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.

Video Production: Find More Clients With MeetupS IN YOUR BACKYARD (updated for 2019)

Video Production: Find More Clients With MeetupS IN YOUR BACKYARD (updated for 2019)

That's right. More. Clients. In. Your. (Figurative) Backyard.

Unless you're a budding filmmaker in Casper, WY, you'll have a big city near-ish to you. And that big city is rife with people who need video production. And 2018 is yet another new year where even more businesses and brands will have to net attention with video.

Forget weddings, birthdays, and music videos - go for the businesses right in your backyard by pitching your services as a video producer. It'll put some grit in you as you level up as a filmmaker.

And after an experiment in December (of 2017), I found the best conversions were by meeting people in person. Call it networking. Call it a meetup. Call it a shindig - I don't care. Get out, make new friends, be a servant leader. 

What To Do Before and After You Move To Another State For A Video Production Job

What To Do Before and After You Move To Another State For A Video Production Job

Fellow microbudgeters and video production ladies and gentlemen, this post is for you. It’s quick-ish (actually, it’s kinda biggish), it’s easy, and it’ll shed some light on some of the fog surrounding this big move of yours.

I’ve worked video production as a PT side gig. I’ve done it as a FT freelancer/self-employed/single-member LLC. I’ve worked at 2 different W2 (i.e. someone else can claim me as their employee) video production jobs - FT - in 2 different states. And since I left home at 18, I’ve lived in 9 different states/countries, sometimes as brief as 8 weeks, and at other times, as long as nearly 5 years. I’ve had more changes to my address than Prince did to his artist’s name. Part of that was being in the military, part of that was job-related. By no means am I an expert on moving, but along the way, I’ve learned a trick or two. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it’ll hopefully shed some light on areas you’re not thinking through just yet.

Filmmakers who do video production: five questions when prospecting (UPDATED FOR 2019)

If you're a microbudget filmmaker like me, you want to tell stories of hope that 

  • won't be cheesy
  • have meaning
  • actually reach people
  • remind them there is such a thing as unconditional love

Etc.

En route to getting there, you end up doing video production to serve others and grow as a leader and as a filmmaker. 

And while you're doing video production, in the prospecting and qualifying stages of any video production relationship, you have to ask questions. 

Lots.

I've lost deals and destroyed potential opportunities because I didn't ask enough questions. You probably have too.

Ask questions. Questions get people talking. 

Video Production: How To Start A Video Production Business In The Next 24 Hours (updated for 2019)

Video Production: How To Start A Video Production Business In The Next 24 Hours (updated for 2019)

Digital filmmaking. Video Production. Videography. All the same in my eyes. Now, I've talked to a lot of different people lately who think they need to get the glossy pamphlets, stacks of business cards, a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an Instagram account, and email newsletter service like MailChimp, and a business license and an EIN from the IRS just to get started with business. If you're into film and videography, do you think you want all of this nonsense just to start a video production business?

And of course, you don't need so much as 3 credit hours, let alone a whole degree in business.

At its core, business is just about meeting a need and serving people.