Nice Shot Films Launches Commercial Video Production Brand, Zoomhum LLC

It's always been a long-standing dream of ours at Nice Shot Films to create a distinct new brand within our company that focuses just on commercial and corporate video production. Over the past year, we've been working on that dream non-stop, and we're finally ready to announce the launch of Zoomhum LLC, which can be found at www.zoomhum.com.

We've already had the great pleasure of working with companies like CrossFit, Post Cereal, and Ebby Halliday. And we're thrilled to be taking this next step.

Nice Shot Videographer Roundup: Recent Wedding Films That We Love

This blog post kicks off a new series in what we're calling The Nice Shot Videographer Roundup. Every so often, we'll be posting links and commentary to recent wedding films that we love. Please feel free to post wedding videography that you love in the comments below.

Here are some of our recent favorites from across the country:

1. Matt Forrey, at Forrey Films, has such a great sense for color and composition. His occasional use of slow motion -- as with the little girls in the following film -- is also particularly skillful. We loved this post from Matt on a recent wedding that he filmed in Montana: http://forreyfilms.com/blog/2015/6/18/rya-and-joshs-montana-wedding

2. Nick and Colin, at Blue Kite Cinema, show real dedication to capturing the backstory of their clients. You don't just get the day of the wedding. You get the story of who the bride and groom really are. In this recent film, Blue Kite Cinema opens with images of drawings that were made by the bride's students. We also really enjoy that Blue Kite Cinema includes quite a few shots that seem to have a "hand-held" quality to them. It reinforces the relaxed, creative vibe. Check out the film here: http://bluekitecinema.com/jessica-jon-the-ashford-estate-nj/

3. Ning Wong Studios continues to prove its creativity and ingenuity by filming couples as they watch their own same-day edits. It's meta-meta filmmaking at its best. In a recent Facebook post, Ning shared one of his favorite examples of these films. We love it. Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/97198107

Do you have any recent wedding films that you love? Did you make one that you'd like to include? Post a link to it in the comments, or shoot it my way. I might include it in our next Nice Shot Videographer Roundup.

Stephanie & Clay

On July 24, 2015, Nice Shot Films drove out to Anna, Texas, to a beautiful venue, Heritage Springs. The property is nestled on a country road that is well off of Interstate 75.

Stephanie and Clay had a clear, deep connection to each other, enriched by the many years of friendship and romance that they shared before coming together for their vows.

We really enjoyed the authentic country feel to the festivities, and we wish Stephanie and Clay all the best as they start their lives together as a married couple.

Take a look at their preview film here:

https://vimeo.com/niceshotfilms/review/134751662/b190d7eb2b 

How to pick a wedding videographer

It wasn't so long ago that wedding films consisted of a few VHS tapes that would sit in the cabinet next to the TV, collecting dust year after year. But these days, social media -- like Facebook -- has made wedding videography a very public part of your wedding. When brides and grooms post their films, they can get a few thousand views overnight.

So how does one go about picking a wedding videographer? After all, does anyone really hire a videographer more than once in a lifetime? Unlikely. It's the kind of purchase that matters a lot but doesn't allow for the consumer to test different companies. It's one and done.

Here are a few things to consider when you're shopping for a wedding videographer:

1. Be suspicious of online reviews. Sites like WeddingWire and TheKnot have very lax security on their sites, allowing videographers to fabricate their own reviews. A good way to tell if a review is legit is if a reviewer has multiple reviews, especially for other products like caterers, florists, and DJs. Be suspicious of an anonymous reviewer who only reviewed the videographer. There is one exception to this -- Yelp. They have pretty good security on their site, ensuring that reviews are legitimate.

2. Ask potential videographers a few important, verifiable questions. What type of training did they receive? Was the training academic in nature or more of a hobby? How many weddings has the videographer shot? What makes their services better than cheaper videographers? 

3. Ask to see recent films. If a videographer shoots forty films per year, then he or she probably only posts a small fraction of them online. In fact, you might be looking at films that were shot a few years ago -- and they might be the exception to their general style and quality. Ask for links to their most recent films. If they refuse, move on.

4. Reflect on whether you want a buddy or a silent camera in the background. Most wedding videographers -- and photographers for that matter -- can be separated into two camps: You have your extroverted, talkative, very in-your-face types, and then you have your quiet, introverted, almost invisible teams. At Nice Shot Films, we tend to be the later. At the end of a wedding, I take it as a compliment when the bride says, "Wow, I didn't even notice you were there most of the day." Take a moment to consider what type of presence you want during the day, and then ask potential videographers how they tend to work.

5. Lastly, ask yourself if you like the design and general aesthetics of the videographer's website. As a videographer myself, I can tell you that takes a ton of work and a ton of decisions to create and maintain a website. The end products tend to be pretty good reflections of the videographers who build them. So, if you don't like how the website looks, then you're probably not going to like how your films feel when they're all done.

Best of luck in finding your ideal wedding videographer! And drop us a question in the comments if there's anything that we didn't cover.

Ryan & Stephanie

On July 4, 2015, we were honored to watch Major Ryan Calhoun and Mrs. Stephanie Calhoun join there lives together after more than a decade of friendship. 

The day started with a formal ceremony that was presided by a Captain from the United States Army. We then moved to a reception that was just plain ol' fun. It was the first time that we've seen military officers challenge their civilian counterparts to a dance-off. And it was fun.

We're especially proud of the following film, and we hope that you take a moment to watch it:  https://vimeo.com/niceshotfilms/review/132824514/254bd4f474

Maddy & Jonathan

Maddy and Jonathan had the type of wedding that lingers in the imagination: a perfect day in North Dallas, a bridal party of more than twenty members, an outdoor tent of at least a few thousand square feet, and an attention to detail and luxury that is rare and impressive. 

We need to give a special shoutout to Wendy at Each & Every Detail, who really threw an amazing event. As you'll see in the video below, even the best man was impressed by the day.

Check out the cinematic highlight film here:  https://vimeo.com/niceshotfilms/review/129700399/6a5897b60a

Rebecca & Madison

Rebecca and her mom are both professional photographers. You can catch their amazing work at www.moments.pro.

It was therefore a big honor to be chosen to film Rebecca and Madison's wedding in March, 2014. This was a beautiful, well-crafted day that had the obvious touch of some real wedding pros. Rebecca and Madison also do a great job in the film of showing their love for each other. We absolutely love this couple.

Check out their cinematic highlight film here:  https://vimeo.com/niceshotfilms/review/124235266/7e2b40d04c

Drew & Cristie

On December 20, 2014, we were really excited to be a part of Drew and Cristie's big day.

Things kicked off with a formal ceremony in Grapevine's Methodist Church. Thereafter, we moved to Grapevine's main street, where the party started in earnest. This wedding had a lot of memorable moments, including the groom and groomsmen singing a rousing rendition of "You've Lost that Loving Feeling."

Check out the Cinematic Highlight Film here:

 https://vimeo.com/niceshotfilms/review/124116942/4159eadcc9