I'm mainly thinking about fairly high-concept music videos, if somewhat lo-tech in the hardware department. I generally know what I want to do, I just need to know how to do it -- and some extra hands.
I've sort of parted company with the video guy who was going to produce my videos, so it looks like I'm very much on my own.
Anyway, Americans are such utter jerks and competitive cork-sniffers about any
kind of gear, it's ridiculous, and they rarely produce any significant product beyond snobbery. I've been amazed by the videos kids in eastern Europe do with practically nothing -- some cheap pocket cameras an American wouldn't use for a paperweight and whatever warez they can scrounge for the editing and effects. It's really startling to see what people with actual artistic vision and a little effort can do even in the absence of money.
I'm like, "How did he DO that?!?"
On the Reaper forum a couple of years ago I saw a really nice basic performance video a guy did of his duo. I asked him about the studio, which looked expensive, and he said it was just his garage with some cardboard over everything with some green paint on it. The lighting really looked like a pro studio's though. "Oh, that? It was just some of those 500W halogen shop lights with the grilles off. Got 'em for five bucks each at a garage sale."
It's humbling, I'll tell you. It makes me ashamed of myself.
I'm going to reverse my usual plan of overbuying and underutilizing for a change and try to work with stuff I have until I know I need
to move up to do what I'm trying to do. What I need at the moment is know-how and help in orientation before I start throwing money at anything.