The Post-Production Biz Re-visited

kinnon —  May 30, 2009 — 3 Comments

As part of MKPL, Imbi and I owned a post-production company in Toronto for almost 20 years, Scene by Scene®. We did great work. (We being the company and all its employees.) Odds are good that if you’ve been a North American television viewer since the mid-80’s, you’ve seen our work – whether music videos, series, commercials or docs.


One of the problems with being in post-production (the editing, effects and mixing stage of the production process) was how many clients had actually burned through their budget before they got to us. Something they, of course, didn’t tell us before we finished their work. (I won’t give you the amount but from the number of people who stiffed us, we are owed well into six figures – money we will never see – and that’s not including what Livent failed to pay us.)

One of the unique joys of our biz was post negotiating – the art of negotiating after the work was done. (Which I’ve had occur with long-term clients, six months after the project was completed – after we’ve called them repeatedly for bill payment.) This video cracked me up. I’ve had every one of these conversations. (And once got to play the role of the big guy @ the end, when Imbi was having a conversation with the then largest advertising agency in the world who was trying to stiff us.) [HT]



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

3 responses to The Post-Production Biz Re-visited

  1. This is just too freaking funny! And it reminds me of my “2nd life” job all the time since I’m doing it to supplement my part-time pastor pay! (Like in “you’re doing this to serve God, aren’t you? Why are you trying to charge me SO much?)

    I’m going to ROTFLMAO now…

  2. this is hirarious… except for guys like you who get ripped off by “respectable” clients

  3. Lyle Lovett is incredible. One of those few artists that are masters at painting a picture without filling in all the details; able to put a melancholy emotion into even the funniest songs.
    Being from my home country of Texas, I’m a tad biased, but I figure it’s only fair. I get the chance to see him regularly, and I’ve never missed on.

    My dad did the same thing with me. Buddy and Julie Miller were friends of my family growing up, and I’ve had the opportunity to listen in on people like Mark Heard, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Earle as a kid. Wouldn’t’ replace it for the world.


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