The Accidental Filmmaker
It all started while I was preparing to go on holiday to Thailand a few years ago. I had planned to go snorkling off Phi-Phi Island and wanted to get some underwater snaps for the old album. It was this that led me to my first piece of kit.. the humble Go-Pro. Whilst in Thailand, and much to the detriment of my poor girlfriend Amy, I spent so much time tinkering with that thing that I ended up making my first short (and I think relatively horrendous) film. A year or so later, my very foolish bestie, Matt, asked that I be his best man for his wedding in Kos, and at the request of many, along came the Go-Pro and the finished film soon after, much to the delight of the newlyweds!
As my addictions to buying new cameras, lenses and drones started to get the better of me, and not to mention being invited to yet more weddings, I decided to try and up my game and make my films look like they had been produced by a pro. The reactions to my latest projects have been far more rewarding than anything I have done in recent years, and so, with that, here I am as the accidental film maker.
"What's Your Style?"
I'm certainly not "traditional" and have my own modern style, but it really does depend on what you're after. I typically start with the music and then work it out from there. The finished product really does depend on you, your guests, the venue, the weather and so on. Ultimately though, I will always do my best to produce what you have asked for, so let's talk!
"Can I Choose the Music?"
Not exactly.. Due to copyright laws most songs from major artists are prohibited for use so once I establish a general idea of what you are looking for I can start getting some ideas. I may even throw a few surprises in there if you'll let me!
"What kind of events do you film?"
Whatever you like. Weddings, parties, christenings, promotional work, basically anything you would like captured.
"Where Are You in the UK?"
I live in Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, but I am more than happy to travel to where the action is! My fees will include a distance of 50 miles, but we can discuss as we get into the details.
"How long will you stick around for on the day?"
I don't and will never stick to strict hours. People that only hang around for a couple of songs after the first dance run the risk of missing all the good stuff after the booze has well and truly kicked in and the party is well underway. I'll only leave when I truly believe that I have everything I need to create something great.
"How long will I have to wait to receive my film?"
I would like to say within 2-3 months, but I like to under-promise and over-deliver where possible. Editing your day and getting things looking just right takes time. I've been known to spend 2-3 days getting the first 15 seconds just right!
"How will I receive my film?"
You'll receive a USB stick, plus an online version you can instantly share with your friends and family. With your permission, the film will also be available to view on my website shortly after you have received and of course are the first people to have seen it.
"Are you insured?"
Yes. I have public liability insurance for up to £1m.
"Do you take photos too?"
Really not my strong suit, but my sister Emma does, and she's pretty darn good too! Look her up: https://ejlweddings.co.uk
"I've heard enough, how much is this going to cost me?"
For a wedding prices start at £1200 which would include:
- Early arrival for venue shots
- Drone footage (where legally possible and weather permitting)
- Bridal / groom prep
- The ceremony / Speeches
- The Party
The full cost really depends on the location and what type of film you're looking for. Give me a call and let's talk!