New Year’s Resolutions for Video and Filmmakers and How to Keep Your Resolutions


For many, the start of the New Year is
the perfect time to reflect on the past year’s achievements and to set new goals
for the year to come. A New Year’s Resolution is a promise a person makes
for the new year. Regardless of what resolutions you commit to, the goal is to
improve life in the coming year. Resolutions can come in many forms. Some
people will make a promise to change a bad habit such as quitting smoking or
eating less junk food. Other people make a promise to develop a positive habit
such as starting an exercise program, volunteering in their community or
recycling more. If you produce videos like me, you always want to improve the
quality of your work, grow your social media influence, make more money of
course and grow as a producer. Hang on to the end of this video because I’m going
to share with you 10 New Year’s Resolutions for your video and
filmmaking career that you should consider as you move into next year. Hi,
I’m Jim Costa. I’m a videography, photography and
technology guru, but you can call me a #dadographer. I’ve created many other
videos on improving your photography, videography, filmmaking, video editing,
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tuned to the end to find out how to get my F-R-E-E DSLR, Mirrorless or
Interchangeable Lens Video Camera Cheat Sheet that’ll have you shooting your
photos and videos like a pro in no time. Best of all, my cheat sheet specializes
in shooting video with any type of camera. You’ll find all the info on
important video techniques such as white balance, color temperature, frame rates and
more and if you use a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, or even a video camera, you can
use all the information to shoot better with any of those. I’m a full time
working photographer, video producer, editor and technology pro. That’s the
small business that I own and that’s how I make a living.
You’ll find my contact info in the description below. Contact me if you need
photography or video production for you personally or for your business. Here’s
my list of New Year’s Resolutions for my fellow video producers and filmmakers.
Number one: Make more videos. This seems like an obvious one for video producers
but it exemplifies one of the primary reasons New Year’s Resolutions are
abandoned. They’re vague and poorly defined. Be specific in your goal setting.
Tailor broad goals to your individual production style and level of expertise.
If you are a short filmmaker who wants to refine your storytelling skills, try
aiming to write and produce one new short film per month. If you are
a vlogger who’s trying to grow your YouTube channel, resolve who post a new
video every week or every day for a specific period of time. Getting specific
makes your resolutions more tangible so it will be easier to celebrate when a
goal has been reached or a milestone achieved. I, for example, post at least
one (or more) new videos to my YouTube channel every week consistently so I
grow my channel consistently over time. It’s not easy, but sticking to it causes
you to form the habit and ultimately to grow as a producer or an influencer.
Number two is: To keep a tidy workspace. Keeping all of your gear and footage
organized can be a big challenge for video producers and editors trying to
work as fast as possible. You might take your camera out of a neatly organized
pack at the beginning of a shoot by the end, there’s gaffers tape on the ceiling
and a pile of tangled cables at your feet. To avoid spending extra time and
energy sorting through your mess, establish a strong organizational system
and then stick to it. Tidying up as you go so your end of day
cleanup happens lightning-quick is a great idea. Additionally, this ensures that you
don’t lose any gear and it’s good to know the next time you need to use it
where it is. Number three is: Become more efficient.
Aside from keeping your workspace tidy so you can find your lens cap in a
reasonable amount of time, there are plenty of other ways to make your
workflow more efficient. This year, consider how you can optimize your
production process so that it flows as smoothly as possible.
Think about which tasks can be grouped together and develop a project
management system to keep those tasks organized. Spending a little extra time
in the organizational phase can help you get more done in less time when you’re
actually working and shooting. For example, when I’m creating videos from my
blog, I will write multiple scripts at the same time, anywhere from two to nine
scripts total. I will then shoot them all in a day or two and edit them and upload
them over the next week or two. This frees me up for the rest of the
remaining weeks every month to work on other projects for clients.
Think of it like multitasking. Number four is: To learn a new skill. If you have
spent your entire video production career in the edit bay, it might be time
to step into the studio for some camera operating experience or if you’ve never
got the hang up green screen work resolve to learn to pull the perfect key
this year. Resolving to learn a new skill is an
excellent way to push yourself outside your comfort zone. You may even find your new
favorite area of production hidden behind that learning curve. There are
many aspects to video and filmmaking, from pre-production to production to
post-production, so the more skills you learn, the more work you can get. I
suggest trying to learn new software that you can use, even if it’s not video
or editing related. Maybe it’s just business related. You should never stop
learning. If you keep adding, you’ll grow as a producer and a content creator and
will ultimately improve your skills and get more work. Number 5 is: Find new
collaborators. Working with new people can be incredibly challenging and
rewarding at the same time. It’s a great way to learn new skills and get a
different perspective on your video production style. We can all learn from
each other, so reaching out to new collaborators who share your passion for
video production is a great way to grow as a producer. Plus, it’s always nice to
have an extra pair of hands on set. Look for ways to connect with other local video
producers and filmmakers. Attending local festival, screenings and meet-ups is a
great way to get involved in the video production scene in your area. I have
produced video interviews and collaborations with other video
producers who I’ve met on social media in filmmaking groups. Facebook Groups, for
example, is a great way to expand your knowledge base. It’s easy to get stuck in
a rut when always working alone or with the same small crew. New collaborators can
offer a fresh insight. There’s a reason for the cliche that, “two heads are better
than one.” If all this is making sense to you put, “I’ve got it!” in the comments
section below. Number six: Find a mentor or become one
yourself. Working with your peers can be a great learning experience, but there’s
even more benefit to working with someone with years more experience than
you. A mentor can identify your strengths and weaknesses, help steer you towards
habits that will help you grow as a producer and more. They can catch your
mistakes before they happen and teach you tricks you’d never have thought of on
your own. On the other hand, if you feel like you have useful knowledge to share
with video producers, consider becoming a mentor yourself. Personally, I’ve been in
the production field for over three decades now and I’m always willing to
answer all questions people pose so feel free to comment below and I’ll do
my best to find a solution to whatever you need. Number seven is: Submit to a film
festival. Submitting to a film festival or participating in a competition is
another great way to get to know fellow filmmakers and expand your skill set. The
challenge of a deadline and the knowledge that your work will be
competing against a slew of other well-crafted projects, can be
intimidating, but these conditions can also help you produce your best work.
Simply resolving to enter a festival could be all the motivation you need to get
your video off of your hard drive and in front of your audience. Entering a film
festival can help you meet other filmmakers and introduce your work to a
much broader audience than you currently have.
My first ever feature-length project was entered into and won a film festival
about 25 years ago and it helped to jumpstart my career. Number eight: Grow
your audience. We all want people to watch and enjoy our videos. Why else
would we put in the mountain of work and effort it takes to complete a production?
Finding and growing your audience can be daunting, but you aren’t going to attract
viewers unless you put in the effort. This year, do your research and develop a
strategy for getting your work out there. Your plan should be customized to the
kind of content you create for maximum effectiveness. That might be growing your
YouTube channel, like I do, or starting a Vimeo channel or other social media feed.
Whatever you choose, just remember people watching your work gets your name out
there and it can help with your career. Just a tip. You know you started to make
it when the trolls and haters start to bash you on social media. Don’t take it
personally. You’re doing what you set out to do and these people aren’t happy
unless everyone else is unhappy, so don’t give them the satisfaction of engaging.
Just know that when trolls attack you, know you’re doing something right. Tip
number nine is: Work on bigger projects. Maybe this means landing some clients
with deeper pockets or maybe you want to make the jump from shorts to features.
Either way, working on larger projects than you are used to will definitely
feel like leveling up in the video production world. Again, when setting a
resolution, make sure to personalize it to your shooting style and skill level.
iIf you set a manageable goals, you’ll find joy working towards them. Also,
completing larger projects and receiving bigger paychecks will really boost your
morale and also allow you to grow by making it easier for you to buy more gear,
hire more hands, grow your audience and influence and more. You should always
remember that being a video or film maker it’s an art form, but also a
business. To stay in business, you need to make money so get yourself out there and
make some. Number 10: Develop a signature style. No matter what kind of videos or
films you produce, it’s important to find your signature style. Taking time to
define what makes your videos unique can be a great way to make your body of work
more cohesive; linking your videos together while
distinguishing them from the competition. Start by identifying the aesthetic
choices that express your personal style. Then find ways to emphasize that look so
that when you show you a real to potential clients, collaborators or
investors, you can be sure your videos will stand out. Consider what elements
make your videos unique then emphasize those elements
to make your work stand out. Here’s a bonus tip, number 11, and that is: Stick
with it. It can be tricky to keep up with your resolutions throughout the year,
especially if you set yourself a laundry list of aspirations that you want to
meet. Try to keep it simple. Rather than overwhelming yourself with expectations
for the year to come, choose the one or two goals most
important to you and find ways to integrate them into your regular
production workflow. By keeping your resolutions concrete and manageable,
you’re more likely to find success and to actually keep them. My question of the
day is, “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?” Leave a comment below and let us know.
Would you like to learn more about your camera settings to get you shooting like
a pro? I’ve created an absolutely F-R-E-E cheat sheet for you on all the best camera
shooting settings to shoot video with your DSLR, Mirrorless or video camera
that will show you the settings that will allow your photos and especially your
videos to shine and stand out from the competition. The link to get that cheat
sheet is just below in the video description. I’ve also created cheat
sheets on other topics such as video editing and even now offer training
courses on editing video using Adobe Premiere Pro and soon I’ll have others.
I like those cheat sheets training courses below as well. You can learn to
edit like a pro with my Premier Pro training course. That I guarantee. Do you
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out many of my other videos for great tips and suggestions.
If you’ve followed me for a while now, you may know that I have a community of
photographers, videographers and filmmakers, just like you, on Facebook
where I share other pro tips and tricks. It’s called Video Producers and Content
Creators. I love new members who want to share
their work and learn from others and also help other people by sharing their
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free to join it where you can learn even more!

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