Down to Business: How we operate

Magic Hour offers various packages for the filming of your wedding day. All of them are fully comprehensive and include filming of everything, prep to party.

A typical shooting day would start around 14:00 and continue until about 22:00. But we are flexible! Simply let us know what your schedule is for the day and we’ll put together a package that covers it!

We usually start by filming the preparation leading up to the ceremony. In the case of a two camera shoot, the one camera would typically follow the bride through the make-up, hair and pre wedding portrait session and finally to the church.

The second camera follows the groom and his groomsmen as they prepare and get dressed and then finally to the ceremony venue. At this point, the second camera will be filming as the guests arrive and the groom and his men wait for the bride to arrive.

The ceremony is then filmed in its entirety with two cameras covering the walk down the aisle and exchange of vowes, rings and also the signing of the register. This is usually followed by a rather exciting confetti throwing session!

At this point the guests go to the reception venue for pre-drinks and the bridal couple go with the photographer to their photo session. This makes for some of the most beautiful shots of the day. One camera follows here and the other films the guests at the pre-drinks. The camera at the reception venue/pre-drinks will also film the tables and detail shots before the guests enter (if possiible).

After the photo session the bridal couple makes a big entrance at the reception venue, one camera following them from the photo session and the other already set up at the reception venue straight after the pre drinks.

The speeches are filmed with two cameras. One camera films the speaker, the other films reactions. We like to present this in split screen on the final DVD. In other words, you see both speaker and reaction at the same time. Obviously, it is your choice whether you would like to have it split screen or not.

After speeches, dinner is served. We film the food as it comes out, or the buffet table if relevant. We also take shots of the guests socializing between courses and décor and detail shots at this point (cake/gifts/décor/tables/stationary).

When everyone has finished eating and the first dance happens, we film the first dance with both cameras. We then continue to film some dancing shots and party shots. We end the night off, usually, with shots of the throwing of the garter and the bouquet and the cutting of the cake.


FAQ About Our Product


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Who will be shooting my wedding film?

A team of passionate and accomplished film makers make up the team of shooters and editors at Magic Hour Productions. Your wedding will be filmed by at least one of the four horsemen (a cool name for the Magic Hour camera team!). Tiaan, Udo, Marnus or Emile will be leading the charge on the day of your wedding. They have all been shooting together for a decade and would love to meet you in advance of your wedding to break the ice! The post production is also done in house by Marnus Tredoux and Amelia Cohen.

What will the final product be?

When the video is completed, you will receive link to Mediazilla which will give you a customised menu to make the full video accessible on any computer with a standard browser. Additionally, you can order copies of your wedding film on Blu-Ray or DVD. Here is an example of the final Mediazilla product:

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What do I get?

The highlights montage, as can be seen on our website, showcases the highlights of the day in a cool and energetic way. With our montage, you can relive the events of the day without having to skip to the good parts - the good parts will all be put together so that your friends and family will keep watching till the end and it is designed to leave you wanting more. For those wanting to relive more of the day in full detail, there are buttons on the menu linking straight to the full ceremony and speeches. If there are any other unique events on the day, those will be included on the final DVD as well.

What is the extended edit of raw materials?

Sometimes, we get requests for the raw footage. Since raw video materials are not something we like to share, we offer an extended edit of our raw clips. What this entails is that we cut all the ends from each clip (the part right after we roll, or the end of the clip where the framing drops before we stop recording). We also exclude duplicate shots of static objects such as the 10 EXTRA shots we took of the same table settings in an attempt to get it just right for the video. So, the extended edit is not just a longer version of the main film. It is the raw materials that have been edited for mistakes and useless shots.

What if you want to change something?

Before we produce the final copies of your DVDs, we will give you a final draft of the DVD to sign off on. At this point you have the opportunity to request changes to music or to request specific shots (which we will include if possible) or changes to the edit. These changes have to be submitted to us within 14 days of receipt of the final draft.

What is your cancellation policy? (Non-Refundable Deposits, Obligations and Liabilities)

Though we sincerely hope that you wouldn’t consider cancelling your booking, we understand that sometimes there is no alternative. When you pay the booking deposit, you agree to the payment of the balance by the last Monday before the date of your event. On the other hand, we agree to reserve that date for you, to the exclusion of all other clients and we also agree to deliver the service as offered and at the price we offered it, whether or not we increase our packages before your event or not. The payment of the deposit completes the agreement which creates obligations for both parties. The booking deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel more than three months ahead of the date of your booking, we will cancel the reservation and we will not hold you liable for the balance. Should the cancellation happen within three months of the date of your booking, you will still be liable for the full amount as per the agreement at the time the booking confirmation deposit was made.

How is the final DVD delivered?

If you are based in Cape Town or Bellville, we can deliver the DVD to you. If the DVDs need to be couriered, the cost of the courier is additional to the package cost and can be settled upon booking or upon completion.

This doesn’t answer all my questions…

If you have any questions about anything else, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@magichour.co.za or marnus@magichour.co.za