This is a something we haven’t posted in a while….It’s a fun little Q&A with some of the wedding professionals we get to work with .
We think it’s really important for the couples we work with to not only know the work and pricing of the people we work with but to know a little about them…
So, here’s an interview with did with Dave Williams, owner of CinemaCake Filmmakers…
Name: Dave Williams
Business Name: CinemaCake Filmmakers
Years in Business: 10
Mark -How did you get started in your industry?
Dave – I was in pharmaceutical sales and a co-worker asked me to film her wedding (knowing that was my long-time hobby and passion since I was a kid.) I then spent $7500 getting ready to shoot my first wedding, for which I was handsomely paid $800.
Mark – What is the highlight of your career so far?
Dave -This might be surprising, but even with all of the fun things we have created and places traveled, we think our biggest accomplishment is not only getting through 2010, but actually growing our business. In what has become known as a “down economy”, 2010 was our busiest and most profitable year. This has to be our biggest accomplishment.
Mark – What’s the craziest job you’ve ever held?
Dave – For 5 years, I owned and operated a paintball field. THAT was crazy.
Mark – Tell us something about you that most people wouldn’t know.
Dave – I like to vacuum. Also, I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 16. That means I get cranky when I’m not fed. 😉
Mark – What is one common mistake you see brides make in regard to your services?
Dave -The biggest regret families have when they come to us is not putting their film as a higher priority before spending their wedding budget on everything else. Often a wedding film is an afterthought, when in reality, it’s the ONLY thing they’ll have at the end that truly preserves the sights, sounds, and story of the day.
Mark – What is your favorite food?
Dave – A nice big, thick, juicy filet mignon, medium rare.
Mark – What is your favorite restaurant?
Dave – I don’t really have one because as soon as one becomes my favorite, it disappoints me somehow. I gotta tell you though, recently I have had a Five Guys streak. (I’m a cheap date.)
Mark – OK, how about local restaurant?
Dave – Sheryl (Dave’s wife and VP of CinemaCake – she’s the ‘sales department’ and often the first person you speak to) and I both love sushi, and the best here locally is at Kabuki in King of Prussia.
Mark -What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
Dave – Anything with the kids. Lately it’s movies, but convincing them Rated R is out of the question is a challenge.
Mark –What’s the best advice you would give to couples planning their wedding?
Dave –Meet everybody and meet who THEY recommend. Even now, when most of our clients simply look at our films and book online, we still encourage a meeting. I always feel more connected to clients we meet in person and can usually give them a better film.
Mark – Tell us anything else about you you’d like to share with half the free world….
Dave- We LOVE what we do, and we work with people who love what they do too. In this business of social events, there are just so many great people who will see your ideas all the way through and will do it with passion.
Mark – Any awards, honors or charitable endeavors you’d like to plug?
Dave – Our awards are posted on our page, but recently, the Wedding and Event Videographers Association (WEVA) honored me with the Bob LeBar Vision Award. We work with several non-profits, including the JDRF, MANNA, The Variety Club, and Donors are Heroes Gift of Life Organ Donor program.