Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. DP for Documentary Film, Post Production and Media Salvage ( fixing poor quality audio or creating new video from existing projects ).
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Bring me in on your project early, I can assist you in planning and preparation for cost and quality control.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Take you time to get it right, rushing through the project usually gets hung up in the end of the post production cycle.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What have you done?
Who have you worked with?
How was the project received?
What is your availability?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What sort of production level do you need; ie professional recording for cd release or myspace?
Do you have or need a script?
Do you have an example of media you want your project to look or sound like ?
ie; commercial or recording? This will help guide whoever you hire to produce what you would like to have.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I believe in craftsmanship.
I really enjoy what I do and each project regardless of size matters. For me it's all about the project at hand.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like the challenge that every new project brings. I travel often and really get to work with some really great people.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. I think everyone in every field of work has had some questions from clients that leave you scratching you head. Don't be afraid to ask what ever you need to know. Some questions are really terrific and focus the project from the beginning. Others are, well interesting.
One of my favorites is: I want to make a music video or movie, how much would that cost? My answer would be yet another question. Do you want something for MTV, theatrical release or youtube.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Many people now have access to video and audio equipment with very little or no training at all.The market is flooded with some really poor work. If you need to get your project seen or heard, hire a professional and don't try to cut corners. It's less expensive and more effective.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have a background in classical music. While attending college I found an interest in meshing classical music with electronic music. I had also come to understand I was really not that good at working in a restaurant.
I have since shot and scored a variety of films and commercials.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I shot and scored a film in New York with Eli Wallach, Ann Jackson, Holt McCallany and Yancy Butler. What a great group. The director was really excited about the project.
The experience of working with so many solid actors on the same set was incredibly rewarding.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. It is just constant, rapidly changing technology and different styles of both music and video. In terms of formal training I find the most effective training comes from the factories or equipment dealers in the form of workshops.
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. I have recently produced over 30 spots for TV and radio over the last year.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. There is no cookie cutter for the work we do. It can be complicated and subjective. My end goal is to help you create something that makes you ( or your boss ) happy.
I prefer to work by the project, but I can also bill on an hourly basis if I have some of the important details surrounding your project. Please feel free to ask questions.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Do good work and don't get into this field if your goals are fame or fortune. This kind of work often requires a constant dedication. Every day you learn something new. If you work hard you may have the privilege to work with some really talented people.