Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. Newsgroups, online support groups, forums and knowledgbases supply a huge amount of realtime information. This allows me to stay on top of technologies and software/hardware changes. I will say though that for all of the progess and advanced tools for editing video that 90% of the techniques used are the same as they have been since I started 14 years ago. It's just gotten faster and easier.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. Web design: Pricing is designed around what is needed. We have a great product which can deliver a business, musician or personal website at little to no up-front cost with a 3 year hosting agreement. For Customized web development we have very competitive pricing.
Video/Animation: Again pricing is based up the needs of the customer. But a general rule of thumb is around $1000 to 1500 per finished minute for animation or video productions.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I have been artistic my entire life. As a young boy I drew pictures of dinosaurs, prehistoric worlds, other fantasy characters and places. I also sculpted with clay, paper machete and painted with oils. In my late teens I began creating prostethis make up appliances and dabbled in stop motion photography creating many posable characters to film. Through all of this I worked in the hitech field as a computer technician. By my mid 20s the evolution of the computer reached the point of computer graphics. Once day while working on a computer during a lunch break I created a ticket design for a Halloween party my band was playing at. From that moment forward I knew I had found my calling and needed a career change. In less than 3 years from that day I arrived.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Most common are websites with custom features and tradeshow/sales videos. Typically 3-5 minutes in length.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. I recently produced a website design for product dealers to train and acquire certification. This allows the dealers to stay up on the product knowledge and receive discounted dealer pricing as long as they keep their certifications current. Now the same client wants the training area to be set up for 5 or 6 different European languages!
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Web design: Make sure what you get is what you need. Many clients are oversold technologies that aren't useful to them.
Video/Animation: Review samples, understand your options. Taylor project lengths accordingly.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. Video production is a layering process. Making cganges to a near final video can be very time intensive. Also, outputting samples of lower quality along the way for review is helpful but again ads more render time, upload time, and delays. If the planning stage of the video is proper many of these things can be avoided.