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Mark Suszko

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30 years writing, directing, shooting, editing corporate video, government video, commercials, PSA\'s, DVD\'s music videos, forensics and the occasional wedding.

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Dealer Show Recap Video Tips
by Boe Beito 1 day ago
Hi folks, I'm an internal, one-man-band video guy at a medium sized company that makes snowmobiles. I generally shoot interview and instructional content. We have a dealer show at a convention center
Re: Dealer Show Recap Video Tips
by Mark Suszko 8 hours ago
Love Bill's selfie-collecting idea! Your visuals won't be as good as the past year with the higher budget, get used to that right now, so you need to make extra sure your AUDIO is PERFECT. Spend what
Documentary question - where to position subject??
by John Smith 4 days ago
Ongoing debate here. About to begin production on a small doc centered around a single person. This person - call them the "primary subject" will be the main interview. There will be a number of subse
Re: Documentary question - where to position subject??
by Mark Suszko 8 hours ago
Your plan to put all the others to the same side is the first thing that came to my mind. You can also play with the lighting and background to give them a more separate identity. A dominant color the
licensing cost for art video
by Sarah Schela 1 day ago
Hi there, I would like to get some advices from you concerning licensing a video I have created in the past. this video is a part of an art installation I created last year and someone is interested t
Re: licensing cost for art video
by Mark Suszko 9 hours ago
How much does it cost to attend the workshop How many times willthe workshop be held What's the typical attendance
Am I wrong here?
by Greg Ball 1 week ago
I have a potential out of town client looking to do a 3 day shoot in my area. The way I work is I sub contract my crews and equipment. We would also be building sets and renting furniture. The total p
Re: Am I wrong here?
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
I think you did everything right. The producer's problem was she didn't get a line of credit to sustain her expenses while waiting to get paid. Just as you would never stiff your contracted guys, but
Video to Editing Ratio
by Jon-Michael Brown 1 week ago
What is an average Shooting time to Editing time ratio I'm going out on my own after having some steady contracts and I'm building up my rates for project based clients. I.e. So if I shoot for for 1 d
Re: Video to Editing Ratio
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
When they complain about shooting to edit ratios, point out that Apocalypse Now often was chugging along at a whopping one cut per DAY. That's one cut from maybe five iso cameras, reviewed, chosen, in
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Finding new clients
by Jon-Michael Brown 6 days ago
Hi, all! I've been out of the business for a bit over a year due to a very serious illness. The good news is that I'm doing better. However, many of my clients have disappeared, and the landscape has
Re: Finding new clients
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
Specifically which kind of clients Don't just say: "Paying ones".
Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
by Noam Osband 1 week ago
I'm finishing a piece and I have a few archival images that have text I want the reader to read. I've used masks to shade the background and have highlighted only the text. That said, any other editin
Re: Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
by Mark Suszko 7 days ago
http: char.txa.cornell.edu language element color color.htm
There's a Severe Degeneration of Basic Business Social Courtesies in the World Today...
by Ned Miller 2 weeks ago
Hi All, Has this been happening to you too Or is it just me I have witnessed that basic social skills have really diminished. Kids at the Thanksgiving table looking at their phones, etc. We in the sel
Re: There's a Severe Degeneration of Basic Business Social Courtesies in the World Today...
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I wish you all the best in "working retirement", Ned! You've certainly earned it! Somehow I picture you a year from now as the tribal Shaman for a local production Collective, a bunch of active, earne
Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Ribisi really shows his acting range in this, and all the character actors in it do an amazing job. Vic, the heavy, is played by Brian Cranston, as a guy meaner than Walter White ever was. The simple
Re: Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Nick Griffin 2 weeks ago
Completely agree!!! Sneaky Pete on Amazon is one of the best shows in recent years. BRILLIANT writing with more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti. Cranston co-wrote the pilot, directed one of
First Compositing Demo Reel
by Robert Laughlin 2 weeks ago
Over the past few years I've been teaching myself Compositing and some motion graphics by practicing and taking some online classes. And along the way I've gotten some freelance gigs doing things like
Re: First Compositing Demo Reel
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
It's a nice reel. It doesn't point to a *specific* area of VFX that you like or do best; it paints you more as a generalist. And that's fine, too, if that's true. You can and should customize the reel
new Blackmagic equipment - pre NAB (Feb 6 2017)
by Bob Zelin 2 weeks ago
Just saw the Blackmagic keynote that was on today at 3:00. Why wait for NAB - how relevant is NAB, when you can present live on the web, pre trade show. Amazing new dirt cheap products, that I outline
Re: new Blackmagic equipment - pre NAB (Feb 6 2017)
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
"This should put half the companies on the "upper south hall" out of business over night (if this product actually works)". - Zelin The second half of that sentence has always been the hard part to ba
Gagabowl commercials thread
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
A pretty "meh" season this year, IMO. I liked the technical artistry in Humpty Dumpty. I liked the NFL PSA "inside these lines". Coke's spots weren't really new. No Clydesdale spot Melissa McCarthy wa
Re: Gagabowl commercials thread
by Ned Miller 2 weeks ago
Hey Mark. You wrote: "I finally saw the rest of the 84 Lumber ad online, and I'm still not quite sure what the message is." What I got out of it is that carpenters used lumber to make a large door in
Editing "Rate Cards"
by Chip Hess 2 weeks ago
I have worked for years straight hourly. Lately I have been asked for my "rate card" and need guidance on how to set this up. Does "day rate" simply mean multiplying my hourly by ten Or is there some
Re: Editing "Rate Cards"
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Sounds to me like they may have repeating work for you, and they want to know if there's a billing method that's cheaper or discounted for them. Everybody always wants to "commoditize" what we do as i
Film School Retrospective: 10 Years Later (roughly)
by Scott Roberts 3 weeks ago
A recent conversation I had got me reflecting on my film school days, a subject I've gone back and forth in my head on as to whether it was a stupid degree or a completely enriching experience It cou
Re: Film School Retrospective: 10 Years Later (roughly)
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I think I saw the KEM editing table from one of your classes at the state property used equipment auction warehouse one time. It looked like every editor to work with it had autographed it somewhere o
Matchmoving a dolly zoom with greenscreen
by Axel Nordman 3 weeks ago
Hello, I need some advice on how to go about to plan the visual effects, matchmoving and execution for this shot: https: drive.google.com open id=0Bw_DOei-S1wOUW54bjJmZXQ2ZGs The challenge is that we
Re: Matchmoving a dolly zoom with greenscreen
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I have never done this shot, but it seems to me all you really need is the foreground and background "plate" shots on separate layers. Then I would add the critical part of the effect, the lens distor
Looking for assistance with choosing Video Editing Software
by Chris James 3 weeks ago
I'm looking for a good video editor program (windows). I'm a beginner and Wondershare Fimora trial version that I'm using looks ok, very uncomplicated, but $59 is more than I want to spend. Any compar
Re: Looking for assistance with choosing Video Editing Software
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Try the free version of Resolve 12 for windows https: www.blackmagicdesign.com products davinciresolve edit
Coen Super Bowl Mercedes spot
by Oliver Peters 3 weeks ago
http: www.creativeplanetnetwork.com news produce watch-super-bowl-ad-directed-coen-brothers 617174 I wonder if they cut it, too. Is so, Premiere - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Or
Re: Coen Super Bowl Mercedes spot
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
You know, it's a pretty conventional spot. They spent extra money on casting, but there isn't anything horribly original in it. The controversial Budweiser spot takes more chances.
Classes/tutorials/resources for making animated explainer videos?
by Neil Orman 3 weeks ago
I'm a video producer and have a decent knowledge of After Effects, which I use to create basic motion graphics, titles, and animated maps mainly (I work at a think tank that covers foreign policy). Bu
Re: Classes/tutorials/resources for making animated explainer videos?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Hm, I'm sensing a potential market niche! If you like those whiteboard type drawn animations, (personally I think they've had their fifteen minutes), scribol or video scribe offers a templated way to
How to achieve this zoom effect?
by Dondré Gumbs 4 weeks ago
Hi everyone! So I wanted to ask a question on how to achieve this zoom effect: https: www.youtube.com watch v=skkQ-jBz4ek Examples are at 0:17, 0:18, 0:44, etc. I actually talked to the editor of the
Re: How to achieve this zoom effect?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
What he said, just adding that you can get some funky looks by intentionally mis-using the new morph cut in FCPX between two dis-similar frames.
Anyone work with a Matthews Matthpole?
by Victor Osaka 4 weeks ago
Anyone here use these products I can't find a way to adjust it so it won't slip.
Re: Anyone work with a Matthews Matthpole?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
There's a couple tricks to using autopoles. One is, don't rely on just spring action to generate the tension. Use your arms and a tight grip to expand the pole segments and really jam them at the wall
mtm, RIP
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
She had spunk. https: www.youtube.com watch v=etyO7T6WGwU
Re: mtm, RIP
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
It was one of the early shows that depicted a burnt-out and sarcastic script writer on a regular basis, and the trials and tribulations Murray would face. As well as the shame when Ted would murder hi
Installer too old
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
After 3.5 hours on line with a very patient Apple assistant, I got my paid=ro copy of Mountaiun Lion OS downloaded, so I can put it in a partition on my Yosemite-driven imac. However, when I hit the b
Re: Installer too old
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Roger nailed it - the clock trick doesn't work now, at least, it didn't for me: Apple Store refused to function until the clock was restored. What's killing me is how long this is taking to resolve, b
Screencaputre
by Marten Köpp 4 weeks ago
Hello guys, I don't know if this is the right forum but I ask it anyway. I am working on some productmovies and need to capture some screens. To get this done I am looking for portable screencapture s
Re: Screencaputre
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
You already have it, if you use a mac.
Tutorial Recommendation for Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1
by Jan Laidlaw 4 weeks ago
Hello I have used Final Cut Pro 7 for a few years, and just purchased Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1 Most of the tutorials I'm finding online are for older versions of Final Cut Pro X and I want to get quickl
Re: Tutorial Recommendation for Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I also suggest my friend Larry Jordan's package, recently revised and updated, it assumes no current fluency in x and starts you from scratch building good habits.
Netflix Originals
by Mike Cohen 2 months ago
Hi there. It has been a while since I have grazed the pastures. I have spent a fair number of hours on Netflix as the days have grown shorter and have discovered a lot of good original content. Netfli
Re: Netflix Originals
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
So I got my netflix working and binge-watched 8 or 9 episodes of Luke Cage. It's brilliant, very good, though with a languid pacing compared to pretty much every other Marvel property. The plots take
Looking for (short) stock footage at low price
by Catalin Buda 1 month ago
Hi guys I need several stock videos for a short corporate video I'll be editing. I checked Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and Pond 5 and I see that the price for stock footage is around $45-70 per clip. My
Re: Looking for (short) stock footage at low price
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
"Good" methods No. fifty bucks a shot for HD stock when and where you need it sounds pretty fair, considering the cost to go shoot it yourself. If you don't have the budget for the stock, but are stil
Tutorial: Film Editing: Should You Edit Scenes to Music?
by Sven Pape 1 month ago
Art of the Edit Film Editing: Should You Edit Scenes to Music Music can elevate the emotion of a film scene. As a film editor, should you first cut to music or focus on dialog and visuals alone In th
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Re: Film Editing: Should You Edit Scenes to Music?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I think mosteverybody starts cutting by cutting to music and following the beat. It's easy, fun, and satisfying, but ultimately, you learn nuances like deliberately cutting off the beat and not always
Exporting for phone and tablet?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Client likes the version of a video I made for their Facebook page. Now they want dedicated versions for phones and tablets, with captioning on off options. Never made anything specifically for phones
Re: Exporting for phone and tablet?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Thanks. I'm also interested in how it's set up on the servers to send the various versions to their assigned platforms
Problems with downloads from the apple store
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I'm wondering if others have this issue: I bought a copy of Mountain LionOS direct from Apple to use in a partition of my edit system. I got two emails, one of which was a password to unlock the secon
Re: Problems with downloads from the apple store
by Roger Poole 1 month ago
Mark, I had the exact same problem a couple of months back. I had resort to calling Apple and eventually got to speak to a supervisor who sorted everything out there and then. I don't know what the pr
Time-lapse over a long period
by Miguel Zamora 1 month ago
Hello All, A client wants to do a time-lapse video of the INT. of a warehouse being constructed over about a month. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a camera that can handle low lighting situatio
Re: Time-lapse over a long period
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
As to battery, what about running it from a deep-cycle marine (car) battery
concealing text that is baked into the video clip
by raju bhai 2 months ago
Hi, I am using fcp 7, prores 422 i have some clips from an old project that i don't have the source files for anymore, so the text layer is already baked into the clip. I want to know what my options
Re: concealing text that is baked into the video clip
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Don't mask the white letters: luminance key them.
Looking for a hookup (FW 800 to lightning connectors, you perv)
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I have old DV footage to transfer into my iMac fcp7 setup... The previous iMac had FW 800 on the back, and a DV connector to FW 800 connector cable was cheap and easy to find. My new(ish) iMac 27 drop
Re: Looking for a hookup (FW 800 to lightning connectors, you perv)
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
THAT'S Why I was having such trouble finding the adapters- I'd mis-identified Thunderbolt as Lightning. ...And started humming a song from 1972. Ain't it funny.
Creating a love greeting card that opens in fcpx
by Jim Kehoe 1 month ago
Hey guys! First off forgive me if this is more of an apple motion question, just not sure... but happy New Years everyone! I'm looking to create a lyric video to one of our new songs and want it to be
Re: Creating a love greeting card that opens in fcpx
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
It's better to ask for Motion help in the Motion forum, but I'll see what I can do. The version I'm using here is older but the idea is the same. I made a 3-d camera, then used the rectangle tool to m
Filming an artist and gallery
by Gene Weglarz 1 month ago
I have a project filming an artist and his paintings, inspirations, technology (fractals), etc. I have pushed for a storyboard of a timeline; working with Dali, learning with Dali, early works, lesson
Re: Filming an artist and gallery
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
This may be one of those jobs where the story is uncovered by finding it in the interviews. Your subject isn't a linear thinker; neither was Dali. Throw out the conventional shooting script; you can't
Blog: My excuses for not buying a drone are disappearing. Here's why...
by Ronald Lindeboom 1 month ago
I have to be honest, I'm a guy who loves the idea of drone technology but, like many, I have been reluctant to buy a drone because I've watched one after another of my friends crash their drones into
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Re: My excuses for not buying a drone are disappearing. Here's why...
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
PS expecting your review for Ghost In The Shell soon, old friend.
Questions on setting up a greenscreen around a house
by Charlie Knott 1 month ago
I am currently in pre-production on a short film of mine that introduces a wide variety of technical approaches, all of which I am willing to test out to see what is achievable. My story is reflective
Re: Questions on setting up a greenscreen around a house
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
There are several CGI-based solutions for making the "ocean". And the 3-d printed model may be cute, but can't have the flexibility in resolution of a CGI version. If you have enough scans of a house
Passengers
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
One of the *other* Chris Pratt Sci fi movies. Basically "Titanic" on a spaceship. Two pretty people wake up 90 years too early on a colonizing starship mission to another world, and have to come to te
Re: Passengers
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I think if we put our three ideas together this thing would have taken an Oscar. But it will make okay money anyway.
Understanding Day Rates
by Charles Williams 2 months ago
I was recently working as a PA on a gig and I had a conversation with one of the crew members about possibly getting my work. After the gig was over I emailed him telling him to keep me in mind for fu
Re: Understanding Day Rates
by Ned Miller 2 months ago
You didn't mention what end of the biz you want to enter and where you are, I'd need to know that to suggest a range. As a DP and or Producer I often ask new people their rate, and when there's time I
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Lens, lighting a filter setup for 70's style effect
by Ollie Inglis 2 months ago
Hey guys, Was wondering what would be the best way to achieve a diffused, 70's look to video. The look I want to achieve looks like this: How do the colours look so old school and effective What is cr
Re: Lens, lighting a filter setup for 70's style effect
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
You might also experiment with multiple layered copies adding diffusion to one, adjusting opacity on another, and playing with the blending modes.
Market Rate for an Editing Project
by Donny Rowles 2 months ago
I am putting together a bid on a project for footage that s already shot. I d like to hear from others about what they might charge for a similar project. The project is editing 6 videos each segment
Re: Market Rate for an Editing Project
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
It's not so much the length of the finished videos that has much influence on the overall cost. It's computing the hours it takes to GET TO those few finished minutes, that makes the cost. Even the th
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Training Video Cost vs Script?
by Samantha Harris 2 months ago
Hey guys! I'm new here and having a bit of a tricky time estimating what to charge for an employee training video. Essentially there are three, five-minute videos. I'd only need to film the owner for
Re: Training Video Cost vs Script?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Lots to cover, lots of questions... first, my personal axe grinder is the "grand per finished minute" figure. That was the figure back in the eighties, with eighties-level technology and expenses. It
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Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Boe Beito 3 months ago
Hi folks, I apologize for the lack of detail, but I'm working on budgeting a photo video initiative for my company and I'd like to get a ballpark figure that I can include in my proposal. Here are the
Re: Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
My rough calculations were based on the premise that audio would not be done on the set but all in post. Your costs will easily triple if you have to construct a real soundstage and not just a video i
Multiple lapel lav mics & interference
by Eric Jordan 3 months ago
I'm shooting an event coming up and the client has indicated that a sound company will be putting a lav mic on the speaker to amplify him (and am unsure if it's a wireless unit). I want to put my own
Re: Multiple lapel lav mics & interference
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Hm, where's my other post go Shorter highlights version: no, no prob, the other lav is likely wireless: it's the only reason to have a lav on in the first place, if they are moving around, otherwise a
Editing Advice - Live Theater Recording
by Coleman McPherson 2 months ago
Hey ya'll, So working on a freelance editing job and having some difficulty. Basically I'm cutting together film of a live theater performance. Pretty straightforward: it was a multi-cam setup with fo
Re: Editing Advice - Live Theater Recording
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Cheer up. To an extent, no matter how good your camera directions were, any video of a stage play ends up a "franken-edit", by the very nature of shooting stage plays. The nature of a stage play is pr
Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts
by Bob Cole 4 months ago
It's been awhile since I've tried to use Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts. There's a new edition (#13) on sale today at B&H, and I wonder whether anyone has used it successfully to transc
Re: Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
No, they don't have to read the special script: you do, Bob. You train the thing to a high accuracy on yourself, then you put on headphones with a boom mic and you listen to the video, repeating every
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