Amber Film mini Show reel

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Simondo
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDIwz9HjzjI

Hi Guys, please take a look at our show reel. We are a young team of film makers, and have decided to get into the wedding video market.

Hope you enjoy it

branny
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Nice intro and theme. There seems to be a lot of amber films about. Maybe a name change would benefit before getting established.

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Runaround Who
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Yes nice. Fowers and petals used consistently and effectively with the music, although I personally wasn't keen on the sparklers in the ceremony but what do I know?! Re- Branny's comment on name change, would also suggest that you have the same name on YouTube - at the moment you are Amber Films and also Sunburnt Productions (consistently orange though) One thing that winds me up totally though is the death of the capital letter. Why couldn't your opening titling 'It all starts with a dream' begin with a capital letter I? I happen to be a big over-using fan of the 3 dots you use myself but not as an opener. Plus 'We' instead of 'we' in the next phrase would give you more strength actually IMHO.

GVET (Grumpy-very-ex-teacher!)

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Simondo
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thank you for the response guys, its far to late to change the name, as I have registered the name, the website is being designed, business cards have been printed, and i have already showcased at a wedding fair.

The sunburnt productions, is for my other projects and tests. Its just a account i site up about 2 years ago to upload my work too.

But thank you for watching.

with regards to the missing capital letter, i wondered the same thing when i was getting my logo and stuff designed (apparently a capital letter looks to official and not friendly)

the sparklers, i agree with you on that, but i showed a group of girls the footage with and without them, and they preferred it with.

branny
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The 'amber' factor could either work for you, or against you in the search rankings. Most wedding clients (apparantly) use the words 'wedding video' when searching and as there are quite a few amber wedding video businesses about, you'll either be missed completely, or hooked up along with the others.
This depends on your embedded keywords etc.

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Runaround Who
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Take all your points but my suggestion re- youtube was that you open up an account in your new name for any weddings uploaded in future perhaps?

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mediaed
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I have always understood Amber to be an arts/film/photography collective in some depressed area of the UK - North east is what spings to mind. I am pretty certain it still exists.
It may really create some confusion to stay with that name?
Gordon

mediaed
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Just done a google for Amber and it shows up as being in Newcastle and was established in 1969 and still making films.

Gordon

Mike Pulcinella
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Top notch! Well done!

From a personal perspective, I don't know how some of the very talented filmmakers here can keep working with basically the same material over and over again and still put your heart into it and make it feel fresh. I hope that doesn't come off as too derogatory but I quickly realized that if I had to shoot more than one or two weddings a year to survive in this biz, I couldn't do it. Can't stand them! Hate almost everything about them. But that's just me.

Runaround Who
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Mike - when you say, 'I don't know how some of the very talented filmmakers here can keep working with basically the same material over and over again' - every wedding really is unique - honest. New challenges all the time and a constant adrenalin rush waiting for the 'cool shots' and foreseeing any pitfalls looming ahead. Plus you genuinely meet some nice people out there.

Of course the major plus is in the thank yous afterwards. Not a lot of corporate clients cry when they see your work (hopefully!) Our satisfied corporate clients don't bring flowers and wine when they collect their film (in fact I obviously deliver corporate stuff) and then when they've watched it corporates don't email you, phone you and send chocolates with thank you messages iced on to them ... BUT Brides do!

(Sorry to sound so cheerful ... having a good day / week / year ... well the year is only one month old!)

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Mike Pulcinella
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Thanks for the reply Runaround. I do see what you mean. There certainly are some advantages to shooting weddings that I've overlooked.

Never apologize for sounding cheerful! I apologize if I sounded NOT cheerful. Actually, I am in a really great mood (just got a request for a big video job out in California!) and I never meant to denigrate the good work that you wedding specialists do. I look upon you with envy, I tried and couldn't do it as well as others out there so I decided to go a different way. Part of the reason may be that my own wedding/marriage didn't turn out so great...

...but that's another story! :o

Runaround Who
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No problem Mike - I didn't take it as denigration. Just have a habit of liking to look at opposite sides of any coin. To be honest I am all fired up with enthusiasm following visit to Orlando for 4EverGroup's Video 08. So many ideas to try out ...'Brides! Brides! Roll up -videographer ready and raring to make you look fantastic!'

PS Also just come back from the pub after a few G & T's 'cause we didn't actually have a wedding to film today ... ain't life grand?

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Mike Pulcinella
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Love the G & T's!!

red
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Nicely put together although a long way from the slick edits of Imacron and Christian Letts.

Too many 'for the camera' shots...