6 good things that will happen when you hire the best people for the job

By Gabby Gueco | Uncategorized

May 19

Many of you know that aside from running the SHOOT! School, I get majority of my income from being a freelance director and producer. I make documentaries, company AVPs, corporate image films, online commercials, and TVCs. I even shoot weddings.

When working on projects, I hire the best and most experienced people on the set. There is someone better than me as a cinematographer. Someone better than me in production design. Better in production management.
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I let them do their jobs.
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That’s me, 8th person from left, checking the shots of the cinematographer (the pretty lady).

On my right is the production designer, and on his right is Dennis as production manager.
Me, far left giving directions. We had a very efficient crew.
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HIRE THE BEST PEOPLE FOR THE JOB.
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This is something that you can apply when shooting weddings.
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Imagine these 2 scenarios:
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SCENE A: You are a newbie

You finally get that contract to film the wedding of your engaged friend. They agreed for you to produce their wedding film.
Some of you may think of skimping. Maliit yung budget, kailangan tipirin para may kita ka. You try to get the cheapest 2nd shooter you can find. Recruit a friend and teach them the basics of camera controls. You try to find the cheapest SDE editor you can find. You are the most experienced in the whole team. BIG MISTAKE!

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SCENE B: You already have experience

You sign a new contract with a couple. You call your cousin / friend / trainee / apprentice. New gig schedule. On the wedding day, you are the creative shooter, the glider, you are the director. You are also the SDE editor. Whenever you are editing, you leave the shooting to your inexperienced apprentice.
Nga pala, you still need to fly that new drone that you bought. It’s in the contract.
BIG MISTAKE!
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HIRE THE BEST PEOPLE FOR THE JOB.

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There are wedding shooters who are very good at what they are doing. If you work with them, 6 things happen:
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  1. You get to benefit from gears that they have. You might not have a good audio recorder, or a sturdy fluid head tripod or a good telephoto lens. But if you hire a pro, they have those.
  2. Your video output will be better, glide shots will be smoother, audio will be more clear.
  3. You will look good.
  4. Your client will be impressed with your work. They will love it.
  5. You will LEARN a lot of techniques from them. Things you previously haven’t thought about.
  6. You get a better chance of signing more contracts.
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You are still in charge. You visualize the scenes and shots and let them do their jobs to execute it.
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You are still the director.
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The finished wedding film will be in your Vimeo account, not theirs.
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You will give credit to your hired freelancers by posting good reviews about them, credits which they need as testimonials for other studios they are applying for.
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And the best thing you can do for to show your appreciation is to hire them again for your next wedding film.

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If you are interested in learning more about techniques in shooting weddings, check out this link.

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A graduate of the UP Film Institute, EJ Mijares has directed award winning documentary films tackling issues of environment and society. He has further studied advanced documentary filmmaking under German, French and Dutch filmmakers in various workshops and specialized courses organized by Goethe Institute-Manila and Goethe Institut-Hanoi. EJ also directs commercials, advertisements and corporate image films.

EJ has filmed hundreds of weddings when he became an owner of a wedding film studio in 2010-2012. This was when he dreamed of a Videography School that offers special courses for budding artists.

 

 

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