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Old July 15th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #31
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Re: Shooting Only - Clients Edit

Chris, thanks for your feedback...I am realizing more after this discussion that I am really interested in the artistic/creative aspect of it. That's not to say I don't like money, who doesn't? but I like your point about it being a last minute request versus a few months out...I would absolutely hate to turn down a full-paying gig to do this instead. Perhaps if a last minute request comes up some day it would be a good time to test out the "shoot only".

And I thought the same thing about our prices...I think we're extremely competitive for our market, so the fact that they want to pay even less is ridiculous when they could get all of the work done for them at a pretty low price to begin with.

Thanks again everyone for feed back, this has been a very enlightening discussion.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #32
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Re: Shooting Only - Clients Edit

I have had a few requests for a wedding shoot only ..with the B/G wanting to do the editing. My cameras are a Canon XF305 and a Sony NX5P so trying to explain the difference of MXF and AVCHD is just not worth it and as someone stated you become their de-facto editor.

Chris you brought back memories of the VHS days and shooting/editing 'in-camera'.

So I wont do it and point those asking elsewhere.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Joel Peregrine View Post
Hmmm. Shoot and raw footage jobs have the highest per-hour profit by far. I'll take them every time. And the comments are always positive. A recent one: "We received the drive today and been sitting watching everything for hours!!! This is fantastic!!! Thank you so so much!!!!"
Now that's a business plan I could live with. If they wanted to come back later for an edit then it's going to cost them more than it would have to purchase a finished piece on the front side. But I enjoy shooting much more than editing, so yeah ... I'd do it.
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