How long do you have to wait to get your films?
Couples can expect trailer films to arrive online 3-4 weeks after the wedding. Feature films generally arrive online 16-20 weeks after the wedding. We do post films online first before delivering a final physical product (Blu-ray or DVD) so that people can make changes. All online films are initially private and password protected until a couple approves the edits and wants to open it to the public to share with friends and family. We desire to respect people’s privacy.
How do we choose music?
We always love suggestions and try to get a feel for people’s taste in music or a style that they have in mind for their film, although, most people ultimately leave this up to us. After we provide an edited version of a film couples can say yes or no to any music included and we can always make changes. Regarding the legal issues, it is illegal to use music in a film without licensing the music first. We would love to include popular music in our films, but it can be a very difficult process, not to mention expensive, taking months sometimes. Generally, we stick to music licensing websites that exist specifically to make it easier for filmmakers to license songs, which is where most of the music in our films comes from. Sometimes we even send links to these websites and couples will build a profile and username to go through the catalogues and build wishlists for themselves.
How do we get the professional audio during the wedding day?
We use professional wireless, lavalier microphones on the groom and sometimes the officiant during the ceremony. The mic transmitter is the size of a deck of cards and sits in an inside jacket pocket. This microphone picks up the bride as well because of the proximity to the groom during the ceremony. The microphone goes on the groom just before the ceremony begins and is taken off at a point directly after the ceremony concludes. It is closed circuit and the signal is only going into our portable recording device so it’s never being broadcast to your guests. We also never include anything in the film that a groom says while wearing the microphone that is not relevant or wouldn’t help support a narrative to your film.
Sometimes, if there is a sound system set up for the ceremony we will plug into that as well.
During the reception, to capture toasts, we get a line out signal from the band or dj’s sound mixer. This makes it very easy to record the speeches and doesn’t require any additional equipment or microphone clutter from our end.
Do we use lights?
We may use a small light on a stand during receptions if the conditions are too dark to shoot in. We would use a light namely during the moments of importance, i.e. first dance, speeches, etc. The light is turned off afterwards and we are always respectful if we notice that it is bothering anyone. We do understand couples are trying to create a nuance and feel with lighting during their reception.
A few more notable items:
We work with all couples no matter race, religion, or orientation.
We are insured.
We do have backup equipment.
We do ask to be fed during dinner time.
We look good at your wedding.
Some people want to know where we've worked:
Chicago History Museum Adler Planetarium Chicago Cultural Center Millenium Park Shedd Aquarium
Chicago Botanic Gardens South Shore Cultural Center Cafe Brauer Chicago Illuminating Company Notre Dame
Navy Pier/Crystal Gardens University Club River East Art Center The Rookery Standard Club Gallery 1028
Ravenswood Event Center Stan Mansion Ignite Glass Studios Union Station Sears Tower (Willis) City View Loft
Loft on Lake Salvage One Saddle and Cycle Club Galleria Marchetti Harold Washington Library
Chicago Athletic Association Morgan Manufacturing Odyssey Chicago Prairie Productions Bridgeport Art Center
Fulton's on the River A New Leaf Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Museum of Contemporary Art Salvatore's
Carnivale Nacional 27 Zed 451 MCA Shedd Aquarium Salvatore's Morgan Mfg.
Lacucna Artists Lofts Museum of Broadcast
Listing the churches and hotels we’ve been in would be silly.
We do travel for destination weddings and have been to Mexico, England, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and all over the United States.