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Old 05-17-2017, 04:31 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by directorik View Post
We each have our own method. I have never minded being a hired hand.
I take pride in delivering exactly what the band wants even if it isn't
exactly what I want. You don't want to be a hired hand. So my advice is
to tell them that.

Tell then you are up for collaborating but the final creative decision must
be yours. Tell them what you said here; that your goal is to make a music
video that you are proud of so you must have the final say as the director.
Tell them you are not interested in being just a hired hand or the camera

From what you write here, it does sound like they are willing to reduce your
control so be personally prepared to be let go. And then leave with
professionalism keeping the door open if in the future they are willing to hire
you under your specifications.

Good luck.

And welcome to indietalk. I hope you stick around and let us know what happens.
Good advice. I'm doing a performance video shoot with them next month, so if problems arise then, I will just say I don't want to be a hired hand and see where that goes.

I'm fine with being told what to do to a certain extent. For example, if I'm the editor of a project, I understand that director has final say (or in some cases, the exec/producer). Even with this last music video, they wanted teaser videos. I cut one together, and they were being very specific about certain things, like font size etc. I didn't mind so much then, but for a product as a whole... I guess, I don't know. I feel like if I'm dedicating my time, sometimes money, skill/expertise and contacts within the industry, I should have some say.

Anyway, we'll see what happens. They're keen for me to do their next 3 music videos. Even so far as going to South Africa to shoot.

Cheers for the advice. I'm shooting the narrative part next month, so will let you know.
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