Bianco Spirito - White Spirit - Productions Wedding & Event Videography
email@example.com email (302) 284-3657 Phone (302) 284-4024 Fax 34 N. Erin Ave., Felton, DE 19943
Bianco Spirito Productions
- White Spirit Productions -
Wedding, Event and Corporate Videography
(302) 284-3657 Office
(267) 566-6652 mobile
34 N. Erin Avenue
Felton, Delaware 19943
-White Spirit - Productions
Wedding & Event Videography
firstname.lastname@example.org email (302) 284-3657 Phone
Robin M. Strom - Mackey
Bianco Spirito has been in production since 2008. Granted it's a newer company, but my experience is certainly not new. Below are some of the highlights of my career, in and around broadcasting. I have training in photography as well as videography, and journalism.
- Journalist for the Navy's top-rated news magazine show, "Navy/Marine Corps News" a show with an international audience
- Director and On-Air Talent for "Daily News Update" a program of short news segments with an audience of 75,000.
- Managed a radio station where I oversaw a staff of DJ's, created radio commercials and pre-recorded news segments and special segments.
- Awarded a Navy Achievement Medal for spot series "The Myths of Crete"
Teaching Television Production at the College Level
- 2 years teaching Television Production, Public Speaking, Broadcast Journalism and On-Air Skills
- Executive Producer of the school's two television shows which aired on the campus tv station.
- Created a documentary with my students on the university's hirstoric North Hall building.
Teaching Television Production at the High School Level
- Executive producer of the school's television shows which aired daily on the school's internal television station.
- Taught Journalism, Television Production, On-Air Skills, English, Creative Writing and Technical Writing
- In 2007 my student-produced show won 1st place for best story, 2nd place for best news magazine show at the Scholastic Journalism competition, a national competition.
- 2008 2nd place at state for broadcast news story
- 2007 3nd place at state for broadcast news story
- 2006 3nd place at state for broadcast news story
- Diplomas in Broadcasting and Journalism, Defense Information School, Fort Meade, MD
- Master's in Adult Education, National Louis University, Wheeling, IL
- Bachelor's in Secondary Education / English, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI
Professional Memberships (Current or Past)
- BEA (Broadcast Educator's Association)
- NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
- DSEA / NEA (Delaware Education Association, Teacher's Union)
Answers to Technical Questions
We understand that you have questions about how video works, and we'll endeavor to answer your questions to the best of our ability. The bottom line is that we want you to feel completely satisfied with our products and services. That's one reason we won't oversell or tell you we can do something we can't. Below are the answers to the questions we are most often asked. Follow the links below to have your technical questions answered.
Question 4: Important that videographer attend the rehearsal? Question 7: What can I expect to receive in the final DVD? Question 8: Is there really a difference between video services?
Answers To Your Technical Questions
I realize you probably have questions about how all of this works, and Bianco Spirito would be happy to answer them for you. Below are some of the questions I’m most often asked, together with information I hope will be helpful to you when considering video services for your wedding.
Question 1: Will the video equipment be distracting during the ceremony?
Answer: Because portable video equipment is compact and silent, the most important consideration is whether or not the videographer has the skill to avoid intruding on the ceremony. I feel strongly that both the ceremony and reception should be taped in as unobtrusive a manner as possible. For example, the videographer should not move about during the ceremony – the camera should remain stationary on the tripod.
Most people are concerned about the use of flood lamps during the ceremony, and I agree that the use of such lighting is not appropriate during a religious ceremony. I use professional grade cameras which are more adept at capturing a decent image even in a lower light situation. However, you should know that if you are envisioning a lovely nighttime ceremony lit only by candle light; while the ceremony may be exquisite, the video will not. back to top
Question 2: We are getting married in an evening ceremony and the church lights aren’t very bright. How will the video look?
Answer: Although video cameras produce their best images when there is ample light, our professional low-light cameras produce better quality video in lower light situations than do consumer-grade cameras. However, you can expect that there will be some loss of picture quality. The colors on your tape will not be as vivid as those you see on broadcast TV. Also, there may be a loss of sharpness, or an increase in grain – which is a fuzziness around objects. You may also notice an increase in video malfunction. In particular small patterns may show up with radiating rainbow effects, reds may bleed, and dark areas may bleed together into an indistinguishable black area on the picture.
If at all possible schedule the wedding rehearsal at the same time of day as the wedding is planned, and have your wedding videographer shoot some sample video to see if the quality is adequate (keeping in mind that wedding it may be darker than the rehearsal.)
Question 3: We want to be sure our vows can be heard on the tape. Will this be possible if the camera is placed away from the altar?
Answer: If the ceremony were to be recorded using the camera’s built-in microphone, your vows would most likely be inaudible, especially if the officiate requires that the camera be set up at the back of the church/synagogue as many officiates require. On-camera microphones lose clarity at distances beyond 7-10 feet. On-camera microphones are also indiscriminate in the audio that they do detect. In other words they will pick up the words of the bride and groom, as well as the hum of the air-conditioning unit, the fidgeting of the flower girl and the gentleman coughing loudly in the second row! I utilize broadcast-quality, wireless microphones or lavaliere, microphones generally worn by the officiate or the groom; or placed in a spot near the action. These provide excellent clarity, and they are close enough to pick up only that audio which you want to hear. back to the top
Question 4: How important is it that the wedding videographer attend the rehearsal?
Answer: Unless I’ve taped a ceremony at your wedding site before, I feel it is very important to attend the rehearsal. This enables me to avoid such unpleasant surprises as having an attendant block my view of the couple during the vows. It will also allow the videographer to scout out electrical outlets, check the ambient lighting and determine microphone placement. back to top
Question 5: You offer an edited tape. Why would we need editing, since we want to see the entire scene that was recorded?
Answer: As I use the term, editing does not mean the removal of usable scenes from the tape. Rather, editing a wedding videotape involves the following:
• The addition of titles, music, still photos, voice-over comments, or on-camera sound bites from those involved in the wedding.
• The elimination of glitches which would detract rather than enhance the DVD. For example, I must sometimes leave the tape running while rushing to capture a spontaneous scene at the reception. This footage is edited out.
• Editing can be used creatively to give a piece better pacing. For example a lengthy scene of guests dancing can be broken up and made more interesting by editing in interviews with guests every few minutes.
A well-edited tape looks far more polished and thus will be more enjoyable to watch; unedited tapes will always have an amateurish quality. back to top
Question 6: What other technical factors should we be aware of when choosing a wedding video service?
Answer: First, a professional video company will use professional versus consumer grade video equipment and editing software. This includes cameras, recorders, tripods and editing systems.
The ceremony should always be recorded using a fluid head tripod, which allows for smooth camera movements, eliminating the distracting jitters and jumps seen on amateur videos.
While I think studio lights have no place during a wedding, your videographer should have available a camera-mounted video light for use at the reception, if necessary. While these lights are distractingly bright, they will make a significant difference in video quality. A camera light may mean the difference between seeing Uncle Alvin do the chicken dance, or just seeing grey fuzzy forms moving about a dance floor. back to top
Question 7: What Can I Expect to see in the final DVD?
Answer: The wedding day is edited in segments. For full event coverage we do a pre-wedding segment of the bride and groom getting ready and arriving at the church. This is set to a song of the couple's choice. We try to reproduce a ceremony segment that is close to the length of the ceremony itself. Post-wedding of the couple emerging from the church and/or the photographer's session is another segment we will put together as a music video. Reception coverage normally includes a segment with the grand entrance, first couple's dance, bride's dance with father, groom's dance with mother, bouget and garter toss, cake cutting and speeches. For inclusion into the final video, any other special events should be specified by the couple prior to the event.
We usually use the best video segments and set the reception to music again creating music videos to highlight the night's events. An entire day's events are normally edited down to a product that is 30 to 50 minutes in length. While the entire event is hours long, the editing process is one in which the best video is edited in short bits meant to establish flow and keep good pacing. This is meant to keep the audience entertained. back to top
Question 8: Is there really a difference between video services? Why shouldn’t we just choose the company with the lowest price?
Answer: Have you ever noticed the difference between a good hairstylist and a poor one? Are all auto mechanics the same? Videographers are the same as other professionals; some are talented and reputable, others may not be. You should be aware that many people in the business of videotaping weddings are amateurs using non-professional equipment. Such individuals often do not have the technical background or expertise required to do the job well. A wedding can’t be re-staged for the camera if the sound on the tape is inaudible, the colors distorted or the battery runs out of power. The person you hire also needs to be skilled in working with people, you, your family, the presiding official and your photographer. back to top
When looking for a professional wedding video service, we strongly suggest that you view sample tapes of their work and always, check their references.
Why Do You Need a Professional Videographer?
Let's face it, planning an event like a wedding is expensive! As you're budgeting for everything you may be wondering why you need to add the extra expense of a videographer.
Remember you will spend months planning your event, but only one day enjoying it. And believe me, your wedding day will appear to move at warp speed. Brides are forever telling me they don't remember half of the day after it's over, it all seemed to happen so fast.
Please consider this true story and the points below before you decide against hiring a professional to preserve your special day.
A True Story: Robin and Gene, getting married on a tight budget, decided against getting a wedding videographer. Instead they relied on the bride's uncle - we'll refer to him as Uncle Ed - to record the event with his store bought video camera and his good intentions. Ed didn't record the actual ceremony, because he didn't want to miss anything. At the reception Ed set the camera up on a tripod in front of the wedding party during dinner. Not wanting to miss his own meal, he hit record and left the camera running. At the end of the night Ed gave the couple the tape. They excitedly took the video home to find...they had a video of themselves eating dinner. Two rules the bride now understands, first is that no one should ever attempt to stick an entire meatball in their mouth without first cutting it in half! And second, that you get what you pay for.
Anyone can turn on a video camera and hit record. The difference, however, between a professional videographer and an amateur is the difference between cubic zirconia and a genuine diamond. And let’s face it,
you can’t hold the wedding over again, simply because the video was poor.
•While a cheap camcorder will record, it doesn’t produce superior results.
We use professional-grade equipment, including 3-CCD digital Panasonic cameras, tripods and professional editing software. We use microphones versus relying on the audio from the camera microphone, so that every audio nuance (like your vows being said) is captured and preserved. We also use natural lighting versus studio lighting whenever possible, because while you want good video, you also want to enjoy your day.
•While Uncle Ed may be willing to videotape the event for you, he’s hardly a professional I am a professional broadcaster with over 10 years of experience. That means better quality shots that are steady, well exposed and beautifully edited in order to give you a polished story that you will watch and value for years to come. Can you trust your big event to anyone but a professional? back to top