It’s time for another Pittsburgh Wedding vendor interview! This week I’m putting the spotlight on Carolyn Klasnick and Michele Hammerbacher. They’re the immensely talented filmography duo behind Post Script Productions, which has been around since 2010. The team provides all sorts of promotional and marketing videos, but when it comes to capturing weddings on film, Michele explains they’re especially focused on giving couples something to watch over and over to relive the most important day of their lives. Carolyn and Michele usually do 20 to 30 weddings a year, although last year was crazy – they filmed 34 weddings!

 

What’s your favorite thing about weddings?

View More: http://leeannmarie.pass.us/postscriptCarolyn: Shooting the first dance and parent dances… I am always so emotional and can always tell when it really means something special to the bride and groom and their families.

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Michele: I like capturing little moments and looks between the couple that happen when no one is looking.

What’s your least favorite part of a wedding day?

Carolyn: Right before the ceremony starts! It’s like that anxious hurry up and wait/excited feeling. I’m sure it’s a similar feeling for the bride and groom!
Michele: I agree with Carolyn!

Tell me your craziest wedding story

Carolyn: Michele witnessed a cake knife fight between two groomsmen. The family had to call the police — it was crazy! And no, unfortunately she did not get it on film.
Michele: It’s true. A groomsman and a guest got in a physical fight, and the cops shut down the reception.

Tell me about your favorite client ever

Carolyn: This is tough! We have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing families over the last five years. Our favorite clients believe in having a wedding film first and foremost. They just get it. And they’re not surprised to find out that the film is under 20 minutes long… that’s long for a wedding film (in a good way, of course!). And most importantly, they trust us. They know that we treat our clients’ weddings as if they were our own family or friends’ weddings. We take our jobs very seriously and understand that even though we go to weddings A LOT, that from our clients’ perspective, this wedding, their wedding, is the only one that really matters right now.

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What’s one way that you love how brides make their weddings unique?

Carolyn: I love when brides incorporate family tradition and really make the wedding distinctively their own. I always tell couples to do things, plan things and decorate in ways that are meaningful. Don’t just do something because you feel like you have to or because you saw it on Pinterest. Be intentional about your decisions throughout the planning process and stay true to yourself and your fiancé!
Michele: I like when couples don’t obsess about doing everything their wedding binders tell them. Don’t like cake? Don’t have a cake! I like when the events and details of a wedding truly reflect the couple.

Tell me about your family

Michele: My entire family lives in Baltimore. I don’t get to see them nearly as much as I would like to, but when I do go home (which is almost once a month) I get to spend a lot of time with my parents, brother, sister-in-law and my nephews. I have two awesome nephews and a niece on the way!
Carolyn: I have a pretty small family. I’m an only child and very close with my parents (they are both rock stars!!). But most of my extended family members (aunts, uncles, cousins and my AMAZING grandmother) live pretty close by, so I get to see them for celebratory dinners, sporting events, etc. I also consider many of my friends my family. Friends that I’ve known since kindergarten and even ones I met after college. We’re approaching the age where everyone is getting married and starting a family and I’m looking forward to having a lot of nieces and nephews via my friends and their kids.

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How do you mix work and family life?

Carolyn: I’ve been working on balance a lot over the past year or so. It’s a challenge but worth it. Some weeks are better than others, but I always try to have at least one night during the work week for myself. I try to see both my parents once a week and I definitely use driving time for phone calls to catch up with friends and family. Having a business is sometimes extra challenging with keeping yourself disciplined to take time off and stay focused. We make our own schedules so balance, prioritizing to-do lists and only doing one thing at a time are rules to live by.
Michele: Since my family lives far away, I only get to see them for birthdays and holidays. However, I’m fortunate to be able to make my own work schedule and travel when I need to.

How can photographers best help you?

Carolyn: Networking! Photographers have consistently been one of biggest referral partners. And, it’s awesome when we connect with a photographer and we work together. Often, the couple gets an extra special experience because that’s one less thing we have to work through on the day of the wedding.

Michele: Photographers have been so kind to us by encouraging couples to book a videographer and by referring our company specifically.

What’s one thing you wish brides knew before talking with videographers?

Carolyn: Short is actually better, and unless you are an editor, you do not want the raw footage! Trust us! We put all the good stuff in the film and don’t leave anything great out!
Michele: Ah yes, Carolyn, the raw footage! Getting the raw footage seems like a good idea, but it isn’t as wonderful as you might imagine. Watching 3-5 hours of hundreds of clips – including the good, the bad and the shaky – isn’t exactly enjoyable. Trust us when we say we will include all the best clips in your final film.

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What do you think distinguishes you from other companies?

Michele: Our team can artistically capture all of the important moments of your wedding day without turning the venue into a Hollywood movie set. Certain vendors use all types of lights and contraptions that are so distracting to guests and the couple. Post Script can deliver a beautiful film while being respectful and subtle.

What advice would you give brides when it comes to selecting a videographer?

Carolyn: I think it’s important for brides and their videographer to be on the same page about what they want their film to look like. Couples should be clear on what they want included. For example, do you want to see the ceremony from start to finish exactly how it happened or are you more interested in a highlight? And, pick one that is up on technology. Our equipment is very compact and small, and I think that makes a big difference in how discrete we are able to be, which is SUPER important!

Michele: Make sure you like their work, but make sure you like them as people, too. Your vendors will be spending the day with you and your loved ones, so select someone who will be personable and polite and on-the-ball.

Thank you Carolyn & Michele! I can’t wait to work with you again!

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