“Thanks for the offer to edit your ______________ (insert video I don’t want to work on) video but you have to understand that I can’t do it for free. I edit as my profession, sitting in a dark edit suite all day every day so it’s hard to take time away from my family, friends, other interests and career pursuits, not to mention recreational activities that there is precious little time for anyway, in the evening and on the weekends to work on personal projects for other people. I will be happy to edit your piece but for that reason I can’t do it for free but I would be willing to do it for $____________ (insert extremely large flat fee that you really would be willing to do the edit for). That includes you giving me not too much material to use in a somewhat organized fashion, with notes on what I am seeing. I will offer you one round of changes and provide 2 DVDs of the end product. Any You Tube or Internet uploads will be extra.”—ProVideo Coalition.com: the EDITBLOG by Scott Simmons
"Here’s how our preview works: 1) We give Coulton the title of a series.* 2) He offers up what he imagines the premise of that show might be.** 3) We tell him the program’s true premise. 4) He sums up the show’s chance for survival. 5) TV executives everywhere collectively shiver."