What is the typical team strength of SEF Weddings that will be travelling to cover my wedding?
A New Generation of Cinematic Wedding Film makers are here with amazing picture and sound quality. We have built our reputation on producing stylish & contemporary wedding day films. Hopefully we will capture the emotions of the day, when you laugh or cry we will be there to catch these moments, these are the things that will make you watch your wedding film over and over again.
What are the common deliverables that we can expect as part of the package?
We usually film with crew of 3-4 cinematographers (candid style) and 2-3 photographers (candid and documentary style) plus one director. The crew works as a team with different cameramen specialising on different lenses and styles including aerial and underwater. We don't recommend a reduction in crew and this will certainly not affect the cost except in special cases. More cameras may be employed depending upon the scope of the event and scale of the wedding to make sure the entire event is well covered. This multi-camera setup allows us to position ourselves strategically to capture things more naturally as and when they happen.
Can I go for only still photographs or video or has to be both?
In the standard package, we deliver three different wedding films and all digital photographs (candid and documentary) - All films and photos are delivered on a 1 terabyte hard drive provided to us by you. To view on a TV or a screen, we also have provisions to deliver the film on pen- drives. The three versions of films are the following - 1) Full wedding Films (FF) - The entire footage of your wedding ceremony in a film format edited minimally with soft instrumental music. 2) The Wedding highlight film (HL) - A 25-30 minute version of the best moments of your wedding blended with your story as told by you and your loved ones. 3) A three-minute trailer (TR) - A two-minute teaser film that you may release on social networking sites for your friends and family to see and enjoy.
Which all locations does SEF Weddings team travel to cover weddings?
During a wedding shoot, the stills team and the video team should have harmony and coordination for the benefit of client coverage. Although we prefer handling both together, we are comfortable with handling either depending on the comfort of the client.
Can SEF Weddings prepare a coffee table book or album of the photographs?
All across the world. We love travelling.
Are there any other hidden costs other than the ones mentioned to us prior to sign-off?
Absolutely. 180-200 images per album can be incorporated into one album should you wish to print. All images edited and album custom designed. Each page of album is 12 inches by 12 inches. The cost of the album varies depending on the quality. Album size and number of images may vary by region.
Who picks the music and film titles for the movies that are released?
Travel, food and accommodation are costs to be borne by you. In addition, hard drives and pen drives need to be provided by you for the final delivery. Albums (if not included in the contract) are paid separately. Any additional days of shooting (not mentioned in contract) shall be charged extra. No other hidden costs.
Is SEF Weddings into wedding planning or just coverage?
Music and songs selection are a joint decision of the Director, Client and the Edit team. A client co-ordinator from the studio shall be co-ordinating this. Usually the creative visualiser of the project takes care of all these details. The film titles are usually suggested either by the client or the film director and approved by both.
Will our wedding planners, other vendors name feature in the film?
Currently we are only into coverage but having worked with some of the top wedding management teams, we are happy to suggest some names at no extra costs. A good management and decor teams naturally makes a beautiful film!
When and where should the audio bytes be ideally recorded?
Oh absolutely. And they will love their names on the big screen just like a feature film.
Can you make the trailer or a short film of the wedding so that we can show it at the Reception / Last day?
Anywhere with silence in the background. Any time during the wedding. We do not do any interviews / audio bytes after the wedding is over. A rare case exception is understood but usually we lock all interviews on the very first day of the wedding as it gets stressful during the later days.
What are the number of photographs that will be provided in the package? Also the total number of edited photographs and the format in which they would be provided?
Yes we offer this service - These are referred to as "Same Day Edits" and they are a great way to showcase some of the best moments of the wedding instantly. However, this is an expensive process (extra equipment and setups are required for an extra editor to produce this) and adds to the final cost of the package.
Do we get to see the HL Film before the final delivery?
Its difficult to determine the total number of images we will be shooting over a typical three day wedding. Approximately 3000-4500 images are expected to be shot during the whole wedding. All images shall be given to the client in high resolution JPEG format on a 1tb hard drive (digital delivery) and ALL the images are colour and exposure edited. The images are shot both in candid and traditional style.
Why does it take 60-90 days for the delivery of our wedding HL film?
Once the Highlight film is ready, we invite the couple over for a screening at our studios in Cardiff. Since they are the stars of the film, we want them to see and approve of it first. Should they disapprove of any clip / footage during the first screening, we can make the edit changes and corrections (in the one round of permissible edit changes) and present the final HL film for the friends and family to see and enjoy. Nothing is delivered / released without the approval of the couple. In case of overseas clients, we deliver a low resolution version of the HL film online through data sharing sites like wetransfer.com. The couple can download the film and send us the changes AT MOST within 72 hours. If we do not receive any changes within three days, we will assume that you approve of the film and no changes are required. We will then close your project and deliver the high resolution final rendered version of the film. Any changes after the stipulated three day period shall be charged extra.
Can we also have additional photographers / videographers along with SEF Weddings?
Film editing is a tedious and creative process and we work with some of the best editors in the industry who are perfectionists and believe in the highest quality of film editing. After seeing hours and hours of footage they select the best of the best shots for the HL film and naturally all this takes time. As a thumb-rule, each minute of final edit takes about one day to finalise once the final edit begins. Rest assured, once you see your final HL film, the wait will be well worth the time.
What is a pre-wedding shoot and how do we go about it?
You may, but it is not preferable. You are paying us big bucks to do the job. Save money and hire only one team. The other advantage of this is that we will get unobstructed visuals without badly dressed / behaved local photographers jumping into our frames and ruining the film moments.
Will there be a singular point of contact during the wedding onsite?
A pre-wedding shoot is a photo/video shoot of the couple done before the wedding that portrays the bond they share with each other. Since wedding is a hectic time to be together, the couple get this day off with each other to shoot some "Relaxed, Together & Fun" images and videos in casual outfits (different from the heavy wedding outfits) and this photo/video footage can be used in the highlight film or as a separate two-minute pre-wedding film that can be shown during the sangeet or the wedding. A typical pre-wedding shoot lasts between 2-4 hours. The clothes / styling / makeup for the pre-wedding shoot is to be arranged by you please.
What is the one round of permissible change allowed once we see the film? Is it one change per delivery (FF, HL, TR etc.)?
The film-director or the Director of Photography is your singular point of contact with SEF Weddings. Also, from your side, we would love to have a singular point of contact for all wedding shoot co-ordination. The brides / grooms siblings or the best friends are the best people for the job.
How is the film delivered to us?
No changes are permitted in the Full films (FF) unless there is a grave edit error. One round of changes in the Highlight film and Trailer means that once the couple sees the film for the first time, they can add / delete some clips as per their liking. Some close relatives whose footage is unintentionally missed by the editors can be added in this round. Any other minor changes can also be corrected. But please note that major changes may not be possible / charged extra. Examples of major changes are Addition of an event / events Changes in music track Replacement of more than ten clips of friends / relatives Changes in the film titles / credits etc
Do we get the raw footage? How is it usually delivered?
Blu-rays and DVDs are fast going out of fashion. So much so that the latest computer systems don't even have DVD readers anymore! With everything moving online, DVD’s are obsolete and so in keeping up with the latest trend, our deliveries are done USB drives with customised cases. Such pen drives allow you to easily share your film with your family and friends, upload it online, and make as many copies as you like. Also, the quality of film is delivered on the USB is much higher than that of DVD or Blu-Ray.
Will our trailer or Highlight film be released on Social Media as well?
Everything that has been shot by us is your property. We don't hold back anything. You get all the RAW videos as well as the final videos on a 1 or 2 Terabyte hard drive provided by you. The RAW videos are clips of the videos shot by all our cameras (They may be useful for edits later like first anniversary / 25th anniversary etc.)
What if the delivery is delayed by SEF Weddings?
Highlight films are usually uploaded on our vimeo / youtube channel at a nominal cost. We do not release / upload the highlight films on our facebook page. Trailers are shorter versions and more exciting videos and hence we release them worldwide on our facebook page. However, the release depends on a few factors. Firstly, we do not release trailers of couples who don't want them to be shown publicly. We respect your privacy but this clause has to be specified at the time of signing the contract. Secondly, according to our agreement with social networking sites, there is a budget allocated for the release and promotion of each trailer that we put up. Details provided on request.
Can we come and see the RAW footage and select our shots?
It is rare that the delivery of the film is delayed beyond 100 days. But it is possible that the director of film is unhappy with some portions of the film and requests for a revision / re-edit - in which case a delay might happen. All we can say is that it is for the benefit of the film and the client. Most great cinema blockbusters have been delayed but have turned out better due to the re-edit. So its all in good spirit. We apologise for the inconvenience (should a delay happen) but assure you that we will not release anything that we don't absolutely adore. So please be patient and give us time to work our magic.
What is the estimated time of delivery of all deliverables? What do you need from us after the wedding for the completion of the project?
We shoot thousands and thousands of film clips from multiple cameras and sometimes the total duration of these RAW clips exceeds 50-60 hours of footage for a typical three-day wedding. At the studio, these clips undergo careful conversion and screening and a battery of editors work night and day to create a first cut of the best clips for the chief editor. This process is almost factory-like with editor stations brimming with activity through odd hours. Client interference at this stage not only delays the final edit by double but also disrupts the zen-like concentration of the editors going through the footage in their own space and time. So, no, we strictly do not allow clients to sit through RAW footage selection. This is the reason we have one round of edit changes. In case the couple is un-happy with some footage he / she can communicate this after the first screening of their film and the changes will be incorporated.
As per the contract we deliver everything within 30 to 90 days after the wedding. This means the simpler deliverables like images shall be delivered within 25-30 days after the wedding and the full films could take about 45-60 days depending on the season workload specially during winters when we could run into a backlog. The highlight film and trailer could take upto 60-90 days for the delivery. We need two basic documents from the couple for the completion of the Highlight film in time - First is their music selection (various sound tracks you want for various sections of the film) and second is the credits for the opening and closing sections of the film. A delay in sending these will exponentially delay the delivery dates of the highlight film. As a thumb-rule, we expect these two things from the couple within 30-45 days after the wedding.