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#1 Bill Mountain

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 07:09 AM

A Screen Crew is the newest addition to the ScreenLondon family.
We're a small production services company and we have been serving
clients for five years under the ScreenParis and ScreenLondon banners.

As such we've been supplying video/film crews to clients for jobs in France
and the UK.

We now want to offer top crew in lots of other places that we've not
covered before, and to do this we need great freelance owner-operators
of camera and sound to join our team.

Please have a look at the website for more details www.ascreencrew.com

If you have the right kit, experience and references we'd love to hear from you!
Best Regards
Bill Mountain
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#2 Richard Boddington

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 01:50 PM

Sorry but this one sounds very fishy to me.

On the web site they ask for 20, yes 20, references with contact info.

Now how many times have you applied for a job and been asked for 20 references?

This looks to me like an elaborate scheme to get a hold of people's data bases of contacts from all over the globe. Then let me guess these guys will use the info for commercial purposes.

Tell you what Bill how about you supply us with 20 references so we can check you out first.

I'm waiting........

R,

Here's what they ask for, gimme a break!

Name / Age / Nationality / Address / Tel / Fax / Email Brief Summary on what you do and have done and your kit/ Detailed Kit List / Vehicle You Have / CV / 20 References with contact details / your status (company/freelance)/ Currency you bill in / Sample Daily Rate detailing any sales taxes that may be due / If you bill via your company please send us details of registration numbers and your registered HQ
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#3 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:39 PM

Twenty does seem like quite a lot, but I suspect it's just to make sure that the Videographers and Audio Mixers they "represent" are qualified. It's more or a less a "union" situation without the protections that a union can provide. More like having an agent who refers work for you and takes a fee for it.

The thing is that if someone has upwards of twenty references +, he/she likely doesn't have need of a referral agency like this. ;)

I do know of some Producers who I work with on occasion who use services like this when they go on distant location, but if the project is really important (whatever that means), they'd still rather take someone they know rather than take a gamble on the unknown (and less expensive) local hire.

If someone is looking for more work, "buying" an agent like this isn't necessarily a bad way to go. Those who have experience and a large number of contacts likely won't need to give someone 10% unless he/she is trying to diversify.
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