Website Introduction Video Event March 31!

Okay, I have already mentioned the benefits of having video on your website. I have also mentioned how necessary it is to have a website introduction video. Do you have one yet? No? Well, now is the time to take action.

I am hosting a video event on March 31st, 2012, and I will be filming people’s website introduction videos. Why should you come?

  • You don’t have to try to mesh your busy schedule with another very busy individual (most people in my profession). I have rented the studio for the entire day, and I’m guaranteeing your time slot.
  • Additionally, you have 30 minutes to say your 1-2 minute pitch. This way, you don’t have to worry about scheduling a massive block of time. This also allows for plenty of do-overs and practice. Speaking of practice…
  • I will have a speaking consultant on-hand to go over your pitch before the date. We’ll be able to make you sound to the point and professional.
  • At $99, the cost is easy to budget. For most shooting days like this, you would end up paying three times that amount just to be able to cover the costs of the studio, equipment, cinematographer, editor, and staff. Fortunately, I am able to bring many people in to one place, and this will keep the costs down considerably. For $99 you get the professionally-edited HD video, 30 minutes of camera-time, complete editing, and pitch consultation. Try finding a better deal!

All the filming will take place at Peak Media at 1393 S Inca St in Denver. Please register by emailing here as time slots are limited. You will receive follow-up information within 24 hours.

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Worst Moviegoing Experience

My list about what not to do during a screening reminded me of one time when all the rules were broken, and resulted in an abysmal night.

The Movie: The Lord Of The Rings, The Fellowship Of The Ring.

The Setting: A summer evening, around 2003.

This all takes place in Red Rocks Ampitheatre, where once a month in the summer, the Denver Film Center shows a popular film. It’s quite an amazing venue; an ampitheater carved into the rock. The acoustics are perfect. I highly recommend going sometime. It’s a wondrous thing to be able to watch a classic movie under the stars surrounded by nature.

However, this was not one of those magical nights.

First off, this was a sold out show. Meaning that there was about ten-thousand people there crowding around the aisles. I’m not a crowd person. Especially not at 7 in the evening when there’s 100-degree heat radiating off of the rocks and cooking everyone in the ampitheatre. We arrived too early.

Because they know that people arrive ungodly early, the event coordinators brought out a band to entertain the crowd. It would have been good if we could hear them. Apparently, they didn’t hook up to the red rocks amps, and thusly, couldn’t be heard beyond the fourth row. The acoustics need something to work with…

Finally, when dusk hit, they changed the stage to accomodate a giant screen. It was almost movie time. So, let’s bring out a boring comedian to amuse the crowd for another half hour. I think he got three laughs. And then he decided to close by reading off a list that he was emailed. Please don’t insult my intelligence. I’ve been using a computer since I could crawl, and I’ve been forwarded your stupid list twenty-six times. And it wasn’t funny the first time!

Oh, there were some good parts during the night. I saw my first cosplayers. Mostly people wearing green coats with furry feet. And of course it was a good movie, despite seeing it for the fortieth time.

But by this time, I started to get uncomfortable, literally. I have a back injury that keeps me from sitting in bleachers withous some form of back support for long without hurting. And Red Rocks is all bleachers. It was hell.

The row behind me were hell too. Somehow, they brought in a suitcase of cheap beer, and had finished half before the movie started. So, the most rational solution to cure thier boredom and ADD was to create an impromptu mosh pit. Way to go douchebags. I think they got thrown out by the second act.

Of course by the second act, we were treated to the most ear-piercing shrill sounds that can only be emitted by fire alarms and teenage girls. Orlando Bloom had the audacity to show his face on the screen. Multiple times no less. And each scream was just as loud as the first. This completely ruined the movie for me by this point. I think I started to cheer for Sauron at this point.

I now have more things to add to my list: Don’t have crappy pre-movie entertainment, uncomfortable seats, drunken mosh pits, or screaming teenage girls at a movie. Or Orlando Bloom.

So, what’s your worst movie experience?

New Screening

So, I have an old film that’s screening this Thursday. The film is from one of the timed film competitions. It’s about a fortune cookie writer who finds his muse. I suggest you go see it and the 37 other films that will be shown at the venue.

More information and $5 tickets are at: http://38filmsdenver.com/

Film Tips #3

Tip #3

Beware of Hustlers!

This is something I have recently ran into. So, no names are being used to protect the guilty.

A few months back, I was contacted by a friend who is an actor. He said that there was someone new to Denver who hired him for a leading role, and he was looking for someone to provide equipment, and act as assistant producer. Seemed like a good deal.

So, I had a meeting with my friend and this hustler. He went on to say that he’s just come from New York, worked on huge-budget films with special effects, and wanted to revitalize the industry here in Denver. And, if I would provide him a camera, I would get at least associate producer credit. Seemed like a good deal.

So, naively, I loaned him a camera for a weekend, it came back with no problems. I had also signed a contract with him that said that with giving him the camera he would A: credit me with at least an associate producer, and B: introduce me to executive producers, clients, people who do fundraising, and studio owners. And then I never heard from the guy. A few months went past, and I heard from my friend. He called me and said that this hustler had given him some bad information. Apparently, this guy had worked with a big-name producer, and had used his accolades as his own. Mr. Hustler had not worked on all of these film sets. He had no access to be able to provide what was in the contract that I signed.

So, now I’m a bit wiser. I’m a little more cautious when helping someone out that may not seem like they can fulfill their end of their deal. But something good came of it. The executive producer with stolen accolades was contacted, knows about Mr. Hustler, and did see my film.

In short, be cautious when talking to someone that you don’t exactly know. Do some research and ask cohorts that may have worked with them.