Why have a film made of your wedding day? Those stolen looks, those tender gestures that you thought no-one but you had noticed, the speeches, all recorded in a moving image, captures the essence of your day as eloquently as being there. There’s such a different feeling to seeing your day on film – that ‘fly on the wall’ aspect where nothing was missed and everything was noticed, no matter how small. Antoine, Kara, Hannah, Marcus, Doug, Jaime, Craig, Shane and Chloe are the dynamic team that make up Soda Films. They make beautiful films of your wedding day, honouring the momentous occasion that it is.

How long has Soda Films been in existence?

Soda Films has been operating for over a decade now – and still loving it!

What is your film making philosophy or style?

Our philosophy is what sets us apart. Our aim on the day is to remain in the background to allow the couple and their guests to feel comfortable and relaxed. With this in mind, we don’t direct the couple at all, allowing the photographer to direct the action while we shoot alongside them. This is how we get such beautiful, natural footage. We also try to keep our equipment to a minimum, it is a wedding after all, not a film shoot!!

Do you feel you have a recognisable style?

Natural and emotive is how we would describe our style. On the day we capture our footage unobtrusively and we are always on the lookout for those special moments, from the look on the parents’ face when they first see their daughter in her dress, to the first kiss as husband and wife, to the crazy antics on the dance floor- they are all great moments to capture on film.

Each cinematographer has their own personal style, but what comes across through all of our footage is sincerity and authenticity.

What skills do you each individually bring to the business?

Antoine, our fearless leader brings us coffee in the morning! He is also a master at our Arthouse style!

Kara the Studio Manager sets everyone at ease and makes sure everything runs smoothly!

Hannah our Production Manager juggles amazing edits with keeping jobs on track!

Marcus constantly strives for perfection in both filming and editing and demands it from the rest of the team!

Doug is super cool and calm under pressure, keeping everyone grounded!

Jaime has a strong background in events and corporate video, bringing a different set of ideas to the crew!

Craig is an amazing story teller and works exclusively on our premium Le Cinema projects, and an all round nice guy!

Shane is super creative. He is also the jokester in the team J

Chloe is a master with the steady cam! She may be small but she knows her business!

Why is investing in a wedding video equally as important an investment, as investing in wedding photographs?

If for nothing else, to have your vows recorded and to hear the emotion in each other’s voices as you say them is reason enough! This is something that photography can’t provide.

We feel honored to know that we will be providing our clients with a beautiful memory to keep and share with their family, friends and one day, with their own children.

You are wedding destination specialists. Is there some ‘healthy discussion’ as to who goes, when a lovely destination wedding is booked?

Absolutely! Kara (Studio Manager) hasn’t yet figured a way to get herself over to a destination wedding, but she is working on it!

As well as your Australian office, you now have a European office. What is the best approach for a bridal couple to make to you, if planning a European destination wedding from Australia?

Yes, our Europe studio is going from strength to strength! Marcus is now based in Europe and covers wedding throughout the continent. Our Managing Director also spends time there filming for the European season.

It is as easy as getting in touch with the studio here and we can arrange everything for the day. The benefit being, you can still have Soda cover your day without the costs of international travel.

If a couple based in Europe wishes to engage your services, how do they get in touch with your European representative?

For couples based in Europe, it is best to contact Marcus direct at europa@sodafilms.com.au

Do you offer packages? What is your most popular package, and what does this include?

We have packages that start at as little as $1500 but our most popular packages are between $3500 and $4500. Typically the package includes a short film as well as the complete footage from the day. We are always happy to work with couples to customize a package to suit.

What are some favourite destinations you have visited in the course of your work?

In Australia, Byron Bay for its stunning beaches and rainforest hinterland, and the Southern Highlands for its changing seasons. Overseas, the list is endless!! Taormina, Sicily and Bagnols, France were real standouts J

How does the team celebrate the end of a working week?

In this business, there is no end of the working week!! When we can, we love to get together for a bite to eat and a drink nearby in Double Bay, sometimes ending in an epic karaoke session… good times!

Thank you Kara and the team from Soda Films for sharing your thoughts. To find out more about Soda Films visit the website.

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