You’re in the movie industry to star in, direct, produce or distribute good movies. But you are also in it to make money – or at least many of you probably are. But being good at your craft (acting in, directing or producing movies) doesn’t necessarily mean that you will succeed in the movie business – especially if you are also looking to survive and thrive profitably in the industry.
WHAT DRIVES MOVIE BUSINESS SUCCESS?
Here are 7 business tips that people in the movie industry should pay attention to. If you truly want your movie business to be a commercial success, then here’s what you need to do:
1) PLAN, PLAN…PLAN: Like all successful business, planning is the key for commercial success in the movie industry. You can’t just give up your day job and start out in the movie industry. You need to assess exactly what skills and knowledge you have about the industry, and then build a plan for a business around those skills. You could, of course, just go out and hire a bunch of people to do it all for you. But leveraging your own personal core skills of the movie industry is often a good building block for a successful business.
People in the film business are a unique group of professionals. And while they have lots of individual talent that they bring to each project, a lot of what they do depends on technology. Knowing what’s new and trending in film technology can really help enhance the quality and acceptance of film projects.
Here are a few recent changes in film technology that have made today’s movies so enjoyable:
1) Look to the cloud: Film technology has come a long way, taking sizable technological leaps from VHS tapes to DVD and BluRay. But now, the age of cloud computing has brought a whole new meaning to raising the bar sky high. Film makers in recent years are producing more movies for digital streaming applications, where consumers can download them on their PCs, tablets and Smart phones and watch them at leisure.
In days of old, when the only way to review a film was to go and see it, viewers got a raw deal. Too many movies were clearly not worth viewing. But because the institution of film reviewers and critics was not as formal as it is today, movie goers of the past only regretted their decisions after they invested time and money watching the film.
WHAT’S IN THE CARDS
So what are film reviewers and critics looking forward to for the 2015 film roster? Well, if release schedules hold true, the coming year is bound to bring some great films to the big screen:
- Jurassic World (Jurassic Park IV): This big screen epic promises all of the special effects and heart-stopping adventure that previous installments delivered to audiences all over the world. JP4 is not going to let its followers down! The movie will be shot in 3D, a first for the JP franchise, and is rumoured to include some exceptional Dino Vs Dino action too. Executive producer Stephen Spielberg will no doubt bring all of his experience to bear, as will Director Colin Trevorrow (of Safety Not Guaranteed fame).
We don’t normally review video clips, but with the wealth of knowledge available through Youtube, many people are deciding to tackle DIY projects on their own. The only thing is – these videos are useless unless they allow a complete novice to learn the skills necessary to complete the job.
Today’s review is the following video by this old house:
Installing a water softener can be a difficult task but there are plenty of videos and tutorials out there to help you do it on your own. If you’re considering installing a water softener there are a few things that you should have knowledge about first.
- You should know a little about basic plumbing
- You should have the correct tools and know how to use them
- You should know the type of water that you have and the correct softener for your house
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and water-quality specialist Doug Oberhamer explain the process in the above video, however do you think they go into enough detail?
This video clip is not for a beginner that has never hooked up a water softener system or anything similar before. The clip only explains a little bit of the process and doesn’t show all of the steps involved in the actual installation process.
The Good Points
The beginning of the video shows a water heater that has been cut apart to show the viewers how minerals can build up inside your household appliances; the water heater had a few inches of dried calcium and magnesium inside the bottom of it.
This demonstration is a good example of what can happen to your appliances if you continue to let hard water minerals pass through them.
Doug explained to the viewers how a water softener system works by showing the small synthetic resin beads from inside the softener core. The resin beads are charged with sodium and when a hard water mineral passes through the water softener the beads exchange the sodium for the hard minerals.
The video shows the plumber outside digging a trench for the pipes that will run from the water main outside the house through the garage wall and connected to the water softener system. Doug explains the reason they are running extra pipes is because a water softener should not be exposed to outside elements and it needs to be located close to an electrical outlet and have access to a drain.
All in all, its a good overview of how a softener is installed. It definitely does not cover actionable steps in enough detail.
The Not-So-Good Points
The video clip did not really have an introduction about installing a water softener system in your home. There should have been an introduction about how they determined that the home needed to have a water softener installed, the type of system they were going to be installing, the tools and materials needed for the installation process, etc.
If a beginner watched this video they would not know how to install a water softener afterwards and they would probably need to search for a different video or a water softener installation guide to aid in the process.
The video clip showed all of the connections from the water main outside but they did not show anything about how to connect the pipes to the water softener system itself, nor did they show how to install the drain pipe for the softener.
One thing that they could have done differently is to cap the existing main and then re-route a single pipe into the garage and back-feed the soft water to the cold water line that is on the water heater. The pipes can easily be painted so that they blend into their surroundings.
What is you don’t live in phoenix?
The video clip shows this water softener installation in the city of Phoenix but they did not explain that if you are installing a water softener system in a state that gets freezing temperatures then you should not place your pipes outside where they can be exposed to the cold weather.
This is a huge mistake as majority of viewers would likely not be located in ideal conditions (i.e. conditions similar to those portrayed in the video)
The bottom line
The overall picture and sound quality of the video is excellent. It was an informational video but it needs to be expanded on for someone that is a beginner, this video is more for a plumber that wants to learn new techniques.
In terms of ‘how-to’ videos, we rate this video a 2/5 – 1 being a total waste of time, and 5 being that it has the ability to teach an animal how to do a skill. Nice try ‘this-old-house’ but you’re going to have try harder next time!