I have posted this post here, as this is the forum I always add photos too and contribute too, its also the forum that shaped DVD1. Moderators, please consider this before moving this post. This post is written especially for the users in this particular forum.
We are a small photography business, 2 full time staff, 4 part time staff, and a modest office. I have always prided myself on providing a quality service at a really good price. When someone needs help I am always the first to answer them and try and help then with their photography related problems.
It was with this in mind that I created “The Passion of the Art – Shooting Glamour” instructional DVD. There was approx. 70K worth of expenses and six months work creating this ground breaking DVD. It sold for under $100, a VERY reasonable amount for the vast knowledge contained in it. To date we have barely broken even, and have made little money on this project. The small amount of money that we have earned was being channeled back into volume 2, “The Passion of the Art – Mastering Light”.
This morning it was brought to my attention that someone (user nk2join) that has acquired our DVD has uploaded it to Bittorent (a free download site). Since August last year, sales have plummeted, and we could not work out why. Now we have the answer, the DVD has been downloaded thousands of times from these sites, with not a cent coming back to the author Cole Studios. This money would have gone (and was planned to) go into Volume 2. Filming was set to start 30th January this year. The crew was booked, models booked, locations, everything, all booked and ready to go. I personally have already done a mountain of work towards getting this second DVD off the ground as the first one was so popular. To date I have spent around 8K on the new project.
So to see our DVD given away free all over the net has crushed me and broken my heart. How dare that person give away our hard earned work for free, when the DVD is already priced extremely reasonably and was by all accounts, a very successful DVD. How dare them deny all of you Volume 2! So many people emailed us and told us how great the DVD was and they can’t wait for DVD2. Due to the falling dollar at the time and some bad choices in advertising, DVD1 made little money. The mistakes we learned on DVD1 were going to be corrected on DVD2.
So next time you see one of those adverts at the start of a hired DVD whining about how movie piracy costs millions, please think of THIS DVD now. You enjoyed DVD1, but because of this piracy and the funds that did not come in, DVD2 will now never happen and has become economically non viable now. Such a shame as I had the most awesome DVD planned for DVD2.
Nominated 2010 Beauty and Glamour Photographer of the year SWPP
(judging 15th January).
One of the links is here:
This is THE reason why DVD2 has now been cancelled. The author / pirate is nk2join. If you know him/her, make sure you thank him for stuffing it up for everyone else.