FAQ

 

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1. I DONT HAVE A PRINTER TO PRINT OFF THE DOCUMENTS SO COULD YOU SEND THEM TO ME?

Yes, this is not a problem.  Just let us know where you would like them sent.

 2. What is  the best email to submit questions to?

Our email address: submit@homegrownvideo.com

3. What  if I want to send in videos instead of uploading them online?

Our Submission Address:

HGV
Attn: Submittals
26895 Aliso Creek Road, B20
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

You must email us first for notice and get an email approval if you are planning on sending tapes, drives, or discs if don’t plan on uploading them.

4. What is your phone number if I want to talk to someone about my videos?

Our Fax# 949-716-8081

 5. ARE THE REQUIREMENTS AS STRINGENT AS IT SEEMS?

Well, we certainly don’t want it to come off that way but we have to keep ourselves safe from legal issues arising. If you have a problem with any of the terms then let us know and we can discuss it.

6.CAN I ENTER FOR MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY?

Sure, you can shoot for all the series that you think you would do best in.

 7. HOW MUCH CAN I SUBMIT AS A MAXIMUM?

We don’t have a maximum that you can submit; however, make sure to keep things fresh, imaginative, and non-repetitive so you give us a reason to stay interested. If  you exceed the limit on filesanywhere when you upload then contact us and we will get you more storage for your upload.

8. CAN I USE A DIGITAL CAMERA OR DO I HAVE TO USE A CAMCORDER?

A digital camera is ok as long as it can capture video in .avi or .mov format or any type of uncompressed video. You will also need a big enough card to capture a long enough clip.

9. CAN I PROVIDE THE RAW VIDEO ON AVCHD FORMAT?

Yes. We accept material in almost every format.

10. HOW LONG DO THE VIDEOS NEED TO BE?

We want a specific length so much as we want the action to only go on as long as everyone is having fun and the energy is good.

11. DO YOU OFFER LIVE CAMS TOO?

Right now we are working on a better solution for our Cam option and will have a solution in the very near future.

12. WHAT IS BETTER, USING A CAMERA PERSON, SHOOTING ON A TRIPOD, OR SHOOTING POV STYLE?

Every way is acceptable and some ways are more suited to certain types of scenes than others. Most important is what will work for you so you can enjoy yourself without worrying about the camera. Working with a camera person / director is fine as long as they don’t try to “over direct” the action and talk incessantly in the background giving stage directions. We really want the action captured naturally and don’t want the sort of “paint by numbers” approach that too many “directors” often do.POV style is good as well but make sure to get lots of coverage. This means getting good close ups and full body shots and whatever else you can do – try to think about what the viewing audience would like to see. When shooting from a tripod make sure to keep the action in the frame of the shot and change the camera perspective/angle/frame every now and then.

13. HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY?

Review our rate card to get an idea how much you can make for your videos.

14. DO YOU DO DISTRIBUTION DEALS OR ROYALTY DEALS?

Typically, we don’t favor distribution deals since there is no independent way of verifying how many are sold. So that means we both have to rely on whatever our distributor says were sold. And since buyers do things like send back unsold stock and delay payment sometimes, as well as other accounting nightmares, we just avoid the problem entirely based on our previous experiences. We can do a release that contains all scenes shot by you, but we won’t promise to do that until we have worked with you and developed a trusting and solid working relationship. We are always open to new ideas though, and if you think there is a niche that you could fulfill then we are open to discussion and possible development.

15. IS ENGLISH THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE LANGUAGE?

No, we accept content from all countries and every language.

16. DO I JUST UPLOAD VIDEOS WITH IDENTIFICATION/AGE VERIFICATION OR DO I NEED TO INCLCUDE THE PRODUCER AGREEMENT TOO

We need ids and releases at the same time we get video, most importantly. We need to protect ourselves from the first time we look at the material with regard to 2257 regulations so we won’t even look at any content that does not have that information. You can upload/send the Producer Agreement once we have agreed to a deal.

17. ON THE PRODUCER AGREEMENT, HOW MUCH DO I  PUT IN WHERE IT SAYS “PRICE”?

You can leave that blank until a price has been discussed and agreed upon or you can make a suggested price from which to negotiate and send in a final version of the contract once we are all in agreement; whichever you prefer is suitable for us.

18. HOW MANY CAN I SELL YOU PER MONTH?

We get a lot of videos per month, but we have a high volume need for fresh material too so we are always in the market for fresh video. We will not promise to buy a specific number of videos per month, but the more comfortable we get working with you the easier it will be to submit more frequently. Asking what we need the most and the soonest is always a good idea.

19. CAN I SNAIL  MAIL  VIDEOS STILL OR INSTEAD OF UPLOADING THEM?

Yes, you can send in videos, disc, or drives still but we prefer you upload if  possible. Upload samples here: http://filesanywhere.com/Dropbox/db.aspx?v=906968865ba273bab39d

 20. WILL  MY  STAGE NAME BE PUT INTO THE VIDEO?

We would put your stage name with the video unless instructed by you to do otherwise.

21. WHERE DO I UPLOAD RAW VIDEO  ONCE WE AGREE TO AN OFFER?

Start your upload process here: Homegrown Video Submittal Upload Page

22.  DO YOU PUBLISH ANYTHING IF I HAVE NOT BEEN PAID?

We will NOT publish anything unless we have a signed producer agreement and a payment has been made. There are plenty of ways for you to research our reputation as a company if you are the least bit concerned about our integrity though. We delete any content that we do not reach an agreement on or we return it to you if you mailed it in rather than uploaded it.

 23. IF I AM A PRODUCER THEN HOW MUCH AND WHEN DO I PAY THE MODELS?

Regarding your second question, there are two ways that producers usually compensate the models. Either the models are paid up front, or the producer pays them with a percentage of the payment we make to the producer. Each way has its advantages and disadvantages. Usually, the producers that have worked with us for a while or producers that have strong industry prior experience will pay the models up front and expect to make enough from the sale where the producer is happy. For people that are just getting started and don’t have a great deal of up front capital then the “pay when I get paid” plan has advantages.

24. On the model/talent release there’s a section that says “Program, Role Description, and/or other identifying information_____”  What do I  fill in the blank with?

It should ideally be the model’s stage name and whatever the basic action niche is, for example  ”Jane Doe BJ”

25. On the 2257 , what do I put the “company name”?

You would put either your name – if you are getting paid as a sole proprietor, meaning to you directly under your real name so you can cash the check at the bank, or a company name if you have set yourself up to be paid under a corporate entity.

26. Can we wear a mask?

Yes, you can wear a mask, but we need some footage of the people in the video before the masks go on so we can make sure that they are the same people on the IDs. We will edit that part out so the public does not see the performers without the mask; that is just so we are protected.

 

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