How did you start in events?
My wife and I got engaged, we were doing the traditional blog stalking of our favorite wedding professionals and came across a wedding video that was so different. It was like a movie. We later hired them, I shadowed with them and started Clickspark Films in the Baltimore market about 3 years ago.
What’s the one thing you wish everyone knew about your business?
We have to watch back all the footage we shoot – so your entire ceremony, all the toasts and formal dances, etc – our team has to re-watch that in real time and also edit it. THEN we work on the creative :)
I also wish everyone knew that we have a deer head hanging in our studio named Buck and our ping pong game is pretty strong.
What is your approach to weddings and events?
I think our approach is juggling being non-obtrusive while still getting to know the couple very well; being hidden but present. Approaching every wedding differently in how we tell the story.
What inspires you in your work?
Risk and collaboration.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Seeing an edit evolve in the studio with our team – the coming together when all cylinders are firing. It’s magic when all the elements align to make your soul radiate! The emails that we get from couples but also their parents expressing how much they appreciated the film and what it’s going to mean for decades.
What do you love or would change about events?
Love a good DJ ;) Heh – I love when a event is done up to reflect the couple. New elements. Raw, celebratory energy from everyone. Fresh design. Let’s be honest: as a creative, cookie-cutter shit gets old at a wedding.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give clients planning a wedding?
Prioritize elements that mean a lot to you and take the bottom things, make them very “budget” and use extra dough for your very valuable top things. Between dinner, flowers, stationary, planner, videographer, lighting, dress, DJ, photographer, etc – pick a few that mean a lot to you and dedicate budget that way.
Also, hire EventPro DJs. (I mean, there are other good ones, but Jacob always dresses so snappy ;)
Best trends that you would like to see more of?
Unplugged ceremonies fo sho. I like when friends are officiants. it’s neat when the groom rents a car and drives the bride away in it. Dad first looks are the bomb (I’m a new Dad, such a sap!)
Best party you’ve done?
I was filming once and this gentleman undressed in front of my camera, slowly buttoning down – all the way to his bare hairy chest and threw the shirt covering the camera. Good times.
What do you do when you are not working?
If you’re business owner, you’re always working… eek! Dad time with daughter Elliana to ground me. I like visiting new cities with my wife. Sundays in the fall wearing hoodies, football and campfires.
Interesting fact about you?
Interestingly, I’m quite un-interesting – I don’t like beer, I’ve never seen the Lion King and I’ve never broken a bone. Knock on, …
Thanks a bunch!
No problem, brother.
Lee is also the lead creative of Mozell Films, their non-wedding film company. Check out more of their videos.