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I hired and that he personally edits all footage himself. He sent samples of videos that he said his staff had filmed and they seemed good, so we hired his company since they had come to us as a recommendation from someone else.
The video did not get to us until 11/14/13 (5.5 months after the wedding). I'm not sure that's abnormal, but for the quality of video that I received, it was a joke to have taken that long. Additionally, I received an email from him on 10/18/13 telling me my video was completed and he just had to burn the copies, and somehow it still took almost a month to get them to me, and when they did arrive, 2 of the discs were scratched and skipped. He did apologize for this delay.
After watching the entire video end to end, I was shocked by how poor quality the video was. For the price that I paid and the fact that his website touts being an award-winning company, I was sincerely disappointed. I've never seen a wedding video this bad before. As the bride, I think it's telling when I say that I doubt I'll watch it again. And who else other than the bride wants to relive the wedding day? It looked as if the "videographers" put a tripod down at the reception and just left it there unattended. I had footage of the dance floor where you could see half of a circle of people dancing and the other half of the screen completely empty. Not to mention the dancing group was at the back of the dance floor, so it looked so far away and there was nobody zooming in, so you wouldn't even think the videographer was in the same room. More than half of the footage was of people's backs (including the bride's back). They managed to screw up filming the father/daughter dance, so you can barely see the father and the bride during it.
The footage that was used was terrible. It was hard to believe a professional company would hire filmers that were so bad at filming. A lot of it seemed like raw footage was just dumped into the video and was not edited properly. The fact that
A week later I finally received an email back from
He also said that I would have the new DVDs by Christmas at the latest.
He then asked me to go through the video and call out the specific times of the areas that I thought should be edited. I felt this was his job and what I was paying him for, but to save myself the trouble of having to get another bad video, I went through and marked down the specific times to send to him.
He finally wrote back on 1/15/14 saying the DVDs had been copied and would go out in the next day's mail. I still hadn't received them a week later.
When I finally got the revised DVDs, they were an improvement, although the footage was still so terrible that I will likely never watch them again. Maybe the ceremony since that part was decent. But not the reception which was the lengthiest part of the video. That part is better but still pretty bad.
Bottom line is... I can't attest to
I would be more than happy to send you a copy of the initial and revised wedding video that I paid $2,195 for to anyone who is considering hiring
No. 1. – I have no idea whether
card. Questions I have in my mind are whether he was really location scouting or was he simply trying to gain entry
into my house for an alternative reason. Did someone pay him to gain access to take photos of my house interior?
No. 2 – I have no control over what he does with the photographs of my house and I have no contracted rights because I did not make him sign a contract before even scheduling an appointment and or gaining access to my house.
No. 3 – He now has photos of the interior layout of my house for which anyone may be able to gain access. They would be able to see what type of alarm I have, how the layout is with respect to the windows, etc. This is a personal security risk that I am
not comfortable with.
No. 4 – I am out $125 because I had to pay an AC repair main for what was simply
No. 5 - I received no compensation for my time and access to the property. In short, he received something of value for which I failed to adequately price out and obtain fair compensation. (My error. I hope this review will keep members from making this error as well.)
Many times, location scouts will get access to a home based on the potential for future revenue if your home is chosen. The likelihood of your home being chosen is small; therefore, homeowners should focus on getting compensation up front before allowing access to their home, as well as an agreement as to what will be done with the photos and the % of revenues to be earned from those photos in the event they are placed in publications. Control over how the photos may be used is key to your safety as well as your rights from each revenue producing activity that should be preauthorized.
A homeowner being approached by
A. Your time, access to your home, and the photographs of your home that will be taken have value. Before giving any of the above, you should obtain compensation in advance.
Making yourself available and cleaning the house for prep takes time and your time has value, therefore you should be
compensated in advance before showing your home to someone by obtaining a check that clears and or cash.
B. Just meeting with a location scout and walking your house in the middle of the day while you would normally be at work will likely cost you vacation time, hourly wages, and or lost sales if you are a business owner. If you have to meet at a last minute type of thing you should be compensated even more for the inconvenience of having to get someone to stand in for you at
work, the lost sales, or the aggravation factor that your co-workers and or boss may incur because you may have to leave work at a certain time to meet the scout.
C. You have no idea as to how safe it will be to let him and or others in your house. You
D. Your home has value, otherwise they would not even want to gain access to it to take pictures and see the layout; therefore, no one should not take the value of your home access for granted. You should be paid upfront before even
allowing a location scout in your home. After the access is granted, you have no way to get compensated unless you have a
contracted right which will likely have to be enforced by an attorney who will want to be paid an advance retainer out of your pocket.
E. The time to bring up the compensation for your time and access to your house should be brought up before you even schedule an appointment. You should be paid before he or she can even enter the house to check the layout and take pictures.
F. Individuals representing themselves may or may not be location scouts but may also be working on the side for someone else to obtain photos of your house interior in order to determine your standard of living, or other ulterior motives. Getting access to one’s home and having the ability to take pictures of their home usually reveals a lot of information about the family and their lifestyle. Do you have any disgruntled business partners, divorced spouses, or are you in the midst of some business negotiations at that particular time in your life? Something to consider.
G. Make the location scout tell you why he or she is interested in your house. Do not settle for someone telling you that you have a house that has “a certain look.” Act like you are a real estate agent and ask what features make your house stand out.
If your house has a certain look and there are twenty more up and down your street or in your neighborhood and similar in feature, why would your house be any different than theirs? Look at the individual while they answer your questions; you are looking for signs someone is trying to deceive you. Does it sound right? Does it make sense? Look at their body language.
H. Obtain a consultation from an attorney and get a contract mapped out for not only film location purposes but also for
publication purposes to cover any and all possible uses of the pictures in publications. If legitimate, the location scout should be able to fax and or email you a contract before even coming out. This is part of the paper trail.
I. Before allowing access, have him mail / fax / email you something on letterhead bearing his signature stating the business purpose and the film associated as well as the name of the company that has hired him to survey locations. Contact the company that has engaged him through an independent internet
with a printed name, title, and signature) as to what is really going on to establish legitimacy and that this is not a con. Additionally, this is part of the paper trail and your attorney can use all of this information when he or she is either reviewing their contracts and or constructing your own. The more documentation you have, the more information you will have in the event of a claim against your homeowner policy and or a dispute over compensation.
J. Do these people have insurance? A normal business has general liability, auto, and work man’s compensation insurance.
Does the location scout have general liability and workman’s compensation insurance in the name of his business? What if he or she falls and injures themselves and or does something inadvertently to damage my home, what insurance policy will
cover the injuries and or damage? Prior to the scout coming onto my property, he or she should be like any other
contractor. His agent must mail, fax, and or email me a
as a certificate holder in case he or she falls or claims to fall or damages my property. This can be done within twenty-hours. This is part of the paper trail and also insures my homeowner policy is not used as a cash cow to someone looking to file a bogus claim and therefore making my rates go up.
K. No matter what the urgency is, do not skip the above steps. Common tactics are that the location scout is going to be in town only for a number of hours and or days, or that the film is behind deadline, etc. It does not really matter. Your safety, your privacy, your right to fixed and royalty compensation, your litigation exposure, and your home are more important than anyone’s
urgency. DO NOT LET ANYONE RUSH YOU. Urgency is a typical sign of a con designed to shorten time between your ability to obtain information and confirm the story as well adequately consider the risks versus rewards of the situation.
L. Consider do you really even want a film crew on the property as a homeowner. Some internet searches will give you an idea about how much wear and tear your home will incur as a result of the numerous crew members all over your house and your lawn. Does it remind you of a home renovation? Based on the type of damage that can occur to your carpet, your walls, and everything else when you have location crews at your house, the contract should not only pay you a daily rate but should also cover the damage that will occur at your house. Think about over fifteen people walking back and forth on your carpet for three weeks long all day long and moving furniture all over. Your carpet will be trashed. Another reason to get an attorney involved in this industry or business is to prepare a contract that will cover all of the damages and or the wear and tear that will occur, not to mention the costs that you will have to incur as you move out and stay at a hotel as well as the aggravation factor.
M. Look up the business on Secretary of State. Are they still filing or are they now inactive. If inactive, what are they doing business for under that name. Are they even showing up in the Louisiana Secretary of State business database? Is this a true business or is it bogus?
N. Get references from the locations scouts.Call them and ask them if they would do it again.
I couldn't be happier about the service and expect to use
Change subscription plan over three months ago - this month AGAIN, I have to get on the phone with them - go over all the details and pricing of this plan AGAIN, and get them to credit my account, and update the credit plan - just like I've had to do for the past three months.
This is after they turned off my cable/internet services, in order to do the changes i had ordered, and that was a 3 day hassle to get set up properly.
Is anyone else out there tired of people wasting their time and not being responsive? Suggestion: Tell us at the first phone call that you do not have the capability to do the job and we will move on. But, waste out time, and we simply MUST warn other about this, since we do not want anyone else to experience this headache and frustration.
None of us has enough time these days. Please try to respect that and tell the truth instead of trying to get the business when you can't support it yet.
I attempted to rate him on his Facebook Page and on Twitter. He took down his rating system & blocked me from Facebook. He closed his Twitter account (@officialTDUB) as well. I also rated him on Thumbtack where I initially found him and he closed his account there as well.
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