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Old July 12th, 2007, 12:37 PM   #16
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I operate a group of picture framing schools in CT, Vegas and Orlando. Wanna open a custom picture framing business? The profit picture can be pretty nice.

I wrote for a magazine for 10 years prior to starting my first school.

If I could however, I'd produce videos. I love the technology and the creativity.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 12:38 PM   #17
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Marco,

I have done reviews at both www.DVinfo.net and www.HDVinfo.net, which led to co-writing "HDV: What You Need to Know, Vol. 2" with Douglas Spotted Eagle. From there, I contacted DMN and Videomaker, and they hired me to write as a freelancer. I also have written a few things at VASST (DSE's company) and 3 years ago, I interviewed the OPEN WATER filmmakers for MovieMaker.

I'd love to write for MM again. It's a lot of fun!

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Old July 12th, 2007, 12:42 PM   #18
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And like most of us here, I'd love to work only as a film director/producer. However, I love my day jobs.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:13 PM   #19
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Noa,

Wow what sort of gear did/does your father use?
The only camera's I remember him using before his Sony vx2100 which he owns now was a Sony vx2000 and before that a vx9000. He has a wall filled up with vhs decks which he still uses for people who want a vhs tranfer to dvd. I remember him doing his first "real" edits on a cassablanca avio which he still has and which is still operational. Now since 2 years he is using a pc with pinnacle studio 10 and recently he bought a dual core pc :) and that at an age of 65. He still does weddings but is slowly getting tired of it. He thinks hdv sucks and is no better then dv :) and the only way to measure a camera's performance is by how well it performes in low light. It is by joining him at a few weddings I managed to get my feet wet and learning the business. Hopefully I will still be filming at his age. :)
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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:25 PM   #20
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Java programmer - web applications developer. I've been in that industry for almost 13 years now. Can't say that I like it, but it pays well - letting me buy all my video gear and occasionally have time to use it. ;-)
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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:26 PM   #21
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I am Systems Engineer for a company that sells Telecommunications Test Equipment. I suppose I am one of the leading experts on testing T1 circuits from a Network Operations Center. I have been doing pretty much the same type of work for over 20 years. It pays well and except for the extensive travel, it is a good job that leaves my weekends open, and I can live anywhere in the USA that I wish to live.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:30 PM   #22
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I notice you live in Clermont, Steven, that's cool. I love my jobs, too, because if my wife and I decide to move, I can continue writing articles. However, I'll need to find new production work.

It's cool that there are a lot of IT people on our board. I've noticed people who are breaking into the industry in my area have a similar background.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:41 PM   #23
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It's cool that there are a lot of IT people on our board. I've noticed people who are breaking into the industry in my area have a similar background.
I've noticed that too, if you are a true geek it tends to spill over into a lot of other areas like sound/video production, HAM, RC toys, guns, custom street rods, etc. I think being confortable with something most find complicated really helps the crossovers.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 01:54 PM   #24
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I notice a lot of filmmakers and videographers (and IT people) are also avid photographers, usually with DSLRs.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 02:26 PM   #25
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I realize some of us here in the boards are full time production, others striving to get there, like me. What do you do for work when not doing production?
Former IT for very large international law firm in San Francisco for 11 years. Burned out on IT.

Videographer for 10 years as a hobby and now a wedding videographer for 7 years.

Still working for #1 place to work in America in Silicon Valley.

Volunteer fitness instructor at the YMCA.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #26
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Old July 12th, 2007, 02:32 PM   #27
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Night Job: aspiring feature film director
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Old July 12th, 2007, 02:39 PM   #28
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Dylan's the man! I have a friend who is a full-time editor on major motion pictures. I envy him. The DP on my film is pretty much a full-time DP on music videos and various films.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #29
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Day job = corporate IT for the second largest private company in the world (2006).

Part time = location sound recordist on indie movies.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 03:08 PM   #30
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What's the company called, Mike?

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