When choosing a production company, you need to consider a variety of factors. After all, the quality of the production heavily influences the final product. Even if you have a great script and an outstanding cast and crew, you still need a great production company, such as Finch Fortress Films, founded by James Velissaris. Here are some insights from Velissaris about selecting the best video production company.
1. Is the Production Value in Line With Your Vision?
Compare the style and feel of the company’s films to what you’re trying to achieve with your project. The company should be able to provide you with some previous samples or reels so you can evaluate the final production value that you can reasonably expect from them.
2. Are They Easy to Work With?
Most productions take several months or even a year to complete. The ability to work well with your production team is a crucial component of success. Are they insisting on doing everything their way, or are they open to others’ input? Do they have the project’s goals on mind or are they just trying to impress by pushing forward their own vision? Look for indications of what kind of attitude they have about projects. These will be evident in how they communicate with you, how they express things on their website, and in the plan they present going forward.
3. Do They Have Experience in Your Genre?
Producing a film isn’t like any other kind of work. Specific experience in the genre is usually essential. Finch Fortress Films, headed by James Velissaris had experience in addressing racial inequalities with the film, Seeds of Change, before producing The Dropout and My Divorce Party. If the production company you’re considering has only done corporate films, for example, and you’re doing a coming of age film, it’s likely not a good fit.
4. How Many Cameras Do They Have?
A lack of an adequate number of cameras can make your project take longer because the crew will always need to reposition cameras instead of just placing a different camera in a different spot to get a separate take. Consider how many angles and takes you’ll need and compare that with the production company’s resources.
5. Do They Work Well With Local Authorities?
Take some time and look into their previous relationship with local authorities. Film productions need city and local permits. If the production crew is known locally for causing problems, it may make it harder for you to get permits for your production.
6. Have They Ever Done a Production of This Size?
Larger productions are harder to control in terms of budget and just sheer organization. Ask about the budgets of previous films they’ve done, and make sure it’s in line with the budget of your project.
7. Are They Affordable?
If the production company is going to bust your own budget, you need to keep looking. Money for films isn’t easy to come by and there’s no guarantee you won’t run out of money if you’ve spent too much money on the production company.
As James Velissaris says, “There are many considerations that need to be made before finalizing your choice of the production company. Take your time and go over all these factors so your project has the best chance of success.”