Wedding Videography FAQ

When did you start filming weddings?

I (Mark) filmed my first wedding in 2008. At the time I was working for the BBC in London as a camera operator and editor. A friend asked if I could film their wedding and I was hooked! From 2008-2013 I filmed weddings as a side-project while I continued to work as an editor in Sports Broadcasting, Reality TV and Film. In 2010 I moved to Vancouver where I wrote, edited and directed trailers, commercials and short films for the likes of Disney, Universal and Warner Bros. 

In 2013 Danielle and I  got married and the experience made us realize just how important it is to properly document special moments in your life. Filming weddings suddenly become so much more than videography, but an excuse to make unique films about people who were at a turning point in their life.

Kismet Creative was born out of the desire to use our skills more positively. The commercial and film industries are demanding and not always personally rewarding. We were about to start a family and spending 60-70 hours a week in a dark edit studio wasn’t cutting it any more (excuse the pun!). We wanted to work close to home, spend time together as a family and be part of a truly special experience for couples across the world. 

Where does the name “Kismet Creative” come from?

We are from opposite sides of the Atlantic (UK + Canada) and met on an island off Bali. There has always been a sense of “Kismet” about our relationship. Not just because of where we met, but because of when we met. Both of us were at a time in our lives where we were ready for a new adventure. Despite the huge distance between our homes we were drawn to each other in a way that felt unstoppable. Danielle once said “The universe conspired to bring us together” and the feeling couldn’t have been described any better. 

“Creative” was always going to be a part of our name because it was important for us to communicate our intention. We wanted to be as far removed from factory wedding video production as possible. We wanted to recognize the differences in each couple and represent their personalities in a unique way. 

Do you work well with Photographers?

Yes of course! We see photographers as collaborators who we can work with to be more creative. We can exchange ideas and create an energy that will make the day more fun for you. We always call the photographer before the wedding to introduce ourselves and see how we can help each other during shooting time. On the day itself we’ll be constantly communicating so that we’re not intruding on each other’s shots. 

How much equipment do you bring with you on the day?

We bring as little equipment as we can so that we can be discrete in our filming. Typically we have 3 cameras (plus a backup), a couple of very small tripods and some small lights that help us “shape” the scene for speeches and the first dance. 

What cameras do you use to create your wedding videos?

We currently film with the Panasonic GH5 cameras. We use cinema lenses from brands such as Rokinon and Sigma. 

How do record sound on your wedding videos?

I studied Audio Technology at university and spent 3 years as a sound engineer for the BBC. So when it comes to audio you’re in great hands! We use very small “lav” microphones for the bride, groom and officiant as well recording a feed from the PA or sound system. For the speeches we attach our small microphones to the podium and again, take an audio feed from the sound system.  

Do you make back ups?

Yes, we have backup cameras and also are very diligent about backing up footage. An immediate backup is made the night of the wedding and additional 2 backups the day after. 

Do you outsource your editing?

No no no!!! Editing is the most crucial part of wedding film making. It is where the story is crafted and it is imperative that we keep this in-house. More an more companies are sending their edits abroad to lighten their workload which is one reason the over-all standard of Wedding Videography has deteriorated over the last 12 months. We see this especially in Toronto unfortunately.

Who will be filming my wedding?

All of our Principle packages are filmed by our Creative Director Mark, along with one of our amazing second shooters. Our Associate packages are filmed by our Associate Directors Ryan (Toronto) and Dan (BC) with an optional second shooter. 

Should we meet before the wedding?

Its great if we can know as much about your wedding as possible and it is quite likely that some plans may have changed since the initial consultation. We don’t have to meet in person, but a phone call or Skype chat is well worth having a month before your wedding. 

How much coverage do we need?

A good rule of thumb is 1.5 hours before you leave for your ceremony until 1 hour after the party starts. Our average booking is 10-11 hours. 

Do you cover the groom getting ready?

Absolutely! We normally film as a team of two and we’ll split up between locations for prep shots. 

Do we have to book extra hours in advance?

We appreciate knowing what we’re filming as soon as possible, but wedding days can often over run. We don’t have any other plans on your wedding day so it’s not a problem for us to extend your coverage if you need. 

When will receive our wedding videos?

We put a lot of time into editing your films and our delivery time usually ranges from 2-4 months. If you’re getting married closer to the beginning of the season we’ll be able to deliver your films sooner. Our backlog usually peaks for weddings filmed at the tail end of August.

How will we receive our wedding videos?

You’ll receive a download link and a personalized web page.

Can we choose the music for our wedding video / videos?

We have to license music which is very costly for anything that is popular. That means spending hours and hours trying out different tracks from artists you’ve never heard of. Music is the glue that ties the narrative and visuals together and we are in the best position to try out different ideas. All the music that you hear on our website has been chosen by us but we’re totally willing to collaborate and hear your ideas. You can browse a great selection of music at www.themusicbed.com 

Can we make changes to our wedding videos?

If you’d like to swap few shots and can provide exact timing reference then not a problem! 

Are you insured?

Yes, we carry full insurance. 

How do we  book you?

With a signed contract an 50% deposit!