Video production jobs: I can always use a Phoenix or Scottsdale videographer, DP, video production pro, or camera operator on set—interested?
Check out the FAQs below. If you think you might be a match for my style and the clients I work for, drop me a line. (Please don’t use this site’s chat function—that’s just for clients).
I need an extra set of hands, eyes, and ears on set. So, I might need everything from repositioning lights, monitoring sound, rearranging furniture, holding a reflector or a boom, sitting in for talent so I can get focus and test audio levels, maybe even operate a second camera—to be honest, I need someone team oriented who will jump in and help wherever help is needed.
I’d like to be more efficient with time, and I enjoy working with (inspiring and and getting inspired by) film students and other online video professionals in the Phoenix area.
Informal. I work with business owners and dentists. I am professional but personable with clients, and I do my best to make sure everyone on set has fun and feels appreciated. I work really hard, but clients tend to relax and enjoy themselves.
Usually 3-4 hours. However, I won’t need help with setup and tear down, so I might only need you for 2-3 hours.
As you’d guess, it varies, but I usually stick to the Phoenix metro area, so I am looking for help from only video professionals who live in Phoenix (preferably the East Valley). Most of the shoots are in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Peoria, and Glendale, although I’ve filmed in Anthem and even Tucson as well.
Paypal would be cool if you’re open to it.
I do pay in advance.
Reliable and punctual. A good communicator. A friendly, helpful person. Experienced in filming video (no photographers please)—corporate video experience is strongly recommended. Knowledgable in lighting, monitoring sound, and framing/camera operation (Canon DSLRs)/getting coverage/providing editing options for post production. Able-bodied / fit / coordinated / careful. We’ll both be moving gear around, so you need to be comfortable and confident moving around and handling gear (if you have physical limitations or you’re not deft on your feet, this wouldn’t be the best position for you). Able to roll with things—I don’t work with hired actors but business people and dentists, so unexpected stuff happens from time to time. It’s important to be flexible and accommodating. Proactive—look to offer ideas and assistance when appropriate. Anticipate what might happen next, and then move forward without having to be instructed.
While I’ve been in marketing, branding, design, and publishing for over 15 years. However, I’ve only been filming for five, so there’s always something new to learn. If you’re looking to learn ALL the tricks of the film trade…well, I am not a Jedi yet. I’ll expect you to be on time, to be excited, to be helpful, and to work. Bring your “a” game—I’ll bring mine.
I’ve worked with a handful of DPs and camera operators, and I’ve managed three teams of creatives in my career. The people working with me would tell you I am respectful and fun to work with. When we work together, you won’t be stuck getting coffee (I don’t like coffee). Instead, we’ll work as as team, and I’ll have you working with the lights, sound, and cameras (real work on set, not working as a gopher). I’ll make sure you’ll be doing things on set that you enjoy and that you’re comfortable with. I don’t have an ego when it comes to filming. I am open to ideas and collaboration. I won’t always act on suggestions, but I am willing to consider them. I know some of the best last-second ideas on set don’t come from me. If I can help you with your career through advice or connections, I’ll be happy to do so.
Of course! If you’ve worked on big-name projects, that’s impressive. And it’s just as impressive you are an expert at live TV, green screening, working on big sets, photography, operating a massive jib, using a Ronin 2, or working with a Blackmagic URSA mini. It would be fun to talk about your experiences with all of these things—I’d enjoy that!
At the same time, none of those projects or skill sets, as impressive as they are, are relevant to the work I do, so they are not important to me. I’d suggest looking at the work I do—the clients I work for—and let me know how your background can increase my production value and be more efficient on set—that’s boring, I know…but it’s what I am focused on when bringing someone on—not that they worked with Taylor Swift.
Follow the directions below I’d recommend first looking at the work I do. I am surprised at how many people rush to apply without having an idea what type of projects I do. First see what I am up to—if you feel my personality and type of work is a fit for you, read on…
Fill out the form by clicking here. Yeah, I know that most people don’t like forms because they feel no one will respond. I promise that I will.
Be sure to include why you’d like to do video production like the ones I’ve done (if you don’t really want to work on projects like mine but you just need extra money, I respect that, but it’s best that you pass on this opportunity). Let me know what you feel you can offer, and please provide links to video projects you’ve been a part of (let me know what your role in the shoot was).
PS—Don’t have any experience but want to get into the video production profession? Ask me about filming some behind the scenes footage on set. This is a non-paid position, but it’s definitely a way to get experience when you’re new to the profession, eager to learn, but lacking experience.
PPS—is improved camera technology going to doom videography—like it did to the photography profession? Star Wars’ Han Solo gives videographers A New Hope
PPPS—Wondering if I have humility and a sense of humor on set? Check out a story of when I was almost eaten while setting up for a shoot.