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If you are a Wedding Filmmaker then the Wedding Film School Show is for you. Hosted by Jason McCutchen and Jared Haskell of Stopgolove and Huxley Film, we dive into the depths of how to run a wedding filmmaking biz in the wedding industry. From gear talk, to industry interviews, to straight up mathy business topics, we cover a lot of ground. Give us a subscribe and let us know what you want hear about next!
 
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Life after weddings is a daunting idea for wedding filmmakers. Not only is the loss of our art scary, but for many the idea of losing our ability to do this job brings up a sad reality: Many of us are not set upon for retirement. In this episode (that is admittedly ALL over the place) Jason and Jared explore the ways that a soloprenuer, artists dri…
 
A Little Long Distance is known for their authentic, raw and heartwarming storytelling that reaches beyond the wedding day by using archival footage and various mini DV" dad cams", but in this episode Josh Helton takes us beyond the dad cam to explore wedding storytelling and bring out the authenticity of every couple we film.…
 
We talk business a lot here, but believe it or not, but believe it or not shooting well is the KEY to leveling up as a wedding filmmaker. In this episode Jason and Jared dig into some ways that shooting better allows you to tell better stories and some things high end filmmakers are doing withy their cameras that newbies maybe miss out on.…
 
If you have filmed weddings for any length of time you know photographers and filmmakers don't always see eye-to-eye at weddings but this doesn't HAVE to be the case. Jason and Lindsey talk about creating a inspiring, fun, and profitable work environment with as filmmakers shooting along side wedding photographers. Heck. You may even grow to like t…
 
Wedding Planners are essential to maximizing your income as a wedding filmmaker and anyone can create incredible working relationships with the wedding planners they work with if they follow a few basic principles. Lindsey Conklin of Le Rêve Films joins us to share his expertise on creating amazing connections with planners, no matter what the wedd…
 
How much should I be charging for my wedding films or photo work? When should I raise prices? Should my pricing be on my website? Pricing can be a hard topic to tackle when you're first starting out. In this first episode of Salable, a Wedding Film School Podcast, we dive into the when where and how to price your work. Have specific questions? Reac…
 
We all know Musicbed as the premiere song licensing platform for Wedding Filmmakers but what you may not know is that it was founded BY Wedding Filmmakers. Daniel McCarthy from Musicbed was nice enough to hop on and talk all things music licensing ("Like... How does this even work)and the transformative power of music to create a special, unique mo…
 
We've all heard that the wedding industry is recession proof but is that REALLY true. We break down the current wedding boom, discuss when the bubble will burst (it will) and discuss wether or not a global economic downturn will have a significant impact the wedding industry and wedding creatives (photo and video pros) in particular. We dive into t…
 
Running a wedding filmmaking studio is def a unique challenge. From scheduling to gear to still managing to create a great film for your clients, it’s not for the faint of heart. In this episode Jared and Jason talk through what it takes to run their studio, StopGoLove, and break down a normal week in the life of a studio that does 220 wedding film…
 
We've all been there and we all have the scars. The unhappy mom who wanted "all the footage". The Wedding Planner who doesn't like your lights. The eager bride who just can't wait to see their film and is sending endless emails 3 day after the event. With conflict it's not "if", it's "when" and "how do you handle it". In this episode we break the w…
 
2021. The year many creatives discovered that they are indeed running a biz and that sometimes they need some help doing so. The problem is for many they were caught flat-footed and simply had no help. Imagine if many creators had a little help from some other trusted creative partners though. That would have been pretty dope for all those triple h…
 
Remember that time where having a drone actually helped you standout as a wedding filmmaker? Yeah. Feels like ages, huh? Where do drones stand in today's landscape when everyone seemingly has one and we are all shooting basically the same shots with them? Should you be charging for drone coverage or include it in your packages? What's the differenc…
 
Let's face it. Social media can feel like a chore at best when you are having to deal with the many responsibilities that go into running a filmmaking business. Worse yet, the platforms and their "emphasis on video" really only benefit content creators who create FOR the platform exclusively so forget getting traction on your finished films without…
 
Great audio is one of the biggest hurdles many wedding filmmakers face and for good reason. Live events are a tough place to record audio, especially a wedding where there may or may not be anyone there who knows what they are doing with the audio. It doesn't need there either! Capturing good audio is only half the battle. Once you hit the edit bay…
 
The age old debate to how to package photo and video packages rages on to this day with many people not knowing how to keep their a la carte items from cannibalizing their packages. In this episode Jared and Jason break down how they use a la carte items to create value in their packages AND add money to the bottom line. It's so important to create…
 
As we sit in the thick of booking season Jared and Jason dive into one of the wedding creatives biggest problems, lead generation, and how to better target each type of couple (or whoever is ACTUALLY making decisions for the booking of that wedding). It's not a one sizer fits all solution for every type of wedding and couple so Jared and Jason dive…
 
Wedding Film School is one of the most important legacy brands in wedding filmmaking education, and as such it's got its share of history. In this episode Bobby, Jared and Jason grapple with joining the brand after Kraig and the gang, what it means to represent Wedding Film School today, and where they plan on going with WFS in the future.…
 
2021 was a year to remember. After 2020 was wiped out by the pandemic we knew 2021 was gonna be crazy but we had no idea how crazy. In this episode Bobby, Jason, and Jared talk about what 2021 taught them about wedding filmmaking and running a creative business in the event industry.由Jason McCutchen, Jared Haskell
 
Wedding Filmmaking is going to the next level. That's for sure! Jared, Jason, and Bobby recently spent some time at WPPI watching the live judging for the annual film competition and walked away very impressed. There were some amazing films! Despite all this awesomeness, between the weekly LIVE film critiques on WFS Live and the WPPI contest they n…
 
The age old question in the creative world "When should I go full-time" is one many of us have wrestled with. For some, the decision to take the plunge was easy and obvious (at least to our mind) but to others it may have been a little tricky, but let's be honest... Is it all it's cracked up to be? For many of you the truth is, it MAY not be the ri…
 
GET $25 OFF CALIBRATE WORKSHOP BY USING OUR CODE WFS25 : www.calibrateworkshop.com John and Nick are the wedding filmmakers behind one of our industries best podcasts, How to Film Weddings. In this episode we talk through their journey, what it's like to be a creator telling other creators How To Film Weddings and the insecurities that creates in h…
 
Ryan Brown and Forged in the North have carved a unique position out in the wedding filmmaking landscape. This NYC based team creates messy, fun, personal, and incredible wedding films shooting primarily handheld. In this episode we dig into why authenticity is the true key to making “cool” films and some basic tips to bring that edge to your films…
 
We have all been there. The feeling that it's "just another wedding" and the frustration that it's just not "fun anymore". In this episode we dive into this problem (it's actually a good sign, by the way) how we can lean into the good side of a creative rut (efficiency and predictability are good for business) while still allowing that fire for cre…
 
Team building is a buzz word in our industry, and most people exclusively mean adding scale by adding additional teams for shooting MORE weddings but the truth is your team is so much more. Team-building is a part of EVERY wedding creative professionals business, not just studios with large teams. We all need other people involved in our business t…
 
The annual budget... Let's face it. Most wedding creatives don't spend enough, if any, time on this. We just kinda go for it! If the goal is simply work more or. work less and get paid more (both make the same amount btw) then this can be ok, but what if the goal is "Actually be profitable!" What if you wanted to know how much you made per package …
 
Jessica Mertz is the filmmaker behind one of the wedding world's up-and-coming voices, Honey Fox Films. In this episode Jessica talks about her background in psychology and how she creates a safe place for her couples to be vulnerable with one another in front of her lens. Check out Honey Fox Films: https://www.honeyfoxfilms.com…
 
One of the most important aspects of any good business plan is looking long-term with your goals. That's kinda the point of a plan, right? Where do you see your biz in 5 years? Who is your ideal client? What rate do you want to be charging once you're established? This and more in this episode of the Wedding Film School show!…
 
Jason Battista went from wedding filmmaking to running one of the world’s foremost editing studios for wedding filmmakers. He did what many of us only dream of but should be trying to do, he took his wedding filmmaking career and parlayed it into an entirely new career. In this episode we talk about thinking about the future and diversifying our re…
 
Wedding creatives love/hate marketing. Opinions on wether you should even care about this and HOW MUCH you should spend on it (if anything) vary from zero to 10's of thousands of dollars. No matter what your business model is one thing is for sure: You need to have a strategy to market your wedding filmmaking business. In this episode we dive into …
 
Fujifilm is one of the camera worlds oldest and most respected brands, and they are known for being a bit different. Victor Ha, Senior Director of Marketing and Product Management for Fujifilm USA, joins us to talk all things Fujifilm and why cameras and image making are vital to the human experience.…
 
We get it. Creative are the most down with numbers and data and such, but trust us. Spend some time researching your market and watch your business grow by leaps and bounds. Who are the movers and shakers in your market? Why are couples working with other people and not you? What is your market penetration in the venues you want to be shooting? Whe…
 
Every business has to take take stock of what they are working with today and also dream for the future. In all cases it take understanding the many resources it takes to run a creative business in the wedding industry: time, money, gear, relationships, a dope portfolio. Where you land on understanding this and putting together these ingredients ca…
 
In Part 2 of our "Your Business Plan Sucks" we talk about why you need a well thought out business model. This aspect of your business plan will help you create a system of wealth creation and evaluate when you are doing things that are reaching the wrong customers or maybe just not serving a customer well. At the end of the day, a business should …
 
We interview one of the pioneers of adventure elopement photography Benj Haisch to talk all things wedding, working well as a creative team (the age old photo and video wedding rivalry), learning video as photographer, and even the time Benj served dinner at a wedding because he's such a nice dude!由Jason McCutchen, Jared Haskell
 
Planning, you say? Business, you say? Yeah, actually this stuff is super important and will change your life for the better. In this episode (Part 1 of a new podcast series "Your Business Plan Sucks") Jared and Jason break down what a business plan consists of and why every wedding creative needs to get out of the camera and create a strategy and a…
 
Jared and Jason discuss their new brand, Merriment Films, and some of the hurdles they are facing with their brand new brand have got them thinking about many of the new wedding filmmakers and photographers starting out! We discuss what it’s like to launch a new brand and some ways you can improve your own brand identity and sales tactics with your…
 
We can all get into a creative rut and what better to break up your creative malaise than some Aussie’s encouragement by our buddies, Grace and Andrew, from Bottlebrush films. We talk gear, Lonely Hearts Film Club... Er... Camp, and how we can think outside the box as wedding filmmakers.由Jason McCutchen, Jared Haskell
 
We have all been there. That moment when you realized "Crap. I just blew it." In this episode we dig into 7 common mistakes Jason, Jared and Bobby made as new wedding creatives with the hopes that you can avoid their misfortune and pain. We also play a little game of Wedding Filmmaker "Would You Rather?" with Bobby. It's very high brow stuff.…
 
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