10 Questions with Dominick Anskis

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most passionate and highly sought-after wedding videographers in Pennsylvania, Dominick Anskis of Fujiabra Films. Elysburg based Dominick is the founder and owner of Fujiabra Films.

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10 Questions with Dominick Anskis

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Hello my name is Dominick Anskis. About 10 years ago when I got my first GoPro action cam, I fell in love with making films. Backyard swimming, rock climbing, hiking, you name it I would film it. At that time I was just working construction for the family business.

Fast forward to 2017 when I got my first quality drone. I booked a two week trip to Iceland and that is where the magic started. When I got home from Iceland I started making the best Iceland video I could. It took a few months but one day it blew up on YouTube and it inspired me to keep going. With my drone and GoPro I decided to branch out to film weddings. First starting for family and friends.

I always found weddings to be such a pleasant environment to work in. Everyone is happy, tons of excitement, and I loved being able to bring it all to live in a film. I started traveling the world for two years filming on cruise ships, stock footage, boat races. Throughout my travels I was able to see epic places that I would love to film weddings at. Since having a year off from traveling due to the pandemic, I am excited to get back out there and combine my dream of traveling and filming weddings together!

2. How long have you been filming weddings? How many weddings have you filmed?

I have been filming weddings for four years now. I started out just advertising in my local area. I decided to branch out to Washington DC, and as of just recently now Florida. I've been able to film 10 awesome couples so far, but recently my bookings have exploded. I am excited to work with more great couples, share their love story, and inspire others to work with me.

3. How would you describe your videography style?

Cinematic story's are my favorite, and I work hard make sure they turn out that way. I hope that others find my films having an intimate feeling. Striving to keep the bride and groom as the main focus of a story driving love story. There is so much to be said through their actions, even if no words are used. The real magic though takes place in the editing room. This is where all great films come to life. A lot of times you get caught up in the moment of checking the framing, lighting conditions, and poses. Until later when you watch it all back, you start to piece together the love story and give it life.

4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding videographer?

Most of my weddings have been booked a few months out. I've been lucky to have open dates to accommodate others that have just stumbled upon my work for the first time. At the heart of the question, it really is up to the couple. There is no right or wrong answer, however my opinion is 6 to 12 months out. Booking two years in advance is a missed opportunity to take your time and search the market. Take your time and find the person that you feel will capture your big day right.

5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

My packages are built around being customizable. You start with a base package which is great for small weddings and elopements. Offering a few hours of coverage, audio, great story telling in a four minute film at a reasonable price. From there you can decide what film length and coverage you need by the different add-on packages. My most popular package is the 10 minute film length add-on. This provides all day coverage, which is great for couples that want to purchase the raw video of the entire day. It is the best way to capture the entire day, so nothing is left out.

6. Are you the wedding videographer who will be filming on the wedding day? How many camera people and cameras will be operating on the day?

When you hire my company, you will get me personally to film your wedding. I always have a second shooter with me, sometimes a third. Recently, we have been shooting weddings with anywhere between 3-5 cameras to capture as many angles as we can.

7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?

All weddings located in Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Florida are travel fee free. Each wedding situation is different so it depends on the circumstances. It could be as simple as a mileage fee or hotel needed to sleep. This will be discussed with the client.

8. How do you back-up your footage to ensure no footage is lost and for how long do you keep the footage after the wedding?

All of my cameras have dual card slots for back-up. I have multiple hard drives that the weddings are stored on that each have their own back-up. This can be easily overlooked as one of the most important parts of filming. Once it's gone, its gone. For that reason many copies are made. The footage is always kept, never erased because you never know when you may need it again.

9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the video? And how will the video be delivered?

My contract is to deliver the film within 8 weeks. Simple weddings produce faster deliver times and vice versa. The weddings will be delivered on a USB thumb drive and online digitally using WedFlow.

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

The first payment is a non-refundable retainer. Remaining balance is due a month before wedding day. If you need to cancel due to a pandemic, venue burns down, or maybe a death in the family, we will work with you to reschedule the wedding. If you cancel within 7 days of the wedding event, you will be granted a remaining balance refund.

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