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10. Parallel Features : Video Production
from 5 reviews
5.0 (5)
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Nob Hill, CA
"Miguel is a phenomenal videographer! He is so incredibly creative and pours his heart into his projects. Hire Miguel and his production team if you have a project that requires care and attention to details. **People often do not read long reviews, which is why I wanted a quick blurb about Miguel (provided up top) before going into an in-depth review of my experience with Miguel and his production team** Here I go: Miguel and I started our conversation around early to mid-July time frame. I live on the east coast, and I was in need of a videographer in the mid-October time frame for a very special project. I have been researching for videographers, the types of services they provide, and the fees associated with this type of service for a few months now. I have searched for videographers on the east coast (DC Metro) and on the west coast (SF Bay Area) via Yelp, WeddingWire, The Knot, and Thumbtack. I have been with a handful of videographers, but I ended up putting all my trust into Miguel. Miguel had sent me a really reasonable quote, which I appreciated. And as a result, I began reviewing his work (both via his website as well as his Instagram account). I was really impressed. I recall one of my first impressions of Miguel’s work was that it felt out of the box compared to the hundreds of videographers that I had researched in the weeks/months before. The video quality of the material in Miguel’s portfolio was satisfying to me as well. Without further delay, I wanted to lock in my date with Miguel so the two of us hashed out an agreement, and Miguel was very accommodating of my requests. As per my agreement, I made my payment in full, in advance (note: this portion was based on my personal preference as I wanted to minimize the logistics I needed to deal with the day of). Days prior to my event, Miguel and I had a couple of telephone/text conversations to figure out details of where we would meet and etc. I appreciated that Miguel made sure we were both reading off the same sheet of music, especially since we made arrangements with each other being across the country. The event took place in a public, historical facility (so imagine a bunch of other people around us the entire time). Miguel and his production team arrived an hour before to scout-out the place, to familiarize. By the time I arrived, they were ready to go. Miguel and his crew were punctual, patient and extremely pleasant to work with. I was really pleased with the flow of things. Once our event wrapped up, Miguel told me he was prepared to deliver the product with a four-day turn around (of which only two were business days). He was preparing to travel abroad and he would not be available for the next month. I let Miguel know the timeline would not be an issue, and I am absolutely fine with him taking a bit more time. This was going to be a very special delivery to me no matter what time of the month he would hand it over to me. I received the product recently (a very reasonable delivery time frame), and my mind was BLOWN. I watched the video and told my family Miguel really put his foot into it, and I was corrected - that Miguel poured his heart into it and that was true… I agreed 100%. The edited product was just a little over 8:00 minutes in duration. And each time I have watched the video, I have cried with tears of pure joy and happiness. I had requested a musical overlay of a specific song and Miguel used an instrumental version (violin) and captured the essence of the event so beautifully. Some of the clips were black and white, so as to stand out from the rest - everyone who has seen the product thus far, they have raved Miguel and his work quality. A lot of videographers that I have researched struggled to stabilize their videos (i.e. their videos appear really shaky), they transition in an out too frequently and lack flow, and/or the sound/video quality is very poor. Miguel really came through for me, and delivered a product that I will cherish for YEARS to come. A lifetime even. Miguel surpassed all of these criteria (and I knew he would from seeing his portfolio); Miguel used electronic stabilizers, transitioned from one scene to the next effortlessly, and provided an end product with picture perfect video and sound quality. Miguel and his production team gets 1,000 (and this is not a typo) out of 100. I have so much love and appreciation for Miguel and his team’s work. Thank you, Miguel and team, for truly providing me something beyond my expectation. I am in awe and I have so many feelings of gratitude."

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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