I finally caught up yesterday. Finished the piece on marriage and divorce, burned the dvds and got them in the mail to the churches who plan to use it Sunday. In the middle of it all, ministers from the other church came to preview their project.
I’m always a little anxious when a client looks at an unfinished project. I’m always concerned they’ll pick it apart and then demand that I change the entire theme and focus of the project which would require me to start over.
It happens. Clients spend a lot of money on these projects and they want them exactly how they want them. It happens with large ad agencies and with local tv stations so I’m sure it will happen to me.
Fortunately, they liked both pieces they saw yesterday and the change they asked for was a minor one and easy fix. I hope to be finished with all 4 pieces by tomorrow.
I’ve only had one bad experience with a client and that came nearly 2 years ago. It was a live event the client wanted to distribute on dvd. I spent tens of hours on trying to make the project work, but it just wasn’t coming together. The live event was horrible and I’m not sure the folks at Dreamworks could have made it look good. The client watched it, asked for a few changes and seemed to be happy. Later though, they hated it.
I did too, and I knew there was no way they could sell any dvds. They refused to pay but demanded the raw tapes. I refused of course and we eventually wound up in court. The judge agreed with me, they ended up paying to get the raw tapes.
Hopefully that’ll be my last experience like that one.
I’ll be writing and editing today but will take time to go to a Rotary meeting. I haven’t been to a Rotary club meeting in years (I never have been able to join with my old full-time job).
Survivor 10 starts tonight and I suppose I’ll watch. Interesting read today from the syndicated tv critic that the C.A runs. He wondered why he doesn’t remember the winner’s names from past Survivors. Should we? I remember the first and second season’s winners because the show was a novelty, but now? I hope I never use brain power and memory to store the names of people who’ve won a reality show.