LONG HAVE WE BEEN VIDEOTAPING WEDDINGS?
In 1979, as a student in Northwestern University's TV & Film Department,
Earle Greenberg took an educated guess that video would change life
as we knew it and founded VideOccasions, an extension of his already
successful video audition talent agency, Talentape, inc.
EARLE GREENBERG PERSONALLY SHOOT YOUR WEDDING?
Yes, if you book Package 6
DO OUR OTHER VIDEOGRAPHERS COME FROM?
Most have film school training, those who don't have decades of experience. All have a knack
for creating visual art and combining state-of-the-art equipment, professional techniques and "the eyes
of artistic observers." Earle's production style and the style in which he trains his
professional team of videographers is based upon this "formula,"
He has found this to be the best method of providing
a consistently high quality product while working within the constraints
of your occasion.
DO WE MEAN BY "CONSTRAINTS OF YOUR OCCASION?"
We have a reputation to do whatever it takes to not interfere with you, your guests or the ambience
for which you have invested so much time and money to create. So
just as there are many different ways to plan an occasion, there are
many different ways to record one. Please remember that our job as
professional wedding videographers is not to create things to shoot,
but rather to shoot things creatively. In order for us to provide you
with best possible finished product, it is important that there are
no surprises and that you provide us with all of the details and externally imposed constraints of your
occasion before they occur. This gives us the opportunity to work more
efficiently and discreetly and to be in the right place at the right
IS OUR ULTIMATE GOAL?
To produce an artistic DVD of your wedding
which will allow the viewer to feel as if they were actually there with
you (ie. your children and grandchildren), even if they weren't there.
ARE WE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?
Being the leader in artistic
wedding videography means always searching for ways to make our work
better and more visually interesting.
We do this with things like: integrating
extreme close-ups, with black & white and sepia footage and by changing
real time visuals into slow-motion or fast-motion where appropriate.
We frequently do not show the bride in color until she walks down the
aisle. As always, any of these artistic things we do can be changed
back to normal if you desire during the editing revision period. We also tend to shoot a great deal of footage, because if it isn't recorded you'll never get to see it. Many of the new age videographers shoot only what they need to make a 30 minute or so television show of your day. The problem with that is that you will never get to see everything. When you have kids and grandkids, we can guarantee you that they would rather see an entire toast, lots of dancing, people laughing versus a highly truncated version that is merely a readers digest version of the day.
In August of 1999, Earle began regularly
using what our staff lovingly refers to as "camera on a stick." This
was a small, camcorder mounted on a collapsible pole and
held about four feet over the heads of the subjects or objects we are
recording for an extremely unique and 'heavenly' view. It also enables
Earle to perform unique camera moves on decor that were previously
impossible without large pieces of production equipment typically used
by movie crews. You can't imagine how interesting this looks until you've
seen it. Besides that, no one is tall enough to get in our way.
"Camera-on-a-stick" is only available when personally contracting Earle
Greenberg. The demo on our site contains footage using this technique.
WE USE BRIGHT LIGHTS DURING A CHURCH CEREMONY?
We don't use bright lights during anything.
WE USE ANY LIGHT DURING A CHURCH CEREMONY?
None at all. We have never come across a church that is a proponent of using light.
DO WE SET UP DURING A CHURCH CEREMONY?
Wherever works best from the positions allowed by the clergy. Our preferred setup is one videographer in a doorway
off to the right side of the altar and one in the back of the church
on ground level or in a balcony.
DO WE USE ANY LIGHT DURING A JEWISH OR HOTEL
It is typically unnecessary to add light to religious
ceremonies, as we use the most effective low-light cameras. However,
even the best low-light cameras require reasonable levels of light in
order to provide a nice image. If the room is only candle lit,
the video clarity will diminish. We prefer to add light only if it can
be accomplished without interfering with the ambience of your ceremony.
If you prefer otherwise, please advise us. There have been many occasions
on which we have been asked by a Rabbi or other officiant to use light
because they don't have enough light with which to read. You should
discuss canopy lighting with the appropriate vendors. Remember that
while can lights on the floor may make the chupa look nice, they will
give you racoon eyes and are not particularly flattering.
DO WE SET UP DURING A JEWISH OR HOTEL CEREMONY?
Our preferred setup is one videographer behind a chupa post or backdrop and the other videographer at
the back of the room. Depending on the size of the chupa, room and bridal
party, one videographer may record the processional handheld at the
end of the aisle if permitted.
WE USE MORE THAN TWO CAMERAS FOR YOUR CEREMONY?
Yes, you can
book up to four videographers for ceremony coverage in addition to a remote control, motorized head camera for the ceremony.
DO WE RECORD CEREMONY AUDIO?
We put a wireless lapel microphone
on the groom which picks up the officiant, bride and groom.
We also put a wireless microphone (if allowed) on any podiums, that may be used for
readings. We also run two house microphones for ambient sound and music and frequently use an additional high quality digital audio recorder connected to the soundboard if possible.
CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY ON THE FINISHED DVD?
Depending upon what time you have our videographers begin, your edited dvd will generally begin with a montage of: baby photos,
the invitation, exteriors, signage, interiors, stained glass windows,
the altars, flowers, candelabras and architecture. Depending upon the
hours contracted, you will typically see 'behind the scenes' of bridal
party preparation and the photography session, as well as the arrival
of guests, all accompanied by classical music (or any other music that
you provide). Many of our clients have us start early enough to document
the hair and make-up sessions as well. We normally edit a majority of
the pre-ceremony 'people' footage in sepia or black and white to give
it a classic look.
CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THE RECEPTION ON THE FINISHED DVD?
to the reception will generally be a montage of:
the portrait session, limousines, flower arrangements, place cards,
ballroom, centerpieces, the cake, tables, etc.... also accompanied by
music. Reception activities such as the receiving line, guests entering
the room, announced entrances, toasts, cake cutting, dancing, bouquet
and garter throwing are always on the finished DVD.
THERE BE WIRES ON THE FLOOR FOR THE VIDEO EQUIPMENT?
Since 1979, all of our
equipment has been attached to a mobile monopod or tripod
which gives us hand-held mobility with tripod stability.
WE DO INTERVIEWS AT THE TABLES?
No. These were standard in the 80's and early 90's but so many people complained about being asked to talk on camera that we stopped doing them. If you do want any of your guests speaking on camera, please let us know, so we bring the necessary equipment. We do not solicit comments. If you are interested in some interviews, we'd suggest starting with the grandparents.
WE USE LIGHTS ON STANDS AT THE RECEPTION?
WE USE ANY LIGHTS AT THE RECEPTION?
For evening weddings or hotel
rooms without windows, we typically have to add some light. Even the best low-light cameras require
a reasonable level of light in order to provide a really nice image.
However, since all of our equipment is mobile and battery powered, the
atmosphere of your reception will not be disrupted by high-wattage lights.
Our standard lighting consists of a battery powered, dimmable 100-watt
LED light, mounted on the camera, illuminating only what is being
videotaped - rather than illuminating large portions of the room. However,
we frequently shoot weddings where lighting is used to pinspot tables
and other decor. The hotel or lighting company can use similar equipment
to put a 'wash' of soft light on the dance floor. For events lit like
this, we would not need additional light. Remind your lighting vendor to not use yellow or green gels, or your guests will look like they are sick. As mentioned earlier, we will always opt to sacrifice some image quality in order to not interfere with the ambience. If at any time you think that the light is too bright, just ask the videographer to dim it down. Please note that many of today's photographers not only have flashes on their cameras, but also use continuous lighting which is typically brighter than our light. We obviously have no control over what the photographers do.
WE BE IN AMONGST YOUR GUESTS DURING DANCING?
we use a zoom lens and shoot over the heads of your guests from the
perimeter of the dance floor, and rarely shoot from amongst the guests
on the dance floor as would videographers who shoulder hold the camera or
your typical photographer. We can easily see into the middle of dance circles from high up on the perimeter and not be in anyones way..
KIND OF CAMERAS DO WE USE?
We used to talk about specific camera
models and specifications, but that really didn't mean much to most people. We are always
experimenting with the latest and greatest. With regard to cameras, whether you hire us or not,
you should make sure that your videographer uses a camera that is High Defintion with 3-CCD or CMOS chips that perform well in low-light.
Not only do we use these cameras but we frequently
use cameras that can be held in one hand and hidden behind our backs.
Our lights also have dimmers.. These provide a sufficient amount of light in normal circumstances. All of our packages and videographers include High Definition cameras.
DO WE DO DURING EDITING?
Editing allows us to complete the artistic
process by removing or moving any recorded audio or video footage to
anywhere on your finished video. For an entire wedding, this final phase
of the production process requires 20- 30 hours, and is truly, "where
video becomes art." Our three state-of-the-art computer based edit systems
not only allow all 'revision' editing to be completed by Earle Greenberg,
but also allow us to complete your initial edit in about 3 weeks.
ANYTHING IMPORTANT REMOVED DURING THE EDITING PROCESS?
Editing simply allows us to choose superior shots and angles. For example,
there might be ten different views of the ballroom on our original footage.
Editing allows us to provide you with the ones that look the best. We
never remove anything of significance.
YOU SIT IN ON EDITING?
Only if you'd like to miss your honeymoon.
Editing takes from 20-30 hours and is done in the week or two following
your wedding (while your wedding is still very fresh in our minds). If
we didn't edit right away, it would probably take twice as long and then we'd be like the other videographers and not deliver your edited dvd for months. We don't want to be like the other videographers.
IS THE EDITING REVISION PERIOD?
We do a full edit and provide you with a digital or dvd copy for review. Most of our clients make no changes to the
first delivered DVD and just request their final copy. However, we are happy to
move, remove, delete or modify any video or audio on the DVD to insure
that you are completely satisfied with the finished product. We do ask
that you give us a list of these changes within 3 weeks of receipt and you will use the timecoding to provide that change list.
WE USE A LOT OF SPECIAL EFFECTS?
Not if we can help it. Many
videographers use (overuse) fancy video effects... because they have
them. Although we have the technology to perform hundreds of these visual
effects, we avoid them because we believe they cheapen the overall look
and feel of the video. In order to provide you with a finished DVD
that is more artistic and conservative, we primarily edit in 'film style,'
using dissolves, fades and cuts - because transitions from one segment
to the next should be seamless. If you are aware of the transition,
then the editor is not doing a very good job. The content is 'the thing',
not how you get from one segment of content to another.
MUCH FOOTAGE DO WE SHOOT?
There is no limit to the amount of
video footage that we shoot.
LONG WILL YOUR FINISHED VIDEO BE?
There is no limit to the length
of your finished video. We have delivered edited wedding videos ranging from one hour
to four hours. It all depends on what takes place. We often
shoot quite a bit of footage... even dancing, because as good as we are, we can't predict
WE INCLUDE A HIGHLIGHT VIDEO OF YOUR WEDDING?
Packages 2 through 6 all include a one song highlight video montage, normally in black and white and slow motion. We also make available a completely customized highlight video. You use your final dvd to make
a list of everything that you want included in the highlight video.
You can even come in for the editing session. We charge hourly for this
and if you're really organized, it shouldn't take more than two hours.
The timecode on your review DVD allows you to precisely tailor the highlight video to your personal preferences
HOW DO WE DELIVER THE FINAL PRODUCT?
Straight duplicated copies. Put it in the player, hit play and it plays
straight through. You can always jump around or speed around
using your remote.
Chaptered copies. These are a little more expensive and take a little longer to produce because you have to decide on chapters and we have to do the programming..
ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
hotel ceremonies: Hotels, lighting designers and florists who think
that lighting the decorations are more important than lighting the bride
Guests getting up to make unplanned toasts when the videographers are
shooting at the other end of the ballroom.
doing anything worthy of capturing when we are shooting somewhere else or not in the room. If there are specific people who are important to get on video, please tell us who they are. We can't read your mind and many people avoid the video camera. That is why we frequently record guests leaving the ceremony and entering the ballroom - so you have a chance to see everyone.
WE LIKE SURPRISES?
Only when the surprise is on you or your guests.
We can always be prepared for what we know about in advance. However, the
only way to be prepared for any surprises on us would be to constantly
hover around you and your guests. Since we want to be as unobtrusive
as possible, hovering around you is not a good way to do that. So we
walk a fine line between being instantaneously ready and not being very
It gets hard to focus a camera when you haven't eaten for many hours, so please be
aware that our videographers and your photographers will need to eat
during the evening. Eating at midnight doesn't help our visual
acuity when the recording started at noon.
Although we may charge more for our wedding services than most, we take
great pride in consistently providing the type of artistic, comprehensive
videos for which we are known.
SO IF YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR A VIDEOGRAPHER
WHO WILL CREATIVELY CAPTURE YOUR PRECIOUS MEMORIES WITHOUT BECOMING
PART OF THEM AND YOU SHARE OUR BELIEF THAT VIDEOGRAPHERS SHOULD BE NEITHER
SEEN NOR HEARD, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.