How long have you been in business?
Blink of an Eye Productions has been in business since 2001 and has been providing itís clients with high-end wedding videography ever since.
How many wedding videos have you shot?
Blink of an Eye Productions has produced over 1,000 videos for clients all across the Chicagoland area since 2001.
What kind of cameras do you have and what formats do you shoot in?
Clients can choose from a variety of different formats to have their wedding shot on; including: the Panasonic HMC-150 AVC HD Camcorder, Panasonic DVX-100, Canon XL-1
and Canon GL-2. We also have 8 mm and 16 mm film cameras to give your video that vintage film look.
What is the style of your videos?
The style of our videos is definitely like no other. First, the picture quality is outstanding, from the multiple formats we offer, from HD to SD to film...the look and feel of the picture is extremely pristine and unique. Our videos definitely have a documentary quality about them. The interviews and stories are intricately woven with music connecting entertaining and heartwarming scenes from your wedding. Our editing style is very edgy and our videos tend to be fast paced and cut to music chosen by the bride and groom. Our videos include interview sessions of the bride and groom, b-roll footage, documented scenes from every major event of your wedding, time lapse photography, video messages, and stills of childhood and dating. Our videos are also shot and delivered in a widescreen format adding to the cinematic quality of the picture. We try to give that professional Hollywood edge...even down to our DVD mastering and packaging.
How intrusive will you be?
We realize that while your wedding video may be important to you, the actual wedding celebration itself must always come first. Thatís why we always try to be as unobtrusive as possible...especially during the important events such as the ceremony. We always respect all of the rules and regulations set by the church or other ceremony locations. We try to capture people acting as natural as possible, which is why we try to blend into the background. Itís very similar to shooting reality television. We try not to stage anything and only document that which happens. And our light sensitive digital cameras often reduce the need for annoying bright lights...something we are aware of.
Do you use any lights during the wedding?
We usually do not need to use any lights during the ceremony. However, some reception locations can become very dark...especially during the dancing portion of the evening. Therefore, it may be necessary for us to use some lighting to properly expose the image. However, at Blink of an Eye Productions, we try to have fun and be creative with the lighting. We can bring studio lighting to light the dance floor different colors. This allows us not to have to use the on board light on our cameras so that your guests donít feel so ďput on the spotĒ when the camera is on them...which helps keep us in the background and not be the center of attention at the wedding. Lighting is definitely an important aspect of designing a wedding and it definitely should be discussed with your videographer and wedding planner. Lighting can add a lot of dimension and color to a video and really enhance the way your reception looks on film.
Do you interview guests at the reception?
We do not interview any of your guests at the reception. We try to be as unobtrusive as possible so that your guests can have a good time at your celebration without feeling put on the spot or embarrassed to be on video. Thatís why we created the Video Message Camera where guests can walk up at their own leisure and leave you a special video message to an unmanned camera.
Do you have quality microphones for good sound recording throughout the wedding?
Yes, we have a couple of different professional microphones that we use throughout the wedding. We usually use 2 wireless lavaliere microphones during the ceremony. One of them is attached to the groom and the other is attached to the podium for the readers. We sometimes keep the groom hooked up to a wireless microphone throughout the day. We also have Seinheiser shotgun microphones (complete with shock mounts) which are excellent sources of quality audio for numerous situations and environments which are often encountered when shooting entire weddings. We are often complimented for the quality and clarity of our audio. You will definitely be able to hear your vows on this video!!
What do we need to do before the wedding?
Blink of an Eye Production will require that you provide us with some information that we must have delivered to us before the wedding day...so there is some preparation on your part. We will need a CD with a couple of different pieces of information on it. First, we need all of the songs you would like us to use burned onto a disc in AIFF format along with the name and artist of each song. We will also need a list of the names of everybody in your wedding party to be included in the scrolling credits at the end of the video. We will also need you to provide us with any pictures from childhood or dating that you may want included in the video. Please provide these pictures to us on the same CD in JPEG Format. The reason we ask for all
of this before the wedding is so that we can begin working on your project
immediately and reduce the turnaround time.
Do you offer high definition and blue ray?
Yes, you can choose to have your wedding video shot in high definition at 720p or 10801 and delivered in all of itís high-def glory on Blue Ray disc.
Do you shoot on 8mm or 16 mm film?
Clients can choose to have certain parts of their video shot on 8 mm or 16 mm film to achieve that vintage film look. Weíve even done special projects where the entire wedding video was shot on 8 mm film at the request of the client.
What type of equipment does your studio work on?
Our post-production facilities feature the latest in technology that Apple computers has to offer. Everything from the hardware to the software is Macintosh based. We work on high end Macintosh G5 desktop computers
and cut our footage on Final Cut Studio 2, which includes such software as Final Cut
Pro 6 Motion 3 DVD Studio Pro 2, Compressor, Soundtrack Pro and Live Type.
This Software allows us enormous creative flexibility to control the entire look and feel
of the project. Technology has just recently changed the landscape of
what we can do with your captured images. What was once thought to be only
doable in the hands of a Hollywood studio is now doable in the hands of
businesses like us.
How long does it take to receive the final product?
Expected turnaround time for the final product is anywhere from 1 - 4 months. An extensive amount of post-production is done on each of the videos, often ranging from 40-60 hours on each video. Wedding's shot earlier in the season usually have a quicker turnaround time than weddings shot later in the season. This is due to the seasonal nature of the business, where we have a large number of weddings shot during the short summer season. Clients can call or e-mail to check on the status of their wedding video at any time.
How do I reserve Blink of an Eye for my wedding date?
You can reserve Blink of an Eye Productions for your wedding by calling or e-mailing us anytime to set up an appointment to speak with us in person. In order to officially reserve your wedding date, a contract must be signed and deposit of 1/2 the total cost of the video package must be paid.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, cash or personal check. Please make checks payable to Blink of an Eye Productions.
Can we have copies of the raw footage?
Yes, you are welcome to purchase the raw footage from us and delivered in DVD-R format. We shoot anywhere from 8 to 12 hours of footage at any given wedding, so there will inevitably be some footage that is left on the cutting room floor. The raw footage is often a fun thing for the bride and groom to watch on their own...to see what really went on at their wedding...in itís raw and uncut format.
Can we make changes to the final video?
All clients retain the right to request changes of their video after first viewing. We want you to be truly happy with your wedding video, and we will do anything in our power to correct anything that needs changing.
How far will you travel?
Blink of an Eye Productions will not charge any travel fees for weddings within the Chicagoland area. We have shot weddings as far away as Cabo San Lucas, Napa Valley, Oaxaca Mexico and New York City...so if you are an out of town bride, it shouldnít be a problem for us to fulfill your videography needs. For destination weddings, pricing will be upon request and will include the cost of round trip airfare and per diem expenses.
Do you do highlights or recap videos?
Blink of an Eye Productions will cut a 3-5 minute Trailer of your wedding video featuring all of the best clips of your wedding day, cut to your favorite song and provided to you in digital format for easy uploading to such websites as Facebook, MySpace and You Tube. Itís a great way to share the joy of your wedding day with those who couldnít attend.
Do you do interviews with the bride and groom?
We usually interview the bride and groom near the end of the reception...after they have had the honor of experiencing their wedding in full. Itís a great way to share the story of how they met and how they truly feel after getting married. Couples constantly tell us that their interview session was one of the most memorable moments of the evening. Itís a chance for the couple to get away from the craziness of the reception, if only for 5 minutes, and reflect on what brought them to this wonderful day.
Do you do any special effects or color correction?
From titling programs to motion graphics to color grading, Blink of an Eye Productions has all of the necessary tools to upgrade your wedding video into the twenty-first century. We achieve this through utilization of such industry professional grade software as Motion, Shake, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro. Having a leg up on industry software allows us to stay ahead of the curve and provide you with a truly memorable experience of your wedding video...one that you will definitely want to watch more than once.