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#1 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 11:10 AM

Hi all,

I am offered to work as steadicam operator on an independent feature as Steadicam operator and I am not sure of how much I should ask for daily, shoot should be about a week.
I don't own the stead we are going to be using, A Zephir with RED Epic.
This would be my first big stead job (other than music videos).

Thank you for your help.
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#2 Stephen Williams

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 04:45 AM

Hi all,

I am offered to work as steadicam operator on an independent feature as Steadicam operator and I am not sure of how much I should ask for daily, shoot should be about a week.
I don't own the stead we are going to be using, A Zephir with RED Epic.
This would be my first big stead job (other than music videos).

Thank you for your help.


The big question is are you any good or not? Can you even do the job? sounds like they have no money & are giving you a chance.
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:08 AM

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#4 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:24 AM

Haha! Phil, you crack me up.
Victor, you should try to talk to some other steadicam operators in your area and see what they are charging so you can have some base of knowledge. Ideally, you'd know rates based on experience, but since you don't you should try to gather as much information as you can about the project and the going rates in your area before agreeing to anything.
Check out the Steadicam forum and try to find some helpful info there.
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#5 Phil Thompson

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:35 PM

I would say as you don't have a clue, £75 quid for your time. As they will have to rent the rig out, i think thats fair enough.
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#6 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:03 AM

I would say as you don't have a clue, £75 quid for your time. As they will have to rent the rig out, i think thats fair enough.

Oh jeez. Be careful! He might take that seriously and actually quote 75 pounds.
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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:17 AM

That would be fairly normal for a starting-out in the UK. I've used to make more than that doing steadicam, but not very often!
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