philosophy and FAQ's
I love weddings, bar and bat
mitzvahs, and family events! This is real life, and you don't get a
second chance to get it on video! Words of love from grandma... your
uncle's healthy, strong hug... a kiss on the cheek and a quick word
of advice from your dad... a laugh shared as you cut your cake...
These are priceless moments, and you want confidence your
videographer will expertly capture these memories.
If you have questions not answered here, call me anytime, at
304-546-6726. Ask for me (Greg) personally.
Our goal is always this: to give you the best service, attention,
and final digital video memory that you can find anywhere -- a final
product so beautiful, emotionally moving, and real that the next
time you hear about your friend's wedding, birthday celebration, bar
mitzvah, or other family event, you, as their good friend, will feel
you MUST tell them to call us.
Your day is worth celebrating
with sensitivity and care. Always unobtrusive and sensitive to your
guests, your still photographer, and the needs of the day, GM
Productions will capture your dream wedding or bar / bat mitzvah in
a natural documentary style combined with the best of classic
People come into my office to discuss their wedding video and leave
with a big sigh of relief -- having seen wedding video samples that
speak right to their heart. That's when I know I'm doing something
right. See our sample highlight videos now.
It's not a simple thing to shoot a wedding or a bar/bat mitzvah --
there are many moments where you have ONE CHANCE to get it right.
Our wedding videographers are top professionals in shooting
television, meaning that they are experts at capturing right the
first time those fleeting and important never-to-be-seen-again
moments. Our videographers are easy going, calm under pressure,
unfalteringly reliable, unobtrusive, and technically highly skilled
-- they have to be all this or I would not bring them into my
So your finished wedding video will be a rare gift -- a combination
of an elegant classic style and video journalism that will last
forever -- a video that will touch your heart, entertain your
children, and rekindle your love.
Clients ask me all the time, "Your samples are so different than
anything I've seen. I feel as if I am getting to know the bride and
groom! What are you doing that is so different from other
We like it real. So no cheesy effects, and we don't cover everything
with music -- on the video you actually hear your family and friends
talking! We tastefully edit using music, bring to your event small,
highly sensitive video cameras (no camera cranes), and create the
most beautiful, heartfelt, and moving video that will capture the
essence of you, your family, and your friends. We were the driving
force in what some call wedding video journalism, also known as
photo journalism or documentary wedding video production, an
exciting, personal way to have your wedding video become a real,
lasting heirloom for your family.
You'll hear your fiancée express dreams for your lives together, and
you'll feel his excitement and joy. We use only the most beautiful
and subtle film effects -- a process that can create a widescreen
filmlook, gentle sepia tones and black and white, slow motion, and
other organic effects that our clients love. See what past clients
have said about our unique style, first-class service, and pro
Capture the emotions, the sounds, the love, and the wonderful
details that you dreamed about since you were 5 years old -- by
having your video professionally recorded and beautifully edited by
an experienced videographer.
Your video will beautifully reflect your unique personality as your
wedding day unfolds. You are unique, and your wedding video should
be unique too.
How do we create a video that reflects your uniqueness? We are keen
observers of people. We ask questions, and we listen carefully to
your answers. What you want is what we want, and we customize
everything, from the shoot, to the music, to the editing style.
You'll notice we take careful notes at our meeting to be sure we
Take the next step. Come in and meet with us to see if we're right
for each other. Call or
email now to find a good time
for both of us.
We look forward to giving you first class service and memorable
results -- the same as I'd want from my wedding videographer.
All the best,
Why do you shoot with more
than one camera?
allow us to cover more angles as well as different
events happening simultaneously. It also adds interest
for the viewer. Can you imagine watching a tennis match
or football game taped by one camera?
Will bright lights and
cables distract from the atmosphere of our event?
If you are asking this question, then you have probably
attended a wedding where the videographer held a huge
camera with an even bulkier light attached to the top.
The cameras we use are ultra sensitive in low light. In
the darkest of situations we have a soft halogen light
so that you will still get a good image on the final
product yet not ruin the atmosphere. We also have
extended life batteries on our cameras with back-up
batteries in the chargers and ready to go so we are not
tethered to the nearest electrical outlet while we're
trying to catch the next event.
How many hours of
footage do you shoot?
A good estimate is that
for about 8-10 hours of coverage, we will probably shoot
4-5 hours of footage between the two cameras. We have
reached the level of experience where we know which
points justify filming and which parts are just plain
boring. We don't leave the tape running from beginning
to the end but we can usually anticipate when to start
rolling should something memorable start to unfold.
How does your DVD
compare with a "Movie Rental"-produced DVD?
To answer that question, we need to explain to you
the replication process by which we create your wedding
DVD, see below!
The DVDs you receive
through us are produced through a burn method, similar
to the method by which CDs are created on your home
computer. This is in contrast to a DVD that you rent
from your local video store which is mass-produced from
master glass disks which are then replicated in a
factory by a stamping process. This is quite expensive
and most production houses have minimum order
requirements numbering in the thousands of disks. If you
check around, you will find that pretty much every
wedding videographer will provide a DVD produced through
the burning method. We burn each DVD by doing them one
at a time!
It is important to note that about 10-20% of the DVD
players on the market do not play burned DVDs -- most
older players are not formatted to read such disks as
this type of technology has only been available on the
consumer level for a few years. Fortunately, upgrading
to a new DVD player is not very expensive. Just check to
be sure that your new player can read DVD-R/DVD+R disks.
You should know that your DVD player should be a
"progressive scan" player for best results.
For certain packages we offer, we even send you a new
"free" DVD player.....to keep!
We print our label graphics directly on the DVDs
themselves. We do not use paper labels. The use of paper
labels tends to unbalance the disk in the player and
increase the likelihood of skipping.
So your current DVD
player will play our disks, but they skip at various
places each time you watch them. No problem, you just
need to clean your player's laser reader. You can
buy a cleaning disk at your local WalMart or Circuit
City. Burned disks do not have the same protective
coating as "stamped" disks (the Hollywood kind, see
above) hence they are more susceptible to skipping. If
your DVD skips at the same place each time or the audio
has dropped out in one section, please contact us.
Something messed up in the burning process? Just return
the defective disk to us and we'll send you a new one.
We watch every DVD before it is shipped.