How long have you been at this?
I shot my first wedding video in June 2016, did one more that October and went full time in 2017 with 23 weddings, so I guess the short answer is: not that long! I use Spring of 2017 as my official business start since the first two I did in 2016 were just we running around with a camera not really knowing what I was doing!
How do you generally shoot a wedding day?
Scala Pictures desires to create an artistic and honest account of events. We enjoy using handheld cameras and remaining unobtrusive observers as moments unfold rather than getting into the middle of things with too much posed intervention. That being said, we absolutely love going all out if you're down for a super epic couple's portrait session during your day! Our favorite thing is to take couples to an incredible location in/near their venue so that we can get those really cinematic looking shots! Other than that, our favorite things to capture are the candid moments.
How do you choose your music? Can we tell you what songs we want?
We take into account the feeling of the wedding day, and attempt to use songs that evoke those feelings and create an interesting backdrop for the footage of your day. We also love getting a sense of your relationship together and want to capture that essence with the music we choose. We love getting a Spotify playlist, a list of bands you two love together, or even a genre or two that you really enjoy, but ultimately we ask that you leave the exact song choice up to us and trust our creative vision.
Do you give out raw footage?
Generally the answer is no; we don't give out raw footage because it's sort of like asking an artist for a piece that isn't finished yet, or even a sketch they started that they ended up throwing in the trash. Raw footage will not be representative of our brand and will look compltely different than our finished products.
Are you able to travel to ...?
Most likely the answer is yes! We absolutely love to travel, so please don't hesitate to reach out even if you're headed somewhere far away from the West Coast. Even though it may seem as if it would cost a fortune to cover travel for your wedding vendors, often times if it's somewhere we've been hoping to get to, we're willing to cover some of the travel costs ourselves. See our current travel schedule here.
Is there anything I can do personally to make my video better?
Yes there is: be present. Feel the emotions of the day. Try to pretend like we're not even there. We promise that true genuine feelings always make any film more interesting to watch. If you feel uncomfortable or stoic, you most likely will look that way on camera, too. So relax, and enjoy the ride. We'll take care of the rest.
Do we really want/need a videographer for our wedding?
We may not get this question asked of us directly, but we know firsthand it's a question many couples ask themselves. Many people go into their wedding day thinking photographs will be sufficient for capturing their day. While photos are an absolute must have for any wedding, a video that captures the movement, feelings, emotions, and the way the day unfolded is invaluable for remembering your day. Wedding videos have come so incredibly far in recent years; they have become pieces of art to tell your story rather than a long, drawn out, and often rather boring look at a wedding. In addition to this, videos used to be kept solely on a DVD or VHS that you'd have to actively decide to watch seated, in your living room, on your television. Now, videos are more accessible to us than ever as we can keep them on our phones, clouds, social media, computers, etc.
Do you offer photography?
Sadly, no. The photos you see on our Instagram, website and anywhere else are just stills from video footage. We know that this coupled with the fact that the word "Pictures" is in our name can be confusing! The word "Pictures" in our name is referencing motion pictures, rather than photography.