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Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 5:33pm

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What are some good ways to earn fast cash for film equipment???
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Getting a job!
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 5:36pm

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lol, I mean other ways
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Selling your body.





...to science. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 5:44pm

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Didn't the guy who made El Mariachi do something like that, or was that a joke?
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Yeah he did a month-long test in a research hospital, basically so he could raise some extra money to make the film, and to actually write the script.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 5:49pm

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rob a bank
rob a store
rob your parents
steal stuff and sell it
print your own money
sell your own stuff
sell a kidney
mow your neighbours lawn
sell lemonde at the end of your driveway
get a gf and convince her to give you money
bank loan
credit cards
rob graves
kidnap someone and hold them for ransom
make a fake charity and go door to door for donations
ebay
sell pirated software and dvds
hack bank accounts and wipe them out
sell a sibling to the blackmarket
sell your forehead on e-bay (meaning the highest bidder can tattoo anything they want on your forehead)
sell your hair to make wigs out of
become a faith healer
become a psychic and sell yourself



what those aren't the answers your looking for?

if there were good ways to earn fast cash.. i wouldn't be at work right now....

get a job and stick to it wink


and yeah it was Robert Rodriguez.. 2 months i think.. made a few thousand bucks and wrote the script.... get "Rebel Without a Crew".. basically his diary while making el mariachi and other stuff - good read

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destron wrote:

Didn't the guy who made El Mariachi do something like that, or was that a joke?
Ben and Atom do that I think, need I say more. wink

Magic_man12 wrote:


get a gf and convince her to give you money
Now we all know it never works like that. smile

-Hybrid.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 5:52pm

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Well, you could try MMOG gold farming... I have no idea how lucrative that business is though. I'm guessing you don't get a lot of money out of it, and you have to pay monthyly fees for the MMOG service anyway.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 6:05pm

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I'm in the same boat, but dont have time for a job... grr
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 8:17pm

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go to the casino....i won about 400€ a couple of weeks ago !!! Started with 21€ !!! But thats once in a lifetime !

or you can bet on sports etc.... I also won quite alot of money, but you have to know your sports well !!!

another possibility is investing in stocks....i invested in apple stocks before they brought out ipod nano/video and macbook...so the stocks have increased ALLLOOOOOTTT !!! friggen rich biggrin (unfortunately my dad didnt invest that much, because he didnt believe me that they would go up so much...but I prooved him wrong)

the best thing to do is to work !!!

but what the hell...i won so much money, and I still have nothing...too many pub crawls..too many football games...too many arsenal wins ^^...too many mates to drink a couple of pints !!!

cheers,
d.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 9:18pm

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Post your videos on Revver... www.revver.com <-- pays users for there videos if someone clicks on the ads. I've made 120$. It pays to your paypal if you have one...

You can also try www.eefoof.com, which isn't as good and you probably wont make as much money...

Once you set those up, drive trafic to the videos and hope people click the ads(if you use revver). Or just commit click fraud, and earn tons of money, that is as long as they don't catch you...
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 9:24pm

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brennanmceachran wrote:

Post your videos on Revver... www.revver.com <-- pays users for there videos if someone clicks on the ads. I've made 120$. It pays to your paypal if you have one...
I've made $.75! I think you need really stupid really short videos to make money, but I don't know becouse I have not made money.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 9:49pm

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Hire yourself out to videotape weddings and sporting events and things...you know, like most people that make a living with this stuff.

There are usually things like dance recitals and things where parents would like to have a DVD of their children's performances. You can tape the entire event and then create DVD's of the individual performances with a credit screen etc... depending on your orders. Of course this has to be done with the permission of the people putting on the performance (the school or class or studio or whatever)
I've had offers to shoot weddings and to shoot things like high-school track meets and put together a highlights reel at the end of the year.
Realize that this means showing up and actually WORKING to get the material you need to provide your end customer with a decent product. It also means investing in proper DVD authoring software and a good burner and nice labels which will need to be designed, etc...

But yeah, there are ways to make money with your gear.

B
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 9:52pm

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You could whore yourself out to a thousand fat chicks for fifty bucks apiece, or fifty really fat chicks for a thousand bucks
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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

destron wrote:

Didn't the guy who made El Mariachi do something like that, or was that a joke?
Ben and Atom do that I think, need I say more. wink
Yep. Same company that Robert Rodriguez did it with, probably. They took a couple ounces of blood from my hand yesterday. It still feels tingly and numb, but it'll hopefully pay for some more film equipment.

No joke. Science is the way to go. I'm getting somewhere around $900 for this one, and it's only 6-weeks long. (not in captivity, like Rodriguez was)
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 10:11pm

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Er.

Six guys are going to die because of tests carried out on them in the UK/London.

Don't do clinical tests at a young age, you risk the rest of your life and health, and yeah, I can preach, as someone who has to battle with ill-health and physical problems daily.

Utterly stupid. In this respect there is no shortcut to earn money.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 10:40pm

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SlothPaladin wrote:

brennanmceachran wrote:

Post your videos on Revver... www.revver.com <-- pays users for there videos if someone clicks on the ads. I've made 120$. It pays to your paypal if you have one...
I've made $.75! I think you need really stupid really short videos to make money, but I don't know becouse I have not made money.
I told all my firends to check them out.. and eventually one of my videos went on the most watched page. now it has about 1000 views, I've made around 40$ just from it alone.. i'm very pleased smile smile smile
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 10:53pm

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I agree with er-no.

Maybe you'll be paid $900 this time.... Maybe you'll pay with your life the next.

Who knows.
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 11:05pm

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Xcession wrote:

You could whore yourself out to a thousand fat chicks for fifty bucks apiece, or fifty really fat chicks for a thousand bucks
OMG!!! LOL!
(Why is there no laughing with tears smiley?)
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 11:13pm

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Garrison wrote:

Xcession wrote:

You could whore yourself out to a thousand fat chicks for fifty bucks apiece, or fifty really fat chicks for a thousand bucks
OMG!!! LOL!
(Why is there no laughing with tears smiley?)
Why is that funny?

'Fat chicks need love too! But they gotta pay!'
Posted: Mon, 14th Aug 2006, 11:14pm

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The difference is, we usually work as the control for a drug.

I have rhuematic fever, a heart-condition that slowly eats the muscular tissue of it (an auto-immune disease that makes me completely allergic to strep), and chronic asthma.

The facility has been with me since I was 8, and I've got nothing but better, and for free at that. I trust those doctors over any other, and they were featured on the cover of D Magazine as the "Top Docs" in Dallas Metroplex, and for being clinical reasearchers at that!

I know what risks to take and not take, and in this case, there's really only positive. Aside from being paid, that is, they are remarkable people.

You know flonase, advair? We were given forms of it 5+ years before it was available. It's helped tremendously.
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Funny, you seem to be enjoying counting your chickens on this one - don't you ever think about why you are being paid. The bottom line is, your body is being experimented on and there is an element of danger. I hear you though and I'm pleased that you are nothing but better than you were, but I'm warning you from my own personal experience there will be a peak, and after the peak it'll get pretty horrible.

And I love the fact everything in your life seems to have been featured on the front cover of a magazine. wink
Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 12:08am

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selling blood is cool althogh i would donate instead but if u need the cash do it.

Or you can do something i did. Find something ur good at and make money with it. I am a photagrapher. I made alot of money doing wedding headshots. All u need is a webpage and wammo. What i do is go to acting auditions and give out my biz cards.

Another thing i do is realy easy and brings in mad money. A freakin wedding dude. Film it. With this software and alot of software out there you can make a fortune. I made a star wars wedding for this freak couple and i mean it freak. I made over 4,000 bux. Now if you and a freind can share the duties offer a wedding package pictures and video and ull make a fortune.

To get money you need to work or get a sugar daddy and since i dont swing that way i choose work.

please dont freakin let people experiment on u. I have seen people suffer long term effects badly and couldint even sue and paid all medical bills them selves. You will loose money and also might loose ur life.
Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 12:22am

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ok, thanks, I'll try that out
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1. Knock up one of bill gates daughters, then make sure you get a DNA test faster then he can have you snuffed.

2. Kidnap one of martha stewarts pets, set ransom accordingly.

3. Hire yourself out as a Budget hitman, then ofter to dispose of the body for a premium.

4. Learn to rap, then try to meet lil john. (He doesn't seem to require talent..)

5. Work at Fxhome.com.
Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 2:40am

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-Attain more than one camera, or find someone who has a good camera who'll help you

-Go out and find people who need stuff videographed. Little league games, weddings (3CCD cameras a must, usually), concerts, and stage performances are all things people like to have professionally recorded. So you be the professional!

-Build a network of people who need videography done. Videography isn't the most glorious career in the world, but if you're good at and you can keep the jobs coming, you're looking at around 30,000 dollars a year just to do something you love.

-Offer to not only record events, but sell DVDs of events. Self distribute. We just did an event where we charged 12 dollars for a 2-chapter DVD and 15 dollars for a seven-chapter DVD. The DVDs in all honesty cost about 2.50 each to produce and label- and we were originally going to charge 10- but by settin the highest price and best deal so close to the lowest price, all but three people opted to pay the three extra dollars. By the end of the night we had 23 DVD preorders. This is in addition to being paid to just cover the event.
Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 2:46am

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It's kind of hard to just jump in and film a wedding, unless you have some friends that will let you do it, and you do it for free. I have done a couple and It wasn't easy getting started, at all. I didn't want to go film someones wedding and completely mess it up, it's a once in a lifetime deal.

And I wouldn't recommend having a partner in the wedding deal, obviously have someone you pay to be a second camera, but don't have a 'partner'. You will eventually be arguing over who gets how much money. If you decide to just split it evenly, that can sometimes be swayed. I filmed a wedding with a friend/partner and did all of the editing most of the filming etc. He didn't do much, yet we agreed to splitting the cost.
Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 3:37am

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dude when i did it with a partner i not only splited the cost, i also splited the work. You have to tell ur partner how it is from the get go otherwise it's trouble. my freind and i made a deal when we had two weddings in the month i did the film he did photo then we switched. Now when its one we divide in chapters to the wedding and come with ideas and contribut it to the table and we split the pics in half.

Now this is ofcourse if you know what ur doing. I found filming weddings easy because you need to keep only one thing in mind. Proper framing and lighting. The rest in post. Now i agree in the first time It can be roufe mainly because a) you dont want to get scamed and b) you dont want to screw it up. So i agree that u shouldint do this unless u practice alot. I did mention in my post thogh that u have to be good in it. U need to find something ur good at and then market it. The bottom line you can't sit there and expect money to hit u righjt in the face. If that was the case you would look at fat unemployed rich people on this forum. Wow the idea makes me want to go play lotto lol.
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My friend owns a Videonics video mixer, so all editing is done live, as the ceremony is going on. I wear a Motorola 2-way headset tucked into my left ear, and he tells me when someone/something needs to be framed. An S-Video cable is run from my camera and coveniently tucked aside somewhere to eventually end up at a workstation with monitors and the mixer. Though no post effects or music can be added, for core, undisturbed things like plays, concerts, and wedding ceremonies, this is very quick and efficient. By the time the ceremony/event is over, we're done editing. We can then take the DVD into the laptop and author a fancy menu, having the final thing ready before the reception/afterparty/end of event is over.

Get a mixer if you're gonna do videography, it's ALOT faster. And sure, it's not as precise as post editing. But do you really think customers will notice/care? Probably not. You gotta remember, you're doing it to make money, not to 'hone your craft'. If you're in videography for filming experience, there are much better ways.
Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 6:56am

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Niche content pages through google.

Anything to do with SEO these days is big money. PR reports, backlink, text link ads. All that stuff is bucks if you can get it down.
Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 8:33am

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Take your camera wherever you go and be prepared, have enough tapes and batteries charged. Shoot anything that might be used in the future.
I been doing this for many and many years and one day someone might ask you for as special footage and you might have it and ask for a good sum of money.
I have old footage that goes back to 1980
A local club needed some old footage and they came to me and I SUPPLIED THEM WITH ALL MATERIAL THEY NEEDED AND i made some more money, out of something that costed me no money but some pleasure time.
Just show yourself to the neibourhood that you can do good to your community and who knows they might call you someday.
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Here's a tip on how to make yourself some extra cash or seal extra deals if you're going into the event filmography business.

Before talking to a client, make sure you have a set price that you're going to charge, including all costs etc. Lets say it's $200. Now, when the client asks how much will it be, tell them that it's $200.

Here's the 'sneaky' bit - if they seem hesitant or tell you that it's too much, remind them that, "That price does include the cost of 10 DVDs of the event".

If however, they accept your price right away, say "Oh, and it'll be an extra $25 for 10 DVDs of the event".

This is a much better strategy than offering 'reduced rates' if someone says they can't afford $200 (or whatever), because if word-of-mouth spreads that you're someone who can be bargained with, every single new client you get will tell you that $200 is too much. And in this kind of business, word-of-mouth is probably how most people will hear about your services.

It also means that you can add a little premium onto your standard price if the client seems happy/able to do so.

Cheers,
Arktic.
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For clients who are a little more discerning and may want all costs up-front, it might be worth producing a "Rate card" (not literally a piece of card) which breaks down costs and details the prices for specific areas of the services you provide.

Rate cards are also an excuse to charge that little bit more, since by virtue of the fact you have rates at all, its implied you're probably that bit more professional than someone else.

Assuming you break down your rates sensibly (ie: shooting, editing, post production, delivery formats, dvd creation etc) it also means you give your clients the flexibility to use your services for one part, but another company for other parts. All-in-one solutions don't appeal to everyone necessarily.

If you quote a client "oooh...$200" then, when asked why, you reply "well, uh, thats how much it costs", you'll look like a tool. If you can explain that you charge $A as a fixed fee for doing X, $B as a fee for doing Y and $C per hour for doing Z, you'll look far more professional and importantly - organised; as any adult running a business ought to be.
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Everyone suggests ways of stealing or illegally making money and then using the money to buy film equipement. Why not just knock out the middle man and just steal the film equipment? twisted

But seriously, when I was younger I ran into a couple of times that I needed to raise some extra cash and I just got a second job. Can be anything, like running a register at the local convenience store in the evenings. You save more money because you're earning more and so busy/tired from working two jobs that you don't go out and blow it all.
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My current job is graphic design (photoshop)
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If you have video editing and DVD burning hardware and software, you can offer transfers to DVD services.

A classmate of mine whom I gave my business card to once (after taping a paintball tournament that she competed in) called me up 3 months later asking me if I can transfer her Mini DV tapes to DVD. I charged $20 per tape (no editing, just straight capturing and burning)

While it only boiled down to me making $80 total for 4 tapes (4 hours of time) I didn't have to be at the computer, and was able to get other things done during that time.

Easy Money.
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I can tell you the best way to make money.

If you do video editing and visual effects, start finding clients in your city. The best thing to do is to give your client a price quote before you get started. An example: the client wants a wedding video, you tell them $500-$900. They will say that is too expensive. So, you will need to go on the internet and find a company that makes wedding videos, and most of other companies will charge $1,000. Write down that website down and compare your price with other companies. You see, in that example, your price was $500-$900 and the other company was $1,000. The client will then believe that your price is worth it because your doing the project a little bit cheaper than that other company.

My point is, keep your prices lower than other companies in your city.
this worked for me. It could work for you too.

Another way, you can make money with google adcents or yahoo ads on your website. The more people that click your ads, the more money for you. Believe it or not, you can make money even if noone clicks your ads.

Heres how, Go to a friends house or your school library. Find a computer with internet access, then visit the URL of your site. Then, Click your ads like crazy! Thats easy money.

You can do it from your own computer too, but you will need a proxy server.

Let me know if my ideas work for you wink
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I was wondering, you all talk of going out and filming a wedding or an event... but how to get the job? What is the best way to promote oneselfs work? I mean it is not likely for a client to turn up at your house and telling you to do him a favour, is it ?
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I made a flashy bulletin, and put them up at various hot spots around my town (cafe, library, pizza place etc.). I got a few jobs from that, but not many. Most of my jobs came from connections at school. I did several sports team videos last fall, and then that spiraled into doing videos for winter and spring sports. Opportunities will arise from word of mouth. The tough part is getting started.
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FXhomer11267 wrote:

I was wondering, you all talk of going out and filming a wedding or an event... but how to get the job? What is the best way to promote oneselfs work? I mean it is not likely for a client to turn up at your house and telling you to do him a favour, is it ?
For me, we did our first wedding for free for two reasons. One, I never shot a wedding before so I had no demo reel of what I could show a client, and two I wasn't getting paid (a favor for a friend of mine). With those two factors, the "customer" couldn't expect much. I had to do it for the experience.

So to answer your question, someone in your group of family/friends has a friend that will get married, and they'll say they know someone who can videotape/edit weddings (you). It's a good source to get income to fund your personal projects, but if you are going to get paid the big bucks, it is a lot of pressure because it is a one-shot deal. That's why event videography for weddings involve at LEAST two cameras, good audio equipment etc.
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....I got 50 bucks for FAILING the asthma study. I didn't even take the test medicine, I just failed! I had a scam last year where I failed the maximum of four times, but did the study for just long enough to get 125 bucks each time; so by the end of two weeks I had around 500 dollars.

Just shows that medicinal research benefits both the people who need the drugs, and the people testing them. Ahaha. biggrin
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make bets with your family and friends using little tricks.
I remember making bank cause my science teacher taught me how to cut a paper card the size of my hand so that i fit completely through it without it tearing. so i would walk up to my friends and i'd be like, "i bet you $10 i can cut a whole in this card and fit through it!" lol.
P.S. if you wanna know how, just contact me.
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You cut it in a zig zag shape. Everyone knows that. I learned that when I was like......well I guess I was about 8 or so.



It's a relatively simple trick, I can't believe you made money off of it.
Posted: Sat, 2nd Sep 2006, 7:16am

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You'll be suprised how many dont know about it. hehe.
You gotta go to the right people.