The Videographers Guide (Canceled)
The Videographers Guide (Canceled)
This Series will document young filmmakers as they produce niche videos for the web, with added commentary from seasoned filmmakers.
This Series will document young filmmakers as they produce niche videos for the web, with added commentary from seasoned filmmakers. Read more
The Videographers guide is a documentary web series where we follow young filmmakers as they produce short videos for the web in a variety of genres. In addition we interview dozens of seasoned filmmakers, producers, social media experts within each genre to offer their insight and experience and serve as a guide to young filmmakers out there. We ask them questions like... NY vs LA? When do I raise my rates? Can I make a living as a music video director? This is just a sample of the range of topics we will be dissecting in this series. The goal is to present this information in a compelling, stylistic way that will act as a roadmap to young filmmakers looking navigate the New Media landscape.
Why This Series?
In 2004 I became an active player in the merging of video and social media. Prior to that I worked as a freelance production assistant/gopher on hundreds of music videos, commercials, and photography shoots. Coming from those two perspectives gave me a unique appreciation for the changing media landscape. I found ways to draw from each and create a niche market along with a crew of filmmakers and photographers who covered the music and art scene in New York City.
Since then I have grown with this emerging genre and now list some of the top cultural and corporate brands around the world as a part of my professional portfolio. But it wasn’t easy making that transition, I was navigating unchartered territory, and there were many years of struggle with no one to show me the ropes. Once I started finding my way I wanted to share my experience and advice to those who wanted to pursue a similar path. This was the inspiration for a weekly 19 part series on my blog titled “The Videographers Guide to Not Falling on your New Media Face." Very early in the process I entertained the idea of turning the blog entries into a video series.
In January of this year I put the video production wheels in motion. I had to take what was a highly personal blog series, and turn it into a more practical video tutorial without losing that personal and artistic element. So I decided to take my voice and replace it with the voice of industry experts, and to put a human face on my target audience by having a young "protege" represent them. In episode 1 it wasn't hard to find my protege. Her name is Nasa Hadizadeh, a young artist/entrepreneur who I was meeting with regularly at a local Coffee shop to talk new media.
Nasa is the embodiment of today's filmmaker. A Queens NY native, daughter of Middle Eastern parents, Nasa studied law in college, but right before taking the LSAT's she decided to follow her childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker instead. One day she picked up a camera and went to work. She had that All-American drive that makes this country the entrepreneurial capitol of the world. That is the embodiment of the American dream, and if nothing else this is what The Videographers Guide is about.
What I am hoping to accomplish with this series is to tell dozens of stories like Nasa's through the eyes of young filmmakers chasing the American dream, while simultaneously providing a roadmap for them to follow. I want to pull back the veil that shrouds New Media by providing valuable information from other filmmakers who are on the front lines. The goal is to present this information in a compelling, stylistic way that is as informative as it is entertaining. And if we are fortunate enough to surpass our Kickstarter goal, additional dollars will go toward producing more and more episodes to tell more and more stories just like Nasa's. So let's Kickstart this franchise right here right now!
As you can imagine producing this series isn't cheap. Traveling all over the country to get the best interviews, hiring crew, editing, renting equipment, etc will be an expensive endeavor. With your contributions I hope to spend the better part of the next year producing this series with passion and the utmost artistic integrity. This is why I am utilizing Kickstarter to launch this series. Kickstarter demolishes the corporate structure and puts art and entrepreneurship back into the hands of the people. It's a bottom up model, and it is here to stay!
If you didn’t know, Kickstarter is an amazing website that uses crowd-sourcing to launch it’s projects. However if our goal of 56.7k isn’t reached by August 12th the project gets nothing. Contribute what you can. We have some really cool rewards listed on the right side of the page.
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We have partnered with Hypebeast.com to air this series. The goal is to produce 6 episodes airing about 4 - 6 weeks apart. About Hypebeast: Read by the most Tastemakers Online: In addition -
- 1.2 million unique visitors and 16 million page views / month
- First read for designers, PR/press and fashion enthusiasts
- Voted as one of the “50 Best Websites 2008″ by TIME Magazine
Thank you all, and don’t forget to share this with all your friends.
- (27 days)