Video production

Video Production: Pick A Niche And Stick With It (UPDated For 2018)

Video Production: Pick A Niche And Stick With It (UPDated For 2018)

This is so critical.

Right now if you are reading this, I don't want you to read for 13 seconds and then disappear. If you are a budding filmmaker or video producer then you are a microbudget filmmaker. Today you're going to pick one area - just ONE NICHE - that you can take your gifts and go serve others with and get paid to do it. It's quick and it's absolutely necessary for you to grow to the point you’re directing Hollywood-level movies and signing deals with Netflix. 

We don’t need another “Netflix” or “Lifeway.” We need to get off our butts, pick up the camera, cast vision, enable and empower our people, and go share the good news through this little ole medium known as film (and do it without being cheesy).

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.

Video Producers: How To GET VIDEO WORK WHEN NOBODY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE (UPDATED FOR 2018)

Video Producers: How To GET VIDEO WORK WHEN NOBODY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE (UPDATED FOR 2018)

When you’re just starting out (heck, at any point in your journey as a video producer or microbudget filmmaker), the majority of people will not know who you are. So you have to push against the grain that says “don’t call - don’t email - don’t drop by” etc. You have to make the calls and knock on doors! If people don’t know who the heck you are, you’ll never earn their trust or their business!

Here’s one way to “get out there": free work.

Free work is a two-edged sword though.

Video Producers: The Essential Checklist For Covering Live Events

Video Producers: The Essential Checklist For Covering Live Events

Fellow video producers and budding filmmakers, this post is a simple, easy-to-follow reminder of what you need when covering live events.

They could be corporate, wedding, birthday, or other celebratory events – it doesn’t matter. You need to treat each live event with utmost attention to detail. Here are several items on the ole checklist you can’t afford to forget, from both a business and a practical standpoint.