I dream of the day when I can telecommute. Wake up, stroll across my backyard to the studio and begin my workday of mixing, editing, and recording. Because on that day, I don't have to live wherever the industry is. But I'm pretty sure it's a pipe dream, not because I won't have a backyard someday, or a studio in it, but because it seems altogether unlikely to be viable.
There is definitely a stigma against the "home studio": Low-end gear, poor acoustics, hobbyist talent. And some of that is well deserved. But I know a number of engineers who work as professionals who have studios at home, whether they are for side work or pleasure, that are hooked up. But yet it's never their primary source of income. It's always for work on the side, or studio for fun.
I can't put my finger on why producers and directors need to go into a major studio. Is it the image? Cause I can redecorate. Is it the budget? Cause I'll gladly charge you more if you really want. Is it reputation? Cause everyone who works at a studio takes their reputation home with them at the end of the day. Is it the invasion of my home? Cause pretty much everybody's welcome (until you piss me off).
What spurred this thought was this cool new feature that one of our FCP editors is using with his producer called iChat Theater. She's in Austin, TX he's here in Arlington, VA and she supervises the offline session through iChat. It blew me away, it's not perfect, but it's phenomenally cool and has great potential. I instantly projected the technology onto my own dream scenario.
Previously I had heard of independent studios running fiber channels to production houses allowing producers to stay at the office (poor suckers) to review a show's mix. But that's a huge outlaying of cash for a single stream of business. And of course Source Elements with their whole line-up is attempting to put us all a single DSL connection away from one another. I've heard tales of issues, but it again is phenomenally cool and has great potential.
I recognize that half of the business is relationships, drumming up business, and staying visible. So that's the problem with living in the middle of Montana (my apologies to any working pro here living in Montana whom I offend with that comment). But for the other half, do we really have to drive in to work everyday with the rest of the world?
Honestly, I'd settle for edit at home, mix in the studio. That sounds like a nice balance. Do any of you pros have home studios that you bill primary clients for the use of? Do they know that you're working from home? What are your opinions on the matter?