The Avengers. The Amazing Spiderman. Men in Black 3. What do these recent blockbuster movies have in common, other than monster budgets and even bigger box office takes?
RF Film worked on them. And many more.
This company makes wireless camera systems so that directors can see the feed from cameras way out on helicopters, car rigs and other amazing feats of engineering -- and they have offices here in North Carolina.
Walker Interactive has been working with RF Film for nearly five years. We recently launched an updated site for them, having migrated from Flash to WordPress. And even though they work on productions with multi-million dollar budgets, they are still a small business at heart. I asked founder Greg “Noodles” Johnson my questions.
When did you start your business?
15 years ago.
How long had you been planning to start your business? Was it a sudden decision or a five year plan? What helped you pull the switch?
Nope, just worked into it, hadn't been planning it at all. I saw how wireless video used in sports could be utilized in the motion picture industry. I saw a need.
Did anyone give you a great piece of advice? If so, what was it and what did it mean to you then as opposed to now?
Well, I don't know if this is good advice, but people said nobody would pay for this wireless service in the movie industry... I went against the grain and proved them all wrong.
What's something you know now that you *wish* you knew when you first started your business?
If anything, I wish I had known more about Creative Financing.
What's your biggest challenge as a small business owner?
Keeping cash flow in place when the work is slow.
What do you like best about being a small business owner?
ABOUT THIS SERIES
Small Business Stories are a series of interviews by Walker Interactive (Lauren Walker) with our past and current clients. It came about because I found myself constantly beginning a sentence with, "Oh, I have a cool client who..." and sharing their story. Our clients run the gamut, so this series shows a lot of variety, but all are entrepreneurs and small business owners who are in the trenches everyday!