Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weddings mostly. Catholic weddings seems to be the most common. I have shot Hindu and Muslim weddings as well. I get either Weddings or Sweet Sixteen celebrations during the year.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for a person with people skills and is interested in shooting something special for you. A person who is not going to nickle and dime you for everything that they offer.The editing should be included in all packages,as the music score and titling.If the person you hire has little interest in the customer or the event,other than to shoot it.Then you will most likely have a generic,bland and dull video presentation that will cost a fortune and leave you feeling disappointed.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How to frame the action or event.Easy.Concentrate the focus on the subjects of the video,focus on their smiles,touches,words and frame it as if it were a million dollar film project that would be released to hundreds of millions of people.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What do you want your video to say.Random shots,personal diary on video or a cold distant view of the most important day in your life.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I shoot in documentary fashion.Each wedding is a personal documentary of their day.Shoot in high definition video,brilliant color and great sound.We shoot at 30 frames for the soft movie look and cut with great cinematic shots and a personal touch to celebrate the day.We re-edit it with Vegas software and add the finishing touches to give that "movie" feel to a very special day.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. People. The day that will be remembered in a person's life with the exception of their child being born.A man and woman committing to each other,to me is a twenty year investment.A film project that will be shared over and over again with their future children and grandchildren.I like being a part of that happy celebration.Not always a wedding,but birthday,BarMitzvah,Anniversary celebration or sporting event.I love being a small part of people's happy day.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. What do we shoot with. We shoot with HDDV film,JVC high def cameras.We edit on Vegas 8 software and title with Adobe After effects.We add 16 bit sound in stereo mode.Colors are matched and re-matched according to the mood and flow of the day's events.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Yes.A bride was told that her brother would not be attending the wedding.He was her favorite relative.Her brother was given leave from the Marines at the last minute from Virginia where he was stationed.She was bummed out and sad all day. When she was being escorted down the aisle by her father,her brother took her other arm and brought her to her groom. It was a very sentimental and happy moment. That was the talk of the day and a moment I will never forget.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I am a filmmaker.Studied film editing and scene direction at NY School of Film in the late 80'S.I have written and directed two fature films,six short films and three documentaries. I am owner of Trib 2 Films & Videography.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Worked with Videographer in New York after film school.Shot political events,parties,dramas and weddings before going out on my own.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. A wedding I shot on Friday the 13th tis past September. It was a beautiful outside wedding. The hotel had decorated in fall colors which blended in perfectly with the ceremony and reception. The colors and lighting were fantastic and I captured many g
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I attend seminars online or in Pennsylvania meeting places. I experiment with different mediums and shoot all the time.I sometimes teach film direction and editing at high schools and community centers.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Yes. The Arriflex company that produce the cameras we often see in million dollar film productions,has come out with a multi functional documentary camera for professionals.Arri geo is the name. It's very expensive but will look to purchase it in the next yea or two.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I shot a season of football for the Lehigh Valley Storm Football team. It cost me $300.00 of digital film and $200.00 in transportation costs,but it will be edited by me into a short documentary for the team.Once again,a personal documentary of a semi-pro team that beat everyone to win the divisional title.Perfect color,frame and texture to the project.I pride myself on that.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Shoot all the time. Shoot sunsets,people,animals,bugs,skies and sun rises. Capture life,all life on film and make it your own. Know who you are behind the camera. When you shoot your video,there will be no doubts as to who you are and how you portray the days events.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What is the most important thing in a video? Light.