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Helping your clients help you

Martin Johnson - Saturday, February 15, 2014
(See related post (/pro-videoblogger/working-with-clients) on working with clients) Nothing makes a video shoot go more smoothly than a client who understands your needs and makes sure everything is organised for the shoot day(s). Sadly, such a client is pretty rare* so it's up to you as the contracted videographer to help your client know what to expect and the best way to help. I usually do this as part of the preliminary meetings before any cameras are rolling. It has to be a .. click to read full post.
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Mike commented on 26-Mar-2014 02:12 PM
Martin I couldn't agree with you more when it comes to being organized and prepared for a video shoot. Its so frustrating to have to reorganize everything the day of the project filming. Great info Martin.
Annie Marie Peters commented on 30-Mar-2014 03:45 AM
Really great tips for keeping things efficient! As much as we try to plan ahead the video production, sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances that arise. As you say, they can really 'muck up' the client's routing and the shoot. The best we can do is pre-plan and communicate with the client as much as possible, so everyone stays aware and informed.
Annie Marie Peters commented on 13-Apr-2014 12:26 PM
I had a client about a year ago who kept rescheduling our planning meetings and was never easy to get ahold of to discuss the project. We were on a tight deadline, so I reluctantly decided to move forward anyway. Needless to say, video production day was hectic. From then on, I made those meetings mandatory. It is crucial that everyone knows what to expect and what is expected of them. I also developed a checklist for each project after that. I would be happy to share it with anyone who is interested.

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Working with clients

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
One of the most important relationships you have when you're shooting corporate video is the one you have with your client. After all, they're the one who has contracted you to produce the video, so you need to get along with them and ideally involve them in the process. Now that doesn't mean they get involved with the technical or the aesthetic details. Rather you want them to help you make the shoot run smoothly. They have hired you to shoot the video, so you need to tell them how  .. click to read full post.
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