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Couple Sues Videographer for $50,000 Over ‘Ridiculous’ Sitcom-like Wedding Video

The video above was created for Brooklyn couple Monica Nikchemny and Felix Komrash when they got married back in September of 2012. It’s only a short preview video (a longer version is included bellow) but you can tell that wedding videography company Visualaz did a great job putting together a memorable wedding video.

So why, then, is the couple suing Visualaz for a whopping $50K?

Apparently, even the video below is only a “trailer.” The final video, which Nikchemny and Komrash only received recently, is so ‘ridiculous’ — the couple claims it is full of sitcom-like sound effects — that it supposedly sent the bride into hysterics.

“[The wedding video] sounded like I was watching an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ with the sound effects in the background,” said Nickchemny. “I was hysterical. I almost had a nervous breakdown.”

And that’s not all Nikchemny is accusing the production company of falling short on.

In court documents filed with the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday Feburary 5th, Nickchemny accuses Visualaz — a company whose founder, Igor Boshoer, is credited with visual effects work done for the Scorsese film “The Wolf of Wall Street” — of showing up to the wedding with only a fraction of the gear agreed upon, missing key moments in the ceremony such as the signing of the Jewish marriage contract and various toasts, and creating a video that upset the now-pregnant Nikchemny so badly it caused ‘medical complications.’

The suit also claims that Boshoer tried to have Komrash dress as a woman for a special ‘love story’ video the couple wanted, going so far as to threaten not to do it at all when the couple refused and suggested a “Coming to America” themed video instead.

And so, for all of these transgressions and more, the couple are suing Visualaz for $50K, which includes the contract fee plus tens of thousands in damages (the official number keeps changing, but a quote from the couple’s lawyer indicates that $50K is the correct number).

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For his part Boshoer is refusing to comment on the matter. “We would love to tell our story, but not allowed to make any comments at this time,” he says. “The cinematography in their video should speak for itself. As soon as this is over I will update everyone.”

Several readers actually sent us this tip yesterday suggesting that we cover the story as a case of “unrealistic expectations,” given the quality of the other videos produced by Boshoer and his team. What do you think?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the full wedding video to show you, but given the accusations being leveled at Boshoer and his company, do you believe the couple is entitled to the tens of thousands they’re asking for? Or is this whole thing being blown out of proportion?

(via SLR Lounge)


 
  • Rob Elliott

    that kinda makes it worse.. where did you learn English the Jersey shore? Double negatives is a bad habit of native English speakers. Particularly from Romantic/Arab mixed languages

  • Zos Xavius

    so where’s the real video? if they don’t want to defend their actions to the public its hard to feel sympathetic.

  • Nuno Ferreira

    No more comments…

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    what in the world is “Racist” about this comment ? Grow UPPPPPPP…you Jewish people out there know how much you pride yourselves on screwing over non Jews……..gimme a break…..

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    The Groom is OBVIOUSLY a Russian Jew….I wouldn’t do business with someone like this for ANYTHING..not worth the hassle..the demands NEVER stop..until they have gotten more from you then they have paid

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    gosh…..what other people exist on the face of the Earth..who’s very name..is racist to use ? JEW JEW JEW JEW JEW….(what is racist about this) ?

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    Muslim, Christian, JEW…..omg..there i go again with the “Overtly Racist Comments”

  • AlbertTorrel

    The truth is that this isn’t the video! This is what this company calls a trailer. They use it to market their own company essentially on couples dimes. Who would pay 13k for a 14min video? The lawsuit isn’t even about the video as a whole. The video is only the underline subject of the lawsuit. The actual lawsuit is about breach of contract. If they would be looking for some sort of money from it, believe me at a wedding like this they have tens of vendors who some of could cost triple the video. Haven’t you people asked yourself, why not file a lawsuit against any of them? From reading the case file on this, its actually a very very good case. By contract the studio was obligated to show up with 4 video cameras, 4 video camera operators, a camera crane, a certified stedicam operator, a camera operator who was sold to have Hollywood credits as well as produce a 2hr long wedding video. At the end none of that showed up exp the owner of the studio with his wife with two still shot camera’s and a stedicam. The end result was a poorly shot wedding and a video that went for less then an hr (54min based on court files). Needless to say they destroyed the poor couples raw footage and name by releasing the sham video you all watched that they tightly edited for use as marketing across multiple social/video networks. What your all saying is its ok to rip people off..

    anyone who see’s a flaw in my comment, I do challenge you to send me an item of great value to yourself that can never be replaced as well as 13k of your money. Ill sign a contract promising you the world, destroy your item kf value, breach 90% of said contract and keep your money. then show the world me holding a perfect version of your item of value claiming this is what I gave you. And really anyone saying recover funds.. are you kidding me? even if the amount was the original 122k a case like this can go well over that in legal fees. this while case give or take if all counts pass would be 50k. The point here isn’t and was never money or publicity! it was to put something on file in the court system to protect other couples from predatory vendors of this sort who feel they can make promises legally bound by contract, not deliver on the majority of it, destroy your raw footage, botch your film and then stop you from showing your points while slandering you because to get your raw footage to try to edit it with another studio the threaten you with doing what they did anyway unless you sign away copyrights. if this sounds like a world you want to do business in I have a bridge and toll boots you need to come look at. im even sure she tried to do this without the courts. its been like 7 months since she received the final cut and she only files now? what do you think she was doing for 7 months?

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    It must be horrible being a Jew…knowing how the world views you people.

  • battlepriest

    Why are you shouting?

  • Daniel McGarrity

    158 comments (and a few racist morons) are to many to process,
    The real thing that should be concerning all of the wedding and event industry media people (videographers, photographers, hybrid types etc) Is that we as a collective group seem to all feel the video is done well. Maybe we nitpick over some minutiae, but we agree this is a professionally done piece of work.

    The concern is a judge, or jury, who CAN’T make a call on the objective nature of the work, and instead applies a subjective aesthetic or worse, a subjective sense of what is or is not an excess. Maybe the judge feels 13K is to much for anyone to spend on a wedding video, and as such expects that all moments must be as choregraphed and as planned as a cinema feature.

    Or maybe, as I suspect, the client simply wants a full refund, but thinks the only way to get it is to ask for $50k…it’s simply not possible to make a case. Though I would love to be a defense attorney, particularly on the subject of her medical complications based on the video…THAT would be priceless, and I promise if attorneys are involved, that claim will be dropped.

    This is truly a client with unmet expectations, I simply hope the photography(and videography) community pay close attention and while a certain schadenfreude may be warranted, there must be an understanding that with access to all forms of media, an educated client is becoming harder and harder to find.

    That education also takes on relevance when it comes to expectations. I fully expect that this particular client may have a similarly outlandish response to people who come to her wedding salon and are disenchanted…I could be wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised

  • Josh Trolio

    I know right? There is a difference between being offended by witnessing someone being mistreated or being mistreated yourself; and deciding to be offended at something that really doesn’t make a difference in your or anyone else’s life really.

  • Babb

    I am quite saddened not to be able to watch this video. It sounds amazing.

  • Parri

    I am also deeply saddened that this has been taken down. If anyone has a link to this hidden away somewhere then do post. Sounds amazing.