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Tom Sefton

8 years as a professional video producer, media producer, designer, installer, live show manager, equipment seller and consultant.

And a dogsbody.
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FAO Bill - or anyone looking at the new MacBook Pro....
by Tom Sefton 1 week ago
https: youtu.be YkLgOzjRuWQ Around the 12min mark it gets interesting. Fcpx gets huge performance from a laptop with less ram and a huge GPU disadvantage, although this seems to be waylaid by larger p
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Re: FAO Bill - or anyone looking at the new MacBook Pro....
by Tom Sefton 7 days ago
Interesting. I've heard of issues with thunderbolt peripherals causing crashes when they go to sleep but never experienced it on either an iMac, Mac Pro or 2012 MacBook Pro Retina. Has apple support h
Shared storage and FCPX
by Tom Sefton 2 weeks ago
http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 1926-on-the-road-with-final-cut-pro-x-and-a-lumaforge-jellyfish-again Great article Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
Re: Shared storage and FCPX
by Tom Sefton 2 weeks ago
How was a link to a great piece of tech that enables smaller production companies to compete with bigger firms on shared editing projects been swung around so you can bang on about Apple's non upgrada
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Just Business...
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
I woke up to an in-box was full of comments from friends in the UK about this... http: www.express.co.uk life-style science-technology 762119 Adobe-Creative-Cloud-price-rise-anger-UK-subscription-deal
Re: Just Business...
by Tony West 2 weeks ago
andy patterson "I stayed after class on my own dime many times. I love teaching the classes." That's cool. Maybe you could teach all three on your own dime and report back here how it went.
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Movies and NLE marketing
by Oliver Peters 2 weeks ago
Doesn't it seem odd that neither Apple nor Adobe have any studio, big-bucks films that they can point to this year as having been cut with either FCPX or Premiere Pro Seems like a lot of PrPro presenc
Re: Movies and NLE marketing
by Tom Sefton 2 weeks ago
It's a funny thing - Alexa have used the same sensors for years and shunned the pixel drive from other camera manufacturers and the cameras produce beautiful images. Red have cornered the market for N
Stock footage or music transfer
by Ken Cooper 3 weeks ago
Hey Guys, I have a 2 fold legal question about stock footage and stock music I can't find an answer to. As a production company I pay for the right to use a stock video or a stock music bed on a singl
Re: Stock footage or music transfer
by Tom Sefton 2 weeks ago
That's fine - but you can be a class act and hand over all the assets for a project without giving them your project files. It could be pretty galling to find out your project is being finished by som
2013 Franken Mac Pro Tube - FCPX editor upgrades 2013 Mac Pro
by Craig Seeman 4 weeks ago
Switching from Premiere Pro back to FCPX and no longer willing to wait for Apple to update the 2013 Mac Pro, he modes with new CPU and external GPU. He says he actually found it easy to upgrade. https
Re: 2013 Franken Mac Pro Tube - FCPX editor upgrades 2013 Mac Pro
by Tom Sefton 3 weeks ago
Andy, stop being passive aggressive and snarky. I asked honest questions using the biggest footage available that would give benchmarks on rendering and editing that could show how how your homemade r
How is this trademarked?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
This is not a "problem," and of absolutely no consequence to anything other than my curiosity... but I'm puzzled over something... Here in the southeast, there is an HVAC company called "Hiller." I th
Re: How is this trademarked?
by Tom Sefton 4 weeks ago
I'd go one further in the stakes of bare faced cheek. I wouldn't be surprised if someone had to create the graphics to go on each of their vans and used Google images search to find the smiley face an
9to5 Mac Opinion piece on Secrecy
by Craig Seeman 2 months ago
Opinion: Apple s product secrecy may create magic, but lack of transparency on upgrade cycles creates frustration https: 9to5mac.com 2016 12 20 opinion-apple-secrecy
Re: 9to5 Mac Opinion piece on Secrecy
by Michael Gissing 2 months ago
Bill Davis "You Betcha. " Merry Christmas Bill. Your inability to understand what I say is a constant joy.
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MY RED Footage is noisy (Any advice is appreciated)
by Inch Bunmi 2 months ago
Just started shooting on the red epic and I can't seem to eliminate the noise I get. Metadata:
Re: MY RED Footage is noisy (Any advice is appreciated)
by Tom Sefton 2 months ago
First shoot with red It's not as good in low light as you'd think and without the lowlight OLPF you can't really go past 1200ISO due to noisy blacks. In redcine x you can try and reduce noise and grai
Editing 6k RED stutter-free?
by Tom Durham 2 months ago
Hey folks! I'm thinking of shooting a feature on a Dragon at 6k, editing on a 4k timeline for a 4k master. Has anyone done something similar and had a good (stutter-free) editing experience If so, wha
Re: Editing 6k RED stutter-free?
by Tom Sefton 2 months ago
New Mac Pro 8 core with 64GB ram and d700 GPU. Footage on Gtech studio XL thunderbolt RAID. Editing using FCPX gives best performance by miles, good resolution and stutter free playback. Co-owner at P
Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Ned Miller 3 months ago
ADMIN NOTE: This thread began in Creative COW's Business & Marketing forum, but since this topic also cuts across shooting, editing, and distribution, we thought it'd be fun to open the discussion up
Re: Vertical Video: LOVING IT
by Tom Sefton 3 months ago
VR is a different medium because of the requirement to wear the device in landscape and the relationship between left and right eye in processing stereo 3D images versus the convergence point of the 3
R3D extension PPro CS6- One File works, all the others don't!
by John Reader 3 months ago
Hi Running a Premiere Pro CS6 system on Windows7. Client has a bunch of files shot with RED a few days ago. Haven't edited RED in the past, so I downloaded a sample file off the website yesterday to m
Re: R3D extension PPro CS6- One File works, all the others don't!
by Tom Sefton 3 months ago
If it was shot on the newer dragon colourspace or even the weapon colourspace, this might explain it. You can download the red workflow files you need from the red website. Co-owner at Pollen Studio w
FCP X Explained…
by Robin S. Kurz 4 months ago
Quite possibly the best, comprehensive and astute comparison and highlighting of old and new that I have seen to date. (both live and now "on tape") Bravo Jes s. Well done! https: www.youtube.com watc
Re: FCP X Explained…
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
This thread has been pretty amazing even by the elevated standards set by this forum, but, as far as I can tell, all anyone has been arguing who isn't an extreme FCP X enthusiast, is that there are se
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Non standard resolution/aspect ratio projects
by Tom Sefton 5 months ago
Hi - just starting a new project for an ultra wide projection, and was hoping to use FCPX, but want to understand the best way to start the project. The resolution settings will be at 16:10 aspect rat
Re: Non standard resolution/aspect ratio projects
by Tom Sefton 5 months ago
Ok cool - thanks for quick reply. Suppose it's an adjustment of the way you think of the properties of the clip because if you set an ultra widescreen project and then import a 6K clip that should be
IbC 2016
by Tom Sefton 6 months ago
Hi all, If anyone is coming to IBC this September, I'll be there on the 9th and 10th. Feel free to drop me a line and we can arrange to meet for a beer coffee. Cheers! Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.po
Re: IbC 2016
by Michael Horton 6 months ago
The SuperMeet will be on Sunday, 11 Sept. It will feature editor Duncan Shepherd who edited Pure McCartney VR, a series of VR 360 documentary shorts, directed by Tony Kaye. Duncan used FCP X to edit.
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Tom Sefton liked this 6 months ago
Yet another update for Resolve
by Steve Connor 6 months ago
Resolve is updated yet again and not just bug fixes http: www.redsharknews.com post item 3687-blackmagic-releases-davinci-resolve-12-5-1-update No need for Quicktime on Windows machines if you want to
Re: Yet another update for Resolve
by Dean Neal 6 months ago
Classical Blackmagic... Keep adding features... introduce cool stuff, yet still do not really fix core issues. Case in point - their Ultrastudio Software playing content out from FCPX will randomly ju
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Tom Sefton liked this 6 months ago
Lots and lots of hard drives
by Rich Rubasch 6 months ago
I've got a client with a pile (hundreds literally) of external hard drives of every shape and size and form. They have camera footage from shoots from years ago, project files with ProRes converted fo
Re: Lots and lots of hard drives
by Tom Sefton 6 months ago
Look up YoYotta for the LTO tape option. It's a few hundred dollars but once you've spent a couple of hours getting used to it its very easy and efficient. We are midway through backing up 170TB with
Apple is discontinuing the only monitor it makes, the Thunderbolt Display
by Craig Seeman 8 months ago
Apple officially discontinues Thunderbolt Display, points users towards third-party options http: 9to5mac.com 2016 06 23 apple-discontinues-thunderbolt-display Apple is discontinuing the only monitor
Re: Apple is discontinuing the only monitor it makes, the Thunderbolt Display
by Lance Bachelder 8 months ago
iMac's are great for most work but on my last feature we wanted to stay native 4K .r3d and not use proxies. We were able to do this with a new Mac Pro easily. Maybe the top-of-the-line iMac would have
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Tom Sefton liked this 8 months ago
Latest 360 Project
by Tom Sefton 8 months ago
Hi all, We were recently employed for filming and DIT services for this music video for Kyla La Grange in the UK. Visualise completed the post production, and the finished result looks great. We filme
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Walter Soyka liked this 8 months ago
Re: Latest 360 Project
by Tom Sefton 8 months ago
Thanks Walter - yes really interesting concept. The choreography and dancing was incredible to give us the chance to film at different frame rates, and even in reverse....! Co-owner at Pollen Studio w
Expensive, high end cameras + Atomos Ninja 2....why?
by Duke Sweden 9 months ago
I just bought a Ninja 2 to use with my Nikon D5500. While doing some research about the Ninja 2 I noticed that 95% of the videos on youtube and vimeo have to do with the Ninja 2 and high end cameras l
Re: Expensive, high end cameras + Atomos Ninja 2....why?
by Tom Sefton 8 months ago
It adds a ProRes feed direct from sensor on high end red cameras. It's not a shortcoming at all - it's only since the release of the weapon that any camera has been able to record in raw and ProRes si
The COW bringing worlds together
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
Just a quick note with an example of what a resource the CreativeCOW is, and can be, for us. My little southern US company was hired by a local client of ours for a jaunt abroad last week for a few-da
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Tom Sefton liked this 10 months ago
Re: The COW bringing worlds together
by Tom Sefton 10 months ago
Thanks Todd, It was a great experience from the start - pleased to hear you and Phil are happy and that we could ease your worries and provide footage for you that could match your excellent work. I h
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VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Oliver Peters 10 months ago
Obviously VR is going to be a big deal here at NAB. Adobe has tossed its hat into the ring with integrated tools in Premiere Pro. OTOH, Apple is more stand-off-ish, even on the consumer side. My thoug
Re: VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Noah Kadner 10 months ago
Hoping it will go somewhere. But yeah at the end of the day it's still goggles which only a certain percentage of consumers can actually stand. Noah FCPWORKS - FCPX Workflow FCP Exchange - FCPX Worksh
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Alert on project. How to find missed items in a project?
by federico betta 11 months ago
Hi to all, I've a Project in library browser with an Alert icon. Checking in Timeline Index, every clip in the Project is present. Maybe something else is gone (like clip in subclip, effect, generator
Re: Alert on project. How to find missed items in a project?
by Tom Sefton 11 months ago
If you don't think anything is missing, try highlighting all clips in the project and hitting cmd + c. This gets rid of the warning most times Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
question about setting up keying
by Chris Wright 12 months ago
first off, I've read Adobe's whitepaper on native r3d imports and I believe it has errors.... Namely, interpreting r3d as rec. 709 and a working space Rec. 709. THAT would lose quality from REDLogFilm
Re: question about setting up keying
by Tom Sefton 11 months ago
Fantastic - thanks for this Chris. Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
Audio waveform and multicam performance
by Tom Sefton 12 months ago
Don't know if anyone else has experienced this but after being on location for 10 days I had to ingest and cut with a Macbook Pro Retina rather than a Mac Pro. After coming home I've tested performanc
Re: Audio waveform and multicam performance
by Tom Sefton 11 months ago
I did wonder if there was a fault on the Mac Pro, but the same thing occurs with all 3 of our machines. Each has different processors but all have max ram and d700s. Maybe I should have bought one of
multicam taking aaaaaaaages.....still
by Tom Sefton 1 year ago
Hi, Had this problem intermittently before and it is now getting really frustrating. FCPX 10.2.2 on a new mac pro that is maxed out for performance is taking aaaaaages to generate a multicam sequence.
Re: multicam taking aaaaaaaages.....still
by Tom Sefton 12 months ago
Hi Guys, Thanks for all the tips with this - I found that the best workflow was tagging everything for camera angle and camera name, and then adding markers to the clapperboard for each angle before c
Hail, Caesar! - Deadpool - Zoolander 2
by Scott Roberts 1 year ago
I haven't had a lot of time to write as much as I'd like to lately (I mean, I guess I am getting married this weekend...), but I still managed to sneak in a few movies recently, and if I don't spit ou
Re: Hail, Caesar! - Deadpool - Zoolander 2
by Tom Sefton 1 year ago
Zoolander 2 is one of the few movies that the sizzle reel they cut together for the teaser adverts couldn't even raise a chuckle from anyone around me in the cinema. Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.poll
10.2.3 Update is here
by joe mordecai 1 year ago
Motion + Compressor as well. For the most part, stability bug fix updates. I think we were all secretly hoping for something bigger after six months, but oh well - life goes on!
Re: 10.2.3 Update is here
by Ronny Courtens 1 year ago
LOL Mark!! Now seriously. We have tested the new release on quite a big X-SAN and on a fast modern collaboration system (ShareStation Enterprise). In our experience, opening Libraries on the SAN has i
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Tom Sefton liked this 1 year ago
what is editing speed ?
by Herb Sevush 1 year ago
I wanted to starting a new thread based on this whole concept of editing speed. As per the previous thread ( https: forums.creativecow.net readpost 335 85784 ) I agree that it is hard to quantify exac
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Re: what is editing speed ?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Charlie Austin "The civil discourse still gets derailed by the same people who've always derailed it." Since it is rather obviously my civility that you are, no doubt rightly, calling into question,
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Tom Sefton liked this 1 year ago
Apple and Adobe Software: Together
by Jason Jenkins 1 year ago
If that isn't a warm and fuzzy subject line, I don't know what is. I'm curious how many here "own" and use both the Apple Pro Apps and the Adobe Suite. I like having it all at my fingertips. I really
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David Lawrence liked this 1 year ago
Re: Apple and Adobe Software: Together
by Dennis Radeke 1 year ago
Hi Robin, You're passionate about FCP X and that's great. The go to market models of Adobe and Apple are very different - Adobe with a subscription and Apple with the hardware dongle. Both have their
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Tom Sefton liked this 1 year ago
syncing multicam clips taking aaaaaaages
by Tom Sefton 1 year ago
Hi, Don't know if anyone has some thoughts they can share. I'm a long way through a really intensive project with FCPX and it has handled it really well, with some of the updates bringing serious spee
Re: syncing multicam clips taking aaaaaaages
by Tom Sefton 1 year ago
Thanks Jeff. I most certainly could do with a break! I'll try the markers tip..! Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
iOS 9 San Francisco font. Cannot unsee Comic Sans.
by Jeremy Garchow 1 year ago
Anyone else Every time I read my email I feel like my "Great Aunt Edna" dialed up AOL and wrote me a the latest synopsis of deep Midwestern living, whatever that means. She always wrote in Comic Sans.
Re: iOS 9 San Francisco font. Cannot unsee Comic Sans.
by Jeremy Garchow 1 year ago
For whatever reason, the spacing and roundness reminds of Comic Sans. And I can't unsee it.
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Ppro announces new updates - oh dear, they're moving so fast ...
by Herb Sevush 1 year ago
https: news.creativecow.net story 879683 "faster, faster, make them go faster" The Four Musketeers, 1974, Dir. Richard Lester. Dark sequel to the Three Muskateers, taken together easily the best of al
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David Mathis liked this 1 year ago
Re: Ppro announces new updates - oh dear, they're moving so fast ...
by Aindreas Gallagher 1 year ago
I have to say - the touch based FCPX kind of blew me away - all the people on here who realised apple were going to implement a massive advance in X dedicated to touch interface scenarios were proved
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Tom Sefton liked this 1 year ago
Problems with R3D-Files
by Philipp Müller 1 year ago
Hi Guys, I have a huge problem with my r3d-Files shot on two RED ONEs this July. This year I bought a new Laptop on which I wanted to edit those files shot in July. I have a Lenovo Y70-70 with followi
Re: Problems with R3D-Files
by Tom Sefton 1 year ago
Unfortunately there isn't one perfect for solution that will always help to play r3d files back. You need a combination of very fast storage, more than 64GB ram, dual GPUs of at least 4GB each and the
Why do users say FCP X is fast? Some new numbers.
by Bill Davis 2 years ago
Had my new Retina MacBook Pro (mid 2015 with the force touch trackpad) for a couple of months now and I've been experiencing what felt like a HUGE productivity boost compared to my older system. So mu
Re: Why do users say FCP X is fast? Some new numbers.
by Tim Wilson 2 years ago
Aindreas Gallagher " it's just that lots of people disregard it as poorly designed software - and those people are just as smart as you! simples!" You know, I think it may be simpler than that. They
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Tom Sefton liked this 2 years ago
RED Dragon footage render times
by Gina Sarentino 2 years ago
Hey all, Im doing some 3d work with my 5k red dragon footages. I work in after effects and c4d,and i have set my export settings in ame to h.264, 1920x1080 and 1 vbr with a bit rate of 50min and 55 ma
Re: RED Dragon footage render times
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
Render to a ProRes or QuickTime lossless format from Ae and then encode to h264. Ae is bad at encoding direct to h264. Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
Bad Movies
by Mike Cohen 2 years ago
There is little other way to say it - some movies should not be made. Last night my wife brought home the Fifty Shades of Gray DVD. This movie was so bad. I forced myself to pay attention and just cou
Re: Bad Movies
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
The holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Jude law, Kate winslet and jack black. It's probably the most God awful simpering piece of garbage I've ever seen. It is so bad I walked out of the cinema and had m
First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
by Mónica Calderón 2 years ago
Hello guys, I'm a video editor that has worked mostly with footage from HDSLRs. I was asked to be a footage downloader on a project but they are using the Red Dragon and shooting 5K. I have never work
Re: First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
Yes redcine x is as fast as any other piece of software for encoding to ProRes. You can also figure out your looks for each shot before encoding and then load looks back to the camera so your DoP can
ProRes capture via BMD in CC 2014?
by Jimmy Brunger 2 years ago
Really hoping someone can help I previously was able to capture from tape (using a decklink HD extreme) straight to ProRes422 quicktime with PPro CC2014 and mac OS 10.8.5 For various reasons I had to
Re: ProRes capture via BMD in CC 2014?
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
Have you tried using Blackmagic Media Express for the capture Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
by Scott Roberts 2 years ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=iqyPMyC2T0s I was never really a *big* fan of Nirvana, or the philosophical lyrics of their lead singer Kurt Cobain. I mean, I was under ten years old when they reached
Re: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
Top stuff guys. Love the reviews but loved the film even more. I really liked the ending. It felt right for the subject matter and had me thinking about how nirvana didn't do fade outs on their songs.
Better Call Saul - better than Breaking Bad?
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
I think it might just be. This show has some of the most incredible writing, acting, and direction editing I've ever seen. It's like Vince Gilligan distilled everything he learned while making BB and
Re: Better Call Saul - better than Breaking Bad?
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
If it's possible, the writing might just be better! The one thing it doesn't have is Bryan Cranston. He is incredible. Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
How to achieve this time-lapse?
by Stijn Hoekstra 2 years ago
I'm wondering what the best way is to achieve this sort of time-lapse. I would also like to film the part when the hair is done, the camera goes back to 25fps. https: www.youtube.com watch v=LOyVvpXRX
Re: How to achieve this time-lapse?
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
This is more like a VFX shoot with reference frames being used on an external monitor to help with continuity. Shoot the time-lapse at 1fps, then use a reference monitor to align and shoot the dissolv
Terrible impossible grain problem
by Charlie Hughes 2 years ago
EF Black Magic Cinema Camera Tokima 11-16 F2.8 Available bedroom lighting. Hi there, I have no business with this camera so I'm hoping the problem is in my lack of skill here, I never shoot RAW becaus
Re: Terrible impossible grain problem
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
BMCC has never been a good camera for low light, even with lenses that go as fast as 1.4 and ISO up to 800. Use more light. You can always reduce this down in post. Even Red needs lots of light - the
My TOP new BMCC RIG.... Now I need a heavy tripod!!!
by Ali Quintana 2 years ago
Got this great Rig for my BMCC. thing is its way too heavy for the tripod I lend from my friend (Mamfroto). Any one suggest a good heavy tripod with smooth pan and tilt. Around US 1000,-, maybe even s
Re: My TOP new BMCC RIG.... Now I need a heavy tripod!!!
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
Vinten pro 10 but that won't be $1000... Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
Kubrick and room 237
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
Has anyone watched the documentary on room 237 and then watched The Shining. An awful lot of theories, but an interesting piece and something to spark conversation about a truly wonderful film.
Re: Kubrick and room 237
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
I kind of meant that the shining was wonderful and that the documentary would bring some interesting conversation about the raft of imagery in it.
How do I rent a live monkey for a video shoot?
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
Hi there, I have two questions. First, my shoot will probably take place in Madison, WI. I Googled "madison monkey rentals" and found one company who rents monkeys, unfortunately it's not the ideal sp
Re: How do I rent a live monkey for a video shoot?
by Tom Sefton 2 years ago
If you manage to get a monkey, I will happily fly from England to work as a monkey fluffer or gear lackey on this shoot.
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