Reply To: Who is AEAC, An Q and A with Steve and other AEAC Staff
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It is a tremendous amount of work.. at least for me. I track my hours & my normal work week is 12-15 real work hours a day by 6-7 days a week. I’m always working towards the growth & reach of AEAC. It’s also very expensive. Audio/visual gear, computer hardware, software, and support materials have exceeded $20,000. My normal work day is comprised of sales, marketing, accounting, forecasting, banking, shipping, blogging, planning, answering questions on the forums & my channel, maintaining Facebook, researching product, researching audio/visual gear, learning audio/visual gear, maintaining gear, and yes… reviewing the airgun too.Like you guys, I work very hard to get these guns performing… then I bring them to camera. There’s a civic responsibility in doing so.
When the gun ships I research it on the forums to become familiar with it’s tendencies & preferences, and occasionally I’ll check it out on YouTube too. I like to wrap my mind around the trends of what you guys think of it as well as your experiences with it. When it arrives, I thoroughly clean it & scope it, as well as read the owners manual cover to cover. Then, I get to work breaking it in and looking for the right pellet. If you follow AEAC on Facebook, you’ll know full well that I put 25-30 different types of pellet through most every gun that comes my way for review… recleaning & rechecking crony numbers every 100 shots or so. This process normally takes me 1-2 full days and when done, not only am I familiar with how to handle the gun into performing at its best, but I’ve culled the pellets that will make it shine too. Once the gun’s valve sets in (400-500 shots later) I make the shot charts. This entails 3-4 hours of setup, shooting, logging, and finally converting in Excel Spreadsheets. Once I’ve got the gun right & the shot charts done up, I begin preparing for video day. Recleaning the barrel, charging batteries, cleaning lenses, organizing gear, searching for the right music score, and packing up the truck normally takes up an evening after dinner until bedtime.
The following day I’m up early for my 45 minute commute out into the country. I usually make it out there by 10am and usually leave around 3-4pm… sometimes there’s 2 days of this and sometimes, when I shoot ballistic gel scenes (as you’ll see in the Bushbuck45 vid this weekend) I’m up at 0530 to be there before 8am. You need a very low morning sun to get those shots to come out right. If I do need gel for video, I’ll spend a few hours making it the day before too. The Bushbuck needed 44 lbs (16 liters) of it so I was all evening cooking it up.The video; there’s no scripting or reading… at least for me. I learn the gun, get familiar, then speak from the heart. Once done, I’ll spend 2-3 hours to transferring & organizing all the data from the 4 camera’s SD cards (sometimes 8 cameras) to the computer. Video editing for me as of late takes me 35-ish seat hours. Add a minute long fanciful intro to music and 35 hours becomes 50. The 2016 Extreme Benchrest vid had me in the chair for over 70 hours, not to include the 7 days of prep & filming and the full day of transferring footage. The SHOT Show vids only took 5-6 chair hours each but also took a week of planning, travel, & filming… and of course the repeating intro took a day to make but you get the idea. Making movies can take up a lot of your time.I hope this helps shed some light and answers your question of “what other time & labor was put into it.”
Yes, I’m doing what I love for an audience I love. No, it’s not for the money.