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SHOULD YOU INVEST IN WEDDING VIDEO SERVICES ? – [ A LONG READ ]

Simply put, YES ! Just get it!

Be it the high end package ( $2000 and above ) OR mid end package ( $1400 – $1800 ) OR the low end package ( $550 – $1200 ).

Allow me to share my thoughts and opinion as ex-groom and current wedding video maker. Just in case, you do not know, I am providing video services for wedding under the name ORANGEFILL.

1. DO I NEED A WEDDING VIDEO ?

– Very important question to ask yourself. Generally, most of us are just content with wedding photography only. That’s fine and normal, actually. You need to be honest with yourself, Do You Need A Wedding Video ? If you ask me, JUST GET IT. You can even ask your uncle or friend to capture your wedding. Pass them coffee money.

– With the increased ownership of smart-phones, you can share your wedding video with your friends anytime or when you meet them for lepak session. Let’s say 2-3 years down the road, you can show it to your child. It is very heartwarming to see your child saying “Ayah, Mummy.” 

– Example like this video…

I know it is not a wedding video. I am sharing how my wife appreciate of having a video.

My son will go saying “Daniyal” every time he sees himself. He will go “Ayah, there..” every time he sees my watch. He will go “Mummy pain..” every time he sees his mummy.

2. BUDGET / PRICING

– If you deem that you need a wedding video coverage, you should start setting and allocating your budget for this item. Wedding videography is as important as any services that you required like Mak Andam, Catering, Decor, Photography, etc. Don’t leave it to the last minute because you will be stressing out then, where to find extra budget OR the one you preferred is already booked.

– Every wedding video service provider has their own processes, technique and workflow. Whether it is the High End package, Mid End package or Low End package, each of them are catering and servicing a certain portion of the local Malay wedding industry. In terms of quality and services rendered, they do differ. You need to ask and make comparisons. 

3. DO NOT DISCARD THEIR TIME AND EXPERTISE

– Another thing you do need to consider, the videomakers’ time and expertise. Every video maker, full time or freelance, before they can offer video services, they must learn and make it work. The results can be seen in their works.

– Learning journey for each video maker is time consuming and financially challenging. These video making courses / cinematography courses are not cheap. The course fees ranging from $300.00 – $16000.

– For example, it took me six months just to learn the basics and foundation of video making. Once I am confident of my basics skills, I started emailing local malay wedding video companies for apprenticeship. Back then, no one would want me even though I mentioned I would work for FREE. It took a while before I got my break. In the meantime, I went out and crafted out my own opportunities.

– Whatever choice you make, even you are willing to pay your Uncle duit kopi for video taping, just do it. You will just get to experience it all over it. Cried over it. Laughed at it. Making funny faces while watching it.

– This is the video my uncle took during my wedding. My uncle is not trained in video making. He is more of a holiday video shooter.

** Don’t ask me what happen to my official wedding video. It is an episode that me and wife want to forget. 

4. POST PRODUCTION

– This is a process that you never get to see. This process sometimes is really nerve-wrecking and headache.

– First, we need to sort out the video clips into our own way of organizing. We need to remove those bad video clips in terms of quality. Sieving through 90GB of data is no joke. 1GB = 10 minutes as an estimate. You can do your own calculations.

– Followed by editing process based on a story board that we have created for the clients. It varies from one company to another.

– You also have color grading process, audio editing process, DVD production, DVD label designing, etc.

– Typically, each wedding video post production can takes up to an average of 55 hours. Of course, if you divide by 24 hours, your wedding video will be ready in 3 days. But that’s not the case. Factor in breaks, eat, sleep, family time, other wedding video projects, down time, that’s why generally, there is a 4-8 weeks delivery period. If PEAK SEASON, the delivery period can be up to 3 months.

5. TIPS IN FINDING A GOOD WEDDING VIDEO SERVICE

– Do Your Homework.  You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding service provider if you do a little background homework. This way when you meet with them, you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.

– Meet With Them.  An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding service provider. It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.

– Ask Questions.  There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. The good wedding service providers are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.

– Listen.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response?  Do they look and sound nervous?  Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

– Find someone that you can trust and be comfortable.

– My only advise for you is be willing to share your emotions on your big day. Even a tiniest drop of tear or a smallest pinch of smile. It will go very far.

6. JUST IN CASE…

– Here is the list of wedding video/cinematography companies that I have worked for in the past and a couple of them I still do freelance. So far, I have not heard a major complaint about them. Even there is a slightest complaint, they are swift in rectifying and positively managing them. Generally, they do have an influence on how I manage ORANGEFILL. They have been great advisers and mentors during my learning stage.

CST SG ( Bro Safar )
PIXELWAVE ( Bro Imran / Bro Iskandar )
CLEARLENS PRODUCTION ( Bro Fairuz )
HMP STUDIOS ( Bro Haizal )

– Here is another list where I am a fan of their works.

– Bcreative Productions
Red Tape Projects
Bliss Photo Cinema
D’shootz Studio

SO, SHOULD YOU INVEST IN A WEDDING VIDEO ? – Your call.

PRINTER

DAIS IN THE HOUSE.

I started to publish a blog on my website, http://www.orangefill.com/blog/. I wrote about my couple, Hamdan | Aisyah, for the first week of April 2015.

It is a common sight for me when I was growing up. Watching my uncles and aunties got married. There will always be dais in my grandparents’ house.

Read more over here : http://www.orangefill.com/blog/2015/5/14/dais-in-the-house

Photos used in blog post were taken by AD Photographyz. Check them out. The photographers for that event were super duper friendly and very helpful. They really inspired me and my team in this regards. I will like to see how I can replicate their style and work processes. Integrate that into my system.

So, don’t forget to check them out and like their FB Page.

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Traffic Jam Panic !

It always a practice for me and my partner to turn up early for wedding assignment. On 17 Jan 2015, the “road accident” really put our “system” to the test.

My partner supposed to report to bride’s place at 11.30am. I am supposed to report at the community centre at the same timing. Typically, we would left our house 30-45 minutes earlier. Both of us were late! This is our first time being really really late. THIS IS LIKE 30 MINUTES LATE ! Inside my mind “Macam mana ni, majlis orang!” 

I was caught in the traffic jam caused by an accident at the junction BKE into TPE. That’s the whole bottle neck. Not only that, once I clear that portion, there is another accident along PIE from CTE junction. Another bottleneck. My destination is Geylang and I am coming from Woodlands.

The accident along the PIE from CTE junction was really major. Because, my partner was stuck in the slow moving traffic from BKE all the way to that particular junction of PIE/CTE. We cannot use our phone as we were driving.

We were lucky to have the official photographer Azfian who is so kind in trying to calm the bride and explaining. When my partner reached bride’s place, he explained and apologized for being late.

Because of this incident, me and my partner in crime decided that we need to leave the house one hour earlier. No excuses. Which we did for our weddings in March and April this year.


As for the wedding itself, everything is great. There is only one thing that I am in total awe. THE DESSERTS DISPLAY. If I remember correctly, it was done by Dessert Artisans. Seriously, it was so gorgeous. The people over at Dessert Artisans are very creative. So, if you are looking for one, check out Dessert Artisans Website.

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I am actually quite curious because it seems for the past one year, quite a number of wedding photographers that I worked with, they are not using flash. I am not from a photography background so my knowledge and understanding is pretty limited. I want to know why. So, I casually asked Azfian. Amazingly, he explained the rationale and showed me the shots he took. I was like WOW.

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So if you happen looking for wedding photo services, do check out Azfian Anuar Photography.


New year – New challenges.

It is totally different when you are working for someone and when you are running your own show.

I lost a couple of video makers to different reasons. My long time and trusted partner decided to pull the handbrake due to family and work commitments. While the other video maker, decided to make it out on his own. But I did gained a new video maker who has personally voiced out his commitment to Orangefill.

So, when I first started back in Jan 2014, it was like 1 man. As time goes by, it were 4 men. Now, it is 2 men. It might take a while for me and my new partner to gain momentum and re-align the style and approach. I know my partner, Faisal, is doing his best in finding his groove for Orangefill. During our peak season March – April 2015, I saw the big improvements he made. I am very appreciative on his efforts. 

I am looking forward to make good videos with him on-board.

If you are doing your research about wedding video services, you can start with me. I would be more than happy to help you in your search for wedding video services.