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#1 Lars Erik

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 06:46 AM

Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows the rate for a operator w/rig in the U.K. Low budget HD feature.

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#2 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:18 AM

Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows the rate for a operator w/rig in the U.K. Low budget HD feature.

Lars Erik

What sort of HD? There are some people claiming HDV is HD and shooting features on it.
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#3 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 11:33 AM

Shuddering at the very words "low budget feature"... If it is a true HD package, e.g. Sony 750, primes, remote follow focus, the works then it will have to be open to negotiation between the operator and production. The good news is that it is 4 or more weeks of guarenteed work, so it would be a nice job to pick up. The best solution is for production to decide exactly what camera they're on, and what rig and accessories will be needed, then they can hammer out a deal with the operator.
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#4 thomas-english


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Posted 27 March 2006 - 05:12 PM

British Low Budget Features!!!!! rates!!!!?????


(all prices here quoted in UK pounds)

There are a lot of lowbudget features shooting over the last 2 years in the UK where the focus puller gets about 200 a week, the grip EVEN LESS and they are hassling you to operate steadicam for little money. These are very common! often with american money!!! I think american producers are starting to realise they can shoot a very cheap feature in the UK by blaggin crew or is it that most of the money in this bussiness is american.

I think its dangerous to talk rates on this forum as producers could easily use our open conversations against us by simply loggin on here.

I am sure there are deals done , kit 4 for 6 days etc etc. The big operators (A-camera/steadicam) seem to do an overall deal with kit thrown in for when/if it goes steadicam on the understanding as to how much steadicam there is. The low budgets are simply after super super cheap deals. I got asked a little while ago to do a 6 day week on a 750 with kit for 400 uk pounds a week.

Whatever deal you do, make sure it is bumped up to a reasonable rate defered that way your ego stays intact and people understand costs. I have had producers ring me up and say, yeah I got this guy for 200/day. The guy who did a deal does not realise the producer is mouthing off talking about how cheap he is thinking he simply did a favour.

goodluck... British low budget features... nightmare... British low budget feature producers.... NIGHTMARE!!!!!


I mean it! ... rescheduling work losing, labour inducing NIGHTMARE!

goodluck... I will PM you with more info.
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