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TURNING YOUR WEDDING DAY INTO A TIMELESS PIECE OF VISUAL ART

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Born and raised on a fragile sandbar in North Carolina, our work is crafted to steer wedding films away from the traditional, tired videos that everyone is used to by creating high quality, cinematic wedding films that adhere to and uphold artistic integrity, creativity, and beauty. 

GALLERY

A few of our favorite films

INVESTMENT

Packages and pricing for our
2019-2020 seasons

MEET THE TEAM

The dudes behind the cameras

TESTIMONIALS

Kind words from our awesome couples

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chris hannant

owner / videographer / editor / aspiring sailor

chris ELLISON

videographer / Editor/ trivia night frequenter

Woody Harris

VIDEOGRAPHER / ex pro skimboarder

Chris Hannant has been shooting photography for over ten years at home on the Outer Banks, but after obtaining a BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design, he fell in love with the creative process and dynamics of film. His photographic eye along with an appreciation for natural light and beauty has spilled into his film making to create a unique perspective within the realm of video. His photography and film making has taken him across 44 states, 27 countries, and 5 continents, sharpening his skills to working in environments beyond imagination. In 2010 he created Swell Productions.

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Chris Ellison grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Televison, he returned to the Outer Banks to create local films with an artful mindset. With a focus on documentary film making Ellison is able to capture real life moments in a creative and artistic way.

chris ELLISON

videographer / Editor

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Woody was born and raised on the Outer Banks. He was an avid skimboarder during his formative years, and eventually pursued a professional skimboarding career which brought him to California for 5 years. During his time out West he took up filming and photographing local skimboarders and surfers which soon became a passion. After moving back to North Carolina, and earning a bachelors degree in aviation science from Elizabeth City State University, he did what most college graduates do, took a job that had nothing to do with his degree. He now daylights as a real estate photographer and videographer, and moonlights as a wedding videographer.

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TEAM

In order to give each couple the time and attention they deserve, we only take a select number of bookings each year. Follow the link below to see what we offer and then shoot us a message on our contact page! Tell us a little about yourselves and your wedding -  we'd love to create a film for you.

INVESTMENT

view 2019-2020 pricing details

Two Videographers
Unlimited Locations
All Equipment (Yes, we have a drone!)
Instagram and Facebook posts
Custom USB Drive
Cinematic Short Film
Featurette

what you get

investment

Our Featurette is a much longer video (30 minutes to an hour) which will include the complete ceremony, toasts, dances, and tons of additional special details that we couldn’t squeeze into your short. All the stuff you’ll want as memories but may not be as suitable for posting to Facebook. Don’t be fooled; these are just as beautiful as the Cinematic Shorts and so much fun to watch! Think of it as an artistic documentary film of your wedding day. If you’d like to see an example let us know and we’d be happy to send one your way.

cinematic short

The Cinematic Short is a gorgeous 4-6 minute short film set to music and includes live audio from your wedding that serves as voiceover. This film captures all the standout details and special moments from your day, from prep to reception. It’s the perfect length to share online with friends and family. Simple and elegant, you’ll feel like you’re in a movie trailer. 

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8 hours of filming – $4200

This typically allows for the full ceremony and a little bit of time on both sides, or a more on just one side. You can adjust your window to include whichever is more important for you to have captured pre or post ceremony!

6 hours of filming – $3700

Our most popular choice! We like to show up about 1-2 hours before the ceremony to get ample prep footage, and then stay until just after the party kicks off to get everyone’s best dance moves. 

4 hours of filming – $2800

This is our full-day package and while you can add time if you need it, we find this is almost always enough for us to get everything! This option will provide the fullest, most well-rounded film and cinematic experience for the viewer.

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Need more time? On a budget? Contact us for a custom quote!

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extras

let's do this!

Animated Short Add-On - $600

This is something brand new we are super excited about! Tell us your love story and we will turn it into a hand made stop-go animation to be played for your guests during your cocktail hour or reception. You will also get a digital upload for sharing online so you can tell your story to the world! Check out Leah and Orlando’s short here and see if you can guess what they do for a living:

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This was by far the best investment I have EVER made and certainly the best investment we made for our wedding.

While I loved all of my wedding vendors, Swell (Chris and Chris) was my absolute favorite! If I had to do without every vendor at my wedding except one, Swell is the vendor I would choose again and again. This was by far the best investment I have EVER made and certainly the best investment we made for our wedding. Chris and Chris were amazing to work with (and I wish we lived in OBX so we could be friends with them), yet I felt like half the time we didn’t know they were there but somehow they captured every moment and were never intrusive. We’ve watched our video and our short so many times I can’t even keep track. It always makes us and our friends and family tear up. Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!

I LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN!

“Don’t laugh at this statement but…I LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN! The short video and the feature film were so amazing and we are so incredibly thankful we had Chris and “other Chris” as our videographers. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better! You two are so talented and the OBX is lucky to have y’all! I can’t wait to watch this video for years to come. It’s something I will cherish forever. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

The first time I saw our short film, I had chills from head to toe and happy tears streaming down my face.

I was left speechless afterwards and I ended up watching it at least 100 times more that day and probably 1,000 times more since then. Swell Productions should be your first vendor selection (after choosing a date and venue of course). They book up quick because they are the best, so don’t wait! They capture the most beautiful and romantic moments of your special day so you can relive it over and over again. You don’t want anyone else for this job. Our wedding film is something I will cherish forever. The detail they put into your wedding film is what makes them stand out from the rest. They truly are the most talented videographers out there. You will not regret hiring these professionals. Thank you guys so much for capturing the most spectacular moments of our wedding.

I joked with my family and said they were the Martin Scorsese of the wedding film world.

I wasn’t planning on using a videographer at all for our wedding, however after stumbling across some wedding videos of complete strangers and being a sobbing mess by the end of the film, I knew I had to have them. You will not find a better videographer team than the incredibly talented men of Swell. I joked with my family and said they were the Martin Scorsese of the wedding film world. The quality of your film is a real life movie, it’s priceless. They do an excellent job of staying out of the way for the wedding (I barely saw them), but by looking at our film, they captured everything. Hands down the best decision I made during our wedding process was hiring Swell Productions. Their work speaks for themselves so check them out now!!

We could not have imagined a more amazing masterpiece.

Words can’t express the gratefulness my husband and I have for Chris Hannant and the Swell Productions crew. Our perfect day went by so fast, but now we have the most exceptional video to relive the most special moments from
that day for the rest of our lives. Their creativity, talent, hard work, and professionalism went above and beyond our expectations. We could not have imagined a more amazing masterpiece. Thank you for capturing and being a part of our special day. I could have written a novel about how great ya’ll are.

If you are considering any other videographer for your wedding, you should think again.

Chris Hannant and the Swell Productions team is the ABSOLUTE BEST! If you are considering any other videographer for your wedding, you should think again. The short film and documentary cut that Chris and team produced for us was second to none. After first meeting Chris a few days prior to our wedding, we could immediately see the passion, the vision and the meticulous attention to detail he puts in every aspect of the production. And not to mention he is just an all-around good guy! My Wife and I cannot thank Chris and his team enough for what they created – They captured every single detail of our wedding day better than we could have ever imagined.

I say ‘gave’ because having him film our wedding truly was a gift.

Chris gave us outstanding memories of what we were experiencing in our first fleeting moments of marriage. I say ‘gave’ because having him film our wedding truly was a gift. His gorgeous portrayal was seamless and heartfelt, and he was quietly unobtrusive, really capturing the overwhelming emotions present in our day.

After watching the finished short film for the first time, I had absolutely no words. My husband cried.

After watching the finished short film for the first time, I had absolutely no words. My husband cried. The piece came out so beautifully and took us back to that special day like no photo ever could. It is truly a work of art that we are going to cherish forever and I can’t think of a better memento for our day. Chris has such a talent for putting moments, seemingly ‘random’ moments, together into a finished piece of art. I would not change a thing… thank you Chris!