Inevitably someone will take this job, but I find it particularly tedious that "35mm experience is required"... so they want someone with probably upwards of £25k of equipment, who's worked with 35mm, to rent our their kit alone (besides working for three weeks for not a lot) for a flat fee of £150?
If the budget is so incredibly, incredibly low - why are they speccing a Steadicam / B camera anyway? And why shoot on 35mm at that budget? Seems absolutely bonkers.
Oceanstorm Films posted this job on 11/03/09
Job Title Steadicam / 'B' Camera Op
Location London & Essex
Salary/Rate Flat Fee (adheres to NMW+)
Duration 3 weeks
THE PROJECT: HARD SHOULDER is a £300k psych thriller starring Wil Johnson and Jamie
Foreman. An ambitious, cleverly woven, non-linear feature narrative in the vein of "Secret
Window" (but without JD, DK, and that huge budget) and "Dead End", shooting on a 3-4 week
schedule from mid-May 2009, on 2 perf 35mm.
WHO WE NEED: An experienced Steadicam Operator more than happy to act as 'B' Camera
Operator under the auspices of our very talented DoP. In order to combine both tasks in our
minimised crew you will have to be a true collaborator, easy-natured team player, fast-thinking,
and clearly able to multi-task. You will need to be hungry for 'the best shots' and to ensure the
entire production is delivered images that are not just usable but dynamic. Working
and collaborating with both the DoP and the director you will be involved in the technical delivery
of the highest calibre of cinematic quality footage.
You will without doubt need to be fit, active, and ready for anything as a steadicam operator,
always striving to make the impossible, possible whether on foot or secured to a rig, low-loder or
other unusual platform. You will need to have the ability to think and act 'outside the box' when
necessary and feel comfortable putting your ideas for new and dynamic shots on the table at all
times. There is no guarantee of continuous engagement on set, but you should be ready to roll at a
moment's notice. Experience with large productions whilst NOT strictly necessary, is a distinct
advantage, but experience of working with either S16mm or 35mm stocks is an absolute MUST.
No applications without this experience will be considered.
WHAT WE OFFER: The project is, sadly but stated, micro-budget, so ALL crew are on a pre-
determined flat rate as buyout for the entire project. As a consequence rates are unlikely to reach
Pact/Bectu minimums though we do ensure to reach NMW for all.
Steadicam / Cam Op rate is £1,000 for a 3 week buyout + £150 bonus for equipment
hire. There are no daily or weekly rates negotiable.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a MICRO-BUDGET picture. It is impossible to pay at PACT/BECTU
minimums. Renumeration for all positions, including HoD's (means the Producer too) is at or
slightly above NMW. Fees will endeavour to pay you a living wage and a bonus if you have
equipment you are bringing to the table. - such as a steadicam rig. Please DO NOT apply if you
expect anything like a TV or big feature payday regardless of experience. The project's entire
cash budget is only £120K.
WHERE: The project is currently pencilled to be shooting in a major London studio and on
locations likely to be in Epping Forest / Essex.
EXPENSES: Per diem travel expenses will be offered where at all possible though car-pooling is
SPECIAL NOTE: If you don't get to shoot on 35mm on a pro stage every day, with a tight script
from a writer with three more projects in £1m plus development each (with Exec Prods waiting),
with named actors, and amazing sets, with the sort of industry support usually saved for multi-
million dollar productions, and on a format that makes it the first micro-budget project to shoot on
it in the UK, and only the second project (the first was "Hunger") full stop.............then maybe your
services are best used elsewhere. This in itself is one for your CV. This is a one of a kind deal at
this budget level, of that you can be assured.
So, if you feel you want to be considered for this project, when the pay is what it is but the
opportunity for significant recognition is even better, then please forward your CV on PB asap. We
look forward to hearing from you.
Edited by Ed Moore, 13 March 2009 - 10:09 AM.