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    Hi, I am wondering if there is anything more to making money out of video production than just wedding videography ? Or is that it?.. How it is presented to me is .... you get an interest in videography and you get a choice weddings and ermmm.... weddings??...

    I am technically minded and would like to explore the mechanical side, cars trucks trains machines etc etc etc ,.................and film it or show it but is there work in that area for someone like myself?... If so what is this area called.....

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    There's a big difference between having an interest in something and making money out of it as I'm sure you're aware. Often once you start making money, you can't help but look at your other video activities as "costing" you. That's certainly what happened to me when I turned playing in a band into a money making venture (it was still fun, but nowhere near as much fun as it was when i played soley what I wanted to play).

    But, if you bear that in mind, there's no reason why you shouldn't turn a hobby into a money making venture - especially if you're not looking to make it your sole income. This is exactly what Midnight Blue is doing at the moment.

    But, to answer the question, the other main areas that I can think of are: corporate, event, and theatrical/musical.
    At least two of these could let you combine your interest in cars/mechanics:

    Corporate: Independent garages, independent car sales. They can all benefit from short promo videos on their websites and perhaps longer promos on rolling loops in showrooms/waiting areas.

    Events: Track events: make DVDs of the day to sell to the competitors. Ask Andy Lockwood whether it's profitable.
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    As Tim says, there's money to be made in all these avenues. Just a matter of being pro-active and selling the idea. Put a cracking promo together of similar genres and send potentials a link once you put in online, or email potentials the link.
    One I made some good money at was my home town that was celebrating it's charter fair. Held every ten years it's quite memorable for the townsfolk. I sourced some old photos and video of the Town, spent a few days filming the sights and historic buildings I'd grown up with then filmed the Charter Fair weekend.
    I got a local musician whose very familiar to anyone who lives there to do the voice over too.
    I contacted the historic society and local library to put up posters and stock the DVD, advertised it every Xmas for a few years after too. A winner!!

    I popped it on you tube too and here's the link to pt of it
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    Like Tim said I'm just moving into this sort of game. I found out that I can claim 100% set up costs for my new video company against my personal tax bill, which basically means free gear for the first year. I would do anything but weddings as I consider they are too specialised. It would be like getting training to change a spark plug and the being asked to strip a whole engine. Although, having said that I have been asked to do a wedding this year only because it is for a friend sister who couldn't afford a real Pro videographer.

    There is such a wide range of diverse things to film for people. From corporate promos, I'm in the middle of doing one of these. Training, documentaries, local events, shows, music promo, musical performances, I filmed my wife's choir. Plays, I've done a couple of plays. Other less known areas like education need they need such as anti drugs or anti bullying message videos.

    The other great area of videography is making your own dramatic/comedy/SciFi/or whatever movie. You would have to be really lucky to make any money from the last one but it does happen. Someone I know make a short about teenagers steeling cars, this got to be known about and now it's shown to school kids all over the world.

    It's like any business venture think laterally, promote your self, be sensible etc.

    In short there is a lot more to videography than doing weddings.

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    Thanks Zero for the link, It is a good idea for anyone to take advantage of a town celebration to promote history Looking at the youtube video it looks excellent. My Mum would be interested to watch that!!

    Tim, Thanks for the info,. Corperate is what it looks like I would like to do. I am doing a BTEC media course film and TV. Next year it will cover this hopefully.

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    There's no 'easy' route to finding extra revenue streams.... It's often a case of sheer luck that opens up an opportunity.

    When I started covering Autograss Racing for instance (something I've since given up due to other commitments) my 'in' came because the organisers at the track saw me and a pro camera - and came to me asking if I'd be interested in doing more. I'd only gone to cover the race for one driver - time and time again projects I've landed on have come about in that manner.

    eBay has brought me lots of work - I advertise my Jib and Glidecam hire there and have now gained five regular companies that use me and a lot of one offs too. Hiring out is a great way of networking - I almost inevtiably hand out business cards to interested parties when I'm working... Some of that work is still weddings - but no editing after - just go, film, hand over tapes and depart.

    But yes - it's a slog, Yes, it's hard work - but invest the time and effort and results will come your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFV View Post
    Hi, I am wondering if there is anything more to making money out of video production than just wedding videography ? Or is that it?.. How it is presented to me is .... you get an interest in videography and you get a choice weddings and ermmm.... weddings??...

    I am technically minded and would like to explore the mechanical side, cars trucks trains machines etc etc etc ,.................and film it or show it but is there work in that area for someone like myself?... If so what is this area called.....

    I filmed school concerts over christmas and made a good few quid but need regular work to do the filming full time.

    I know sombody who makes his living filming amateur boxing matches and selling the fights back to the boxers.Earns a good living from it but it involves lots of evening/night work.

    Got to find a gap in the market.

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    The sort of stuff Zero has presented is a great opportunity. I've found "local interest" videos to be very popular in a limied way. You're not likely to amke a killing, but the stuff will go down in history - your film will be watched for many decades to come. The only film I've ever sold was truly awful - a one camera shot of the local carnival. I shot the whiole carival passing at two different locations. I did it (a) for practice and (b) 'cos my 5 year old daughter was in it so I wanted the memory. "Mrs Rainbow" - the head of the Rainbows (before they become Brownies) mentioned it and all the mums wanted copies. I did it for a little more than cost, but it is surprising how many copies I sold. Hardly life changing, but i made me think about what might be possible if one takes these local events seriously.
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