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Golden Age Media
4.6
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
James N.
Verified review

He did an AMAZING JOB!!! The videos are GORGEOUS!!! He even allowed us to book him last minute for our wedding and went over and beyond for us. We WILL DEFINITELY be using his services again when we need a cinematographer.

Mattei Visuals
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Toni C.
Verified review

I have been working with Mario for almost six months, he is the director of our documentary The Gentleman Driver, and my experience has been very positive. We started out with simply an Idea but Mario was able to come in, take the lead, and help us build our project into what will be a very successful documentary. His skills as a story teller, interviewer, and director have helped us develop the backbone of our film, and as a cinematographer he has been able to capture the story in an exciting and original way. I would highly recommend him, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Toni Calderon Executive Producer The Gentleman Driver Documentary

JungMedia
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Ryan V.
Verified review

Working with John at Jung Media was a DREAM! From initial emails to seeing the delivered product was amazing. He is very calm on the day of, yet offers suggestions to make sure he delivers a fresh, creative product. Everyone loved John. I would highly recommend Jung Media to any bride or anyone coordinating an event that requires a Cinematographer.

Jordan J. Miller Films
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Marissa G.
Verified review

Jordan J. Miller Films was very professional in his approach both before and during my wedding day. He was quick to produce my wedding video and the quality was exceptional. It fit the mood and emotion that I wished to convey during my wedding; he totally nailed it. If you are looking for a high quality cinematographer, choose Jordan J. Miller Films.

Alonso J Lujan
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Joy G.
Verified review

I hired Alonso as my cinematographer for a comedy short. He was always prepared, super collaborative and made me laugh along the way. He's easy going, creative and cares about making an excellent product. We ended up getting our short picked up by Vimeo as "Short of the Week", by a Comedy Central show and by several other high profile media outlets. I highly recommend working with Alonso.

About

I am an experienced cinematographer who's working as a freelance artist in Austin, TX. I guarantee professional-quality, high-end footage that will cater to the specific requirements of all genres of production. I am versatile, prepared, and always ready to go the extra mile to get the job done. I have the managing skills needed for large-scale productions with both studio and on-location experience with sizable crews. In the world of cinematography, I find myself most influenced by the works of Roger Deakins, Emmanuel Lubezki, Lance Acord, Jeff Cronenweth and Robert Elswit. Directors who have also influenced my style include David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Charlie Kaufman, David Fincher, Sofia Coppola, David Gordon Green, Wes Anderson, Wong Kar Wai, and many more. Of everything that is expected from a DP, I am an artist first.

About

I am an editor, DP, DIT, VFX artist with over 15 years in video production. I work on numerous types of projects including commercial, industrial, instructional, trade show, documentary, feature film and music. Please contact me for a quote to get started.

  • 9 years in business
About

I am an Austin based cinematographer and filmmaker specializing in film, commercial, and event productions. I am willing to travel and ready to help you tell your next story.

About

I am Chimezuru Ano-Anyanwu (©2014 CDAArts). I am an aspiring photo/cinematographer and illustrator. I have no studio available.

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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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