I shoot people. I live in Los Angeles, California and I'm a filmmaker and director of projects from narrative films to tv commercials.
November 19th 2007
New York and Los Angeles
Cancellation Policy by Lauren Choinski 3 years ago Looking for some tips on how to handle cancellations when an actual shoot date hasn't been scheduled yet but there have been at least 4 rounds of creative scripting discussions with the client already
Re: Cancellation Policy by Patrick Ortman 3 years ago I've been doing this long enough to chime in: Our services include creative consulting, and we get paid for that- not "just" for shooting. If you tend to do a lot of creative consulting with clients,
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 said: "Even in rare cases where you retain the rights to what you shot as work for hire, it does not necessarily follow that you can yourself sell or profit by that raw footage without the origin
Billng per finished minute by Vedran Mehic 9 years ago Hi guys, could someone please help me with this: I should do freelance video editing for some tv show, and costumer asks what will be the price "per finished minute of final editing"... I should get r
Re: Billng per finished minute by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago I agree, and it's tough when clients have been trained on a "per minute" basis. I think it's easier to estimate on a per minute basis when you have a very straightforward project (talking heads, inter
How do I say it politely (re: watermark)? by Richard Herd 8 years ago Quick back story: I bid for a decent contract (shoot and edit) in December 2010. Here we are now planning the shoot for April 2011. Long process, lots of calls, lots of hand-holding and explaining...
Million $$... or a bit Less? by Nikos Mamalos 9 years ago Dear Colleagues how much do you think would be a fair charge to a company, (a exceptional restaurant) to pay for the following video: http: vimeo.com 17796954 To give some production specs: * Shot in
Re: Million $$... or a bit Less? by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago Craig Said Basically undercharging is the business equivalent of hanging an albatross around your business's neck.< So very true. And those birds BITE. While I'm all for giving clients the best pri
Union Question by Daniel Stone 9 years ago We're producing a spot for an agency who is a union signatory which, I'm assuming, means we have to use union talent. Ugh. Can anyone tell me what's involved for us with hiring union talent I've heard
Re: Union Question by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago Agreed, Mark- but please be careful to make the distinction that being in SAG or AFTRA doesn't necessarily make one a professional. There's over 30,000 union actors in LA, and frankly a lot of them ar