Focus Imagery - Wedding Film & Photography

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Service Area
Cairns, Palm Cove & Port Douglas
Business Hours
By appointment
0418 734 049

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What are the different styles of wedding video?

Put simply it's kinda on a spectrum from  'Documentary' - A true adaptation of events in real time. To 'Artistic' - Use of cinematic, slow mo and graphic effects to make the film more emotive. Personal preference picks where on the spectrum you lay. ;)  

Can I choose my own music for my wedding video?

Only very occassionaly really. I assume you chose a videographer for their style? Choosing music to fit the story they want to tell is part of their skill set. Let them do what they do. 

Requesting music (Which is usualy illegal due to Copyright) is akin to asking for the best spray painter to spray your car then giving him some spray cans and asking him to use those! ;) 

Here's a rare example of how it can work. The B+Gs best man happened to be a singer and gave me permission to use the song he'd written for them. However it had to be worked into the film.

How long are wedding video highlight reels?

Usually between 3-8 minutes. But time isn't really the concern. A good editor will make the film the optimum length to tell the story, this may mean making it shorter. 

if i hire a videographer just for the ceremony will it be cheaper than the whole day?

The short answer is yes. 

However, if your wedding is on a Saturday, any videographer worth hiring probably wont take you on! Sorry. And if they do they will charge a fee that is so close to a highlights film, why not pay the extra and have the greatest heirloom you can ever purchace? 

Get your whole day filmed - you wont reget it. If it's a financial thing - Google Album registery! 


i want to post my wedding video online but facebook doesnt let me due to the music copyright

is it part of videographers contract that says they'll be using music that isn't rightfully theirs? I want to post my video for my family and friends to see and it's basically useless otherwise!

Who chose the music? If it was the videographer it should have been purchased from a copyright free site. Sometimes Brides insist on using specific music, in which case they will forego the abilitry to post it. However as our contract states, we will only use music we provide as it's still illegal to use music with copyright. In this instance I would discuss this with your videographer and see if they will replace the music for you. You can get advice form any music copyright organisation. Was you videographer a professional? 

Is it possible just to rent a video camera to set up and leave stationary for the ceremony?

Of course you can. However professional videographers use DSLR cameras these days with expensive lenses, multiple angles that need manning. I would encourage you to opt for pros that know what they are doing. The difference will be like a Billy kart to a Ferrari! ;)

Why should I get a videographer if I'm already having a photographer?

I'm on the fence about videography and need that extra push. Can you tell me why I should have both a photographer and a videographer at my wedding?

Cindy the only way to answer this question is by example. I wont use my own co. Go here watch this film and try not to cry! You don't get that with photos and I do both! Don't regret it get a film!

How much does wedding videography normally cost?

My fiance and I are getting married in Melbourne and are looking at having a videographer as well as a photograher. We were hoping to spend around $2000-$3000 but all of the nice ones I have seen want around $5000!

For good quality between 2k and 10k. It's worth it ;) Katherine, want me to get you one who will fly themselves to Melbourne and film you a highlights film and is top notch quality? In fact he produced this film when he worked for me -

How long should it typically take for a videographer to return the final product?

My sister got married two years ago, and it took almost 6 months for her videographer to return the video of her wedding. I want a videographer at my wedding, but I'm scared it'll take the same amount of time to come back. Is 6 months normal to wait for your wedding video?

My contract states 4-8 weeks, however this can be a little longer during high season as it takes me 20-30 hours to edit each film.

It's a balance between hiring a videographer whom is not busy to guarantee a quick turn around, however, you need to ask why they aren't busy. Or a popular videographer and perhaps waiting a bit. For the videographer it's difficult too, as we don't wish to inflate our prices in order to outsource the editing nor do we wish to rush the edit and risk it's quality.

6 months I feel is somewhat excessive and by no means an industry standard. The quality of the film should be your main concern. Check out their work and make sure it's top quality and consistent. Once you have found the videographer who's films and style you love, discuss it with them.

Good luck, you will have a great film to cherish I'm sure.

Can the videographer also just take a video of the entire ceremony start to finish?

Can the videographer take a video of the ceremony on a tripod but also do a edited mash up of the entire day? Or will this greatly increase the price? I love the edited videos, but would also like to remember our vows etc in their entirety. Thanks

Modern weddings films are shot on DSLR cameras not 'video cameras' (Thankfully)! We usually use 3-5 cameras at different angles. Thus, your whole ceremony is captured. The skill comes in the edit of telling your story, selecting the right angles, the right music etc. The Highlight film is a phenomenal product, but we always offer extended films, like documentary edits you can purchase before or after your wedding. Talk to your preferred videographer and discuss your options. Great that you have opted for film you wont regret it. ;)

What questions should I ask potential wedding videographer?

I'm interested in hiring a wedding videographer, but I don't know what to ask them to be sure to pick the right one.

Marcus, Just look at their films biddy if you like them, just check they are consistent, Then ask if they are using the same videographer and film editor as the films you have seen. Good luck films rock ;)

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