Want to build a successful video production services business and make a living shooting and editing video? Ever wondered how to make money with Video? Making Money With Video explores the wide, wide, wonderful world of producing, shooting, directing and editing video, film, pictures, sound, images, music as a business. Producer/Director/Editor Robert Hanley, shares over thirty years of production experience and focuses on how to make money! Thanks for tuning in!
We’ve added more value to our Home Video Studio Systems and lowered the entry level at the same time! Every Studio package now includes our New Signature HVS Edit Desk and DVA Deluxe. Move up to the Director level and we’ll add the HVS Routing Solution – route any video source to any destination instantly.
The new HVS Signature Edit Desk!
The New HVS Signature Edit Desk!
Included in every Home Video Studio System!
THE EDITOR -$59,995.00 - The Home Video Studio Signature Edit Desk (included in every package) DVA Deluxe - our DVA and DVD Automated Authoring System - plus everything else you need to get going in style. Our Editor package puts you in business with an awesome and complete post-production studio. A lot of people start out at this level.
THE DIRECTOR -$69,995.00 - We add the HVS Routing Solution and one more DVA Deluxe our DVA and DVD Automated Authoring System. This increases your efficiency and your power to produce and transfer video. Outfitting your new studio is like opening presents on Christmas morning!
THE PRODUCER -$79,995.00 - We add specifically designed equipment to help automate your studio so you can get more done in less time. You'll do more work and get it done faster so you'll make more money.
THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER- $89,900.00 - If you want to shoot your own video you are going to need some really cool gear. The Executive Producer package includes our Production and Grip Equipment Module: Lights, Camera - Action!
Note: you can add our HVS Production and Grip Equipment Module to any of our systems. All systems include our exclusive twenty-one day, twelve-month training program including onsite installation!
Work from home or from a studio store with any of these packages! We can help you mix and match equipment. Plus if you already have equipment you may not need to spend as much money as someone who is starting out brand new. We are experts in finance. We’ll help you find financing if you need it.
Robert Hanley CEO of Home Video Studio, Digital Video Archive
People often remark that they are surprised that I answer the phone when they call. I guess that is understandable; I am the CEO of two great companies – Home Video Studio and Digital Video Archive. Yes I am a very busy person but here’s the thing… I love what I do! So I always try to answer the phone.
In fact, I am trained like Pavlov’s Dog! Ring. Ring. Answer. Answer. So when you call… if you call… I will answer. Now just watch you call and it's the one time in the history of Hill Valley that I don't answer my phone! Test me!
I get asked a lot of questions. Today someone asked me what’s it like to run a Home Video Studio. That’s a basic question… right? I guess it was a good day to ask me this because today’s Good Friday. So I am running the studio by myself (easy enough to do). I’ve had like six customers here this afternoon.
So what can I tell you about running a studio?
First it is a happy business. People are always excited to be in the studio. We have both consumer clients (a lot of them) and corporate/commercial clients (a lot of them). For our consumer clients we could be doing anything really – from editing a wedding to transferring fifty tapes to DVD or DVA – Digital Video Archive. For the more commercial customers we are usually doing some type of editing, special effects or web video. Personally, I love the editing and post-production type of jobs.
...running a video business can be very profitable and very fun – if… you know the rules..
Now some of the studios do do (yes… I said do do… snicker…) video production as well… if they want to. That’s really a subject for another day – video production and how to do it profitably. If you like video production, we teach all facets and I do mean “all” – including pricing and collecting the money. I’ll talk about video production later this coming week.
What you’ll find if you open up a studio is that you’ll start to gravitate towards the work you really like to do. You’ll find a specialty – a niche if you will. That could be family histories – lifetime videos or corporate image and web videos. There are many different areas to specialize in. Every day you will be waking up and doing what you want to do, not what you have to do. That’s another reason why this is a happy business.
Mainly, running a video business can be very profitable and very fun – if… you know the rules and what to do and not to do. That's what I teach you.
So what’s it like running a Home Video Studio every day? Well if you like people and have an interest in playing with video then it is pure heaven. Pure heaven.
Each week I make a reading suggestion for you; a book or blog that has made a real difference in my personal life and/or business life. I do have a long, long list. I love books and I read a lot.
A client gave me this book. In fact I have a number of books given to me by various clients throughout the years. This book was given to me by Jane Gray. I remember loving the title of the book as well as the book. It holds a special place on my book shelf. It's a great message.
Today's selection is Don't Wait - take the first step by Jane Gray. Here is a short description from Amazon.com (available for $12.95).
Out of personal life experiences Jane Gray illuminates the importance of relationships with God and with others. DON'T WAIT is a simple but profound message that encourages you to make life decisions that are truly important. This elegant book transends time shown by its photographic illustrations, uplifting quotes and heart filled writing leading you to seize the moment and change your life forever-DON'T WAIT!
Most people avoid important life changing decisions. You only get one shot. Don't wait! Make things happen!
I'll see you next Wednesday with another selection.
It's Book it Wednesday! A reading suggestion for you today. Each Wednesday I suggest a book or blog that has made a real difference in my personal life and/or business life. I do have a long, long list. I love books and I read a lot.
If you want to experience the true joy of filmmaking without all of the headaches, the transportation of equipment, the hiring of crews, location scouting, make-up, lights, cameras, C-Stands, etc. well you could always just write screenplays for a living. That would do it. That is if you are creative and have a story to tell and...
...if you know how to write screenplays!
Seems like everyone I have met for the past thirty years or so is or was writing a screenplay or they had a great idea for a movie or screenplay. Most people who boast of writing a movie never, ever take the time to write an actual screenplay. I was no different in this respect. I had tons of ideas for movies (still do) and I did want to turn them into screenplays (and then movies). But then I took action. It was my passion that drove me.
I started writing early in my life and when I found an interest in making movies, then and only then did I start reading and researching on how to actually write a screenplay. I have tons of books on the subject. Here's my favorite.
Today’s selection is Screenplay - The Foundations of Screenwriting – A Step-by-Step Guide form Concept to Finished Script by Syd Field (or I should say the late Syd Field as he passed a few years ago).
This was the first book I ever purchased on screenwriting. I remember being so excited to just buy it! II felt important! I read it on the plane out to L.A. in 1980. I finished the last few pages just as we were landing (timing is everything). Two action steps met that year: first screenplay book and first trip to Hollywood. By the way. I bought this same book for my son who just graduated from Full Sail University with a degree in Filmmaking. Aaron, I hope you read it!
Here is a short description from Amazon.com (available for $12.95).
A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. Now the celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author has updated his classic guide for a new generation of filmmakers, offering a fresh insider’s perspective on the film industry today. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are easily understood guidelines to help aspiring screenwriters—from novices to practiced writers—hone their craft. Filled with updated material—including all-new personal anecdotes and insights, guidelines on marketing and collaboration, plus analyses of recent films, from American Beauty to Lord of the Rings—Screenplay presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the screenplay that will succeed in Hollywood. Discover:
•Why the first ten pages of your script are crucially important •How to visually “grab” the reader from page one, word one •Why structure and character are the essential foundation of your screenplay •How to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay •Tips on protecting your work—three legal ways to claim ownership of your screenplay •The essentials of writing great dialogue, creating character, building a story line, overcoming writer’s block, getting an agent, and much more.
With this newly updated edition of his bestselling classic, Syd Field proves yet again why he is revered as the master of the screenplay—and why his celebrated guide has become the industry’s gold standard for successful screenwriting.
I suggest this book for several reasons. For one thing it's a good read. For another thing if you want to be in this business you should know something about story structure. When proposing a video project to a client you want to be able to paint a vivid picture for your potential client. Well this book will help you learn how to paint that picture.
Screenplay clearly defines a great process and the essential ingredient of every story: a beginning, middle and end. Even if you are not going to write a screenplay this book will give you a better understanding of story structure and of how to create and edit an effective video.
Oh... and I did write a screenplay! Just one time... for my feature Good Cop Bad Cop but once was enough. I'm a Screenwriter! Yay for me!
I'll see you next Wednesday with another selection.