Searching for a Melbourne based videographer to capture video content or drone footage for your website or social media?
At Dream Engine, we pride ourselves on being more than just videographers; we are visual storytellers dedicated to capturing the essence of your unique narrative. Whether it’s a corporate event, a personal celebration, or a creative project, our team in Melbourne combines technical expertise with artistic flair to bring your vision to life.
When you’re looking for a videographer in Melbourne there are some important questions you need consider before choosing one. And whether a wedding videographer is the right choice for your project.
Dream Engine has been providing video production crew to Australian and international production companies, agencies and broadcasters for over 18 years. You can view examples of our work here:
If you’re ready to have a conversation about booking a videographer for your project, contact us, or give us a call on 03 8678 0316. Alternatively, keep reading to learn more about the differences between videographers, camera crews and directors of photography.
Should You Use a Wedding Videographer for Business Video?
While there are many camera operators that are talented at filming weddings, videography for business requires a different skill set and level of experience to wedding videographers. It is best to work with a Melbourne video production company a track record of working in a professional or corporate environment. Wedding video demands a different set of skills that are tailored for that market.
If you’re ready to have a conversation about booking a videographer for a job, contact us.
What Makes a Good Videographer?
A skilled videographer has advanced technical expertise in using cameras and editing software, as well as a solid knowledge of visual storytelling and composition. Often, a videographer will work as a one-person team – looking after picture, sound and directing. Also, they should be able to perform well under pressure and have an excellent sense of timing and pace. Having effective communication skills and the capacity for teamwork are critical. These are the factors that Dream Engine focuses on most when training our videography team. Obviously, having access to high-end industry standard video production equipment including cameras, lenses, lighting and audio is vital as well.
Pre-Production for your Project
A good place to start when looking for videographers in Melbourne to consider what you need from a videographer. A good one can provide much more than simply a camera and some lights. An experienced camera operator will want to get a clear picture of what your final vision is so that they can easily deliver this. So when you find a video camera operator that wants a lot of information before the shoot then you know you’re heading in the right direction.
By putting in the work at the planning stage there’s less room for things to go wrong, and you end up with the video footage that you wanted. At Dream Engine, years of experience have taught us what questions to ask to make sure a shoot runs smoothly and you get the best results possible.
Melbourne Videographer Equipment
Equipment is the next thing that will differentiate your Melbourne videographer. Cameras have become very powerful and more affordable within the last few years. However, there is still a lot that separates an expensive consumer camera and a professional camera. A professional camera records more information in its files, this allows more flexibility in postproduction but overall it will give you a better image.
Lighting for videography is another aspect that requires a lot of expertise, and the right equipment. Whilst the price tag for the lighting might separate some of the professionals from the rest, you’ll see stunning results when the cameraman knows how to light a scene for the purpose of your video.
Audio is a huge part of the role, having a selection of microphones to record sound is essential. Without high quality equipment, you might find yourself with difficult to understand audio or at worse, your video is compromised because of audio limitations.
Dream Engine appreciates the need for quality equipment and has invested in a range of professional gear that is reliable and produces the best results every time.
Our production team has the latest industry-standard production equipment.
Our videographers come equipped with high-end equipment such as Sony FX6 cameras, Sony G Master lenses, DJI Ronin gimbals, Aputure lighting kits, and Sennheiser shotgun & wireless lapel microphones.
We bring a large selection of film lights to our shoots to ensure comprehensive, high quality lighting.
We also carry a comprehensive collection of other production gear including drones, sliders, teleprompters and live streaming equipment.
And can access additional unique or specialised items you may need from rental houses.
Professionalism of your Videographer
The Melbourne videographer you hire is in many cases a representation of you and your brand. Because they will most likely be interacting with your clients or co-workers, you want to make sure they come across as professional and respectful. In some instances you will find you’ll be hiring someone to do a job that you can’t be present at. As mentioned previously, a wedding video operator may not be the correct choice for your production.
Being able to trust your crew is extremely important to clients. As mentioned, wedding operators are great at what they do, but often don’t have much experience in the corporate world.
After years of experience working with people ranging from multinational corporations to small businesses run by individuals, we always pride ourselves at Dream Engine on upholding a high level of professionalism, confidentiality and efficiency.
Camera Operator Experience
When selecting videographers in Melbourne, a camera person with experience will be able to work fast and produce great video. They will be able to adapt quickly if something changes on the day of the shoot. Having experience will mean they know what they need to do to get you the best results and they will just get on with doing it. They will know the exact production equipment needed for each project. This means that the video editing component of the project will run smoothly.
Top Melbourne Locations for Filming
There are many excellent filming locations in Melbourne, Australia, for videographers including:
Federation Square is a well-known public area in the middle of the city that features a mix of contemporary architectural styles and is a favourite location for festivals and events.
With its great architecture and bustling ambience, the historic Flinders Street station is a well-liked location for movies.
The Melbourne Arts Precinct is an excellent site for filming that needs a more upscale or cultural environment because it is home to several renowned cultural organisations, such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre Melbourne.
The Yarra River: With its stunning vistas of the city and the Melbourne CBD, the Yarra River makes for an ideal location for filmmaking.
Choosing the Right Production Company
So these are a few general aspects to take the time to consider when hiring a Videographer in Melbourne for your big day but there are of course many things to think about that might be specific to your needs, rather than wedding videos.
Hiring a professional videographer might also be only a small part of what you need, we put together an article about planning a production in Melbourne and another article on choosing a production company that you may find helpful. And, as mentioned, if you’re making plans for your wedding day, and wedding videography is what you’re after, it’s best to seek someone who specialises in that field. They focus on wedding films, which is a unique skill specific to the wedding industry.
I really enjoy working through all the unique needs of every client I work with so if you need help, feel free to contact me here and I look forward to discussing your project with you.
Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2002, and specialises in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-proﬁt sector to connect with their audience more effectively by using video.