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The process. An abridged (and slightly rose coloured) storyline of the process of video making for small business.
Matt was laid up with a back injury and had some time to research his latest project: a video for physiotherapy practice MGS. Happily he found me! (Google page 3... must work on that! All I can say is thanks to injuries!)
We met over coffee and sandwiches and had a chat. (His back was still sore, but on the mend.)
He spoke to the other physios from his practice to get the o.k. to go ahead with the video project. (Not really sure of the inner workings of the physios, but I'm sure there were some adjustments required by all after this discussion.)
They said "yes" and we had a meeting to discuss script requirements, shots needed, compared diaries and worked towards a date.
We found a date!
We filmed, twice, at MGS Mona Vale for different parts of the video, and the editing all came together on the Mac (Adobe PP).
All footage including the finished videos - 2 version - were delivered to Matt on his harddrive for future use (Always a good idea).
There you have it... not so hard after all was it?
MGS Manly, it's your turn next!!
Sometimes working for yourself is terribly tedious, and sometimes sad, and you wonder if you'll ever have a handle on the world of "small business".
Other times it's ridiculously busy and fun but you find yourself dropping balls all over the place. (I once forgot my daughter at school while I entertained all my other daughters' friends at the playground! Icecream? Here you go... oh, where is my OTHER child? Ooops.)
On days like today I am able to fully appreciate my good fortune in being able (due partially to having a husband in full time employment!) to work for myself AROUND my children.
I volunteered, I did some client-facing work (filming! in an office!)... then I picked up child #3, who required the carrot of an early pick-up to face the stick of going to school after 3 days off sick! Back at home, child #3 safely in front of ABC kids I get stuck into getting that client project out ASAP. While it uploads, school calls - child #2 is laid low in sick bay and could I pick her up? Of course I can.
Today, I can.
Thank you today, for being kind.
**No bears were harmed in the taking of this picture. Well, just a few prickles, maybe.
You don't need much on video shoot day... You do need however:
*An idea... and ideally this idea should have been had BEFORE the shoot day.
*A sense of humour... because sourpusses are a downer. Even the hardest day on a video shoot is a doddle compared to child labour down the mines, chin up people!
*Ingenuity... you'll need the strangest things, you'll need them NOW, so you'll get them.
*People skills... there's always one. Sometimes there are two. But at a number greater than zero, you will learn to deal with them: calmly, professionally, and with a wry smile that they can't really get angry with, but that your contemporaries will interpret as "This is the one. I'm dealing. Bring coffee."
*Calm... always a good one, on set this is a necessity. Sometimes "Quiet on set!" are the greatest words to hear, because it means one cannot deal with anything else, one must just wait. Enforced meditation.
*Water... don't forget to hydrate. Coffee does not count. Don't overdo the hydration though because...
*Access to bathrooms... this has been one of the biggies for me, when people need to go, give them somewhere preferably without cockroaches and stench. If roaches and stink is all you've got, it'll have to do.
*A finish line... How long is a piece of string? Working on an interminable shoot with no obvious end in sight is a killer. Make sure everyone knows your expected finish time, and keep them updated if things change. "Cut!" is a great sound on any shoot, but "That's a wrap!" is the winner.
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So last weekend was a bit of a blur.
From a nothing-doing kind of day, Saturday turned into a crazy filming, editing, crafting with clay kind of day.
Those Our Little Foxes videos nearly flew through the ether so quick was our turnaround...
Thanks to Phoebe and Emily for being so beautifully photogenic and to the kiddies for obediently and uncomplainingly watching a movie while I edited my little cotton socks off.
And apologies to Sally for being a tiny tidge late for her 50th.
Happy crafting kiddies!
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