What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Every job is different. Does a day of shooting happen in one place or is it a dozen set ups. Do we need a crew of three or four or can it be shot with one videographer?
Are there sound issues that need to be taken into consideration? What are the Lighting needs? The length of the finished work effects the time it takes to edit.
Is there a script? It is best to sit down and get the whole picture so we can quote the project correctly.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Ed Mellnik has degrees in Communications and Electronics.
He has taught video production for many years through the NW Film Center, ANd SW Oregon Museum of Science.
He goes to NAB every year to stay up on the latest equipment and techniques.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
From University radio and TV I then started shooting and editing news for KVAL in Eugene. Been born a broadcaster. With both technical and creative background I found the electronic medium of video very rewarding.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Shooting interviews for web sites
Business video for web sites and YouTube
Training media for employees and customers
Recording and Streaming conferences and other events
Dance and Theater performances
Authoring and Duplicating DVDs
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I enjoy helping others make their dream a reality. Recently helped a county create an informational video on proper recycling for their web site.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Many videographers are just editing your content on their laptop. Here at EMA we have more robust editing capabilities and always invite the client to sit and help make the important edit decisions.
Look for seasoned pros who have kept their overhead down so they can be competitively priced.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Most don't realize how much time editing takes nor do they appreciate the cost of high quality equipment.