It's known throughout the universe that Vimeo is home to the most creative community of professional and amateur filmmakers, but we also get a ton of questions from people and businesses who want to “do video,” but aren't sure where to start. For one, the correct verb is, “create.” With that in mind, we've created this handy guide for all those who have an idea for a video, but want to pay a professional to do the actual shooting and editing.
So who should you hire? You've got some options, including: the indie creator, the small to midsize agency, and the gigantic global agency. Allow us to help you find your perfect filmmaking fit:
**The “Indie” Creator**
**What they do:** shoot and edit
**What they charge:** $1,000-10,000
**Awesome if:** you have a really clear vision of what you want from your video and need a cost-effective alternative to an agency.
The Hundreds hired indie filmmaker Zac McTee to film and edit their grand opening in NYC:
**The Small/Midsize Agency**
**What they do:** write, produce, shoot, edit
**What they cost:** $10,000-100,000
**Awesome if:** you want more help with creative direction and writing a script than an indie creator typically provides.
Vitamin Water hired Big Block Live's directing team Josh Ruben and Vincent Peone to create a funnny video to support their larger brand campaign:
**The Big Global Agency**
**What they do:** write, produce, shoot, edit, campaign
**What they cost:** $100,000+
**Awesome if:** you want help with the marketing campaign and promotion in addition to everything a small/midsize agency typically provides.
With the help of NY-based agency TBWAChiatDay, Jameson whiskey took storytelling to a whole new level:
Here's to hiring the perfect professional creative person to make your video dreams come true. We've only barely scraped the surface of what can be a complex and intimidating process, so if you've got more advice to share, please slap a comment on this bad boy!