Best way to find a videographer on a budget?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by TSE, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Hey all,

    I'm looking at starting a Kickstarter campaign very shortly and am in dire needs of a local videographer.

    What resources have you guys used to either find videographers or market yourself to people looking?

    Thank you so much!
  2. RCAFBrat macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2013
    Montreal, QC
    Given the time of year and assuming weekday shoot, maybe someone who specializes in weddings might be interested in what sounds like a relatively small but paying job?

    Might be able to find a couple of film students also but I expect many, like my son, are busy wrapping up final projects for the fall term.

  3. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Do not forget local colleges.

    I put up adds at the local colleges for everything from: artists to models to software developers. They all have great new ideas and get their name in the credits. This leads to great resumes for them and low to no cost to you and me.

    Win - win for everyone
  4. scottrngr macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2015
    I don't know about you, but my mortgage company doesn't take "I gave away my service for free, so I could put it on my resume" as payment.
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Let us put you back in the scenario.

    You are a recent college grad, say with a degree in software engineering. You are applying at BIG NAME company, along with 1000 other recent college graduates. The interview goes well, you know your stuff. The interviewer asks the world famous question: Show us some of your work. You pull up one of the many applications you have worked on for free or very little. You now have showed experience in the industry and the ability to complete a task. I'd say your potential for hiring just pushed you to the top of the list. Barring your inability to see the forest for the trees, you would be hired.

    Or you could just mention your mortgage company line to the interviewer and see how well that works for you.
  6. sevoneone, Nov 18, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2016

    sevoneone macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2010
    I keep it simple:

    If your product/service is for profit, you should be paying any service provider you go out and find to help you. It is okay to negotiate pay based on experience, but don't ask some kid to work for free/exposure when you stand to make money off the project.

    There are lots of non-profits and organizations out there that need help/volunteers, and have real world expectations, to use as a base for students and beginning pros to donate time for experience.

    Back to your original question: I would avoid craigslist if at all possible. Ask fellow local businesses for recommendations. Know a good real estate agent? Video is really big in real estate now. A quality Realtor, especially one that deals in higher-end properties, will have a connection with some solid photographers and videographers these days that are willing to work on a budget.

    When you do find someone, don't be afraid to be choosey and ask a lot of questions, but also have a clear idea of what the project is and your goals are. Don't let any work start until it is clear to both you and the videographer exactly what is expected in the final product.
  7. bopajuice, Dec 15, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016

    bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    I'd say visit a local college that has a communications program. Some students might be interning for local companies and can refer you or might even be able to do it for you. Public access cable stations is also a place where aspiring videographers do some work.

    I have even been in Best Buy and talked with the sales staff in the camera department and found many of them into videography and photography as a side business.

    If all else fails a wedding videographer is probably your best bet.
  8. steveOooo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2008
    People per hour

    Be prepared for moaning pros complaining at what pay you are offering - it's funny because in 5 years time you might have a higher budget to pay someone - when you list a job and the same person who moaned about your job listing 5 years ago is now all 'I really want to work for you' you can quietly add them to the unsuccessful pile!
    If you don't like the look of a job, move on.

    Oh and ad star to the list, not sure if it's available in USA though but lots of low paid jobs on there for crew.

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