Weddings are one of the important milestones in someone's life, so preserving this personal history is a must. This is what professional wedding videographer Jason Magbanua does. He whips his magic, creating wedding films that are able to translate the couple's love for each other in under 10 minutes. However, the success of each video does not solely lie on Jason or his team. The couple's input and overall participation in the brainstorming and actual filming also make up the foundation of a great wedding video. Like Jason, wedding videographers are just there to stitch it all up into a narrative.
Below, Jason Magbanua himself reveals the things you need to know when booking your wedding videographer. Read on!
Please describe your style as a wedding videographer?
"I would say cinematic journalism. Taking that perfect shot while at the same time being at the right time at the right place as events unfold."
What should couples look for when hiring a wedding videographer?
"It should be a fit—with style, budget and personalities. The latter being the most important. At a certain point, in certain tiers, videographers kinda homogenize, so it’s essential that the supplier and the clients get each other."
What sets you apart from others who are in the business?
"My ability to connect with my couples and translate that into a film narrative that will take them, their friends, their family and the whole wide web on a rollercoaster ride of emotions."
When meeting with clients, what do you expect them to know or to bring to the meeting? What should they expect from you?
"I want them to be candid and forthright. I want them to be open. When I meet a client, they have already paid the down 90 percent of the time. So the meeting is about getting to know them on a personal level. I’d hate to be strangers with them on the day of the wedding. That meeting helps a lot."
What do you do when a couple don’t know yet what they want for their pre-nuptial shoot or for their wedding video?
"I ask. I listen. It’s essential that what I’m going to do for them reflects them as a couple. That’s always the springboard—my clients."
What are the elements of a good wedding video? Would you say it's the music, the colors, the speeches, or the framing maybe?
"The most essential is a good story—everything else is secondary."
What are the common misconceptions about your line of job?
"I’m booked two years in advance. It’s really only one year."
Do you still encounter obstacles or challenges while at work? How do you troubleshoot or solve these?
"Weddings are and will always be high-tension, high-stress events. Especially the ceremony. We have to get it at first crack. There are no do-overs."
What do you like most about your job?
"Connecting with people. Being a part of their lives forever by being the one to tell their stories. It takes me all over the world—places I wouldn’t have dreamt of going to: Combourg, Antwerp, Marseilles, Sri Lanka, Portland, Sao Paolo."
What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever been asked to do?
"Sit at the presidential table with the ninongs."
What is your secret to translating a couple’s love story in less than 10 minutes?
"I’d have to kill you if I told you."