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#1 rupert peddle

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 11:18 AM

Any advice on normal/reasonable kit hire rate discounts for multi-day bookings (eg a feature) for one week, two, three etc?

 

Looking at some kit hire places it seems you can get a week for about half the 7 x 1 day rate.....so for a month half that again? Or is this a purely personal thing?

 

Also, is it usual to offer an operator rate discount if booked over multiple days? My thinking is to offer kit hire discounts but not operator rate discounts?

 

Cheers!

 

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#2 Afton Grant

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 11:35 AM

Weekly rate is often around 3.5x your day rate.  A week is also the longest duration of discount necessary.  Never discount your labor rate.  


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#3 William Demeritt

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 04:30 PM

I think the rule of thumb is to never agree to a rental below a 3.5 day week. Productions find a lot of bizarre ways to present it sometimes, mostly because bean counters are sometimes catching flak from the mother corporation. Example: some reality show wants to book you for 4 weeks, $550 /day, 5 days a week. The daily rental might be low, but the weekly is $2750/week, or $785 for 3.5x days.

And others are right: your day rate doesn't get discounted on the guarantee of a longer run...because unless they prepay you for that longer run, you're still an at-Will employee, and they could terminate you after 2 days.
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#4 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 04:31 PM

Something else to keep in mind for your contract is that if there's a discount for a minimum number of days, that short of that the rate reverts back to whatever it should have been.

 

If production falters or for some reason they decide they won't need Steadi the run of show the discount is reverted retroactively.

 

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#5 rupert peddle

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 12:26 PM

cheer for your input guys it's really useful!

 

I work in the short film & feature world so once booked on a shoot the number of days should be fixed rather than possibly getting cut after shooting starts.....hopefully anyway!


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#6 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 04:43 AM

Hi Rupert - thats not necessarily true. If you are on solely as Steadicam Op, they may decide to axe steadicam, in which case the deal may not be what it appeared to be originally.


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#7 rupert peddle

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 11:09 AM

ok, interesting. i guess if i add a clause in my agreements that states the rate reverts to standard in the event that the number of days is cut short as Robert mentioned that would cover it. i've only done 'fixed price' jobs so far so it's great to be prepared before hand if/when this situation comes up :) thanks!


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#8 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 11:18 AM

Rupert, feel free to charge the way you want. We're just telling you the way it's done by others. No matter what you do, make sure it covers you for any kind of situations that might happen while still being easily understandable by the producers.

Cheers. 


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#9 rupert peddle

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 11:39 AM

cheers victor, as I'm still quite new to this and I'm just trying to get a handle on what other ops do so i'm not either asking too much or too little, and also to get a heads up on the best way to do things by leaning on the experience of all you guys ;) i'm very much of the opinion that if you don't know....ask....there is no such thing as a silly question as long as it's asked honestly, or maybe there is in which case I'm happy to be told that too haha!


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#10 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:39 PM

There are no stupid questions (apart from "what is lisigav?")
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#11 rupert peddle

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 05:15 AM

<googles lisigav>


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