Soliciting Production Advise...

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Kev, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Kev

    Kev Guest

    I'm investigating producing a small series of instructional "how to repair"

    This hopefully will be a bootstrap effort, in terms of finance & education.
    Two goals are to make me famous (well just a bit of self promotion) and to
    pay for "nicer" equipment. I do have some experience with ENG/EFP from
    local cable access & city government productions I did about 15 years ago.

    I'd like to make a hour long instructional video shot on DV, edited on a PC
    & then distributed on VCD or DVD format. I also want to included
    Text/data/html files on the distribution medium. I would like indexing/
    menus if feasible.

    I expect to give up to 50 copies away for free & hope to sell 150 copies for
    approx $25.00 ea or better in the next 2 years. No this is not a big profit

    Should I pick VCD or DVD exlusively or plan on distributing in both formats?
    (I prefer VCD for reducing my cost/headaches.)

    I'd like to solicit advertizers to help cover my startup cost. I would do
    this by wearing their shirts/logos & perhaps even do the video shoot at
    their facilities. Is there some "method" of determining a dollar figure to
    ask of "advertized" businesses?

    I'm starting with zero equipment here, other than a PC. Things I'm
    considering are....

    Should I just grab a reasonble consumer camcorder or look at a Sony
    VX-2000 or such?
    Mostly talking head & me & machine, perhaps some macros/ close ups of
    componets & testing procedures.
    I would like the ability to input an analog (composite NTSC) signal &
    line level audio to DV too, but I may limp along with a ATI TV Wonder VE to
    do this for now (VHS quality sources).

    Cheap/reasonable fluid head. Nothing fancy?

    I need a lavalier mic of some sort, economical & interfacable with the
    camera. First video will be single person, may expand to 2 people in the
    future. I will also be doing voice over on the edited video.

    Rent a kit, buy a kit, build a kit? I will need to light me & a machine

    Editing software
    Again I'm thinking cheap. Ulead software?

    MPEG software

    Hopefully burning/menu software will be covered by above choices.

    Logos/animation/Text slides
    If I have time & can figure it out Blender freeware looks impressive
    (but could be a huge time sink?)

    Firewire card for PC.
    Additional hardrive for PC (I'm going to try to limp thru with a Celeron 850
    for now....)

    I'm guessing that the actual video shoot of me would be 3 8-10 hour days and
    edited down to about 20-30 minutes of final video. The remaining 30-40
    minutes will probably be slides/video caputure with voice over assembled on
    the PC.

    I'm writing the script now (with camera/shot notes).

    Any & all suggestions appreciated.

    Kev, Sep 10, 2003
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    Larry Jandro Guest

    Research the sales market before you do anything else.

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    Larry Jandro, Sep 10, 2003
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    Max Volume Guest

    DVD. Joe Average can't even spell VCD. And no, it's not gonna matter
    that it will PLAY in a DVD player -- trying to explain that it's not a
    DVD but will play in his player, or calling it a DVD anyway are both
    unacceptable options in my opinion.
    Max Volume, Sep 11, 2003
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    Chris F Guest

    Good luck with it. To be honest, many people have come before you, and most
    have failed, but if it's somthing you want to do, go for it. Invest in a few
    good books on the subject (Of production) as well.
    You will likely not make any money of the project, you'll be lucky if you
    cover your expenses so don't go into it expecting to do so. Rather, look at
    it as a learning experience.

    On the subject of equipment, I'd suggest that you rent all equipment, so you
    don't wind up with equipment you don't want or can't use after if you fail.

    Just a brain fart here, but if you just want to produce the video, not
    nessascarily do all the tech work, perhaps you should investigate hiring
    some film students to shoot it for you. They won't produce grade A material,
    but they'll produce better then you (No offence, but if you have no
    training, or if you haven't shot in 15 years, it's not a good idea to just
    jump into somthing and expect to produce quality) could at this point.

    Sorry if I seem negative, but I just want to make sure you're aware of what
    to expect. Good luck with it though.
    Chris F, Sep 11, 2003
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