Posted 29 August 2006 - 06:02 PM
Soon I will be moving to california. I know there are substantial resources to get just about anything you need. My question is should I keep up my grip/light purchases.
On the pro side its a nice tax deductable item to buy. Also I tend to buy things that are cheap to maintain and I use a lot (IE reflectors, stands, boom arms, tungsten instruments) and rent the more expensive stuff I may only use a couple of days. Also testing days become much cheaper, since all that has to be rented is a camera and lens setup.
On the con side may I loose money, obviously.
So my question. Does it make sense to keep buying stuff and stockpiling it? I usually rent my gear with my work (they are the tools I use most often and were cheap) and I can up my rate a bit by including them (always cheaper than a rental house would be) and I generally make back my money within 2 or 3 productions. Would this same economy apply in california? Or are producers leary of also hiring my gip inventory, opting to go with an established house? I ask because I want to continue buying, I am almost to a 1ton grip truck.
So should I continue, or once I move just leave my package as set up and retire equipment as it becomes worn? I will be selling a bunch of (non-film) stuff when I move and was considering making a purchase with that money, but I am unsure weather I would see a return (I should note I plan on working small independents and student films to start with when I get to california, along with video ENG to fill in time between projects.)
Posted 29 August 2006 - 06:42 PM
Posted 29 August 2006 - 08:25 PM
Posted 30 August 2006 - 04:36 AM
On the other hand it could be worth buying your own tripod, matte box, filters, monitor, main lights and other accessories, the rental of which could cost as much as the camera itself. That's also the equipment that will effect how efficiently you work.