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What is a Video Job?

Clients who are looking for a director or filmmaker will post a brief detailing the video job.

You can pitch to get the job by responding with a written or visual treatment (or both).

After judging, the client will select one filmmaker to complete the job. Genero will confirm your official selection by email, and we'll put you in touch with the client to complete the project.

The client pays Genero the full budget amount when they select you, and Genero will release payment to you either at the completion and delivery of the film, or as progress payments when milestones are reached as agreed by yourself and the client.

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Learn how to create an awesome treatment

How do Video Jobs work?

Pitch your idea in response to the brief describing the video and how you'll make it. The client will select a filmmaker(s) to go ahead and produce the film.

What you need to do:

1. Join Genero. It's free and only takes a second!

2. Read the brief. Be inspired and form your creative idea (treatment) for the video. Be sure to pay careful attention to the creative direction and any mandatories. Learn how to prepare a winning treatment.

3. Propose your idea. Write a treatment/script/storyboard with supporting images and other material. Or, if you have a suitable Genero video you can suggest that to be re-edited.

What happens next:

4. Client Selection. The client will review the treatments submitted and select a filmmaker(s) to go ahead and make the video. If you weren't successful we'll let you know by email.

5. Make the Video. Work with the client to complete the video by the required delivery date. Once the video is completed and delivered to the client, Genero will pay you the full budget amount. (For larger budgets Genero will facilitate progress payments as agreed by yourself and the client).

How do I submit a treatment to a job?

A Video Job is posted by a client who needs a completed video. The brief will explain what they're looking for, and you apply to get this paid work by submitting your creative treatment in response to the brief.

To take part, just click the "Submit treatment" button on the brief page.

There are a few requirements for submitting a treatment:

You may add links to supporting documents, such as a story board, mood board, example photos, animatics, scene diagrams etc.

You should always supply your showreel or an example of recent work in the required fields.

If you have an existing Genero video that you think would be perfect for the brief, then select that in the submission form (we automatically provide you with a list of your available Genero videos).

Make sure you are able to fulfil the requirements of the brief in full, within the budget specified by the Client, and read the Genero Terms and Conditions.

Once you submit your treatment, we'll email you to confirm we've received it!

When the brief deadline has ended and the client makes their decision, we'll email you to let you know the outcome. If you're selected, the client will pay Genero the full budget amount, and Genero will release payment to you either at the completion and delivery of the film, or as progress payments when milestones are reached as agreed by yourself and the client.

Great work and good luck!

How to prepare a winning treatment

When submitting a treatment you may be pitching against 10, 20 or even 50+ filmmakers!

To help you put your best foot forward, we’ve got a few tips to help you create a perfect treatment, and increase your chances of being commissioned when you’re pitching for jobs on Genero.

Step 1 – Pitch yourself!

This is the place to introduce yourself to the client, and explain why you're the best person for the job. You need to make a good first impression, so you should also make sure you have an up-to-date profile by writing a bio and adding a profile picture. Seeing as most clients have never met you, this is a great way for them to put a name and face to your treatment!

Step 2 – Share examples of your work

This is the place to show off your very best work, but always keep your audience in mind! Linking to your latest showreel gives a great idea of your work as a whole, but it’s just as important to submit the most relevant examples of your work. We often see filmmakers using examples that aren’t relevant to the client or the brief, or even directors failing to include relevant work that could have been used to highlight their ability to execute a similar idea.

Step 3 – Write a treatment summary

Don't go overboard here, this is just a great place to grab the client's attention and encourage them to read your full treatment. Your Treatment Summary should briefly but clearly describe the concept you're pitching in a sentence or two.This is also the place to upload a cover image that visually encapsulates your concept!

Step 4 – Upload your full treatment

Treatments need to be thought through carefully, and should be concise and presentable. Including images in your treatment is incredibly important, as they go a long way in helping convey the look and feel of the visual product you’re trying to sell.

Much like an elevator pitch, you need to try get your main idea across clearly and quickly. You might have the best idea for the brief, but if it’s ten pages of text or an external video pitch hosted on Vimeo, the client won’t necessarily have the time to go through it all.

As with any piece of writing, always make sure you triple check your spelling and grammar, as mistakes can be a real turn off. Filmmaking is about precision, and if you’re careless with your treatment, then it won’t give the client much confidence in your ability to complete their job.

When you’re pitching to a brand or artist, make sure that your treatment is in clear and simple language, as some may not have the same level of production knowledge as an agency team. Finally, always make sure you tell the client why YOU would be the right choice for the job.

Not sure where to begin with writing a treatment?

Here are some examples of what you could include:

  • Title page introducing you/your team
  • An overview page that describes your full idea/concept and your approach to the job
  • A full script where relevant
  • Storyboard
  • Shot List
  • Basic budget breakdown
  • Production schedule
  • Gear List
  • Details on casting and locations
  • Breakdown of music/audio approach
  • Description of Style/Aesthetic: Scene breakdowns, reference images, shooting style and other visual details
  • Examples of relevant work experience
  • Reference films
  • A final statement about why you would be best for the job!

You can also see some example treatments here.

Looking for some more pointers?

Vary your reference films
Reference films are a really great way to show the client what you want to achieve, but make sure you vary your examples! Time-lapse is massively overused, and although we love Wes Anderson, almost every brief will have a treatment pitching something in the style of his work. The key is to try and be different, so use other less well known references to highlight the angle you’re going for. Show examples of videos or stills from either your own reel or other people’s work, and back them up by explaining how you will bring the ideas to life with styles, techniques and equipment.

Clarify roles and responsibilities
If you’re pitching as a production company, make sure you’re very clear about who will be the director working on the brief. Clients need to know who they are selecting to create their video, so it’s important to share the director’s bio, as well as information on all the key members of the team who will be working on the project. When sharing showreels and examples of work, they should be from the director, rather than from the company as a whole. Any additional information about your cast or crew is always useful. Clients don’t want to be uncertain about the people behind the pitch!

Keep supplementary documents separate
Uploading documents with bios, post-production details, timelines or budgets is great, but keep these separate from the actual treatment. Detail and careful planning looks great to a client, but the information can be easily lost within the treatment if you don’t lay it out clearly. Think about what the person on the other end is being presented with and the impression you want to leave. Making sure they understand the key essence of your idea is key, and then back this up with supporting information to show that you can execute the idea.

Get your treatment in before the deadline
Pay careful attention to the brief deadline and familiarise yourself with GMT! We have filmmakers missing the deadline all the time, and often clients start reviewing submissions straight away. Make sure you leave enough time to upload, edit and preview your treatment before the deadline, so that if anything goes wrong there’s time to fix it!

Can I submit an existing video to a Video Job?

You certainly can! As well as being available for sale in the Video Store, your Genero videos can be submitted to open Video Jobs.

If you think your video fits an open job, then all your need to do is submit a treatment via the prompts on the Video Job page. You'll need to link to your video and explain why it would be suitable and how you intend to add to, re-edit or rework your footage for the client.

What happens when a director is chosen?

Once the job deadline has ended the client (job owner) will choose the director they want to work with on the video project.

We will email the contact details for both parties to each other so you can connect and start working on the project.

The client pays Genero the full budget amount when they select you, and Genero will release payment to you either at the completion and delivery of the film, or as progress payments when milestones are reached as agreed by yourself and the client.

Filmmakers whose submissions were not successful will be notified by email.

What are the Video Job terms?

The full Genero Terms and Conditions are available here.