Do we choose the music for the film?
For the full film you receive on Blu-ray, yes, you choose music. I'll ask you for three songs that mean something to you to set the three parts of the day to—the morning preparations, the afternoon, and the evening. The audio from the ceremony and speeches is the actual audio from the day, so no music is edited in here.
For the shorter films you see here, it's a lot harder to licence the music you choose, so I use music from professional cinematic music libraries which are made with filmmakers like me in mind. I spend more time than any sane person would believe picking out the right song for each film.
How do we receive the film?
You will receive the full film on Blu-ray disc. I use this format because it remains the easiest and most accessible way for my couples to view their films in Full HD 1080p quality. Providing the film on a physical disc rather than as a download also allows me to license the music legally, which is very important to me as a professional.
The short films are uploaded to Vimeo and set in a post on my site, which you can link to and share with your friends. You can also use the Vimeo app on your phone or tablet to keep this film offline so you can view it any time, and take it with you to show colleagues and loved ones. The film can also be downloaded at any time using a private link.
Do I retain copyright of the film?
You are welcome to make copies of your film for your own use, and share it anywhere you like. For commercial purposes, I retain the rights to my work, but this is a technicality that allows me to protect my business should another commercial entity seek to use my footage without permission. Sadly, this does happen. Once you have your film, you can copy it and archive as you see fit.
Can you use a drone?
I would love to use a drone in Malcesine. Sadly. this isn't practically possible to do legally. I am told that there are local by-laws that prohibit drones being used in the area, and as a professional who respects the town's wishes, I will obey that. Sadly, some enthusiasts have damaged buildings in the past using drones, and the local authority is understandably keen to preserve this beautiful place. I am actively investigating my options in this area, but right now it's not something I can offer.