Posted 06 December 2005 - 11:56 AM
Posted 06 December 2005 - 12:36 PM
Posted 06 December 2005 - 03:23 PM
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.