[Noisebridge-discuss] Videographer help!

Alex Buie alex.buie at frozenfeline.net
Thu Aug 22 02:09:11 UTC 2013

Damn, this looks really awesome and exciting. Do you have a timeline for
when it'll go live on KS? I definitely want to get in on this :D


On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM, Anders Nelson <anders.k.nelson at gmail.com>wrote:

> Oh, and here's the result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iaqbopQI2k
> =]
> --
> Anders Nelson
> +1 (517) 775-6129
> www.erogear.com
> On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Anders Nelson <anders.k.nelson at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> Remember way back in April when I asked for videographer help? I got like
>> 20 awesome responses and I promised to share my experience once it was
>> done. One good turn deserves another;
>> I contacted a few videographers directly by phone and/or in-person, and
>> most had long experience in the field. I looked at demo reels and most were
>> of very high quality. One consistent thing I found is most demo reels
>> involving products, startup videos, etc. were very corporate-feeling. I
>> liken them to welcome videos for new employees. The lighting, clarity and
>> sound was top-notch but there was little emotion. The project estimates I
>> got across my research ranged from $400 to $2500 and most were in the $1500
>> range.
>> I looked at SmartShoot (www.smartshoot.com), but didn't move forward
>> through that service. I wanted to use it as a protective mechanism in case
>> I got shafted somehow - they have insurance and there is a path for
>> recourse. But they require you to pay the bid up-front and as videography
>> goes, time spent and the resultant cost can vary wildly.
>> The videographer I ultimately chose was Harry Yuan (
>> http://about.me/harryhyuan), co-author to the Organic Hobo series of
>> videos (http://organichobo.com/). He is based in San Francisco but has
>> done work around the world, also doing work for small companies like mine
>> (1 person) and enormous companies like Whole Foods. His work caught my eye
>> in the human-centric energy it delivered. All of his work was vibrant and
>> interesting, and this being a very subjective kind of thing was what I was
>> looking for. The image quality, color rendition, perspective and
>> depth-of-field work was excellent, and helped make a moving story out of
>> engineering-heavy content. His bid was at the high end of the spectrum and
>> I feel the value was worth it.
>> Another huge benefit I got working with Harry was significant help in
>> editing the voiceover script. My script was about twice as long as what we
>> pared it down to. The big idea with voiceovers is that the video content is
>> telling most of the story, so any additional information that is not
>> absolutely necessary or obvious will weigh down the viewer. Record yourself
>> saying stuff and time it. With Kickstarter videos being in the 120 - 180
>> second range you really don't have much time to speak what seems like a few
>> paragraphs anyway.
>> Harry enlisted the services of Blake Brown for production assistance.
>> Blake added heavily to my understanding of the subjective parts of the
>> video making process and the two of them were fantastic to work with, even
>> when we had to do another shoot because I forgot an important scene. And
>> when my software kept crashing. And when my batteries died. =P To my
>> knowledge Blake also has significant videography/photography experience so
>> I recommend him as well.
>> If you're a videographer yourself, I would highly recommend doing a
>> lively Kickstarter-style video for your demo reel. Even if it's for a fake
>> product concept that's what sold me when choosing a service provider. It
>> just feels different.
>> Hope this helps someone!
>> --
>> Anders Nelson
>> +1 (517) 775-6129
>> www.erogear.com
>> On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM, Anders Nelson <
>> anders.k.nelson at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> I'm looking for a videographer with a penchant for high production-value
>>> and artistic direction, to create a 60-second Kickstarter video. Here's
>>> what we have already: vimeo.com/erogear/promo. It's a good video but
>>> it's far too long for the Kickstarter audience. Also I had to write/direct
>>> it which is terrifically un-ideal. In the right videographer's hands I
>>> think we really can reach our goal.
>>> Have you worked with anyone who does this, or are you a videographer
>>> yourself? I'd love to get in touch with any leads you can suggest. In the
>>> spirit of full disclosure, development of this technology has been insanely
>>> expensive (and 100% bootstrapped) so I don't have much money left. Any
>>> barter content in a contract would be welcome.
>>> Any nuggets of wisdom are appreciated!
>>> --
>>> Anders Nelson
>>> +1 (517) 775-6129
>>> www.erogear.com
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