Today’s interview is with Australian wedding videographer Geoff Schatzel of Motion Art! Enjoy:
Tell us about your company, how did you get started?
After spending five years as a news and sports cameraman for ABC and FOX affiliates in Albany, New York I moved to the Gold Coast of Australia. There I filmed my first wedding as a guest and edited the footage together as a gift to the bride and groom. After filming a few more weddings for friends I was hired at a local resort as their in-house wedding videographer.
I worked there for two years before I finally made the leap to strike it out on my own by creating my current brand, Motion Art. I think those two years working for someone else helped me find my own style and I also met many other celebrants and photographers who I still call friends.
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What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?
Of course one of the obvious things to look for in a videographer is the quality of their work, but I think one of the most overlooked aspects is their personality. The photographer and videographer are the two professionals that will spend the most time with the couple during the wedding which makes chemistry essential.
One of the things I love about my job is meeting people from all over the world and from different walks of life. Finding out what’s important to them and what excites them about having a wedding film.
What is your favorite part of the day to capture?
I think my favorite part of the day is when the guests congratulate the bride and groom after the ceremony. I think it’s one of the most candid parts of the day and capturing the various expressions of happiness and excitement is a bit of a thrill for me. It’s something I also enjoy in the video made of my own wedding.
How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?
Technology continues to evolve videography the most and what professionals can offer. It also helps us push limits and try new things. New cameras seem to be announced faster with each passing year and the options they give videographers are incredible.
Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?
Nothing teaches better than experience. I think what benefitted me the most was working for someone else for a while until I had a solid foundation and understanding of a typical wedding day.
Filming a live event can be stressful, but with enough experience as a second shooter / assistant would greatly benefit anyone starting out while they learn the ropes.
If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?
I once had a bride who water skied to her wedding ceremony being held on a beach. As the boat approached the shore she let go of her ski line, but tripped when she hit the sand and landed. Face first. Full dress and all in front of 100 guests.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Picking music for the highlight (shortened) versions of a wedding. It sets the tone for the entire clip and can make or break it. I’ve spent hours looking for the right song to use.
Any advice for couples?
Choosing a videographer should be much more than just a Google search. The Internet is a great way to do research but a referral is still one of the best ways to give peace of mind. I think it’s crucial to arrange a meeting with any professional you are looking at hiring to make sure they are a fit with you on a personal level. If they are going to be spending a good portion of your wedding day with you, you’ll want to make sure you enjoy having them around.
Thanks Geoff! For more information about Motion Art, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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