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#1 Travis Cline

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:00 PM

What would a typical day rate be for a cinematographer on a non-fiction, documentary type shoot for the BBC? I realize that is a broad question with possibly quite different rates depending on the dop, the show, etc., but I'm just looking for some rough answers. Thanks all.


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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 05:32 PM

As it happens I recevied a copy of the BECTU camera department rate card this very morning, and you can read it here:

http://www.bectu.org...l09.pdf?ref=337

However, I suspect that if you're in the position of having to ask that question on this forum, you may not be in a position to demand those rates.

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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:02 AM

BBC documentary rates tend not to be particularly high and there are regional variations. BECTU seem to have agreed a freelance rate with BBC Scotland, but I haven't seen the details. I know some BBC regions work out their freelance rate by the hour, rather than the day. The London rate is usually higher than the regional rate, which I suspect is reflected in the BECTU going rate. When I first heard them, I was surprised how low the BBC natural history rates were.

Often shooting BBC documentary programmes you tend to come with camera gear and that's the quoted figure.
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