
Talking through expectations in-person or over a video call is a great way to make sure we are a good fit for your event. Your videographer will be with you all day and it is important that we gel. We work directly with each of our couples to gain a better understanding of their relationship so we can tell their wedding story authentically and artfully.
How would you describe your style?
Believe it or not, that’s a really challenging question to answer. I would like to believe we have our own way of doing things. We really focus on people being able to be themselves and capturing the day as cinematically as possible. For us, that means framing, lighting, camera movement, and lens choice.
The balance is to let the situation happen naturally, where it doesn’t feel staged. For example, you’re going to put on your dress – it’s going to happen anyway, but we’ll work with the photographer to suggest an area that would work great for lighting.
Who picks the music?
The short answer is, we do but with your input. Your pre-wedding questionnaire includes questions about favorite genres, artists, and songs, and we use these recommendations as a starting point when researching legally licensed music for your film. Music licensing and copyright issues have become very strict so we are very careful to select music that fits the film perfectly and is legally licensed. What this means for your film is that we most likely will not be able to use the specific songs or artists you request.
How much coverage do we need?
Your package starts with nine hours of coverage, but depending on your schedule you may need more. Here are some general guidelines for how we determine the amount of coverage you may need.
We recommend starting at least an hour and a half before the bride gets dressed. In addition to the ceremony, the “getting ready” can be one of the most emotional parts of the wedding day because of the personal interactions with your closest family and friends.
We recommend staying late enough to capture 30 – 45 minutes of party dancing. Our goal is to film enough dancing to give a feel for the party. Even our longest wedding films only include a minute or two of party dancing.
Is raw footage included in our package?
The raw footage is not included in any of the packages, but is offered as an add-on called “unused raw footage”. This means we will take all the footage not used in your film, the ceremony or speeches, and “lightly edit” it to make it more watchable. We lightly edit it to remove any of our camera mistakes. (Shh, don’t tell anyone.) And we apologize in advance if there is any embarrassing footage! Our job is not to censor the footage, only clean up any really bad camera work! Please reference your contract for the price of the unused raw footage.
Do you use a drone?
We have a drone, but we currently do not use it for weddings. We think drone footage is pretty sweet, but our style focuses more on people than places. If we have the choice of capturing an epic church exterior or a special moment between you and a grandparent, we go for people first.
Do we meet with you again before the wedding?
Around six to eight weeks before your wedding we’ll send out a questionnaire, using Google Docs, that covers a lot of the information relevant for videography. After sending the questionnaire we’ll set-up a phone call, video call or in-person meeting to talk through all the details. Most importantly we’ll review the schedule, locations, and start and end times. (Hint, having a Gmail address makes this much easier.)
How do you handle lighting?
The only time we light during the wedding day is for the speeches and formal dances. Everything else is natural light.
What do you need from us on the wedding day?
Relax and have fun. This is easier said than done, but the more you can focus on having fun with your friends and family, the more authentic your wedding film will turn out.
Do we have to do a first look?
No, it’s totally up to you. Depending on the schedule, seeing each other before the ceremony is great, but isn’t mandatory. Most couples choose to have a first look if their ceremony and reception are at the same venue.
Do we have to talk on camera during the getting ready?
No, you don’t have to talk on camera, but natural audio is really powerful. Capturing you candidly talking with friends and family, or telling us about the significance of a special detail of your day can really enhance your film. Some couples have been adamant that they don’t want to say anything and that’s no problem. Your wedding should be fun and the last thing you need is for the videographer to be pushy about something they feel is important, but unfortunately makes the couple feel totally awkward.
Do we have to exchange/read cards?
It’s your day and you don’t have to do anything. A lot of our films include it, but not everyone does it. It’s completely up to you.
How do you get your shots without being “in the way”?
The key is finding a balance between capturing what you’re expecting us to capture and not be “in the way.” We’re part of the event, but we don’t want to be an obvious part of the event. People expect there to be photographers and videographers and cameras, but we don’t want to make a scene with it. We try to be low profile with how we do things, but we have to strike a fine balance with that.
Do we need to provide a meal for you?
We do require a vendor meal in our contracts, each venue is different on what they consider a “vendor meal”. Sometimes it is a guest meal; sometimes it is completely different.
We definitely recommend you talk with the venue and find out what the vendor meal is. We’re going to be with you starting early in the day, skipping lunch and the last thing our couples want is for the venue to give us cold cut sandwiches, apple and potato chips.
How will the audio be handled?
During the ceremony, we will ask the groom to wear two small microphones to capture the vows. Why two? One is a backup. We’ll also place mics at other locations to capture the officiant, musicians, and reading. During the reception, we’ll work with your DJ to connect directly to his sound system to capture the speeches.
When the wedding video is complete, what will we receive?
We are currently delivering the completed wedding video files by digital download as high definition mp4 files. The digital files allow you to easily watch, share and save your wedding video.
Are we involved in the editing process?
Your involvement is essential for helping us customize your film. There are two opportunities to add specialized requests.
- A couple of weeks after the wedding you will be invited via Google Docs to share special moments or people you want to be included in the film as well as not-so-special moments you want us to omit. Before we begin to edit the film we’ll send a reminder email for your edit requests. There is no charge for special request provided before editing starts.
- After editing is complete we’ll send you an online version to watch while we complete the rest of your wedding package. While edit requests at that point are rare, we encourage you to chat with us about anything you want to be changed. An hourly edit fee will apply for custom edit requests once the film is online.
How long does it take to receive the video?
Each contract is going to have a four-month target completion date. Earlier in the season, April and May, it’s going to be much quicker. If your wedding is later in the year, it’s probably going to be closer to four months.
What kind of cameras do you use?
We don’t focus a lot on the specific types of cameras, because our style focuses more on storytelling than technology. But having great cameras is definitely a bonus!
We use high-definition Canon cameras, and depending on the venue we’ll decide if cinema, video or DSLR’s will work best. Our cameras are amazing in low light, such as receptions, which means we don’t need a lot of extra gear to light up the reception and kill the ambiance.