The footage was acquired on Friday and Sunday and this movie was shown on a flat screen at Craneway Pavilion (site of Una Bella Sera 2010) on Sunday evening.
Check it out! I think there are some helpful tips on what to look for when hiring your wedding vendors :-)
As some of you know, I participated in the recent Wedding University event that served as a crash course for brides and grooms on how to plan a wedding. For the vast majority of brides, the wedding they're planning is the first they've ever planned. So an institution/event like Wedding U serves as invaluable for them to learn the ropes.
This event is going to be amazing. It's geared toward event coordinators and designers and if you are a coordinator or designer, it will, undoubtedly, be one of the most informative workshop events you ever attend. With a speaker lineup that reads like a who's who of the wedding and event planning/design industry, the registration fee for the three-day event (with an optional fourth day) is positively a steal!
I was breaking all kinds of traffic laws driving to different reception venues and frantically looking for my camera bag. I tried calling the photographer and he wouldn’t pick up. I tried calling the bride and groom but they wouldn’t pick up. The whole episode was straight out of a nightmare.
Thankfully, it *was* just a nightmare and waking up from my slumber put the world back into place. This, apparently, is a fairly common nightmare that we in the wedding industry have. I saw recently on Facebook that a couple of my friends mentioned they woke to the same or similar nightmare.
But what’s worse than this nightmare – that goes away when the sun comes up – is the real-life nightmare that a client is unhappy with how long they have to wait to receive their wedding movie. Most of the time, the disconnect happens when the client’s expectation for what is a reasonable delivery time doesn’t match what the boutique wedding filmmaker think is a realistic delivery timeframe.
So what is a realistic timeframe within which to receive your movie? To answer that, we have to first get a sense of what a filmmaker’s workload looks like. Take a look below to see the following tables that compare a client’s typical work year to the wedding filmmaker’s.
# of Annual Work Weeks
# annual work days at 8-hrs each
Annual Work Hours
(I took a really
rough survey and just plugged in the different ranges that people reported back
# of Wedding per Year
Hrs of Post Production per Movie
Annual Editing Hours
As you can see, sometimes a boutique wedding filmmaker (and
by “boutique”, I mean companies that have just one or two employees) can spend
up to 90% of his work-year editing wedding movies. And that only leaves a few
weeks to handle ALL the other aspects of their job. There are a lot of other
things to do!
Most boutique company owners also serve as their own webmasters, PR consultant, marketing director, graphic artist, sound engineer, disc duplication technician, office manager, tax accountant, payroll manager, receptionist, head buyer, IT guy, secretary, and on and on and on…
We answer all our own emails and answer every phone call that comes in. We process all the paperwork that comes across our desk and we still find time to create an artistic wedding movie for the client.
So having said all of that, what’s a reasonable timeframe within which a client should receive a wedding movie?
I don’t know.
(read on for the happy ending...)
This Monday is the last day to enter to win the two free tickets to The Wedding University event on January 31 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto.
All you have to do is follow me on Twitter HERE and you're automatically entered! That's it! So go do it now. If you're a wedding vendor and don't think you need to go to an event geared toward engaged couples, then win the tickets and give them to you clients!
Let's do it!!
Here's the fourth and final behind-the-scenes video of the TWU planning and promo!
Here's part three of the behind-the-scenes series for The Wedding University.
Registration ends soon! Make sure you're signed up to attend this amazing and educational event! The wealth of information you will be given access to will make wedding fairs obsolete! (or, better, it will make your wedding fair excursions so much more productive and powerful!)
If you're looking for a great deal on admission, I have tickets to two seats for the January 31st event. Just follow me on Twitter and you will be automatically entered to win! Your chances are great!
(go to: http://www.twitter.com/andrewmsv)
Here's webisode 3
Here is webisode two of the behind-the-scenes promo of The Wedding University.
There are only 150 seats TOTAL. I don't know how many are left, but you'd better hurry to register! It takes place at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley on Sunday, January 31st! Hurry! Amongst other great speakers, I will also be sharing about how to find the best wedding filmmaker for your event. Don't miss it.
Here's webisode two:
And just to make things interesting, I want to give away two tickets to Wedding University to a lucky couple!
Simply follow me (@andrewmsv) on Twitter.com between today and January 25th and you will automatically be entered into my drawing. And if you're an industry vendor that thinks you wouldn't need these tickets, just follow me anyway - if you win, you can pass the tickets along to your clients! How awesome would that be?
Today I went to our final mandatory meeting for the Wedding University "professors." The "professors" are the speakers for the January 31st event to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. It's the second year of The Wedding University (TWU) but my first year being involved in it.
I'm really excited to be a part of a great team of industry leaders whose passion is to educate engaged couples on how to get the most out of their wedding and wedding-planning experience. I have so much to say and this is the first time I get a chance to share some of my experiences with a large group of brides and grooms!
Please go to the registration site and register to attend! I promise it will be invaluable to you in the long run!
Check out the first behind-the-scenes promo video for TWU that I did a while back...
Stay tuned for the next webisode!
Californians - and Bay Area natives, especially - are no strangers to earthquakes and the tragedy that can ensue after a major quake.
That's why Studio MSV is going to donate 10% of our bookings for the rest of the month of January to the American Red Cross and its relief efforts in Haiti.
Man oh man, it has been SOOoooo long since I've posted anything here. I, like many of you, have been so busy these past few months. If I weren't ethically opposed to human cloning, I would gladly sign up to have myself cloned. "Two or three more of me would be great. Thanks, doc!"
I hope you have all had a great couple of months; with the Thanksgiving and now Christmas holidays practically enveloping - no DROWING us - with extended To-Do lists, it's no wonder people always say they need vacations from their vacations.
I have been busy editing in order to get client movies delivered to them in time for Christmas family parties and so forth. It's been hectic and BARELY manageable, but I'm plugging away. There are some folks that will have to wait just a little longer to get their movies, but I think it's my job to make a great movie, not just one that arrives in the nick of time. I hope you agree with that assessment.
Anyway, I want to wish you all a great Christmas and holiday season as well as a terrific and safe New Year celebration. I will return in full force in 2010 and I look forward to re-connecting with all of you. :-)
(Meanwhile, if you didn't get a Christmas Card from us this year - it's nothing personal - we're just super duper busy! Here it is; a wonderful photo from the gifted Tanja Lippert. Also check out the rest of the pictures at her blog.)