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I've been sitting at home since the 15th of march. Got a 15sec editing gig for a rehash of an old corporate video. And some people are talking about not having any large tv production in 2020. So it's kinda of a flat line.

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Improvising, overcoming, adapting.  I shot my first wedding ever... incidentally also my first live stream shoot ever.  Streaming church services.  Trying to market my expertise in filming in medical and bio research scenarios (and thus biosafety knowledge and working safely with big name clientele).  Marketing for more voiceover work.  Pitching consultation services for setting up home studio spaces so your Zoom meeting peers don't have to look up your nose.  Even simply being willing to work has gotten me work.

Business is still limping, but failure is not an option.

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11 minutes ago, McBob.TV said:

Improvising, overcoming, adapting.  I shot my first wedding ever... incidentally also my first live stream shoot ever.  Streaming church services.  Trying to market my expertise in filming in medical and bio research scenarios (and thus biosafety knowledge and working safely with big name clientele).  Marketing for more voiceover work.  Pitching consultation services for setting up home studio spaces so your Zoom meeting peers don't have to look up your nose.  Even simply being willing to work has gotten me work.

Business is still limping, but failure is not an option.

Wow, working real hard! Great way to place yourself. It's a good approach.

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I’d probably have to go back 25+ years or so, into my teens since I went this long without doing any type of paid work.

I haven’t picked up a camera since March 8th. I also have not put fuel in my vehicle since March 18th, and it’s still at least around a quarter tank.  But unless something happens in the next 18-20 hours, I should be working tomorrow.

One of my audio guys has had some studio stuff recently, but most of us have had nothing.  Another friend just got fired from a production company earlier this week and then heard yesterday that they let everyone else that was left go.  Which was probably five this week and at least seven in the last 5-6 months.

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Just this week (after nothing since 12th March) I've had two enquiries about work from previous clients - so I'm brushing up on all the H&S guidance that's been published so far, and putting options forward to them to safely carry out the work (both corporates with small crews). Lots to consider. Quite exciting though really!

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I squeaked in my last shoot 15th/16th March .. a corporate shoot with the director coming in from abroad .. it was just before quarantine for incoming passengers .. the first and only paid shoot with my new Fx9 !!  still glad I got at least one under the belt..a couple of one man band almost shoots that didn't happen.. there is a one week shoot hopefully going to happen in June .  dependent on relaxing of emergency rules..  but it has given me time to really go over the fx9..  luckily I dont have any staff or office  or loans .. so just living off savings basically . and that last pay check from March !..

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The 17th of March was my last full day of work. Had a short drone job pop up on the 13th of May which I was able to do as New Zealand is out of lockdown and people here are slowly starting to film again, but its very slow. I have some unpaid doco work next week but that wont pay the mortgage.

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I started what is a new career path last year, at perhaps a late age (but you're never too old), and this virus has killed everything that I had planned to do ie, every event has died. With the way our state is moving to restart the economy, it's going to be a long time before anything gets back to normal and I'm not sure that there will be enough money going around for what might be considered non-essential work in our rural area. Thankfully I'm not financially dependent on this work, but it's a bummer that it's been cut short.

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As a professional creative I'm used to projects taking a long time to develop but there was always something in the pipeline to count on. After all my jobs were cancelled without rescheduling I decided to try another approach. I offered several clients my services for a reduced budget with a small camera package. My one requirement was I filmed everything outside with available light only. Just me, my camera and the client. One client said they needed several music videos filmed and this (small) approach was in their budget and exactly what they needed. Before C-19 I would have never offered this type of service but if that's the only thing a client needs who am I to say no. It doesn't keep me from shooting bigger budget projects when they return and it's money in my pocket this month. I filmed these in my backyard and driveway and call them my Covid quality projects. 

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