Balloon School with Joe Montella (DVD Download) OVER FOUR HOURS of instruction!
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How to construct GIANT SCULPTURES
Joe regularly gets hired to create life-size promotional sculptures. Where do you start when you want to make a life-size 57 Chevy out of balloons? How about a LARGER-THAN-LIFE Penguin? Joe breaks it down step-by-step and helps you get started creating these unique and EXTREMELY MARKETABLE works of art.
Steps to Success: The Business side of Balloon Entertainment
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One sculpture is worth the price (and the rest is valuable too) Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 29th, 2016
Penguin has a habit of misplacing my negative reviews an I hope this one sees the light of day.
Anyway, Joe presents most things in excruciating detail, and I guess on balance, that is mostly better than not enough. Still, the man loves to talk. Then there are the annoying gaps. My favorite so far (I haven't made it all the way through and my not for a while... more on that later) is at the beginning where he describes "the perfect air pump". He shows some bad ones and provides reasons why. Then he shows you hand pump he has determined based on extensive use, to be the best around. Then he... talks about something else. No clue about where to get one. (Not to worry, I use a Filbert Pump, and that *is* the best.)
Some of the information is a bit "dated". For example, he talks about Sharpie's being the best for drawing on balloons. I think the current trend is to use dry erase markers. But, I digress.
I ordered the DVD download to save a few bucks. That means I don't have the benefit of an index which might appear on the DVD. However, as I've gone through the video, I've noted the crucial times and would like to share them with you.
The presentation starts out with basic info, how to inflate a balloon, tie a not, select a pump (if you can figure out which he's recommending, and types of twists.
Then, the sculpturing begins...
0>35 - Heart
0;53 - Plane (That's a long gap, maybe I missed something?)
0:59 - Heart redux
1:01 - Butterfly
1:04 - Bear
1:11 - Cat
1:21 - Palm tree with a monkey (now we're getting someplace!)
1:37 - A heart with two bears
1:37 - Basic Man (aren't we all?)
The Basic Man is as far as I've gotten. It is a sculpture with amazing potential. Joe expands on it a bit, showing all the different figures you can create starting with this and making a few simple additions/changes. This is the "worth-the-price" creation, and it could be the topic of an entire video.
Once I get past it and finish the video, I'll edit this review to complete the index. That is, assuming Penguin chooses to post it in the first place.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 9th, 2015
In all fairness, I have no other products to compare this to. I used this DVD to learn 7 basic balloon animals and I do them for money at restaurants on a regular basis. You only need to learn a few basic balloons and you can make your money back.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 1st, 2015
I purchased this one week before a wedding reception I was booked to work. I did this because I found out that day over half the guests were children. I am SO glad I did. I learned all of the balloons he taught in a few days and made at least one of everything. Additionally, I made several other requests based on the techniques he taught. HIGHER RECOMMEND
Negative: The Diamond Ring is hard to follow along with. However, he does tell you that this is the case.
I wish there had been a complete walk through on a small sculpture, but I can understand why there wasn't. That wasn't the purpose of the dvd.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 29th, 2013
When it comes to balloon twisting, there's no doubt that Joe Montella is good. He's a great performer, but an awful teacher. There are literally thousands of free tutorials on balloon twisting on youtube, and hundreds of sculptures that are better than the ones Joe teaches. His sculptures are nothing fancy but he does do them well and they are well liked sculptures. He also never once gives you any guidance on how much to inflate the balloons for each sculpture.
I bought the DVD solely for the business lessons that the description gave as well as the information on giant centerpiece sculptures. Neither of those two things are actually discussed at length in this DVD. Joe simply tells you to go out and market yourself (duh) and that giant sculptures take work and planning (duh).
Overall, I was sadly disappointed with this DVD. If I were a true beginner, this DVD would have some value, but again all the beginner information is available for free elsewhere on the net (i.e. youtube).
Save yourself some money and don't purchase this DVD unless you have $45 bucks that you can burn without consequence. You'd be better off buying supplies with that money and teaching yourself.
Great skill to have !!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 24th, 2013
I have the down load version for about a week and i have Been doing crazy stuff with it i cannot stress enough you learn how to make the differnt types of flowers, and the mermaid those are great for picking up girls, the other ones are cool for little children, you can use a regular pump, it takes a different kind of training and energy to learn how to do ballon shapes, it is not like a magic trick be patient and do not be afraid of the ballons even if they pop up, i recomend ( just like Joe says) using the pump but it is worth it that you learn how to blow up the ballon with your mouth, and you may be able to make shapes on the fly ( like impromptu ballon sculpturing) i hope i write another post soon telling you how this works on the field
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 7th, 2013
After watching the entire DVD I feel I learned a great deal of new balloon art for my kid shows. I'm not a balloon artist, but just wanted to learn more than the 5 I was doing for my kid shows as an added bonus.
Be prepared to rewind as Joe goes pretty quick through each one.
Get it if you wanna do Balloon Art Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 25th, 2012
Joe did a FANTASTIC job with this DVD. He gave full details from start to finish explaining how to do Balloon Art. He even went into important things like how to make money in the business and how to handle customers, etc.
I highly recommend this DVD if you have any interest in making things out of balloons. GREAT !
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 19th, 2012
Joe really takes the time to teach. He has passion. Was clear in his teaching. Very good dvd to have to start off for balloon sculpturing.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
This is the best balloon sculpture dvd I have found. It really takes you from beginner to pro. I had never been that interested in balloon sculpture until i realized that I could make money at it. This dvd shows you how. The business section is probably the most valuable part. I honestly never though I would ever be able to make anything better than a weiner dog, but every time I make the mermaid I actually impress myself. This stuff is too cool.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
Most people like balloons. Twisting as an artform that deserves more attention outside the children's performer Arena. This DVD has most of what you need to get started. You can add balloons to many different routines in situations. Incredible performers such as John Cassidy a world recordholder blow people away with high-energy balloon routines.
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