How we make our wedding films cinematic

drone footage South Wales

So you’re getting married and you want to start booking all your wedding suppliers. If you haven’t already you should sign up to Wedding Hive. It’s a free wedding planning tools website.

You start off booking the main suppliers first, your venue, photographer, dress, then all your friends start saying you need a wedding videographer. Yes our services seem to be last to get booked, but yet one of the most important. But times are changing 🙂

So you finding loads of different wedding videographers in your local area. All in a different price range and all in different styles. But there seems to be a main theme. They all say “cinematic”. Here at Finch Media, we say it too.

You start noticing different videos tho, some look like a handy cam with very poor colours and shaky footage, some are amazing, beautiful shots, great story telling. But yet they say the C word. No not that word, “cinematic”. It definitely seems to be the term people like to use to get bookings.

So let me tell you why we say our wedding films are “cinematic”

First of all we actually use cinema cameras. Yes that right, we use very expensive gear. We love the Canon Cine range. We use the Canon C200 and the new Canon C70. In our case we’re definitely not “all the gear no idea” lol.

Did you know audio plays a massive part in films? Bad audio can make the most beautiful shot video look terrible. We have invested a lot of money in audio. Also having backups just in case something fails. There’s definitely no chance of asking you to do a retake of your vowels. We’re capturing a live event, the most special event of your lives so we don’t want to make any mistakes.

A very exciting piece of kit we bought and got all the qualifications for is our drone. This does make all our wedding films stand out from the competition and another way of making our films look “cinematic”. We will fly the drone at every wedding we film, along as the location is okay to fly and the weather is okay. Obviously we can’t fly in a storm. But over the years we have filmed weddings in storms, I think it was Storm Dennis and Storm Callum. So going the extra mile, we went back a week or so later, when the weather was similar, but not a storm and got all the establishing drone shots. As we want your wedding film to look amazing. The only other time we can’t fly will be to do with the location. There are certain locations throughout the UK where we can’t fly, for example too close to an airfield. We may be able to get permission, so we always try our best.

So thats it, thats why we say “cinematic” because of the equipment. Ha, of course not, this only plays a small part of what makes something cinematic and film like.

The editing and the colour grading is very important in making your film look “cinematic” We use different cameras so we make sure you can’t tell that. We also use colour grading to give our films a distinct style. Other editing we do is change the ratio of the screen, Is just like in the cinema there will be what we call black bars at the top and bottom of your screen.

Finally, story telling plays a massive part in making your wedding film “cinematic”. We love using the words from your vowels and speeches in making the story of your big day, very special for you in your wedding film.

One massive misconception is that couples think having a wedding videographer is very expensive and we charge a lot. Well, yes we are, but a lot of money is invested in expensive equipment and a lot of time is spent editing your film. It’s not just one day of filming your wedding and one day editing. Plus we have other costs, such as software and office space.

So now you know that, do you think we are expensive? We have three packages starting at £700. To see what you get for your money and investment please head on over to our website for more information on our wedding videography services.

Thanks for reading.

Wedding Films

South Wales Wedding Photographers

South Wales photographer

As wedding filmmakers/ wedding videographers, we specialise in video and not wedding photography.

But the good news is that we can highly recommend great wedding photographers that we have worked with in South Wales.

Personally, I’ve always got on with every wedding photographer I’ve worked with. I work side by side with them for 12 hours of the day.

It must be weird for them at first, as for years they have been used to working by themselves. But now, wedding videography has become very popular, which is great for me.

I do see a lot of couples wanting a photographer and videographer from the same company, but honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it. As many photographers get in contact with us (videographers) to see if we can film a wedding for them. So to you, it looks like the same company. This isn’t always the case, but a lot of the time it is.

I literally just had a booking last week, thanks to John Wellings as he recommended me when a bride also mentioned they would like their wedding filmed.

Filming weddings for a few years now, and the majority of my bookings are from recommendations, either from suppliers such as photographers or recommendations from previous couples.

So I would like to write this post and return the favour. So here are a few wedding photographers in South Wales that I would recommend. There is a mixture of style and prices. This list isn’t ranked either, so don’t think the top of the list is the best and the bottom is the worst. At the end of the, it’s personal choice for you.

South Wales Photographers

Website Design

Website Design Port Talbot

website design port talbot

We love website design. Many years ago, just after I graduated from uni, I setup my very first website design business. I was still living with my parents in London, after a year, I remember my dad saying “Nick, I think it’s time you get a proper job”. This was approx 15 years ago, so websites weren’t as popular back then. I was a head of my time lol.

When I got that ‘proper job’ for the Met Police, I was the AV/IT engineer. Just a fancy way of saying web designer/ graphic designer/ camera man/ video editor. Basically it’s what I do now in Finch Media.

My passion has always been website design and video. Basically anything Digital Media. It makes sense I have a degree in Digital Media.

Now, living here in Port Talbot, running my own business, I’m so pleased one of my main services that I offer is website design. I like to keep things local, as not only do we design your website, I come into your business and get photos of your business. I do use some stock photos to, but I prefer to take my own photos, it gives the personal touch to your website and business. But saying that, my web services are South Wales and the rest of the UK.

When I design websites, not only are they visually appealing, I create the content so that it’s Search Engine Friendly. This involves how the website is structured. All websites perform great on phone and tablet as well as the bigger computer screen. This is important as a lot of users are usually viewing websites on their mobile phones.

I want your business to succeed online and have a presence. Along side our website design service we have our SEO (search engine optimisation) and social media content & management.

Contact us today if you would like a website or any other of our services.

Thank you for reading.

Nick – Finch Media


SEO Services

seo South Wales

So what’s included in our SEO services???

Well, keep reading and we’ll let you know.
First of all, we have hour Initial Setup. This costs £399 and includes the following:

  • Receive your websites ftp login details. This will give us access to carry on with the rest of our SEO services.
  • Agree initial search terms that you want to rank for.
  • Setup Google Analytics and Google Console. This allows us to monitor your site and see what users are searching for. This data will allow us to rank on search terms.
  • Setup Word Press Blog on your site.
  • Re-structure your site so that it is search engine friendly. Your site should still look the same, just structured properly.
  • Sort out meta tags so that their relevant for our agreed search terms.
  • Rewrite your content so we are targeting the agreed keywords.
  • Optimise your images on your site, again this all helps in SEO.
  • Write 1 blog a week. So 4 in total.
  • Setup Google Business and optimise.
  • Off-site SEO. These include backlinks and external blog posts.
  • At the end of the 4 weeks, we’ll generate a report to see how well your business is performing.

So that’s the initial setup. SEO is a marathon and not a sprint. After the 4 weeks you should be seeing results. You can stop our services and carry on yourself writing blogs. But we know you’re busy with your business.

That’s why you can carry on having our monthly SEO service costing £199. This service includes the following:

  • 2-4 blog posts per month.
  • Create landing pages targeting your keywords.
  • Monitor popular queries and advise targeting for more frequent search terms.
  • Continue Off-site SEO

So that’s all of our SEO services. We mainly cover South Wales, but we can provide our services throughout the UK.

Social Media Content & Management

As well as SEO services, we have our social media content & management. This also helps with SEO too. So the two packages together, you’ll be succeeding online in no time.


SEO South Wales

seo South Wales

What is SEO and why is it important?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. To put it simply, it means the process of improving your site to increase its visibility for relevant searches.

A real life example of this is involving our old website Video The Day. We decided to rank for ‘Wedding Videography South Wales’ and we did really well and still do. We rank approx number 8.

After putting some SEO tools in place, we soon realised that what a lot of people were searching for was ‘Wedding Videographer South Wales’. When I say a lot of people, I mean, a lot of people. This term was searched 5 times more that our original term. We naturally ranked pretty well, but needed improvement. We ended ranking approx number 6.

As this was our old website that we still keep around our position has dropped slightly. That’s because we know longer keep up to date with monthly optimisation.

When we changed our name to Finch Media and setup our new website, each week, we are increasing our rank on the search term ‘Wedding Videographer South Wales’ and soon we will be ranking number 1.

This is one of our brand new services that we offer. We do it extremely well on our own website and have had great success. That’s why we are pleased to provide our SEO services to other business in South Wales.

If you want your business to succeed online and have a presence SEO helps, but along side SEO your business needs fresh Social Media. We have some great Social Media Management packages available, we create both photos and videos.

If you don’t have a website yet, we create visually appealing website that look great on computer screens, tablets and mobile. But we also structure our websites to be search engine optimisation friendly.

Thank you for reading, please contact us if you need any of our services.

Nick Finch – Finch Media

Wedding Films

Wedding Videographer South Wales

wedding videographer South Wales

South Wales is one of the most beautiful places in the UK to get married.

I’m not just saying this as I live here. I am actually from London originally and have only been in the Swansea area for 3 years.

I have filmed many weddings throughout the UK as my services cover the whole of the UK. But my wedding film services are mainly between South Wales and London. With the majority of weddings taking place here in the picturesque South Wales.

I personally love filming around the Gower area. This may be because I live close by and there are many amazing venues.

All my wedding films include drone footage, this was one of the first skills I learnt before starting my company, and I got my licence to fly straight away.

If you are planning on getting married in South Wales and haven’t booked your wedding videographer, please get in touch today.

Did you know that I have worked with many great suppliers here too. So I’m not just a wedding videographer in South Wales, I can also help recommend other suppliers such as photographers, florists, live music and venues.

Thank you for taking your time reading my blog. Please feel free to contact us to discuss anything wedding related.

Many thanks, Nick – Finch Media.