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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
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100 posts
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New York and Los Angeles
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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,
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Mel Matsuoka liked this 3 years ago
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
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Mike Smith liked this 3 years ago
Clients That Don't Have All Assets Before Editing Begins
by Don Leap 5 years ago
I searched around but didn't find a similar topic on this dilemma I've had for a long time. For years I been getting clients who never have all of their assets before editing begins. Not just minor th
Re: Clients That Don't Have All Assets Before Editing Begins
by Patrick Ortman 5 years ago
Everything Mads says, plus please be careful on your cancellation deposit clause: it's important to note that in the USA, often a "deposit" must be refunded if a project is cancelled. A liquidated dam
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Richard Herd liked this 5 years ago
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
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Derek Nickell liked this 6 years ago
Grounds for legal action. What would you guys do?
by Dylan Hargreaves 8 years ago
Hey CoW folk, Had an interesting development today regarding a job that's left me in the position of being able to take legal action against the client. I wanted to canvas some opinion about what othe
Re: Grounds for legal action. What would you guys do?
by Patrick Ortman 8 years ago
Every situation is different, but in the USA (where we are sue happy but the laws are different), when things like this happen to me, I tend to get angry about it for awhile, then let it go. He showed
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Jim Zaccaria liked this 8 years ago
I heard there were some companies demoing video stuff in Vegas while Apple is demoing FCP
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
The National Apple Breakthru convention is in Vegas next week. I heard a rumor a few other broadcast-related companies might be there. I wonder if they are all there to sell stuff that goes with Apple
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gary adcock liked this 9 years ago
Re: I heard there were some companies demoing video stuff in Vegas while Apple is demoing FCP
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
I'm not attending this year, as part of the worldwide protest movement to get Firefly back on the air... ---------------------------- PatrickOrtman, Inc. Los Angeles Digital Agency and Video Productio
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Jeffrey Di Lullo liked this 9 years ago
How do I say it politely (re: watermark)?
by Richard Herd 9 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...
Re: How do I say it politely (re: watermark)?
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
I simply dont do bidness with folks I don't trust. I want to go to there... ---------------------------- PatrickOrtman, Inc. Los Angeles Digital Agency and Video Production Company
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Jeffrey Di Lullo liked this 9 years ago
Discovery & National Geographic Producers Portal
by Tami Lynn 9 years ago
I have already a case against Discovery's Animal Planet using my Treatment and DVD information submitted on the Discovery's Producers Portal. Now, I have another case against National Geographic's Nat
Re: Discovery & National Geographic Producers Portal
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
My own small experience with entertainment industry legal boobs is they tend to write language that is fairly overreaching. I beat Big Entertainment Co. (they had spider man on their stationery! so co
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Scott Sheriff liked this 9 years ago
Million $$... or a bit Less?
by Nikos Mamalos 9 years ago
Dear Colleagues how much do you think would be a fair charge to a company, (a exceptional restaurant) to pay for the following video: http: vimeo.com 17796954 To give some production specs: * Shot in
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Jeff Cadge liked this 9 years ago
Re: Million $$... 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
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Nikos Mamalos liked this 9 years ago
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
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Timothy J. Allen liked this 9 years ago
Grinding back when good clients start to Grind
by Craig Seeman 9 years ago
I know you love stories so . . . A client of many years is rebranding so decides to rebrand a TV spot we did 6 years ago. Over the years they always paid in the usual thirds and always payment complet
Re: Grinding back when good clients start to Grind
by Patrick Ortman 9 years ago
True, yes- it's easy to assume a client is an evil troll when they pay slowly or stop paying, especially with today's economy. Sadly, pretty much 80% of the clients who seem like trolls turned out to
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Michael Sigmon liked this 9 years ago
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