(Closed) Student Videographer

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would either place an ad in craigslist or contact all the local art schools/art or film departments of colleges and place and ad there.  I think this is what we’re going to do!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m really interested in this as well. But not sure if I’m that confident in just “shooting in the dark” so to speak. Browsed craigslist and nothing really caught my eye.

I wonder if in the same realm of finding musicians at local music schools we can do the same for videographers at film schools?

Regardless, if anyone else has used a student videographer would love a recommendation!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

There are some professionals that have ceremony only packages, many not too expensive and in this economy, many videographers aren’t getting much business, so they are happy to get anything and you can probably negotiate a good deal.

I know I saw someone a few months ago with a ceremony-only package around 600+, but I no longer have that info.  Do some research, Google ceremony only and see if anyone will cut you some slack – you never know…

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

The filmwork of many of the students at my school is pretty awesome so I think I’ll be comfortable handing a student just a few hundred to do our videography.   They get experience and money, I get a sweet artistic video.  It’s win-win.  I’m sure that if you contacted the department administrator/secretary/whatever at any college, they’d be happy to send out an email or post a flier or something.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@veganglam,

And you’re in Philadelphia right? Darn! Can’t ask for any recs from you!

I’m still unsure if I should pursue this because Fiance really does not want another person “in his face” so to speak. He’s already uncomfortable with the photographer deal. 😉

But I would really love having “pro” footage for the whole bridal door game/groom pick up bride sequence and the ceremony. I can just as well get family to record it but no one’s really that good! So there’ll be tons of “make you barf” footage. Hahah.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would try posting a wanted ad on the “Gigs (events)” section of Craigslist for a student videographer.  State your requirements in terms of hours of footage and any editing you want done, the experience required of the videographer, and how much you are willing to pay.  You could require a demo reel or examples of previous work. 

I have a friend who hired a graphic design major this way to make a label for a sauce he is selling.  He got a TON of responses.  There are so many people out there who want to build their portfolio, get experience or just make a little extra money on the side! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ Gerbera – what’s your budget?  My vid isn’t too expensive (believe me, I shopped around) and if you don’t want him at certain parts, he’s cool.  I’m not having him at the dress location because, like your Fiance, too many folks in one room, but he will video from the leaving part up until the end of the night (or whenever the party simmers down).  PM me.  How’s the planning going otherwise? 

Post # 10
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Newbee

You can try looking for an NYU Tisch film student via a department head or faculty member…try these links:

http://gradfilm.tisch.nyu.edu/page/home.html

http://filmtv.tisch.nyu.edu/page/home.html

Perhaps the department heads would be willing to send your email out over a listserve to students in the film programs (not sure if you wanted undergrads or graduate students so I included both). I bet a ton of students would jump at this. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

If you’re in NYC I would definitely go and put a notice up at NYU and SVA’s film schools! I went to SVA and the film students were amazing and always eager for an opportunity to gain experience with shooting and editing. Just make some fliers with your e-mail address and put them up in the SVA building on 23rd between 2nd and 3rd, the SVA dorms on Lexington between 23rd and 24th, and you can also stop into the career office to ask if there’s a better way to reach students. Sorry, I don’t have that kind of specific info about NYU, but I know their film school is really good.

You can also e-mail a film professor from either of the schools, and ask if they have a student recommendation. And since it’s a student, you can probably get them to hang out all day but only film the parts you want, and just pay them for their expenses, feed them, maybe give them a “tip” if they do any editing work for you.

I didn’t think I wanted a videographer at my wedding, and now I’m really glad that we had one. The videos are special — different than the photos, more intimate (but less pretty!). And when you have kids, they’ll looooove seeing mom and dad on TV getting married. (Um…I don’t have kids, but I’ve witnessed this phenomenon with a bunch of friends who do!)

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Wannabee
Is your wedding being held in New York City? I am a videographer 

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