[Noisebridge-discuss] Videographer help!

Anders Nelson anders.k.nelson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 22 17:18:05 UTC 2013

Ahhh guys, thanks for the positive strokes! I'll need all the luck I can
get, hardware projects seem to be everywhere now. My plan is to launch this
coming Monday morning, August 26. I can't wait to see what pledgers with it
if the project kicks, there's a lot of creativity out there.


Anders Nelson

+1 (517) 775-6129


On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM, Nicholas LoCicero <nick.locicero at gmail.com
> wrote:

> 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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