Bring Your Wedding Video Into The Modern Era With A Cinematic Touch!

Serving Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and beyond with professional wedding videography services.

With over 15 combined years of independent filmmaking and event videography experience, the team at Big Idea has the expertise, vision and style to capture your wedding day in a modern, cinematic fashion. Here is our latest Wedding Video Trailer:

 

We got into the wedding video business because we want to bring that cinematic touch to wedding videos in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre area.  We love telling visual stories, and we would love to tell your story.  Here is just a little sample of what we have to offer:

Big Idea Wedding Highlight Video from Big Idea Photo and Video on Vimeo.

As you can see in the above sample, Big Idea will craft your wedding video with true cinematic style.  We take pride in our skills and creativity, and how we can put those skills to use to create something heartfelt for you and truly something you will cherish for years to come.

Our Experience Puts You In Good Hands

There’s plenty of nightmare wedding video stories you could read about online. More and more, people are falling victim to inexperienced Craigslist wedding videographers claiming to be professional and charging dirt cheap prices. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Read our blog entry here about why you should choose Big Idea to craft your wedding video and why you should be leery of pros on Craigslist.

A Wedding Video Custom Tailored To Your Choices

Unlike other businesses offering wedding cinematography, Big Idea offers a variety of wedding video packages so you can be sure that you get only the moments you feel you want to have captured in your wedding video.  Please review the below packages and contact us for updated seasonal pricing.

Since not every couple wants to pay for all of the options in a wedding video package, Big Idea individually prices options, and guides you through the process of creating a wedding video service package that fits your vision and your budget.  We don’t believe in locking couples into only a few select packages as may happen with some other wedding videography businesses. In order to set the stage for our free consultation, listed below is information regarding the services and options that Big Idea offers:

Cameras

We utilize a combination of professional cameras and lenses to capture the moments for your wedding video. The cameras that we use in conjunction with our knowledge of cinematography and experience in independent filmmaking enables us to make your wedding video look like it belongs on the silver screen. How many cameras will you need to ensure that we capture all the important moments of your wedding day? Let us guide you to make the right decision.

Camera Operators

Depending upon the logistics of your wedding day and the amount of simultaneous video coverage that you desire, it might make sense to have more than one camera operator. For example, if you choose the Bride and Groom Prep option, and the bride and groom are getting ready at the same time in different towns, it would be wise to have a minimum of two camera operators. In cases where the number of cameras exceeds the number of camera operators, note that the additional camera will only be operating during the ceremony to provide another angle of coverage.

Coverage

All packages provide coverage of the ceremony, post-ceremony (typically this is when photos are taken), and three hours of reception coverage. If you want additional coverage, we offer hourly rates to expand the coverage to fit your needs. In addition, many couples want the option of coverage while the bride and groom are getting ready prior to the ceremony (Bride and Groom Prep). Finally, you have the option to set up a Wedding Wishes station that allows guests to step up to the microphone and record their well wishes for the happy couple.

Audio

We use a wireless mic that the groom wears during the ceremony to be sure that the sound is captured properly. We also use professional grade mics on our cameras to record sound throughout the day. See the Q&A section below for more information on our equipment!


 

Big Idea will custom design the label and cover for your wedding video DVD or Blue Ray

Big Idea will custom design the label and cover for your wedding video DVD or Blue Ray

Editing

Aside from making sure you have great looking footage, the editing of the video during the post-production process plays a huge part in how your story will unfold for your viewers. A potential great product can be ruined by someone not knowledgeable of proper editing techniques, or without the creative flair and experience to create something heartfelt and engaging.

Editing Styles

You have the choice of a Traditional or Cinematic Documentary style.

The Traditional style requires the camera operators to fade into the background and simply shoot footage with minimal interaction with the bride, groom, bridal party, and guests. The Traditional style often utilizes music to transition between the important moments of your wedding day, and results in a final video that is typically 20 to 45 minutes long depending on the nature of the ceremony, reception, and the amount of selected options. This is the style that most people envision when they think of a wedding video. However, our Traditional wedding video consolidates the important parts of your wedding day into a concise video that you can proudly share with friends and family–sparing them the boredom of a conventional 3 hour VHS video shot by your Uncle Fred.

In contrast, our Cinematic Documentary style is a modern, long form style of wedding video. With the recent trend of digital video technology, many creative filmmakers have entered the wedding videography market. They showed the world that wedding videos don’t have to be boring–there is plenty of room for creativity and an engaging narrative. This style enables the camera operators to interact and interview the bride, groom, and wedding guests. These brief interview segments are utilized during the editing process to build a narrative and tell the story of your wedding day. This style of wedding video can run over an hour long depending upon the coverage options you select. The quality of the final video will be on par with something you would see on film or TV.

Check out our Cinematic Documentary sample below. This video shows various portions from a full length documentary style wedding video that we pieced together in this video for the sake of giving you the gist of what these types of wedding videos are like.

Big Idea’s Documentary Style Wedding Video Sample from Big Idea Photo and Video on Vimeo.

Delivery

All completed videos will be available via a private online link that you can share with your family and friends. Optional delivery methods include custom designed and printed BluRays or DVDs with custom menus and chapter points.


 

Extras

Engagement Video

Do you want to generate some buzz for your wedding day? Big Idea will work with you to announce your wedding day in grand fashion! Whether you are looking for something romantic, funny, or energetic, we will collaborate with you to produce a video that will make your guests excited for your big day. For all of the romantic guys out there, Big Idea will even work with you to capture video of the moment when you pop the question. We will hide in bushes or zoom long distances and outfit you with a wireless mic–whatever it takes to capture that amazing moment.

Wedding Reflections

This option is an additional shooting day that is filmed about one month after the wedding day and is great to post to social media.  The bride and groom are interviewed to reflect upon how they met, their memories from the wedding day, their adventures on their honeymoon, and their plans for the future. We incorporate shots from the wedding day into the reflections video, and also shoot additional video footage of the bride and groom at a location of their choosing. This footage typically shows the couple interacting candidly and just having fun while doing their favorite activities together. Of course, we are not against any ideas you may have that would require something more staged. During the Wedding Reflections video, some brides choose to “Trash The Dress” to show their devotion to their new husband, but the sky is only limited by your creativity. Some couples have created funny song and dance routines with their friends. Regardless of what you choose to do, the point is that this video is a fun piece to show the couple celebrating their new life together.


 

Wedding Video Q&A

 

Q: Why should we choose you and not the guy on Craigslist charging $500?

A: While we understand everyone needs to start somewhere, videographers included, we assume that you don’t want something as important as your wedding video being shot and edited by that person who is just starting and willing to charge bargain basement prices. In all honesty, there’s a lot more to capturing good footage than just pointing the camera and pressing a button as many people falsely think, and not to mention the sound and editing portion of it all. There’s a difference between a “guy shooting video” and a “cinematographer”. There’s a difference between “The girl doing the editing” with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker and a true “Editor” utilizing industry standard editing suites like Adobe Premiere. The cinematography and film making trade is indeed a skilled trade that takes time to learn and can arguably never be mastered. We can say however that we are far from beginners with over 15 combined years in film making, thousands invested in top line equipment, and we will let our prior work speak for itself. You should choose us to produce your wedding video because you have an eye for quality and want to feel safe knowing it’s in the hands of experienced creative minds.

Q:What types of cameras and sound equipment do you use?

A: Our go to cameras are the Canon C100, Canon 1DX Mark 2, Canon 60D, and the Canon XA 20. We have thousands of dollars invested into cameras and top quality lenses like the Canon 70-200mm to ensure that the images we capture aren’t only up to your standards, but our own as well. For sound, we hook the groom up with a Sennheiser wireless lavalier mic during the ceremony, and all other sound is captured on our cameras using the Rode brand NTG3 model shotgun mic and the NTG2

Q: What about editing? You’re not editing this on iMovie, are you?

A: We use the latest industry standard Adobe suite of tools such as Premiere and Audition to work with your footage and audio.

Q: Will you meet with us prior to the wedding?

A: Absolutely, if you’d like to, and in fact we prefer it. We want to know the details of the day and find out what important things you might want us to make sure we cover, or even what to not cover. We want to hear your ideas you may have that you’d like for us to help you capture. We will also attend the rehearsal if you or we feel it’d be necessary.

Q: Can I pick the music to be included the film?

A: Of course. If there’s any certain song you want a highlight reel cut to, or a song you’d like us to use somewhere in the full video, let us know.

Q: Are you insured?

A: Yes!

Q: How long will it take to complete the editing for the video?

A: Standard turnaround time on most full-length wedding videos is about 90 days.  Clients who prefer more concise editing with a shorter run time often receive their final deliverables within 60 days, depending upon our editing backlog.

 

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us!