There will be many things to consider once you are hired for a video production job. The more info the client can give you the better the result will be. They can’t just say, “Go shoot a video!” or “Do your thing, you’re a professional.” I certainly appreciate their confidence in me, but that does not tell me what they expect. What kind of story are they wanting me to tell? Have they selected who they want me to pre-interview? These are types of things that need to be considered. Here is a list of things you should ask about before shooting:
Where will the bride get ready?
Where will the groom get ready?
Is the ceremony and reception at one location?
Who plans on giving toasts?
How much time have you allotted for pictures and video?
How long do you want the video?
Where will the video be played?
Do you want music to accompany the video?
Who are the major players for the video (regarding content)?
Where they would like to shoot b roll?
Do the interviewees have extra time for me to capture b roll footage of them?
The list goes on and on, but if you can ask and get answers to most of your questions, the better you will be prepared to start capturing the story. Remember, it’s up to you to ask….don’t assume.
There are many facets of video production, one being movement. Next time when you are watching television and a commercial comes on, look at the movement. Either the person on screen is moving or the camera is moving. Movement adds character to video and film. Static shots have their place but you get a lot of energy on the screen with a moving camera. I use a glidecam or a slider to create movement in my storytelling. I rely heavily on a moving camera while I shoot for Fresno Unified School District. You can see an example of my work below. Now that I have brought video movement to your attention, you’ll notice it more often when you are watching television.
1 You want to share your baby story with friends and family
2 You are creative and love to decorate
3 You want to express your love for your unborn child
4 You want to be in the moment and have a professional not only make a video but a baby story film
5 You want to have a keepsake to share with your child
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1 Mini-documentaries are a great way to get a non-profit organization or business’s message or story across in a limited amount of time (2-8 minutes).
2 It is very important that both you and the client are clear on expectations for the mini-documentary.
3 Ask the client why they need a video and what they are expecting it will achieve.
4 As a producer of a mini-doc it is important to conduct sight surveys (where you will be shooting footage and interviews).
5 Conduct pre-interviews. Some people just might not fit the message or help tell the story in the way you are hoping for.
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Let’s face it, planning a wedding is tough work. Stress seems to come from all corners. You take care of guest list, choose your wedding party, find a venue, decide on the right dress, and let’s not forget the vendors. Here at Jeffrey Cook Videography we understand you want the best for your money. That is why we have satisfied clients, and were awarded Couple’s Choice for 2016 by Weddingwire.com. Many of our short films have also been handpicked by Weddingwire.com as well. Rest assured you can depend on top quality video from Jeffrey. We have over 15 years of video experience and have won several awards for our storytelling videography.
Not only are weddings stressful, they are pricey. We offer several packages that fit a variety of budgets. Prices range from 3800 to 1400. Actually, for 1650 you can get the ceremony, reception and a short wedding spotlight video. Feel free to view our work at www.jeffreycookvideography.com
Documenting your pregnancy with video can be a great memento. The videos can look even better if you hire a professional videographer who has experience. When hiring a videographer who captures baby stories, you as the parents can relax and be in the moment. I know too many parents including myself, who have tried to capture every moment on camera and do not allow themselves to be in the moment. At Jeffrey Cook Videography, we can capture your ultrasound, interview both parents, capture the baby gender reveal party, and capture the baby once it comes home from the hospital. Each video would be separate and can be shared via social media with friends and family. By sharing the baby story videos through social media, you can allow family who does not live nearby by to actually feel like they are a part of your pregnancy. Baby stories are really great to have and are totally different from pictures. Baby stories show you in the moment and because video captures sound too, you get to look back and relive the moments. Here is a sample of an ultrasound video and a baby gender reveal video. Your baby will cherish the moments as well. If you are interested in capturing your baby story contact me at:
Baby Stories Can Be Fun And Unique
Baby stories are fun to capture. I capture three aspects of a baby story. The first video is the ultrasound video where I capture an ultrasound visit. On the same day I interview the expected father and mother regarding what and how they feel about becoming parents for the first time or again. We also talk about the gender (that is if they know of the gender). You can see an ultrasound video here. The second video can showcase the reveal of the baby’s gender. Here is a sample of the reveal. Some people hit baseballs that explode with pink or blue powder. Depending on how fancy you want the reveal will depend on you and how you would like to decorate. Andrea and Chris, a couple I am capturing during their first pregnancy decorated and even bought baseball shirts with their last name on them. Chris had the month the baby is due and Andrea had the day the baby is due. You can be as creative as you want to be, and believe me the more creative you are the better the video will be. Also, during the interview, it is important to be yourself and talk freely about your pregnancy. Videos can only be as good as the people who are in them. For the third video of a baby story I focus on the baby when they are home within the first week from the hospital. I get shots of them in the crib as well as being held by their new mommy and daddy. Feel free to contact me if you would be interested in me capturing your baby story at www.jeffreycookvideography.com
There are several reasons why I choose to use a Glidecam over other stabilizers. For one, the build quality is excellent. I have had two Glidecams, the HD 2000, and the new Devin Graham series. Both of these are sturdy and hold up.
It can be a challenge at first to get stable shots, but once you get the hang of it you are in control not software. I personally like the fact that I can challenge myself to get better each time I grab for the unit. I can’t stress it enough….Practice Practice and more Practice.
How much for a video?
There are several things to consider before you can answer a question like this.
Here are some questions you should ask your potential client before you state your price.
What will the video be about?
How many people do you want interviewed?
Where are the locations to shoot b roll?
Do they want music to help drive the video?
When do they expect the video to be finished?
Why should your potential clients choose video for their message?
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller. Throughout the years, I have been honored to receive the Edward R. Murrow award, Five Telly Awards, and many more. My motto is “THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME BETTER AT MY CRAFT EACH TIME I GET BEHIND THE CAMERA."