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The best hire media departments can make to improve workflows in 2017

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When you’re managing a media department, people expect you to be everywhere at once. In addition to keeping up with the newest gear; you have to make important decisions in the marketing, finance, and crewing departments, too. On those long nights when you’re crunching the numbers to see if you’ll ever be able to hire a little extra help to get it all done, rely on your virtual (and free!) assistant—Crew Connection.

Crew Connection provides several workflow management solutions (did I mention they’re free?) in one, including the following: 

 

An always-on crewing coordinator

How much time would you free up if you could skip fruitless Google searches and find video service providers in just a few clicks? Time is money and Crew Connection saves you both by providing the world’s largest database of high-quality crews. Search crews by services, gear, and location. Book crews on your own schedule—including that elusive lunch “break” you’ve heard so much about.

The best part? Even when it’s time to hire an international film crew, you can trust that each and every crew member in our database has been personally reviewed and approved by our in-house team of video veterans.  

 

An administrative assistant who’s always on the ball

Rates, dates, gear, travel, and more. The details surrounding video productions are endless. Crew Connection manages the details, relays messages, and processes invoices in one simple interface; saving them all for future reference.

In addition, those real-life, in-house crew coordinators we mentioned earlier are on call 24/7 for when you need that human touch.  

 

An advocate for your budget and your reputation

Crew Connection allows you to find the best local crews and provides an estimate tool to make sure you and your crew arrive at the rates you need to stay on budget.  

We also pay crews directly within 30 days—whether we’ve gotten your check yet or not—making you a preferred client with your preferred crews.

 

Who couldn’t use a little more time and a little less hassle? Crew Connection is the uber-organized assistant you’ve always wanted. Sign up today for the one simple (oh, and FREE!) tool that will simplify your workflow and make 2017 smoother and more profitable.

 

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a world of video service providers at your fingertips. In just a few clicks you can search, chat with, and book vetted crews local to your shoot—all on your own schedule. Rely on Crew Connection’s team of media experts to organize the crews and gear you need for multi-day and multi-location video projects anywhere in the world. Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock if you ever need live assistance. Visit CrewConnection.com, call us at 303-526-4900, or shoot us an email at info@crewconnection.com.

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Booking crews online doesn’t mean losing the human touch

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We came across an article recently about the perceived drawbacks of booking freelance video service providers online versus directly through a booking agent on the phone or in person. The article argued that online services will never be as good, which I couldn’t disagree with more. Below are our responses to the article’s common misconceptions about online booking from the company who revolutionized it.

Online booking doesn’t work on-location

The first argument was that online services don’t translate well particularly for on-location shoots where a local crew is preferred. We’d agree with this one only if said online service only offered a one-crew-fits-all service. However, Crew Connection offers hand-picked (Your hands or ours, dealer’s choice!) crews local to each and every shoot. This sets us far apart from the rest. The whole wide world is flocking to the world wide web, including businesses. The only way we can expect to meet customers’ diverse needs is by going where they’re going—online.

Online booking doesn’t tell you what the crew does

The article does rightly argue that you can’t determine a crew’s value and quality by the equipment list on their website alone. Nobody wants to depend on Google to find a high quality, on-budget crew local to wherever your shoot takes you. That’s where the behind-the-scenes human touch comes into play on Crew Connection. Our seasoned team of in-house crew coordinators reviews each crew to ensure their gear, people, and final products are as great as we promise they are. With experience in everything from broadcast design to working on set for documentaries and reality TV productions, our experts know their stuff and that value is passed directly to you.

Online booking doesn’t tell you who the crew is

Among the article’s chief concerns is that it’s hard to find crews tailored exactly to your needs without the “human element.” One of our favorite features on Crew Connection is the filters that allow you to narrow down your crew search by gear, services, location, and even insurance coverage. You can read a crew’s bio and watch their demo reel right on their profile. And if you still need to talk through what you see, our crew coordinators offer white glove service around the clock. Reach our team at 303-526-4900, via email, or online chat (look for the red box) anytime. We’re friendly—promise!

Online booking means expensive surprises

The article also offers a fair warning about billing processes. We couldn’t agree more that surprises surrounding payment are a deal breaker. That’s why Crew Connection makes sure that never happens.

Crew Connection messaging encourages clients and crews to chat about pricing and also generates an official estimate that both parties must approve before the shoot can more forward. We pay crews out of pocket within 30 days of their shoot even if the client hasn’t paid us yet. Even if the client never pays. Our crews get paid on time. Every. Single. Time.

Our staff also handles all invoicing to make sure that receipts for little extras like parking fees don’t slip through the cracks. The crew gets paid quickly, the client gets one easy invoice to pay on their terms, and we keep a paper-free record online for easy reference.

Believe us, we totally understand the concern about losing the personal touch in the media industry. We thought about that every day during the development of Crew Connection. That’s why we give you access to a world of video service providers on your own schedule while also offering white glove service from our always-on-call team of media industry veterans. And so, for once in your life, the answer to “Can’t we have it all?” is yes. Absolutely.  


About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a world of video service providers at your fingertips. In just a few clicks you can search, chat with, and book vetted crews local to your shoot—all on your own schedule. Rely on Crew Connection’s team of media experts to organize the crews and gear you need for multi-day and multi-location video projects anywhere in the world. Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock if you ever need live assistance. Visit CrewConnection.com, call us at 303-526-4900, or shoot us an email at info@crewconnection.com.

Worldwide video crews are closer than you think: The answer to "How the hell do I crew in Cairo?"

Worldwide video crews are closer than you think

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Finding worldwide video crews doesn’t have to be painful. You know your go-to crew does it right, but if they’re in Colorado and your shoot is in Cairo, what do you do? Usually, you have four options:

  1. Shell out the big bucks for flights, lodging, meals, and camel rides to get your tried and true crew on the job.
  2. Phone a friend who knows someone who knows someone.
  3. Lose your mind and time searching the interwebs for a local crew with the style, gear, and know-how to get your job done the way you want.
  4. Cross your fingers and wait to see the footage.

Crew Connection gives you four better options no matter the situation and saves you money, time, and brain cells to boot. We’re good enough at it that we just might become your first through fourth options.

  1. Need a local crew in an anything-but-familiar location? Click or call.
  2. Go-to crew already booked? Click or call.
  3. Want a crew who’s been tried and approved by a team of video production veterans? Click or call.
  4. Stuck in an elevator trying to avoid eye contact with someone you’re not sure if you know? Click or call.

If crewing is the most time-consuming part of your job, you need someone in your corner. The Crew Connection team is your Mickey Goldmill. We specialize in knowing each crews’ location, capabilities and gear to ensure they meet your unique business needs. You don’t need to travel the world, get tangled in the interwebs, or just take someone’s word for it to find worldwide video crews. Crew Connection makes the answer to “How the hell do I crew in Cairo?” a whole lot easier.

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a world of video service providers at your fingertips. In just a few clicks you can search, chat with, and book vetted crews local to your shoot—all on your own schedule. Rely on Crew Connection’s team of media experts to organize the crews and gear you need for multi-day and multi-location video projects anywhere in the world. Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock if you ever need live assistance. Visit CrewConnection.com, call us at 303-526-4900, or shoot us an email at info@crewconnection.com.

How to Find International Crews on CrewCloud

How to Find International Crews on Crew Connection

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Crew Connection is a custom software solution to an age-old issue—sourcing media pros in unfamiliar areas. And in case you haven’t heard, we’ve got international crews! Our database is stocked with freelance media pros from around the globe. The best part? Our in-house video industry veterans have vetted each and every one by hand.

Know what you need but aren’t sure where to start? Find and book a vetted media professional from Denver to New Delhi in minutes with Crew Connection. If you’re not quite sure what you need or if we have it, contact one of our crew coordinators to get matched up with the perfect drone operator in Stockholm or video editor in St. Thomas.

When you create a profile on Crew Connection, you can search video crews local to your next shoot location; narrow search results by services, camera type, and insurance; contact crews; send messages; review estimates; manage your projects; and track your invoices without ever leaving your personal account. No matter how big the crew, complicated the gear, or far-flung the locale—Crew Connection has what you need.

If you ever need assistance, our crew coordinators are always available via our website or over the phone at 303-526-4900 to offer advice and help you book your next freelance video production.

Wherever you need a video crew, Crew Connection is there.


About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign Up on Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

How to Hire a Video Crew When You Need to Strengthen the Bench

How to Hire a Video Crew When You Need to Strengthen the Bench

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When you want to hire a video crew; finding a reliable, creative, and well-equipped team can feel as treacherous and unlikely as a trip to Mordor—the enemy-guarded kingdom at the end of Frodo’s quest. And, like the ring bearers, when you find that perfect crew, you want to hold onto your precious, rare commodity until the end of time.

Hire a Video Crew Anytime, Anywhere

It’s an understandable sentiment. Who wants to go through the trouble of finding and vetting a new video crew with every project? Sometimes though, you just want to mix things up. Different DPs have different approaches and a fresh perspective can be, well, refreshing. Other times, you’re hiring in an unfamiliar area or you need a local production crew on the other side of the globe rather than spending the money to send your tried and true team. 

Whether you just want to mix things up, are looking in a new area or need a strong bench for when your go-to team is unavailable, it helps to have some reassurance you’ll find the right person for the gig. A botched job by someone who doesn’t understand your vision is costly, but a reliable production crew who just plain gets you is priceless.

Hire a Video Crew Easily (Seriously)

When you want to mix it up with contractors, but don’t want to risk hiring a bad camera crew, a crewing service can save the day. You get to skip the vetting (which takes time, patience, and money) and still know you’re in good hands. The best thing Crew Connection provides is reassurance that anyone you pick will have the skills and equipment to get the job done right the first time. We’ve already found the very best crews—which makes the creative team happy—and ensured they have the right paperwork—which makes every legal department breathe a sigh of relief.

Whether you’re a large corporation or an indie filmmaker, we’ll equip you with any size team of the right contractors. No strings attached.

Hire A Video Crew Now

Head on over to the Crew Cloud to hire a video crew in a few clicks. As the character Samwise Gamgee said to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”

About Crew Connection:

Crew Connection connects you with video production crews across the country and around the globe. With more than 25 years of experience and thousands of shoots with film crew pros to our credit, you can trust our expert coordinators to match you with the right freelance video crew and equipment—every time.

Take the Gamble Out of Crewing Services

Take the Gamble Out of Crewing Services

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In both online dating and video crewing services, the stakes are high. Bad dates are the stuff of legend and poor productions cause busted budgets and endless headaches. To make matters worse, online profiles aren’t exactly known for being trustworthy. Some businesses pay for glowing reviews and some people use pictures from the 80s. Anonymity makes it easy to game the system. What if a third-party service could confirm that a potential date’s hair is real or a company’s reviews are from real customers?

Whether booking crewing services or finding a date, it’s nice to have some reassurance you’ve found a good match. That’s why we are so proud that Crew Connection was named one of ProductionHub’s Top 100 most popular and trusted profiles in 2016. We’ve built our business on optimism, integrity, entrepreneurship and customer service—and our film and video crewing services stand out because we are true to those values. 

Along with a shoulder to cry on after a bad date, we also offer a world of experience, prompt payment and around-the-clock service.

Expertise

We’ve been in the freelance video production business for three decades and know the best crews in every corner of the globe. Our crew coordinators are video veterans who always match you with the best crew for your unique project.

And if you’re looking for experts who bend over backward to offer you personalized service—look no further than Crew Connection.

Quick Payment

We pay crews within 30 days because we know happy crews are productive crews. Can your overworked media department, harried HR team, or current crewing service say the same?

Always-on Film and Video Crewing Services

Transparency is a major part of our company’s integrity. You can view our database of vetted international film crews anytime at Crew Connection. And if you need to talk to a dedicated crew coordinator immediately, you can always get ahold of us on our emergency lines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Contact us during business hours online or at 303.526.4900. After hours? Call  303.829.5895 or shoot an email to info@crewconnection.com.

About Crew Connection:

Crew Connection connects you with video production crews across the country and around the globe. With more than 25 years of experience and thousands of shoots with film crew pros to our credit, you can trust our expert coordinators to match you with the right freelance video crew and equipment—every time.