One more test and I'm Certified (ISF that is)

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  1. Mark Sherman

    Mark Sherman Supporting Actor

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    After 2 long days of hands on training and lectures on methodology with Joel Silver, I will be an ISF certified Technician. I just have to take one more test.


    I took what I learned along with some very cool equipment and put it to use on my set, and all I can say is WOW. The Fifth element superbit was just down right STUNNING.
     
  2. Bob Graz

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    Hey Mark, stand up comedy and ISF certification. That should make for and interesting and funny several hour calibration.

    3 guys walk into a bar, a priest, a lawyer and an ISF tech........
     
  3. JohnE

    JohnE Supporting Actor

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    Excuse my ignorance, but what is an ISF cert? Conratulations anyway.[​IMG]
     
  4. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    this is ISF

    Way to go[​IMG]

    What did all this cost ya???

    If ya don't mind.

    Brent
    All better now[​IMG]
     
  5. Paul_Fisher

    Paul_Fisher Screenwriter

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    Brent, you have an extra http:// in that link.
     
  6. Mark Sherman

    Mark Sherman Supporting Actor

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    Brent the whole trip was picked up by my Boss, and he bought all the sencore testing equipment for proper calibration.


    He Bought all this stuff a year ago and NO ONE wanted to learn how to use it.


    Here was my mind set. "let see you're(MY BOSS) gonna pay for my trip and expences and give me all this cool stuff to make more money GEE let me think"



    I still have to take the test in order to be listed on the sight. But I do have all of my ole' friends from Tweeter getting me Business.


    Its all good
     
  7. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    Think your boss would "pick up" the costs for me too??[​IMG]

    Lucky boy[​IMG]

    Brent
     
  8. Andres Munoz

    Andres Munoz Cinematographer

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    Wow, what luck!

    So how much is the course and the equipment?

    I was seriously considering becoming certified a couple of years ago (definately could use the extra cash) but the thought of spending all that money in the expensive equipment that is needed, stopped me from doing it.

    The idea has been in the back of my mind ever since, though.
     
  9. Mark Sherman

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    The class was $1000.00 Plus Travel and hotel. The cost of the equipment was about 8-12k.


    I would also recommend taking an introduction to photography to better understand how light works and how color effects the picture.
     
  10. Wayne Bundrick

    Wayne Bundrick Cinematographer

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    Good grief, how many calibration visits do you have to make to break even on cost of the test equipment?

    It's something I'd like to do, except for one thing: dealing with customers. I am not a people person.
     
  11. Andres Munoz

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    Exactly the way I feel Wayne. The equipment is way up there. You'd need to work your butt off before you see a profit.
     
  12. Mark Murphy

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    You can come tinker w/my TV if you want some practice.
     
  13. John Kilduff

    John Kilduff Screenwriter

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    You were taught by Joel Silver?

    Could you tell him that I loved "Lethal Weapon"?

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Or is that a different Silver?
     
  14. Mark Sherman

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    John I think thats another Guy
     
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    So what are you guys going to calibrate when most people realize that front projectos are where it's at?
     
  17. Mark Sherman

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    Calibrate them like any other TV with My color meter and a Tripod.

    I still have to converge CRT based FPTV's and Color Balance DLP,LCD, its the same but different.


    anything else[​IMG]
     
  18. Chris Lockwood

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    > the whole trip was picked up by my Boss, and he bought all the sencore testing equipment for proper calibration

    What line of work are you in that the boss would pay for this?


    > Good grief, how many calibration visits do you have to make to break even on cost of the test equipment?

    The numbers sound pretty good to me. If you spend 14k on the training & equipment, & charge 500 for a calibration, it would take 28 to break even (not counting your driving expenses & the like). How long does a calibration take? No more than a workday, I'd assume.

    So if you do 4 a week, it would take 7 weeks to recoup your costs. But then you'd be making 2000/week working 4 partial days. That's 100k/year if you take 2 weeks off.

    Imagine if you could schedule 2 a day part of the time.

    Recouping all your start-up costs that fast is pretty good. If you spend 14k on college courses you won't earn it back in 7 weeks.

    I might have to look into this. Where is this school?
     

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