Washington DC Video Production comes in all shapes and sizes…
One thing is true in the DC MD VA video production market. It’s becoming very crowded. With the advent of high production cameras and cheaper prices comes the potential of inexperience behind them. High school and film students, freelancers, agencies and companies all interact and compete for your trust and business. Its essential to ask questions, inspect and request references from any potential video production vendor. Just because a camera owner/operator participated in a large shoot doesn’t necessarily entitle them to claim that as a working credit. Was it 100% theirs? Do your homework, look at samples and most importantly gauge how your point of contact communicates with you. Do they seem mature? Do they seem accommodating? Are they excited about your project or just going through the motions? All very important when choosing a Washington DC video production company or videographer.
Local Means Local
There is a growing trend in our video production industry. Technology, information sharing and scalable resources has lead to a situation of “out of market” companies competing for local business. We’re all for a free market economy as long as the vendor is upfront and fully discloses their location. All too often there are more and more companies advertising themselves as being a Washington DC video production company when in fact they’re not. Some are from the Mid-West, the South and some as far away as California. Do they do good work? Sure they do, and sometimes they don’t. If things go wrong you want a vendor that is across town or in your area to assist with issues if they arise. We think its important to know who you’re dealing with.
Production Value Matters For Washington DC Video Production
Production value matters! It’s what you pay for. With that being said, production value has little to do with cost or how much you pay either. It’s really about the level of commitment, experience and positive energy you put into the work. Whether it’s a Fortune 500 company or a small business, they same production value can be brought to the table. Now, if you must have a Red camera or an Arri Alexa for your commercial spot, well fine that’s gonna cost extra but the theory still holds true. We work with a variety of clients and no project is too small. We’ve even produced small budget projects for local businesses that have received Emmy recognition. Thats marketing gold for all involved!
It comes down to choices…
Like an ice cream shop, there are lots of flavors to choose from. Videographers, video editing, documentaries, commercial spots etc…There are subcategories for a bunch of video production services and specialists to assist you with your needs. Make calls, communicate what your vision is. Supply samples of what you like and please be upfront with your budgets. There are so many factors that go into video production. Knowing what your budget is goes a long way in finding the right fit for your project in terms of style, length and resources.