You get what you pay for
Lately I have received several requests from couples that loved our work, but due to their budget, they went with a lower priced company resulting in a poor final video. Their requests was for us to reedit their wedding as they received the RAW footage. This is one request that I always decline as the quality of the filming is poor and no thought process or organizational skills were behind the filming. You see many companies think they are videographers because they know how to film, but filming a wedding is a totally different monster. A wedding is the kind of filming that you only get one shot and no retakes. Many times I have spoken with videographers that are coming from a commercial or reality TV film crew background and they think it is a piece of cake. Once they see what it entails, they realize the difficulty of filming a wedding. On top of this, the company hired is responsible for one of the most important days of the couple; their wedding day… The start of their lives as one… and you are responsible in filming it and not missing a moment.
And then I came across some news about a couple suing a company because of how poor their final video was produced and edited (see link below) and it strengthens my belief, “you get what you paid for”. Many companies are in the business and only care about quantity over quality. What this means is that they double and triple book dates and send their all star team to the client that paid the most or divide the all star team between the bookings and then hire inexperienced shooters to help out. At the same time they book so many weddings per year and are not able to handle the edit process. This results in them subcontracting their edits to junior editors or any editor off the streets to be able to deliver the workload. This is one of the biggest things I tell any new client that I speak with when they tell me that company XYZ is giving them this over the top package for so little price. Definitely I will not be able to compete with such a package as for us it is not about quantity but quality. Our goal at House of Films, is to deliver a masterpiece product every time and make sure that the final film will last a lifetime. A film that they will be able to relive over and over in the years to come. Many times I have seen couples assign higher budgetary numbers to material things like decor, flowers, linens, etc… then to video. Normally the trend is to give video the lowest budgetary number and at times there is no budget whatsoever.
Personally I have seen it or heard it all. From couples regretting because of:
1. They did not hire a videographer for their wedding
2. They hired the lowest priced videographer
3. They hate their video
I guess the question to many couples is, “Are you looking for someone to create a documentary video of your wedding or a masterpiece?” So I leave all my readers with the following… Think about your wedding film as an investment because it will be the only way to relive your day, feeling the true emotions of the day, for a lifetime.
Bride Sues over “Seinfeld” wedding Video Click Here