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Filmmaking Training Seminar

Tags: Grace Media Films , Spokane Videographer , Spokane WA , wedding , Ray Roman , creative live

A few months back I had the most amazing opportunity to be trained by one of the best wedding filmmakers in the country! A company by the name of Creative Live hosted an exclusive training with renowned Ray Roman to be filmed and streamed live! Each trainee was selected by the Creative Live team to share in this once in a lifetime opportunity and I was picked! WOW! I was ecstatic!!! I packed my bags and headed over to Seattle to sink my teeth in every bit of info I could learn and did I learn!

Ray taught us new skills from shooting bridal preps, ceremony, first look, reception and on and on. This was an incredible experience and am so thankful for Creative Live for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this. It was an absolute blast to hear about Ray’s $6 Million to $26 Million dollar weddings and all that goes into filming an event at that caliber.

What does all this mean? I believe that in this business or any business for that matter you must always be growing and learning! Whenever you start thinking that you have arrived and know all there is to know you start getting passed by. I always want to be learning and “bettering” my craft so I can make great films and better serve my clients.

I look forward to putting all these skills on my upcoming weddings!

Ft. Myers Florida, Church Film

Tags: Grace Media Films , Spokane Videographer , Ft. Myers , promotional ,The Rock Church , church films

Church: The Rock Church

Website: www.rockchurchftmyers.com

Pastor: Rev. Randy Williams

I recently had the opportunity to travel down to the gorgeous state of Florida to film a church promotional film. This type of filmmaking I started to do about a year ago. The goal is to give churches another outlet to share what makes them unique both personally and biblically. I have felt for so long the church has only had a couple of mediums to reach people... What about film? This is where I found myself in the beautiful scenery of Ft. Myers Florida.

I had been called by the amazing Pastor there, Rev. Randy Williams. He with his church had decided that they wanted to shoot a promotional style film to help reach there city and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

I love shooting films that allow me to be creative while filming. This is partly why I love wedding film making so much. I can tell stories, meet great people and film at the same time. Ft. Myers and the Rock church were no different. I was able to meet some amazing people, tell some awesome stories and do my passion of film making all at the same time while spreading the good news of Jesus Christ!

I look forward to sharing with you the final film! Stay tuned for the finished video!!!

The Whole Package

Tags: Grace Media Films , Spokane Wedding Videographer , Spokane WA , wedding , packaging , creative services, revolution

A company that has been an inspiration for me and my business for some time has been Apple. Regardless on whether you are a Windows or Apple user I think we can all agree that Apple has made some incredible products. From the Macbook laptop, Mac Pro super computer, iPod, iTune, iPhone.... I think you get the picture. They are responsible for some of the most revolutionary products of our time. Think of life without digital music or how about life without iPhones and iPads. Apple single handedly has started a digital revolution.

But this is really not what this blog post is about. What is so incredible to me, is with the amount of time and talent it would take to make just one of these products

Apple still raises the bar. It must take years and years just to do the design of some of these amazing products. Not mentioning figuring out software, mass production, and tech support. But none of these is what is so amazing to me and if you have ever opened the box of any of Apples products you know where I'm going with this.

Packaging. Wow. Does it increase the functionality of the product. No. Does it change how it looks or how durable it is 5 years down the road? No. So why does it make such a large impressions on those that have experience Apples magical packaging? It’s all about first impressions, the whole experience. The end to end customer experience. Inspiring.

Now I know here at Grace Media we are not creating iPhones or engineering the next great technical revolution. But we are doing something amazing. We are telling the story of one of the most important days of your life. We are being allowed the unique privilege to sharing in your special day. This is why I believe that your experience with Grace Media should be absolutely amazing from beginning to end. Some competitors may wonder why we take the time to make custom DVD cases, beautifully printed DVDs and artistic DVD menus. Does it make the film better. Maybe not, but it’s about having our customers have something that is exceptional from beginning to end. We have recently invested in custom foil stamped bags and wax stamps with our logo. Why do all this “extra” work? Because our brides are worth it and we know if you have an incredible experience you will share it and together we can start a revolution of exceptional service.

To Hire or Not to Hire a Videographer

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Okay, I understand what you’re thinking... “Really? Your going to talk about whether or not to hire a videographer and you are a videographer?” I understand I can’t give an unbiased opinion on this topic, with that being said I have been in the Wedding Videography business going on six years and I have a couple things I need to say. I have a knot in my stomach because of all the stuff I have heard, seen, and experienced on this topic of wedding filmmaking and I have to share it! I have three main points I want to share.

#1 When I first started making wedding films I was still an unmarried young man and saw my business mostly as a passion and love for creating and something that was a good service for couples. I wasn't able to fully appreciate what I was doing yet because I had not been married and gone thru the whole process of expectations meets reality when it came to documenting these important memories. I had no idea that my wife would read me a letter prior to her walking out that her mom had read to her dad before there wedding. I didn't know that my mom who has M.S. would be able to travel all the way across the country to be with me at my wedding or that my only sister who lives on the other part of the world would make the trek to share in this special moment. WOW! To think, only to have pictures to remember all this and so much more. There was just no way that I could remember what my Dad said at my toasts or what amazing words my uncle said during the wedding, with just a hand full of pictures. Don't get me wrong we love our photos and will cherish them forever. But they are no replacement for our wedding films.

#2 Videography is nothing like photography. Almost everyone has “that” story on how a friend/relative did photography for someones wedding and it was an absolute horror story.Whether it was because the photos were blurry, out of focus or just bad composition it was just plain awful. Now, add those same complexities to film but include; Audio, Framing, lighting, camera movement, story, editing etc. These are absolute basics if the film is going to even be watched. Watchability is the single greatest challenge to every wedding film maker. You could have the best gear and not have these basics and your film will collect dust in the closet of a disgruntled bride who never was able to enjoy her wedding day.  Why am I saying all this again? For all the brides who come up to me year after year at bridal fairs and say something like; “I had a relative film my wedding and I couldn't even hear my vows” or “ I had a friend/relative do my film and didn't get the final product until we were divorced” (true story).

#3 We are all human. Yes, even wedding professionals. We all make mistakes, get sick or have an off day.... This leads me to my final point. Have a back up. When I work with a photographer, we are working shoulder to shoulder to deliver YOU the best possible product. They may be taking a picture of grandma while I’m filming the cute kids on the dance floor. They may get stuck in traffic on there way to the your “First Look” and not make it in time but we are there to film and can even take stills out of our video. Maybe someones camera dies during the kiss or toast. These are real world scenarios that I deal with every year. I have been there to fill the gaps and vice versa.

Your wedding is a dream come true. Have it be something you can look back on and have no regrets. I hope this helps bring clarity to someone who is asking themselves “to hire or not to hire a videographer”. Here is a couple articles of other opinions on this subject.

98 Percent of Brides Regret This Choice After Their Weddings
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Not hiring a videographer
"We splurged on a top-notch photographer and opted not to hire a videographer for budget concerns. After the once in a lifetime night was over though, I was so sad to know that I wouldn't have the opportunity to relive any of those special moments again. I now recommend to everyone I know to make sure they somehow capture some of the event via video." —Nicole, 32http://www.brides.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-photos-videohttp://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/04/biggest-wedding-regrets.htmlshapeimage_15_link_0
"I regret not hiring a professional videographer. There were so many funny, sentimental, thoughtful, surprising, best-day-of-our-life moments that I wish were captured on video." -- mobridetobehttp://www.theknot.com/profiles/mobridetobe/myknot/mybiohttp://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/planning-a-wedding/articles/knottie-wedding-regrets.aspxshapeimage_16_link_0

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Grace Media Films is a wedding Videographer from Spokane , Washington.

We service weddings throughout the local area, including Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and Seattle.

Grace Media Films is a professional wedding Cinematographer that has been part of the Spokane

wedding industry for 7 years. We specialize in wedding videography and cinematography.

Are you “In Love” with your Vendors?

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Congrats! Your engaged! You couldn't have imagined a more romantic proposal. It was all just perfect. So if you can find the most perfect person in the world for you amongst 7 BILLION people, planning a wedding should be cake! Right?

Planning a wedding is not as difficult as some may say but it is anything but easy. By the time you calculate your budget, pick bridesmaids and groomsmen, get family input, and lock in your day your’e already feeling the pressure. Now the goal of this post isn't to show you how to schedule or talk about how difficult planning a wedding is, but to help you avoid one of the major pitfalls young couples get into putting this all together.

Hiring Bad Wedding Vendors.

One of the things I see most often when my brides hire there vendors is how they don't get along with them. Now wait a second your thinking! “I would never hire someone I don't like”. Hiring people is a skill many employers will spend years and large investments of money to learn the art of proper hiring. This is why it is so important to hire a Wedding Planner (that you love) because they already have the experience of what to look for. But here are some tips you can use to help get that Perfect Vendor.

First, meet your vendors. It is always amazing to me how much money people will give me that have never met me!!! I would never give anyone money that I haven't met and seen there character first hand. I don't care how many “great” reviews they have, you need to meet them and get a sense of there energy, see how the communicate and make a decision based off first hand experience. Second, remember who the boss is... YOU. I am so tired of my Brides getting pushed around by there vendors because they already have there money so they think they can get away with anything. Set expectations early on with your vendors and hold them to it. Do not give anyone money that you would not hire if you owned there business. When you are planning a wedding you are essentially running a business for a day(again, hire a wedding planner). You will have 10-30 people running around all doing your biding and they need to be the best of the best your budget can afford. Third, Be demanding upfront. Once the wedding comes take your guard down. If your vendor made it this far they deserve your trust and you deserve to relax. But demand they show up on time to your meetings, demand they keep open lines of communication, demand they are dressed appropriately. Now, if you have the right vendor none of this will be a problem, but realize if they are late, sloppy, and hard to get ahold of before they have your money they WILL be worst after they have your money. Lastly, Don’t be afraid to fire someone and ask for your money back if you are not getting along. You wont always get your money back but you will never be able to replace bad photos,video, or whatever else if you hired someone that you don't love!

Here are a couple articles that help sell my point. I hope this was helpful and will help you secure the right vendors for your wedding!

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Florist.
Get the answers to these biggies before signing on the dotted line.http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/planning-a-wedding/articles/knottie-wedding-regrets.aspx
PHOTO BY One Love Photography
Top Ten Things to Know When Hiring a Wedding Photographer.http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/planning-a-wedding/articles/knottie-wedding-regrets.aspx
10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Videographer.
PHOTO BY iFong Photography

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