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Old June 2nd, 2004, 02:21 PM   #1
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Aloha from Fort Lauderdale

Well, I am somewhat of a newbie to film and editing but i have been working hard to develop a videography/custom film business focusing on Video Biographies. I was in the printing and graphics industry for 11 years and decided to try something different without so many deadlines and stressful quality control issues. However, i find that there is a whole host of other issues just as compllicated in this industry. But i do enjoy the challenges.

I developed my own website and would appreciate any input and critique on the site or sample work:

www.heritagefilms.net

Anyone have any hints on getting ranked on Google (ie. links to my site)?

I am still in the development stages (ie. no paying customers yet) but my wife and i are optimistic and hopeful that we will be able to develop a healthy and valuable service to our area and increase our skill and craft through time and experience.

I have been aware of this great site for some time but have never posted here. This is THE resource i turn to most often; a great community of folks . . . thanks to all, the wise and the learning (for asking the questions i havent't thought of yet)!

We have an XL1S, Mac G4, PC, etc.
Still need to acquire lighting.

Best regards,
Mark and Andrea Ahrens

heritagefilms.net
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
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Old June 2nd, 2004, 03:15 PM   #2
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"decided to try something different without so many deadlines and stressful quality control issues"

You think this has less stress?? hehehe

Welcome aboard anyways, and I hope that you find this to be an enjoyable field... even with those special moments we've all had whilst doing video production.
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Old June 3rd, 2004, 05:01 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard, Mark! Good to have you with us.

Tip: if you add your site in your profile you'll get a WWW button
under all your posts that links to your site automatically!
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Old June 3rd, 2004, 09:13 AM   #4
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Thanks

Thanks for the tip & the warm welcome!

I added the info but i don't get the underline/link that your post displays. What am i doing wrong?
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Old June 3rd, 2004, 09:33 AM   #5
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A Miami Shout-out!

Welcome.

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Old June 3rd, 2004, 01:57 PM   #6
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You did it right. Look at the bottom of your posts there is a WWW
button between email and search now which links to your site.

I also added a signature and included tags to make the links
"clickable". See this FAQ entry on how to make those yourself.
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Old June 3rd, 2004, 02:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tips, Rob.
Great link to tools i never knew about. Guess i should peruse the FAQ pages some more.

Rick, got enough equipment?
Very impressive. You must encounter a lot of interesting shots. Have you done the "Cops" shots . . . like, sprinting behind perps? How come i never hear the cameraman panting, lavalier mics?
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Old June 4th, 2004, 11:26 AM   #8
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Mark,

You can never have enough equipment...especially when someone else is buying!!! :)

Yes we do quite a lot of COPS type shooting. We are frequently out with the Special Response Team, Tactical Narcotics Team, etc.

Lots and lots of runnin' and gunnin' chasing after badguys...GOD I LOVE MY JOB!

The ONLY reason you don't hear the cameraman panting is...EDITING! Trust me when I tell you that there has been many a time when I have almost lost my lunch after running up 4 flights of steps carrying a 35 pound BetaCam and wearing another 30 pounds of equipment in Miami's heat!

Looked at your site, very nice work. You should do land-office business, those packages are great keepsakes!

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Old June 4th, 2004, 11:34 AM   #9
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What do you mean by Land-Office business?
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Old June 4th, 2004, 11:43 AM   #10
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Land-office business: a very large and profitable volume of commercial activity.

Also:

NOUN: A thriving, extensive, or rapidly moving volume of trade.

In other words...you should do very well!

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Old June 4th, 2004, 11:58 AM   #11
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Thanks for the suport!
I sure hope we do well, after 11 years of owning my own business (and selling it) i don't think i can work for someone else . . . easily.

Take care!
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