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August 7, 2006 at 9:23 PM in reply to: Do you know how to make dvd’s that can’t be burned?? #175111
Good question. Never occurred to me. Takers?
VL — I know. After the whole thing went down, I told my Dad and he said I was crazy to have even given it a second thought just to meet the sister. But, like I said, the whole situation had me in shock and the person who hooked me up never mentioned a word about the sister (but we are only casual acquaintances) and I checked it out and, believe it or not, it actually true (that occurred to me as well that it was BS).
Anway, just a little background, I went to graduate school in LA and did spent time there after I finished, trying to meet the right people, get involved in projects and basically "make it" alongside of 5 million other people. I just couldn’t handle it after awhile. The cost of living, the "industry," having no family out there made it really difficult, did I mention the cost of living 😯
So I moved home to Atlanta and, through my contacts (friends I grew up with) started creating marketing materials for Fortune 500 companies (even shot a couple of marketing and training videos). But mainly as a copywriter with a little graphic arts thrown in. So I’ve actually owned my own business for awhile and have created more than a couple of business plans 😀
So, to make a long story short (too late, right LOL), it’s a nightmare working in the corporate world. Although I was paid well, "Corporate America" turned out to me, not worth it, IMO, so I decided I wanted to own my own production studio (writing and directing also). Atlanta is very big on music video scene and that was like, the ultimate goal. So I thought weddings and events would be a lucrative transition, make some cash, get some gear and be able to expand as I went along.
This has gone on long enough, but that’s pretty much the story of my life (not that you asked X-D ) And on a personal note, I am separated from my husband, no big deal, really, but have no idea where that relationship is going (no kids) so I’ve thrown myself even more into the idea of getting this idea up and running. But now, I am three degrees separated from Charlize Theron, and am remembering my "Hollywood" dreams.
Anyway, it’s been an exhausting day and I really appreciate everyone’s support.
Will keep y’all posted,
Thank you all for your very thoughtful reponses. I had no idea about the exclusivity clause, so that’s great. And it’s also good to know that I did the right thing by being totally honest with her upfront, because when she was saying she was going with someone else (or rather, in addition to me) I was kicking myself. I wouldn’t have lied, ever, but I was thinking I shouldn’t had been so vocal about lack of wedding experience. So I did the right thing from the beginning. Good.
I honestly think, and we’ve had several email exchanges since then, that our rapport + my reiterating my other qualifications had a lot to do with her changing her mind (and it turns out she was just looking, she had not hired anyone yet). Plus, I believe my supreme confidence (arrogance??) in myself with also beneficial. I actually told her, that I really didn’t think she was going to find anyone better than me in the state of Alabama (this wedding is in Birmingham). So I honestly think everything is cool on that end, and I’m just going to ask for my cost tape, DVD, since I started that way to begin with (that’s for that advice too). This is probably going to end up costing me a small fortune, but hey, now, it’s time to call dear old Dad! (I wish I were kidding about that).
Now can I do it, THAT is the question. I’m going to buy a second camera (already had that in the works) and then maybe hire a student (maybe even two) so very preferably with their own cameras to help. What do you guys think about that? And then spend a small fortune of my father’s money (I hope, I hope).
What I keep thinking is that I really do want this to be perfect, not just because I’m a perfectionist and I really do, but also to impress her sister. I DEFINITELY plan on giving her sister my thesis screenplay (after the festivities of course, as I leave, or maybe as the bride herself to do it) and no matter how much she likes my screenplay (remember, I’m first and foremost a writer), she’s going to hate me if her sister’s video sucks.
Sorry, guys, for writing such books here. I am so grateful for your input and feel like we’re all good friends, really.
Any more advice is appreciated and I’m sure I’ll be asking more technical questions as we go along, so forgive me in advance for being such a pest.
Wow. What a morning. The plot thickens…
She just emailed me that if that’s how I felt, she would only have me shoot and she’d even pay me!!!!
So what do I do now? Do I charge her, and if so, what? And I’m just curious as how y’all would have handled the situation, she hadn’t come back and said that.
Man….August 4, 2006 at 11:05 PM in reply to: Looking to purchase a new notebook for video editing only #163659
That’s great — making the client happy and for me, the great creativity are perfect reasons to go into this business (and great debt LOL).
Oh yeah, BTW — got my first wedding today!! It’s in November so maybe I’ll have enough time to do well. [b]Can’t wait [/b]until the training DVDs come out, but I won’t mention them again 😀
You guys are so awesome!
Excellent point. I suppose I’ll go to a local store and try out the controls and second arm and see how it works for me.
PS — Man, I wish B&H would come back up!!! How dare they X-D
Never thought about the scratch resistance and autoplay. And BTW, what does:
[i]DVDs don’t exist and CDs do?[/i] mean?
(I would have quoted it, but I can’t get those darn quote things to work?) I think I’ve seen them advertised, but perhaps I’m misunderstanding what you’re saying.
Thank you sir,
BethAugust 4, 2006 at 6:03 PM in reply to: Looking to purchase a new notebook for video editing only #163657
Hey Jim (and all you pros)
Great advice. What % of your wedding clients are like that (disgruntled, nothing makes them happy)? Sounds kind of scary!
Besides the size files they’ll hold (and the obvious), what’s the difference between the two Hank?
I guess I could read thoroughly. B&H is down. So I doubt it’s the links at all. I look forward to seeing the suggestions.
As, always, your advice is priceless (just like the Mastercard commerical!) Unfortunately, I’m getting page cannot be displayed instead of all your links. If you want to just give me the names I’ll look them up, that very cool trick of yours won’t work for some reason.
I’ll definitely get the controller and the second arm too. They shouldn’t too bad.
I could kiss you all!!! (but your wives would probably object — 😯 )
I saw where this was highly recommended and thought I would go ahead and invest in a good tripod. What necessary accessories do you guys recommend that I need at my early stage in the game?
Here’s the link:
PS — Money is becoming increasingly an issue so, if I can wait a few months on something, all the better.
I thoroughly enjoyed it (!)
It looks really nice. And I REALLY enjoyed the various camera shots, the DP and/or Director is quite good. I definitely want to see it, so please keep us posted! What camera(s) was this shot on?
I got my first (non-paying, of course) gig, a charity fashion-show. It’s a pretty big venue, and I was wondering what kind of setup y’all think I need. I don’t know if any of you have done this, but any first-hand experience would be greatly appreciated (!)
I’m thinking this would only require one camera at the end of the runway but do you guys think I need two? I’d probably have to rent a second one, but every fashion show I’ve seen has pretty much been shot the same way and I don’t know if it’s really necessary. Anyway thanks in advance 😀