Generally speaking, it appears that the vast majority of posters here are into video for reasons OTHER than making money. This is NOT an indictment. I only note my observation because most posts seem to be about a hobby, fun, experimental, creative or entertainment project and not so much about how to generate income with your video efforts. I ask similar and related questions from time-to-time but thought it might be time to inquire once again. What is MOST important to you regarding your video endeavors?
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How do you who are active part- or full-time independent professional video services providers survive? Do you offer, market, advertise and promote MANY services and products or do you mostly push weddings and take whatever else may come your way?
There are a LOT of forum members. Some VERY active, others not so, and many, many more simply lurk, read, catch and release. Not to find fault with ANY type of forum member, from casual user to dedicated poster/responder, but I sure wish a HUGE number of us would respond to this post/poll and give us all a better idea of how the forums work for you. Thanks.
It's been on the forum a number of times beyond the question of 'what camera to buy', but 'how do I make money?' It's no doubt that YouTube and 'citizen journalists' are making it terribly difficult for trained, experienced and or professional videographers and editors to make a living in an environment where people place no value on their work. Amidst hordes of people all too willing to charge a pittance for their work or give it away for free, how does a profit motivated shooter/editor make a living doing this kind of work?
Hello! I found this forum on Google and I've seen lots of experienced people giving their advice here, so I thought I would try it out!
I usually charge $100/min of edited footage when I make promo or recap videos. (So a 5 min video = $500). That's perfect for my target audience and the kind of videos I make. However, I was recently approached with a project that I am unsure how to price. Here are the details:
I've just moved to a large metro area and have networked with several groups, mainly artists and performers, that have opened up a great number of opportunities for video work for me. I'm a film student right now, but I've been doing video for around 7 years now. My dilemma is that a lot of people come to me asking me to help them out by producing a video on the grounds that it'd be good experience, build my resume, spread my name...ect. I realize that to a degree situations like that are true.
I used two camcorders to capture the launch, from 15 miles away. From what I'm seeing on YouTube and CNN, most of the other videos are closer. They don't capture a wide angle and are short due to cloud cover. I do have a reasonable close-up (20X zoom on my Sony HDR-FX1000.
I'm just getting started in the world of video for profit - especially on the web. My question is:
Should I join a stock footage site and hope for takers or post my footage to YouTube or CNN to get exposre?
Any constructive replies will be greatly appreciated!
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