There is no shortage of Melbourne Videographers out there. With the cost of video production equipment coming down, it means that the barrier to entering the industry has lowered. So just about anyone can create a web page and call themselves a videographer.
This makes it challenging if you’re searching for a camera operator to film your upcoming event, staff interviews, or promotional event. How can you be sure you are choosing someone with the right qualifications?
This guide will help make your choice easier:
Has the videographer shot other work for clients in Melbourne that is similar to yours?
If the videographer that you choose has past experience in your industry or niche, they will have a much better understanding of your audience, and your priorities.
How much Experience do they have?
Ideally, you want to work with a Melbourne videographer that has a number of years or experience. They can have all the right video production equipment. But there is no substitute for years of on-the-job experience. That way, when a challenge arises, they will have already dealt with something similar and know how to solve it.
Can you see examples of their work?
Viewing a showreel, like the one above, is a good first indicator of the skill level and they type of clients they’ve worked with before.
Are they good communicators?
Contacting the videographer on the phone and having a conversation will give you a good indication of what type of communicator they are. This is vital for two main reasons: Firstly, because it is essential that they develop a clear understanding of your concerns and requirements. Secondly, because they will be out there representing you or your organisation, and you want to make sure that they do this in a clear and professional way.
Do they have testimonials or case studies on their website?
Look for evidence that they have worked for credible and well established Melbourne businesses. Read case studies to learn about the specific challenges of the job, and how the videographer overcame them.
Who will actually be performing the work?
Some videographers simply act as a booking service, and then farm out the work to external contractors. Make sure that the one that you choose will be the one actually performing the work.
Do they have safe back up and contingency plans?
Is your precious media protected and backed up so that it is safe for you?
Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2001, and specializes in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-proﬁt sector to connect with their audience by using video.