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martinFILMS

Oakland , CA
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2934 ford street # 29
Oakland, CA US 94601 (map)

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510-325-7750

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ABOUT US

martinFILMS is headed by Oakland-based filmmaker Martin Meyer, who works both solo and as the director of a crew of talented associates, as required by each project. Trained in Germany... Read more
martinFILMS is headed by Oakland-based filmmaker Martin Meyer, who works both solo and as the director of a crew of talented associates, as required by each project. Trained in Germany and New York, he brings the approach of a documentary filmmaker and the eye of an artist to his films. With more than fifteen years experience in client-centered filmmaking, Meyer sets the easygoing, non-obtrusive tone for martinFILMS shoots, delighting clients who have invited martinFILMS into their important moments. You can reach Martin at 510.325.7750 or through martinFILMS.com to share ideas for the film about your wedding. Read less
Videography

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form
What do your packages include?
Ceremony, Edited Video, Montage - Wedding Highlights, Multiple Cameras, Multiple Videographers, Online Highlight Films, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What formats can the final video be in?
Blu-Ray, DVD
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We really enjoyed working with Martin for our wedding. I had seen some of his work online before booking him, and chose him for his style and the artistry he puts into his films. His films are not just a bunch of clips hacked together but rather really evoke a sense of elegance and romanticism perfect for wedding footage. When I first talked to him he was very good about asking us about what moments on the big day were going to matter the most to us, to be sore to focus his filming on those. I also had the chance to meet with him once in person before our wedding, and he was great to talk with. Just a genuine artist who really enjoys what he does. We hired him for 2 days for our wedding events, and both days he was there earlier than the time we had asked him to be there, all set up and ready to go. He was great at capturing all of our favorite moments while never interrupting the flow of the day. It was an Indian wedding...meaning that there was so much going on...dancing, a horse, a huge guest count, etc. but Martin captured it all. We booked a photographer that he had never worked with, but they worked very well together and were both able to give us a fantastic product even though we didn't allot much time for picture taking in the middle of our events. In the final product, on top of capturing our favorite memories of the day, I noticed his fantastic ability to set his clips to music. The films are timed perfectly. I highly recommend MartinFILMS!
We really enjoyed working with Martin for our wedding. I had seen some of his work online before booking him, and chose Read more...
We really enjoyed working with Martin for our wedding. I had seen some of his work online before booking him, and chose him for his style and the artistry he puts into his films. His films are not just a bunch of clips hacked together but rather really evoke a sense of elegance and romanticism perfect for wedding footage. When I first talked to him he was very good about asking us about what moments on the big day were going to matter the most to us, to be sore to focus his filming on those. I also had the chance to meet with him once in person before our wedding, and he was great to talk with. Just a genuine artist who really enjoys what he does. We hired him for 2 days for our wedding events, and both days he was there earlier than the time we had asked him to be there, all set up and ready to go. He was great at capturing all of our favorite moments while never interrupting the flow of the day. It was an Indian wedding...meaning that there was so much going on...dancing, a horse, a huge guest count, etc. but Martin captured it all. We booked a photographer that he had never worked with, but they worked very well together and were both able to give us a fantastic product even though we didn't allot much time for picture taking in the middle of our events. In the final product, on top of capturing our favorite memories of the day, I noticed his fantastic ability to set his clips to music. The films are timed perfectly. I highly recommend MartinFILMS! Read less
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Deborah
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
I had the privilege of working with Martin at martinFILMS for both my own wedding (in 2011) and my daughter's wedding (last year in 2013). Martin's video work has provided us with a very rich and memorable resource for these very special days. We are so thrilled with his work.

My own dabbling with video creation as a hobby has helped me to better appreciate Martin's talent as a videographer and as an artist. We had two very different wedding themes - with my wedding in 2011 following a relatively traditional (though on the fancy-side) garden wedding with all our eight grown children and two brand new grandbabies in the wedding party - and my daughter and son-in-law's more rustic (though elegant) wedding, involving a two-day family camp in the redwoods. Melissa and Justin had a beautiful ceremony in an open field, under an arch adorned with flowers, with hay bale seating and a large wedding party. Their wedding weekend involved numerous activities and festivities including a campfire and games, an amazing live band at the reception and folk dancing!

Martin captured the spirit of each day in amazing detail - and provided a fresh and loving perspective of these special days, including all the traditional elements of the day as well as unexpected moments. His use of multiple cameras and his editing work is truly amazing. We treasure the videos he created for us and trust and appreciate his good eye for capturing our most precious events. I highly recommend Martin as a videographer. He is wonderful and gracious to work with and is a talented professional in his work.
I had the privilege of working with Martin at martinFILMS for both my own wedding (in 2011) and my daughter's wedding Read more...
I had the privilege of working with Martin at martinFILMS for both my own wedding (in 2011) and my daughter's wedding (last year in 2013). Martin's video work has provided us with a very rich and memorable resource for these very special days. We are so thrilled with his work.

My own dabbling with video creation as a hobby has helped me to better appreciate Martin's talent as a videographer and as an artist. We had two very different wedding themes - with my wedding in 2011 following a relatively traditional (though on the fancy-side) garden wedding with all our eight grown children and two brand new grandbabies in the wedding party - and my daughter and son-in-law's more rustic (though elegant) wedding, involving a two-day family camp in the redwoods. Melissa and Justin had a beautiful ceremony in an open field, under an arch adorned with flowers, with hay bale seating and a large wedding party. Their wedding weekend involved numerous activities and festivities including a campfire and games, an amazing live band at the reception and folk dancing!

Martin captured the spirit of each day in amazing detail - and provided a fresh and loving perspective of these special days, including all the traditional elements of the day as well as unexpected moments. His use of multiple cameras and his editing work is truly amazing. We treasure the videos he created for us and trust and appreciate his good eye for capturing our most precious events. I highly recommend Martin as a videographer. He is wonderful and gracious to work with and is a talented professional in his work. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We love our beautiful video! The music and the visuals were edited perfectly!
We love our beautiful video! The music and the visuals were edited perfectly!
We love our beautiful video! The music and the visuals were edited perfectly! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely wonderful! Loved our wedding film!
Absolutely wonderful! Loved our wedding film!
Absolutely wonderful! Loved our wedding film! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Selecting a videographer was one of the toughest decisions when planning our wedding. So much work goes into the details and the day goes by so fast, so it was very important to me to have a creative, high quality reproduction of the wedding day. Martin was incredibly professional from our first inquiries, through the planning stages, to the wedding itself. I was immediately impressed by his responsiveness to all my questions and how receptive he was to my suggestions and requests. By the time the wedding day came, I was completely confident in his ability to do the job with his own unique style, while still incorporating all the nuances that were important to my husband and me.

At the wedding, Martin was as professional as ever. He arrived early, he was unobtrusive – particularly during our ceremony – and he stayed late to capture every important moment. The assistant he hired was equally professional and talented. Martin was well-prepared with multiple high quality HD cameras, to capture a variety of angles and provide redundancy in the unlikely event one of them broke. He works very hard and takes great pride in the quality and thoroughness of his work.

The true test of course, is the final product. My husband and I are extremely pleased with all three of the films Martin made for us. The quality and continuity of each film is excellent. The highlight film is short and sweet, capturing snippets of all the important moments – a wonderful treat for guests! The full length film (about 45 minutes), is the perfect documentary of the day, recording each of the big events, but still taking time to focus on the important details I spent so much time putting together. But our absolute favorite is the short film. In 15 minutes, Martin put together a non-linear, elegant story of our wedding day, stringing together a series of intimate moments with my husband and me, to a voice over of my father’s beautiful speech. Martin is an artist.
Selecting a videographer was one of the toughest decisions when planning our wedding. So much work goes into the details Read more...
Selecting a videographer was one of the toughest decisions when planning our wedding. So much work goes into the details and the day goes by so fast, so it was very important to me to have a creative, high quality reproduction of the wedding day. Martin was incredibly professional from our first inquiries, through the planning stages, to the wedding itself. I was immediately impressed by his responsiveness to all my questions and how receptive he was to my suggestions and requests. By the time the wedding day came, I was completely confident in his ability to do the job with his own unique style, while still incorporating all the nuances that were important to my husband and me.

At the wedding, Martin was as professional as ever. He arrived early, he was unobtrusive – particularly during our ceremony – and he stayed late to capture every important moment. The assistant he hired was equally professional and talented. Martin was well-prepared with multiple high quality HD cameras, to capture a variety of angles and provide redundancy in the unlikely event one of them broke. He works very hard and takes great pride in the quality and thoroughness of his work.

The true test of course, is the final product. My husband and I are extremely pleased with all three of the films Martin made for us. The quality and continuity of each film is excellent. The highlight film is short and sweet, capturing snippets of all the important moments – a wonderful treat for guests! The full length film (about 45 minutes), is the perfect documentary of the day, recording each of the big events, but still taking time to focus on the important details I spent so much time putting together. But our absolute favorite is the short film. In 15 minutes, Martin put together a non-linear, elegant story of our wedding day, stringing together a series of intimate moments with my husband and me, to a voice over of my father’s beautiful speech. Martin is an artist. Read less
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cregan
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
MartinFilms by far exceeded our expectations. Martin himself is extremely professional, personable and talented in what he does. When shooting the video for our wedding he gets the shot he needs without being in the way. You hardly know he is there. His communication skills are terrific and he is very thorough in finding out all the important details before your wedding day so that he is prepared for the shoot.
I would highly recommend MartinFilms for your wedding. We are so pleased with our video. It truly feels like a professional film as opposed to a cheesy wedding video. We have had countless compliments from friends and family on the final product! Thank you Martin!
MartinFilms by far exceeded our expectations. Martin himself is extremely professional, personable and talented in what he Read more...
MartinFilms by far exceeded our expectations. Martin himself is extremely professional, personable and talented in what he does. When shooting the video for our wedding he gets the shot he needs without being in the way. You hardly know he is there. His communication skills are terrific and he is very thorough in finding out all the important details before your wedding day so that he is prepared for the shoot.
I would highly recommend MartinFilms for your wedding. We are so pleased with our video. It truly feels like a professional film as opposed to a cheesy wedding video. We have had countless compliments from friends and family on the final product! Thank you Martin! Read less
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anita
Wedding:
1/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Martin was the consummate professional. Very flexible - we were lucky that he was available on relatively short notice, as we had an 'off season' (January) wedding in the bay area. His work is outstanding! We feel like our wedding video is a fine documentary film. Even with the short amount of time we had to prepare, he got to know us as a couple and captured the essence of our union and all the details that made our wedding day so special and complete. AND he did his best to work within our budget. I give the highest recommendation for his services!
Martin was the consummate professional. Very flexible - we were lucky that he was available on relatively short notice, as Read more...
Martin was the consummate professional. Very flexible - we were lucky that he was available on relatively short notice, as we had an 'off season' (January) wedding in the bay area. His work is outstanding! We feel like our wedding video is a fine documentary film. Even with the short amount of time we had to prepare, he got to know us as a couple and captured the essence of our union and all the details that made our wedding day so special and complete. AND he did his best to work within our budget. I give the highest recommendation for his services! Read less
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CubsFan
Wedding:
7/12/2008
5.0/5.0
We used Martin Meyer as our wedding videographer and couldn't be happier with our video and with the process of working with Martin. Not only was it a pleasure to work with Martin leading up to the wedding, his unobtrusive work style and desire to be accommodating put everyone at ease on the big day. We are thrilled with how everything turned out and would recommend Martin without reservations!
We used Martin Meyer as our wedding videographer and couldn't be happier with our video and with the process of working Read more...
We used Martin Meyer as our wedding videographer and couldn't be happier with our video and with the process of working with Martin. Not only was it a pleasure to work with Martin leading up to the wedding, his unobtrusive work style and desire to be accommodating put everyone at ease on the big day. We are thrilled with how everything turned out and would recommend Martin without reservations! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/26/2006
5.0/5.0
Martin Meyer is an extremely talented videographer. He is professional, creative and has a unique eye. My husband and I were looking for a documentary style wedding video and Martin surpassed our expectations.
Martin Meyer is an extremely talented videographer. He is professional, creative and has a unique eye. My husband and I Read more...
Martin Meyer is an extremely talented videographer. He is professional, creative and has a unique eye. My husband and I were looking for a documentary style wedding video and Martin surpassed our expectations. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
It was wonderful working with Martin. He made a beautiful wedding video for my husband and I, and was very professional. I hope he continues to make people happy with his creative vision and personal touches.
It was wonderful working with Martin. He made a beautiful wedding video for my husband and I, and was very professional. I Read more...
It was wonderful working with Martin. He made a beautiful wedding video for my husband and I, and was very professional. I hope he continues to make people happy with his creative vision and personal touches. Read less
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Leyla
Wedding:
10/18/2013
4.9/5.0
We had the pleasure of having Martin for our wedding in Sonoma County. After weeks of searching for a professional videographer and after I was disappointed with the lack of responsiveness and integrity of another individual, finding Martin was a rescue to our upcoming ceremony.

I was looking for a videographer whose style was fresh and modern, yet maintained the classical nature of a wedding. We didn't like the "cheesy" old styles out there, nor did we want to end up with a pretentious Hollywood type movie that didn't feel like our very selves. Martin had an artistic documentary approach that was exactly what we wanted.

Martin was professional and very responsive; a thing I valued most in selecting a wedding vendor. He was friendly, asked about our traditions and answered all our questions. Altogether, he made me 'feel good' about wanting to select him. He respected our price point and was flexible in adjusting his time to meet our needs. He is punctual and realizes the unexpected schedule changes on the day-of, which happen in most weddings. He managed to work smoothly with our families in our absence, by capturing the ambiance, the decor, and the behind-the-scenes, all what we had missed while being at a different location taking pictures before the ceremony. Throughout the day, he worked perfectly alongside our photographer, causing no interruption in the natural course of events.

Martin was prompt in delivering the final products: the 'short edit' (highlights) and the 'documentary edit' (full coverage) including chapters. Though we had the impression that the full coverage could have been edited slightly more meticulously, perhaps by mixing some scenes to eliminate particular silent moments, the short film truly captured the highlights perfectly. It was edited artistically, included the design elements on which we had spent months of planning, and most importantly, captured the priceless facial expressions and emotions, things that are never repeated.
We had the pleasure of having Martin for our wedding in Sonoma County. After weeks of searching for a professional Read more...
We had the pleasure of having Martin for our wedding in Sonoma County. After weeks of searching for a professional videographer and after I was disappointed with the lack of responsiveness and integrity of another individual, finding Martin was a rescue to our upcoming ceremony.

I was looking for a videographer whose style was fresh and modern, yet maintained the classical nature of a wedding. We didn't like the "cheesy" old styles out there, nor did we want to end up with a pretentious Hollywood type movie that didn't feel like our very selves. Martin had an artistic documentary approach that was exactly what we wanted.

Martin was professional and very responsive; a thing I valued most in selecting a wedding vendor. He was friendly, asked about our traditions and answered all our questions. Altogether, he made me 'feel good' about wanting to select him. He respected our price point and was flexible in adjusting his time to meet our needs. He is punctual and realizes the unexpected schedule changes on the day-of, which happen in most weddings. He managed to work smoothly with our families in our absence, by capturing the ambiance, the decor, and the behind-the-scenes, all what we had missed while being at a different location taking pictures before the ceremony. Throughout the day, he worked perfectly alongside our photographer, causing no interruption in the natural course of events.

Martin was prompt in delivering the final products: the 'short edit' (highlights) and the 'documentary edit' (full coverage) including chapters. Though we had the impression that the full coverage could have been edited slightly more meticulously, perhaps by mixing some scenes to eliminate particular silent moments, the short film truly captured the highlights perfectly. It was edited artistically, included the design elements on which we had spent months of planning, and most importantly, captured the priceless facial expressions and emotions, things that are never repeated. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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elena
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.9/5.0
Martin has provided great service on our wedding day. We looked for a videographer in the last minute only couple weeks before our wedding, and a few other videographers all recommended Martin. After looking at his previous work, we were happy to choose Martin as our wedding videographer. On the wedding day, Martin did a fantastic job by being there the whole time but made us feel that he was not there almost. He had the great professionalism of carrying out his work but in no way intrusive to our event. We were happy about that.
When the final products were shared with us, we were also very happy that the short film was done beautifully and we loved it.
In summary, we enjoyed working w/ Martin and his work. He was flexible, professional, accomodating, and talented. Highly recommend Martin and his work.
Martin has provided great service on our wedding day. We looked for a videographer in the last minute only couple weeks Read more...
Martin has provided great service on our wedding day. We looked for a videographer in the last minute only couple weeks before our wedding, and a few other videographers all recommended Martin. After looking at his previous work, we were happy to choose Martin as our wedding videographer. On the wedding day, Martin did a fantastic job by being there the whole time but made us feel that he was not there almost. He had the great professionalism of carrying out his work but in no way intrusive to our event. We were happy about that.
When the final products were shared with us, we were also very happy that the short film was done beautifully and we loved it.
In summary, we enjoyed working w/ Martin and his work. He was flexible, professional, accomodating, and talented. Highly recommend Martin and his work. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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mseminario
Wedding:
11/22/2008
4.9/5.0
Martin was able to encapsulate the joy and emotion of my wedding day in 2 minutes... his short video has been sent to so many of our loved ones around the world, and as a result they feel as if have shared in our joy. He has a special talent in editing and capturing the defining. He surpassed my expectations of quality of the product.
Martin was able to encapsulate the joy and emotion of my wedding day in 2 minutes... his short video has been sent to so Read more...
Martin was able to encapsulate the joy and emotion of my wedding day in 2 minutes... his short video has been sent to so many of our loved ones around the world, and as a result they feel as if have shared in our joy. He has a special talent in editing and capturing the defining. He surpassed my expectations of quality of the product. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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WeddedBliss
Wedding:
9/25/2010
4.8/5.0
We just got our wedding video in the mail, and I really can't say enough about it. The quality of the work is absolutely superb, and he captured moments that reflect who we are as a couple. Unlike the garden variety cheesy wedding videos that we've all seen, Martin's work is art quality--it's like he makes a professional documentary of your wedding day. He was responsive and flexible throughout our planning process, he listened to what we wanted, and he also helped us get the end product we desired while remaining mindful of our price point.
We just got our wedding video in the mail, and I really can't say enough about it. The quality of the work is absolutely Read more...
We just got our wedding video in the mail, and I really can't say enough about it. The quality of the work is absolutely superb, and he captured moments that reflect who we are as a couple. Unlike the garden variety cheesy wedding videos that we've all seen, Martin's work is art quality--it's like he makes a professional documentary of your wedding day. He was responsive and flexible throughout our planning process, he listened to what we wanted, and he also helped us get the end product we desired while remaining mindful of our price point. Read less
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