I wanted to ask a question regarding the copyright of the actual wedding footage and who owns it. I'm currently in the process of trying to find a videographer for my wedding in September.
I've spoken to several so far and one of the questions I've asked is; Can you provide me with a copy of the raw unedited footage? The reason I want the footage is that because our 13/14 hour day will be condensed into roughly 90 minutes, not everything we want will make the final cut and there may be plenty of "moments" that while not right for the finished movie, would make for great viewing.
Some of the comapnies have said yes, as long as I give them a USB harddrive, some have said they're not sure how to do that and some have just plain said no.
The most recent person I spoke to (whose work I really like) said that becuase the video company retain the copyright to the actual footage, they would not be willing to do that.
Is this an unreasonable request? Do many of you receive similar requests? I don't understand why the videographer retains the copyright to the video rather than the clients who are the subjects and the ones paying upwards of £2k.
Thanks for helping.