Wedding Films that are evocative, dreamy, luminous, cinematic, and so impactful to watch! Ah, friends, you've got it all right, this is exactly what turns a journey's beginning into a constant reminder that LOVE is and WILL be present. And if you're so lucky as to be getting married in Cyprus, my Mediterranean haven of bliss and wonder, looking for a wedding cinematographer that will encapsulate your unique style and goose-bump-laden love story into a perfectly curated, artful film, you might need to ask them the right questions before booking their services. Just like with finding a venue, sending out invites, crafting the perfect wedding decor scheme, curating your menu and selecting your wedding planner, just to mention a few, you know that your wedding film will affect how friends, family and future generations will recall your special day. And knowing the answers to these 10 questions will score you the one who's not only present all the way to -say- capture candid moments that your photographer otherwise might miss, edit intentionally and produce a phenomenally beautiful film, but also simplify things for you, even before you commit.
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Film-making or cinematography are an artful take on documenting. Masterly film-making and cinematography are a matter of aesthetics, resourcefulness, elegance, and an eye for the sophisticated. A wedding cinematic can be sharp, fashionable, vehemence, imbued with tons of feels and nuances, carry a unique palette and play on your heartstrings, where's a video can only be footage, or a sequence of events. While both begin the same, the first will bring everything back to you no matter how many years go by.
First, because you can now get inspired to seek out more pros through your film-maker's good connections. Second, because a well-connected wedding film-maker in Cyprus implies they have gained the trust of creators and experts in the entire local wedding industry.
You do need to get a sense of style your wedding film will carry, but you also need to connect to your cinematographer's personal style and vision. When your ideas and theirs on the same principles align, that means you are investing in a film you will actually LOVE! Asking for samples of their work and taking time to watch their work is paramount.
You only get one chance at having the actual motion dynamics from this day, and your wedding cinematic will and should include the absolute best. You need someone whose expertise suggest (and ensures) every little detail has been noticed, grasped, and appreciated. And although a super long career may give the impression one is a film-maker rather than a mere videographer, it is the amount of time spent on each event, the productions that arrived and the impactful documentary that make all the difference. It is one thing to film editorial, and a completely different to craft a film on real movement, and truly candid moments.
Having a destination wedding in Cyprus means that much of the local culture can go into your big day, from traditions and rituals to even music and cultural nods. Depending on your faith, your personal style, your wedding aesthetics and your specific vision, you may wish for a particular style or sound in your film. If you completely trust your Cyprus wedding videographer to grasp your essence as a couple and create something tailored to your concept, this shouldn't be an issue. But if you wish for something specific that does not necessarily align with their artistic spectrum it is best to discuss your need before signing the dotted line.
Wedding cinematography is often priced based on a specific labor timeframes, deliverables, extra shooters, and specified time edits, but also includes travel expenses and accommodation. Although Cyprus IS an island, it is a 9.251 sq. Km island which means that the offer you get might include extra fees for transportation or staying. Plus, the more a collection includes the higher your investment (e.g. more cinematic shorts, larger films, gag reels, teasers, etc.). Get everything down on a written agreement to ensure you get exactly what you wish to invest in, or tailor make your collection.
Cyprus is multilith with beauty, and laced with stunning wedding venues across its 6 major cities and near endless UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From sparkling, luxury resorts, to romantic hideaways, rolling hills, and charming vineyards, to 5-star hotels, private villas, and quaint village estates, you will be hard-pressed to find a denser venue lineup that can accommodate any kind of wedding no matter how intimate or grand. As wedding cinematographers and wedding videographers in Cyprus we are proud to say we've been documenting events all across its magical tapestry.
Although most wedding film collections come with specified hours of filming, it is always best if your wedding cinematographer doesn't nitpick time if speeches have lasted a little longer, or they need to spend a little extra time on your wedding preparations. Some weddings in Cyprus can last till the wee hours, because Cyprus wedding traditions are many and parties can turn into all-nighters. That said, check with your film-maker on their largest possible coverage limits (after all you don't need them to stay till the last guest has left), but note that their flexibility also means providing a good service.
Receiving your wedding film products in mutually agreed, due time is essential. Make certain your film-maker meets your post-production delivery expectations. Also ensure what is their compensation should you need a day-of-the-wedding or specific early date delivery of products.
Your event or wedding film deserves the utmost attention, so you need to make sure your cinematographer has allocated this special time slot and undivided attention to what is happening on your day. In some cases the creator you speak to is not necessarily the one working on your events, so make certain their style and edit is in perfect tune with what you originally sought out.
With these 10 questions on what to inquire when trying to discern your Cyprus wedding film-maker you are good to go, but if you feel you need to read more on the subject, stay tuned to next week's post. MORE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR POTENTIAL WEDDING FILM-MAKER is coming right up.
And if you can't wait to ask, don't be shy... ask this camera guy.