Ray Roman on Crossing the 180 (X180-083)

It seems like it took forever, but I FINALLY got a filmmaker on the show I’ve been trying to nail down for a long, long time. The Romanator himself. Mr Ray Roman. Those of you in the event video world need no introduction to this man. He is one of the world’s leading wedding and event filmmakers, multiple award-winner, speaker, artist, and at over six feet tall, a force to be reckoned with on the wedding day. (Bridezillas beware!) Today’s show is pretty much like a mini-seminar in how to kick-ass in this business. But more than that, it’s funny and entertaining. Ray’s story plays like an HBO original series: a tall, handsome, intimidating cop and ex-SWAT officer walks into his commander’s office and says, “See ya chief. I’m going to shoot wedding videos for a living!” You’re gonna love this story. Over an hour of Romanator goodness. Don’t miss it!

This show is co-produced by Dan Rollins of LiveWire Films.

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Tips, Tricks and Education for Filmmakers

This week in The Music Bed segment I re-visit the issue of music licensing and specifically address the issue of fair use.

Mike Duval from LensProToGo takes us behind the scenes on how they do what they do.

Don’t forget to check out Letus, makers of DP Shane Hurlbut’s Master Cinema Series.

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12 Responses to “Ray Roman on Crossing the 180 (X180-083)”

  1. Ron, Thanks so very much for chasing down Ray. I’ve never been able to see him speak in person and I so enjoyed this interview. Thanks to both of you.
    Sandy Brooke

  2. I’m glad i came across your podcast every single one is information gold for people just getting started like myself THANKS

  3. Hi Ron, I love your podcast. Just discovered it a few months ago. I am thinking of starting to shoot weddings as a side business (just like Ray told he did, tough I’m not a cop or that tall hehe). I have a doubt about the business. I have watched online several great wedding videos (I just watched two of Ray’s videos and the’re GREAT) and they have a length somewhere between 3 and 10 minutes. Is this the final video that gets delivered to the client or just the highlights video? And if they deliver the client this one and a much longer one with shots of guests, dancing, etc.. how long should that video be?

    • The clips you’re watching online are often just highlights or chapters from full weddings. I’d say most of the guys who do the cinematic and artistic work like Ray’s deliver videos that are in the 20 to 40 min range. That’s how long my videos were when I did weddings. I’d then provide the full uncut ceremony and uncut toasts as special features on the DVD. I strongly suggest attending InFocus Video Event in January if you’re just starting out (Google it). You can also learn a LOT about the biz from the VideoUniversity.com forum.

      Hope this helps.

      • Thanks for the reply Ron. Don’t know why but I didn’t receive the email informing me that I got a reply here (I checked both boxes before posting). I thought I didn’t get an answer until right now that I came back to this post.

        That event looks great! ( http://www.infocusvideoevent.com/2013-video-education ) , sadly I don’t think I’ll be able to travel to L.A. on January (I live in Ecuador). Though I will be traveling this 29th to Orlando and Tampa, if by any chance you know of a filmmaker event happening near Orlando or Tampa, between this 29th and Nov5th, please let me know!

        some weeks ago I shot my brother’s wedding (the non religious one) and did a highlights video of it, nothing too fancy, but you can check it here -> https://vimeo.com/49777238

      • Hi Ron, I have a new question about this subject. When you say that you used to deliver a video of between 20 and 40 minutes, is that video edited, color corrected and edited with music? Or just the highlight video has all that?

        I ask because of the music licenses. For example, in a 40 minute video, I assume it could have somewhere around 10 different songs. For example, in the music bed website, a license for a song on wedding videos is $49. so, the 40 minute video should have somewhere near $500 just on music licenses, right?

        • I would bet a million dollars that most wedding videographers are still using copyrighted music in their final, “feature” length videos. They are not delivering a 40 to 60 minute video filled with legally licensed music. However, the smart ones who put any clips online only use clips with legal music.

          • Thanks for the reply Ron. That’s a relief. Over here this kind of videos are not so well payed to spend $500 or more on the songs.

            • Hi Ron,
              I started doing videos of kids events, like birthdays, First Communions, baptisms, etc. I have a general question about the wedding videos to see if that applies.
              Does the videographer meets several times with their clients to watch the shots, select which ones go and which ones don’t? I ask because I have had some clients that once I delivered the final product, have told me that some person didn’t appear and would like me to re edit so that I include him or them.
              Right now I have a client that wants me to remove several sections of the video and add others that I included on the DVD as extras.
              Is this normal? Or does the client need to trust the videographer knowledge and instinct and pay extra if they want changes on the edit?

          • Hi Ron,
            I started doing videos of kids events, like birthdays, First Communions, baptisms, etc. I have a general question about the wedding videos to see if that applies.
            Does the videographer meets several times with their clients to watch the shots, select which ones go and which ones don’t? I ask because I have had some clients that once I delivered the final product, have told me that some person didn’t appear and would like me to re edit so that I include him or them.
            Right now I have a client that wants me to remove several sections of the video and add others that I included on the DVD as extras.
            Is this normal? Or does the client need to trust the videographer knowledge and instinct and pay extra if they want changes on the edit?

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