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Question What about educational videos for framers?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Jim Miller, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Thanks for your kind words.
    We seem to be on the same wavelength here (pun intended). My plan is to create topical videos of about 5-10 minutes running time on related subjects, which can be combined into a series. Some of these will be for consumer education, some will be for framer education, and some (such as the one on UV filtering) will be suitable for both uses.

    My Picture Framing Technical Series will cover methods and materials, and some technical topics could take more time. For example, my first-ever production was a 15 minute video on The Platform Mount, which includes hands-on demonstrations for several applications. It is done and ready to release, but I may re-record it into shorter segments of 5-or-so minutes on Platform Mount Basics, Off-Center Platform Mount, Recto-Verso Platform Mount, Multi-opening Platform Mount, and Oddly-Shaped Platform Mount.

    The UV-filtering video that Mo linked above probably should be added to the Technical Series. Already, several framers have asked me to customize it specifically for their businesses, so they can post it on their websites and play it for customers, and to train employees. For a small fee, I'll re-edit the video using the background images and logo they provide; the one Mo posted above was a re-edit customized for Framers Only. (The original is posted on YouTube - just Google it.)

    The Picture Framing Design Series will cover framing features & benefits, component selections, price vs. preservation, etc. The first in this series is a 5 minute video about VALUE in custom framing, finished only a few days ago. Next will come Matting and Decorative Features, Frame Moulding Selection, Preservation Choices, and Hanging Hardware Choices. All of this series will be for the purpose of educating customers about framing design, not 'how to'. However, some framers might benefit from these topics, as well. Any more suggestions for this series on framing design?
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  2. i-FRAMER

    i-FRAMER MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Sounds great Jim.

    It is something i would certainly invest for my staff. Something if they asked me a question i could say "here, watch this 5 minute video it will explain it". We have recently been finding videos for our new sales staff to watch. Some are from Jared Davis and other framers/suppliers, but then others are just on selling techniques in general. Including profiling people and body language.

    I myself, are not so much working in my business or for it. My focus is now on operations, business development and planning for exit strategies. And then how we can integrate some of these business models into our software. Hence the new Kanban board (project management) we have been working.

    Keep us up to date on your progress, or do you have a subscribe somewhere we can register to hear when releases are being made?
  3. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    This is all too new to be organized to the point of having a subscription program - but we're working on that.

    Watch here for more details as they emerge, and maybe you should register for Mo Elyas's "Framers Only" Facebook forum, because he and I are brainstorming on the issue of vid-ed. My progress will probably show up there before anywhere else.
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  4. i-FRAMER

    i-FRAMER MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I am no longer a member of Framers only. But i am on every other forum and facebook group. I am sure i will receive updates at some point.
  5. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    The American Picture Framing Academy will be announcing an exciting new distance learning program by the end of the year. Check the APFA website periodically, www.pictureframingschool.com for details about our new studio and a series of free online educational opportunities. We're currently looking for personable/knowledgeable instructors who would like to earn extra money demonstrating unique and advanced framing techniques, and business skills.
  6. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Mo, one of the reasons I believe your videos are better [ignoring I'm in the one you are referencing] is because it is not only a video but also allows those that are signed in to ask questions. And if the person asking questions is on 'Zoom' they can ask the question directly, without having it filtered by the moderator / director [Mo in this case] who is also monitoring the comments that are coming in on Facebook.

    And the more of these that Mo directs, the better they will be.

    Referencing the free 'Introduction to Colored Bevels' that Mo posted in the classified section of the Grumble. Prep time was between 30 to 40 hours for me. My out of pocket cost was around $100 for tripod, I-phone holder, mike [which was the wrong one; I've ordered another one for the next classes], cords, and of course materials. So these classes take time and money to produce.

    Again, thanks MO for providing additional educational avenues.
  7. FramerInTraining

    FramerInTraining MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    As an extension to this post, I and Jim Miller created an online class where the educator, Jim Miller, will present a live ONLINE class and the students can view and interact with the instructor via voice and video. I listed here in the classifieds section, click here to see more details.

    Once the live classes are run live, we will give free replay access to the class for a period of time, 30-60 days, and every week for ten minutes the instructor will interact with the students via a live video feed to follow up on any questions they may have.
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  8. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Jim, I certainly understand your reluctance to release other videos, but after watching "Why doesn't UV filtering stop fading?", I think maybe you're not giving pirates enough credit. And BTW, the title should read, "Prevent Fading."
    I'm almost certain you can do better.
  9. FramerInTraining

    FramerInTraining MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Paul and Jim

    I am not very impartial when it comes to this as I am producing educational videos for framers, but here is my take anyway.

    People can with a some effort copy a film from Netflix, Amazon Videos or Google Videos. These guys have crazy budgets compared to framers like us. How in the world are we going to stop piracy if they can't. Should a few (or many) bad actors stop us from helping the entire framing community? I don't think so.
  10. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Paul, I think the title that Jim uses is fine; Nothing really stops fading over time. Some methods do a better job of slowing fading and damage down, but art will still fade over time if it is on display. I have been in the Windsor & Newton offices in the UK and they have timers and motion sensors on lights to minimize light exposure because they know visible light , in addition to ultra-violet light causes fading.

    And while I have some wonderful prints in collections from the 1850's, the reason they are in such wonderful condition is they have not been on display. And yes, the pieces in these collections have wonderful decorative mat elements. And they are also stored in boxes out of alpha cellulose mats. And I wrap them in a metal barrier film to minimize future damage and fading. So In my opinion, 'Prevent Fading' is not a good title.
  11. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    There is no magic bullet to total fading of materials used in art or other materials. As framers, we try to mitigate the fading process with the best knowledge and techniques that we have at the present time that a project is undertaken.
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