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  • The Gare

    April 20, 2005 at 11:54 pm

    I posted this in the Business and Marketing section, but it has not had much action so there goes, sorry if it is outa place here…

    I have been working with an indie filmaker for two films now, we are really good friends and we do the movies together so there is no pay involved yet since we both more or less are executive producers, and I do pretty much everything in post, but I am not great at any one thing. I have an opportunity to do some work for another indie and they asked what my day rates are. I have no idea the where the ballpark even starts! They have 70 shots that need to be comped, green screen, blue screen and some rig and wire removal. I can handle the composites, but the rig and wire removal will take me a little longer at first since I have not really done any of that yet, but can figure it out. There is sooo much content here I know I can figure it out in a reasonable amount of time.

    My question is this: What is the going day rate for AE, or doing comps? I dont really have a reel yet, except for the two movies I have done, but the person who is offering this to me knows pretty much what I have done already. Any help or advice here would be great extremely appreciated. This could be a great opportunity for me!

    Thanks in advance!

    BTW, Without sounding like I am kissing COW butt here, but when we did the BTS for the last movie, the director and I did some video intro’s for each of the deleted scenes and I wore one of my COW shirts on purpose!

  • Steve Roberts

    April 21, 2005 at 12:42 am

    Did you do an advanced search in the Business & Marketing forum using “rate” as a search term?

    Steve

  • Steve Roberts

    April 21, 2005 at 12:44 am

    Or do the same thing (search the archives) in the Broadcast Design forum, using “rate” or “salary” as a search term.

    Steve

  • x-claim

    April 21, 2005 at 2:57 am

    Hi
    I work for a post company in New Zealand and I am charged out at $150NZD per hour for AE stuff. I think that this equates to roughly $100USD per hour, but if I was doing private work like this at a semi professional level I would probably charge between $300-500USD a day depending on what was involved.
    This probably doesn’t help since I am more than likely on the other side of the world 😉 But hey.
    Hayden

  • Chris Smith

    April 21, 2005 at 4:29 am

    I’d ask what their budget is for effects and decide how much work or quality you are willing to work for, for that time.

    For example if they have $30k you can then say “I’ll do 20 shots seamlessly or I’ll do all of them at an “indie quality”.

    The point being, see what money is on the table, examine the level of work you’ll have to do and do what is fair for the both of you. I don’t think standard day rates are necessary in this situation.

    Chris Smith
    https://www.sugarfilmproduction.com

  • The Gare

    April 22, 2005 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for all the input guys. I know there is no “Magic Number” for day rates, but I needed a ballpark adn I know have one. I am by no means a a pro with AE yet, but fairly efficient with it doing certain things.

    Thanks to everyone who posted here, I really love this community!

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