Are you unobtrusive while filming?
We are as discreet as we can be, given that we’re following you around with cameras — understanding that, for most of us, the experience of being filmed is not a natural one! The vast majority of our clients mention our subtlety while filming. The biggest compliment we can receive is “Oh! I forgot you guys were here!” (That, or you can hug us. Also good.)
However, there is a fine line between being unobtrusive and being unhelpful. We aim to provide enough guidance to make you feel confident while respecting your privacy and the sanctity of your ceremony. We strive to exhibit true sensitivity to the experience of our couples and their loved ones, and to ensure that everyone is able to be emotionally present and fully immerse themselves in the celebration without feeling as though they’re in the spotlight — or being stalked by the paparazzi! We want you to feel comfortable — to be yourself, and to engage with those closest to you in a genuine way. Ideally, you’ll feel as though you’ve spent your day in the company of professionals — and friends.
Do you use lights?
Our team operates with the latest cameras and high quality ISO features that make it unlikely that we’ll need to introduce external light.
Whenever the conditions allow, we prefer not to introduce external light sources. However, our ultimate responsibility is to ensure the highest quality footage. When low light demands that we do introduce external sources, we’ve chosen to eschew camera-mounted lights, as we, too, find them intrusive and distracting.
Instead, our cinematographers are equipped with lights that are of variable brightness and temperature. We’ll mount them on a light stand and place them next to or near the band or DJ (since a lot of light comes from that point in any case) and dial in a tone that best matches the ambiance of the reception. This puts a wash over the crowd that brightens things up just enough to facilitate comfortable and quality filming. We always check with photographers first — and nine times out of ten, they welcome the extra light source, as it improve the quality of their images as well!
Who will our cinematographer(s) be?
We are a small studio. Our cinematographers work closely and interchangeably to create stunning wedding films. We’ve made the conscious decision not to use terms like “A Camera” and “B Camera” or “First” and “Second” cinematographer, as they seem to denote or connote a qualitative difference that doesn’t exist. Instead, we work collaboratively, understanding that each individual style — whether it incorporates Wes Anderson-ian symmetry or dynamic movement — contributes equally to our aesthetic.
In booking with Kiss the Bride Films, you’re contracting with the studio, rather than with a particular cinematography team. Your team is assigned once we’ve received your shoot + edit instructions, and is influenced by availability and by your preferences. We’ll ask that take a look at the films at vimeo.com/kissthebridefilms
Which package should we choose?
In determining which package is the best fit for you, we usually suggest using the timeline of your day, and the hours of coverage you’ll need, as the primary parameters. Our usual approach is to arrive during the last hour of getting ready (about an hour before the first look or ceremony) and depart just after the cake cutting. In our experience, this approach yields the most comprehensive footage, and that which best contributes to the overall narrative of the film.
Do we get to choose the music for the films?
Whenever possible, we prefer that our couples select the music for both the short and long-form films. Music is very personal, and serves as the “back bone” of the film.
Prior to filming and editing, we’ll reach out with a questionnaire which helps us prepare for the day of and for post-production. With this worksheet, we solicit editorial input including music suggestions for the full length and highlight films. You’ll also be able to provide day-of specs (arrival and departure times based on your contracted hours, contact numbers) and an itinerary of the day’s events.
What equipment do you use?
Our professional cameras and equipment are at the cutting edge of what’s available. We invest extensively to ensure that we are shooting your wedding on the most up to date equipment. Creating films of the highest quality is paramount to our ethos.
How do you work on the day-of?
One of your cinematographers will be with you while you’re getting ready, getting candid footage of you and your friends, details of your dress, jewelry and shoes, the invitation, the rings, etc, and the other will be with your fiance(e). We’ll meet up (either at the first look or at the ceremony) and then you’ll have two camera angles (or three, depending upon the package you choose) for all the events throughout the rest of the day. We’ll be present for all the staples of reception — entrances, introductions, first dance, parent dances, cake cutting — and capture enough dancing convey the spirit of the reception.
How do you record sound?
Sound is, without exception, the most challenging aspect of live film-making. Audio quality is subject to many external factors beyond the control of the team.
Kiss the Bride Films makes every effort to record the best possible sound. During the ceremony and speeches, we will plug into the sound board (if available) and place a recording device in front of a speaker (if available). If, however, there are issues with the sound system (feedback, echo, boom, squeal, hiss, mic, speaker or soundboard failure, etc) or if a sound system/PA is absent, Kiss the Bride Films is not responsible for those defects or for resultant lack of audio, though we will try to the best of our ability to mitigate for such issues in post production.
Whenever possible, during the ceremony both the groom/spouse B and the officiant (if amenable) will be outfitted with a wireless lavaliere microphone.
Do you work well with photographers?
We’ve made the conscientious decision as a studio to not engage in much paid advertising. As a result, the vast majority of our client relationships develop organically. Most of our couples are referrals — from planners, florists, venue managers, make up artists and other professionals with whom we have warm and mutually respectful working relationships. And the vast majority of those come from photographers! There seems to be a common assumption that tensions exist between photographers and cinematographers. In our case, this is absolutely untrue! Most of our cinematographers have backgrounds in photography, and some of our best friends are photographers. It’s in the best interest of our images and your photographers’ that our teams partner cooperatively and with a sense of collaboration. There’s so much that we can contribute to each others’ work — photographers are setting up shots which look great for film, and we’re setting up scenes which look great for photo. And, ultimately, we have the same goal: to document your day beautifully and unobtrusively (and without making you feel stalked!) and to ensure that you are having a wonderful time on your wedding day! One of the best ways for us to contribute to that is to create an atmosphere of positivity around you.
For the majority of the day, we’ll defer largely to your photographer, allowing them to steer the ship. We endeavor to never infringe upon their process and to never impede their workflow. When appropriate, we will provide some direction. And, if possible, we’d love to get just a few minutes alone with you.
Are you insured?
Yes, we are fully insured and can provide a certificate of insurance upon request. Our provider cannot issue COI’s more than four months in advance of the date. Please allow one business week for certificates to be provided.
I have some other questions…!
Sure thing. Just email Alwyn!