Video is a great medium for content owners to share that content with their audience. Your content may be a product, a service, a message, promoting an event, or anything alongside these lines. Video is engaging, quick, interactive, shareable, and is compatible with almost all social media platforms which makes it readily accessible on most devices your audience own. Last, its affordability has increased tremendously after the introduction of DSLR’s in early 2000.
This blog post is designed to explain and walk you through the process of a video shoot, some legal points to clarify, and the process of making your shoot process as smooth as possible (and cost effective) with most videographers. The sections are: Planning process, Contracts and documents, Pricing, Before your shoot, and after your shoot. Keep in mind that this post is designed for the video capture aspect of my work only. If you need help with scripting, directing, and marketing strategies, that will be part of the meeting and you can fill that out in the questionnaire document explained in “Contracts and documents’.
Before contacting me:
planning process for the videographer (and possibly your marketing team) much easier.
Contract and Documents
After our meeting, I will think about your project and consider the work that needs to be done. I’ll also consider the project budget you indicate in the questionnaire.
Things to consider when you receive your quote is that the quote will include cost for cinematography, professional audio, music licenses if needed, gear usage (my own or rented), editing, quality control, admin and transportation fees, and possibly contractors if I need a second shooter, script editor/writer, or voice over.
Working with your budget, I like to offer 3 scenarios, one that is cheaper, one that uses the budget, and one that is slightly higher to give you an idea of what you can achieve if you push it further.
Please understand that I cannot give you a quote before I know more about your needs since each project is different and requires a different set of skills and deadlines. For example, recording a live concert is different from recording a music video: in the music video, I have to direct, move, have multiple angles of my subject, and spend much more time in the editting room. Recording a concert on the other hand, is simpler since I have to record once.
If you absolutely must have a quote first, then provide me with as much information as possible and I will provide you with an estimate. This is only an estimate and is not the final quote.
Before your shoot
There are 3 significant points you need to ensure happen before your shoot to ease the process for your subjects, and the videographer:
After your shoot
Once your shoot is done, its mostly a waiting period until your edit is done. However, I might contact you to clarify on few issues related to your edit such as length, music choices, re-edits if they are needed etc. Your final edit will be delivered much faster depending on your response rate.
These are short comments I post as I navigate through waters.