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​VCAM offers a variety of for-hire services to a select group of clients.

If you think you or your organization is interested in pursuing one or more of the options listed here, please contact us to arrange a meeting with one of our video consultants. There is no fee for an initial consultation and we can discuss your video-related needs and how VCAM can best be of use. In most cases, there is a wide spectrum of options available, from a completely free, DIY version, to a fully paid-for client-contractor relationship, and many options in between.

Available VCAM services:

Consultations

We treat all interactions with clients as consultations — whether it’s a formal meeting or a simple phone call to reserve a piece of gear. Our goal is to arm local citizens with the knowledge to achieve their video communications goals, and every point of contact is an opportunity to deepen that understanding.

Non-profit organizations generally have outreach goals that can benefit from a strong video component, but often these organizations lack the budget to devote a staff person to producing video content, and even when there is dedicated staff time, there’s often a learning curve involved for both the staff person and his/her supervisor.

VCAM can play a mentorship role for such organizations. We can discuss your goals and help you determine the best path forward through the planning, production, and distribution parts of the process. We can provide some training and guidance and have check-in meetings as you progress — whether VCAM is directly involved with the production or simply providing advice and support.

If your organization is working with other production people or vendors, VCAM can help you know what to expect, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to get the most out of the experience, potentially saving your organization time and money.

Gear/facility rentals

VCAM maintains an inventory of the latest digital video technology (cameras, tripods, microphones, monitors, lights, etc.) as well as a complete production facility, including a fully tricked-out video/TV studio, editing suites, a classroom, a sound booth, and more.

These facilities are available to local residents and organizations for any non-commercial purpose and can be made available to rent under certain circumstances at reasonable rates. Please contact VCAM to discuss your equipment/facility rental needs.

Specialized training sessions (for individuals or groups)

VCAM’s staff of communications professionals can create and conduct training curricula for individual learners or groups of any age and level of experience. Particular areas of expertise include film and video production (planning & pre-production, digital cinematography, lighting, audio recording/mixing, editing, color correction, motion graphics & design, etc.), video/media strategies, social media engagement, and visual storytelling. VCAM can design curricula specific to your organization's needs.

Event coverage & live-streaming

VCAM has a great deal of expertise covering large and small events in HD video for a live web stream or recording for later distribution. VCAM has produced video coverage of events for the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Seven Days Tech Jam, the South End Art Hop STRUT Fashion Show, the Vermont International Film Festival, the ACLU of Vermont, The Burlington Book Festival, and regular Town and City Meetings for Hinesburg, Shelburne and Vergennes, Vermont, among others. VCAM has also provided material support and training for countless other community events throughout the region. If your organization is looking to have an event covered, VCAM may be able to support your efforts in some capacity. Not every request can be accommodated,  but it's always worth it to talk to a VCAM representative to see how we can help.

PSA production

Public Service Announcements are short-form videos (usually 60 or 30 seconds in length) meant to inform or educate the public about an issue or event. Most broadcast outlets are required by the FCC to run a certain number of these PSAs in their schedules. VCAM can help you or your organization produce a PSA for local air and help you navigate the various technical specifications that the broadcast stations require. As an added benefit, VCAM also manages cable TV channels in Chittenden and northern Addison counties and can run your PSA on local TV as well.

Documentary films

VCAM's staff of award-winning filmmakers understand storytelling at a genetic level and the body of work that we have produced in-house speaks for itself. Our filmmakers delve into the subjects we cover and will sometimes spend months crafting these short films — researching, shooting, organizing, and editing. Once complete, VCAM works with the film's subject and client to strategize how to best launch the film — online, on TV, at film festivals, in schools, and targeted to the viewers who most want/need to see it. 

Do you know of a story that's compelling and locally relevant — perhaps about a person or organization that more people should know about? Should we tell your story? Contact us to learn more about VCAM's documentary filmmaking services.