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7 Tips for Hiring a Camera Crew

Posted by Debbie Camper on July 15, 2021

In this blog, we will talk about some very valuable tips when hiring a camera crew for your next video project. Below, are seven things that you should do before hiring anyone.

Let’s take a look.

1. Check Out a Few Video Shoot Companies

Just like when shopping for any other product or service, you want to look at several options when it comes to hiring a camera crew.

Even if your first camera crew option seems to be a perfect match, think about it. And, while you are thinking about your would-be new camera crew, take a look at a few others. That way, you will be able to compare the pros and cons of each, helping you make the best decision about your video project.

2. Find Out How Long Your Videographers Have Been in Business

This shouldn’t take too long. Most camera crews or companies that shoot video projects, and have solid track records of shooting videos over the years, usually proudly display on their website the amount of time they have been in business. 

So, see if you can find this little bit of information on the website of any camera crew you are considering for a job. 

If you find that a company has only been operational for a few months, then you can save some time with unnecessary phone calls and meeting up to discuss hiring a camera crew for your video project.

3. Check Your Company’s Google Ratings Online

Also, while you are doing those Google searches looking for that perfect camera crew to hire, go ahead and check out those Google reviews. And here’s a little pro-tip, make sure the reviews are legit. In other words, don’t just look at the star ratings and move on. Read the reviews. Be sure that you aren’t letting a few fake company reviews lead you into a video shoot hell.

4. Ask to See Previous Work

No matter how good a phone call or meeting goes with a potential camera crew, always ask to see some sample work. The actual work of these companies speaks louder than pretty websites, and even Google reviews in many cases.

5. Only Hire Crews in the City Where You are Shooting Your Video

If your business is planning to travel out of town for a video shoot project, be sure to hire a camera crew in the location where you are going to shoot your video. Camera crews from the area will have lots of ideas on locations to shoot your project. 

Just think, camera crews that are local to an area know of all of the good spots that someone new to the area couldn’t possibly know. Plus, they can also probably give you some good tips on where to get the best dinner, coffee, and local brew.

6. Pay for Quality

Like a lot of things, sometimes paying a little bit more money can make all of the difference. Remember, a video is going to represent your business, your brand, and help your potential customers decide whether they choose you or some other business. 

Invest in your video – pay what you need to pay to get the right camera crew to shoot the perfect video for your project. Ideally, you want that finished video to look like something that you paid a Hollywood movie crew to shoot, and not just some college dude off of Craigslist. 

7. Get Everything in Writing

This one is kind of a no-brainer with any business, but it has to be reiterated on the list. Get the details of your video project clearly stated out in writing. This means times, dates, rates, and all other pertinent details related to your video project. Video projects are an investment and you don’t want to waste your money or time.

Recap: Hiring a Camera Crew for Your Video Project

Hiring a camera crew to shoot that music video or video for your organization is really exciting and can be a really fun experience. But, it’s just always important to do a little legwork on the front end to ensure that you get a top-quality video that you can use and be proud of.

If you are interested in hiring an experienced and professional camera crew anywhere in the world, let’s have a quick chat. We would love for one of our camera crews to help you complete that perfect video.

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