microbudget film

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.

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: X Things That Will Drive You Bananas When Creating A Video For Someone

Video Production: X Things That Will Drive You Bananas When Creating A Video For Someone

Today, we’re going to reflect on all the wild and wonderful things our prospects and clients do that just drive us bonkers. So, if you’re new to video production, I recommend starting here and here. Then read this post so you can see the warning signs on the road and learn how to react. You can’t always control how other people will treat you, but you sure can control how you treat others. Remember the golden rule here, Bubs, and go serve your video production prospects/clients right now with a big ole smile!

Bonus: Stick around after the show for a free performance by Limozeeeen! Actually, I’ve got a guide for you that will walk you through, A-Z, everything you need to start your own video business from scratch. Because clients that drive you bananas are just the tip of the iceberg; you’ll deal with non-profits who want to undercut your services, payment processors who want their cut, and the interminable question: what do I charge my clients? All this and more in the bonus section.