Can you provide us with details about the equipment are using and the process for post-production?
This is the moment I shoot with this camera, the camera called the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k. I am always amazed each time I utilize this camera due to the high quality images it produces. My first piece I took using Ursa Mini Ursa Mini was a tourism piece called The Riches: Discover the Riches – which was taken up from Blackmagic and then used on its online gallery video production company near me site as part of its marketing. This is something I am very proud of. Geagle Productions now attracts national and international clients, something that is happening in a very brief amount of time. I also have the Phantom 4 drone and an Oslo which provide flexibility for my shooting.
Since I am a self-shooter, and travel often, I have to be able to stream-line my gear. I have Canon lens 17-40mm, 70-200mm and 70-200mm and I have a Sachtler Ace Tripod which is beautiful and lightweight and Lightpro LED panels that are great for my job; Sennheisser wireless lavier microphones and an rode shotgun mic.
The Blackmagic URSA Mini I try to shoot at 400 ISO in all times since I believe it is the most pleasing settings for my lenses, with a good quality and dynamic performance. It also has low-noise. I avoid shooting wide open with any of my lenses in order to ensure that the image is as sharp as it can be. I always shoot with Blackmagic film LOG and then preview using URSA Mini 4.6 LUT or load in an image I’m looking for.
I believe that there are many who have similar workflows to mine. I utilize Premiere Pro CC for my editing, and I make the round journey through Davinci Resolve Studio for my color Grading. Resolve is an incredible piece of software , and for me, its color power is unbeatable. It is essential to stay organized in my folder structure and keep track of my work flow. I usually edit my footage, color and then export it to After Effects to create the images and then send the audio into Audition. I’ve learned that when I’m happy and feel I’ve finished editing it is time to take a stroll or grab a cup of coffee and revisit it. It’s amazing how fresh eyes can see!
A one-man group How are you networking and gaining new customers?
As a single person It is a challenge to find time to socialize. I believe that so long that my work is top-quality and my movie studios professional appearance is maintained, my client base will do the work for me. I have never promoted or cold contacted companies. My work has been based on referrals or work from repeat clients. 2016 was an extremely busy year for me, with several clients with high-profile names and I’m guessing it isn’t easy to make your mark to the world. For advice, always have backup plans. It is important to be realistic about the possibility that you might go for 2 weeks or 2 months without having a job. Prepare to work in bars, packing boxes or anything else that can help you find that next job. I also suggest buying equipment that is that is within your budget and customer base. I’m laughing now at the equipment I used when I started out. As my client base increased as did my camera gear and I’m at a place that I’m really content with my equipment (but it’s never too late to get Zeiss super-speed lenses…they could be 2017’s top purchase!). Above all, remain patient and stay with it. Don’t breach the trust of a customer and concentrate on continuing to improve.
What do you think of your own advice 10 years ago, or any other person who is starting their own production business?
Take your time and do not take customer changes lightly….. Ha!
Your first client is the toughest and most crucial stage for your career. I recommend that you keep your ears open all the time; clients could come from informal conversation, a colleague or family member. There’s even a chance to meet while on the train. There’s so much demand for online video that you can be sure that someone within your circle would like or know someone who would like to be a part of a production. As thrilling as it may be meeting your first prospective client, stay steady, confident and believe in your skills. Do not over-promise or fail to deliver in your professional life and you’ll see the number of clients you have steadily increase. Have fun!