Video Production: Questions To Ask A Potential Employer And How To Gauge If The Team Is Healthy (Updated For 2020)

Video Production: Questions To Ask A Potential Employer And How To Gauge If The Team Is Healthy (Updated For 2020)

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 Producers: Prospects You Don't Want As Clients

Video Producers: Prospects You Don't Want As Clients

Bold Nation!

No fancy-schmancy words here - just a straightforward, easy post you can read right now about a handful of clues a video production prospect will give you to let you know they’re not the clients you’re looking for. After this post, you’ll know when to say “adios” before wasting anymore of your time - or theirs for that matter.

And… if you make it through this entire buffet of a post, I’ll throw in three more clues in the bonus section.

VIDEO PRODUCERS: What Do I Charge? Give Your Client An Exact Quote In The First Chat (Updated for 2019)

VIDEO PRODUCERS: What Do I Charge? Give Your Client An Exact Quote In The First Chat (Updated for 2019)

Fellow budding filmmakers and video producers, I know your pain when it comes to price-sensitive shoppers in need of video production. I also know speed is a currency in this new digital economy. You don't want to waste the client's time or yours when it comes to quoting your services. 

Our work in videos is extremely mathematical (as far the time goes), right down to the time spent color-grading and backing up footage in the cloud. After this post and its sequel post, I fully intend to equip you with the know-how to compute your quotes at the drop of a hat. 

Microbudget Filmmakers: Don't Be A Do-It-All - Get A Casting Director! (Updated for 2019)

Microbudget Filmmakers: Don't Be A Do-It-All - Get A Casting Director! (Updated for 2019)

Next time you, my fellow microbudget filmmaker, must cast several speaking roles and featured non-speaking roles, plus gobs of extras, you need to delegate this position.

Want to grow? Delegate.

I struggle with it. Chances are you do too if you're here. I don't mean it as a slight against us; it's a reality check: we need to level up, and we'll never reach millions with stories of hope if all we do are the "I shot this over the weekend with a Sigma 18-35 mm" types of videos. I've been hard on them lately - I don't see myself letting up anytime soon, so buckle up.

Filmmakers: do's and do not’s for hiring crew (UPDATED FOR 2019)

Filmmakers: do's and do not’s for hiring crew (UPDATED FOR 2019)

Problem: How do I go from 1-man (or even a small crew of 3) projects to working with 34 extras, 10 actors, and a 6-person crew who can handle my project on time, under budget, and have it ready in 3 months?

Ready to level up and stop doing 1-man-band projects?

At some point, if you're going to reach billions with stories of hope, then you have graduate from "I shot this over the weekend with a GH5 and a 35mm lens. I call it Cup Of Joe."

It's okay to start there. Don't live there.