traviswilbr

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traviswilbr

Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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If the people who hire you are accustomed to two-person, I wouldn't reverse that. I used to do two person minimum, and then during pandemic started taking more solo. Having a 2-person is always better, less stressful when things go wrong, more flexibility. Also just less burn out as jobs go smoother. The only reason I'd do solo shooting is if the budget couldn't support it and I still wanted to keep the job.

And you definitely don't need to 'sell' the 2nd person. I would just tell people that is the assume package and by going solo they are getting a 'cheaper' package and loosing that insurance of having another person there and ensuring the production goes smoothly. So instead of giving your rates and trying to 'upsell' your assistant, give the rate with your assistant and if they can't afford it then 'downsell' by doing it solo but saying your production options become more limited and you need to bring a little less gear since you'll be solo.

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11 days ago

Life will find a way

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

At this point own it, be the parent that has no problem raising concerns and going head to head with the school. Don't feel awkward when you see her, look her straight in the eye and let her know that you see through her crap.

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12 days ago

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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12 days ago

It's like being a cook and asking who comes up with the recipe. The aspect of the project you are asking about is usually called the "creative". When a big brand wants a commercial they generally will hire an agency who will pitch them ideas (think 'mad men') and then usually will then execute and bring the idea to life and hire the production crew. When working on a smaller scale like alot of us are doing that line sometimes gets a bit blurry as the projects are smaller and don't always need a 'big idea'. However you should still be clear with the client who is in charge of the creative. Assume that they are and if they don't want to come up with the idea then charge accordingly.

If you don't like being creative and coming up with stories you don't have to do that. Going back to the cooking analogy, some people just want to be told what to cook and not be responsible for creating the dishes. Nothing wrong with that.

If you eventually want to be able to handle creative my advice would be to charge a lot for it, so much that you could easily afford to hire another person to help you or another writer. So when people say "can you come up with the idea" tell them your creative services start at $10k+

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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18 days ago

Could do split screen, 2/3 slides and 1/3 the person. Or a picture in picture type look with the person in a box or circle in the corner. Or all the above and switch back and forth between a few looks.

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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23 days ago

Day rate for one videographer should be around $800 - $1500/day

Editing should be around $70 - $150/hr.

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26 days ago

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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26 days ago

The problem is the clients that hire you directly are going to be the lowest paying and most inconsistent. If you really want to do this on-going I'd try to focus on connecting with people in the traditional film industry. Voice work for commercials, cartoons, events, etc. There your networking efforts will pay off as once you get your foot in the door you can keep building on that and learn more about the industry. If you find some software company that hires you for their promo, it ends there and you won't get more work thru them or other businesses.

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28 days ago

You can say 'shit' but they censored 'horseshit'?

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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1 month ago

Just keep busy. Work on your website, update your reel, write some blog posts, clean up your social media pages. Then get active daily on places like linkedin and whatever social media you are on. Make a update video and start reaching out to anyone you've worked with in the last few years or before covid and share what you've been up to. Research new industries and potential places you could shift towards. Make a person project. Apply to jobs and go thru any interview process you can to stay sharp and keep your eye on what else it out there. Get a part time job to keep a little money coming in and have the $12/hr pay motivate you to keep going at your career. If you just keep staying active something will usually pop up.

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Can we wait another year

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Create a capitalistic consumerism society then complain how everyone just wants to buy stuff.

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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what's a flight? one round trip? layovers count as multiple?

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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Yes it is, try adding incentive by adding value for them rather than you getting paid less.

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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The biggest thing they provide is an organized class structure where you can get all the information in one place catered for you to learn. Same reason why some people feel the need to go to school or take classes to learn something, because on their own unguided it feels too overwhelming. If you are the kind of person that is a 'self starter' and can teach yourself things, then you probably don't need the course unless it's something specific you are struggling with that it covers.

The most important thing that some of these courses can give you is a private community to engage with and ask questions. When I was starting out I paid $25/mo to be apart of a facebook group and weekly group call, this was before the wide range of online courses now. However that time was crucial for my development as you are able to ask very candid and honest questions and everyone can be transparent without being on a public platform. One example is the group started posting their proposals and job budgets for potential projects so that people could critique and give advice of what to charge. I was undercharging a lot and having dozen people tell me what line items to add or where I'm undercharging was invaluable. If you 'mess up' a shoot it can also be a good place to get feedback in a closed room environment without posting your clients work publicly.

So if you are going to join one of these courses I'd figure out which has the most active community and use it to your advantage to connect, ask questions and learn more nitty gritty stuff.

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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Lennon got credit because him and Paul had a joint songwriter agreement and they both got credit on any songs the two of them wrote regardless of how much the other person was involved.. They each have songs that they developed solo but it's still credited to the both of them.

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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yea my phone can do hotspot but haven't used it for streaming, guess I was nervous about relying on it in case the signal wasn't great.

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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2 months ago

really what I would do is put together a quick 5-10 shot montage for each vender with credit to you and routinely send those files out to all vendors after wedding and they'll also post on their social too.

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Canon | FCPX | 2012 | Boston USA

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2 months ago

Assuming this is weddings? I would keep doing social media for photo and the other venders. Mostly the venue, wedding planner, photog, caterer, dj/music...plenty more venders but those are the main ones. This will give you good relationships with the venders who will give you good word of mouth referrals. If guests ask you to do stuff that doesn't hurt, especially the wedding party where theres' usually at least a few who will be getting married in the next 1-3 years and could be good lead. I would sometimes film for an entire family as siblings got married or for the same circle of friends over a few years.

Having a good relationships with the venue or wedding planner can be very beneficial. There's some venues that are extra great to work in, so doing 30% of your weddings as the same place makes things a lot easier.

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