Do’s and don’t’s when applying for film/video work

Fellow microbudget filmmakers, at some point (if you don’t quit, you eat your veggies, say a prayer or two, etc.) you’ll gain enough experience behind a camera (whether editing, directing, motion graphics, etc.) you’ll be ready/able to land a job. Maybe on a film set. Maybe as a video producer for Uncle Bob’s Auto. Maybe as a wedding videographer. There are so many niches you can pick with film and video. The sky’s the limit, really.

Question is… what the heck do you do when you’re trying to land those jobs/gigs? What about what NOT to do?

Filmmakers: What To Do When You're Between Video Jobs

We've all been there. As microbudgeters, there is always an interim between video production jobs. Regardless of whether you do videos on the side or full-time, there are gaps. What you do in those gaps is critical, and it shouldn't be an excuse to rest on your laurels. Use this time to regroup, train, and find new opportunities!

Note: Make the most of your "free time." Heck, if nothing else, pick up a book and LEARN. Grant Cardone says the average bear reads a book a year, and half of those books are romance novels. If you read a nonfiction book a month, you're doing well. A library card costs only time and you can request books for pickup from your computer. 

Diego Contreras - Inspire Others - Ep. 76: Filmmaker

Diego Contreras has quite a resume under his belt. 

And he's not afraid to go and find the stories of hope, redemption, and faith - bold stories of the underdogs who fearlessly follow the King. 

Check out "The Sandman" below. 

Do you know how painfully exhaustive his treatments are? 

You have to see this. The level of attention to detail is mind-boggling, and if you want to grow as a filmmaker and manager larger crews and larger budgets to reach larger groups of people, you need to grow. 

Video Production: How To Spot A Tire Kicker FROM A Mile Away

Fellow microbudget filmmakers, today is a post for all of us who do video production on occasion, on the side, or downright full-time. A “tire kicker” is an old car sales term. If someone walks onto a lot, asks boat-loads of questions, then doesn’t buy, they’re a “tire kicker.” Shoot, we kinda did this in motor pool with Uncle Sam; when we (mechanics) were assessing the vehicle to be repaired, we’d walk around and literally kick the tires; sometimes it was perfunctory, sometimes it was deliberate.

I want you to be able to spot a tire kicker right away, save yourself time and spare yourself the headache of dealing with one. Tire kickers - while I’m all for what Jesus and even folks like MLK Jr and Gandhi preached and practiced (love) - are folks you can steer clear of without being a turd. You can say to them with confidence, “move along - I’m not the droid you’re looking for.”

Bonus: would you rather watch and learn this information through a video? Scroll to the bottom fellow microbudgeter.

Broke-As-A-Joke MICROBUDGET FILMMAKERS: How To Shoot With Only A Boring White Wall

My son was born on November 6, 2015. 

At a studly 7 lbs and 11 oz, this little guy came roaring into the world as a surprise; we're old-fashioned, so we didn't know he was a boy until we first held him.

If God saw fit to have us get this far in life (humankind) without knowing whether we're all having boys or girls, then we were fine with not knowing. 

We did get an ultrasound last June though - for the picture.