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#1 JD Hartman

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 12:46 PM

Is this indicative of todays economy or just how (some) Producers view skilled crew?
http://www.mandy.com....cfm?v=40606638

Hourly wage + points (on something that might never get out of the can)? Maybe Manpower and Kelly Services (formerly Kelly Girls) need to explore this new burgeoning market, jobs for below the line film crew.
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#2 Deniz Coker

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:26 PM

Ouch! So there's a budget for the award winning director and an academy and emmy award winning cast but none for crew? You'd think with such an all star team something as basic as hiring a solid crew would come naturally. Mandy and sites like that depress me to be honest. I don't know if it's mainly New York as I've always shot and worked here but this seems to be an epidemic here. I'm sure it's as bad in LA or any other production towns. I feel bad too because I'm sure their inbox is full of fresh faced students or people looking to get a foot into the door. Then again I'm also a firm believer in you get what you pay for. Sure, you may wind up with some whiz kid with gear but you may also (and most likely) crap out. I'd much rather budget in a skilled crew and take a hit on talent if I must. Might not be the smartest thing but I'm sure bad audio will sink a production or at least cripple it's chances of success fast.
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#3 Brian Rose

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:50 PM

There was a Craigslist ad for a feature shoot in KC, looking for ACs, and the pay was "$50-$100 per day, depending on experience." I guess it's good they can pay and aren't asking for free work in exchange for back end money, but man, I think you'd make more working at McDonald's!

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#4 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:09 PM



This sums it up no matter what department you're in.
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#5 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:36 PM

They did mention it was micro-budget. They may not have much more to pay. It may also be that they have a relationship with the more celebrated of the cast and have them working as a favor. It is a sad but realistic fact that WHO is in your film is far more important to sales than the crew that worked on it. The star makes the sale, that's the reality of the business. B)
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#6 K Borowski

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 06:21 PM



This sums it up no matter what department you're in.


Brian, I almost died laughing three times, watching that.


SPOILER










"He's a good kid, now that he's off crack. He's a seasoned pro; he's been working in this industry for almost three months now," almost had me falling out of my chair laughing.
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#7 Frank Glencairn

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:10 PM

Let´s face it. The industry is changing.
In two years you maybe get only as much as flipping burgers in a fast food restaurant, but at least you can do something you like.

And yeah, there will be blood.

Frank

Edited by Frank Glencairn, 13 October 2010 - 01:12 PM.

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