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Media Alchemy
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Jo B.
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My experience was an excellent one. Erik Holsinger helped me with a self-promotional video. I was told about a job offering Sunday to be due the following Friday, which involved sending a 5 minute video. I approached videographers the very next day - Monday, and Eric got me in on Wednesday. He came to Berkeley - we started the filming around 12:30 and were finished by the early afternoon. Erik edited it and was done by Thursday, leaving me plenty of time to review it before Friday. I was very impressed with the service I received. He was the only one to reach out proactively (by phone) and did so with a very clear outline of what he could offer - confident but not pushy. We had a number of conversations before he came around about what I wanted, and he was kind and encouraging. I think what most impressed me was his no fuss, can-do attitude. He clearly has experience with public speaking - he knows what and what not to say in front of a camera and how to get to the meat of what you want to say, while getting the essence and character of the person.This, from my own experience, requires tremendous skill. I appreciated Erik's directive coaching, which is exactly what I wanted, but he was soliticious of my needs and did so with warmth, humor and great generosity. I felt he genuinely cared about what I was doing, and felt he got me. Oh, and lastly, the end product was great. It was professional and had just the right amount of graphics and extras (and was just under 5 mins). I went with Erik because I liked his work. He has a confident, intelligent and sophisticated style, that puts in what is necessary, but doesn't add stuff just to be slick and clever (which in my experience mostly back-fires). Furthermore, his pacing, timing and editing is smooth, which having had some editing experience in the past, I know is what makes a great video. I will highly recommend him to folk, and hope you do too! I really don't have anything to suggest or improve. He was a complete delight to work with. Thanks for the opportunity to review.

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Milestone Cinematography
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Antoinette B.
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Milestone Cinematography's portfolio caught my attention when I was first viewing quotes for videographers on Thumbtack. I particularly appreciated the seamless stitching of elements to create a beautiful narrative of day. When my fiance (now husband!) and I first spoke to Ray on the phone, he immediately won us over with his laid back and candid demeanor and passion. We felt like he was a good fit for us as a couple personality-wise. We also appreciated that there was no time limit regardless of what package we chose. We ended up going with the Highlight Film package. After contracts were signed, Ray continued to be very responsive in the days leading up to the event. During the day, Ray and his team were very professional and pleasant to work with. As the day progressed, I almost forgot there were cameras around me. Ray also had a very quick turnaround for videos. After a week past our wedding, we received a highlight video. And after two weeks, we received the rest of our package. Overall - I would highly recommend Ray and his team to capture your event. They produce high-quality work with affordable price options. Ray has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

from 1 review
    Kyle B.
    Verified review

    Erica is an extremely creative and hardworking videographer and photographer. I have worked with her at several events and seen the work she has produced from a variety of video projects and am always impressed. I would definitely recommend her to a friend and for someone who is looking for a fresh feel to their work.


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      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      What is a videographer and what do they do?

      A videographer professionally films weddings and other events and edits the footage to create film keepsakes or marketing materials for their clients. Wedding videographers record all the key elements of your wedding day, ceremony and reception, and then edit the hours of film during post-production to make a wedding video, social media highlight reels, and any other film features you choose. Wedding videography captures, in live action, your vows, the cake-cutting, the first dance, reception toasts, the decor, the guests and all the details of your day. Many wedding videographers also interview guests (based on an interview list provided by the couple) and incorporate the recorded responses into the wedding video. Event videography typically costs less than wedding videography, as events are shorter with less detail. The national average cost for event videography is $500-$760, while the national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. A videographer usually does not need to be licensed, but it is important to confirm they have insurance and good standing in the business community, as well as good client reviews. A great majority of the work happens during post-production. The pros watch and blend together the hours of footage they took (sometimes from multiple cameras) to capture the story of your wedding day or event.

      How do you choose a wedding videographer?

      A wedding videographer will create a lifetime memory for you from edited video footage of your wedding day, ceremony and reception. Choosing a wedding videographer starts with looking online at portfolios of their past work. There’s no need to talk to anyone unless you love what you see. Next, make sure they have good reviews and past client experience; don’t be shy about asking for references if there aren’t any posted online. When you find someone who has a style you love, ask if they are available on your wedding day. If so, it’s time to talk pricing. Be clear about your maximum budget, and ask what kind of packages they offer. Pricing will depend on the number of crew needed for filming, the hours they are required to be onsite, post-production editing, and the length of the final product. Talk with several wedding videographers to get a feel for what prices are like in your region. Nationally, the average cost for wedding videography ranges between $990 and $1,260 per event. Once you agree on a product and have a plan, get everything in a written and signed contract. Clearly state the details of what is expected for your wedding day and from the final product. Be prepared to pay a deposit to reserve their services for the day, then pay the remainder upon receiving the video.

      What should you ask your wedding videographer before hiring?

      Finding the perfect wedding videographer doesn’t have to be stressful. Asking a few key questions upfront will help you find the right fit for your big day. Before talking with wedding videographers, research their work online. Look at their websites, business profiles and social media, and see what their finished wedding videos look like. If the style fits what you’re envisioning, it’s time to reach out. During initial contact, make sure you get along with the person. This is important since they’ll be interacting with you and your guests.

      Your first question should be about their availability; there’s no point in going further if they’re booked on your wedding day. Ask to see references if they’re not readily available online. Next, it’s time to talk about money. Ask how they determine rates or what kind of packages they offer. When you settle on a rate and the services you want, make sure to have a written contract that outlines everything, including cost, length of time they film, what post-production will include, and when you can expect to receive the edited project.

      How much is videography for a wedding?

      Wedding videography is one thing many couples regret not paying for. It may seem like just another expense during wedding planning, but it’s really special to have a moving memory of your big day. The national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. Pricing can vary depending on wedding length, special film features, the amount of editing required, and how many videographers are needed to cover the event. Many videographers offer packages that provide different levels of service. A very simple wedding documentary could be $600 or more, while a full-scale cinematic experience involving multiple videographers could be $2,500 or more. Here’s an example of average package pricing:

      • Package 1: $1,400
        • Footage during and after the ceremony, including highlights requested by the couple.
        • Two cameras with audio equipment.
        • DVD including a 3- or 4-minute edit to a song of the couple’s choice and a 45- to 50-minute raw edit covering the entire event.
        • Recordings of guests’ good wishes to the couple.
      • Package 2: $1,800
        • Includes everything from Package 1, plus an additional videographer (2 total) and aerial videography.  

      When do you pay your wedding videographer and wedding photographer?

      Most wedding videographers and photographers require a set deposit when you hire them. Wedding season is a busy time and a deposit secures that vendor’s services for your wedding date. It also protects the vendor if the couple changes their mind at the last minute, and they can’t find a new booking and lose work for the day. The deposit may be anywhere from 20 percent to  50 percent of the agreed-upon total price. Always get a written confirmation that your deposit has been received.

      The remainder of the wedding videography and photography bill may be due in the week before to your wedding or on the day of the wedding. Other vendors may require a second payment immediately before the wedding and a third and final payment after the wedding video or photos are delivered. Each vendor has their own policies, so before hiring be sure to read, understand and agree to payment protocols. There is no requirement for tipping wedding videographers or photographers, but if you do want to tip them, the end of the reception is the appropriate time. 

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