If you were given a choice of up front pay or a percentage which would you choose?I pay for cost of utilities/gas/equipment/building materials/shipment of packages upfront, but I ask for a receipt. My promise is deferred pay, based on crowdfuding. It's a gamble, sure, but the people who jump on board understand that gamble, and also seem to understand I am not trying to swindle anyone.
Well, I'm coming from a different perspective I guess. If you are working with all seasoned pros, upfront payment is what they like.
If you are working with people who are interested and passionate about furthering their portfolio or starting in film-making, you can get away with points/percentage.
My promise is deferred pay, based on crowdfuding. It's a gamble, sure, but the people who jump on board understand that gamble, and also seem to understand I am not trying to swindle anyone.
Instead of the risk all being on the Producer or Office, it rides on the entire crew of the film.
After 25+ years of honing my skills and building/updating my kit, “exposure” won’t even cover my costs.
If you were given a choice of up front pay or a percentage which would you choose?
I understand your perspective. And I understand that neither option is betterRight now, I'm not at the level where I expect anything but opportunities. I don't take any money from my work, because I am not at that level yet.
Did you actually start out with a day rate? Not trying to disrespect, just honestly considering how anyone really shifts from the beginner phase to the paid phase.
This could even be turned the other way, where a person gets charged a crazy amount by a Cinematographer who is just getting their feet wet. Isn't the person hiring the one being swindled then?
I think the film, if done well and done with passion, outweighs the potential money profit anyway.
I've worked for $50/day in the past because that's all the production could afford. I often find the projects that offer some kind of deferred payment promise in lieu of any actual money can be the hardest to work on.In the end, it really boils down to valuing your crew. Even if it’s a very low day rate, it’s a day rate.
There are many valid POV's. The original questions is an excellent one; which
method would you prefer?