Q&A #18 - How much reverb is too much reverb in a filming space?

This is a very broad question but I would use the rule of context. If the space is meant to be small and intimate then filming in an aircraft hanger is going to ruin that. I have never had much success taking out lots of reverb so its all about communicating to the client and going on a recce so you can try to get them to choose a new location.

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Q&A #13 - Are IFB/IEMs essential to own?

This was a question from one of the previous Q&As about how essential i think IFB/IEMS are. I took this to mean buy some to use in equipment on many jobs. For that reason I would say it wouldnt be something I would look to buy early on but they do come in handy for bigger jobs or commercials when clients and agency are wanting to listen in while watching video village.

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For More Work: Focus On What You Have Already

Continuing the theme of getting more work as a freelancer I wanted to cover the concept of focusing on what you have instead of what you haven't. Might sound silly but in practice is very lucrative as you maximise value to the clients that keep hiring you and in turn become more appealing to other clients through referrals and word of mouth.

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What I Do When Work Dries Up

This is a common issue especially for newer freelancers, work drying up. The trick is to be able to predict these dry spells as best you can. Often your client base will be made up of a mix of people making regular content but some may make 2 projects a month, some 1 project every 2 years. Having a wide array of clients and project types should keep you working all year round.

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Q&A #11 - Is the SuperCMIT worth the extra money?

I own a SuperCMIT and have done for over a year now and do think it is an excellent tool because you are still able to record an unprocessed channel and a processed channel with its noise reduction algorithm. This means that at the worst case if post production (often me doing it) I can use something like Izotope's RX5. If I am not editing then I can give them a clearer signal that the client love.

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Q&A #10 - Why Are There Different Rates For Different Types Of Content?

I answer this question by the economics of the content basically. Commercials pay more because the upside of the piece of content is much greater than the cost of it. If you do a worldwide commercial for a popular brand then they are going to make, realistically, a ridiculous multiple on the amount spent on the commercial, even if they go 2 days into overtime for everyone. Also the complexity of these projects is usually higher. 

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Q&A #7 - Is it Essential to move to London for UK work?

I was asked if it was a sensible move to go to London to further my career. For me it was because I was based in Dundee in Scotland before. Being 500 miles away from what is arguably the Cultural capital of the UK It just made the most sense. Here are a few factors you have to weigh up when moving to somewhere so expensive and big.

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Q&A #4 - What do I use for Wind Protection on my lavs?

I was asked what I use for wind cover on my radio mics. When I must i use Rycote Overcovers or Undercovers to help with wind noise but usually it can try to make it better by changing the placement of the Lav. Let me know what you use in the comments.

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