Ton-Essa & Steve met @ theatre school in NYC. After having sushi in Bryant Park , cigars in Soho and holding hands in little Italy, they were inseparable. Together, they have produced plays, written & directed short films, zig-zagged the globe via planes, trains, bicycles and foot; always with camera in hand and a playful curiosity for new experiences.
Our style is modern, clean, elegant and always cinematic.
Loudbyte signature wedding films are often described as stunning, exciting, romantic, epic and compelling stories. Each wedding film is unique and true to the couples they were created for. The tempo and pacing of each film is based upon the events and personality of each client. In addition to the bride and groom, the family and bridal party also become central in the storyline. Each wedding film incorporates a licensed soundtrack and real dialogue from the wedding day. The films are an estimated 5-7 minutes in duration but may vary based upon the amount of hours and the content of the day.
Concept Films are a scripted fictional story starring you, your fiance and friends. Our concept films exists in a genre of their own and are the closest offering to a genuine hollywood film starring you,your fiancé and friends. The script may be loosely based upon your real relationship or any other idea/concept that we explore. Many of our couples describe this experience as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feel like a movie star. The process of filming is an adventure, often times hilarious and unique to say the least. Years later, many of our former clients email us to reminisce about the amazing adventures we shared together.
A Loudbyte destination production captures both the story of your wedding and the amazing environment you have to chosen to get married in. The final film is about 5-10 minutes in duration and varies depending upon locations and content. In addition to the wedding coverage, we can join you on many local adventures such as rafting, hiking, biking..etc. Imagine having a professional film crew to capture and document photo and film of your adventures together!
We really enjoyed working with Steve & Ton-Essa. Deciding to make a wedding film with Loudbyte, as opposed a traditional videographer, was truly a unique and memorable experience. From the beginning Loudbyte was very prompt and professional. I really appreciate their passion and enthusiasm. Our conversations and meetings got us really excited about filming our wedding day. We had a few hiccups planning our schedule because of complications with our venue, but Steve and Ton-Essa were flexible and understanding. The wedding venue might have caused us a lot of stress, but it was always a relief to talk to Steve and Ton-Essa because they helped put us at ease. The day of the wedding they were on time, prepared and helped make sure we got all the shots we needed for the film according to the schedule we had discussed. They were team players had no problems coordinating with our DJ and photographer. To sum things up, they are professional, creative, and passionate about their work. Mirini + Jason
Meticulous planning goes into each wedding we accept. This means bringing the right tools for the job. Our bags are never packed for the season. Instead, we pack each bag based upon the needs and creative ideas of your individual wedding. In order to create a Loudbyte Film, we bring cinema grade cameras, lenses varying from super wide to super tight, tiny microphones, recorders, hand-held microphones, moving cameras, drones, cranes, tripods..etc
The relationships we develop with our clients allow us to personalize each wedding story. By the time the wedding day arrives, we already know each other. We often receive invitations for dinner & drinks from many of our former clients long after their wedding. We believe this speaks highly about our efforts and desire to make the best possible films for our clients.
Experience is knowing how to achieve consistent results in ever-challenging situations. Couples often ask if we have previously worked at their venue of choice. While the venue may be the same, your wedding will not be. You will most likely have different vendors, timeline and needs. This is the key to an experienced team and part of your investment in Loudbyte.
Loudbyte produces nothing short of a fantastic wedding film. Every person that watched our movie was moved to tears. The emotion and excitement that was conveyed was incredible . We had a very tight timeline with a lot going on before the ceremony began and Steve and Ton-Essa were able to maneuver through it all and still get us all the footage we needed to make a beautiful film.
We were very fortunate to have Steve and Ton-Essa film our entire love story. Steve and Ton-Essa were nothing but professional, extremely kind and genuinely caring throughout the entire process. We were referred to Steve and Ton-Essa by one of our friends, and we’re extremely happy we made that choice. Not only did I see Steve and Ton-Essa perform exceptionally on for 8 days straight, but I still see their giving it their all at other love stories I watched. They are extremely hard-working and they always have a lot of ideas which makes the film to the best effect. I highly recommend Steve and Ton-Essa for your love story and wedding! You won’t regret!
Sissi & Li
I was first introduced to the concept of a wedding film when a co-worker shared her film on Facebook. Even though I did not attend that wedding, I watched their film over and over again. I’d never experienced such emotion looking at wedding pictures but every time I watched their film I cried. When we first met with Steve and Ton-Essa I told them this story and said I want to make people cry too. (in a good way of course.) Steve and Ton-Essa delivered a film for us that was our exponentially beyond expectations. Michael and I want to share our film with everyone we meet. The Loudbyte team was a pleasure to work with, especially on the day of our wedding. Taking some time out to focus on our film during the wedding day also gave us some memorable time to step away from the busyness of the day and focus on just us, husband and wife. I can’t say enough that the investment made was well worth it. We have received fantastic feedback from friends and family and know that we will cherish this film and the memories it captured for us for years to come.
Abby & Michael Cooper
Nothing but amazing! Steve and Ton-Essa were absolutely fantastic to work with and we could not have been more thrilled with our film! The day of the wedding they were early, organized and ready to start filming right away. Not only were they great from a professional stand point, they are just really cool people in general. Never once did we feel they were too invasive and at the ceremony the only time I noticed them was when I was walking down the aisle after we were married. As a caterer in Chicago, I’ve had the pleasure of working with this team at a different wedding. Not only were they professional throughout the entire night but they were so great at finding the right vantage point, it was like they weren’t event there. I can say nothing but great things working with them as a Bride and a vendor. Advice: If you don’t go with them, just forgo a film all together because you will be severely disappointed.
Katie & Austin Morris
We really enjoyed working with Steve & Ton-Essa. Deciding to make a wedding film with Loudbyte, as opposed a traditional videographer, was truly a unique and memorable experience. From the beginning Loudbyte was very prompt and professional. I really appreciate their passion and enthusiasm. Our conversations and meetings got us really excited about filming our wedding day. We had a few hiccups planning our schedule because of complications with our venue, but Steve and Ton-Essa were flexible and understanding. The wedding venue might have caused us a lot of stress, but it was always a relief to talk to Steve and Ton-Essa because they helped put us at ease. The day of the wedding they were on time, prepared and helped make sure we got all the shots we needed for the film according to the schedule we had discussed. They were team players had no problems coordinating with our DJ and photographer. To sum things up, they are professional, creative, and passionate about their work.
Mirini + Jason Kim
The first thing I noticed upon stumbling on Loudbyte were all the fantastic reviews. I was really impressed with all the great things everyone had to say... not to mention after watching a few of their trailers, I was blown away with the move-like quality work they produce... but I thought, could this be too good to be true? Well it wasn't! They are seriously nothing short of brilliant and creative geniuses. They are passionate and love what they do, and it oozes throughout all their work.
This was our experience: (I love details, so I'll try to be as detailed as possible). Originally my husband and I hired Loudbyte to cover film our wedding. We were hosting our wedding in my hometown of Chicago, but we live in NJ. So we started off the business relationship via phone/internet. It was tough to work with certain vendors this way, but I immediately recognized and appreciated Ton'Essa and Steve's professionalism, timeliness and ease of conversation. They were full of ideas, and enthusiasm which made it so easy to begin the relationship. They have a great balance to them, which matched well with our personalities as well, so we hit it off from the start. The first time we met was at their studio, which is a charming reflection and glimpse into their personalities. They sat with for a few hours and walked us through the day-of schedule and how it would all work. They also gave great suggestions on streamlining our reception and great tips as well. I left feeling excited and knew I had entrusted the right ppl to take on this task. Leading up to the wedding, (actually a week before), I had this crazy idea to shoot a "Welcome video" for our guests, to play just before we made our grand entrance. I shot Steve and Ton'Essa an email asking them what they thought about it. They set up a conference call immediately, and a simple idea turned into an exciting full day shoot around downtown Chicago filming what turned out to be one of the most amazing pieces of work I could have ever asked for. I want to add, the shoot was only 3 days before the wedding, it was scorching hot outside, and yet they lugged their equipment through out the streets, sweating, and dehydrated (and this is no exaggeration), and yet neither stopped until they got what they felt were the perfect shots.. They were literally with us for approx 10 hours shooting and yet maintained the same vibrant attitude, energy and sense of humor throughout the entire shoot.. which helped b/c there were moments when I felt exhausted, yet having them so excited to shoot all the different scenes kept my excitement level high as well. They had 2 days to cut and edit that video before the wedding day and they came through like the champs they are. That video has become a sensation amongst our friends, and I have gotten more emails and facebook messages from strangers who somehow saw it because a friend of a friend forwarded it along and they just needed to tell me how amazing it was. You see, Steve and Ton'Essa just don't film footage, they're story tellers and that is what makes them unique and wonderful. We've yet to see the final cut of our wedding day.. and they are also going to be cutting up the footage from our honey moon to make a video out of that as well.. so I have a lot to look forward to and am so excited for that. I trust the final videos are going to be just as amazing as the welcome video. I know this review is lengthy, but I wouldn't be doing them justice if I hadn't elaborated on their talent. So again, if you are on the fence or exploring other options, don't even bother... Loudbyte has yet to disappoint and plain and simple; are the real deal!
Maria & Giovanni
west loop | chicago
Scripts are written, locations are planned, you're the star. The film premieres at your wedding...and yes, we have way too much fun!
We will shoot your wedding on a beach, castle, mountain top..you name it, we can make it happen!
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