I can tell when I wasn't the first call on a job, and judging by their tone and brevity, I wasn't even in the top 10. I try to strike up a conversation, but I'm getting a "just the facts please" feeling, so I just quote my rate. He seems to write down my rate, thanks me and tells me we'll be in touch. He seemed like a nice guy, and I would have loved to hear more about the project.
Still, the call was SO VERY puzzling. I got the feeling he was just calling people off a list, getting rate quotes and building a list of what to expect for future jobs? Not sure, so I contact a few other operators. I got a response from someone who got more information than me (he was probably further up the list):
Just got called, apparently they have called a ton of people off the SOA list. She shared that they got 10 hour rates w/ gear ranging from $300 all the way to $2500 from ops, lol.
It's a one shot music video in Culver on some street. 5D shoot, they have insurance (she thinks). YouTube star Mike Tompkins (who?). They don't have a DP yet.
WHO IN THE HELL QUOTED $300 ALL INCLUDED FOR A 10 HOUR DAY???
So yea... that's what it's like in LA. Nice.