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Hi from Okinawa, Japan.
Hi, I registered for Videouniversity.com in the summer of 2009, but I never had a chance to get involved in this community. I thought I could start making videos then, but it held back for a financial reason...

I haven't been doing any video-related jobs for the last 5 years. Before that, I was working for a small video production company for a year in Okinawa, Japan. It was mostly about wedding videography, and this forum really helped me become more creative. (I remember that the forum was available for free, yet I was a lurker at that time.)

For the last couple of months, I've been thinking about doing something I love very much, videomaking.
But I still haven't figure out exactly what kind of video business I really want to do. Besides wedding, event and corporate video, I think there's more to video-use somehow. I don't know what it is, but I hope I can some clues here by taking part in this forum. I hope I will be able to contribute in any way I can as well.

I'm sorry English is not my native language, and my words can be tough to interpret. I'll do the best I can not to make anyone confused.

Nori


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
since this forum is not as active as "members only" forum, I thought I could say something here to let others know that there are many members in the forums.

I was not sure if people were actually here when I was NOT a registered member...


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."

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Nori Kude: Feb 5, 2011, 3:03 AM
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since this forum is not as active as "members only" forum, I thought I could say something here to let others know that there are many members in the forums.

I was not sure if people were actually here when I was NOT a registered member...


You're right: the Members Only forum is where the action is.
A lot of the Members like having a forum where we can talk about
the business without having the whole world looking on. It's like
a private little club.




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"There is no worse concentration of aholes in one profession than wedding videographers." - photog -

"For weddings people want a rose tinted record of what it really was and this is much easier with stills so I can't see video ever being in the driving seat here." - photog -

"I personally can't stand the video dslr set ups these days ... way too much - too static and just in everyone's way - mine, priest, and guests. The whole issue of them not having auto focus - makes it necessary for them to do rehearsal shots - and that takes up so much time." - photog -

"A photograph helps you remember an event in the manner you want to remember the event.
Video makes you remember an event how it actually happened... good or bad." - photog -
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Re: [Brackish] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Thank you for the response, Brackish.
I know you don't know me but I've known a bit about you, a little weird, though :)


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It's like a private little club.


That is a very nice description.

Are there many members who actually read this forum, by the way?


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Welcome, Nori. I believe that you are one of the first people from Japan to take part in our little world here. "Besides wedding, event and corporate video," I can only think of commercials (for TV), independent feature films, or family histories as other avenues for video. I'm sure others here can contribute more ideas.

Marshall
"I feel like we have sort of an amazing inheritance in terms of what our grandparents and our great grandparents thought to leave us. When they were building the infrastructure that is the spine of this country, they knew that the benefit of it would redound to us. They knew it. What are WE doing?”
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Welcome NORI... it's true, the "members only" forum is
much more active now-a-days. You should give it a try...

As to your post... trying to find your "place" in video production
can be a difficult and personal journey. Many have tried to
find different types of productions... the truth is, most are "fun"
but not very profitable.

If you've got any specific questions... feel free to ask.
If you'd like to contact me privately, my email is ken@summitvid.com
Happy to help if I can...

btw... YOUR ENGLISH IS JUST FINE!!!!!


Ken Ehrhart
SUMMIT Productions
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Re: [MarshallM] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to

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I believe that you are one of the first people from Japan to take part in our little world here.

I had that thought, too. Maybe THE first.




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"There is no worse concentration of aholes in one profession than wedding videographers." - photog -

"For weddings people want a rose tinted record of what it really was and this is much easier with stills so I can't see video ever being in the driving seat here." - photog -

"I personally can't stand the video dslr set ups these days ... way too much - too static and just in everyone's way - mine, priest, and guests. The whole issue of them not having auto focus - makes it necessary for them to do rehearsal shots - and that takes up so much time." - photog -

"A photograph helps you remember an event in the manner you want to remember the event.
Video makes you remember an event how it actually happened... good or bad." - photog -
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Re: [MarshallM] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Thank you very much for the warm welcome.

It feels like being abroad again, like when I was in a college studying English and Cinema in the U.S. but that was a long time ago, and I haven't spoken the language for the last 6 - 7 years.


Yes, it's becoming a personal journey for me to find out what I do with video will have the meaning. Well, I can only live once, I guess.

I'm not excluding the ideas of wedding, event and corporate, but maybe I should expand the ideas?
For instance ---
A wedding documentary that does not emphasis the wedding ceremony. It's just like "Rachel Getting Married" without all the seriousness... Finding a dramatic story would be very tough for each project, but I don't know, I thought it'd be cool to say, "we make documentary films about the event of a lifetime, which can be submitted to Film Festival."
I guess I'm thinking too muchTongue

Anyways, I might say something silly that popped in my head along the way. You can just tell me the truth if it's ridiculous. I can take itWink

Nori


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Aloha Nori-san,

はじめまして。マウイのカメラマンのミゾミトッドです。よろしくおねがいします。
Welcome to the VU forums. You'll find a lot of useful information from the people on this site.

i used to shoot a lot of Japanese weddings here in Maui, but hardly get them these days. Do you work with Watabe in Okinawa?




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Re: [mcguyver] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Aloha, Todd!

はじめまして。

Thank you for the reply. Yes, little by little, I'm getting into the "Member Only" forum by reading many threads.

I know of Watabe, one of the biggiest films in wedding industry, but I've never worked with them.

If you don't shoot a lot of Japanese weddings, maybe it's because of the economy, I suppose. Also, there are less young people in Japan as there used to be Tongue

Nori


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Welcome Nori. You will learn much here. I went to Okinawa last August. My son (in the Marines) was stationed there and I visited him over a weekend. Went to the Palace, the Aquarium and walked through all of the shops. Beautiful island!
Again, welcome.
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Re: [KaseyMyGirl] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Thank you for the warm welcome.

It's really nice to know there is someone in this community who has been to Okinawa!

I'm already learning a lot about this business especially from international point of view.


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Nori, I hope you are alright amidst all the devastation in your country right now. I video and images coming from Japan are mind-numbing, and my thoughts are with your entire country.





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"Um, very well...thank you."
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Re: [Wes Haley] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
I live far away from the disaster area, so I was all right. It's said to be the worst crisis in Japan since WWII. There is the matter with the nuclear power plant problem too.
I really don't know how to express my feeling, but I'll say this. There are many people who entered the area to help the victims risking their own lives. Some of those rescuers/researchers are not Japanese.
It may be easy to say "I was lucky I happened not to be there."
But, I'm really lucky that I happen to be human.


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to

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I live far away from the disaster area

I was just thinking about you earlier today. It's been a while since we heard from you last; I was wondering what's going on with you.




__________________________________
"There is no worse concentration of aholes in one profession than wedding videographers." - photog -

"For weddings people want a rose tinted record of what it really was and this is much easier with stills so I can't see video ever being in the driving seat here." - photog -

"I personally can't stand the video dslr set ups these days ... way too much - too static and just in everyone's way - mine, priest, and guests. The whole issue of them not having auto focus - makes it necessary for them to do rehearsal shots - and that takes up so much time." - photog -

"A photograph helps you remember an event in the manner you want to remember the event.
Video makes you remember an event how it actually happened... good or bad." - photog -
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Re: [Brackish] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Actually nothing much related to videography for me lately.
I've been in the middle of personal stuff at the moment...

I had the plans for some event shooting on the last weekend, but it didn't happen due to the earthquake. Since then, the whole country went into mourning. I am prepping for two promo videos pro bono, but who knows...


vimeo | YouTube | My Blog | "Feel the atmosphere of Okinawa, visually."
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Actually nothing much related to videography for me lately.

Well, I meant I was wondering what's going on with you regarding the tsunami ... I was wondering if you were okay.




__________________________________
"There is no worse concentration of aholes in one profession than wedding videographers." - photog -

"For weddings people want a rose tinted record of what it really was and this is much easier with stills so I can't see video ever being in the driving seat here." - photog -

"I personally can't stand the video dslr set ups these days ... way too much - too static and just in everyone's way - mine, priest, and guests. The whole issue of them not having auto focus - makes it necessary for them to do rehearsal shots - and that takes up so much time." - photog -

"A photograph helps you remember an event in the manner you want to remember the event.
Video makes you remember an event how it actually happened... good or bad." - photog -
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Re: [Nori Kude] Hi from Okinawa, Japan. In reply to
Nori,

I'm very glad to hear you are OK. So sorry about the horrible things your country is going through. I'm sure I speak for everyone here. We wish only the best for you and your countrymen and women.

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