Tips for a Fabulous Film

Wedding films have the opportunity to go from “good” to “amazing” by following a few insider tips. Meeting with your cinematography company is a must for any bridal to do list. Here are a few pointers for making the most of your wedding film.

First, consider the time you have allotted for the filmmaker to be a part of the day. If the team is booked for 8 hours and the day is going to last 10 hours, it is often a better use of time to have the shooters come early and leave before the festivities are over. We feel that a large part of the “wedding story” happens prior to the ceremony. The emotions during the getting ready time are often at their most vulnerable and are such an important part of the day. The family seeing the bride for the first time, the groom toasting with his guys, the girls getting their make-up done are all such fun moments to capture on film. These moments are certainly more important than two hours of dancing at the end of the night.

Also, talk to the filmmaker about special moments and stories that are important to the family. Are the bride and groom exchanging gifts? Is their a family member having a birthday or anniversary that is going to be acknowledged? Have friends come from across the world to be a part of the event? Is the ring the bride is wearing a family heirloom? These are all great pieces of information for the shooters to know so that they can capture the things that are most important to the couple.

Identify who you are as a couple to the filmmaker. Having a conversation in which the bride and groom talk about their interests, their hobbies, the key players in the day allows the filmmaker to know who he/she is working with on the day. If the bride and groom are a casual couple who love sports, they may be more comfortable getting shots on the beach that are organic and fun rather than formal posed shots in a church. All of these details help make a film that is unique to the couple rather than a cookie cutter product.

Lastly, if a “first look” is happening, be sure that the first look will be uninterrupted by anyone. For example, the bride and groom should not be told to stop for a shot as they are walking towards one another. This is one of the most special moments of the day and the bride and groom should be able to enjoy it without feeling like there is a camera interrupting the moment.

Having a good working relationship with your team will only help the quality of all aspects of the wedding. Hopefully these tips will give you some great ideas for a flawless and special wedding film.

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Italian Romance

When we met with Mandy and Adam and Mandy’s mom and dad a couple of years ago, we knew we were in for a special wedding! Already the plans were coming together for an incredible day and this full of life family was glowing with excitement. From our first meeting, the love between this family was so evident! Fast forward to the wedding day and you will see a glimpse of the warmth that we felt upon meeting this family. From an emotional father who showed undying love for his daughter, wife, and new son-in-law to the bride and groom’s evident devotion to each other, we are just in love with this film and the people behind it!

And, can you believe that this venue, the gorgeous Bella Collina is just outside of Orlando? With its Italian look and feel, we couldn’t help but pull out the aerial drone to get some incredible aerial shots of the grounds.

Enjoy Mandy and Adam’s Voila Cinematic Signature film by Alex Karas and be sure to visit the other incredible artists listed below who made this wedding absolutely breathtaking!


Mandy and Adam from Voila Cinematic on Vimeo.

Venue: Bella Collina
Wedding Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar
Photography: Ryan Joseph Photography
Florist: Botanica
Music: NY Minute
Cake: The Sugar Suite
Ice Cream: Ice Cream Social Club
Hair: Danielle Lloyd
Makeup: Rachel Reumann
Tables/Chairs: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting
Tent/Staging: Tent Logix
Dance Floor: Letz Dance On It

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In[Focus] Recap and a Big Surprise!

Alex speaking in his breakout session!

A few weeks ago we told you about the InFocus event and Alex’s exciting opportunity to speak to a breakout session regarding “Controlling the Environment” during a wedding film shoot. While a wedding day is unscripted , there is actually quite an art to being unobtrusive and still being able to have some control over the footage we capture and the moments that unfold during the wedding day. Alex’s session was very well attended and went really great! What an honor to be included in the prestigious group of speakers for the event in New Orleans!

But, even more exciting than the speaking opportunity was the evening designated to The Lucent Awards. I like how the team over at love24fps puts it when they say that the Lucent Awards are “pretty much the Oscars for wedding and live event filmmakers.” Unbeknowst to us, we were one of the top 5 finalists in the Best Short Film category. Talk about cool- that rates Voila Cinematic and our Alex Karas signature films as one of the top short filmmakers in the country! Huge kudos to Alex! Here’s the film that earned us the rave reviews!


Alex and Brian from Voila Cinematic on Vimeo.

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Alex is heading to IN[FOCUS]!!

We are so proud of Voila Cinematic owner Alex Karas! In January 2014, Alex will be a featured speaker at the IN[FOCUS] conference in New Orleans! Alex will be among some of the top cinematographers in the industry as he leads an interactive film lab that will educate and inspire other filmmakers to bring their work to the next level!

IN[FOCUS] describes the event as a week of “continuing our pursuit of bringing intentional, relational, educational gatherings to the event filmmaking community.” And, that’s just what IN[FOCUS] does. They bring together some of the best in the biz to give back by educating new and upcoming filmmakers in the hot topics of the industry.

We are so thrilled to have been featured bloggers for IN[FOCUS] and now to speak at the national conference! Can you tell we are beyond excited???

Check out this film teasing the conference and if you’d like to learn more about the filmmaking business, check out the IN[FOCUS] website here.

We’ll post more about the event when we get back from New Orleans!!!


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Style Me Pretty Feature: Cincinnati Wedding from Kortnee Kate Photography + Voila Cinematic

We are always thrilled when we receive an email from our friends over at Style Me Pretty and today was no exception…especially because the email was to tell us that we’ve being featured!!

Traveling to Cincinnati to shoot the gorgeous wedding of Ellen and Gene was one of the highlights of our filmmaking careers. Not only was every last detail meticulously executed but the couple, the guests, and the vendor team were all an absolute delight to work with. Check out the feature at the link below which includes the gorgeous photos from Kortnee Kate Photography and our film:) Enjoy!



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