Daisy started making music videos at school and was hired to do her first wedding at Port Isaac in 2010. Despite being filmed on a basic laptop, its energetic style bowled people over, and soon afterwards she got requests to film 18ths, 21sts, 50ths and weddings. Since going full-time in 2011, she has worked for clients all over the UK and Europe on over 200 projects. Daisy lives in London.
Kitty has worked with Daisy from the very beginning when, as young teenagers, they filmed and edited dance videos on their laptops. She filmed her first wedding when only 16, and has since done numerous parties and weddings in the UK and abroad. She lives in London.
•What types of events do you film?
Mainly parties and weddings, but we've also done hen parties, christenings, civil partnerships and corporate events.
•How far in advance can I make a booking?
We do not take bookings more than 9 months before the event date. If your event is longer away than that, you're welcome to get in touch, but we won't go firm on a booking til nearer the date for the simple reason that we don't always know where we'll be in a year's time.
•Do you film anywhere in the UK?
•Do you film abroad?
Yes, we've done films for clients in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Morocco, and Ireland. We're very willing to travel further afield but obviously the travel costs climb quite steeply.
If I'm using a party planner, should I book through them or direct with you?
Most of our clients deal directly with us but we're also happy to work with your party planner (and can recommend some very good ones if you're looking).
•Can I telephone you to discuss a booking?
We ask that you email us first, because most days we are busy working with clients and it's not good to have our phones going off in the middle of a job! Of course, after that we can speak by phone.
•How much does it cost to do a film of my event?
It depends on the type of event, the number of guests, whether it's on a weekday or weekend, the location etc.. The ballpark figures for 2013 are: £1,000 for a party (21st, 50th etc) and £2,000 for a wedding. Shorter, weekday evening events are less expensive.
•Are there any extras?
Travel and accommodation (if required) are extras. We charge train tickets, air fares and taxis at cost. As far as accommodation is concerned, we will usually try to get back to London after an event, but sometimes need to stay in a local hotel or, if you have any spare room, with you or your friends.
•Is there VAT on top?
No, we are below the VAT threshhold so do not have to charge you VAT.
•When do we have to pay?
We ask for a 25% deposit on booking and for the balance to be paid within 7 days of the delivery to you of the film.
•How do we pay?
The best way is bank transfer, but you can also pay by cheque.
•Will I get an invoice/receipt?
•Who chooses the song?
You do. But if you're not sure, we can make suggestions. It's important to choose a song which guests know, and which has clear, simple lyrics.
•How many songs will be on my video?
Usually one song which is lip-synched (i.e. guests miming the words) and one which is background music to film footage.
•Do you have permission to use the music?
Yes, we have a licence from the PRS.
•How many of you come to the event?
Usually just one of us (Daisy or Kitty), but if your event has more than 300 people, we'll recommend that we both come. There are no back-up crew. Just us.
•How long do you stay?
For as long as it takes to capture the footage. For parties, this usually means we arrive an hour before the start and finish at midnight. For weddings we arrive in time for the ushers' lunch and leave at midnight. But if we need to stay longer, we will, and there's no extra charge.
•Do you bring any special lighting or camera equipment?
We bring our small handheld cameras with lights attached. They work off their own batteries, so there are no messy wires or wobbly lights.
•Do all the guests have to be in the film?
No, if a guest doesn't want to be in it, then we don't film them. We're tactful and not over-pushy. In practice, most guests enjoy the process and love the result.
•If you're filming my wedding, do you film the ceremony inside the church?
If the Church and vicar give permission, we'll take a long shot of the bride and groom at the altar, and capture them coming down the aisle, but we don't film the whole ceremony.
•At the Reception, do you film the speeches?
If you ask us to, we will film the speeches and put them on a separate disc, unedited, for an extra £75.00.
•How long does it take you to edit the film?
We usually have the film to show you within 48 hours of the event, sometimes sooner. Exceptionally, it may take longer than that.
•Do I see the film before it goes public?
Yes. When we've done the edit, we put it on our website with a password, and send you the link.
•Can I ask for changes?
Yes, and we will do our best to accommodate them. As every line of the song has to have a matching piece of footage, and each line has only been spoken by only one person, it's difficult to take someone out and replace them with someone else!
•Do you edit video footage filmed by other people?
No, we don't do this. So much of what we do is about being at the party and editing while the memories are fresh. It's very difficult and time-consuming to edit other people's footage, especially if it is filmed in multiple formats.
•How long is the finished film?
It depends on the event, but usually between 6 and 13 minutes, from at least 5 hours of footage.
•How do you send the film to me?
We email you a link to the finished film on our website, and we also post you either 3 x DVDs or a USB stick with the film on it.
•How do I make the film private on your website?
Just ask us, and we will password-protect it.
•Can I download the film from your website?
Yes, we can send you a special link which allows you to download it direct to your laptop.
•Are you insured?
Yes, we have public liability insurance.