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Question - How many people that post here, ACTUALLY make videos for a living?

I'm fascinated to know.... leave your comments here!!

jesse.ewles, November 11, 2005 at 1:54:15 AM CET

I do... But I'm just starting out. -j

fernloft, November 11, 2005 at 2:19:15 AM CET

I make videos for a living but this is the first post I've made.

casspix, November 11, 2005 at 2:21:16 AM CET

after writing like 40 treatments in the past year and pretty much NOT getting awarded one single video from my production co., i sadly can say i DO NOT make a living doing this. But for some reason, i'm still interested in doing them. I have a body of work i am proud of (like 25 vids) but have not really made any $$ doing them. oh well

lusk81, November 11, 2005 at 2:54:10 AM CET

Ben, to post something like this is a little foolish because you know FOR A FACT that 98% of the people here that leave criticism do not even work in the promo industry let alone helm music vids.

You've got tremendous promise. There's no reason to try and fight an anonymous mick who thinks something was overphotographed or under directed. Keep moving man.

You know what's good and what's not.

michelgondry, November 11, 2005 at 3:09:51 AM CET

Bonjour, my name eez Michel. I have directed a many music videos for different rock bands. I too think zat Coldcut video was, how-you-say, overphotographed. And the girl - she was terrible actress!! Au revoir!

c-rock, November 11, 2005 at 7:47:49 AM CET

i think this is a totally valid question. I can say that I do make some money but for the most part i support myself with other film related work and I live very frugally. My guess is very few directors live exclusively off music videos.

thorne, November 11, 2005 at 8:01:44 AM CET

yeah, there's a lot of us put our hearts into music video work, living off money we make somewhere else. and i know of quite a few of us who read this blog ferverently - and so do several big money directors, just in case you didn't know :)

i am lucky enough to make all my money doing video work, and i hope to continue doing so. but no real money so far from music videos. that's a real feat to pull off!

progosk, November 11, 2005 at 9:26:46 AM CET

chewie: forgive me: the temptation to be trenchant is endemic here. (welcome to antville...)

i think i'm not the only one who found the photography of the video its strongest element - for my taste: too strong (too stylish/perfected) with respect to the other elements that make the video a whole: story, styling, acting, edit, track.

(actually, i think it was more snide to snipe at you for attempting to change directions (no cute computer animation) - to break out of your pigeonhole takes a lot of courage, so kudos for that.)

for what it's worth: i work in film, though not in videos. but in the end: a critic's a critic, a director's a director - and never the twain shall meet?

chewie, November 11, 2005 at 9:35:54 AM CET

The Gondry post was very very funny!!! Thanks for that.

biccamera, November 11, 2005 at 9:36:44 AM CET

I have only just started doing music vids. I teach media to pay the bills.

kevathens, November 11, 2005 at 11:37:31 AM CET

Whomever posted that Gondry post can have a drink on me sometime.

Also, just to represent, yo, I produce a regional musvid show and do a website promoting great work in mv. All voluntary and unpaid, though I'm not complaining. I love it and the work Ben & others do! But I'm definitely not a director, never intend to.

I also love apple cider.

jva, November 11, 2005 at 11:55:47 AM CET

I'm working on a living and my being paid is airborne: the videos I'm working on are for a full-length DVD release, which will sink, swim, suffer slings'n'arrows and/or survive like any indie record. Labor of love, pay deferred.

chewie, November 11, 2005 at 1:57:06 PM CET

Kevathens - Have you ever had boiling hot apple cider... it's the only way to get pissed at a festival!!

gwan, November 11, 2005 at 11:37:37 PM CET

I make enough to live, but i am not by any means welthy welthy.

bennyboom, November 12, 2005 at 12:29:36 AM CET

wassup my niggaz.

ya'll wack to be doin this shit and not making a profit. Ya'll living life frugal, while I'm living like a mogul.



dyna, November 14, 2005 at 8:47:51 AM CET

I'm a producer.

Directors and critics who think they're artists are stupid.

This is business.

jacobw, November 14, 2005 at 4:07:21 PM CET

I'd describe myself as a working screenwriter and an aspiring director. If that doesn't give me the right to criticize videos, does it at least give me the right to criticize treatments?

Actually, I try to be reasonably constructive if I have criticism.

benroll, November 14, 2005 at 5:05:54 PM CET

Music video is a business if you make money from it. For the large number of working and respected directors who don't make much money from it, it is a vocation.

These 'stupid directors who think they're artists' are responsible for some of the best music videos around.

Personally, I make a living from related stuff. But music videos themselves I regard as a vocation and an art form. Were I to start making a decent living from them, I'd hope that attitude wouldn't change.

Art is a business too. Ask a gallery owner. But it doesn't stop it being art. Ask an artist.

captainmarc22, November 14, 2005 at 6:19:41 PM CET

dyna - I'm guessing you produce videos for directors of the Dave Meyers / Benny Boom vein. Cause dudes like that doing "fashion shoot" videos are definitely NOT artists. I find it hard to believe you would produce anything remotely creative and call the director stupid. How's business doing?

hakai, November 14, 2005 at 7:01:44 PM CET

We do...and also do post work...;)

dyna, November 18, 2005 at 6:17:38 PM CET

Business is Great! Feel free to guess all you want as to the nature of the videos i produce. My mortgage doesn't brood over the artistic merits of the money i make, so I don't either.

Raise your hand if you know film is not art!

wyldfile, November 21, 2005 at 6:10:23 AM CET

i've kinda been doing videos for a living this year. i tend to have about 8 jobs at any given time, but video has been the focus the past year. i've never posted any of my own here, though a few people posted some of my stuff here i noticed.


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