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Let's Make a Film

It is hard to imagine a more romantic place to get married than Malcesine. The Italian alps soar out of Lake Garda all around you, Castello Scaligero sits proudly by the lakeside like something from a Disney film, and the cobbled streets and old harbours make for a haven of Italian romance.

I love filming in Italy. The light, the sun, the scenery. All your guests aren't there only for your wedding; they're on holiday too, and that changes the mood entirely. It's a relaxed, holiday mood that leads to weddings nobody will forget.

This page aims to answer a few common questions I get asked about having me film your day. I try to keep it all as simple as possible for my couples, so I'm the easiest item on wedding to do list!

Natural

It's your wedding day, and you want to relax. I won't ask you to act or do anything cheesy. I want to make you a beautifully natural film of what your day was really like. During your portrait shoot with the photographer, I will give you a bit of gentle direction to get a few shots as you're having your pictures taken, but for the rest of the day my goal is to fade into the background so you can forget I am there.


Friendly

I try to blend in as much as possible, but of course I am part of your day, and that means being friendly and professional with your guests. I love being in Malcesine, and I think that shows on the day. As much as possible, I stay out the way and capture fly on the wall reportage footage.


Coverage

I work from two hours before your ceremony until your first dance, and sometimes a little longer if I can. I work with your photographer to get my footage during the time you have set aside for portraits, and I work well with the Lake Garda Weddings staff to ensure you are relaxed all day.

I capture the ceremony and speeches in full, with audio.


Equipment

I don't use a huge big camera on my shoulder. I don't want to distract in any way from you. I use a Canon cinema camera, which is a little larger than an SLR, but still discrete. I work alone and carry all my gear in a backpack so I can be on the move with your and your wedding party. I don't mic you up for the ceremony, and record the ambient audio using a professional field recorder on the ceremony table.


Audio

During the ceremony and speeches, I record the audio in full. For the rest of the day, I set the footage to music. This lets me be more creative with the edit, and means you and your guests can talk freely and joke together the way we all like to when we're enjoying wine and sun with good friends. I always tell guests who ask that I am on their side. I want to make a film you all love.


FAQ's

Do we choose the music for the film?

For the full film you receive on Blu-ray, yes, you choose music. I'll ask you for three songs that mean something to you to set the three parts of the day to—the morning preparations, the afternoon, and the evening. The audio from the ceremony and speeches is the actual audio from the day, so no music is edited in here.

For the shorter films you see here, it's a lot harder to licence the music you choose, so I use music from professional cinematic music libraries which are made with filmmakers like me in mind. I spend more time than any sane person would believe picking out the right song for each film.

How do we receive the film?

You will receive the full film on Blu-ray disc. I use this format because it remains the easiest and most accessible way for my couples to view their films in Full HD 1080p quality. Providing the film on a physical disc rather than as a download also allows me to license the music legally, which is very important to me as a professional.

The short films are uploaded to Vimeo and set in a post on my site, which you can link to and share with your friends. You can also use the Vimeo app on your phone or tablet to keep this film offline so you can view it any time, and take it with you to show colleagues and loved ones. The film can also be downloaded at any time using a private link.

Do I retain copyright of the film?

You are welcome to make copies of your film for your own use, and share it anywhere you like. For commercial purposes, I retain the rights to my work, but this is a technicality that allows me to protect my business should another commercial entity seek to use my footage without permission. Sadly, this does happen. Once you have your film, you can copy it and archive as you see fit.

Can you use a drone?

I would love to use a drone in Malcesine. Sadly. this isn't practically possible to do legally. I am told that there are local by-laws that prohibit drones being used in the area, and as a professional who respects the town's wishes, I will obey that. Sadly, some enthusiasts have damaged buildings in the past using drones, and the local authority is understandably keen to preserve this beautiful place. I am actively investigating my options in this area, but right now it's not something I can offer.

We’ve just watched our wedding video, and wanted to email to say it’s BLOODY BRILLIANT!! Kate cried, I cringed and family cooed.

Thank you so much, we will be eternally grateful for the memories you’ve given us.
— Katie & Stephen
Top man! It was a complete pleasure to have you with us over there and we would highly recommend you to anyone.
— Amanda & Michael
 
Just wanted to say thank you very much for our full video! We are so happy to have it and love the footage! There is so much of the day that we didn’t realise happened and it is lovely to see it from another perspective.

Hope to see you out in Malcesine for a drink next year!
— Emily & Nick
The video was fantastic. We were really busy the days ahead of the wedding so didn’t speak to him much before the day but somehow he knew exactly what we wanted. I would recommend.
— Carla & Nathan
 
Wow our film was truly amazing and brought a tear to our eyes. What you do is just fantastic and I am so glad you were able to do our wedding, capturing lifetime memories.
— Colleen & Michael
 
Thank you so so much for our short wedding film, we absolutely love it and we loved having you there to film it.
— Laura & Ross

A few more films shot in Malcesine to get you excited!

Jordan & Chris

Victoria & Rory

Melissa & Adam

April & Russell

 

The Package

I believe in keeping things as simple as possible for my couples, so my package is simple. I cover the whole day from 2 hours before the ceremony until the first dance. I film the ceremony and speeches in full too. You'll get a short film like then ones on this page within a few weeks of your day, with the full film following later in the year after the wedding season calms down enough for me to catch up on editing. The full film will be sent to you on Blu-ray disk and USB. I ask for £1500, which includes travel expenses to and from Malcesine and accommodation.

Let's Do This

The next steps are very simple. Fill in the form below and say hello. I'll send over a short agreement document for you to fill out and sign, with all the details for payment too. Once I have the document and the initial payment, we're all set!


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