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Cinematography is a way to shoot and edit video that focuses on telling a story. It’s an art form that combines professional documentary-style and Hollywood movie-style filmmaking to create an aesthetically pleasing and entertaining film to showcase your wedding. Videography is merely capturing video to document an event and generally consists of one person, standing in the back shooting a long-form video without edits.
Most of our clients book cinematography with us because they want to immortalize the day that they have dreamed about all of their lives and spent months planning in our beautiful cinematic-style films. The movement and sound of film bring you back into the moment like no other medium. It truly lets you relive the glorious cheering of the guests as you’re announced as a married couple, the shock when your partner smashes cake on your face and the sound of your father getting choked up during his toast to your new life together.
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Yes! All of our packages are base packages so you can pick and choose to add on whatever items you’d like. We offer tons of options including SameDayPremier Edit, Cinematic Montages and hard copies.
We specialize in short form wedding films to create a keepsake that is long enough to highlight all of the most important details of your day but short enough to watch over and over again. Our cinematic-style Trailer and Feature Films come in increments of about 4 minutes, 15 minutes, 25 minutes and 35 minutes. These are approximate durations. We also offer Spotlight Edits of your ceremony, dances and toasts so you can watch those moments in entirety. These can be up to 2 hours depending on how much coverage time you purchased.
With HD cameras, true raw footage is a digital file folder of hundreds of separate video clip files. It is unprocessed, unrefined data straight from the video camera. We shoot with DSLR cameras which results in a variety of clip durations. Footage clips can vary from a short of amount of time to a long period of time. The footage remains as it was captured, retaining all details, true colors and lighting, and it also has no sound and you would need your own hard drive to even keep these large files. Since many couples do not own the computers and editing software needed to watch these files, we make a Spotlight Edit. We clean up the raw footage by cutting out camera adjustments or repetitive shots and edit it together so you can watch the most important parts of your day—your ceremony, dances and toasts—in full. The Spotlight Edit will be on a USB that is formatted for both PC and Mac computers.
Although we completely understand where you are coming from, we are in the business of creating and selling footage. Raw footage has a value that goes further than the tangible device it’s stored on. We have staff, their time and our intelligential property to consider when pricing all of the products and services we offer.
Your cinematography budget should be the same as your photography budget. It requires the same amount of work: two people working for 6-10 hours, running around to get the best angles and carrying heavy equipment, then editing everything to give you a priceless family heirloom that you will cherish for the rest of your life. You definitely don’t want to cut costs on something you will keep forever!
This is one of those times when more is actually more. The more cinematographers you have, the more dynamic, breathtaking and emotional your film will be. Multiple shooters allow us to get stunning angles from the balcony, epic sweeping shots of the ballroom and different perspectives of life as they happen simultaneously, like the bride’s grand entrance and the groom’s reaction to her entrance.
You won’t need to. As you’ve probably already noticed, all of our work has a very cohesive and distinct style. Our production manager certifies and manages all of our cinematographers and editors to make sure that every one of our shoots and films lives up to our company’s and brides’ standards. This NST certification guarantees that your cinematographer will be professional in dress and action, have the correct equipment and backup and have the artistic talent needed to create a film we’re proud of and that you love.
After you book with us, we will assign the perfect cinematographer to your wedding. A week before the wedding when your final timeline is confirmed, your lead cinematographer will give you a call to introduce himself/herself and go over details.
We use everything that you would need to create a professional film. Our cameras, which range from Canon 1DX II to Sony A7SII, all shoot in HD and have 4K capabilities. We also use steadicam systems, sliders and state-of-the-art audio gear.
We will mic the groom and the officiant for the ceremony and that will pick up the bride’s audio. We will also mic anyone giving a speech. If you have a DJ or there is a built-in sound system at the venue, we will also take audio from the mixer to have as a backup.
Filming! This is the perfect time for cinematographers to get establishing shots of the ceremony and reception space, vendors setting up and follow you during your photo session. Those glamour shots bring our films to life. Coverage is consecutive because we never stop working to get the best footage!
Still photography is finicky—if you’re blinking in a photo, it’s no good. That’s why we always let your photographer(s) take the lead and work around them. If you’re still looking for a photographer, let us know! We have a few colleagues we are happy to recommend.
Creating a masterpiece film that tells a truly unique story requires thought, skill and time. We know our clients can’t wait to see their wedding films so we do our best to get them finished as soon as possible. Each type of film has a different delivery timeline that can be confirmed by your wedding consultant. That being said, you will have all of your final products in hand no later than six months from your wedding date.
We welcome recommendations from our couples but unfortunately we cannot accommodate every request. We only use licensed music for two reasons. We purchase the rights to our wedding film music so the artists we love get the royalties they deserve. Secondly, we want to protect you and our company from copyright infringement. If the song you want is not available, we’ll look for music in similar styles and work with you to pick something you’re happy with.
We currently film weddings on an international scale. Please note that some venue locations may incur travel and accommodation fees. Please contact your NST Pictures wedding consultant to find out if your venue applies.
Get package information by filling out this form. If you have questions or are ready to book, email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 855-642-6531. An NST Pictures wedding consultant will go over the details of your day and help you choose a package that suits your needs. From that moment on, that same consultant will be available for advice and questions even after you return from your honeymoon.
Dates book up quickly so it’s important to book as soon as possible. All it takes to secure your date is a deposit and a signed contract or a $1000 retainer that you can apply to any package you choose later. Fill out our contact form to get started.