John Harris Wedding Films are a team of creative filmmakers, headed up by John Harris who has been filming weddings for over 30 years, he spent many years as a television cameraman and editor and has covered just about every type of wedding.This brings a unique perspective to our work with a commitment to the best coverage possible.The team are incredibly passionate about how they capture your day mixing discrete coverage with artistic flair.
Where are you based? In Ewell near Epsom Surrey
Favourite Bijou Venue: Botleys Mansion
How many weddings do you do a year? 100+
Average price/cost: £1200-1500
How would you describe your wedding videography style and what makes you unique?
We have a unique blend of young energy and seasoned experience which means we film in a way that produces the best imagery whilst not even being noticed by you and your guests.
We edit in a studio filled with laughter and fun and our team approach at this stage means there is plenty of variety and individuality in our films. Everyone bounces their creativity off each other and the style of our films is born by this process.
How would you describe your working style? Will you have an assistant on the day?
Having always filmed weddings single handed, John has developed a style that means that we can adequately capture a wedding this way, using one or two cameras and a range of small discreet equipment, we find it’s the best way to keep a low profile and let your day just happen, everyone is natural and relaxed and doesn’t notice us or the camera.
You can of course book a second cinematographer who will be able to capture alternative angles and a bit more detail, we always have a second one when using our Aerial Camera for example.
What type of equipment do you use?
We have always been early adopters of new technology, using one of the countries first available DSLR cameras way back in Nov 2008, since then we have always used the latest technology to produce the most amazing cinematic films. Nowadays we use the smallest yet most capable cameras and stabilised devices, for those with a keen interest our cameras are Sony A7S ii’s, Panasonic GH4’s and DJI Oslo’s, just about the best you can get, we also are fully licensed to fly Drones and you’ll see some of our stunning footage in the samples.
Do you shoot in HD? What format with the final version be in?
We can shoot in 4K (Ultra HD) or HD and the final versions will be usually in HD or 4K if you choose that option.We also supply DVD/Blu-ray and memory stick versions to those that choose it.
What can you offer couples? Can they customise the package with you?
We understand that every wedding is unique and therefore you can fully customise the coverage to suit your day and budget.To make it easier we have a range of packages on our website.
What parts of the day do you usually capture?
We try to capture everything that we can, so we’d usually start with the preparations and stay until we have captured some of the dancing and evening celebrations. We like to have an abundance of footage so we can make the best possible film of the day.
How long does it take you to edit?
As a well established company we have an amazing edit suite populated with a bunch of super fast 5K Apple computers, we figure that you want to see your film as soon as possible after the day whilst you are still caught up in the post wedding buzz, so to that end we edit straight away in the days following the wedding and have a completed edit viewable securely online with 1-2 weeks.
How long with the final version usually be?
There is no set length but a typical film runs to 75-90mins approx; each film will have a highlights of the day mini film at the end.
How far in advance should couples book you?
That's a million dollar question. We usually say there is no set time when you should book but general advice is that with any supplier if you feel that its the right thing to do, then act on it so you know you have the one you want. As a team we generally have good availability even closer to a wedding date as we can cover multiple weddings, it also means that we always have real human backup, a rarity in our business.
What information do you need from the couple before the wedding day?
We have a very efficient online booking portal where you can fill in the core details of the day We use this to make our plan for your day when we meet prior to the wedding.
What are your favourite trends?
We love the fact that we can produce cinema quality films yet be almost invisible on the day.
A natural and relaxed feel is what we currently enjoy from these techniques and with weddings having so many facets we like to capture every detail and all of the creativity that couples have brought to their wedding.
What are you expecting to see become more mainstream/more common in the next year or two?
I think we’ll see a move to even more discreet coverage, we know how couples want to feel relaxed and natural on their day, it can be a concern to some that a film is being made so we will possibly see a move to even smaller cameras, and remote devices, a current trend in the wider TV world.
If you were getting married, how would you choose your wedding videographer?
Two key things, meet the person/s who will be filming on your day, we think it’s important to feel at ease with your videographer, and probably most importantly look at their work. If it’s consistent and of high quality then that's a good starting point. Ask to see real weddings at your venue rather than just a ‘Demo’ reel.