DIY isn’t right for all video projects. If you need an exceptionally well-shot and produced video, then hiring a video crew is your best bet. But how do you find the right vendor for your needs?
This can be a tricky question, as video crews can offer a wide-range of services. Some will come in, shoot a script you’ve provided them with, work with you on edits and call it a day. Others will help you build your concept from the ground up, script it and then guide your promotional efforts. Then there’s everything in the middle.
Before you start looking for a crew, you need to answer some questions. These include:
- Will you write the script or are you counting on them?
- Is there a date you’ll need the final product by?
- How much budget can you allocate to this project?
- Do you need help with promotion?
Once you’ve outlined your answers, it’s time to find a crew. One of the simplest ways is a simple Google search in your nearby area. Look at reviews from past clients and browse portfolios to see who seems like the best fit for you.
You can also use a website like Thumbtack to go out to bid for videographers. This should be your first step with all video projects, as it allows you to outline how much budget you have, how long you want your videos to be (and how many you need) and what dates you’d like to shoot on, along with any other important notes.
This way you’ll only receive bids from companies interested in your job willing to do work on your budget.
Once you’ve reviewed all your options, schedule calls or meetings with those at the top of your list. You want to be sure you choose a firm who really understands your concept and needs and, most importantly, has ideas of their own they can bring to the table.