It may not be pleasant to think about, but theft is a real threat for video producers at all levels. In the interest of preparing for the worst, here’s your guide to navigating the nightmare scenario of having your gear stolen.
Film and video making can now be funded not only by studios and wealthy patrons but directly by your audience, no matter how niche the material. What better way to show that than through the life of a current crowdsourcing champion and filmmaking veteran Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Festivals do three things for aspiring filmmakers: deliver audiences for your film, connect you to the industry marketplace and provide learning opportunities for improving your craft. Because of this, we here at Videomaker love film festivals and try to support the ones we find the most worthy by passing out copies of Videomaker to attendees and/or providing subscriptions of Videomaker to festival entrants.
You’re a video producer and you hear the words “non-profit.” Immediately, you think, “no money,” right? Of course! The truth is, however, that non-profit organizations have needs that are just as varied and important as those of any group that needs outreach. Ironically, a non-profit can turn out to be one your most profitable clients in more ways than one.
As more and more videographers and producers are turning to crowdfunding to raise money for their projects, it’s important to think about and understand the legal landscape of this new, democratic way of fundraising.
Many election seasons bring with them the same old song and dance. No, we don’t mean policy debates or constitutional interpretations — rather, the misuse of protected music by political candidates trying to create edgy and popular campaigns.
You spend many weeks creating a world-class video — writing a script, amassing props, finding a location, enticing and perhaps paying a troupe of actors, arranging lighting, recording sound, directing talent and crew and, of course, editing, editing, editing. Then you upload your finished video to YouTube and it’s a hit. Hundreds or thousands of people see it and appreciate it and some even post laudatory comments about it on the YouTube site.
The world of video production has many facets, with numerous avenues of entry. Many enter by producing wedding or event videos. These are relatively easy roads to enter but are often heavily traveled by more established sojourners. Perhaps a bit more challenging but with less competition, you may find the world of corporate video an interesting and worthwhile destination.
In our society, which seems to become more complicated every day, it is refreshing to learn that at least one subject has actually become less complex over the years. It may surprise you that Congress brought about this simplicity. I am referring to the Copyright law, codified in Title 17 of the United States Code.