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Where is Wagner & Co. based?

Our team is based in both Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario.

Do you travel?

You know it. For the past 6 years, we’ve been all around North America to film weddings and are always up for an adventure anywhere we’re invited.

Who will I be working with when I book with you?

Amy and Tomasz are the friendly humans you’ll be speaking with throughout the process of working with Wagner & Co. However, doing what we love and do best requires a team effort and we’re lucky to have an incredible team of filmmakers at our side. You’ll be assigned to one of our talented associate cinematographers (Lu, Nate) based on their availability and your wedding location, while our editor (Alexander) masterfully takes care of the cuts / post-processing / overall magic-making.

How far out can we book you?

Up to 12 months in advance.

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How much do you charge and what does this include?

Our rates start at $4,000 — $4,200 and vary depending on your wedding location. To keep things simple: we include up to 10 hours of coverage, one cinematographer, and a personalized client home page in all of our packages. Options to personalize include analog Super 8mm film and traditional live documentary coverage.

What is Super 8mm, and why do you sometimes use it?

Super 8mm is a motion picture film format that your parents or grandparents would have been familiar with. Lately, analog film has been enjoying some new found appreciation by both Hollywood directors and indie enthusiasts and we’re happy to be part of that tribe of artists who can’t get enough of it. We love everything about Super 8mm: the timeless and nostalgic feeling of it; the way it captures movement and expresses colour; the textures and grain you can only find in actual film stock. You’ll find delicious cuts of Super 8mm throughout our signature highlight films, but we also have options to enjoy this medium to the fullest.

Do you use voice-overs in your films?

We prioritize giving you the best possible voice-over audio when we provide traditional coverage of events such as your vows during the ceremony and speeches during the reception.

But in all other cases, the short answer is: no, we don’t use voice-overs. While it sounds a bit cheeky, we believe in the marvellous dance of imagery, movement, and song to convey the overall spirit of a wedding day. Moments and gestures given space and amplified through a masterful cut are what we do best and we love cinema’s ability to convey mood and emotion without the need for dialogue.

If this is a deal breaker for you, we completely understand and can refer you to friends who specialize in wedding films using voice-overs.

Why do your packages include just one cinematographer?

We’re all about quality vs quantity. For us, being selective about what we shoot and how we shoot it is key to making creative wedding films. This is where including one cinematographer in our packages comes in: instead of diluting the quality of your footage by filming every single thing, we focus on the moments, people, and considered details that contribute to the overall spirit of your celebration. Doing so allows us to stay curious and creative throughout the entire wedding day, and ultimately results in a better and more unique film for you to look back on. Also, having 2, 3, 4 shooters is not our idea of efficiency or fun, especially when many of the clients we work with prefer a mostly non-obtrusive, documentary approach. Lastly, for weddings requiring travel we can help reduce costs (for airfare, lodging, local transport) if there’s only one cinematographer to consider.

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How and when can we expect to receive our films?

All films are presented online in a personalized client home page and can be downloaded via a private link within 16 weeks of your wedding. Editing your films is an extensive process (especially when we get the lab involved to develop and scan the Super 8mm film), but we promise it’ll be worth the wait.

Do you offer photography services as well?

No, but our creative director does and you can check out his work over here: Tomasz Wagner Photography. We’re happy to work with photographers who vibe with our style but we’re especially chuffed when working alongside people who care as much as we do about making great art for and with you.

What's your booking process like?

Once you’ve connected with us and had a chance to look through our packages, let us know what’s piquing your interest and we’ll send over some preliminary documents for you to review. Let’s then get together for a wee chat. If all signs are pointing to “yes” and it feels like we were made for each other, we’ll send you our contract which can be completed online. Our cinematography services are officially booked for your wedding date when we receive the signed contract and non-refundable booking retainer (50%). Looking forward to hearing from you soon, you legends.

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