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Vacaville Cinematographers

Browse these cinematographers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Vacaville.

  • 13 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher H.
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I hired Colin as a cinematographer to film a documentary on a noted SF Bay Area martial artist. Over the space of a two day shoot, he was able to provide us a wide variety of coverage that included intimate, close-up interview footage as well as dynamic action footage captured using his steadicam. Colin is both a gifted cinematographer and photographer who has a masterful understanding of composition and lighting. Colin's talent, professional demeanor and technical proficiency puts him at the very top of the list of photographer's I've worked with in my career. I give him my highest recommendation.

WollwerthFilms
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Scott J.
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Stephen worked as "Director of Photography" on several of my high-end productions. His creative eye and superior camera skills really added to the projects. He is a gifted aerial cinematographer and amazing editor. I have been in this business for over 25 years and I rate him professionally and personally "outstanding." Truly "One in a million!"

Elie
5.0
from 8 reviews
    Rene M.
    Verified review

    Elie created a promotional film for our Music in the Schools program. It's truly extraordinary. His work is filled with connectivity to our hearts and souls. He has a deep awareness of the human condition and conveys the emotional essence of the subject matter with rhythmic precision. Elie is a master and we are most fortunate to have him as our resident filmmaker.

    Wake Up! Productions
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 26 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Dyan F.
    Verified review

    We hired Dianne to film and produce a short documentary as well as some promotional video clips of the work our nonprofit, Honoring the Path of the Warrior (www.honoringthepath.org), does with veterans. This was an extremely important investment for us, and we are very happy with the results. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vdkTSZy0dU In general, my experience was that Dianne brings exceptional vision and professionalism to her projects. She is a very gifted communicator, cinematographer, editor, as well as a highly organized project director. Her attention to detail and positive attitude ensured success for everyone.

    Dxpert Image
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jack H.
    Verified review

    Lead cinematographer daniel is absolutely incredible behind the camera and made sure the final results fit my businesses needs and goals. I highly recommend hiring Dxpert as he's very easy to work with and will contribute to the growth and success of your business. 5 star for sure, so hire today!

    BelleMoon Productions
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Russell L.
    Verified review

    Herve was the Director of Photography on my character-driven documentary, Room To Breathe, which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and which went on to win several awards at other festivals. In 2013, the film aired repeatedly on over 120 PBS outlets including in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, as well as WGBH's The World Channel. Room To Breathe was shot in public school classrooms in San Francisco over a four month period, a very difficult work environment with daily disruptions and numerous visual and auditory challenges. After trying out five other videographers, each of whom really struggled to achieve what I was hoping for, Herve arrived to save the day. He brought a effortless ability to follow the action and the lead characters, deft camera work, and incredibly astute self-direction when needed. He has a gift for understanding the emotional tone of a scene, and gathering the best shots and angles without upsetting the occasionally delicate moment. In addition, Herve is a lovely person, a genuine pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend him highly enough! Russell Long

    Greg Carig Photography
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Jeffrey A.
    Verified review

    Greg has always been my go-to cinematographer. I've also always been impressed with his photography even though I've not needed him for that yet. Always a professional first and hard working. I'm proud to have worked beside him!!

    About

    I am an experienced video editor and cinematographer with unique sensibilities and strong understanding of visual language. I am a recent graduate of San Francisco Art Institute. I have produced several short and feature length films that have screened across the country. Since graduation, I have been in post-production on my third low-budget feature. In addition to working on all the technical aspects of my films, I've also served as a producer, organizing production schedules, getting releases, and managing the renting props/equipment.

    About

    Weifan is a seasoned creative professional with an exceptional eye for composition, storytelling and color. Over the past 5 years, Weifan has established a proven track record as a successful collaborative team organizer and player. His primary goal has always been discovering clients' needs and producing exceptional work that stand out from the competition. His camera operating experience includes the following: Red Epic/Scarlet, Blackmagic Cinema/Production Camera 4K, Arri Alexa, Sony F3/F5 and Canon DSLR cameras and Steadicam work.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    Aside from the making visual deliverables, I also love to make sure that my clients are cared for with clear communication, so I stay in touch and make sure that you are getting what you asked for.

    About

    I work to provide high quality images and videos with great lighting. I have a good knowledge of cameras and motion picture equipment from lights to dollys to modifiers.

    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.

    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.  
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