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WHO IS BLOOMING OAK?
THE BLOOMING OAK is a highly trained team of cinematographers and directors so you can rest assured that your story will be portrayed in a most creative and compelling way. We are a bunch of friends that love film and are constantly looking for ways to innovate and advance our filmmaking style. We strive to be the avant-garde of the wedding filmmaking.
HOW VISIBLE IS YOUR TEAM DURING THE WEDDING DAY? WE WANT OUR WEDDING EVENT TO BE AS SEAMLESS AS POSSIBLE.
Blooming Oak wants to frame your beautiful moments without being in them. We are advocates of the journalistic style meaning that on the wedding day, we would like to interact as less as possible with our couples being as stealth as “ninjas”, letting the event unfold in an organic manner. We will subtly correct anything looks out of norm just to make you look best in front of the camera and in front of your guests.
The lenses we use allow us to stay at a distance and still capture the moments in close without being in the way of your invitees. Though, we reserve the right to jump into the moment and capture it from a close proximity to give you the best shots so you can enjoy and feel your wedding day over and over again for the many years to come. We want to give you genuine moments as they unfold. We don’t like staging our shots. We will follow and anticipate events recording them as a real observer.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
Your investment in the Blooming oak will reward you with the best wedding film possible. It is our purpose to give you the best quality through best equipment available on the market. We invest in the best lenses, cameras and sound recorders. Full HD is our main format at this time. For an extra amount we can offer 4k resolution films. This format will become our standard in the next future.
I would like to conclude that the tools don’t make a great movie. The people do! The quality of the overall film is a cumulative equation. It is the location of the event, the planning, the filmmakers abilities as much as the couple, the guests, family and everything else that create a beautiful event. Blooming Oak wishes you the best in all your preparations!
DO YOU OFFER PHOTOGRAPHY AS WELL?
Yes, we do offer photography as a service. It is a recent addition to our services but we don’t have a full portfolio for it yet. If you will trust us with the capturing of the stills for your event, we will be able to offer you a huge discount. This is just applicable for the year 2015 and is directed towards building our portfolio.
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WE HAVE HIRED A PHOTOGRAPHER. HOW DO YOU COLLABORATE WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Blooming Oak is part of YOUR creative team that is there to capture the beauty and the moments of YOUR event. We respect and honor your chosen photographer and work towards a team effort to highlight that it is YOUR WEDDING day! We hope to “waltz” with the photographer in an unison so we yield to each other or kindly assist each other at any given time. We hope that your photogrpaher honors your wedding day the same and presents a similar attitude towards the film team.
WHAT’S YOUR WORK PROCESS? WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
After the initial information exchange like availability, desired film, pricing we create a package custom suited for you. The booking fee is applied at the same time with the contract signage. This launches us into the prep work. We have designed a questionary for our couples that paints us a general picture about who our couple is; interests, style. We hope to discover a custom narrative line that can be applied to our couple’s love story.
Depending on the film package we will proceed with interviewing the couple, some family members and some friends. We are looking to film in beautiful environments; locations that are comfortable for our couple but also add to the storyline.
With all that footage in the can we prep ourselves for the wedding day and get in touch with the planner to work out the schedule. As the photographer is booking some time for pictures we would like to have some time to shoot a beauty sequence as well as much as timetable allows us.
We make sure to know all the high points of the event so we can be ready for any type of situation. Getting to know our couples well and the prepping with the planner help us hand craft a film that will really reflect unique personality and flavour – ingredients absolutely necessary to depict a true story, a film of art.
We know how much people are dreading being in front of the lens. We make sure to become friends with our couples – an attitude that will ease the entire film process and make it enjoyable and fun for both parties!
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THE PRICE IS QUITE HIGH COMPARED TO OTHER VIDEOGRAPHERS. WHY IS IT SO?
With all due respect let’s take a look at a wedding’s budget. Thousands of benjis are spent on planning, arranging and materializing the most amazing dream you as a couple have. Your WEDDING DAY! It is unique and irreplaceable in so many ways. The layered cake is a piece of art, the location is a corner of paradise, the dress alone is a little handcrafted miracle. Think about the honored guests you are having visiting you on this day. All your extended family, all your friends are gathered around you celebrating your joining, parting and sharing the most precious moments with you.
Your investment is huge. All this will be soon consumed and gone into remembrance. As we know memory is not a reliable friend.
To preserve the faithfulness of your memories Blooming Oak is giving you a film that in a refined way portrays your Wedding Day the way it happened! There is the first sight, there is the dress and the cake, there are your friends and your parents, there is your first kiss and your first dance. These are shots and angles you haven’t even seen. Our crew is mingled with the crowd and gives you best perspectives you couldn’t otherwise have.
Why do we think film is better than stills? The moment is covered from different angles. You see yourself in motion, full of grace. The best angles are chosen to show you in the best possible light. Your emotions are accentuated through sound and music. You hear what your friends are wishing you. You see them laugh. You see a new beginning. A slice of life.
Getting back to answer the question, let the recording of this BIG event be captured in a beautiful and reliable way. Let Blooming Oak, with masters of fine arts in cinematography and directing take this huge task immortalizing your wedding for the many years to come. The price is high because the investment is high and because we are the best at what we do!
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
Yes, we offer payment plans. All the payments need to be completed in order to get your final film.
HOW FAR DO YOU TRAVEL AND WILL IT COST US EXTRA?
Blooming Oak enjoys traveling! We will follow you to any place on earth, capture your story in a beautiful way. Additional costs apply.
HOW DO WE RESERVE OUR DATE?
After we make sure you like our style and we are a good match for each-other we sign the contracts and book the wedding day for an amount of 30% of the total cost. This will ensure that we are booked for the wedding date and you are committed to have us as your film crew. It’s first come first serve!
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DO WE GET TO PICK OUR OWN MUSIC?
Yes. We do everything our couple prefers, though the music issue is a sensitive one. Blooming Oak likes to work with licensed music. That means that we will find out the couple’s tastes and preferences and will get similar sounding tracks and music within the budget, that reflect their personalities, style and taste but also is unique to them. If a couple wants a specific sound track that is not licensed we will use it but Blooming Oak waives liability from the final product.
DO WE GET TO REVIEW THE EDITS BEFORE IT IS FINALIZED? CAN WE CHANGE EDITS?
Yes. Before posting the final film you will receive a password protected link to review the edits. We are not going to change the major flow of the film since this requires a complete restructuring and re-edit. We are looking for shots that you as a couple want to avoid or find that are not necessary. After receiving your notes and implementing your suggested edits we will release the final film.
DO WE GET ALL THE RAW FOOTAGE?
Yes, for an additional cost. We can provide you with all the RAW unedited footage on a hard drive. Why the additional cost? The raw footage is shot by three cameras and organizing them into logical hierarchy takes time.
The manner we shoot our weddings differ from the old style people are used to. We are shooting in shorter takes allowing us to cover multiple angles and giving us maximum mobility. This style gives us many files to work with and managing them is a must before handing it to our client.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET BACK OUR WEDDING FILM?
The trailer is released the first week.
The Blooming Oak understands the eagerness you have to receive your wedding film. We allow you to have some time to decompress after such an intense and exciting time in your life. The honey moon is over the memories start to fade, the anticipation of the release increases… We found the perfect time. We edit your wedding film and deliver it to you in 3-5 month.
WHAT FORMAT IS THE FINAL FILM AND ARE WE ABLE TO VIEW OUR WEDDING ON OUR IPHONE, IPAD, OR OTHER MOBILE DEVICE?
Yes. Our main release is online. It can have a password if so desired. We offer any kinds of formats compatible with both PC and Mac.
The couple also gets a physical copy on a USB or DVD beautifully packaged delivered to your door steps. Additional physical copies for family and friends are available for an additional cost.