I got back from Los Angles about 3 months ago. It was a lot of fun. In one sense LA is a mecca for people in my business. If you haven't been, go. I have lived in the Midwest my whole life and it's one of the few major American cities that I have never been to. A friend I know who used to work for the airlines managed to get cheap air fare, so we decided to go. We rented a convertible Mustang, put on our sunglasses and drove.
If you remember I mentioned earlier in this blog that I was a production supervisor for a short film called "DETAINED". Well we are finished from title to credits. We are starting the process of submitting the short to film festivals through a web site called withoutabox.com. It seems that IMBD has made the process of finding, submitting and promoting yourself to film festivals a one stop event. The things you must fill out are extensive and you can't upload video using Safari, but this is the only and best way to do this. Here is a slide show from the last day of viewing.
It has come to my attention that many of the people that read this blog are from Russia. Can any of my Russian readers tell me why they are interested in this blog that is so far away from their home country? How are you finding out about about this site? I would be glad to use this blog to answer any specific questions that my Russian readers may have.
Дело дошло до моего внимания, что многие из людей, которые прочитали этот блог из России. Может ли кто-либо из русских читателей скажите мне, почему они заинтересованы в этом блоге, что так далеко от их родной стране? Как вы узнать о об этом сайте? Я был бы рад использовать этот блог, чтобы ответить на любые конкретные вопросы, которые русских читателей может иметь.
Delo doshlo do moyego vnimaniya , chto mnogiye iz lyudey, kotoryye prochitali etot blog iz Rossii . Mozhet li kto-libo iz russkikh chitateley skazhite mne, pochemu oni zainteresovany v etom bloge, chto tak daleko ot ikh rodnoy strane? Kak vy uznat' o ob etom sayte? YA byl by rad ispol'zovat' etot blog, chtoby otvetit' na lyubyye konkretnyye voprosy, kotoryye russkikh chitateley mozhet imet'.
Like a lot of people I put off making a website for a long time. My reasons were many. Whenever I looked for someone to do it for me I always ran into problems. The first problem I had was trying to find somebody that sounded reliable on the phone. I can not figure out how there can be so many websites on the internet yet no one that seems competent enough or concerned enough to do the job. The second problem is that when you do find someone to do it they want too much money. Like most people I only need a simple website with a few features, not something that a Fortune 500 company would need.
This was something I needed to do myself. This is especially true because I make small changes all of the time. After a few days of searching on the internet I decided on WEEBLY. It was free and by the time I felt I had taught myself to use it, my website was already done. This website you are looking at is a Weebly site. There are some restrictions but they are small, especially when you consider the time I would have spent trying to learn HTML, not to mention the cost of buying an expensive program.
As you may know from earlier blog posts I have been a production manager for a short 6 min. film called "detained". Well, yesterday most of the final strokes were done. You can see the website for the movie here: http://www.detained-themovie.com
Both the trailer and the website were put together by me.
Cerall Duncan came by today. Cerall is an actress, you have probably seen her without knowing her name. She has been in several national and regional commercials. She has also appeared in mainstream and small independent films. Cerall comes here to have her acting reels put together. She says no one has ever done a reel for her but me. Here is her latest updated reel.
The jib I bought arrived Friday. It seemed to work right away. I got it so cheap I couldn't believe it. Also Antonio Polk and I compleated the trailer for his movie "Detained". You can go to the movie website and see it. We may decide to change a few things later, but it is finished.
Today I finally ordered a jib to go with my track system. I changed my mind several times about which brand to get but eventually settled on the Cobra brand. I didn't spend a lot of money on either my tracks or jib, but I can't wait to put them to good use.
You have heard me talking about my friend John who does citizen journalism on Youtube on the "Video Catalyst" channel. Yesterday we drove to the Tiger Direct warehouse so that he could purchase a control pad for . . . get ready for it, his new Parrot quadrocopter! Yes, it seems he is going to be doing some aerial video. He has already paid for it and expects it to arrive any day now. He is going to start with the basic package and then add accesories as various needs arise. OK, now things are getting really interesting.
John (not Sheehan) called me and asked me to come over because he had something to show me. He also asked me to bring my matching camera. When I got there he showed me a piece of repourposed equipment he was using. He had taken an old piece of camera equipement used by photographers to get accurate manipulations on their bellows when they took architectural photos. John was using it to mount two identical cameras side by side to get precise positioning to produce 3D video. Our cameras actually have a provision for that. This is something that he is trying to do just to see if he can get it to work as per our camera instruction manual. My head is already spinning from other things, I am going to leave this to him to figure out.
This blog is a look at our business behind the scenes, and also a few of our side adventures.
Ed Pitts - owner of Absolute Video Services Inc. since 1984