Frequently Asked Questions

These are some questions we're asked often ... and some questions we'd love people to ask more! 

What's your style?

What's your filming/editing style? Why?


Our wedding films are intimate, family-focused, and story-driven. We prioritize genuine, unscripted moments, and use a fly-on-the-wall approach to shooting that is inspired by our work as documentary filmmakers. For more information about our style and approach, check out the information on the Our Films and Our Approach pages.




What kind of gear do you use?


We prioritize being mobile, adaptable, and inconspicuous on a wedding day. That means we use a limited kit of gear in order to make sure our couples and their guests feel comfortable, natural, and not “on-the-spot”. It’s weird to be on camera - we get it! We use Canon DSLRs and shoot and deliver in HD, and we avoid using drones, lights, or big stabilizers at weddings. For more information about our gear and shooting style, check out the Our Approach page.




Who is your ideal couple?


Our ideal couple is pumped to have a wedding film, excited to tell their story, and is totally in love. Other than that, one of our favourite thing about weddings is that we get to meet so many different people and see so many different types of weddings! We love getting to know people with such varied life experiences, and it keeps our job so fun and interesting. And although it's 2020 and this should just be a given by now, we love all our couples, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, size, or whether they're dog or cat people. Love is love and we love it all!





How do you craft a film?

Where does the process start?


Crafting a film starts long before we even pull the cameras out. In order to get the best footage on the day, and to tell your story in the best way possible, we begin the process by setting up a meeting or two so that we can get to know you better. We also send you a questionnaire beforehand to get any other information we might need to know before capturing footage on a wedding day. After that, the creative process begins! For more information about our process before and during a wedding day, check out the Our Approach page.




How do you select music for a film?


We aim to craft a soundtrack that supports each film, rather than simply setting clips to music. As part of our pre-wedding process, we get to know what kind of music you like (and what you hate!), and we take that into account as we build the soundtrack for your film. Then, we work to license a song (or songs) that will make the base for your film. It’s a tricky process - the song needs to build at the right time, fall at the right time, be emotional through the emotional bits, and drive forward at the right time. It isn’t easy, and we spend a lot of time doing it! We often end up stitching more than one song together to create the perfect soundtrack. Outside of being filmmakers, we're also both musicians, so we take this process very seriously!




How do you get a story from each couple?


You have a story, and we want to capture it! Maybe it’s the story of how you met. Maybe it’s the story of your proposal. Or, maybe it’s the story of how you and your family all ended up here together. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what the right story to tell is, or how to tell it - that’s where we come in! We’ll work with you before your wedding day to figure out how best to tell your story, then we’ll work our magic to put it all together. For more information about our process before a wedding day, check out the Our Approach page.




What do I need to do as part of the process?


We know that planning a wedding is stressful and time-consuming, and that all of your other vendors need things from you as well. We don’t want to add to that stress, but we do want to make sure that we’re creating the best film possible for you. We ask our couples to commit to a meeting before booking us and a meeting before the wedding, as well as filling out our questionnaire. The meetings can be over the phone, on Facetime or Skype, or in person, whatever’s most comfortable for you!




How do you record audio?


Audio is essential to our films! When you watch through our films, or any other wedding films, take note of what a difference good audio can make; it takes you from just watching a film to feeling like you’re transported back to that time and place. Because of that, good audio is a high priority! We use small lavalier microphones during ceremonies, as well as on-camera microphones to capture natural audio. During speeches, we work with your venue or DJ to connect to the sound system and record directly from there. If you aren’t sure about what you’ll be doing for an audio system on your wedding day, don’t hesitate to ask us - we can help you find the right configuration to make sure that your guests can hear what’s going on and that we can record the audio for your film.





What do I get?

What is a "documentary" edit?


A documentary edit is a start-to-finish film of a part of your wedding day; as part of our full-day packages, we include documentary edits of the ceremony and speeches. Start-to-finish means that if your ceremony is 24 minutes and 30 seconds long, that film will be 24 minutes and 30 seconds long as well. We still edit the film between multiple angles and use our professionally-recorded audio, but the film isn’t creatively-edited - it’s just a start-to-finish capture of what happened.




What is a highlight film?


A highlight film is a 3-5 minute, story-driven film that is creatively edited and is meant as a snapshot of your day. We take all the highlights from the day and weave them together in a narrative that is easy to watch, share, and cry over. The highlight film is a good fit for anyone looking for a quick but comprehensive snapshot of their day to share with friends and family.




What is a feature film?


A feature film is an approximately 15-minute creative edit, kind of like a highlight film on steroids! A feature film is a great way to feature the other moments and stories of the day - the natural and candid moments that you don't want to forget. The feature film is also a great way to include grandparents or other significant people who might not have a role in your wedding but you'd love to have more footage. We can even pre-arrange some interviews with these people to help tell your story. We'll put all of this together creatively into a film that makes a great heirloom for years to come!




When do I get my films?


We deliver our highlight films within 4 weeks of your wedding, and the rest of your films are delivered within 16 weeks




Do you offer custom packages?


We offer base packages (a half and a full day) that are all customizable! We'll work with you to help you figure out what options will work best for you. If you're eloping, we’d be happy to chat about putting together a custom package that would better fit your plans!





What do I get?

What is a "documentary" edit?


A documentary edit is a start-to-finish film of a part of your wedding day; as part of our full-day packages, we include documentary edits of the ceremony and speeches. Start-to-finish means that if your ceremony is 24 minutes and 30 seconds long, that film will be 24 minutes and 30 seconds long as well. We still edit the film between multiple angles and use our professionally-recorded audio, but the film isn’t creatively-edited - it’s just a start-to-finish capture of what happened.




What is a highlight film?


A highlight film is a 3-5 minute, story-driven film that is creatively edited and is meant as a snapshot of your day. We take all the highlights from the day and weave them together in a narrative that is easy to watch, share, and cry over. The highlight film is a good fit for anyone looking for a quick but comprehensive snapshot of their day to share with friends and family.




What is a feature film?


A feature film is an approximately 15-minute creative edit, kind of like a highlight film on steroids! A feature film is a great way to feature the other moments and stories of the day - the natural and candid moments that you don't want to forget. The feature film is also a great way to include grandparents or other significant people who might not have a role in your wedding but you'd love to have more footage. We can even pre-arrange some interviews with these people to help tell your story. We'll put all of this together creatively into a film that makes a great heirloom for years to come!




When do I get my films?


We deliver our highlight films within 4 weeks of your wedding, and the rest of your films are delivered within 16 weeks




Do you offer custom packages?


We offer base packages (a half and a full day) that are all customizable! We'll work with you to help you figure out what options will work best for you. If you're eloping, we’d be happy to chat about putting together a custom package that would better fit your plans!





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Winner, Best Overall Filmmaker, 2019, Vancouver Island Wedding Awards
Winner, Best Short Film, 2019, The Vancouver Island Wedding Industry Awards

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