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07-07-2008 11:12 PM  9 years agoPost 1
trackhead

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Perhaps this is more of a venting post, but here are my thoughts about shooting aerial vid for a prospective client.

1. Know EXACTLY the shots they hope to accomplish (distance, height, etc)
2. Be sure they know how far out/high you can realistically fly. Be realistic.
3. Be sure they know what kind of camera you use, and it's strengths/weakness.
4. Be sure they know your flight time, charging time, and time you require to prepare for each day.
5. Tell them to have the sights thoroughly scouted BEFORE you arrive. That way, you'll not be rushed to get the shots they are paying you for. Better yet, have their scout send you pics BEFORE the shoot, so you can discuss the shots to see if they are possible.
6. Send them raw footage that you have shot. Tell them you can stabilize it in post. Make sure they understand post stabilization.
7. Offer post stabilization for a fee.
8. Bring ATLEAST two heli's, two downlinks, two of everything. Guarantee something will break, or crash. Always does.
9. Don't communicate your problems out loud. Discuss them quietly, and in private with your coworker. No need for the client to here any of that.
10. Bring your own food/water. Or better yet, charge more so you can hire an assistant to get all that for you. You need sleep/food/water. The client doesn't care about you, you have to fend for yourself. Schedule a solid 1-2 hour break in the day to chill out and relax. The director will want you to shoot all day.
11. Charge DOUBLE what you think you should. Your service should be worth it. It's alot of work, you deserve it, the industry deserves it.

This work is more about being prepared and making your client knowledgeable than it is about getting the shot. A bit of legwork ahead of time will go along way to pulling off a stress free shoot.

Just my .02 cents.

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07-07-2008 11:17 PM  9 years ago •• Post 2 ••
TCGliderguy

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Sounds like you had a great shoot... with a client you love.... :-(
Or maybe not!

That's all good advice for the rest of us though......

-Taylor

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07-08-2008 12:07 AM  9 years agoPost 3
cannibal440

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theres some tips there i never once considered. thanks for the info.

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07-08-2008 12:39 AM  9 years agoPost 4
BigguyOz

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Derek,
Here are a few more reasons why the price charged for pro-level R/C based video should be WAAAAY higher than many would expect.

Honda recently made a very clever advertiement, as can be seen in the link
http://www.brandrepublic.com/Discip...tfcb-melbourne/

I have also seen "the making of" video (but can't find it right now), and can advise that they didn't use R'C helis, but instead used truck mounted gantries, fullsize helicopter, and lots of green-screen studio work.

But here is the interesting statistic!

Outside shooting 90 crew
Inside shooting 50 crew

Crumbs! Imagine the production costs!

(PS sorry I got your name wrong earlier)

Tony Stott

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07-08-2008 04:30 AM  9 years agoPost 5
Vortex Aerial

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We will be shooting a stadium motocross freestyle jumping event in August at a local speedway. There will also be a concert with 5000+ in attendance. The event promoter wants/expects us to fly over the crowd during the concert over gobbs of drunken unsuspecting/no-waiver signing fans. Theyve even gone so far as to clear such a stunt with the stadium management. This was all after i briefed them in detail about the risks.

Sometimes....wait, strike that. Everytime they just dont get it.

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07-08-2008 04:50 AM  9 years agoPost 6
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Vortex,

I had the same requests when we shot a ski area in April. They wanted us to fly past the lodges, regardless of population. I wouldn't do it. We cleared the place out entirely, except for a couple of 'models'.

No way.

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07-08-2008 08:20 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Badllarma

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8. Bring ATLEAST two heli's, two downlinks, two of everything. Guarantee something will break, or crash. Always does.

This is why ALL pro work is expensive (or you should be charging a good fee). I've shot events photography, photograph weddings, filmed weddings, filmed events/corporate gigs.(not RC BTW) just getting into this .

And you HAVE to double on EVERYTHING, I used to shoot weddings with 3 film cameras I've turned up to a big corporate shoot and have one video camera die in the first five mins. I've had one DSLR written off half way through the day when falling game (a pheasant) hit me square in the face lucky for me the camera was there in the way but I still looked like I've had 3 rounds with Tyson. The camera dies and the lens was smashed to pieces made for an interesting conversation with the insurance firm that's for sure.

I've had sound equipment die on speeches the list goes on and usually it's on the once in a blue moon BIG gig that this all happens.

It makes life interesting on those occasions anyway The Amateur runs around like a headless chicken the pro takes a deep breath does a bit of lateral thinking then get on with the job in hand.

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07-08-2008 08:22 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Badllarma

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As for clients can't kill them can't live without them

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07-08-2008 08:59 AM  9 years agoPost 9
Brady Longmore

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Yep I agree with your list Derek. I remember doing a shoot for TV last fall. I thought it was going to be simple cut and dry. . .maybe four hours at max.

Two days later. . .I was exhausted, hungry, tired and never wanted to see a helicopter or a camera again. It's alot harder work than I thought it would be. and I wasn't even flying. . .I was just running the camera!

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