Behind the Scenes

Tidal Wedding Films is a tightly knit group of San Diego’s top wedding filmmakers.  We bring expertise and a unique perspective from our varied experience in weddings and commercial video. We’re constantly working to master our craft. Our stylized, cinematic approach is based on years of refinement, and tailored to match each of our couple’s personalities and wedding day style. 

Best of all - we make it fun!

We strive to create footage that is authentic, genuine and purely portrays the love that the two of you share for each other. It’s not about filters and tricks, its about capturing the moments in the simplest form, free of distractions and trends. We want the video to stand the test of time for you. 

FAQs

What types of videos do you create?

 

 

The Highlight Cut (4-6 minute length):  The Highlight Cut will tell the story of your wedding day in a beautiful 4-6 minute video that you’ll want to share with everyone!  In the age of social media, we’ve found that 4-6 minutes is the perfect length to showcase the best moments from your special day without asking too much from the audience's attention span. Ha ;)  We will include moments from each major part of the wedding day, highlighting the best clips and audio to put our personal touch on the final film.  We typically use two songs for these edits.  One for the first half of the day (Intro, ceremony and portraits) then another for the second half of the wedding (Grand entrance, reception and toasts).  Unless you prefer otherwise, we will include some vocals from either the first look, ceremony or toasts in addition to the music.  

The Extended Cut (Full-length):  If you have purchased the Extended Cut or decide to purchase this, you will receive the longest video we create!  It will include all of the moments from the Highlight Cut as well as:  The entire ceremony combined with footage from all cameras used, the entire first dance, all of the toasts and bonus material like b-roll of family members laughing or crying and extra detail shots of the ceremony and reception sites.  We may use as many as five different songs for this edit, so please be sure to let us know if you have any favorites you really want included.  This cut is ideal for clients who want to make the most out of all of their footage, but would rather not sort through all of the clips in order to relive their full wedding.  

Bonus - Raw Footage:  Much like any movie, we capture short clips of your wedding (Ranging from a couple of seconds to 30 minutes) and edit them together in order to tell the story of your special day.  We use multiple cameras and lenses to create different looks for each clip, which keeps our finished videos exciting and interesting to watch.  If we just pressed record and walked around all day, we would not be able to achieve the same effect.  When you receive the links to your raw footage, you can expect to see dozens of short clips from throughout your wedding day.  We offer the raw footage as a bonus to our clients, since many of you are familiar with video editing now and might want to put something together with your footage sometime down the road.  Please keep in mind that this footage is raw - exactly as it was captured in the camera. Its intention is not so much to sit down and browse through as you would with the edited cuts.  If you watch your Highlight and would like the same look but longer, we recommend purchasing our Extended Cut.


 

Do you offer Aerial Footage (Drone) ?


 

We love to capture amazing aerial footage for our clients!  While we do fly our drone whenever possible, we are limited by law and the weather.  Aerial footage is complimentary, but not guaranteed.  Be sure to ask your venue if they allow aerial videography and double-check with us about any hidden restrictions like no-fly zones.

 

Can we choose our own music?

 

Choosing great music is one of the key ingredients to creating an amazing wedding highlight film.  We take pride in our ability to match quality, royalty-free songs with our footage based on the energy and style of your event.  Every wedding is unique, and our editors may choose to use as many as 3 songs to complete your highlight.  You do not NEED to choose the music for your wedding film.  Most of our clients prefer to have us choose the music based on the footage we capture.  

If you do have specific music you'd like us to use, that works too!  We're happy to edit your film with the music you've chosen.  Feel free to email dustin@tidalweddingfilms.com any songs you like as .mp3 or .wav files.  If the songs you've selected are really popular or not Royalty-Free (See link below for a description) you may find that you're unable to share your video on platforms like Facebook or Instagram.  Not to worry, your video will live safely on the Tidal Wedding Films Vimeo Page, and you can always share a direct link with your friends and family.

In order to produce your highlight film as quickly as possible, we do not currently provide a list of songs for approval before we edit.  We've worked hard to create a process that produces beautiful highlight films and delivers them in a timely manner.  If you have your heart set on a particular song or would like us to stay away from certain genres when we choose the music, please let us know prior to your wedding day.  Once the highlight film has been created for you, we cannot easily swap out the music without considerable effort and time spent reworking your edit.  Please keep that in mind and be as specific as possible about your musical tastes.

Understanding Royalty-Free Music

Can we preview our video before it's finished?

We work hard to deliver finished wedding videos to our clients as quickly as possible.  We post all finished videos to our Tidal Wedding Films Vimeo Page and send our couples a link as soon as they're posted.  Clients are able to freely share the link or download the video from there.  If clients find they would like us to make any minor changes to the video, we include one round of complimentary revisions per video.  Revisions may include music swaps, footage swaps or minor changes to the composition of clips.