Hire the VCAM Team
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are grateful for all of our community partners
VCAM has been an extraordinary community partner to Howard Center for many years. That partnership began in 1998 when VCAM helped produce “Unsung Heroes,” a show that ran for 11 years and highlighted specific Howard Center programs. “Unsung Heroes” provided a forum for Howard Center professionals to describe numerous programs and services and helped to destigmatize many of the issues associated with mental health, making it easier for people to get the services and support they needed.
Throughout the years, VCAM has readily shared their time, expertise, and knowledge with Howard Center. As a sponsor of our Community Education Series, they provide professional videos of the presentations which expand our public service reach. Additionally, VCAM has produced PSAs for an annual Howard Center fundraising event for the past eight years.
Equally as important, VCAM has served as a resource, providing information about projects that are typically beyond the technical scope and knowledge of Howard Center staff. Our close physical proximity to their offices and studio has made it convenient for us to access equipment and expertise when needed, and they have been generous with their time and resources. Their generosity extends to numerous other organizations as well, providing a valuable service within our community.
- Denise Vignoe, Howard Center
Videos Produced by VCAM
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