October 31, 2014 at 10:39AM

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Advice to start getting client work and expanding our portfolio

My brother and I and have our own film company. We do weddings, music videos and short docs. We are wanting to expand to doing commercials and other promo videos for businesses.

What is the best avenue to go and try to promote our services? Just sending emails to local businesses? or calling them? or stopping by? Is there more types of businesses that go for having promo videos or commercials?

Our father said to start asking dance schools and see if we can show up with our equipment and then film the recitals and if the parents want a copy charge them for it.

We are just looking for any advice to start growing our company. We love to do the weddings and music videos. Just want to expand our portfolio.

Here is 1 of our first promo videos that we did -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alaoAY-rc70

This is trailer for a project we are working on for our friend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWDrJXtzkiQ

Any comments or advice would be great.

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For weddings it's a good idea to put together a reel and show it to wedding planners. They're great connections to make for future work.

For commercials, look to fledgling or struggling companies and offer your services. Make spec commercials so you can show them what you can do.

Music videos are easier, go to shows or contact young bands to make videos.

You'll have to do pro bono stuff at the beginning in order to build reel, network and client base. "The first one's free..."

November 2, 2014 at 1:19AM, Edited November 2, 1:19AM

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Brandon Kelley
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I like the above answers... I would say all that is very practical... As for weddings, I get most of my weddings from photographers referrals. establish a working relationship with some awesome ones and they will promote you!

For commercial stuff, go to the local shops that have amazing food and drink try to work for trade ;-P yum yum.

Music videos.... I have done so many LIVE recordings, both live edit and live filming for streaming with a post edit for music video. Those are my favorite kinds, they can pay really well and are far less effort then developing a story and filming again, and again and again, followed by hours and hours of post editing and then maybe shooting parts again.

Jesse Maitland

November 2, 2014 at 10:29PM

You dan put local announces in digital newspapers.

November 4, 2014 at 10:28AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Thanks for the advice

November 11, 2014 at 5:35PM

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Carl Busch
Film Maker
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