How much should I charge?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Poobah, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Poobah

    Poobah Guest

    An acquaintance of a friend asked me to videotape a half-hour press
    conference. Broadcast quality (3-chip HDV OK) but no PA system so
    (depending on the layout of the room) I'll either mount a shotgun mic on
    the camera (reporting style) or have a separate sound person.

    Out of 30 min. of tape, the person will then select three 10-sec
    soundbytes, and I'm to deliver 8 DVD copies two hours after the press

    What can I charge for this?
    Poobah, Oct 22, 2008
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    Poobah Guest

    Oh yeah, they also want versions of the vidoes for web broadcasts.
    Poobah, Oct 22, 2008
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    Netmask Guest

    I guess it all depends on which country you reside in and what the going
    rates are - why not get a quote as if you wanted the job done?
    Netmask, Oct 22, 2008
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    Poobah Guest

    A quote is essentially what I'm asking for here.

    In N.A. (Canada or the U.S.), what would someone charge for this service?
    Poobah, Oct 22, 2008
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    mkujbida Guest

    In my part of Ontario, Canada, most shooters I know would charge $100
    - $200 just to videotape the press conference.
    BTW, I'd put a wireless mic on the podium as I don't trust the sound
    quality from a shotgun unless I'm very close (less than 6 ft.).
    If you have to hire a sound person, he/she and the gear are another
    Burning DVDs and encoding for web is another separate fee which could
    be anywhere from $100 and up, depending on the time required.

    mkujbida, Oct 22, 2008
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    Bill Fright Guest

    I only have two shooting charges. Day and half day. If I got a call from
    you about this I'd probably start at $1800.00 US. This gives myself and
    an audio guy a half day rate and covers tape, remote editing and export
    in any format. You're only about $400.US from a satellite uplink which
    gives the immediacy for free press nation wide - if you do your
    advisories well it can be a huge amount of eyeballs and brains.
    Bill Fright, Oct 28, 2008
  7. "Poobah" wrote ...
    And essentially what you have been told is that since we didn't know
    the rates in your (undisclosed) market, you would be better off
    getting quotes there in your area. This newsgroup covers the
    known universe.
    Richard Crowley, Oct 28, 2008
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    ushere Guest

    and in some cases, the unknown universe. i'm sure bill conduit would
    have an answer....
    ushere, Oct 28, 2008
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    David McCall Guest

    Perhaps we should have a séance to try to find Bill's answer.

    David McCall, Oct 28, 2008
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    I think a Ouija board would be more Conduit's style.

    Mike Kujbida, Oct 28, 2008
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    Coria Guest

    U fuckers are worthless
    Coria, Oct 29, 2008
  12. And plonk to you, too, sir.
    Richard Crowley, Oct 29, 2008
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    Poobah Guest

    And the "known universe", at the risk of rattling your fragile little
    cage, extends far beyond the U.S. borders.

    I was expecting a reasonably intelligent interlocutor (present company
    excluded, Richard Crowley?) to specify the market they were quoting,
    which is exactly what most people did in the various forums I asked.

    You are a grade-A ass, Richard Crowley, a typical usenet malcontent who
    avoids eye contact in real life and grows balls only once he's sitting at
    the computer . You are unable to ignore a simple question, because "I
    don't know" makes you feel powerless. So instead you lash out.

    I have lurked here for years, and I can't possibly be the only one to
    abstain from posting to avoid clashing with your chronic case of anal
    discomfort and assorted crappy moods. Believe it or not, the group would
    be a vastly better and more welcoming place without you, so do take this
    under advisement next time "Wheel of Fortune" is pre-empted and you feel
    like turning on the computer.

    The group will do fine, even deprived of your generally misinformed and
    misdirected "advice".
    Poobah, Nov 2, 2008
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    Poobah Guest

    Thanks to everyone who offered useful advice. I quoted a fair price
    based on the responses I received here and on other forums. The client,
    however, chose to go with someone "who'll do it for free" - perhaps a
    friend with an HD camcorder and a copy of imovie?

    I doutb they delivered DVDs on the same day, however, let alone
    broadcast-quality video.
    Poobah, Nov 2, 2008
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    Poobah Guest

    And BTW, is there a reason why you snipped the line from my post where I
    PECIFICALLY mentioned the market, Richard Crowley? Other than to give free
    rein to your bad mood, I mean?

    That was a rhetorical question, BTW. We all know the answer to that.
    Poobah, Nov 2, 2008
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