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I started this business in 2000 with the idea that each wedding is a unique opportunity to capture something amazing and new! I have always wanted to raise the bar on what brides expect from their wedding film – part of the reason we call ourselves filmmakers.

We want to produce fun, creative, and polished films for our brides.  We invest back to our couples – as each wedding is completely different, we start the creative process from scratch at each wedding to create a truly unique experience. This is so much more than a simple DVD or Blu-ray disc…each couple, each wedding, and each film has a personality, and it is our mission to capture this and present an heirloom for you to pass down to future generations.

I am married to the most patient and flexible woman in the world, and proud father of two beautiful daughters.  I have been a lifelong fan of mountain biking, golfing, and the San Jose Sharks (The Bay Area’s real most tortured team!)  My all time favorite movie is the Shawshank Redeption, and we also enjoy watching The Amazing Race, Chopped, and No Reservations.

I am so fortunate to not only have an amazing family, but amazing clients that feel like family.  I am honored to have been chosen to travel from just down the street to across the world to capture life’s most special moments.

We invite you to take a look at our films and our approach to filmmaking through our samples on the gallery. If you enjoy what you see and would like to get more information by chatting with us over coffee (or even over Skype!) please do not hesitate to let us know. We look forward to working with you to capture life’s most important memories.

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All Inclusive

Services

 

We do not want to complicate our services – every single wedding we film contains both a short form as well as a long form edit so absolutely nothing is missed.   We have a more detailed description of these service in our FAQ, or contact us to learn our approach for your wedding.

 

Investment
Our local wedding commissions start at 4290.  Destination wedding commissions start at 5490.  We welcome chatting with you on your particular needs, please contact us for full pricing details.  For the focus and attention to our current clients, we only film one wedding per day and often only one wedding per weekend – availability is on a first come first serve basis.  We look forward to working with you!
Why have a video?
Having a wedding film is like saving for your retirement. You simply do not realize the opportunity you have missed until it is too late. We do not just show up to your wedding, turn on the cameras and start recording…this is a pre-planned, thought out, polished, and amazingly colorful work of cinema. Anywhere from 40 – 60 hours is devoted exclusively to each wedding film (and you!)

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Frequently asked

Questions

WHAT ARE THE MAIN DELIVERABLES THAT YOU OFFER?

We want you to experience all aspects of your wedding day through this film.  You will receive a long form documentary style edit (Doc Edit) and a reinterpretation of your day called the Short Film.  Depending on your service options you will also receive all the raw footage on hard drive.

WHAT IS THE DOCUMENTARY EDIT?

From our arrival to departure, we present the footage captured in an artistic way, including your preparations, ceremony, toasts, and all your reception events.  Typically this will be thirty to ninety minutes in length, depending on the wedding schedule and the length of your event.  Between the major events shown in their entirety, we artfully weave the rest of the day with music to create a great keepsake of your entire event and all who could attend.

WHAT IS THE SHORT FILM?

Here is our chance to show you the pinnacle of our artistic ability with a highly polished and amazing retelling of the entire day in 5 – 15 minutes.  Great care is taken to make this a unique presentation, using specially licensed music that we use exclusively for your film.  You can view samples on our gallery!

WHO WILL BE AT MY WEDDING?

Building a rapport with you is very important to us, we would never then send someone else who you don’t know to your most intimate and wonderful day. We only film one wedding per day because we are not a wedding video factory and we prefer to give each wedding the attention it deserves!  We take this so seriously that we guarantee in writing that owner and lead filmmaker Phillip Alan will be in attendance at every wedding.

WHEN CAN WE SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT?

We accept only a limited number of commissions per year which allows us the ability to deliver your masterpiece much quicker.  The actual delivery date depends primarily on what time of the year your wedding takes place.  Weddings in January to May can expect a 10-12 week turnaround, while weddings May – September can expect a 12-14 week turnaround.  We also offer rush service as well as Next Day edits and Thank you DVD’s.

DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

Yes!

WHAT ABOUT BACKUP EQUIPMENT?

We have everything we need to film your wedding and then some – no need to worry about equipment hiccups.

DO YOU TRAVEL?

We love to travel!  We have been to Asia, Mexico, Central America, the East Coast, Hawaii, and everywhere in between.  Destination weddings are absolutely exciting and we would love to hear more, please contact us!

WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT AND WHAT IS REQUIRED TO COMMISSION YOU?

We accept all major forms of payment including cash, check, credit card, and Paypal.  We require one third of your service price to reserve the date, and final balance is due two weeks in advance.

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Check out our

Blog & Recent Work

Sonora Wedding Fun and a Special Surprise

There are quite a few hidden Sonora Wedding gems I’ve come across over the years, and this wedding at Union Hill Inn was a delight to experience!  We have filmed events all over the world and of all different cultures, but there is something about a rustic style wedding in the mountains that always appeals […]

Wine Country Wedding Elegance for Mia & Alex

We love Wine Country Weddings! There is something about the culture of wine country and wineries in generally I’ve always been in love with.  Everything seems so lively, people tend to relax, and it is surrounded by good food, fun, and wine.  We were especially thrilled to be commissioned to film Mia & Alex’s wine […]

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We pride ourselves on being quick to respond, easy to get a hold of, and we typically return all calls and e-mails within 24 hours.  Feel free to contact us at 800.646.1165, info@phillipalanfilms.com or simply fill out the form above and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

 

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We look forward to working with you and your event!