Video Production: Questions To Ask A Potential Employer And How To Gauge If The Team Is Healthy

Video Production: Questions To Ask A Potential Employer And How To Gauge If The Team Is Healthy

My fellow microbudget filmmakers, most of the site's content is for the freelancer (whether on the side or F/T self-employment) and second to our community, the businesses who need videos. 

But what about video producers who are thinking they want to be gainfully employed by someone? I.e. you're someone's W2 problem. You pay half of FICA. You're paid for time-in-chair (e.g. 8-5, M-F). What about these video producers who dream of telling stories of hope on the big screen or the little screen? 

I don't mean to neglect this segment of video production. Truth of the matter is, all of us video producers have a fair shot of making it onto someone's team. And by that, I mean work with a few bright minds as their employee. Yep, we all want to be the next Nolan, but until then, we must work for clients or a company or both.

In this post, I'm going to outline some of the hard lessons I've learned in my past experience of shopping around at other companies/groups. I'm going to give you a tested (not theoretical) approach to navigating interviews and using your God-given senses to know if they're interested in you and if they're a good fit for you.

Bonus: Stick around, after the show, for a free performance by Limozeeeeeeen. Actually, I'll send you pt. 2 of a list of quality questions to ask an employer that I've learned and adapted to our world, questions I learned from people who are much wiser than I am (e.g. Patrick Lencioni). And just as useful, I'll give you the script I've learned to ask about the SALARY question, when you should pop the question, and how to handle any push back, plus YOUR RIGHTS as a worker and what you're not required to divulge. 

Video Production: Don't Waste Precious Time WITH PROPOSALS! Qualify Your Clients First!

Video Production: Don't Waste Precious Time WITH PROPOSALS! Qualify Your Clients First!

Ever had a great-sounding video production gig lined up that totally backfired on you when you got to the price?

Don't worry my fellow microbudget filmmakers and video producers - this post is not a rehashing of the post on tirekickers. This post is rather about questions you need to ask a potential client up front - and fast.

Don't waste your time, your team's time, or their time preparing materials, finding out their problem, demo'ing a solution, and then have nothing to show for it. Don't be a sucker!

Stick around 'til after the show for a free bonus to prime you with EVEN MORE questions to ask your prospect.

Videographers: How To Draft A Video Production Contract Right Now (UPDATED FOR 2018)

Videographers: How To Draft A Video Production Contract Right Now (UPDATED FOR 2018)

This has to be the least-fun-talk we could possibly talk about when it comes to financing and marketing your films.

But the process of drafting video production contracts for you and your videography clients is essential, and today, you're going to learn how to draft said contract, quick, painless, and easy as can be - or you can use the one below. 

Because you're going to do client work. Lots of it in between projects. 

Adjust your attitude and treat each as an opportunity to grow in the areas of:

  • pitching
  • creativity
  • budgeting
  • communication
  • leading

All of which the Christopher Nolans of this world do for a 10-figure film (box office yield). 

Want to impact the world and share the message of hope? Adjust your attitude!

3d animation: what buyers and developers need to know SOUP TO NUTS

3d animation: what buyers and developers need to know SOUP TO NUTS

3d animation!? What the deuce?

That's right. When it comes to niches, 3d animation is not a bad route to go. If you've ever dabbled in animation for your clients, you'll notice you're one of a thousand fishes in the sea who can do 2d animation. 

Ditto live-action video ever since 2008's Canon 5d Mk II and YouTube a few years before it.

Small Business Owners: The Ultimate Guide To Shooting Your Own Videos In 2018

Small Business Owners: The Ultimate Guide To Shooting Your Own Videos In 2018

You're a small business owner? Fantastic! You have zero employees or nobody on staff that does the marketing (other than you)? You're in the right place. In this post, you're going to learn painless, easy-to-follow, simple instructions for shooting your own videos to promote your products/services and making 'em look halfway decent.