No I hear ya. I owned an ad agency called Enter360 Media for 9 years, but sold my client portfolio in early 2008. In that capacity I worked on commercials, TV shows, corporate and web video. Since 2008 I've been working on movies. As a CEO and Creative Director, I also understand business, am quite skilled with project
management, am a pretty accomplished creative and coming from an ad agency, understand that critical component to TV and movies and perhaps even more importantly...demographics.
I've been a professional photographer for over 20 years as well and have had hundreds maybe thousands of images
published in magazines, catalogs, web sites and some newspapers.
I had already worked with video cameras on numerous occassions, but in 2008 I bought all of the pro equipment
I needed to make my own movies and worked full time training and using it, and finally went to New York
Film Academy in LA to take acting, because I was told it would make me a better director, which it did. It's easier now to understand what the talent needs and how to communicate with and guide them to get the best performance possible, and sometimes that means just letting them do their thing and shutting up.
I've worked on over 27 projects (lost count) since March 2011. I'm also a published writer and have a well developed TV show that's circulating and I hope will be picked up and have 6 feature screenplays dating back to 2002 that I plan to develop and shoot when I have time and money. Because I've been a photographer for so long, I understand composition, lighting
and how to tell a story in one image. Cinematography is easy compared to that aside from learning
some tricks, technique and some basic rules that effect editing. When I write, I can see the camera
, which lens I would need, dolly shots, steadicams, drill rigs, cranes. It's all right there in my head
as I write. I also understand the Hollywood formula for movies, and the formula for tv. It's a lot more structured than most people outside the industry realize, and if things don't follow it, good luck selling your finished product.
Lastly, I edit. I'm not as good as those who do it full time, but I've done complete TV episodes, so when I write or shoot, I can also visualize where the cuts will be, and what shots need to be there to tie everything together - technically, visually and to drive the story. I probably won't do the siting for the shows myself, other than maybe some webisodes and behind the scenes footage for the website/blog, but it is an advantage in that it will help ensure the editor has what he needs and help me communicate what I want in the finished product, with an understanding of the limitations and costs involved and also, the possibilities that can be done in post.
So....there's a huge difference between myself and someone sailing around with Handycams editing their footage on iMovie. No disrespect to them...if they are on TV that's already a huge accomplishment. But again, without blowing my own horn too much, my product will be much different.