Production Information and Rates for
Lo/no budget (video) production requests

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I have had many request for availability and rate quotes for lo/no budget productions. Let's start with an understanding of what production involves.

A director dictates the tone and style of a project with the help of the cinematographer and production designer as the creative team. The production staff, specifically the 1st AD and/or the unit production manager, work in conjunction with the director to set production specifications. This person, after talking with the director and script breakdown, is skilled to know what it takes and what is a reasonable schedule and budget.

It has been my experience and is standard in the industry that for professional productions to run smoothly, to be on time and to work without excessive stress, it takes proper planning. Not all of the staff positions have to be a single person and many times requires that some will be wearing multiple hats on a lo/no budget production.

For my part as a cinematographer, below is my current day rate for lo/no budget productions. By reading the script, knowing the production specifications, budget, scheduling and knowing the vision of the director, I can give you a more accurate dollar amount for time and equipment, and if there are scheduling conflicts. So, what are the steps needed to considered your project:

1. A script (in script format)
2. Breakdown sheets (from script: paper, spreadsheet or production software)
3. Production schedule (from breakdown: hardcopy or production software)
4. Production budget (from scheduling and cost: hardcopy or production software)
5. Crew list contacts (hardcopy or production software)
6. Funding (percent of budget target)

For a lo/no budget production short, contemporary time period, no special effects, simple shoot (few locations), the camera department will need a minimum (video) crew of: an assistant camera, gaffer, key grip, plus two reliable production assistants assigned to the department. For a feature this would be a hard and rough shoot on the crew and a bigger crew would be needed based upon the production specs (locations and equipment). The sound department will need a location tech/mixer and boom operator/assistant plus equipment. Other areas to consider are: location access and permits, casting, script and continuity, make-up, hair and wardrobe, set design and dressing, props and special effects, access to power, staging and logistics and facilities, craft services, call sheets, proper paper work and agreements, insurance, supplies and materials, just to mention a few.

Contrary to popular belief and the equipment manufacturers, it is not the latest equipment, but the people that make for a successful production. Start with a good story, a knowledgeable director, have great casting for actors, shoot and record with quality equipment by a professional crew, then you may have a chance at a great production. There is a list of crew contacts below. Day Rate (video): 650 Director of Photography/Cinematographer/camera operator.

For my part as an editor, below is my current rate which includes equipment for general editing. Again, knowing the project specifications and scheduling I can give you a more accurate dollar amount for editing time and if there are scheduling conflicts. Editing Rate: 50 per hour

Questions about film productions (16mm or 35mm), you can contact me for crew and equipment requirements and scheduling a meeting with the director along with a copy of the script.
Please let me know how I may help.

Best Regards,
David Pinkston

Crew Listing for Productions

Name - Positions Covered - Contact Information - Website
Extremely Important: When contacting the people below, include "Take One Cinema" as the referral source code.
Contact individuals for rates and availability. Listing is current as of 02-02-2009 and is not in any order.

Vincent M. Bearden - Steadicam Owner/Operator - (417) 234-3401,

Brittan Dunham - 2nd AC, Grip, PA - (469) 878-0579,

Jesse Freeman - Still Photographer, 2nd AD, Extras Coordinator - (903) 388-1939, -

Micheal Gonzalez - Location Sound, Mixer - (817) 925-6462 -

Sandy C Baumann - Producer, 2nd AD, Script/Continuity Supervisor - (214) 770-0076,

Chelsea Lee Makeup Artistry - Makeup Artist - (469) 544-8391

Joey Galt - 1st AD, Line Producer, Unit Manager, Locations - (469) 835-8081,

Frank Mosley - Producer, Editor, Casting - (817) 773-4971,

Donatelle Mascari (The Makeup Maven, tm) - Makeup, Hair, Natural Makeup, Character & FX - (972) 233-0312, (HD Specialist) -

Julianna Pabst - Makeup, Hair, Special FX - (972) 742-3202, -

Andrew Redd - Cinematographer, Gaffer, 1ST AC, 2nd AC - (469) 226-4082 h (972) 935-2206 c, -

Matt Dalrymple - Director, 1st AD, Producer - (214) 552-7733,

Whitney Blake - Production Manager, 1st AD, Script/Continuity Supervisor - (817) 922-8850 (817) 919-4480,

Angie Thompson - Composer, Post Production Music, Sound Editing - (918) 333-8143, -

Johnny Marshall - Re-recording Mixer, Foley, ADR, Audio Post - (972) 484-1535 -

Ray N Hosack - Writer, Director, Producer - (817) 602-4108, -

Art Hooker - Director, Producer, Writer - (817) 797-4251,

Christopher Simpson - Gaffer, Key grip, Grip & Electric - (817) 253-6114, -

Daniel Laabs - 1st AD, Editor, Location/Studio Sound - (817) 913-3771,

Lynne Reynolds - Producer, Unit Manager, Script Supervisor - (214) 448-7373,

Damaris Gloria - Editor, Art Director, Script Supervisor - (956) 346-2707,

Ashley Hall - Art Department, Script Supervisor, 1st AD, 2nd AD -

M Legend Brown - Director, Writer, Producer - (214) 694-7768, -

Michael Carpenter - 1st AD, Location Scout - (817) 909-9760,

Philip Ilami - Unit Manager, Locations, Logistics, Accounting (972) 322-2150,

Fedetico Chavez-Blanco - Composer, Sound Design, Arranger - (210) 412 4480, -

Jason Croft - Director of Photography, Gaffer, Camera Operator - (817) 800.8413,

Kelly Kaelin - (Austin) Producer, Associate Producer, Line Producer - (817) 706-3887 (leave a message),

Adrian Testolin - Producer, 1st AD, 2nd AD, Unit Manager, Locations - (512) 739-1950,

Marie Travis - Gaffer, Props/Set Decorator, PA - (817) 797-7414,

Glenn Helm - Director, Director of Photography, Cinematographer - (214) 808-7771,

Josh Melton - 2nd AC, Lighting Tech, Grip, Script Supervisor, 1st AD, 2nd AD - (214) 405-5674

Sean Koval - Camera Operator, Grip, Editor - (817) 637-3394

Jennifer Winberg - (Los Angeles) Research, Casting Assistance, Script Supervision - 940-594-4099,

Mary Ann McCarty - Production Accounting, Production Coordinator, PA on set -

Raziq Brown - Script Supervisor, Gaffer, Key Grip, Production Assistant - (817) 676-6876,

Travis Petty - Director, Director of Photography, Camera Operator - (214) 868-1651, -

Brendan Feltrup-Exum - Pyrotechnics Assistant, Props, Grip - (817) 913-4390 -

Heather Renee Black - Makeup, Sound, Wardrobe -