I've been really umming and aah-ing on whether to join the Wedding/Event videography business for some time now, and have recently started looking into it seriously. I have a few questions so I thought this would be the best place to ask.
1) As a startup, the biggest obstacle is the huge cost of equiptment, so I wondered whether it would be harmful to start off with high quality, older cameras off ebay, or would this be a false economy?
2) Since 2 cameras would be essential, is it also essential that they be the same ? Will simple white balancing across two seperate models (or even makes) be enough, or would I be setting myself up for a massive post production colour correction nightmare? My initial plan was perhaps buy one expensive ass camera, and one cheaper one. Then if the business takes off, buy another super expensive camera.
3) I know most pro shooters are shooting in HD, but how often, realistically are customers willing to pay the extra, or even demanding, HD on blu ray as a finished product? It seems a bit of a waste to shoot the video with these super spec HD cameras and then export onto a SD DVD.
4) In a similar vein, is shooting on MiniDV tape the best way to go or is there something to be said for hard disk cameras? I can see the great appeal of copying several hours of footage to computer in minutes rather than hours, but is the quality drop acceptable, or similar to what you would expect to see when it is compressed out to DVD anyway?
5) My business plan was to have me as editor and primary cameraman, and a business partner as a secondary cameraman. However, since the partner would not be doing as much work (since the editing would typically take several days rather than just a days shooting) I was thinking of getting him to do things like home visits to customers, getting new clients etc... to bump up his wages for a particular job. Do any other wedding video companies work like this, or do you work more on word of mouth to get new clients?
Thanks very much for your help!