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Hi all,
I had my first show last weekend and recieved some great help/advise from a few show regulars. I'm looking to adjust my booth set up slightly and was looking for advise from y'all too. I sculpt one off ceramic animals, and I make time lapses of their creation... I'm planning on setting up a flat screen TV and set my time lapses play on a loop (with no audio). That way people can be drawn in by the process and see the finished pieces.

Here's a link to one of my videos:

After reading up on past discussions - I'm going to make a trip to batteries plus to see what kind of battery hook up I'll need... (I'm planning on running the TV and two or three lights on it).

I'll be at the CraftArt show this weekend, and plan to use this new setup. I'll have blown up images of my sculptures on the walls, the timelapses on the TV, and the sculptures of course, on display.

I'll also have a few signs made saying "original hand sculpted ceramics". I had seceral of people not understanding what my pieces were made from, and actually "flicking them". I even had a few that asked me who I bought my molds from. I was hoping that the signs, and process time lapse would be more informative... Though I realize I'll still hve occasional "flickers" :)

Do any of you use tvs in your booths? pros, cons? Any comments, or suggestions are appreciated.
Thank you!

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I second that the video is too fast, it also gives the illusion that it takes "no time" to make these when in fact we all know that it takes several days or more.  I second the digital picture frame, especially one that runs on batteries.  Also a slide show might be a better way to go.  A friend of mine had a slide show on her facebook page of the blizzard accumulating 30" of snow on her balcony.  Each picture was 30 minutes apart and then she set it to move forward fairly quickly.  

I agree that a TV will jam up your booth with tire kickers, maybe a small portable DVD player.  Another thing you can do is give each purchaser a dvd of the process.


I couldn't get through 15 seconds of that video...

I have a 2 minute video done by a friend of mine who has made tv commercials for over 30 years. Without getting into it, y'all have seen many of the commercials his company has made. I wanted a 5 minute video of me demonstrating my process. He claimed that 1) people max attention span for this sort of thing is 2 minutes. You start to lose them after 2 minutes. 2) people want to hear you and see you. They want to know your personality because this is what you are selling as much as the work. So, my video is basically me talking for 2 minutes with cut scenes of me making and firing my pieces. of the 2 minutes, 1 minute is a closeup of me pontificating, 30 seconds shows me throwing pots and 30 seconds shows me firing pots. I show it on my I-phone to those who have engaged me to explain my process.


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