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Young Professionals in Energy Red Carpet Event at Signature Stag Midland Tx

YPE Red Carpet Event (Video) at Signature Stag Midland TX

This last week, we had a great opportunity to be part of an evening event for the Young Professionals in Energy Midland Chapter at Signature Stag in Midland, TX. The event was hosted More »

Hamil Bros Studios Commercial Video Production Demo Reel

Video Production 2014 Demo Reel

The New Video Production Demo Reel It seems like only yesterday that we put out the first demo reel of our video production services. After watching it with several clients recently, it More »

Ross and Jacob Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

Video Production April Update

New Video Production Services When it comes to video production, the possibilities are nearly endless. Funeral Slideshows While our video production typically do commercials, weddings, and short films, recently we have started More »

Carter's Television Commercial Video Production Logo Midland

Carter’s Furniture- Midland, Tx- Video Production

Welcome back to Midland Well, we are finally back in the commercial game and we can’t think of a better client to come out with than Carter’s Furniture in Midland, TX. We More »

Byron Rogers Video Production Commercial Lubbock

Lubbock- Byron Rogers Cantata Concert Available Now!

We mentioned a few weeks ago that we would be doing some video production for a dear friend of ours, Dr. Byron Rogers of Lubbock Christian University. The camera setup was a More »

Byron Rogers Commercial Video Production Sales Lubbock

The Byron Rogers Cantata, “This Man Receives Sinners”- Video Production

Today we’re excited to do some video production for a great family friend of ours, Dr. Byron Rogers of Lubbock Christian University. A chemistry professor by trade, Byron has always held a More »

Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Camera Comparison

Video Production- The Price you Pay (Video)

Busting the video production myth Myth :In order for you to have a good looking TV commercial that will compete with national television commercials, you have to have an enormous production budget. More »

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Short Film in the Works

Hey all! First off, we want to thank you for the support you show us every day. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the encouragement we receive. A week More »

Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production linkedin-post Lubbock

Hamil Bros Studios is now on LinkedIn

So, in the world of video production, social media is one of those necessities that is super easy to get lost in. It sucks you in like a vortex and before you More »

Carter's Furniture

Carter’s Furniture Behind the Scenes Video

This past week, we had the pleasure of shooting our first commercial client, Carter’s Furniture in Midland, TX. We basically had two shoots over the span of two days. The first day More »

Video Production 2014 Demo Reel

Hamil Bros Studios Commercial Video Production Demo Reel

The New Video Production Demo Reel

It seems like only yesterday that we put out the first demo reel of our video production services. After watching it with several clients recently, it didn’t really seem to give off much of an idea of what we can really do. We do it all, from start to finish and we do our best to do it well.

 

Our Video Production Services

When it comes to our video production, we take every step seriously.

Within reason, there is nothing we can’t do and not much we won’t do. We take your project and see it from beginning to end.

It all starts with the script. A solid script is the foundation on which any production is based on and that is where we start.

Next comes the pre-production process of storyboarding and shot-listing. In order to maximize the time “on set,” up-front organization is absolutely necessary. It’s the grease that keeps the production machine moving.

The actual video production is where the fun really begins. There is a ton of set-up and a lot of prep work. This includes staging, removing distractions from the background, lighting the subject, sometimes lighting the background, and determining the shot composition. The other thing is camera movement.

Camera movement alone is a huge deal breaker. No movement or boring movement looks cheap and amateurish. Good fluid movement like that from a crane or a dolly is where your video production goes from looking local to looking like the big guys.

Once the production is wrapped up, the post production begins. This starts with culling the footage (trashing the worst takes).

From there, it’s all about the editing. With editing, pacing is the key. If the shot cadence is too slow, the video is boring. If the shots are too fast, the video is overwhelming and/or confusing.

Once the edit is locked, the visual effects and motion graphics start. This goes from painting or Photoshopping things out of the scene (see the picture below) to adding 3d titles that look like they are in the room.

Fixed Shot Larry Reeder Funeral Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

In this shot, there were some people walking down the road and a car that drove by and we had to take them out of the picture.

The VFX are then completed and it’s time for the color grade. This part is particularly fun, because this is where we take shots that already look good and really make them pop.

This is where the video production process comes to an end. The project is then rendered out to a master file and the youtube and broadcast versions are made from that where they are finally delivered to you.

At Hamil Bros Studios, we take our video production extremely seriously. We are not satisfied with video production that is “good enough” we want our production to be “great.”

 

The businesses that appear in the demo reel:
Carter’s Furniture
Alldredge Gardens (Midland)
Viridian Design Studios (Kerrville)
Spring Creek Ministries (Odessa and Midland)
Cash Register Services (Lubbock)
ABC Pro Rodeo (Lubbock)
Lubbock Christian University (Lubbock)
Security Standard (Midland)
Midland Christian School (Midland)

 

 

 

New Video Production Demo Reel – Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa Commercial

YPE Red Carpet Event (Video) at Signature Stag Midland TX

Young Professionals in Energy Red Carpet Event at Signature Stag Midland Tx

This last week, we had a great opportunity to be part of an evening event for the Young Professionals in Energy Midland Chapter at Signature Stag in Midland, TX.

The event was hosted by Natalie Pevehouse at her store (Signature Stag). Below is a video we put together for them as well as a slideshow of the “red carpet” photo-booth.

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This was our first time working with Natalie. We had visited her store several times to talk about doing commercial production work and had missed her every time. Finally, I received an email from her telling me that she had another project she would like to talk to us about.

I gave her a call and she told me about this “Red Carpet” event she was hosting at her store. They wanted a photo-booth-esque set up for taking pictures against a custom background they had ordered.

We allowed ourselves what we thought was a generous 2-hour set-up time before the festivities were supposed to start. As it turned out, the 2 hours ended up cutting things close.

The direction the backdrop was set up was not conducive to the familiar West-Texas wind. Luckily, we had a ton of sandbags (more on those here). We set about 250 pounds of sandbags and counter weights on the stand bases. It did very well holding and we only had one gust of wind that moved the backdrop and nearly killed our light-stand. Considering the how the wind can be, I would call that success.

Ranchland Hills provided the catering and the food was delicious. I (personally) tried their beef sliders and the chicken skewers. Just typing about it makes my mouth water.

The alcohol and other beverages were provided by Rebecca Creek Whiskey. While I can’t personally attest to the quality of the liquor, judging by the costuming in the photo-booth, I would say that it was pretty darn good.

Natalie made for a great hostess and her girls at Signature Stag made it an incredible event.

All in all, it was a great evening with great people and great food. We look forward to the chance to mingle with these individuals again.

 

Event Sponsors:

Catering: Ranchland Hills

Open Bar: Rebecca Creek Whiskey

Venue/Host: Signature Stag

 

 

YPE Red Carpet Event (Video) at Signature Stag Midland

Video Production April Update

Ross and Jacob Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

New Video Production Services

When it comes to video production, the possibilities are nearly endless.

Funeral Slideshows

While our video production typically do commercials, weddings, and short films, recently we have started offering funeral slideshows. This came from me (Ross) doing one for an extended family member and getting some referrals. The main complaint I’ve heard about them is that when the funeral homes do them, there’s nothing personal about it. We try to be as personal as possible during these difficult times.

 Mission/Not-for-profit Documentaries

Churches and Non-Profit Organizations are always raising money for different projects that they are drawn to supporting. Having gone to church my whole life and seeing (or more accurately not seeing) how these things work, it has been hard to put money into something like this.

Every time someone leaves the country, state, or visits an inner-city area, more often than not, a slideshow is shown afterward to “report” on what went on.

The fundamental problem is that these pictures are mostly an after-thought. The people who go on these mission trips are there to work and serve, not to take pictures/video production which leads to the secondary problem: an accurate depiction of the events that took place is not captured.

I cannot tell you how many times I went on a mission trip, came back, and put a slideshow together only to give off the impression that all we did was play and have fun and maybe a little bit of work. Even though we may have hauled more than 10 20-foot trailers-full loads of tree branches to the landfill after trimming all of said trees to help some elderly people meet New Mexico Fire Code, or spent an entire day passing out food to children in Mexico whose family is so poor that the only thing they can afford to feed these children is candy.

This is where we come in. People who give money to these missions and charities want to know that their money is being used accordingly. When you have a dedicated video production crew there to document the events, you get the whole story. When you get the whole story and donors see how their money is helping other people, they give more.

Short Film #1 (Untitled)

Since before Christmas, we have been working on pre-production for a short film written by one of our good friends. The progress seems to have slowed down as other things have come up. However, this film is more or less for fun and the closer we get to production, the more it scares me because it is absolutely something that NEEDS to be done well. The casting has to be perfect and the directing needs to be as well. We were hoping for a spring start time, but, since spring is here, that may be delayed. We are, however, doing a casting call for this video production.

Short Film #2 – “Sorry I’m Late”

This is a new short film that was written by Jacob. This video production is a little more pressing because we are entering it in a competition and those have deadlines. The moral of this story is “never, for any reason, be late to a first date.” It is going to be an action/comedy (more action than comedy, but, hey, it’s our film, we’ll label it however we want).
We had our first production meeting with the cast and crew on Monday night.
This particular project is going to be a different challenge because there are fight scenes that need to be choreographed. That should make for a humorous behind-the-scenes video production.

Unleash the Video Monster

One of the things I’m most excited about, is that this Friday (April 11th, 2014), I am free from the bondage of slavery. Not really, but, my video production non-compete agreement with my previous employer expires. This means that Lubbock and surrounding areas are fair game for our video production. Since I tendered my resignation back in October, we have been a bit handicapped by a non-compete agreement that I was under and couldn’t do much video production within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock.

This is huge for us because we can start focusing on working closer to home. Again, I’m super excited to be freed up to start improving television in the Lubbock market.

 

Well, that just about wraps things up for this post. Stay tuned because we should be launching our newly updated demo reel today and hopefully that will blow a few minds in the process.

 

Until next time,
Ross

April Video Production Update – Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa Commercial Videographer

Carter’s Furniture- Midland, Tx- Video Production

Carter's Television Commercial Video Production Logo Midland

Welcome back to Midland

Well, we are finally back in the commercial game and we can’t think of a better client to come out with than Carter’s Furniture in Midland, TX.

We have been working with Carter’s for about a month and a half leading up to shooting these television commercials for them.

A couple weeks ago, we finally settled on a date that we could come in and video their store. We started a day early and got video of a beautiful 1955 Chevy Bel-Air to with which to open the commercials (courtesy of B.D Berryhill).

The next day, we arrived at the store at about 3:45 pm and started with a shot of the front of the store. From there we got inside and met with Tim (owner) and Greg (manager) to get things lined out for the rest of the video production.

The shoot took several hours but, the video footage we ended up with was incredible. We are so grateful to Carter’s for being great hosts while we were there and for being great to work with.

Please enjoy the tv commercial video below.

Carter’s Furniture Generic

Carter’s Furniture – Community Driven

Carter’s Furniture – Competitive Prices

Carter’s Furniture – Customer Satisfaction

 

 

Carter’s Furniture – Midland, Tx Television Video Production Lubbock, Odessa Commercial

Lubbock- Byron Rogers Cantata Concert Available Now!

Byron Rogers Video Production Commercial Lubbock

We mentioned a few weeks ago that we would be doing some video production for a dear friend of ours, Dr. Byron Rogers of Lubbock Christian University.

The camera setup was a little intense. Five cameras were set up at different locations in the Moody Auditorium for optimized coverage of the entire concert.

The performers were tested by the intensity and difficulty of the music, but made a memorable performance that was beautifully executed.  The program went very well and was well received by the audience in attendance!

Dr. Rogers range of reach far exceeds those who were able attend and that was partly why we made a video production of the event. We’re very happy to announce that Sales for the Byron Rogers Cantata are up and running, per Dr. Rogers request! You can find them here.

Also if you would like to purchase them via cash or check please email us at sales@hamilbrosstudios.com .

 

Byron Rogers Video Production Available Now Hamil Bros Studios Lubbock and Midland, TX

The Byron Rogers Cantata, “This Man Receives Sinners”- Video Production

Byron Rogers Commercial Video Production Sales Lubbock

Today we’re excited to do some video production for a great family friend of ours, Dr. Byron Rogers of Lubbock Christian University.

A chemistry professor by trade, Byron has always held a big place for music in his heart. Over the last few years he has worked towards his Masters in Music Composition at Texas Tech University. Tonight, in the McDonald Moody Auditorium on LCU campus at 7:30 will be the culmination of his Masters work, “This Man Receives Sinners.” This performance is a cantata based on the Book of Luke, chapter 15. It features the Lubbock Christian University Chamber Singers, a small instrumental ensemble from Texas Tech University, and five soloists all under the direct of Dr. Philip Camp of Lubbock Christian University.

We hope you look forward to seeing the video production of several pieces Byron has written previous to his cantata as well as his cantata.

A special thank you to Nathan Anderson of LCU Marcom for doing an amazing job with the audio for the video production.

We want to thank Byron especially for allowing us to capture this event. He has had a major impact on our lives and we want to be able to give back to him.

Again, the concert begins at 7:30 in the McDonald Moody Auditorium located on the Lubbock Christian University Campus.

We will hopefully have the video soon after the cantata so keep in touch and we’ll keep you updated!

Byron Rogers Cantata, “This Man Receives Sinners” Hamil Bros Studios Video Production, Lubbock, Odessa, and Midland, TX Commercial

 

 

Video Production- The Price you Pay (Video)

Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Camera Comparison

Busting the video production myth

Myth :In order for you to have a good looking TV commercial that will compete with national television commercials, you have to have an enormous production budget.

Truth: FALSE! You can have nice video production on your TV ad without going broke. Is it free? No, but, it is worth the investment (more on that in the next myth).

Myth: If I buy airtime from the television stations, I can get my commercials done for free.

Truth: Yes. In most cases, you can get the spot done for free, however, free comes at a steep price. What’s the price? The TV station’s video production is bottom line. Here is what they don’t tell you. Your free commercial is being produced by someone who is working for minimum wage and may have no experience in video production (disclaimer: I have applied for commercial production positions at several TV stations in the Lubbock area and the job requirements were minimum wage and no experience required. There is only 1 broadcast group that requires experience and doesn’t pay minimum wage. They however charge for production). The cheaper they can do your commercial for, the more profit they can take out of the sale and they are willing to sacrifice making your business look good to do it. Quantity over quality.

Myth: The television stations have the best equipment and the most experience for video production. After all, this is what they do.

Truth: The television stations’ video production rigs are purchased for speed and ease of use. Often times, that translates to poor visual quality. Take a look at the following example.

Which one looks better? Camera A or Camera B?

Camera A represents the image from an $8,000 broadcast video camera that the TV stations use. Camera B is the image from a $600 camera that Hamil Bros Studios uses. Nothing was done to either image. Those are straight out of the camera.

You are now asking yourself, why would the TV stations use an $8,000 camera that can’t compete with the $600? Again, quantity over quality. Camera A is great to work with if you have little or no experience, or are just plain lazy.

Either way, at Hamil Bros Studios, we opt for the better image quality in our video production. If you shot the same commercial with both cameras which one says that you are proud of your business? So, what’s the price you pay for free video production? You could be driving potential customers away. How does that benefit you at all?

The Price you Pay for Video Production (video)- Lubbock, Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

Short Film in the Works

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Hey all!

First off, we want to thank you for the support you show us every day. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the encouragement we receive.

A week or so ago, we saw someone tweet a video about a really sweet short film contest for Rode Microphones out of Australia. I got really excited, but had to remind myself to read the rules and regulations before I got too many ideas in my head. So, after reading the rules, we continued to be exited about the film opportunities!

The rules state that the film may be up to 5 minutes long and must have an accompanying behind the scenes video showing that we used Rode products during production. Easy, right?

So we began writing a script and it’s very near completion. With the script, we more or less signed off on some of the scenes allowing me to begin storyboarding. I’m tremendously excited about this film, as it’s my first major script to write. Ross has been extremely helpful in suggesting and editing, as well as writing probably the biggest key point in the whole film.

The process has been slow and time consuming but the pre-production is going to really play a major part once the production begins. This film is rather intense and is going to take a fair amount of practical and visual effects to pull it off.

We’ve had unbelievable collaboration around the Lubbock area down to Houston, and even into New Mexico. We’re excited to see how it will turn out and hope you all stay up to date with the blog. We should be posting videos and updates as we go through the production phase.

Make sure to keep up with us on facebook and on Twitter so you receive the updates!

 

Short Film in the Works Hamil Bros Studios, Lubbock, TX - Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

Hamil Bros Studios is now on LinkedIn

Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production linkedin-post Lubbock

So, in the world of video production, social media is one of those necessities that is super easy to get lost in. It sucks you in like a vortex and before you know it, you’ve lost an entire day. So, what did we do to help with this problem? Nothing! We signed up for another one! We signed up for LinkedIn (find us here)

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- Lubbock, Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

Carter’s Furniture Behind the Scenes Video

Carter's Furniture

This past week, we had the pleasure of shooting our first commercial client, Carter’s Furniture in Midland, TX.

We basically had two shoots over the span of two days. The first day was a relatively short shoot we caught on the way into Odessa. It consisted of meeting with a good friend of ours, B.D. Berryhill.

B.D. loves classic cars. HE LOVES THEM! It’s neat to get to experience someone’s favorite past time. We got a great shot with his 1955 Chevy Bel Air and he, in return, gets to show his car to more people. His passion for cars is amazing.

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Our second shoot began the next day around 3:45 p.m. We started with catching the front of the Carter’s building and around 3:55 began our load in.

We can’t express our gratitude for how helpful and positive all the carter’s employees were. We were asked on countless occasions if we needed help and told if so, to grab anyone and they would be glad to assist us! We began the shoot with a basic two camera and tripod setups to film our basic still tripod shots and stay out of the way of customers. We finished those up around 5:45.

Next up was filming with our DJI Phantom Quad-copter with a go pro attached to the bottom. We had a few issues at first, but managed to catch some super sweet aerial footage of several sections of the store.

After the Quad-copter, we got out the saw horses and our micro dolly. This little setup really allowed our creative juices to flow just by adding a little bit of movement. It also allowed us to get some beautiful moving content in tighter spaces that wouldn’t allow our big dolly.

Then came the biggest piece of our arsenal, our 5′ crane so affectionately called “Ichabod.” This beauty gave us some great upward movement we couldn’t achieve otherwise. The setup is quite a bit larger since it incorporates our big dolly, so we had to have wider spaces to execute these movements. Though we love the end result, it can be a pain to move. But, we were in a furniture store! What do they have in furniture stores? Furniture dollies! With some much needed help, we could lift the entire setup off the ground and push a furniture dolly under it, saving us a ton of time and allowing us to move more freely about the store.

Greg, the general manager, and Echo, the floor display designer, were so incredibly helpful. They were ahead of the game by removing display price tags and rearranging furniture according to each shot we needed. Without them we could have easily taken probably 3-4 hours longer to shoot. Thanks so much!

After Ichabod, we broke the rig down to just the big dolly and tripod to get a few shots we couldn’t cover with the micro dolly.

It was an intense shoot and an intense day, but the great folks at Carter’s made it so great. We can’t express our appreciation for everything they did for us on the shoot and for allowing us to capture their store. We look forward to our next encounter.

We also appreciate all of you who keep up with us and especially those of you who read this short novel of a blog post. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter and on facebook. Hope you enjoy!

Carter’s Furniture Behind the Scenes Video - Lubbock, Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

We Get the Whole Family Involved! (Video)

Our awesome mom with one her newest creations!

We don’t really like to keep our video production work between the two of us. We typically like to get the whole family involved in our video productions.

Our amazing mother is one of the kindest, most wonderful souls you’ll ever meet and I don’t just say that because she’s our mom. She is always willing to help us out with projects galore with no expectance of anything in return.

She loves to sew and anyone who knows her knows she loves it. She made all sorts of costumes for us growing up. Over the past few months she’s done some amazing work for us and today was just another reminder of how cool she is.

In this business, we need a lot of odd equipment that you would never think would be necessary for shooting commercial productions, weddings, or short films. Some of those important items are sandbags. They’re great for securing light stands, tripods, dolly track, etc. Just yesterday she helped sew 100 lbs worth of sandbags for us. We had lots of laughs and a ton of fun over the course of several hours putting them together and trust me, it’s no easy task. Below is a short time lapse of the assembly of just one sand bag.

We go to great lengths to give our customers an amazing experience in service and production. That means significant time spent in after hours shooting, equipment building, and constant education.

Enjoy the time lapse!

 

We Get the Whole Family Involved! (Video) - Lubbock, Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

Video Production- You Get What You Pay For

Ross and Jacob Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

This is a rather small blog post. But, it’s just to reiterate what we say all the time. You pay for the quality you want every day. You prefer the iPhone/Android to a “track phone”. You prefer name brand items to the grocery store equivalent. So why not prefer better quality video production?

It’s true that we are more expensive than your garden variety “video guys.” But, you pay for the quality you want. When it comes to thinking about your wedding day, you don’t think, “Ok. Where can I cut corners on my dress, flowers, rings, and cake?” You want those things to be resplendent and rightfully so! But, shouldn’t you want the same quality for the mediums in which you (or most likely someone else) capture that day? Well, just as the best dress, flowers, etc., the means by which that is captured aren’t cheap.

In the same respect, you want to sell your small business with excellence, don’t you? Well, whether you realize it or not, you have a subconscious habit of changing the channel when you see bad video production. Do you want your business to have the same visual effect on your viewers when you’re paying a substantial amount of money for your ad space?

At Hamil Bros Studios, we want you to be not just satisfied with your wedding, television, or cinema production, we want you to be ecstatic. We take personal pride with every project we do and that will keep you from worrying if your video or film will be something of which to be proud. Our goal is to make your wedding film and commercial production (and your business as a direct result) a production people can’t stop talking about.

You Get What You Pay For with Hamil Bros Studios Video Production- Lubbock, Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

Getting Your Money’s Worth

Ross and Jacob Hamil Bros Commercial Video Production Lubbock

Is it worth settling?

Production disappointment

Over the last couple of months, Jacob and I have been spending a lot of time meeting with several potential clients. We’ve been talking to brides about their wedding videos and we’ve spent a lot of time talking to small businesses about television production.

Over the last few decades, wedding videographers have not earned a very good name for themselves. They march around with obnoxiously large camera rigs and end up putting out a wedding video that is dark and you can’t really hear anything anyway. Because of that, couples are placing less importance on their wedding films and investing a ton in things that only last a day (more on that here). The industry does, however, seem to be taking a step up the ladder in terms of importance given the the cinematic feel of a new generation of wedding videos.

Commercial production, however, seems to be stagnant and stale. We have met with several small business owners who nearly brushed us off by telling us “well, we just let the TV station do our commercials because they include it in our ad package.”

Our next step is politely convincing these small business owners to take 1 minute of their time to watch our demo reel. Most of them have quickly changed their minds.

Stop getting ripped off

We spoke with a director of marketing last Wednesday who was very receptive. Coming from a big city, he has experience working with good and bad production. One thing he mentioned that really stuck out to me was the fact that the TV stations and “cheap” video production studios are ripping people off.

The cheap studios are giving a mediocre product that is not near worth what clients are paying for it. His words, not mine.

My words: the TV stations are ripping clients off by offering “free” production that is terrible. I feel frustrated for the small businesses who feel like they are getting a good deal when the reality is that no one wants to watch their commercials. People already get annoyed with television commercials and that’s why DVRs and streaming TV have become so popular. For me, as a viewer, it’s because production on local commercials is so bad. I not only don’t mind good commercials, I really enjoy them, and so do other viewers. Ask yourself how many times you’ve seen a Progressive commercial or a Budweiser commercial and you couldn’t wait to see it again and tweet about it.

When you get “free” production from the TV stations, the only person making money is the TV station. If their irritating, cookie-cutter commercial is causing people to hit the mute button, then is it really worth paying for the air time?

On the reverse, if you’re going to put the money into TV air time, wouldn’t it be a better investment to pay for good production?

What’s the point?

We’ve had several clients tell us that they want to use us because we simply offer a level of quality that the TV stations don’t offer.

Is it that they can’t offer it or won’t offer it? That’s debatable, but, I lean towards “won’t” because they don’t want to take the time to educate themselves out of their comfort zones.

We firmly believe that there’s always room for improvement and we invest time and money into the future of your production.

Sure, it may cost you more money up front, but, if it means less people changing the channel or hitting the mute button when your “free” commercial comes on, then that means more people are hearing about your business and that they will have a higher respect for you and the pride you took in your business by investing in good marketing.

 

I know this was long-winded, but, it’s some food for thought.

 

Getting Your Money’s Worth with Hamil Bros Studios Video Production- Lubbock, Midland and Odessa Videographer Commercial

Starting on a New Movie

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If you have poked around our website much, you probably know that we aren’t just wedding videos and TV Commercials. We enjoy short films and are working toward feature-length films.

Over the last few months, the progress on one movie ended and another began.

We were given a script by our friend Kyle Bullock. Right now we don’t even have a working title for it. It’s a very dark and compelling story.

Right after receiving the script, I adapted it to a screenplay. That’s pretty much where things stopped through the chaos brought about by a new year. Compound that with, this script scares me to death, and I’ve had some difficulty working on it. It’s an extremely powerful script and I feel like I’m at the bottom of a huge mountain and am about to have to climb it with a pogo-stick.

Now, I’ve never climbed a mountain using a pogo-stick, but, if I were going to, I would, first off, wear a GoPro strapped to my head, because no one would believe me. Second, I would do it one bounce at a time.

This morning, I finally started scaling this script by beginning writing the shot list. This may seem like an easy task, but, ask any [good] filmmaker and they will stop you right there.

The script is an extremely important foundation, but, once that script is given to someone who has to put it on screen, it can be made or broken at this early stage. Every shot means something.

Every shot is a piece of the story. There is nothing random or taken lightly when putting a shot list together.

What is going to be in that shot? What does that shot say about the story? What emotion comes from the camera angle and where all the players are placed?

Those are just a few of the questions that every shot must go through. This is what makes the script come to life.

This is also what makes this part of the process seem insurmountable. Like I said, it scares me to death. But, this fear is a great motivator. It motivates me to never be satisfied with the status quo. It motivates me to continue searching for new ways to do things and to continue educating myself on the process. Finally, it motivates me to do better every time I get behind a project and to keep moving forward.

I don’t really know that any of this is relevant, but, this is my blog and I figure, it’s company related. So, there you have it.

p.s. If anyone decides to climb a mountain with a pogo-stick, please, let us follow you and do a documentary of your venture. I’m sure someone would watch it on Netflix.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Hamil Bros Studios

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from Hamil Bros Studios!

In the spirit of the day, we want to make a special offer this weekend.

Today (Feb. 14, 2014) through Monday (Feb. 17, 2014), we’re offering 14% off of any wedding video bookings!*

Luckily for all of you, this is a long weekend with Presidents Day being on Monday, so, we’re making this deal last through the holiday weekend.

If you’re looking for the best wedding video West Texas has to offer, then you don’t want to miss out on this deal.

Contact us here to get a wedding film proposal with your included discount.

If you’re wondering about the Hungry Man dinner, that is for all the singles out there. We don’t want to discriminate.

 

 

 

*Discount is only valid for weddings booked between 2/14/2014-2/17/2014 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offers*

 

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Viridian Design Studios (Video)

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Over a year and a half ago, I was approached by Tricia Hamil at Viridian Design Studios to do a short promotional video for her wedding design business to answer the question “what do you do?”

I started shooting for this project in April of 2012 and Jacob went back with me to finish the job in October of 2013. This, without question, has been the longest running project we have ever taken on. Mostly, it was because of scheduling, but, it’s finally finished and we couldn’t be happier.

It started in 2012 with a shoot Tricia’s store in Kerrville, TX. I spent Thursday there observing and shooting as flowers were delivered and immediately turned into center pieces and various arrangements for the 2 weddings that were coming up on the approaching Saturday. It was all-hands-on-deck and, as fast-paced as the atmosphere was, it was running like a well oiled machine.

On Friday (the 13th), I spent the day following Tricia to the two different wedding sites: the P-B Ranch and Riven Rock Ranch.

By the end of the day, having run back and forth between the two locations more times than I can remember, I was completely wiped out. It was at that point that Tricia sent me home and she was going to stay up at the shop going over all of the details for the next day and finalizing all of the last-minute details.

So, I went on back to the house and tried to get some sleep for the following day.

Saturday, came too quickly. I was up and ready to go at 9. By the time I woke up, Tricia was already at the store. I headed across town and met up with her before she left and jumped in the car with my camera, bag, and a tripod.

That may have been the longest day of my life. From the time we left the studio to the end of the day, it was all a blur. Tricia works so quickly and efficiently, it was all I could do to keep up.

By the end of the day, all I know is that we ended the day at Riven Rock and my feet were ready to fall off. I really don’t know how she does what she does. I was nothing more than the shell of a human by the end of that day and she does this every weekend.

Sunday, we had lunch and I headed to Odessa for a commercial shoot on Monday.

After having conversations about the direction she wanted this promotional film to go, we (Jacob and I) decided to go back and double team another weekend in Kerrville.

We arrived on a Thursday, last October (2013) and immediately went back to her store to discuss the plans for the weekend and to start shooting. Thursday, was a pretty relaxed day (for us) so, we wrapped things up in a hurry and went back to the house to try and get rested up for Friday. Instead of resting, we ended up shooting a short film with our cousins (more on that here).

When Friday rolled around we spent a bit of our time at Comanche Trace (mostly driving around, because some guy on a riding lawn mower pointed us in the wrong direction and I’m pretty sure we ended up somewhere in Connecticut). Once we finally reached the club house, we ended up with some beautiful footage of the set-up for a rehearsal dinner that was going to be taking place there. It was a pretty easy day (for us).

Saturday, Jacob and I headed out to our next location and one of the prettiest wedding sites we’ve ever seen: Camp Waldemar.

We spent quite a bit of time there shooting aerial footage and covering the prep as Jodi, Charles, and Dustin (some of Tricia’s team members) put together an amazing display. We would love to have stayed there all day, but, we ended up leaving there and going to a reception at Riverhill Country Club.

This was a tent set-up right off the golf course. It was absolutely stunning.

All in all, we are very grateful that we were given the opportunities to film the amazing work that Tricia and her team do at Viridian Design Studios.

As if that isn’t testimony enough of the great work she does, Jacob and I have kept in contact with a bride who’s wedding we shot and who’s wedding was designed by Tricia. She told us that if she had it (her wedding) to do over again, she would, without question, have Tricia design and coordinate her wedding again.

We absolutely love working with Tricia and her team and look forward to many more opportunities!

 

Viridian’s Links:
Website - http://viridiandesignstudio.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Viridian-Design-Studio/104273774529

 

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Hamil Bros Studios Guarantees

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Who is doing your wedding video?

Something we do at Hamil Bros Studios is a lot of market research to stay ahead of the curve. We surround ourselves with leading experts in the industry. We also look around to see what others in our market are doing.

While looking at some of the other wedding videographers in our area today, one thing really stuck out: there was one production company that guaranteed that they have cheaper prices than anyone else in the area. Sounds great, right?

Not to me. It sounds like “cut-rate” service.

Now, before I proceed, I’m not bashing on this person because as a small business, that is the first thing we think of to get business. I hope it’s working for him and I hope he can pay his bills doing it that way.

What do we guarantee with your wedding video?

When it comes to what we guarantee with your wedding video, it is my firm belief that it is significantly more important than guaranteeing price.

The first guarantee:
We guarantee that you will get the best quality in our area. As stated before we commune with the greatest minds in the wedding film industry and soak up as much information as humanly possible from them.
Beyond wedding education, we spend countless hours learning movie making techniques from any sources we can find who have real-world experience.

The second guarantee:
This is the big one. We guarantee PEACE OF MIND. Your wedding day is stressful enough and you don’t need your vendors adding to it. When it comes to hiring Hamil Bros Studios to do your wedding video, you have nothing to worry about. You can book us with the confidence of knowing that your wedding film is being handled with the utmost care and that when it is all over, your memories have been preserved  in the best form possible.

Do we guarantee the cheapest price?

Absolutely not. In the wedding video industry, you really do get what you pay for. So, it’s your decision. Do you want to pay $500 for a video that you don’t want to watch, or do you want to invest in something that you can look back at in 10, 20, or 50 years and think of how great that day was?

 

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What a Day

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This last week finally came to a head today. We finished up the final wedding video of 2013 and got it delivered. Along with that, we’ve had the opportunity to meet and talk to several brides about their weddings this summer.

Last week, one of my wife’s second cousins passed away and the family asked if I would put together some slide shows to show at his memorial service. It was beautiful memorial and I’m honored to have known Jimmy John Pritchard and to have been a part of his memorial. Although the circumstances were unpleasant, it was a great time getting closer to my in-law family. They are a tight-knit group and it was an atmosphere that I can only wish for all families.

Last night, Jacob and I had a great photo shoot with our friend Kris Tryon. With all of the rebranding we’ve been doing, he is helping us out in a big way by sharing his amazing talents and using them to make our faces look good :)

Though dealing with the exhaustion of the weekend, Jacob and I made our way to Midland today to call on some clients that we are starting to work with. We closed on a 4-commercial bid today and we are extremely excited to get working on it and even more excited to share them with you when they are ready.

All in all, between the wedding videos and the tv commercials, I’m completely wiped out. However, seeing all of the hard work that we’ve put in over the last several months as it comes to fruition is overwhelming and something that we are both proud of.

The transition from G&H Media Productions to Hamil Bros Studios is also nearing its completion.

There are some people that I want to specifically thank for helping us grow and get where we are:

Our Mother – she has been behind us 200% since I started this business over 3 years ago and has been more help than I could ever thank her for.

Our Dad – his support has been huge. It’s not always the best idea to hire family to do contract work, but, he thought it was worth taking a chance and having us produce a couple of promotional videos for his ministry. I’m really glad he did because it gave me a little insight to the impact he is making on people’s lives. He was the best man at my wedding and he still one of the best men I know. (springcreekministries.org)

My Wife – The poor woman didn’t know what she was getting into when she married me. However, she has stuck with me and supported this venture through some very difficult times. She also gave me two great reasons for pursuing this dream and striving to excel and make our living off of it. Those two reasons are our daughter, Terri, and our baby boy, Jonathan. They have been my biggest motivation for not giving up when that would have been the easiest thing to do. They’ve kept me from giving up on this business and, more importantly, they’ve kept me from giving up on myself.

Last and certainly not the least:

Kyle Bullock – He has given us the ammunition we needed to make this business start gaining traction and succeeding. We had the product, and he gave us the kick in the butt we needed to go out and do something with it. This guy is a ROCK STAR! (he’s also a future best-selling author check out his website and grab his new novel at http://kylerbullock.wordpress.com/)

I’m certain I’m leaving some people out, and for that, I apologize, but, please know, that none of this would have been possible at all without the love and support of our friends and family.

Here’s to the new year!

 

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Things are starting to Happen

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Hey everyone,

As most of you have seen, G&H Media Productions is nearly complete in it’s change to HAMIL BROS STUDIOS and we couldn’t be more excited!

Part of that is getting the facebook name changed.  Who knew that could be so difficult? But, as of this morning, it’s official! The name is changing before Valentine’s Day!

Now, I know this probably isn’t as exciting for you as it is for us, but, this is my blog and I can write about anything I feel like, and I feel like writing about how excited I am!

But, seriously, this is a huge step in a great direction for Jacob and I and we just want to share it with everyone who has helped us get this far.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, we say a huge THANK YOU!!!

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Stock Footage for Videos

Something a lot of people don’t think about that is used often is stock footage.

What is stock footage?
It’s footage of things that we may not have access to shoot on our own, but, can be purchased a whole lot cheaper than it would be to actually shoot it ourselves.

So, with that, I wanted to throw in a shameless plug for some free stock footage :)

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