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Choosing Pro Video Dditing Software: Think Big Picture

After using a number of different video editing platforms over the years, I’ve noticed some trends in the companies that make them and decided to put together this video review. While it’s important to consider how the software functions, it just as important to look at the software’s history:

Youtuber’s New Intro

Furman Pictures has animating a new intro and subscribe animation for My Boring Channel on Youtube. Other projects include work for a non-profit, work for a top secret client, TV ads and some original content.

OnLocation with Solatube

Furman Pictures on location filming a beta test installation for their new industrial sized dimming solatubes in Portland Oregon.

School Moves – Part 2

Nothing says professional like having a cat assist you. You be the judge. Check out this web streaming/ v blogging studio Furman Pictures built for School Moves near Vancouver, Washington. Debra spent a lot of time and money on sets and backgrounds before she finally asked for help.

Filming at Kazoodles Toys

I recently filmed on location at Kazoodles in Vancouver, Washington to promote the store and upcoming events. It’s a great little store and we often shop here for our kids. Kazoodles is especially great when you want some variety- something that isn’t super hero themed like everywhere else.

-Nikia

FoundationOne

I spent some time near Spokane recently filming promotional interviews for FoundationOne, a fundraising non-profit with the soul purpose of raising money for one school

On Location at Walla Walla University

We recently filmed marketing videos for Walla Walla University’s new School of Media Ministry. Filming took place in Walla Walla, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

On Location talking with Jason Satterlund

Furman Pictures interviewed filmmaker Jason Satterlund for a Walla Walla University promo. We also did this behind the scenes interview with Jason talking about an upcoming project, The Planet Tenders, a follow up to his previous steam punk angel project, The Record Keeper.

Furman Pictures On Location – Spirituality & Light

How do you illustrate spirituality? It’s a tough, if not impossible, task. We used light as a symbol of the divine in creating these church service intro and graphics.

5 Tips to Save Legal Fees On a Film or Video Project

5 Tips to Save Legal Fees On a Film or Video Project

By: Nikia Furman, Film Maker

1. Get signed contracts before you engage with others services or collaboration.

2. Write your own contract, or even make a simple list, with all the details you think are necessary and then email it to your attorney before meet in person or on the phone. It serves as a quick reference for you attorney and can save them a lot of time asking you what you want. They just have to fill in the details you may have overlooked.

3. Set a budget for legal fees. Treat them like every other crew member. If you are on a tight budget, keep looking for an attorney until you find one who agrees to the amount you are offering. They can adjust the services they offer to fit your budget. If you can’t find anyone that says yes, raise your budget and try again.

4. Fresh Meat: Use an attorney who is new to the film and video industry. They’ll sometimes work for half the price of other attorneys. It will give you some legal security and clout when negotiating contracts. Watch out though! They also tend to write unnecessarily large contracts and are prone to bill for more hours.

we could all live without attorneys if we simply communicated clearly

5. Anarchy! Some attorneys like to be really vague and make it seem like understanding legal contracts and the legal system is way above you. Anarchists believe that we don’t need third parties like government and attorney’s interfering. The truth is, we could all live without attorneys if we simply communicated clearly with each other, had perfect memories and were all honest.

Attorneys help people communicate more clearly with each other in documents that everyone can reference when they forget (whether on accident or on purpose) what they agreed to in the first place.

So, if an attorney isn’t being clear with you up front, or seems even moderately intimidating, save yourself trouble and find someone nicer. After all, its a free country!

One more thing, keep in mind that law is more of an art form than a science. Any contract is open to interpretation by the courts. More experienced attorneys will know what has worked in the past for all parties involved.