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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

ExpertVillage.com: Paying videographers to produce videos

This is quite a cool idea, and one I've been musing about for a few months: paying mediamakers to produce videos in a certain topic area or format. ExpertVillage.com is looking for `how to' videos, but you could imagine building an online media service by commissioning video restaurant reviews, or coverage of local school sporting events, or even speeches by public company CEOs.


ExpertVillage.com is shelling out $300 per shoot, according to the press release, which is not great, but isn't chopped liver, either.


Seems like payment ought to scale up based on how many times your video is viewed...


(Update: An ExpertVillage.com spokesman says the payment is a flat fee for each video, not based on number of views. But he tells me that some videographers have already made north of $1500 by submitting multiple videos.)