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Vancity Vendor:
Moonrider Productions

March 28th, 2014 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Moonrider Productions

Mark Halliday is a self taught shooter with a passion for storytelling. Despite having worked with big corporate clients such as Arc’teryx, The Arts Club Theatre Company, and University Golf Course, his passion for love stories is much stronger. He realized this when he took part in a family member’s wedding. So far he has captured 6 weddings and counting, including Young Hip & Married’s Valentines event, but the year is young and he’s looking forward to being a part of many Vancouver couples’ special days.

Mark Halliday

Moonrider Productions’ wedding packages start at $1,750 which includes one videographer for a full day, multi-camera setup and unique audio capture devices. Couples will receive a 1-2 minute wedding trailer as well as a 10-15 minute wedding day digital story set to music selected by the couple. Additional shooters may be added for an extra cost. They do not offer same day edits or slideshows because they believe that a good story takes time to tell. He starts the editing process as soon as he can (the day after) so everything is fresh in his mind. This allows the finished products to be done generally in under two weeks. To find out more about Mark and Moonrider Productions, visit his website, be a fan on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and check out his Pinterest page!

A Few Words With Mark…

What gear do you use?
“Moonrider Productions captures weddings using multiple DSLR cameras, various tripods, sliders and unique audio capture devices.  We believe that in order to get the authentic and creative shots you do not need crazy and elaborate equipment..  In many ways the more equipment you have the more obtrusive you are.  We pride ourselves on being a part of the moment rather than standing out from it.  We have even been known to rock a GoPro camera out on the dance floor.”

Moonrider Productions

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets? Do you have any package deals?
“Moonrider Productions provides scalable services to best fit the wedding budget. Our fees are based on time.  The time it takes to capture and the time it takes to edit the final production.  So, rather than offering a special deal we work with the bride and groom and the budget available to produce the best production.  All of our rates factor in all of the equipment so there are no hidden fees.”

How would you describe your shooting and editing style?
“The shooting and editing style of Moonrider Productions is based on multiple perspective points of view.  The result is a chronological collage of moments that are fused together and are inspired by personally selected music.  As storytellers we love to add the interview process into the production as well.  This adds to the love story but it’s not for everyone.”

Moonrider Productions

What does a typical wedding video look like?
“A typical wedding production from Moonrider Productions is a collection of moving moments that epitomizes the celebration of the day.  In many ways we are creating an heirloom that can be watched and enjoyed for years to come.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“What sets Moonrider Productions apart from others in the same field is that we take the time to get to know the bride, the groom and the uniqueness of the family.  We are here to tell their story in the way that they want to tell it.  A wedding story for us is a collaborative process and we pride ourselves in being open to suggestion and change, if need be.  Additionally all of the RAW digital footage is available for the couple should they require it for future use.”

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What is your all-time favourite video you’ve shot and edited and why?
“My favourite wedding story that we have produced is for Drie and Mark.  In many ways this story is the reason why I work in this industry.  The love that is shared between two people on their most important day is a sight to behold and when you can capture it in a creative way it is something that defies description.

From the moment I met Drie and Mark I knew it was a serendipitous moment.  The weather was on our side but the love that was in the air was a infectious as the beauty of the bride.  As an editor I have seen the footage from this day a thousand times but every time I watch it it chokes me up.  In fact when I am editing my measure of when the production is close is when I make myself cry and this production makes me cry every time I watch it.”

Are you inspired by certain filmmakers or directors?
“Personally I am inspired by numerous filmmakers and to narrow it down would be rather difficult but if I had to pick one it would be Ron Fricke for his work on Baraka.  How you can tell a story visually that evokes such emotion without ever hearing a single word or narrative is something that I will chase forever.  I am a very visual storyteller and so much can be said by being able to recognize and capture the moment that make all the difference.  Pairing that notion with the perfect music is goal that defines Moonrider Productions.”

Moonrider Productions

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“What I love most about what shooting weddings is to see and capture people at their very best on one of the most special days of their lives.  Basically, I am a sucker for a love story and I try to portray that in everything I do.  My heart is my measure and weddings are one of the most romantic times of one’s life.  It’s my duty to portray that love story so it can be remembered forever.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“If I was to offer one piece of advice to bride and grooms as it pertains to videography and photography it would be to know what they want.  As creative people we have our own ideas and that is a very good thing but if it’s not what they couple is looking for then problems or complications may arise.  I love examples and themes, as it’s a great staging point to be inspired from.  After all is said and done the story is a story of their life’s moment and it needs to be shown in a way they want to see it.  By knowing what you want it is easier to create it.  Be open, be honest and be a part of the storytelling process.”

To contact Mark, visit his website

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