Reasonable Day Rate for a Commercial DP?
Posted 05 August 2005 - 04:53 AM
Posted 16 August 2005 - 01:19 PM
Maybe it depends on the quality of DP your after - a student may cost you nothing while a very experienced feature DP will cost more. Some DP's offer cheaper rates if the project is considered interesting or valuable to his/her show-reel.
Posted 17 August 2005 - 02:38 PM
A commercial DP in Kalispell is not going to be looking at the same day rate as a commercial dp in Chicago.
Posted 21 August 2005 - 07:00 PM
Posted 22 August 2005 - 12:48 AM
A normal rate STARTS at $2,000/day, prep days are additional but sometimes discounted. This is for a regional or small national spot being produced out of a major city.
Format doesn't really matter...the DP is still doing the same thing whether it's on a PD150 or an Arri 435. So that shouldn't factor in, unless the format is indicative of a low budget, in which case you should just say it's low budget.
It will also make a difference if you're planning on going through an agent to hire someone. You'll probably get a better deal from someone unrepresented, but then again you might be sacrificing quality and/or a good relationship during the shoot.
Posted 22 August 2005 - 06:51 PM
We're budgeting in the 30K ballpark for 2 spots, probably 2 or 3 days shooting. We'll shoot in LA.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 07:26 AM
The UK standard union rate for a DP is £1062 (about $1800) for a 10-hour day, I think. Rarely do you get more than that on a music vid, often a lot less.
On a commercial they negotiate for 12-hour days often including the prep and scout. So for a 1 day shoot with half a days prep/scout you'd get maybe £1600-2000 ($2800-3600), sometimes more depending on how 'hot' you are or how big the budget is.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 11:07 AM
Adam, bear in mind that's about 2% of all music promos shot in the UK. I'm talking here about stuff that goes out on MTV or whatever. I've shot broadcast promos and made a fraction of the money you're talking about, and I don't ever expect it to improve.