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#1 Renat Zar

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 10:44 PM

Hello everyone! I am new to this forum but I have been using a Steadicam Merlin for a bit over a year.

I shoot with a consumer SONY HDR-SR7 that has semi-fisheye lens attached to it.
I am very comfortable with Merlin and feel that I have achieved that cat-like flow when I operate it.

My question is; How much is the going rate to charge for the Merlin work. Should I charge per hour or per day? I might have a potential client that may go exclusive with me for all future fashion/concert/party video gigs but I don't want to scare him by giving a too high rate.

I would truly appreciate any input you may have on this...

Thanks!!!

Renat Zarbailov of Innomind.org
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#2 Renat Zar

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 10:10 PM

Anyone??

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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 11:43 PM

Anyone??



Unfortunately I'm not sure that anyone here has that info. Most of the people here fly big rigs.

I will leave you with this piece of advice.

Charge as much as you can get.
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#4 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 10:39 PM

My question is; How much is the going rate to charge for the Merlin work. Should I charge per hour or per day?


If I may add some input...

When I've done freelance work with handheld stabilizers, I usually look at two things.

1. What kind of client is this? Big company, or individual person? Big companies will most likely approve a higher rate as a "cost of doing business". An individual could be going out of pocket to pay for your services and may not have much $ to spare.

2. What is your time worth? Are you missing work to do the shoot, or is it free time? You have to pay for your gear if there are still loans out, and also you need to most likely drive to the shoot, etc. Make sure your bases are covered money wise, then make sure you get what you feel is right for the project. If it's a day project (8 hours or so) maybe charge them one flat rate. That way they see the rate as "wow, we're getting him for the entire day!"

And remember. Steadicam is a specialized skill that should be re$pected on a set.
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