Jason Clark

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  1. Thank you! This was probably the 4th video I shot and edited. I started with no cinematography experience at all and only a bit of amateur photography experience. I've definitely come a long way, but I still have a ways to go. I was only able to shoot on three occasions. Since this was such a long job and videography is only a small part of my duties, I was only able to film when it was in Tulsa. So of the 4 beams, I shot the first beam at the turn for the first shoot, and then the fourth beam at the turn for the second shoot, and finally, the fourth beam turning into our yard for the third shoot. Those last two shoots were on the same day but several hours apart. The pictures were all taken by my boss. Thank you! I was afraid of that. I thought I might have had too many of the 360s. I did quite a bit of trimming to get down to that point, but I should have cut a shot or two more. I did shoot a few lower shots that go down the length of the beam, but none of them looked as good as I had hoped and they took far too long. I tried speeding them up, but of course, then they started to look too jerky and busy. Thank you! I had thought about using interview statements as a voice over, but many of our employees are uncomfortable with the individual attention. I hadn't considered just doing the voiceover myself, though. That's definitely a good idea for next time.
  2. Dude, you have nothing to worry about here. That video was super cute! Excellent use of b-roll and motion. Your slo-mo scenes were perfect. Your perspectives were awesome. Really well done. While other cinematographers might notice some of the issues, which are real, the average person would not notice them at all. And that's who pays for it (or would be, in your case). You could easily make decent money doing this on weekends. Especially considering you know what the problems are and how to fix them in the future.
  3. Premiere Pro CC. I taught myself how to use it after I got the drone. For this particular one, I had to use After Effects for the camera tracking and parallax titles. YouTube has almost been my best friend over the last year. LOL
  4. I would appreciate any feedback you guys have. This is the 5th or so project I filmed with the company drone. I got my license last year after training through dronepilotgroundschool.com. I'm loving the experience so far. I hope to get my own drone soon so I can do freelance work on the side.
  5. Absolutely! I hope to get out there again in the next year or two.
  6. The ronin he mentions is a super sweet steadycam setup favored by many professional videographers.
  7. I think an ideal scenario when starting out is to streamline a lot of those practices so they become habitual. Once you are able to start making money, hiring a virtual assistant or even an in-person assistant to gather all that information and have it ready for you frees you up to focus on flying and marketing.
  8. This makes me miss Maui! I've been three times and it's my favorite vacation spot. The diving is fantastic, too. I've never been there with a drone, though. I guess it's time to start planning! Edit: Geez, man! Just clicked through to your website. You could single-handedly OWN the postcard market, LOL!
  9. Excellent reply, @Alan Perlman! Yes, Content is definitely King. If you have the knowledge and resources, establishing yourself as a thought leader and writing an informative and helpful blog definitely increases the value of your site. But that method can take a while before you are noticed by the public and/or google. However, most people, for whatever reason, simply use their website as a business card or brochure. For those people, ads are critical. That said, I worked at a website company for several years and one thing I noticed is that most business owners take the knowledge and expertise they have for granted. People tend to assume that "everybody knows that" with the simpler areas of their business and think that because they aren't the foremost scholar in their field, that they can't offer any insight. It's easy to forget that the vast majority of the general public doesn't know ANYTHING about your field, even the basics. I always had to encourage business owners to write about the stuff that the think "any idiot knows." LOL
  10. Awesome resource, @Steve Bennett!!! I'm going to have to bookmark that page in my Drone Resources folder on my favorites bar! I found two laws in Oklahoma that I was unaware of. Fortunately those laws are very reasonably written and do not interfere with authorized commercial operation. They are also written with a little leeway towards the ignorant, which is surprising. "B. Except as provided in subsection C of this section, a person shall not intentionally or knowingly: 1. Operate an unmanned aircraft over a critical infrastructure facility if the unmanned aircraft is less than four hundred (400) feet above ground level; 2. Allow an unmanned aircraft to make contact with a critical infrastructure facility, including any person or object on the premises of or within the facility; or 3. Allow an unmanned aircraft to come within a distance of a critical infrastructure facility that is close enough to interfere with the operations of or cause a disturbance to the facility." (Emphasis mine).
  11. @Terry Ott It seems to me that it not only depends on the distance to the airport but perhaps also the direction of your mission with respect to the orientation of the runway. I got an approval October of last year, and I am 2.2 miles from a class C airport. Flight restrictions include a ceiling of 100' AGL and stay within a 1/2 nautical mile radius of my location. The difference so far as I can tell is that I am parallel to the main runway(s) (18L/36R) 2.2 miles ESE. I've attached my Authorization and Linked the airport data. Tulsa Int'l Airport Listing Data FAA Form 7711-1 2016-CSA-139-P107 TUL C - Signed.pdf
  12. Regarding websites and SEO: SEO-focused companies treat websites as though they are lead generators. In my experience (having worked as the SEO expert at a website company), a good website is little more than a business card or portfolio. Most people are going to find you through word of mouth, go to your website to reassure themselves that you are reasonably competent, and then either call you or a competitor. A website will most likely not attract business on it's own. However, that said, a good website goes a long way in SUPPORTING the sales process. It lends legitimacy to smaller businesses the way a suit and tie and business card lend legitimacy to a business professional. If it were me, I would focus less on SEO and much more on google PPC ads and facebook ads. You will get much more bang for your buck with those methods. But like you said, nothing beats good, old-fashioned hustle. Pounding the pavement and wearing out your shoes (both literally, and over the phone) is a tried and true, if not easy or appealing, method.
  13. Wow! What a fantastic video! I'm hoping to get into real estate photography and videography soon. I have a drone that I use at my current job, but saving to buy my own for entrepreneurial side projects. Side note: The best vacations I have had were both in Maui. I miss the scuba diving there the most! Shout out to Lahaina Divers!