(But first an educational video on the industry today. Play video)
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.
Crew Listing for Productions
- 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, email@example.com
Brittan Dunham - 2nd AC, Grip, PA - (469) 878-0579, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse Freeman - Still Photographer, 2nd AD, Extras Coordinator - (903) 388-1939, email@example.com - www.jessefreemanphotography.net
Micheal Gonzalez - Location Sound, Mixer - (817) 925-6462 - www.deadmenproductions.com
Sandy C Baumann - Producer, 2nd AD, Script/Continuity Supervisor - (214) 770-0076, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea Lee Makeup Artistry - Makeup Artist - (469) 544-8391
Joey Galt - 1st AD, Line Producer, Unit Manager, Locations - (469) 835-8081, email@example.com
Frank Mosley - Producer, Editor, Casting - (817) 773-4971, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donatelle Mascari (The Makeup Maven, tm) - Makeup, Hair, Natural Makeup, Character & FX - (972) 233-0312, email@example.com (HD Specialist) - www.makeupmaven.com
Julianna Pabst - Makeup, Hair, Special FX - (972) 742-3202, firstname.lastname@example.org - www.juliannaskincare.com
Andrew Redd - Cinematographer, Gaffer, 1ST AC, 2nd AC - (469) 226-4082 h (972) 935-2206 c, email@example.com - www.andrewreddstudios.com
Matt Dalrymple - Director, 1st AD, Producer - (214) 552-7733, firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitney Blake - Production Manager, 1st AD, Script/Continuity Supervisor - (817) 922-8850 (817) 919-4480, email@example.com
Angie Thompson - Composer, Post Production Music, Sound Editing - (918) 333-8143, Doorno3music@aol.com - www.doorno3music.com
Johnny Marshall - Re-recording Mixer, Foley, ADR, Audio Post - (972) 484-1535 - www.marshallsounddesign.com
Ray N Hosack - Writer, Director, Producer - (817) 602-4108, firstname.lastname@example.org - www.tritonentertainment.com
Art Hooker - Director, Producer, Writer - (817) 797-4251, email@example.com
Christopher Simpson - Gaffer, Key grip, Grip & Electric - (817) 253-6114, firstname.lastname@example.org - www.blackleaderfilms.com
Daniel Laabs - 1st AD, Editor, Location/Studio Sound - (817) 913-3771, email@example.com
Lynne Reynolds - Producer, Unit Manager, Script Supervisor - (214) 448-7373, firstname.lastname@example.org
Damaris Gloria - Editor, Art Director, Script Supervisor - (956) 346-2707, email@example.com
Ashley Hall - Art Department, Script Supervisor, 1st AD, 2nd AD - firstname.lastname@example.org
M Legend Brown - Director, Writer, Producer - (214) 694-7768, email@example.com - www.poorchildfilms.net
Michael Carpenter - 1st AD, Location Scout - (817) 909-9760, firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Ilami - Unit Manager, Locations, Logistics, Accounting (972) 322-2150, email@example.com
Fedetico Chavez-Blanco - Composer, Sound Design, Arranger - (210) 412 4480, firstname.lastname@example.org - www.federicochavezblanco.com
Jason Croft - Director of Photography, Gaffer, Camera Operator - (817) 800.8413, email@example.com
Kelly Kaelin - (Austin) Producer, Associate Producer, Line Producer - (817) 706-3887 (leave a message), firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian Testolin - Producer, 1st AD, 2nd AD, Unit Manager, Locations - (512) 739-1950, email@example.com
Marie Travis - Gaffer, Props/Set Decorator, PA - (817) 797-7414, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Helm - Director, Director of Photography, Cinematographer - (214) 808-7771, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ann McCarty - Production Accounting, Production Coordinator, PA on set - email@example.com
Raziq Brown - Script Supervisor, Gaffer, Key Grip, Production Assistant - (817) 676-6876, firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Petty - Director, Director of Photography, Camera Operator - (214) 868-1651, email@example.com - www.frozenfirefilms.com
Brendan Feltrup-Exum - Pyrotechnics Assistant, Props, Grip - (817) 913-4390 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.feltrup-exum.com
Heather Renee Black - Makeup, Sound, Wardrobe - email@example.com