Rental rates for Garfield mount and down converter?
Posted 25 July 2010 - 10:05 PM
You all *are* charging rental on these items, right? (the correct answer is 'yes' though I realize that's not always an easy sell)
Posted 25 July 2010 - 10:53 PM
Having said that it should be ~$10/day (purchase price/100)
Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:17 PM
Downconverters have traditionally been a $100 rental, but due to the cheaper ones like the Decimator they can now be found for half that. I'm hesitant to consider it part of my kit--with Steadicam rental rates dropping, the only recourse we have is to a la carte "exotic" items. There is a good argument to be made that in this day and age we should all be able to handle an HD signal, whether by utilizing an HD monitor or by providing internal SD downconversion, but this hasn't necessarily become a universally accepted idea so there's no reason to give away the farm right off the bat. Even if the producer expects a downconverter to be included in the kit and/or won't pay extra for it, at least we can provide it gratis "as a favor", then use that as ammo for the next point of contention.
I do agree that a Garfield mount is a basic piece of kit and thus wouldn't be an additional rental. The ability to be able to hardmount the rig to a dolly or other Mitchell'd device is a great everyday "weapon".
Posted 26 July 2010 - 03:56 PM
My world is a little different from Charles's and Eric's as I primarily toil away in the student/short/video/low-budge world. But I realize that price points and practices I put in effect now as a relatively new op will only serve me as I move along.
As far as the Garfield mount, that's my next purchase. I did my final soft-mount yesterday. I've now shot enough bicycle tires/kids on bikes/hipster-slackers on skateboards and bikes/and vehicles that I'm never doing that shit again in a vest. Google 'meralgia parasthetica' and you'll see what I mean.
Now to choose between Walter's, Jerry Hill's and PRO's...ahhhh, decisions.
Looks like I'll be doing a little research on the trusty ol' forum.
How ya been, Dan?
Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:02 AM
PS - Doing fine, thank you kindly! Things have been pretty slow for me overall this year, but now picking up. Whether or not the industry as a whole is picking up, I don't know but we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the Teamsters aren't striking.