It usually starts off with a call or an email. Tell me a bit about your company and what you're interested in doing. I love meeting new people so I'll get back to you right away!
Once we connect, you'll do most of the talking (while I listen and learn). I'll ask questions.
Beyond those regarding your story, the two most practical questions are, how soon and how much? Depending upon your story, projects can last anywhere from two to ten weeks. Of course, the story you wish to tell will also influence the cost. I've worked with budgets of many sizes. If you have a fixed budget and I feel it's manageable, I'll make it work. If you have some wiggle room, give me an average and I'll go from there. Either way, it's good to have a ballpark idea. Somewhere between "A" and "Z" helps me develop a plan suitable for your budget.
As the old adage goes, "You can have it fast, good or cheap - pick two." I insist upon "good" (actually, "great"). The other two are negotiable.
Typically, I'll ask for a Purchase Order or provide a Letter of Agreement defining deliverables / deadlines and a deposit.
After our chat, I'll come back with a written, illustrated plan (or more) and see what you think. Hopefully, you'll see something you like. If need be, I'll make some adjustments.
Whether it's a shoot, edit, graphics or often all three, production is where your story get's made. It's exciting, Zen, intense and always fun. This is what I live for. In telling your story, I'll tap every resource I have to bear in delivering the highest production values to the screen.
I'll show you a draft. My rough cuts are usually pretty close to finished cuts yet there's always room for improvement. I'll ask for your feedback, make the final tweaks and deliver the final in whatever format works best for you. Lastly, if your video is for the web, I'll help you with the Search Engine Optimization (SEO).