Why should I have my wedding filmed?
Why do you refer yourselves as event filmmakers?
What separates Bella Films from the rest?
How do you prepare for our special day?
Do you interview our guests?
What about those bright lights?
How do you work with photographers?
Do I choose the music for our film?
How long will the finished film be?

Why should I have my wedding filmed?

As you weigh the importance of a wedding film, try thinking about it like this: Your wedding day gives you the opportunity to have a documentary film made about YOU. And you have a personal story to tell on this day more likely than on any other day of your life. Everyone you love will be there including your family and closest friends. You will be supported and surrounded by other professionals who will make you look and feel your best and now you have the chance to preserve your complete story, cherish it, and hand it down for generations to come. Most couples say their wedding day went by so fast that they could hardly remember everything that happened and while photography is able to capture singular moments, there is simply no substitute for a living, moving account of one of the most defining events of your life!

Why do you refer yourselves as event filmmakers?

Moving images are all the rage these days. With websites like YouTube and facebook, videos are everywhere. Just about anyone can pick up a consumer camera and point and shoot. A “film” is shot professionally of a wedding or bar mitzvah is well crafted, carefully shot and edited and something wholly more sophisticated and different. It’s a way of cinematically telling the essence of a story using imagery and music to capture nuances and evoke emotion. Developing a system of relationships from captured images and sound into a meaningful narrative that has a meaning is more akin to a motion picture. This is why we are more appropriately called event filmmakers. This is why we are now known as Bella Films (formally Bella Video Productions).

What separates Bella Films from the rest?

We have been creatively shooting special events for over 16 years with unquestionable passion. Our favorite style of editing is a combined reflection of edginess and vintage while remaining uniquely timeless. Being an event filmmaker requires a lot more than just knowing how to operate the latest equipment. Among many other things, our creativity, client trust and rapport, are the most important differences that cut us above the rest. We sustain the essence of your story because we are easily inspired by your uniqueness and therefore LOVE what we do! Also, being a great filmmaker requires attention to miniscule details, an ability to get along with just about anyone, the physical ability to get demanding shots, and the listening skills to be able to capture your story. We have the unique ability to say we’ve been around long enough to be solid and reliable filmmakers and young enough to remain artistic and hip.

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How do you prepare for our special day?

At our initial meeting, we gather gobs of information about who you are and what your wedding or special event will be like. About one week prior to your wedding day, we “finalize” with you over a phone appointment. We start by confirming all of the details and information that we have already gathered. We go over the events of your wedding day with a fine-toothed comb and ask you questions about, special speakers, special formalities, announcements, possible sensitive family issues, the name of your officiant, photographer, coordinator, etc. This helps us sometimes find “the story within the story.” Our goal is to have a thorough understanding of what to expect on your wedding day from beginning to end way ahead of time.

Do you interview our guests?

Not at weddings. Our experience is that it’s intrusive. At no time do we ever interrupt or disturb your guests at their table. However, if you really really really want us to do interviews, we’ll do them by request only, all we ask is that you provide to us a minimal guest list (such as your grandparents and immediate family) beforehand.

What about those bright lights?

We use a very discrete setup, involving no overpowering lights. Today’s technology enables larger image dynamic range. We are able to manipulate ambient and natural light to our advantage and we use a dimmer to adjust for low-light situations.

How do you work with photographers?

Our goal is to work and cooperate with your photographer(s) as closely as possible. All of your wedding services will be hired as your team, working smoothly together as the highest purpose. We do our best to stay out of the way during the ceremony and reception. We are working in YOUR best interest and we make it a point to get to know your photographer (if we don’t already) and find out how we can support your photographer throughout the day. We seek out different and subtler angles than the photographer and try not to duplicate what they are doing as well.

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Do I choose the music for our film?

Yes. Music has the spirit, a life of it’s own and helps to convey the emotional experience of your film. We leave the selection of music up to you first. Most clients have favorite tunes or musical genre that they would like for us to use and so we edit music according to your taste. However, we also know what sounds good and spend many hours taking special care as to exactly when we fade up and down while blending it with natural sound. We often use unique movie soundtracks and are becoming more and more inclined to choose the music on your behalf. One of our editors has a strong music background and this is especially helpful in the creative “scoring” of your video. We realize how important it is that the music fits the mood of your occasion, reflecting your personality and enhancing the fluid moments. All of the packages are very carefully paced with music (unless you actually prefer not to have music).

How long will the finished film be?

This depends on the package you choose, but our years of experience will tell us that the films we produce are long enough to cover everything that is important, yet not too long that they are boring to watch.

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