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03/08/2006 11:13:10 PM · #1
Hello all,

If I am posting this is the wrong area I apologize.

I just completed my new self promotional DVD and I would like anyones opinion of it. I plan to use it as a givaway at art shows and other places that I set up to sell my prints.

It was made for DVD so please excuse any delay in buffering.
It is in windows media format.


Thank you in advance for any comments.

Message edited by author 2006-03-08 23:31:49.
03/08/2006 11:58:50 PM · #2
WOW-6 minutes. Nice job, a few photographs I would of placed differently like the seagull in the people section I would move it to nature. The shot of the duck from the back-end, I may have left that one out. And a couple with sun glare I would of edited out the glare. Other than those few photo's out of many in the movie I found it very nice and the music choice soothing. Overall great job!

Message edited by author 2006-03-09 00:01:55.
03/09/2006 12:10:01 AM · #3
Well, I like what you are doing and your web site and dvd look very nice, but let me make some constructive comments. It's not from me having done what you are doing, but from being in sales before, my life experience, and what I got out of your web site and dvd.

I watched your dvd first. The presentation, music, and transitions are all very good. The letters splitting up at the end is cool. Overall, the video is very good.

I would make some changes to make it better in two ways.

First, and this goes along with your web site: What do you want the audience to buy from you? Photos, of course, but the photos shown or photos of them and their family? It is not real clear in the dvd. Let them know exactly what you are offering them. Offer suggestions like "How would you like a set of Photographs of your family, children, wife, husband or parents from a special occasion such as a graduation, wedding, a special birthday or other special occasion?" Maybe not in those words, but somehow put into their minds specifically what you can do for them. Your suggestions should hit some spot in the "want" area of their brain. Make them think "Oh, I would love to have a nice photograph of me and my husband for the Piano, or for the family, or whatever. You get the point. I don't know the best way of doing this, but you have good photos and a good presentation, now you need a sales pitch of some kind.

You've got their attention. Get their interest and create desire: You need to tell them in words what they can get from you. Convince them they need it by showing them ways to use what you have. Maybe show some framed photos of yours on a wall or something. Then the viewer might think that he or she could use some nice photos for their wall.

The other suggestion is about some of the images in the video. The second and third photos are of the backs of people. Some people are ok with these kind of photos but to me they are not very appealing. You have two more photos later in the video of the backs of people. I like the one with the man that has the hat on next to the fence. I would leave that one.

A few of the transitions in the video go black between photos for a little too long. I would decrease the time on some of them. I would replace the last picture in the video of the pond. There is no real subject in the picture and it is hard to figure out what you are trying to convey with this image.

One more image I question is the square black and white journalism picture of the back side of a bench. What is it? I looked at it for a while and cannot figure it out. I would remove this image and put something a little more simple to catch the emotions of the viewer.

I hope I haven't torn your creations up too much. I made some dvd videos of some Eagle Scout presentations with music, transitions, and even some text frames that told a story and learned a lot from doing that.

You've done a great job, just need some fine tuning.


03/09/2006 12:41:18 PM · #4
Thank you very much for the in depth reviews. Your comments are great and I'm working on a better version.

I really appreciate your time.

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