I would like to preface this by saying that I am nobody. I am not anyone that is anyone in the industry. I am just a guy that helps his wife put out great wedding films while getting to play with new toys. My wife and I are sitting in McCarran airport waiting to catch a redeye to DC while I type this post and I felt I needed to do this before life takes back over and I forget about it.
I have been to many a LDI's, both in Vegas and Orlando, so I am familiar with the trade show scene. Since my first LDI over 10 years ago when I was in my early 20's I have grown accustom to the fact that most sales people manning booths will not even give me the time of day. I fully went into NAB with that predisposition even though we were there specifically to spend good money on a couple of new tripods. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the attention that we received by most of the booths. At the very top of the list of welcoming places (mainly for me since I am not a suit and tie type of guy) was the Red booth. Of course it was packed the first two days I stopped in there by Wednesday I actually had some one on one time with a few people in the booth. Since I have been a lurker and follower of the products for years I made it a point to not ask anything about dates and prices, I already know the answer to that anyway. My biggest question was how I, as a very interested future customer, would be treated in the Red family of bigger fish. I never had the money to invest in a Red One, I still don't really have it for an Epic but what I do have is a passion for cutting edge technology. I know Red treats it's early adopters well, as it should, I just wanted to see how I would be treated as someone that is new to the scene and wants to push the envelope. From what I gathered, very well is the response.
I also would have loved to meet Jim and ask him that question directly, but with me being a nobody I was not quite sure it would be appropriate, and I was too nervous. I would like to ask that same question again here.
How will someone new to the scene that currently does not have any investment in Red equipment be treated if I wanted to jump on the Epic M scene? Would someone like me first be allowed to be part of this and second would I receive the same respect since I was not a Red One owner?
Some other questions that I had which I think maybe should have been explained more at the booth:
I saw the Dragon film, it looked great but there was no discussion about the processes involved. One thing that I really wanted to know was about the projection and delivery. What 4k projector was it and was it being played from a Redray? How was the film itself shot, details on the process and the lighting, etc. I already know what the surprise was at that point so I spent the time enjoying the first 4k projection I had ever seen. I would have loved to learn more about that end of things.
We saw plenty of footage and test shots from many different cameras and in the end I thought the images from both the Epics and Scarlett were the best looking. They had character, emotion and the filmlike quality that none of the others had. I know for a fact that I would love to be part of this revolution.
I know no one in the booth knows who I am and even remembers me but I will still say thank you for actually giving me some respect.
Now when are they going to ship?! ::kidding::