I was hired to shoot and edit a four minute infomercial for a client’s startup company. He spent nearly an hour shouting at the camera, claiming he invented things like Google Glass, Facebook, and touch screen monitors. He claimed that he’d had all these ideas stolen, but couldn’t afford a high priced lawyer to sue Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and the others that he claimed ripped him off.
When it came time to edit, he refused to cut anything. Every time I marked an out-point, he’d shout that it would make me miss what he said next.
I eventually just said he should watch the whole, uncut video and decide what parts should be cut.
10 minutes go by, and I hear him whispering to himself every now and then. “That’s true.” Or “boy, that’s great.”
Me: This video is an hour long, I thought you said it’s supposed to be four minutes?
Client: (trance broken) But this is all great stuff! Look, just export it as is and people can just watch the four minutes they like!
I was dumbfounded, but did as he requested.