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I shoot people. I live in Los Angeles, California and I'm a filmmaker and director of projects from narrative films to tv commercials.
Member Since:
November 19th 2007
254 Posts
100 posts
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New York and Los Angeles
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A difficult client.
by Paul Guarri 9 months ago
Hi, I was asked to work as a finishing editor on some projects. I will work at the client's place. I must be available for about two or three days per project but they don't have a schedule. They told
Re: A difficult client.
by Patrick Ortman 6 months ago
We couldn't work like that. Your mileage may vary. But for us, that'd be a "sorry, no" unless they fully covered the employee's wages and overhead and a nice profit for our video agency. Los Angeles a
Business at a crossroads ...
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Hi friends... I'm coming to the group here looking for some advice, wisdom... or just to talk me down off the ledge. My tiny company is coming to a crossroads, and I just don't know which way to turn.
Re: Business at a crossroads ...
by Mark Suszko 7 months ago
Joke answer: Merge with Greg's company. Serious(er) answer: This is an opportunity for new blood to come in. Even your ideal present guy had to start out less than perfect and learn on the job. He's g
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Best way to work with H265 4K video on Mac (Premiere or other)?
by Patrick Ortman 8 months ago
Thank you in advance. We just got the kickass Fuji XT3, and I'd like to use it on projects. But it records internally to H265 at 4K. And without transcoding the files on my Macs, they play back choppi
Re: Best way to work with H265 4K video on Mac (Premiere or other)?
by Patrick Ortman 8 months ago
Yes, we have a Shogun recorder and use it a lot. That's certainly the "best" way, as it gets 10 bit 4:2:2 ProRes HQ files. It does indeed bulk the rig up a lot, too. So for stealthy stuff, no go. Tran
Broadcast Production Fee
by Renton Bartholomew 1 year ago
I've produced some promo content for a client that was for web and charged a very basic production fee as a self shooter. They are now running a 30" TV campaign in the USA that they have asked me to p
Re: Broadcast Production Fee
by Patrick Ortman 1 year ago
$14,000 for a 1 year option is a nice start. Los Angeles and New York video production for businesses and brands: http: patrickortman.com
Using Locks on Pelican cases when shipping UPS
by todd mcmullen 7 years ago
If shipping ground can you use locks on pelican cases for gear Seems to be some varied opinions on this. thanks Todd McMullen Flip Flop Films Austin www.toddmcmullen.com
Re: Using Locks on Pelican cases when shipping UPS
by Patrick Ortman 1 year ago
I am on an airplane at least twice a month. Here's what I do: - Pack your camera and your lenses in one carryon (if possible). - Pack your batteries in another, along with media and laptop. Then Pelic
Resolve 15 Beta 5 Issue: All Media is black in Edit and in Color panels. Ideas?
by Patrick Ortman 1 year ago
Hi Folks, big ugly deadline looming- any help appreciated! Here's the skinny: Resolve 15 Beta5 MacOS 10.13.4 Media importing: Prores 422 HQ, resolution: 4096x2160 Timeline resolution: 4096x2160. Expor
Re: Resolve 15 Beta 5 Issue: All Media is black in Edit and in Color panels. Ideas?
by Patrick Ortman 1 year ago
3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 32GB 1TB AMD FirePro D500 3072MB It's definitely a FCP XML import issue: AAF is working and individual clips are working just fine. Once I'm done on this project I'll see
TV and Web Commercial Upgrade to Union Question
by Patrick Ortman 2 years ago
Nevermind, I got schooled: the industry standard IS if you bump the cast to SAG you bump the prodco to union rates, too. Only fair.
Re: TV and Web Commercial Upgrade to Union Question
by Patrick Ortman 2 years ago
sorry about that, Todd. You're completely right. It's a very odd, unusual situation. SAG is required (Taft-Hartley) for the actors because of the new production company's involvement, as they are tak
Who owns the footage??
by Wade Pringle 3 years ago
Hi there I own my own small media company and I really am looking for some answers on copyright issues. My situation is this: I am asked to film and edit a client's video for there client so I am subc
Re: Who owns the footage??
by Patrick Ortman 3 years ago
Mark: Again, the original poster said 1) it was not a work-for-hire in the contract and 2) is not trying to sell the footage ala Flagler v. Walmart. Plus, he's not from the USA, anyway. Los Angeles an
Interesting audio bug (?) in Premiere 2015 for Mac and audio plugins/automation
by Patrick Ortman 3 years ago
I've noticed something and wonder if anyone else has. It's an audio "thing" when exporting from Premiere 2015 on Mac to Encoder for mastering. I'm not sure if it's a bug, but it's replicable for me on
Re: Interesting audio bug (?) in Premiere 2015 for Mac and audio plugins/automation
by Patrick Ortman 3 years ago
Hi Dave! The audio isn't compressed, although I thought that warning was in order to not tax the system resources. Interesting that it could affect the levels, etc., too. But that makes sense if it's
The Creative Hub Atlanta Now Open. A Co-Op Workspace for Creatives
by walter biscardi 4 years ago
For those of you who work at home, in a small shop or maybe just a start-up, we've kicked off the Creative Hub Atlanta. A Co-Op workspace for creatives built around the concept of the co-op office spa
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Patrick Ortman liked this 4 years ago
Re: The Creative Hub Atlanta Now Open. A Co-Op Workspace for Creatives
by Patrick Ortman 4 years ago
Walter, this is a great idea. I wish we were in Atlanta :-) Los Angeles and New York video production for businesses and brands: http: patrickortman.com
Client asking for historic files
by Stephen Ong 4 years ago
Hi I have a client today who has requested some historic working files. The work is white label for an agency so the design studio is requesting thre working files from me, so they can supply to their
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Re: Client asking for historic files
by Mark Suszko 4 years ago
If you do give out project files, you should be charging extra for that, since you're giving away profitable future edit sessions to someone else.
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Transfering huge files footage, good server to do it?
by Juan Manuel Palomino Domínguez 4 years ago
Hi, my english is not the best. The point is that i need to receive 93gb in dslr video files and the person who will send it doesn't know how to do. Of course, i either don't know how. Is there some g
Re: Transfering huge files footage, good server to do it?
by Bob Zelin 4 years ago
Hello Juan Ma. your English is excellent. There is no FAST way to send 93 Gigabytes fast over the internet. Have him FedEx a disk drive. Bob Zelin Bob Zelin Rescue 1, Inc. bobzelin@icloud.com
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Patrick Ortman liked this 4 years ago
Rates for Voice-Over...?
by Todd Terry 4 years ago
There are two types of questions posed on the COW that tend to bug the cynical side of me... the first is "How much should I charge for...." and the second is "What camera should I buy " They both ten
Re: Rates for Voice-Over...?
by Mark Suszko 4 years ago
Be sure the client specifies in advance what "dialect" of "Spanish" they want. Castillian, Columbian,Puerto Rican, Cuban, Guatamalan, etc. they all use slightly different idiom and style, which may be
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Patrick Ortman liked this 4 years ago
New project, but slightly conflicted to accept.
by Brandon Eastman 5 years ago
A friend has recommended me to his coworker for me to shoot a video for her church she is a part of. Now while I don't have the full skinny of this project (details being worked out on their end), I'v
Re: New project, but slightly conflicted to accept.
by David Roth Weiss 5 years ago
Brandon Eastman "The $15 hr was a quick example number that came to mind , but not far off from what i think to charge. This is because I'm a young filmmaker videographer with minimal equipment (Niko
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Patrick Ortman liked this 4 years ago
Rant: Charge me or charge the advertisers -- NOT BOTH
by Nick Griffin 5 years ago
I've chosen this place to rant because it's as good as any other. I like Netflix and think it's well worth the monthly fee, as is HBO and its automatic access to HBO Go with the subscription. I'm conf
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Richard Herd liked this 5 years ago
Re: Rant: Charge me or charge the advertisers -- NOT BOTH
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
Completely agree with ya, Nick. In a similar vein, I don't want to go to the movies, pay an exorbitant price for a ticket, mortgage the house for a tub of popcorn and a soda in a 55-gallon drum... and
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Patrick Ortman liked this 4 years ago
Left Hanging
by Patrick Ortman 6 years ago
Is there a rise in potential clients not returning emails or phonecalls You know, like when they tell you the contract's ready and your bid's approved, and then... they disappear For weeks It takes mo
Re: Left Hanging
by Todd Terry 6 years ago
I guess I've just learned to live with the "hurry up and wait" way of operating. Seems that when we are waiting on the clients, they take their own sweet time, and then some. But when they are waiting
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The Ebb and Flow of Leads
by Patrick Ortman 6 years ago
I'm feeling a little zen this morning in Los Angeles, and I'm wondering if your businesses tend to follow how mine's been, at least for the past year. It feels like, outside of ongoing repeat work, th
Re: The Ebb and Flow of Leads
by Mark Suszko 6 years ago
I see a longstanding trend in our sector, it involves the approaching end of a budget period and the clients find they have reserved some money that hasn't yet been spent. If they don't spend it, the
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Patrick Ortman liked this 6 years ago
C100 Kickstarter Campaign Video with Art Addams Arri Alexa 5500k profile
by Gary Huff 6 years ago
Shot in AVCHD with a Canon 85mm f 1.8 and a Nikkor 24mm f 2. Kickstarter Campaign Video with C100
Re: C100 Kickstarter Campaign Video with Art Addams Arri Alexa 5500k profile
by Patrick Ortman 6 years ago
Looks great, Gary! I shoot people. www.patrickortman.com
Should I buy a c300?
by Raphael Rogers 6 years ago
Hey guys, so I'm a filmmaker in LA. This year I did two features on the 5D and a number of other things. I'm finding it's harder and harder to get hired with just the 5D. Though I primarily just do my
Re: Should I buy a c300?
by Patrick Ortman 6 years ago
Interesting no new Canon c-series. But yeah- I agree, the c300 is just... awesome. No need for anything else unless you're doing something really different. I shoot people. www.patrickortman.com
When Competitors Lie
by Patrick Ortman 6 years ago
Hi Everyone, So, a recent things happened, and I'm curious how you'd have handled it. Not looking for validation, just some thoughts. We put in a bid for a DRTV project, and the potential client went
Re: When Competitors Lie
by Tom Sefton 6 years ago
"It's a real shame that we can't work together on this one-please keep me informed if the chance to pitch ideas to you comes up again. In the meantime-we like finding new studio spaces that we can hir
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Government Bids (been talked about before, just venting)
by Patrick Ortman 7 years ago
So, today we got a new bid request from a local government entity- a decent project, too. It was something we could easily have rocked. Until, and I know you knew this was coming, we saw the requireme
Re: Government Bids (been talked about before, just venting)
by John Baumchen 7 years ago
As someone who works for a government agency, (federal), and is a contract technical representative, it sounds as though someone is rigging the bid. To specify that the company has to have won awards
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Patrick Ortman liked this 7 years ago
Hey Mark Suszko...
by Todd Terry 7 years ago
Hey Mark.... would you give me a shout at todd(at)fantasticplastic.com I have something I wanted to run by you off-forum, but couldn't find any contact info for you. You're one of those guys that hide
Re: Hey Mark Suszko...
by Mark Suszko 7 years ago
Usually you use this:
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Wich black magic card is best suited for working with 4k red workflow?
by Joel Arvidsson 8 years ago
Wich black magic card is best suited for working with 4k red files Im only interested to use the I O cards output to ref monitor. Is it possible to work in a 4k timeline in adobe premiere and have the
Re: Wich black magic card is best suited for working with 4k red workflow?
by Patrick Ortman 8 years ago
Sure is painful, though, seeing how easy it is to edit in R3D in Premiere- but not being able to see your work on your external display unless you drop them into a Blackmagic sequence and love stutter
PremierePro 5.5 with Decklink
by Thomas Kreuer 8 years ago
Hi, we are about to switch from FCP7 to PP5.5. We are shooting a lot on RED but none of the Blackmagic sequence-presets is for RED. When I select the RED R3D preset and try to change Settings Playback
Re: PremierePro 5.5 with Decklink
by Patrick Ortman 8 years ago
I, too, am having this problem. Blackmagic, do you have a R3D preset for your deckling projects Is that how it'd finally work It's maddening, having a killer decklink board and dream color monitor tha
My Next Move
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello Everyone, I apologize in advance for this long post. As of November 4th, my full-time position is coming to an end. From those of you who have read my past posts, you know it was a rocky situati
Re: My Next Move
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
You're married; so, what does your wife think This is not longer completely your own decision. How much can the two of you lean on her income if the freelance falls through I don't know what your plan
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Patrick Ortman liked this 8 years ago
should i incorporate???
by james parker 8 years ago
Okay first, I know nothing about business, which makes lots of sense since as soon as i graduated I started a production company haha. Anyway, Im basically an independent, I have no staff and dont pla
Re: should i incorporate???
by Tim Wilson 8 years ago
Todd Terry "He was terrible. He was short...." Dude, calling out a guy for his height. Not cool.
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Patrick Ortman liked this 8 years ago
Another unrelated invoice question
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello again everyone, I have another client, unrelated to my other Business & Marketing post from today. This other client has owed me money for over 2 years. I took them to small claims court. The co
Re: Another unrelated invoice question
by Michael Hancock 8 years ago
Have him arrested and continue through the legal system, or write it off. Anything else will show poor character on your part. While it would be gratifying to publicly humiliate him, it's not worth th
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Patrick Ortman liked this 8 years ago
Advice regarding an Unbearable Client I don't want to lose
by Donell Hall 8 years ago
Hello, I have been a lurker on CC for years now just reading and learning. I finally created this account to ask this question. How do you deal with a unbearable non understanding client that pays wel
Re: Advice regarding an Unbearable Client I don't want to lose
by Bob Cole 8 years ago
You're encouraging bad behavior by giving away tech support. Why on earth would any sane employer change, when they get 20 hours of support for 10 hours of pay They avoid paying for new equipment and
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Patrick Ortman liked this 8 years ago
how to create effect of a video layer being "sucked into" an object on another layer? (3D warp?)
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
Hi Guys, Does anyone have a good starting point for creating this effect The idea is there's a video playing in one layer, and that video is the "sucked into" an object on another layer. I've done a l
Re: how to create effect of a video layer being "sucked into" an object on another layer? (3D warp?)
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
Oh, Ted, man this looks like EXACTLY what I need. THANK YOU! --------------------- www.patrickortman.com Web and Video Design
Appropriate Fee for photo usage
by Ed Cilley 9 years ago
Cross posted to Business and Marketing What is an appropriate rate fee I should expect to pay someone for use of their photographs If someone has images posted on the web (copyrighted) and I contact t
Re: Appropriate Fee for photo usage
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
Also, do not forget Flickr and doing an advanced search for Creative Commons licensed photos. Our most recent photo license was under a hundred dollars, but it was a non-hero photo (not super featured
Data Collecting Forms.
by Matt Serano 9 years ago
I just need a to make a form that will collect first name last name and email address. I know how to do it in html but don't know how to collect the data. This is not very hard right I would really ap
Re: Data Collecting Forms.
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
I know, I'm a parrot today. But yes- we use Wufoo for ALL our clients. Even the big Fortune 500 ones. They LOVE it. --------------------- www.patrickortman.com Web and Video Design
CMS recommendation
by Pat Hoover 10 years ago
As of late we've been having clients ask us about CMS and have been looking into finding a CMS that will work for us. We use dreamweaver to create our websites and then use go daddy to upload them. An
Re: CMS recommendation
by Patrick Ortman 10 years ago
We're a Los Angeles website design company that's been around for a looooong time, and our favorite CMSs right now are MODx (great for designers) and a new custom solution we've built on top of Adobe'
Thoughts
by Chris Lindsay 10 years ago
hello can you please check out my blogger site and let me know what you think any ideas or thoughts you have. thanks alot www.papercartonliquid.blogspot.com
Re: Thoughts
by Patrick Ortman 10 years ago
Second the "it's a bit dark" comment. But for my eyes, it's very readable. Depends on your audience. --------------------- www.patrickortman.com Web and Video Design
Shopping Carts--Anyone with an opinion
by Gordy Grundy 10 years ago
I am working with Volusion. I'm not sure if its a Cadillac or a Model T. Anyone have any shopping cart suggestions What are the good ones I'm in a bind on time now
Re: Shopping Carts--Anyone with an opinion
by Patrick Ortman 10 years ago
We love Foxycart, and our clients think we're brilliant for what we do for them using it. OSCommerce is also alright, and zencart, too. But for us, Foxycart covers most everyone's needs and it's extre
testing on ie6
by David Labbe 10 years ago
I am running IE7.....what is the best way to test my site on IE6 Is there software for this I am running vista. I have seen some sites offering a service where you can test on a wide range of browsers
Re: testing on ie6
by Patrick Ortman 10 years ago
Also don't forget browsercam.com. It's expensive, but if you build websites for a living it's worth it. On our Macs, we use Browsercam and connect via Chicken of the VNC. On a side note, it looks like
4 Videos in a single webpage
by joseph wilkins 10 years ago
So I have a page where I want to post several videos.. take a look http: www.networthrealestategroup.com media.php You may or may not see all 4 videos but they are there. What I want to do is figure o
Re: 4 Videos in a single webpage
by Patrick Ortman 10 years ago
Check out Slideshow Pro. It's awesome, and plays video or photos. It does exactly what you want, and you can add their Thumbgrid product if needed. It's so easy to manage, too. We use it on a ton of c
HVX on the way... need to get my edit machine ready
by Jason Jenkins 12 years ago
Hi, I've got an HVX-200 on the way and I need to get prepped so I can edit DVCProHD. I'll be monitoring on a Panny BT-LH1700W and editing on my Mac Pro, but I have no capture output card as of yet. I'
Re: HVX on the way... need to get my edit machine ready
by Patrick Ortman 12 years ago
Not that I'm aware of, but the first 2 projects we did were pretty low-end and didn't need it. We just used Desktop Cinema preview. 'Twere web projects, they were :-)--------------------- www.geniusmo
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