Category: Case Studies

Case Study: Becoming a Freelance Video Producer On The Side

As promised in my first post of the year, I’ve been meaning to dig deep into real people who are working in the industry, so today I’m highlighting an old pal who’s doing some pretty cool work.

A few generations ago the idea of having a side job would have been a completely strange. However, in today’s day and age it’s never been easier, and in some communities more important, to have two or maybe even three sources of income.

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Henry Capturing The Beauty Of British Columbia

I recently met with an old high school friend, Henry Wright, who, among many things, is working as a freelance video producer. As soon as I hear this I knew this would be perfect for the blog. Henry always had an interest in film and video and was always tinkering with cameras so it was a surprise to me and everyone else when we found out he had started his own home renovation company. Henry explained that it was more circumstantial than anything.

He took over the family business, which allowed him to gain the cash flow that kept him interested in his side hobby. Henry continued to niche down even more, creating his company Furnace Repair Vancouver. It was around this time that he started to also take on side gigs during the summer slow season. This was a perfect balance for him, a decent income from his renovation business and extra cash doing what he loves. Having a bit of extra cash is a great way for you to experiment with new equipment, classes and projects without the pressure of having to earn an income from it.

His freelance video career is just starting to take off. He’s been hired to create corporate videos, wedding videos and has even made a few music videos. Check out some of his work on his vimeo channel linked below!

I thought this story was worth sharing for those readers who are looking to get into the video world but are stuck with their 9 to 5. Henry is a good example of how you can slowly transition from one career to the other without completely cutting off your main source of income.

DSLR Revolution. Is it over?

I recently took part in a round-table discussion with several other cinematographers and photographer in New York. The discussion was in front of film students and one of the most surprising topics that kept coming up was about the quality of Digital SLR cameras compared to high end film cameras. Many of the experienced panelists were, and still are, against the DSLR cameras as a professional film device, this could be for a number of reasons, but I’m lead to believe that this has to do with lack of quality and control many of these cameras have.

As we knew this would be a topic of discussion the moderator had prepared a series of short film clips, some were shot of film cameras, other on high end digital cameras and finally, some on prosumer level DSLRs. While viewing the clips, each panelist was asked to write down which camera they think was used for each clips. Surprisingly, the veteran filmmakers were stumped. What some thought was shot on film was actually on a SLR. In fact, none of the films were shot on film or RED cameras, every film clip we saw was shot on an SLR.

The SLR revolution isn’t just limited to the cinematography world, access to a wide range of lenses and cheap camera bodies has proven to be a great aid to both amateur and professional photographers. I recently found some work by a small photography company in san francisco. Check out some of their work, specially their food and product photography. http://marketmevideo.tv/san-francisco-photographer/

I contacted MarketME on Facebook to ask specifically what gear their using to produce such impressive work. I wasn’t surprised to hear that although they have a studio full of high-end camera gear, they’ve found that using a Canon 70D gets the job done 9 out of 10 times.

Another company that is really producing some great work. Is Gotham Photography in NY, their stunning real estate photographs are helping their clients close multi-million dollar deals. I wasn’t surprised to learn that light techniques and great post-production is the secret to their fantastic work.

“The camera is just a tool to tell the story”. I think we get too caught up in what we’re shooting with and forget to look up and think about what it is we’re shooting.

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