So, you want to make a video and are planning to call on the services of a professional team? Now all you need to do is choose the right production company. If you’re a film-making novice, it can be hard to decide which company can best meet your needs. So, here are some tips on how to go about hiring a video production company.
Check out their past projects
Look on the company website or YouTube channel for clips from video projects that the production company has worked on in the past. Or ask them directly to let you see some videos they have made. More than anything, this will give you a sense of what’s possible for you, and whether the company is the right fit for your needs.
If you can, try to watch a full-length video rather than a show reel containing small snapshots of their projects. This will give you a much better idea of how your finished product may look.
Create a brief
Before approaching and hiring a video production company, you’ll need a brief which encapsulates everything you want to achieve from the project. It will include practicalities like duration and deadline, and will also outline your vision for the video. Using a simple checklist that includes all of your basic requirements is a great way to compare different companies and their strengths and weaknesses. Armed with your brief and checklist, you are then in a good position to decide on the company that is best placed to produce your video.
Budget is everything! From a basic, no-frills, single-shot film to a big-budget production with animation and special effects, the amount you pay for your video can vary widely depending on the bells and whistles you want to include. So it’s important to get quotes before hiring a video production company to ensure that your project remains within budget, and that you get value for money. Always check to ensure that the price you are quoted is all-inclusive and that there are no hidden extras you’ll need to fork out for.
If you’re after a specialist type of video like an animation, does the company have a track record in this area? Do they have the right equipment and expertise in-house, or will they outsource? Check out their credentials and get testimonials from previous clients.
Edits and changes
While a good video production company can be trusted to get on with the project, they will also refer back to you at regular intervals, to feed back on progress and to ensure that you are happy with their work. Check prospective companies’ policies on what happens if you’re not completely satisfied with the final cut. Will they make further edits and changes for free?
Video production you can trust
Here at Yellow Lizard Media, we are proud to offer video production services that are professional and affordable. And just to ensure that you’re completely satisfied, we offer unlimited revisions within 5 working days of delivery of your video.
If you are hiring a video production company for your project and would like to know more, just get in touch for an informal chat or a quote.