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Old February 8th, 2005, 11:46 AM   #16
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Love the feedback...

I will definitely recut this demo. When I played it at a bridal show recently, I received some nice compliments as well. I'm meeting with a bride tomorrow who went on and on about the demo. She says she likes my style; this edit is representative of my full-length videos, so I think she'll be happy with tomorrow night's screening.

Unless my client supplies specific songs when she hires me, I suggest royalty-free tunes from my little library. (I really need to offer more choices.) Only one time have I used a popular song. I prefer to give people something unique and less commercialized, but I won't refuse to use a song the clients love.

Again, I appreciate everyone's thoughts.

T.J.
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Old February 9th, 2005, 12:25 PM   #17
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Tim, Just a couple of observations. Instead of hauling a tripod around everywhere, think about the BogenMan 3245 monopod for steady shots away from the altar. We've even added a swivel mount to the foot for smooth pans.

I'm not a big fan of multiple weddings in one demo. There were scenes that showed noticeable differences in lighting in rapid succession that might send a negative message. For that reason, we use matching cameras for consistancy.

A long time ago I had a simlar demo with multiple weddings. A visiting prospective bride asked me if this was the same wedding. Well maybe it was my poor editing but I decided I wanted continuity from that point on. The demo we ship now has 3 or 4 distinct weddings at different venues. Hopefully the bride will be able to identify with one of them.

Also, this is just a personal preference but I don't like using subtitles over obvious scenes. Does the B&G really need to be reminded that the wedding party were Friends?

Otherwise, good editing and choice of music.
Good luck.
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