I'm Nigel Sheppard, owner of Ever After Films. My love affair with film-making began in 2004 when I started making short films. The first short film I made came in the top 10 in a worldwide short film competition, and subsequent films also picked up various selections for screenings. In 2009, a short film I wrote, shot and co-directed won 'Best Film' in a competition as voted for by several big studio directors and producers.
In 2012 following the birth of my son, I stepped away from film-making temporarily to enjoy some family time, however in 2013 I created Ever After Films with the intention of turning my passion toward creating beautiful cinematically styled wedding films. In early 2016 I was given the 'Highly Commended' award in the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, an accolade I was immensely proud to collect, and now continually strive to improve and succeed further.
When one of the most important days of your life comes around, I want to ensure you have a lifelong motion picture to show off to family and friends, and especially to those loved ones who are unable to make it to the wedding. Based in Bath but covering the South West and beyond, I would love to film your wedding for you. The time, money and effort you put into your biggest day means you should have memories of it to treasure. Once the last drop of champagne has been drunk, and the last piece of cake gone, those treasured memories are all you'll have left. Wedding films are becoming an increasingly popular way of immortalising one of the biggest occasions of your life,because it allows you to relive the magic time and time again. The vows, the speeches, the dancing, the moments that define your day. Don't let those memories fade.
A lifetime of dreaming about it deserves a lifetime of memories to reflect upon. Look through the packages I've put together, and choose the one that's right for you. Then sit back and leave everything else to me!
A comprehensive package covering from the guest arrivals for the ceremony, right through the wedding ceremony, and on to full coverage of the reception. As well as coverage of the reception, the photos, the speeches, the cutting of the wedding cake and the first dance, we will get some amazing footage of the two of you alone set in the grounds of your venue. Your final edit will include the full length ceremony, speeches and first dance in full, PLUS a specially created cinematic short film of your entire day, leaving you with the perfect memory to last a lifetime. You will then get two copies of all of this coverage on custom designed DVDs.
By far the most popular package. You will have everything that happens in your day included in the video, from the bridal party preparations and champagne breakfast, to the guest arrivals, the full ceremony, the entire reception including coverage of the photo session with your photographer, the wedding speeches, the cutting of your cake, and your first dance. Your video will include the full length ceremony, speeches and first dance, PLUS a specially created cinematic short film of your entire day. You will then get three copies of your film on specially engraved DVDs. A beautiful memory to treasure for a lifetime.
This is where the magic happens. A true fairy tale package designed and completely tailored to tell your love story. Not just a record of your wedding day, but the whole story. You will get the Diamond package, plus the 'Once Upon A Time' service below, in which the words you use will be incorporated into the film. You will also get personal story-telling consultations where I can bring those words out of you, and they can be used for your Once Upon A Time, your vows, your speeches, wherever and however you want to use them. What makes each story unique are the words used to tell it. The kind of words you didn't even know how to say to each other. By the time this fairy tale has finished, there won't be a dry eye in the house. *Due to the time dedicated to this unique and completely customised package, I can only take a limited number of bookings for this package a year so please enquire early if you wish to book this service*
Something a bit different! Pick a song, and a music video of your wedding will be made using you and your guests singing, miming, and dancing to it at various stages of the day! A break from the norm, and fantastic fun to watch back time and time again! Click here for an example of how this works.
Good question. You already have a photographer, and perhaps an uncle with a video camera, so why hire a videographer too? Well, photographs are usually excellent, and it's very important to have them, but a wedding video is intended to compliment your wedding photos, not replace them.
Your photographs look beautiful but can they let you to replay your vows to each other over and over again? Or revisit the touching words of your loved ones as they tell stories about you to your teary-eyed guests? Will your uncle be able to capture the faces of the happy couple as they stare into each other's eyes, or professionally edit the footage together in a manner that fully tells the beautiful story of your big day?
Wedding films are becoming more popular every day, and most married couples who do not have a wedding video regret not having it in later years.
If you're not sure, take two minutes to read this article in The Knot, which is a collection of comments from brides who both did and did not have a wedding film made. It is certainly interesting reading.
Yes of course. Just let me know what you want! I will ensure provision of the Limited Manufacture license necessary to have copyrighted music included on your DVD. Unless you let me know of some song or music choices, I will choose some music that suits the tone of the film.
Yes. I have a £2,000,000 public liability insurance policy, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. I've never had to use it, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
I don't myself, but I work with a photographer, Leon Day Images, and we can offer a package to cover both services at a discounted rate. Please enquire for further details.
Absolutely. Once the deposit is paid, you can pay the balance however you choose - bit by bit; a fixed amount each month; or all in one go. It's up to you. I just ask that your package is paid for in full 14 days before the wedding.
The package prices you see include local travel, however for destination weddings and for distances of over 100 miles from Bath, I may need to charge additional travel. A wedding day is a long day for everyone, and a 2 hour drive home after a 14 hour day on your feet is tough to say the least. To give you a better idea of additional costs though, please get in touch with all the information and I'll happily give you a revised quote.
Fantastic choice! First, please take the time to read these Terms & Conditions, as I shall ask you to sign a copy of the document if you book. If you're happy with these, then please read on for more information.
If you would like to discuss having your wedding/civil ceremony filmed, get in touch by phone or email to check availability for your selected date, and to discuss your wedding or civil ceremony plans. We'll then arrange an initial consultation to meet and go over exactly what you are looking to get from your video. Also it may be beneficial for me to visit the venue before the event, and to attend any rehearsal to enable me to make final plans for the day, however I want to be as unintrusive as possible therefore this is entirely dependent on your wishes.
After the consultation, if you wish to go ahead, you will need to pay a deposit of 25% of the package price to secure the booking. The deposit is payable by cash, cheque, bank transfer, or PayPal and is non-refundable unless, in the highly unlikely event, that I have to cancel your booking. Should this be the case, your deposit will immediately be returned in full. The remainder of the balance is then due 14 days before the wedding date.
This is understandably one of the most common questions I am asked after the wedding has been filmed, however it is not one I can answer with pinpoint accuracy as I am creating a brand new product from scratch for each wedding I film. Much like painting a picture or writing a book, crafting each wedding film is a completely unique process. There is no formula to an edit, and only when putting the pieces together will it begin to take shape. I will aim to have your film completed for you as quickly as I can without rushing it, and this typically takes from 6 to 12 weeks depending on package choice. During busier periods (May-August) there could possibly be a longer waiting time due to editing many other weddings at the same time.
I shoot around 25 weddings every summer so of course editing them all takes time. I do not stop working on a wedding film as soon as I have shot the next wedding, as to do so would be unfair on those previous customers. Each wedding is equally as important to me, and I will complete your film as soon as I can, but will not rush through the edit at the risk of a reduced quality final product. Creating a beautiful cinematic film is not something I can rush through.
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