For many of us, finding the “right” clients can often be a struggle. I know I’ve always had issues in this area of my career. Even till this day, I admit that finding the correct clients for my line of work can often times become a bit tricky. Asking the right questions is usually how you can guide yourself into figuring out if a client is good for you or not. In our career, we have different seasons. Those that are starting off are probably looking at any potential client as the “right” client at any given time. Basically any job that lands on your lap, you’re taking simply for lack of other options. This has been the case for most of us, if not all. I know I started by taking any and all jobs that came my way. But that is simply not the case anymore. In fact, I know that these days I find myself refusing certain jobs simply because they do not fit the scope of my work and/or rate. The right client for the right price is what we’re all looking for, always. But as you’ll hear me mention on this episode, that tends to be significantly easier said than done.
Properly serving your clients is an aspect of the freelance filmmaking business that is constantly overlooked. I am sharing my system and mentality of how I believe client-servanthood should be approached. Client-servanthood is the fancy way of saying customer service. When you think about all “customer service” based industries, you’ll notice a pattern in all of them. They all survive solely on the experience of their customers. This being the case for most businesses, it only makes sense to provide that same business mentality to your business.
In case you have not heard me say this before, I’ll say it again, audio in our videos are just as important, if not more important, than the actual video itself. I cannot stress this enough. Audio can literally make or break your film. Bad video can be forgiven with good audio, at the same time, good video cannot and will not forgive bad audio. For this reason I had my friend and professional boom op, Jonathon Lopez join me on this episode to discuss his methods and gear for grabbing audio on extensively meticulous productions. Making sure that your audio is up to par is an extraordinary step to producing good films.
There are several common misconceptions about the filmmaking industry. We’re discussing one of the biggest ones that is hardly ever spoken about. I spend countless hours in my home office editing. I love my job! But often times it can be a real drag. That being said, I am absolutely grateful to be able to do what I do for a living.
“It’s all about the shot” is a popular term that has been coined in this industry which essentially indicates a filmmaker is willing to do everything and anything to get that “shot”. Although it’s a relatively encouraging factor, other filmmakers make take this to also include unsafe filmmaking practices. We’re discussing this these potential dangers on this episode.
Why is it that everyone we see someone else’s work, our first instinct is to negatively critique. Is it to lift yourself up? Is it to push yourself to do better? Mr. Seratelli and myself discuss this issue on this episode. Hopefully we’re able to share some insight as to why we think this tends to happen quite often.
COME SHOOT A SHORT FILM WITH US!
MIAMI | NOVEMBER 22ND
Join Anthony and Myself in Miami as we team up for a currently unplanned short film. In the coming days, we will be hashing out a plan for a new short film shot on the RED Raven. We would love for you to join us!
Chris Grubisa is the President and Creative Director for Chrilleks Productions. Chris first started actively filming at the age of eight on his dad’s old chunky handycam and hasn’t put a camera down ever since. His excitement for sports especially skateboarding and his dedication to filming has only strengthened. He graduated with High Honours from the Media Arts Program at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning specializing in Cinematography and Editing. Right after graduating, Chris’ talents and ability to learn quickly were immediately noticed and was offered two jobs, one as a Camera Prep Technician for a Toronto Rental House and second as a Camera Assistant for a Local Toronto Production Company. Chris split his time between both jobs learning the ins and outs of the latest gear and working on big budget commercials. His camera knowledge, set smarts, love for action sport and ability to multitask have moulded him into a highly desirable action cinematographer and creative director. He is the vision behind Chrilleks Productions, 2016 Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30, an Ambassador and Pro Team member for Polar Pro and after winning the highest honor at the 37th Telly Awards Chris is now apart of the Silver Telly Council, a prestigious judging panel of accomplished industry professionals.
The great Mr. Jim Plannette joins me on this episode to discuss the Hollywood-level gaffer. Jim has been gaffer for many well-known movies such as Braveheart, E.T., Oceans 11, 12, & 13, Twister, and many others. This interview was definitely different for me as I do not have much experience in narrative work, let alone at Mr. Plannette’s level. He is truly an industry expert.