Video Production

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. 

Microbudget Filmmakers and Video Producers: DON'T DO THESE LAZY CAT MOVES IN YOUR SALES PITCHES (UPDATED FOR 2019)

Microbudget Filmmakers and Video Producers: DON'T DO THESE LAZY CAT MOVES IN YOUR SALES PITCHES (UPDATED FOR 2019)

This is really simple gang: when you are reaching out to clients (new ones - aka "cold" convo's - or you're maintaining ole relationships, that is anything that's not cold), be sure to put in the time to do a few easy steps in bridging the gaps. 

If your sole job as a movie director is to inspire, communicate, and lead, then that middle part definitely starts here, in the weeds of video production - long before you ever yell action on a set with 100's of crew and cast members.

You dig?

Video Production: Get Paid Today With Paypal.Me, Cash, Credit, Or Neither? (UpDATED FOR 2019)

Video Production: Get Paid Today With Paypal.Me, Cash, Credit, Or Neither? (UpDATED FOR 2019)

My fellow microbudget filmmaker, if you do any kind of video production in between projects, and if you find yourself scrambling to get paid, here's a tool I like and highly recommend. You can even get paid right away, as in today. It's quick for your client, and it's easy for you. 

So easy in fact, I had to write a quick take on it to disarm any mental barriers to trying yet another new gizmo on the web.

Ready?

Paypal.me.

Don't already have a Paypal account? Get one.

Client doesn't have an account? They can easily create one, en route to paying you. Create your link to get paid and share that turkey. 

At the end of the post, I'll walk you through how to get paid with Paypal, even if your client doesn't have a Paypal account (and/or refuses to get one).

Video Production: More PLACES To Find Prospects if you're broke as a joke (updated for 2018)

Video Production: More PLACES To Find Prospects if you're broke as a joke (updated for 2018)

 

Video producers and budding filmmakers, lend me your eyeballs!

We've already talked a great deal about what to do when you're fishing for prospects.

If you haven't already, there's a guide on what to do once you have your list of prospects or even one way you can find more prospects.

However, if you are super broke as a joke, then you can do this manually. That's what we're going to talk about today. These are easy ways to find prospects in your backyard that you can practice your pitching skills to and also practice your filmmaking and more importantly, have a chance to serve THEM.

Ready to dive in? For those of you that want more - smurfs are blue - stick around to the end for the bonus.

Video Production: How To Cold Pitch PROSPECTs Like A Champ (Updated for 2018)

Video Production: How To Cold Pitch PROSPECTs Like A Champ (Updated for 2018)

Today, you're going to learn a new, not-so-easy way to cold pitch video clients, so pay attention budding filmmakers and videographers!

Not-so-easy?

That's right.

If you want to blast hundreds of emails and get zero response, march on drummer boy. 

If you want to send fewer emails, land quality clients and 

  • learn leadership
  • get a better grip on budgeting
  • cast vision
  • fine-tune your pitching
  • and get paid without racing to the bottom

then here's a detailed approach you can start right now in your video production. Everyone wants to be the next Hitchcock or the next Kubrick, but that doesn't come on a silver platter. 

If you want to tell stories of hope, love, forgiveness, _________________, you need to beef up your sweat equity!