To operators from different countries
Posted 28 March 2005 - 10:54 PM
Best to all.
Posted 29 March 2005 - 02:03 AM
France has recently been considering a longer work week (their current standard is 35 hours per week), they want to make 40 hours the standard and it's caused an uproar among workers. If we could only get it down to about 50 I'd be happy. 80 hours a week is just no fun.
Posted 29 March 2005 - 05:52 AM
Down Under we run a standard 10 hr day (on everything except commercials which is 8 hours), but everything MUST have a 10 hour turn around. (Working a standard 50 hour week on Drama etc unless otherwise agreed). Depending on where in the world the production is from they will try and change this to get the most for their money. I know that on Charlotes Web (shooting at the moment) the production was trying to negotiate a standard 12 hour day with a 9 hour turn around. I'm not sure wether this was agreed to or not.
The 10 hour turn around is pretty much the only thing the union (almost non existant) down here enforces. Its not so much the union enforcing it, but everyone knows the rules and doesnt mess with it. Unless you are working on a Chinease or Korean TVC which you do pretty much what ever to get the job done, often including piles of overtime ( $$ ). But its generally enforced pretty well.
The 10 hours here is before over time. Generally, gaffers and grips especially, will only work a 14 hour day, and I have seen many a gaffer turning lights off because of this (often during shots - it gives a nice fading effect done in camera lol). Obviousley if crew are driving trucks, generators etc home (as we generally dont have drivers, and often very different locations each day) it is unsafe to work any more. And this depends on where the location is in relation to the city as well. Any thing over 30km from the city attracts additional penalties.
The list of variables on this one goes on and on. At the end of it and because of the lack of union activity (at least on the shoots which I tend to work on) it is what ever the crew will do for the money.
But the 10/10 I would say is the standard.
Posted 29 March 2005 - 11:55 PM
Please add some mor info please!!.
thanks to all.
Posted 30 March 2005 - 05:15 AM
I started a similar thread in march last year: if you do a search in Gen. Discussion for a topic called "International working conditions" you should find it: there is some very usefull info there.
Below is a link i found to a document that the CML (Cinematography mailing list) put together to try and standarise working conditions around the world: its a table of varying working conditions globally:
If you join up the CML (www.cinematography.net) you will find an ongoing discussion entitled "12 on/12 off" which is about this same issue: Haskell Wexler is actually shooting a documentary about it and is one of the many people leading the charge so to speak.
Hope this helps,