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Ventura Cinematographers

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  • 24 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
Roxanne G.
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MARK GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND!! This review is long overdue but I just finished watching the edited and raw footage that Mark has sent us and just...WOW!! I knew he did so much on the day of BY HIMSELF, but the footage was so great. He got so much detail! I hired Mark as a wedding present for my sister and I KNOW she won't be disappointed! He got so much that we didn't even think of mentioning to him to include. This man knows exactly what he is doing! Mark was great from the beginning! From being able to film my sister's wedding at 2 weeks notice after a last minute cancellation, to his excellent communication and suggestions for my sister's wedding, to his patience on the day of the wedding and being able to adjust to every last minute change. You can tell that this cinematographer has experience doing this and he knows exactly what to expect and what questions to ask when you are lost. EVERYONE was so pleased to have him at the wedding!! The guests thought it was so cool to have a DRONE at the wedding!! I only paid Mark for four hours but the wedding ceremony was a little behind schedule and he STILL suggested going to the reception to get the introduction of the Bride and Groom. This man was so amazing. He asked all the right questions and even asked if we wanted to get footage of the bride and groom reading each other letters in their hotel room before the ceremony, and that sparked the idea of having them add that to their wedding day itinerary. THEY LOVED THE IDEA and it CAME OUT SO BEAUTIFUL! Mark seems like the kind of man that has seen it all and done it all when it comes to weddings. He blended in so well with every setting. He knew exactly what to say in each situation and other times, you didn't know he was there because he was working and blending in so well! The footage Mark sent us transported us back to the day of the wedding. My family loved it so much and are still talking about Mark and his great work. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARK! Each time I talk about my sister's wedding, I mention you and the detail you put into everything! You were even great at following up with me after the wedding and printing the DVD's and DVD cases with photos from the wedding, SO GREAT! My sister loves every bit of it! She was so happy with all the little details you captured! Thank you! Thank you!

Grant Bell Cinematography
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kelsey P.
Verified review

I will update this review after I get the finished product from Grant, but I didn't want to wait to give him a positive review. Grant was able to work my wedding on very short notice after another videographer backed out. He was communicative, friendly, and accommodating before the event as we were negotiating our contract, and he was super easy to work with the day of. Grant worked well with our photographers and was able to get the footage he needed without getting in the way of pictures. He was extremely professional, laid back, and fun to be around, all at the same time. A rare combination. Again, I can't comment on the quality of his work just yet, but I can say that Grant was a pleasure to work with.

Jordan Horn
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Diamond R.
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I first met Jordan Horn at Paramount Pictures in 2013 where he was interning at the time. I could tell immediately Jordan a dedicated and determined individual. I was campaigning as Miss Los Angeles for Donald Trump's MISS CALIFORNIA USA pageant. I was in need of a video reel, and photos for my portfolio. Not only did he photograph headshots, lifestyle, and catalogue photos; he also edited them and shot video during the shoot which he edited and crafted into a beautiful reel. The content I received was professional and I still use these today. I still reach out to Jordan for other projects when he's available, watching the progress he's made is inspiring. He's an incredible editor and cinematographer and has worked for Emmy award winning studios and done editing for Primetime shows like the Ellen Show, Dr. Oz, Monopoly Millionaire's Club and more, all while still pursuing independent projects. Jordan has an outstanding work ethic. The efforts he puts into his work is relentless. I highly suggest hiring him for your projects. I guarantee you will be more than pleased the results he yields, In my experiences working with him he won't stop until you are satisfied with your project.

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My background in cinematography for top commercials and in features allow me to bring the best possible imagery to the client's project. I love the challenges every project brings , I love what I do and it never feels like a job.

  • 11 years in business
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I've worked with accomplished directors as well as Oscar winning actors as Director of Photography. The training I've acquired through these experiences have allowed me the chance to have an edge on my peers. I simply love to shoot. I am truly living my dream and fortunate enough to have found something that I was talented in, that also brings me great happiness. I enjoy working with and meeting new people often, composing a story through my camera, and delivering a product to the client that brings about a genuine smile. There is nothing better than creating something for the client that exceeds what they had imagined.

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I'm very experienced in shooting and editing various types of videos and have worked with industry professionals all over the world. Cinematographer

  • 6 years in business
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Specializing in car culture, short stories, event cinematography and live multicamera shoots. What do you wanna shoot?

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I am a cinematographer - Able to work both Union and Non-Union Jobs I have a Complete 8K cinema camera and Lens package: Camera: 1. Sony F65 (W/Mechanical Rotary Shutter) 2. SR4 External Recorder 3. Electronic Viewfinder Power: 1. x4 Aaton Bauer 190w Batteries W/ Quad Tubo Charger 2. Frezzi Universal Juicebox 600W AC Power Supply 3. 2 8’ 8 pin Lemo to 8 pin Lemo Power Cords Lenses: 6 Set Ultra Prime 4k PL mount Lenses: 1. 20mm T1.9 2. 24mm T1.9 3. 35mm T1.9 4. 50mm T1.9 5. 85mm T1.9 6. 135mm T1.9 SR Data Cards: 1. x4 512 GB 2. x1 256 GB Additional Kit Supply: 1. Arri MB-14 mattebox 2. Shoulder Pad 3. Arri BP-8 Bridgeplate W 19mm Rods 4. 12” Arri Dovetail 5. Tiffen ND 4x5.6 filters 0.6,0.9,1.0,1.2,1.8 6. Schneider Black Frost 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 7. Tiffen Low Contrast 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 8. Tiffen Glimmer glass 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 9. Tiffen Colored Filters: Plus Green, Yellow, 85 Warming, Black, Bloom white, Blue 10. Tiffen Black Satin 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 11. EasyRig 3 12. Arri Follow Focus and 2' Whip

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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