Jump to content
  • 0

Is it wrong for me to ask the client if I can inspect his video files before he submits the order?


adeniji57

Question

I just had an encounter with a client who wanted me to edit a 10 minute video for him. I asked him to describe the video but the only word he could use was 'cinematic' and wouldn't give any further details. I then asked him if he could send me the video file so that I could inspect the video and make sure that it is "editable" and he refused. I usually do this so I can know exactly what the client needs before they submit an order.

I've run into issues in the past where clients have sent me 'uneditable' or odd footage that I couldn't edit and I we'd end up running into issues.

Is it wrong for me to ask for the footage in advance?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

Guest ligiacarvalho

I don't see anything wrong. I ask all the time to my clients to see the briefing, the material before I agree with the project.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, adeniji57 said:

Is it wrong for me to ask for the footage in advance?

Absolutely not. Firstly, the buyer is being incredibly vague in what he wants. "Cinematic" is not a definitive answer and has a very broad interpretation.

Wanting to look at what you may potentially have to work with is absolutely a reasonable request. If he sends you grainy, shaky, terrible footage that seems more appropriate for the "Blair Witch Project," but wants you to transform it into a "cinematic" extravaganza, then he might as well also ask you to turn straw into gold.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...