What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I continue to persevere in being abreast of new software and current software upgrades, and computing-hardware developments in the digital-technology world. Recently I upgraded my graphics workstation's on-board memory (RAM) and operating environment (Windows 7 Pro 64-bit), and made three key creative content-development software purchases, plus acquisitions of digital photography/video hardware.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
MediaMajik's pricing system is not complicated, but here are the details, which must remain flexible, by the project, based on the particular job's requirements:
> 2D/graphic design -- $15 hourly
> 2D animation -- $15 hourly
> 3D modeling/animation -- $25 hourly
> Audio editing -- $15-17.50 hourly
> Compositing (still) -- $15 hourly
> Compositing (motion) $20-25 hourly
> Copy writing/editing/proofreading -- $15-17.50 hourly
> Creative conceptualization/strategizing -- $15 hourly
> Digital imaging/correction -- $15 hourly
> Journalism -- $15 hourly
> Multimedia authoring/development -- $20-25 hourly
> Post visual effects (digital/film or video) -- $20-25 hourly
> Photography -- $15 hourly
> Photo restoration -- $15-20 hourly
> Promotional consultation -- $12 hourly
> Video editing -- $17.50-20 hourly
> Web design/development -- $15-20 hourly
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a former daily newspaper editor and writer, and an ex-PR professional, I had become aware of the growing appearance of digitally-produced visual media and was intrigued by many of the projects I had seen. My natural curiosity and creativity led me to purchase some consumer-level computer-graphics design software. After dabbling with it for several months, I gradually developed a more serious design interest, then began to approach digital design with professional ambitions.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Overall, the services that most of my clients seek from MediaMajik are web graphics and 3D modeling and animation. Most local clients desire the fulfillment of more basic design projects: logos; web stills and animation; some user-interface (UI) design. Most out-of-state clients typically solicit more-sophisticated projects: product-prototype (3D) designs; multimedia UI projects; advanced web graphics; copy writing/editing/proofreading.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
An ongoing, evolving project (nearly five years) for a local client has occupied most of my time during the past several years: producing extensive, relatively sophisticated, fully navigable Flash "slide shows" (3) and updating and editing the large volume of copy repeatedly. Each of the original 25-40 frame Flash movies has been down-scaled to several mini-presentations, for easier and more-efficient user navigation. Each has entailed the following: color selection; user-interface design (including interactive buttons and logos); much ActionScript 2.0 Flash coding, and complex, sophisticated animation sequences involving the use of 3D, special effects, compositing, audio, video editing, and more. The "mini-presentations" work interactively with three directly related web sites.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My best advice for an individual or company seeking the professional services that MediaMajik provides is to consult someone--before commissioning their particular project--who can adequately inform them of what technically is required to address their project professionally.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish those seeking the services MediaMajik provides had at least some knowledge of the skills, experience and time required to professionally complete the type of project commissioned. (Because I live and work in a relatively provincial area, most of my clients HERE are unaware of the resources required to professionally complete their type of project. [Out-of-state clients usually have much more knowledge of what the necessary work entails.])