7 Questions continued
If you could make your "dream" commercial, describe it (interesting location, actors, product etc.) and why?
Well I would love to shoot an Aston Martin Commercial over in Europe on the mountain roads of Scotland, the isle of Mann. This will make a great comparison from the beautiful scenery of the land and they beauty of the car. One can get creative with aerial shots, driving shots , gopro cameras, and pretty much film it like a segment of BBC TOP GEAR!
If you routinely deal with AE's who cause extra work for you (late with copy, poor directions, last minute changes, not letting client know what to expect, etc.) how do you try to deal with them?
Hum- I would have to say with lots of patience even though one might like to bite their head off for not following procedure. But in the end AE's will continue to be AE's and we as produces have to keep a level head. Like Freddie Mercury and Queen (one of my favorite bands) used to sing... "Don't Loose your Head" yup I'm a Highlander Fan!
Is there any special equipment, software or services that you have just discovered that really help your productivity/creativity?
Well there are always tools out there that help us as creative producers, like tutorials, training, seminars. But recently I am waiting for NAB this April to checkout and play with the latest toys and Gadgets.
Are you going/have you gone to the NAB show- what did you get out of it (or hope to ) If you went, what was the overall mood of the event?
I went 2 Years ago and man that was CRAZY FANTASTIC!! All the toys and equipment you can see and touch and view demos. Seminars certification classes, Man over all it was awesome plus you get to be a in Vegas for a week away from work so it's a nice and relaxing experience for someone who is dealing with AE's 24/7.
What I got out of NAB was lots of ideas and knowledge on the different gear that was coming out and I did also buy one of my new camera and a few accessories.
How did you get your current job? Through a "friend of a friend" or a cold call from your resume after applying for this job?
I was recruited by the GSM of the station I work at. He had heard great things about me and wanted me on his team.
Given your career, do you find yourself dissecting the commercials you see on tv or movies that you watch and critique the choices that the producers made? How does this effect your enjoyment of media?
When I was in school the first thing on day one that the film professor say to us was this " Good Morning every one you are all about to change the way you look at TV and films. It will no longer be enjoyable. You will analyze every little detail and in the end you might enjoy the movie in a different way than the rest - not just the entertainment part but the technical part as well"
Man was he right! But it has not affected me. I critique and see how it could have been done differently or what I would do differently given the opportunity. But I think being like this is not bad it just helps you appreciate more what you are watching.
If you were to go to a different market to work in the same field - where would it be and why?
I would love to go to a few places. Seattle because it beautiful and lots of outdoor activities out there to entertain yourself with when you aren't working. Montana - well big sky country is beautiful. Not too many people and lots of outdoors as well.
Also if I were to go looking outside the USA for work in my field it would be in the BBC or CTV in Canada, Nova Scotia or new Foundland to be exact!
We all know of producers who freelance outside of work. Whats your feeling on the subject? Do you freelance? In what capacity?
I try and get gigs here and there just for fun and earn extra cash and I think its OK. I don't find it wrong unless you are doing stuff for clients from the place you work at on the side.
Thanks to Robert for taking the time to share.
You can check out his vimeo page here- http://vimeo.com/rizquierdo
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