Freelance Live Television Director, and I'm always looking for a gig. When I'm not doing that, I shoot, edit and do VFX work and motion graphics.
Hi energy live multi-camera director, without all the drama and yelling. Specialties include live spo... [more]
Freelance Live Television Director, and I'm always looking for a gig. When I'm not doing that, I shoot, edit and do VFX work and motion graphics.
Hi energy live multi-camera director, without all the drama and yelling. Specialties include live sports, semi-scripted event type shows, telethons and music.
See website for showography and details.
Final Cut Pro/Shake 4.1/Motion
Hi mobility handheld camera operator.
Large area/studio lighting.
January 25th 2009
David Roth Weiss
Flip it over by Daniel Schloss 3 years ago Ok I'm not sure if I have the correct forum to post this question on, and if it is incorrect, then Cow moderator please feel free to move it. Here is my question: In my production, I am shooting a pil
Re: Flip it over by Scott Sheriff 3 years ago How does the plane enter the inverted flight If it barrel rolls, there will probably be negative G's, which might make loose items tumble around. If it goes inverted from a pull back on the controls,
Need advice on a career path, please by Lisa Robinson 3 years ago Hello CreativeCow Users, I was wondering if I can get some advice... here are the details: Been freelancing for PBS for the last 4 years as well as running my own production company for the las 12 yea
Re: Need advice on a career path, please by Scott Sheriff 3 years ago Worked for PBS when I first got stated back in the 80's. Endless production revolving around fund raising, and that same dull PBS look to everything that can be seen from outer space. Worked with some
RE: Real guns on location by Sam Lesante Jr. 3 years ago Does anyone know what the laws are with having real guns at a shoot We are going to be in a wooded area doing a show and two of the guys said they have permits to carry and conceal. Are they legally a
Re: RE: Real guns on location by Scott Sheriff 3 years ago It helps to know the particulars. I'm assuming you mean handguns, since you say you have guys with a CWP, but really the devil is in the details. What state Private, state, or federal owned property R
Moving from Los Angeles to Texas by Jacob Marley 3 years ago Hello Cowpeople, I'm wondering if any of you have experience to help me make a decision... I currently am a freelance director video production company in the LA area. I do OK. I direct 4-5 local or b
Re: Moving from Los Angeles to Texas by Scott Sheriff 3 years ago Tim Wilson "Can you summarize some of what you've heard " Majority of the notes and calls are from sympathetic 'old timers' in video film production that are in general agreement with the posts by my
crease in gel, is it a problem? by Michael Hurwicz 3 years ago I just bought some gels, and several of them have a slight but noticeable crease in the middle, about two inches long. I have not used gels before and am not sure if this is something to be concerned
Re: crease in gel, is it a problem? by Scott Sheriff 3 years ago It's rare to see a gel crease in the light. Depends on the use and fixture. Cyc lights are the one place that creases and wrinkles can sometimes be seen. And depending on the fixture, I think gels wit
Lighting Green with Green by Joe Barta IV 3 years ago I've been using a portable green screen muslin cloth in the field for interviews, lighting it with two Arri 300s with fairly good results. In the studio I use KinoFlo lights with green lamps to light
Re: Lighting Green with Green by Scott Sheriff 3 years ago IMO making your light more 'green' doesn't do anything to improve keying, and might even be counter productive producing unwanted green light falling on your subject. Also CK green paint is formulated
Shooting Automobiles by Todd Terry 4 years ago Hey guys... A little bit out of my element here, advice welcome... I have a relatively sizable three-day shoot coming up, bunch of commercials for a particular regional automobile dealers association.
Re: Shooting Automobiles by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago I used to work at a place that had a studio you could drive a car in. We mostly used a surplus round white parachute hung from the grid for a butterfly and top lit only, with an occasional small light
Does anyone still use a light meter? by Scott Bunkelmann 4 years ago The other day I found an old Sekonic analog light meter. We have not used this in years. Does anyone still use a light meter for shooting video If so, for what applications and will this old Sekonic a
Re: Does anyone still use a light meter? by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Scott Bunkelmann "Does anyone still use a light meter for shooting video " Hell ya I do. I use my 398 all the time. Here's a few off the top of my head: It's great for site surveys, and fits easily i
Back knob on LTM Pepper 200 - what is it? by Seth Marshall 4 years ago I have an old LTM Pepper 200 I may repurpose with some LEDs as a sort of experiment since I don't use the light. I have always been baffled by a knob on the back that only spins a solid-flat metal dis
What do you vets think of what happened by Marvin Pike 4 years ago Hi I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this but something happened to me recently and I wanted the opinion of the Cow's Vets. I'm changing some of the details to keep the companies anonyms.
Losing clients by Tom Sefton 4 years ago We are getting the impression that a client we have been bending over backwards to please is thinking of leaving us-they aren't very profitable, but have the potential to become a very regular and ste
Re: Losing clients by David Roth Weiss 4 years ago You have an excellent opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade. Anytime you have a fundamental disagreement with a longterm customer, or with anyone with whom you have a longterm relationship, if you
Does anyone pay? by Roy Schneider 4 years ago Hi All: I just got out of my 3rd meeting this month with a client that wants Production Work without paying. 2 wanted to Barter, and one wants to shoot a pilot on spec, but does not want to give anyth
Re: Does anyone pay? by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Roy Schneider "Hi All: I just got out of my 3rd meeting this month with a client that wants Production Work without paying. 2 wanted to Barter, and one wants to shoot a pilot on spec, but does not wa
Building a Film Editor's Reel by Bryan McClurg 4 years ago Fellow cows, I am currently building a demo reel as an editor (with some small example of visual effects experience). But mostly, I'm focusing on basic video editing - short films, commercials, docume
Re: Building a Film Editor's Reel by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Andrew Kimery " Doesn't what you just said apply to every reel (and resume for that matter) " Some more than others. And as far as resume's and CV's, some of it applies there as well, but they are a
filming in a Sterile lab by Chris Pulleyn 4 years ago Hi I may have to shoot in a research lab in the coming weeks. It's currently unclear if it is a totally sterile environment but does anyone have experience in preparing video lighting equipment for th
Re: filming in a Sterile lab by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago I've done this a couple of times over the years, and the camera was not an issue, but hot lights were. It's best to do as much pre-pro on these as possible, because the rules vary greatly. Also, some
JVC BR50 deck HDMI Capture Card by Gary Robinson 4 years ago The firewire from my JVC BR50 deck to my computer is a little inconsistent so I'm looking for an inexpensive PC capture card to capture footage. What cards are you successfully capturing with Thanks,
Re: JVC BR50 deck HDMI Capture Card by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Gary Robinson "The firewire from my JVC BR50 deck to my computer is a little inconsistent..." In what way Can you explain what is going on, and include your system and format specs Scott Sheriff SST
Multi Camera 5D Mark II/III Interview by Randy Rubin 4 years ago Hi All, I am doing a shoot utilizing 2 5D Mark II's and 1 5D Mark III. The shoot is of a roundtable discussion. We will be able to accommodate stopping the conversation for slates at the end of 12min
Re: Multi Camera 5D Mark II/III Interview by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Use a slate. This is a basic skill that everyone should know. Scott Sheriff SST Digital Media Multi-Camera Director, VFX and Post Production The Affordable Camera Dolly is your just right solution! "I
Prosumer Tripod for JVC HD110 by Andrew Ball 4 years ago Hey CC world-- Thank you in advance for taking the time to review my post question. I am new to purchasing a tripod (I've always just had one to work with already), but the church I work at is looking
Re: Prosumer Tripod for JVC HD110 by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Andrew Ball "Does the 504hd only allow for 1 panhandle Should this fact not influence my decision " There are mounts for two so you can use the handle right left handed, but you usually only get one
FCP 7 won't render (not the usual problem) by Phil Slatter 4 years ago Hi guys Firstly, thanks for taking a moment to read what seems to be an extremely common subject. I have a twist on the usual problems though... I shoot a lot of seminars and presentations and turn th
stage name... for a producer? by mike calla 4 years ago Hey all, I know stage names for musicians and actors is normal. However a Google search on tv producers using stage names comes up somewhat empty . Does any body know if its a usual practice.
Re: stage name... for a producer? by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago It's not as uncommon as you think. In the freelance world you have to take what comes along for the most part, and sometimes for various reasons it isn't something you want your name on. Sometimes the
Hiring and working with editors...? by Grant Wilber 4 years ago This last year was my first full year doing video production. Overall it went well and I'm in a good position to grow this upcoming year. However the biggest downfall was the post-production. I can wo
Re: Hiring and working with editors...? by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago I have to agree with Mike and Mark. I learned to edit the old school way where you worked from either a script with TC, or a shot list with TC and massaged from there. I still much prefer this when ed
Keeping track of time... by Grant Wilber 4 years ago What are some good methods, software, or websites that help keep track of editing time I could just right them down, but would like to find something that is a little bit more in place and feels more
Re: Keeping track of time... by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago I use TimeSlice. There is also a time tracking function in Quickbooks. Scott Sheriff SST Digital Media Multi-Camera Director, VFX and Post Production The Affordable Camera Dolly is your just right sol
shooting in the cold/dark by Geoff McKay 4 years ago Hello all, Last night I shot a search and rescue operation in the dark, about 5 degrees below freezing, very high winds, blizzard conditions. This generated some issues and I was hoping for some sugge
Re: shooting in the cold/dark by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Geoff McKay "1. My lighting gave out on me mid shoot, and I agonized over whether to gain way up for more detail, and accept grainier footage or go the other way. I could make out minimal detail at a
Editing service by Jerry Nickle 4 years ago I am not a professional editor and would like to hire one. I have about 100 hours of HDV footage that I would like to have edited into 1hr. What would this cost and how long would it take
Re: Editing service by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago I might be interested in working on something like this. Feel free to contact me. Scott Sheriff SST Digital Media Multi-Camera Director, VFX and Post Production The Affordable Camera Dolly is your jus
VHS/Hi8 Clips into FCP by Sean Hammes 4 years ago I am wondering if it is possible to convert VHS and Hi8 videos to clips that I can directly import into Final Cut Pro I don t want the digital clips to be transferred directly to a DVD. The most impor
Re: VHS/Hi8 Clips into FCP by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Sean Hammes "I am wondering if it is possible to convert VHS and Hi8 videos to clips that I can directly import into Final Cut Pro " Yes it is. You either need a capture card type device, or a HDV DV
Positioning of titles by Alex Elkins 4 years ago Hi all, A few years ago I read in a post on here that it was 'the norm' to position titles slightly above centre. This is how I've worked ever since, and would agree that it is slightly more pleasing
Re: Positioning of titles by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Symmetry is just visually unappealing. Hence things like the rule of thirds, etc. Scott Sheriff SST Digital Media Multi-Camera Director, VFX and Post Production The Affordable Camera Dolly is your jus
Last Quarter And 10.0.6 To Go by Gerry Fraiberg 4 years ago Well here we are in the fourth quarter of 2012, patiently awaiting the arrival of FCP X 10.0.6 New Features Coming Later This Year Multichannel audio editing tools Dual viewers MXF plug-in support RED
Re: Last Quarter And 10.0.6 To Go by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Marcus Moore " The longer it is, the more I think they'll have packed in there." I remember someone on one of the VFX forums making this same exact observation about Shake. About a month later apple
Editing rates by Josh Webster 4 years ago I have been consistently editing projects for a friend of mine. He brings me projects, shoots and directs them and projects range from music videos to epk's to demo reels to multicams of plays and dan
Re: Editing rates by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago I think this would be better posted in the Business and Marketing forum. There you will find many stories like this, or worse. Josh Webster " I usually get anywhere from $100 to $1000 for projects he
I QUIT.... Working for nothing. by Andy jackson 4 years ago Anyone Else feel the same that the video industry has had its day. http: forums.creativecow.net thread 12 857674#858248 Your input would be much appreciated. Cheers Andy
Re: I QUIT.... Working for nothing. by Mark Suszko 4 years ago Andy said: When the cost of cloud editing storage comes down in cost this will also be a big blow. India will take over the whole industry with extremely low rates that none of us will be able to comp
test by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago test Scott Sheriff Director http: www.sstdigitalmedia.com http: www.affordabledolly.com "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." ---Red Adair
Filming interview in museum without echo? by Mike Green 4 years ago Dear all I recently shot a seated 1 plus 1 interview in an art museum. I expected the sound to be an issue do to try and reduce the echo I used two sennheiser 416 mics on mic stands positioned above t
What we have really lost with FCP 7 by Will Hodgson 4 years ago Walter Biscardi's recent article 'A cautionary tale for the FCP switcher' made me rethink about the upheaval that FCPX has caused. It also brought back fond memories to me of working at Pogo Films. Fo
Re: What we have really lost with FCP 7 by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Franz Bieberkopf "I, for one, doubt it this "undoubtability". If software doesn't support my workflow and approach, it is not "easier" to use - it is unusable. This is quite aside from the severe lim
Tonight's the night by John Davidson 4 years ago So tonight we're supposed to get some kind of sneak peek at new features in FCPX at the LAFCPUG meet (my first one of these). Do you guys think we're going to actually see something new, or is it goin
Can we talk about Tripod BAGS? by Chris Tompkins 4 years ago I seemed to go thru Tripod bags. I don't know why. They don't hold up. Grant it they have been canvas fabric material. I treat my gear very well. It's an investment and I baby all my video gear. My cu
Re: Can we talk about Tripod BAGS? by Scott Sheriff 4 years ago Bill Davis "PortaBrace." I'd second that. I have used a lot of PB, and it holds up well. They will repair their stuff when it needs it. I like that too. Scott Sheriff Director http: www.sstdigitalmed