How To Start A Media Production Company With Your Bare Hands

You know, I was following Brian for over 8 years. The first time I noticed Brian when he was featured at the Apple Final Cut media page with his company MediaStorm. Apple chose him because of his enormous creativity in telling a story with photography, video and audio. It’s not really news or magazine coverage but rather under published topics in a tremendous visual and sonic artistic style.
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When I started my interview series here at EntreFilmmaker he was amongst my top three people that I wanted to interview and finally we got to meet and I got the privilege to ask him all those questions that have been piled up over those many years. Honestly, when I grow up I want to be a Brian Storm or having build a company like he did :)

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How To Double Your Film Business with 3rd Party ValidationPart 2

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Most film & video pros miss really out on this opportunity. If you do not use this trick you probably loose out on half or your potential projects that come your way. You know, when we are looking to buy something we are looking what other people say about the product or service that we are about to purchase. The same happens when clients are looking forward to work with you, wether you are a DP, producer, editor, make up artist anyone servicing the film and video industry. But most of us don’t use this trick to eliminate buying and hiring hesitation. And I get this because when clients hire production companies or talents it is an investment that no none wants to loose. Especially when hired the first time.

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Should You Invest Into 4K As a Filmmaker?

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Man, I can’t wait to jump to the next big thing. And it seems to me that 4K is the next big thing. Not only is it a bigger image it’s also much sharper and contains obviously more details then regular HD. But with the quality comes a price as well. You have to purchase new gear that captures and processes 4K. The gear has to be fast and speedy and this can cost you thousands of $$$. Now, the question is always: When should you jump on in to the next thing? It can be a good idea to be an early adopter and grab some more marketshare if you’re one of the first to offer 4K in your niche. On the other hand when do you know it is too early to make the move? You might lose a lot of money by prematurely investing into the new system just to find out in a few years – when 4K is more established and widely adopted – that what you bought is either not the right thing or so outdated that you have to replace everything once again.

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How To Double Your Film Business With Testimonials Part 1

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The toughest part in getting new clients is to get entrusted with a video project. I know, most of you have already a site, a portfolio where you show off your work and you might think that this is enough to have a potential client make a decision to choose you over other vendors to go ahead and entrusting you with the project. The problem is that 99% in the video field think like you. Now, what can you do differently to get ahead of them?

I get asked all the time: What would be your #1 hack to close deals quicker, overcome client adversity, mistrust and leave your competition behind. If I had to choose one this would be my choice: Client testimonials. Now, you might roll your eyes and say: Of course, everyone knows. Amazon uses them, consumer product sites uses them. But are you employing testimonials to convert up to 86% more of potential clients? Most of the sites I visit in the video and film industry don’t have them. What the marketing world discovered as the holy sales grail is snobbingly ignored in our industry. Shame. Read more..

4 Ways for Filmmakers To Get Ahead of Competitors

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Filmmaking is a great way to make a living. It’s creative, it’s fulfilling, and it changes with every project. You are never bored. One challenge in the past few years has been that a lot of filmmaker and video pros enter into the marketplace because gear and video equipment has never been cheaper and more accessible than it is today. Nowadays you don’t even need to go to film school in order to learn the craft. I immigrated to the USA 4 years ago and taught myself the trade from online tutorials beforehand.
Now, if there is increased competition how do you make sure that you keep being the best? Is it still enough to have the biggest talent or the best showreel on the block?

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