Posted 03 September 2011 - 10:44 AM
There are several aspiring ops on the Forum here that have training, know the gear and have opportunities to work but they do not yet have the money to buy a full-sized rig.
The first thing you'd need to do is make sure they are 100% insured.
Like any other rental house, you need a good inventory list, rental contract and a check-out / check-in procedure.
Rather than put it in a rental house for any Joe Schmo to rent, you'd be better off developing relationships with these other ops, people you know and trust that the gear will come back solid and clean or if there's a problem they'll make it right.
Figure out a way to split the rental fee with them. Set a minimum rental rate that you get and then take a percentage over and above of what they do the rental for. For instance, $400 minimum plus 15% of the actual rental over and above. You get some, they get some.
If the Op doesn't have insurance, you can rent it directly to Production and then give the Op a cut.
While I don't rent my rig, I have loaned it or traded rigs with some close friends while we were swapping out shows or filling in for each other. I do rent other equipment such as cameras, audio, Preston, lighting etc. but generally not to strangers unless someone I know is on the job.
There's no reason why you can make this work with the right relationships and paperwork in place and make some money on it.
Let me know if I can help.