This is a spin-off from the Video Resume thread. John Sachanda, the Video Business Host wrote:
"As I explore sources of income for video producers, I am curious what niches established and emerging "Vidi-Entrepeneurs" are seeking. There certainly seems to be a great deal of reference to wedding videography, followed by industrial videos for business clients including brand & training videos. There is some reference to special interest videos where producers are producing contenet for direct sales. I would like to hear about more categories of niche producers. To the VM Forum community, can you help me validate the sources of revenue by providing a % breakdown of your revenues by service"
Since I'm new to this forum, I am also interested to hear what other Video Producers do.
My main source of income was community videos (non-profits, churches, medical) but now it's transitioning into archival work.
I'm certified in Library Media Technology (research and cataloging) and I'm being paid for what I love to do most. Finally! I work with film collections that are sold to collectors, private individuals (estate sale inventory) and buyers who license stock footage.
Here's how it all got started. I am very passionate about film preservation. A Christian film cinema put their huge inventory of 16mm films up for bid. I had no idea what I was going to do with all these films (800 of them) but I put in the bid. The guy who was hosting the event said "I hope someone picks these up soon because they are all stacked under a huge carport and the rain has already damaged some of the films sitting up the top." I won the bid, took the cargo van and brought the films back home.
Down in the basement I took inventory of the entire collection. Now I had to start watching the films. I decided to post some on Ebay and only designated I would sell them in the US. But I got an email from a gentleman in Japan. He wanted to call me! So I give him my number and he asks: "You have Paul Stookey from Peter, Paul, and Mary?" I looked at my film notes and said "Yes. He's being interviewed and they are playing segments of his folk songs." So he starts firing all these questions at me "How long are these interview segments? What songs? Is Peter and Mary singing with him.? What exactly were they talking about?" I said I would watch the film on my projector again tonight with a stopwatch and be happy to answer his questions.
I never sell my films with copyright approval given or implied. I sell them as a collector. But the funniest thing that didn't occur to me at the time was that he was buying stock footage for his video production. (I found this out later). I figured he was a super happy film collector who loved folk music and had to have the film. There were bidding wars on the film and he won.
Of course, I was so happy to make the sale! I talked to a friend of mine and he said: "Do you realize what a gold mine of footage you have in your collection?" I said "But I'm sure you can find popular footage of Peter, Paul and Mary elsewhere." He said "You forget. You have films produced by Christian film companies who taped their own programs. These are unique stories."
So over time this part of my business slowly grew. I sell a lot of films overseas. I have clients from estate sales who I pick up boxes of 16mm films from to inventory the condition and sell for them. But my personal favorite is when people are looking for stock footage for their productions. I tell people all the time: "I'm not an intellectual property lawyer BUT as a Media Librarian I can give you resources on how to find more information." And I finally, finally get paid for what I love to do most. That's great too!