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Saturday
Sep232006

At a loss for words

This has been a busy month with many developments for Madlab Entertainment. I have been working on a wedding that was shot labor day weekend. During this time, I have been reminded of my total hatred for weddings. I don't know why I do them. Why would anyone? Many people do them for money, but get real! We all know the saying "Do what you love....". That should always be applied when considering a job in video production. It doesn't matter if it's a wedding, sporting event, graduation, depositions or an actor's audition tape. The only video professionals who should do weddings are people who actually enjoy weddings. I do not enjoy these events, therefore I have put myself in a rut by agreeing to produce yet another wedding video.

If it isn't a short or feature, I enjoy things that can go fast, like a prom or sports. Symposiums and conferences are good if you have access to the proper equipment that will enable you to capture audio on a crisp line. Also, the fact that these jobs usually pay well (being held by private schools, corporations and government officials) doesn't hurt either. Weddings do not go fast. They are slow and draining. Also, depending on the clients, it is hard to please people. People (the general public/consumers/non-corporate) are never satisfied and they don't deliver on all of the things that you request, such as certain information or a designated area for you to place your equipment and/or yourself.

I have been reflecting on the weddings that I have done within the last 4 years and I am so done, it isn't even funny. I love video and film. Those of us who truly love what we do enjoy every bit of it.
While not trying to sound hypercritical, doing weddings is painful to me. It is frustrating and in the end, no amount of money under 1 million dollars is going to make it worthwhile for me. It just doesn't work for me. Therefore, I will NOT do another wedding again. My last statement is so disappointing since I said the same thing before, around November of last year as a matter of fact.
I didn't stick to it, but I must this time. I have to before I drive myself crazy.

Saturday
Aug262006

Nations at War.......on Movie Piracy

A semi-recent Washington Post article has opened more eyes regarding pirated media. This isn't a national problem. It is an international problem and here at home, i have found that one of our nation's wealthiest men.......Bill Gates himself has admitted to downloading and watching pirated movies on the internet. An excerpt from Computerworld depicts Mr. Microsoft commenting on his activities. If someone admitted to copying illegal software such as Powerpoint, FrontPage or Excel (for argument's sake), Mr. Gates would be up in arms, speaking out against such acts. Yet, he's watching illegal copyrighted content. That doesn't say much for his respect for copyrighted content. If a tech mogul such as Gates won't abide by the copyright laws.....why should the rest of us? When is copyright infringement going to stop? It looks like it will continue as long as people think that they have the privileges to bypass copyright laws at their own leisure.

Saturday
Aug262006

Yes!....the sweet smell of prosecution for Movie Piracy

In New Zealand, a man named John Houston has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for selling pirated movies in Auckland. According to an NZCity news story, the movie pirate had 486 films on his hard drive.