I work as a freelance video editor. My former principal
contacted me and asked me to edit a video for her daughter’s wedding out of old
pictures and videos.
Client: Here are the pictures I want you to use.
Now about the videos, where can I plug in the VHS-Recorder?
Me: This is not possible. To record your
VHS-tapes, I need extra hardware, which would be about 30€ extra.
Client: But my friend told me this works.
She ends up recording the tapes with her iPhone from the
TV-screen – from standing up, so the videos are heavy-angled. I figure there is
a way to zoom in and make it look like the original recording was awful too.
Me: So how do you exactly want the video to be?
Any pictures I need to include? Any special wishes?
Client: No, I believe in you, be creative.
I create a heartwarming video of the bride that follows
her birth through adolescence to meeting her fiancé. After some time, I deliver
a low-res version of the video and ask for possible changes.
Client: It looks so good, I just need a few
minor changes. I will email them to you.
That email… wasn’t so
Client: Delete everything. Start with a zoom-in
on the hospital where she was born. Then make text appear that says “at the
same time…” and show pictures of her brother but keep the video at the beginning.
Note: I don’t know
their family, so I didn’t know who her brother was in any of the photos.
Client: Then show
all of the pictures of her as a baby with no one else on the picture. Then show
the scan of the newspaper, the picture in the upper left but focus on the
picture in the middle.
This mail continues with about 3000 words of how she
wants the video done.
Me: What you sent me are not changes, it is a
complete treatment. Also, I don’t know anybody you’re saying, so you need to
tell me the filenames you want me to use. Also as I have to start all over
again you need to pay about double the price we settled on in the first
Client: Why should I pay more if I tell you what