Charles Batteau Video Services
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Q: Why use a professional videographer?
A: Simply put, a professional videographer will give you a significantly better video record of your special occasion than a friend or relative with a camcorder. A professional videographer
- works full-time on your video: He is not a guest trying to get a few shots in between trips to the bar or talking with other guests. He concentrates on creating the best possible video record of your event.
- uses professional equipment: He uses video and audio equipment that will do the best job of capturing the sights and sounds of your special event. He knows how to use his equipment for the best quality.
- is experienced: He knows what the “key” shots will be and makes sure he is in position to record the important, poignant, and funny moments of the event.
- is creative: He knows how to take an ordinary moment and turn it into an interesting vignette. He knows how to take a pretty scene and make it enchanting.
When you first engage our services, we ask the you to describe your idea of what you would like to see. We have you describe the wedding or other event and then we work with you to make an affordable service that will delight you in the end.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: What we charge depends upon what we’re covering. To cover a wedding ceremony (not the reception) with a single camera can cost as little as $750. To cover a full day with two cameras can cost $1800 or more. Lectures, concerts, etc. cost less than weddings because (1) they don’t last as long and (2) they require less time to edit and complete.
In general, the longer we are with you, the more it costs but the less you spend PER HOUR (think of the daily rate vs. weekly rate for renting a car). Although we do have a price list on the website, we urge potential clients to discuss the event with us, rather than relying on a price list. If there are budgetary constraints, we can suggest ways to have a beautiful video within your budget limitations.
Q: Yeowch! Why is wedding videography so expensive?
A: You pay a LOT of money on food and cakes and never see ANY of that after your event. A video and photography will be something that will last a LIFETIME. It will be viewed by you, family, children, and friends for many years! It is like a keepsake as valuable as the rings you are putting on each other’s fingers! When you think of how much you pay for the artistry of a ring created by a professional, you can understand the cost of the photography and videography of your wedding. At the end of the day, all of us are artists just like the jewelry store. We are creating a lifetime of memories.
Quality videography and photography do not come cheaply. After your wedding, we will spend twenty to sixty hours creating the final product. When you hire a photographer or videographer, you are not only paying for his (or her) time but also for the cameras, lights, sound equipment and post-production equipment that he or she uses. Usually we will use more than one camera during the ceremony and the reception. This adds safety and more allowance for creativity; however, it also increases the cost — which is why we offer single-camera coverage for limited budgets.
Be aware of how much you can afford to spend, but do not try to cut corners simply to save a buck. Do not expect a friend with a camcorder to provide you with the same quality video product that you will get from a professional. If you are on a severe budget, look for someone who has been working in the field for a while but does not charge premium prices.
Many wedding planners suggest that you plan on spending approximately 10% of your budget on the video recording. For a lavish wedding, you may not need to spend that percentage (although the dollar figure will probably be higher); on the other hand, for a small wedding the percentage may be a bit higher, even though the dollar figure is lower. Regardless of your budget, we can create a wedding package that will be a beautiful record of your special day.
Q: What questions should I ask when selecting a videographer?
A: Selecting a videographer is not just a financial consideration, it’s also very personal. You want to select a person with whom you are comfortable and who you believe will do the best job for you. Here are some suggestions – together with OUR answers:
- How long have you been working in this field?
I have been working in videography since 2007, primarily in covering events such as weddings, concerts, festivals, etc. I also work in the production of my church’s weekly broadcast of its worship service.
- What style of production do you primarily do (documentary or cinematic)?
For weddings, we specialize in documentary-style productions (the video presents the wedding just like it happened). Most couples want to relive their wedding (or other event) the way it actually happened. We can enhance the recording (similar to a photographer “touching up” a photograph), but it’s still “what you saw is what you get.” On the other hand, if you’d like to do a cinematic style “save-the-date” or love story video, we’ll work with you to produce a wonderful video. Be aware, however, that cinematic-style videos require advance planning, almost always two videographers, and extra time (i.e., cost).
- Can I see examples of your work?
I have highlight videos in most sections of this website. Additionally, you can see some of my other previews at http://vimeo.com/search?q=charles+batteau. I will also be glad to provide a copy of a full wedding video for you to view.
- Who will do the shooting? How many?
I am the primary videographer for most events. If more than one camera is used, I bring in a second or third camera person whom I trust to do a good job under my direction. Regardless of how many camera persons are involved, the final video is created by me. (If you’re interested in video trivia, I edit the video using Avid Media Composer, which is considered to be the top of the line video editing program and is used by television broadcast networks and movie studios for their productions.)
- Do you subcontract any of your work?
I do not subcontract any work, except to hire additional camera operators for the event (if more than one camera is used). I use the same colleague for my “second camera” or alternate when I am not available.
- When will the final video be completed?
For weddings, about a week after the wedding, I put a highlight video of your wedding video on Vimeo.com. This can be shared with your family and friends. I endeavor to have the entire video completed within six to eight weeks; however, many factors can affect the completion date. I stay in communication with you during the process. For other types of videos (concerts, funerals, corporate work) I get the video completed when you need it – anywhere from a week to a month after the event.
- What will I get at the end?
That depends upon the contract. For concerts, awards presentations, lectures, etc. normally one video is delivered as part of the basic contract. For weddings, most packages provide three DVDs in presentation boxes (packaged similarly to movies you purchase at the store). The DVDs, themselves, are printed with a picture from the ceremony or reception. (A different photograph of your choice can also be used.) Normally, three DVDs are sufficient (one for the couple, one each for parents); however, if additional copies are desired, that is always an option. (You ARE permitted to make copies, yourself; however, if you’re giving a copy to someone you love, the ones we create are attractive and very affordable.)
- What will the video look like?
For weddings, the finished video normally begins with the last-minute preparations of the bride and groom, moves to an uninterrupted record of the wedding ceremony and finishes with highlights of the wedding reception. The love story interview, if included, is woven into the record, sometimes at the beginning of the video and sometimes interspersed at the beginning of the video and within the reception. The entire video is usually between 60 and 100 minutes long.
For other types of videos, there is usually an introductory portion “setting the scene” followed by coverage of the event as it happens.
- How long in advance should I book you?
To ensure that you can get the professional you have chosen, it’s best to book the videographer at the same time you book your other major services. Most wedding planners recommend booking the photographer and videographer 9-12 months in advance. However, since we intentionally do not have a wedding or other event every weekend, it is possible to book us with as little as two weeks’ notice – depending on the complexity of the job and our other commitments.
Q: What should I consider before hiring the videographer?
A: We ask the you to describe your idea of what you would like to see. We have you describe the wedding or other event and then we work with you to make an affordable service that will delight you in the end. Below are some things we will go over with you; however, it is good to think about these factors “up front”:
- What do we want to show on our video?
- What is the range of prices that we can tolerate for this service?
- Do we want extra copies for our family or the wedding party?
- Do we want to share the love story interview with our guests at the reception? (This can be a creative way to introduce the couple for guests who may not know both of them very well.)
- Do we want to have a “save the date” video? (Be aware that this takes planning and lots of lead time!)
- For events other than weddings, how important is this for us or our family? Will there be memories that we would like to cherish years down the road?
- For events like family reunions or recitals, where guests may be willing to purchase copies of the DVD, should we charge for a copy of the DVD? Be aware that unless a large number of guests purchase a DVD, you probably will have to subsidize the production from the celebration budget. For small-scale affairs like music recitals, there are ways to minimize the cost of production so that DVD sales do cover the cost of production. On the other hand, a polished DVD is a great marketing tool, so it could be considered to be an advertising expense!