A Filmmakers Guide to Freelancing

Eric D. Seals is a cinematographer, editor and film director based in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky with degrees in Electronic Media and Business Administration. Eric got his start in the film and media industry at ESPN, where he worked as a video editor. Transitioning from media to focus on film and video production, Eric returned to Chicago and launched a freelance career working with clients such as Miller Lite, ComEd and Leo Burnett. Eric is the founder and creative director of Digife, a video production company based in Chicago. Eric is a Diverse Voices in Documentaries Fellow with Kartemquin Films, the leading documentary film house in the Midwest. Eric is currently developing his fourth film, Bike Vessel, through his fellowship with Kartemquin.

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3 hours ago

I was the Director of Photographer on the Tulsa Massacre documentary for the History Channel a few years ago. In this episode, I share my first-hand account of the experience. Join me and learn what it was like to film something of that scale for a channel like that, what went well, and what could have gone better. Interestingly, this was my first time filming something of such magnitude, and it all stemmed from a free project I had done a year before.

Tuesday Sep 05, 2023

Before starting a production company, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of your reasons for doing so. In this episode, I share the things I've learned and what I would do if I were starting a production company today. I'll provide valuable insights to help you ensure that you're on the right track from the outset.

006: Take Care of your Co-Workers

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021

In this episode of A Filmmaker's Guide to Freelancing, I focus on taking care of your co-workers, aka other freelancers you work with. While we don't have an HR department, we need to help our fellow freelancers.

Wednesday Mar 17, 2021

There's a lot of focus on pressing record and less on the process of building a successful project for a client. 
In this episode, I discuss focusing on the process and less on what type of camera you have.

Wednesday Jan 27, 2021

There are red and yellow flag terms I listen closely for when talking to a potential client on a new project. While there can be exceptions to some of these rules, I've found that they stay valid for the most part. In this episode, I list out reg flag warnings to watch out for when working with new clients.

003: Pandemic Freelancing

Wednesday Jan 20, 2021

Wednesday Jan 20, 2021

In this episode of A Filmmaker's Guide to Freelancing, I discuss the steps we took as a company to survive the pandemic, how we approached this challenge, how we pivoted, and how 2020 became our strongest year to date.

001: Working with Bad Clients

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

In this first episode, I discuss how to work with bad clients.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

In this episode of A Filmmaker's Guide to Freelancing, I discuss key questions you should ask your client before you submit your bid.
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