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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #16
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Old January 14th, 2010, 02:37 PM   #17
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What gets me is these people that hire the lowest priced Videographer for weddings or other work and expect top quality.

Do you expect a top notch paint job when you send your car to Maaco? (where they often spray paint right over the dirt).

What they are often really saying is, I hired a cheap ass video guy and the works sucks, so rather than admit I am an idiot for paying some guy way way way below what it should have cost and has no demo reel nor referrals, etc, I will blame it on the entire video industry.

These are often the same people that were borderline deciding to get their Uncle Bob to shoot it with a handycam, but thought they'd pay this kid in ripped jeans to a hundred bucks to shoot it instead and somehow expected to see a cinemagraphic masterpiece.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #18
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Hi Denny

We also seem to have a problem down here that brides consider the photographer way more important than the videographer!! "My photos are costing me $4000..can you do a video of the whole wedding for under $500??" Yeah right!!!!

If I get any bride trying to haggle the price I simply say no...my price is what I'm worth and it's more than likely if you did do a cut-price job, she would expect top quality too!! If you can't afford a professional then ask Uncle Bob to shoot it for you!!

The biggest issue also is the first year student who is taking a 'video production course' at the local college and will shoot weddings for a few hundred bucks to gain experience and often brides will grab the opportunity then regret it later!!

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Old January 15th, 2010, 12:04 AM   #19
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Waaco Weddings. Fast cheap wedding video for under a hundred bucks!

We supply one half sober, slightly soiled, camera operator with a 6 year old handy cam and a flashlight mounted on top. If you can mind the smell, he'll shoot your video real close up from right beside the wedding officiant.

After the wedding our team of unpaid students from our outrageously priced private video school will work feverishly to knock off a quick edit before exams are done. (Don't worry, we only let the C or better student work on your video. The rest work as lackeys.)

Wacco Weddings. For when "cheap" just ain't cheap enough!
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Old January 15th, 2010, 05:45 AM   #20
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but thought they'd pay this kid in ripped jeans to a hundred bucks to shoot it instead and somehow expected to see a cinemagraphic masterpiece.
Er... isn't that the uniform for master cinematographers..... ? ;)

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