do we get the raw footage, what are the documentary edits?
The documentary edits are the modern day equivalent to raw footage. We shoot between 100 and 200 GB's of footage throughout the day or weekend, and because we shoot for the edit, most shots are only 5-10 seconds long, except for the ceremony, toasts, introductions and special dances, we record them in their entirety. Without putting the footage into editing software, it's very difficult to view the files. We have multiple cameras shooting throughout the day, we shoot very flat and without much color saturation for maximum control during post production. So basically, the raw footage is confusing, not color corrected and split up into hundreds of 5 second shots. But never fear! We can organize the footage into easy-to-watch files and that's what we call "Documentary edits".
How far do you travel for weddings?
We are based out of Orange County, New York, but travel all over! One of our favorite parts of this job is traveling and filming all the beautiful places you pick out. Based on where your venue is, some travel fees apply. Please inquire.
Do you use lights on your camera?
We never use lights on our cameras, we have very high quality, professional cameras and lens' that can capture video in any lighting situation. We do however use stationary lights on the edge of the dance floor to give it that cinematic feel and to make the image look that much better.
How do you capture the sound?
We use very small, professional lavaliere microphones that we attach to the groom and officiant during the ceremony. This allows us to pick up very crisp audio where ever your ceremony takes place. For the toasts, we ask the DJ or band for a line out, tapping right into the microphone. We also practice redundancy and have multiple backups if something out of our control were to fail. We also use professional microphones on our cameras allowing us to pick up all the natural sounds of the day.
How long until we receive the finished project?
The bulk of our work is in post-production. Our average turn around is between 4 and 6 months. We sort through all the footage, create the documentary edits and from there start to build your film. From finding the right soundtrack and the pace of the film, to color correcting and audio mastering, this time-consuming editing process is what brings your film to life!
Will you film our rehearsal or rehearsal dinner?
Yes, if you are having a golf outing, picnic or special rehearsal dinner you would like captured, we love to film it! It's a great way to add more personality to the film. We will also include any speeches or toasts given at the rehearsal in the toasts - documentary edits.
Can we pick the song for the film?
We always chat with you to find out what genre of music you like, but we ask that the final selection be left up to us as to not hinder the creative editing process. In order to use the film online legally, we have buy the rights to each song. We embrace this and see it as a way to support other artists.
How do I book you? What are the payments like?
We require a $750 non-refundable retainer along with a singed contract. Once the retainer is received, we will sign the contract and reserve your date! The final balance is due 3 weeks prior to the wedding date.
Do you have business insurance?
Yes, we have a 1 million dollar liability policy.
How will the film be hosted online?
When your film is completed we upload it to our Bear In Motion Vimeo page and send you the online link to share with your friends and family.
How will my final film be delivered?
Your film will be electronically delivered. You will be able to download the film and back it up on your computer for safety.
What if we want you to film longer than the CONTRACTUAL time?
If you are doing something special the morning of the wedding or would like us to stay late and film you leaving, we can absolutely do that! Any additional hours are billed at $200 P/HR.