With the film and video production market getting more cluttered year on year, what do you look for when selecting the right company?
Here are my top 8 tips:
1. Look for transparency in the website
Who’s making the videos? Look up the employees. Linked-in provides a pretty fair indicator of history and skills. Behind the scenes videos and photos give credibility and assurance.
2. Award winning. Really?
There seem to be lots of ‘award winning’ company’s around these days. This is a very vague term. What award, and for which film? Companies stating they are award winning, is by no means a good barometer of quality.
3. Check out their ‘worst’ work
When viewing a portfolio page, don’t just view the examples at the top. These are the best ones they WANT you to watch. Scroll further down and check the videos at the bottom.
4. Request a detailed, clear quote
You want separate numbers for pre-production, production and post-production. Plus, timeframes for each part of the process.
5. Gauge the attitude
How’s the attitude? Fast email response times conveying energy and enthusiasm in your project are pretty good indicators that the company is ‘on it’ and will get the job done efficiently and effectively.
6. Analising the quote
Does it convey professionalism and transparency. Requesting an upfront payment is fair enough but 25% is plenty. Generally, if a quote LOOKS the business the company normally MEANS business.
7. What about kit: Cameras, lenses?
What sort of cameras will they be using and with which lenses. Google the equipment to see if it’s any good.
8. Meet up for a chat
What’s the persons role at the company? Are they punctual, personable and knowledgeable? First impressions go along way…