Seven Frequently Asked Questions
1) How long have you been a videographer?
I have been a professional videographer for 5 years, and have been doing wedding and event videography for the majority of that time. Other roles I have had include digital media production for Toyota, Nissan, Findlay Automotive Group and Kloster Automotive Group.
2) What gear do you use?
I'm a Sony guy. 99% of your wedding film will come from one of my Sony cameras, generally the Sony a7iii. Anything else will be from my drone, a DJI Mavic Pro. All shots (until we're kicking it on the dance floor) come from a tripod or electromechanically stabilized rig. None of that shaky hand-held footage. Audio is also recorded from multiple sources throughout the ceremony, mainly from yet more Sony equipment and Rode microphones!
3) How do you protect from data loss and corruption?
I record simultaneously to multiple SD cards throughout the ceremony and reception. At the end of the night, I back all my data up to two separate hard drives, which I keep in different locations. Even after the video is delivered, I'll keep your footage for another year just in case!
4) What music can I have for my highlight film?
I use only fully licensed music that you can legally have in your wedding film, and legally share to Facebook and YouTube. I license all music through SoundStripe.
UPDATE: As of May 2019, Facebook changed it's copyright content policy for videos. Any video containing copyright music will be muted after a 24 hour period that you have to supply evidence of copyright ownership. No way around it, you need licensed music!
5) Your drone is cool! Can you legally fly it at my wedding?
Generally, yes! I am an FAA licensed drone pilot, and can fly at your wedding so long as; the weather is suitable; the venue allows it; and it does not violate FAA airspace restrictions or special event policies.
6) I've seen some portfolio builders on Facebook offering to shoot weddings for $500 (or less!)! Why should I hire Rocky Mountain Films?
Here's the biggest thing about shooting a wedding... you only get one chance. You're not going to say your vows again, you can't uncut the cake, and the lonely bridesmaid isn't giving you back the bouquet after she catches it! When things only happen once, all you can count on is experience.
Having the right gear is also essential. A new videographer might marvel at their new $600 DSLR camera and think it can do anything, but a professional knows it can't. We have over $10000 in video-specific equipment, and rely on Sony for it's unparalleled low-light performance, the sort of lighting conditions you find at a wedding reception.
And once you have the footage, you've got to know what to do with it. The game has changed for wedding videography. You're not going to want the same two-hour video your parents had, that you dust off and play once a decade. Our highlight films are produced using the latest Adobe software, with modern editing techniques, and made in the style of your choosing. That way, you'll have something to share with others and relive for yourself, any time you want.
7) We want Rocky Mountain Films to shoot our wedding... where to from here?
The process is pretty easy. First, lets chat! I want to make sure we can make a film you'll love, and I won't take your money if we can't! It's always good to meet in person, so once we have the initial details sorted, working out the finer details is always done best over a coffee. If you're not Denver based, don't worry, the phone works fine too. Once the details are sorted, I'll have a contract written so I know what you want, and you know what to expect. A 20% deposit seals the deal, and I'm all yours on your wedding day! The balance can be paid in installments or as a lump sum, whatever works best for you!