[Noisebridge-discuss] Videographer help!

Nicholas LoCicero nick.locicero at gmail.com
Thu Aug 22 06:50:23 UTC 2013

That does look REALLY good.  The video and product.

On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM, Alex Buie <alex.buie at frozenfeline.net>wrote:

> 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
> -a
> 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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