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#1 stallion49

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 11:56 AM

Is there a minimum rate for an ASC member to DP a feature? I know there is a minimum sale price for scripts with the WGA and WGE. Just curious because I have yet to learn of this.
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#2 Mitch Gross

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 12:36 PM

The ASC isn't a union that sets salary rates for its membership. Think of it more as a club, an honorary group. Minimum rates are set by the IASTE Local 600, which is the camera union for the United States. There are daily, weekly and other rates based on the type of show (commercial v. series, etc.) and other factors. This is published data and easily obtainable from Local 600.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 03:23 PM

As Mitch says, you're thinking of the union (IATSE Local 600), not the ASC, which is more of an honorary society, not a union.

A really, really rough guide for DP union minimum ("scale") is about $78/hr., but that's for an 8-hour day -- they get overtime rates after that.

You can figure on a minimum rate of about $4000/week on a feature, assuming a 5-day work week.

But as Mitch says, it's a tiered system, different rates for studio, location, feature, episodic, etc. And there are low-budget IATSE agreements with even lower crew rates, where the DP rate isn't even listed, it's negotiable (but speaking from experience, the offer better be higher than the rates listed for operator and 1st AC...)

Plus an ASC member may do the occasional non-union film even if he's a union member -- the union does not restrict members from working non-union, and in that case, there are no established rates.

Now you'd think that someone who obtains ASC status could make more than union scale rates, but....

Edited by David Mullen, 06 December 2005 - 03:25 PM.

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