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Meet Paul Prado of Perfect Union Films

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul Prado.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Paul. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Our story started in the 90’s while a close relative of mine was getting married. We all can relate to the wedding budget. While trying to maximize their dollar, a videographer just wasn’t in the budget, or was it even on the radar in the 90’s? Photographers were the primary vendor documenting weddings.

So I wanted to help anyway I could, armed with a Sony camcorder that filmed to hi-8 tapes I filmed their wedding, and I recall learning a lot that day. It was tough, but providing them with their tape, till this day, that they still watch is very rewarding. With their 20 year anniversary creeping around the corner, it’s a great memory to have.

As years went by, I began to take a hobby I had passion for, and began to expand documenting for my children’s sports, family vacations, and on occasion, weddings.

Eventually, we were blessed to get referral, after referral from filming friends, and co-worker’s weddings…. and that became the birth of, Perfect Union Films. My wife and I never planned to film weddings for a living, but it literally was a moment for us 4 years ago when we started this business, and we are so thankful for it!

Fast forward to the present, technology has changed greatly allowing us to compose and see our shots with confidence. 4K resolution, professional editing suites, like Apples Final Cut Pro, along with great choices in audio have really come a long way from years ago!

Has it been a smooth road?
Growing any business always comes with its share of challenges. Slow, yet steady growth, has been key to our success. It allows us to maintain 100% control of our work (Some studios do hire out) while still making our work pure enjoyment day of, and in post production! We realize it’s not just business, it’s one of the most important days of our client’s life, and limiting the amount of weddings we do each year, allows us to keep our quality high, and not get caught up in the dreaded back log that some studios do suffer from.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Perfect Union Films story. Tell us more about the business.
We specialize in cinematic highlight trailer/films of weddings. We take the best of the best footage, audio, and visually tell a story of our clients wedding day, composed perfectly to a soundtrack. Our films are anywhere from 5 min. to 15 min. films. All our packages also include full ceremony, and speeches edit, so our clients don’t miss a beat.

Wanting a longer film?

We also offer traditional hour long doc style edits, if the client is interested in this option.

Our days often start with Bride and Groom prep, through the dancing at the end of the night, and all in between!

What separates us is our style of filming, service, and pricing! We have 3 separate packages, and with our add on list, our clients can customize the exact budget, needs, or services their searching for.

We Maintain 100% control our work flow. My wife and I both handle filming, and editing our films, no hiring out, or strangers showing up to film your wedding day. Our communication throughout the process is very important to us which is why we take the time to get to know our couples to better understand their needs!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We have seen video truly expand over the last 10 years. With amazing devices in all our cell phones, that can shoot video in 4K, edit, and post to social networks, snap chat, and Facebook live video is becoming a part of our daily lives! We see Cinematographers and Videographers doing more than filming events, and weddings, we see them covering Family vacations, birthdays, retirement parties, which we have all been part of. With drones becoming more, and more affordable, safer, and easier to fly, social media adding video to their platforms, video is here to stay! It brings to life more than a picture, it can be as real, or cinematic as possible.

Pricing:

  • Our base packages start at $1980.00 – $2,900.00
  • We would like to offer a 10% discount for all VoyageLA readers. Please mention “Voyage LA” when contacting us!

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Image Credit:
All photos taken by Perfect Union Films

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