Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Dunn.
Molly, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My filmmaking story starts when I was a graduate student at Oxford University. Up until that point, my focus had mostly been on sports and youth development. Oxford broadened my interests. That’s also where I met my future wife and business partner. I started doing simple videos about current social justice topics that I cared about.
Once I really started formal training and work in the film industry, I faced sexual harassment and sexism over and over again. It became clear to me that I had to start my own company in order to survive and thrive. I was super fortunate that I had the capital to build my initial camera kit and editing suite. I will always work on giving people who don’t have that capital all the support I can to launch their filmmaking careers. We are missing so many important storytellers because generally, only a privileged few (white people) can afford to enter the industry.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I would love to say I don’t face sexual harassment and sexism any more now that I am my own boss, but that would be a lie. It continues to cost me money and peace of mind. But I have been able to keep grinding and find good clients and good professionals in the industry. That is the number one thing I look for now: I just want to work with good, solid people who treat each other right. When you have that, the rest sorts itself out. Shout out to all my current clients and colleagues that are rock stars!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My filmmaking company has four brands/specialties: Peach Wedding Films, Denver Sports Video, Solidarity Communications (politics), and Cape Creative (general).
Weddings are my favorite because I love Love. In terms of sports, we’re about to start working with a major university’s women’s basketball program– I love making hype videos of badass women athletes. The political industry is a brutal one, but I’m really proud of the clients we have served. One of our proudest moments was winning “Most Inspirational Campaign Video” from a national organization. Our general work through Cape Creative has taken us everywhere from the Super Bowl, to the Continental Divide, to an adorable preschool in Oak Park, IL.
I have always been told to “specialize, specialize, specialize,” but I strongly believe diversity is strength. Having a diverse array of clients makes us more financially stable and gives our clients more flexibility in pricing and content options. It pushes us to always be improving as filmmakers. For example, what we learn as we capture drone footage for our news agency client, we apply to capturing drone footage of our wedding clients. We have faced so many different surprises and obstacles on different film shoots, we are super prepared for every shoot we go on. Four-day Indian wedding ceremony? Done that. Filming on ice in the middle of a hockey practice? Check. Working with a bored, rambunctious child actor? Survived it. We are ready to handle anything that comes our way and deliver an amazing product.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, my focus was totally on soccer. I actually ended up playing Division I soccer in college, along with track and cross country. I used to make end-of-season videos for my teammates, but I never even considered that I could do filmmaking as a career. It wasn’t until much later I realized I could make a career out of this fun thing I had been doing all along.
Honestly, my athletic career really prepared me for my filmmaking career. I had to stay super organized and focused as a Division I athlete trying to get all A’s in college. Running my own filmmaking business isn’t much different. I can’t just crash after a long shoot. I have to make sure every “i” is dotted and “t” is crossed for my clients. I really tap into that physical and mental stamina to make sure everything is on point.
- Grab coffee and chat with us about making you a video: Free!
- Drone hourly rate: $125
- Average wedding video: $5,000
- Average high school athlete highlight reel: $1,500
- Videography day rate: $1200
- Editing day rate: $1200
- Producing day rate: $600
- Website: capecreative.tv
- Phone: 7206099111
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capecreativefilms/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capecreativefilms/
- Other: www.peachweddingfilms.com
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