It seems like everyone these days is a producer. From YouTube videos to home movies, everyone is considered an expert video producer. Before you choose somebody to produce a Day in the Life exhibit for your case, consider these tips:
1. Experience counts. Make sure that your video producer has plenty of years of experience in producing trial evidence videos. The last thing you want is to have your original video exhibit chopped up or scenes deleted due to unfavorable rulings from the judge. Hiring a professional who knows the rules of evidence and has a good admissibility record in shooting and editing together Day in the Life videos will assure you of a great production and result.
2. You get what you pay for. Recently overheard at a trial lawyers seminar: "Well, you know I've got some local guy with a video camera and he seems okay. He's never done this before but he's pretty cheap." There is no ROI (return on investment) on Day in the Life videos, but you can certainly understand once a jury has rendered its verdict and mentions clips of the Day in the Life video when polled, that your small investment in producing a powerful, compelling and effective trial video just paid for itself 20 times over. You want to choose a video professional who knows what works and what doesn't. Someone who knows how to present the tragedy in your client's life in a compelling manner that jurors and adjusters are going to pay attention to it.
3. Hire a compassionate and empathetic person. Your client and their family have had their lives turned upside down. Before you subject them to further trauma by sending a complete stranger into their home to videotape their embarrassing activities of daily living, consider the personality of the video professional you want to hire. You should hire someone who is going to represent you to the client in an understanding, professional manner. The last thing you want is to lose a case because a client was upset that you sent someone to their house who wasn't prepared or did not know what they were doing.