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And just for the record, I don’t think any (or much, at any rate) of the contention above came from new people trying to get into the world of video. I mean, that’s half of what this site is all about. People who want to become video producers come in here, and like the free consultants that we are, we tell them how to do so. No big deal. People are going to pick up their camcorders anyway, may as well tell them how to do it the right way.
The thing that can get the hair on the back of our necks to stand up is when people come in and have the audacity to claim that the work we’re doing is worth less than it actually is, or that we could/should do it for less, or that they in any way, shape, or form minimize what goes into video production. People who start with phrases like”I don’t see why it costs so much. I mean, you’re only…” make video producers angrier than a mean drunken Irishman. Sometimes in that blinding rage we forget that some people are simply unaware of how much work goes into this business. It would be the same as if I walked into a printshop, pointed at the press operator, and asked why he’s getting paid more than minimum wage? I mean, he’s just standing there with a dumb look on his face. Well, from the other end of the story, you know that the pressman is actually setting and aligning plates, inking rollers, checking for bleed, mixing inks, etc, etc. You know it’s a technical job, and so when I tell you your labor costs are way too high for the laughable work load, you would want to throttle me. That’s just how it goes. After your first real wedding video done properly, it will all make sense.