(Closed) Shooting a commercial: What would you do?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t know if I have any real specific reasons, but I would say no.  Something about the situation doesn’t seem right, you know?

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would say no and I wouldn’t feel badly about it. Its just about economics. It has to be worth your time to do. And quite honestly, that seems like ridiculously low compensation. I made $200/day waiting tables. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think from your post its pretty clear what you guys are thinking. 

If you wanted, I would just let them know exactly why you aren’t willing to partake at that time. 

Maybe state everything you just stated and see if they come back with a better offer?  Would you do it if they were paying you each (and SS) $300 per day?  What if they also added in a price to pay you for use of your video? 

Post # 8
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3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hope you feel better. I wouldn’t do it. It seems like a lot of effort for not much reward unless you really want to be in a commercial for no reason. It could be cool but doesn’t seem worth the effort honestly.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would say no. Its a lot of time taken out of your lives for not that much compensation! It seems to be giving you more of a headache than an adrenaline rush…so I just wouldnt do it!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would also say no. I wouldn’t feel badly about it either.  And, what really gets me, is that your photographer/videographer, instead of working on your project and getting your proofs/film to you, is busy trying to sell you guys to a big(er) business! Why don’t they put that energy into finishing your proofs and video!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@bakerella: Were you able to talk with them yet?  I am curious to hear what they have to say. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Interesting… sounds like they should look for someone they can sell on the “cool” factor. 

Darling Husband and I have “volunteered” to do scenarios for training videos for our work organization, and enjoyed the experience, but we were typically allowed to do it at least partially on work time, and they weren’t asking to use footage we paid to have created. 

If you don’t consider it to be worth your time, I’d pass.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

That’s great.  It must be hard and exciting for them to be growing so rapidly, but if they aren’t prepared to handle the growth and clients are affected by it, that isn’t good.  I hope the conversation with your photographer goes well also. 

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