If you aren’t fully equipped and supported by a Union or Company , you are on your own .
Your reputation is the Only thing you have . So good work and going the extra mile is not an option . So I do …….
When there is less than Optimal sound I will do Post and try to clean , and level etc. >>>>>>
I witness the Soundgroups online , complain about rates they get for one day , equal many peoples Monthly income at the poverty level…..
Reasonable pay , for Skilled work is a must . If your a Film Maker you have many choices , each of them come with a cost in one form or another .
Stress is a cost
Gear is a Cost
Knowledge is a cost
Time is a Cost
Mistakes , are a HEAVY cost
Having someone on your team , that KNOWS a lot about the processes , and How to , as well as problem solving skills , yeah it costs ,….. but it also Saves …. All of the Above . Stress , Gear , Time , Mistakes . ( Even though Mistakes can and still will happen , the problem solving skills are there to help mitigate the issues)
Indie Filming is on the rise …. it is not going away . And I kinda welcome it in some way . Hollywood is limited on Mental resources and the stories all sound the same . Action Flicks , Explosions , and Some Hot girl centre stage ……
The last 3 films I did sound for , actually didn’t have a single explosion ….. go figure .
One actually had some romance ( in a very cute way I might add) but the Romance never came to fruition , because , OH guess what , The Film also had a story ! Ends on a very strange note .
This new generation of filmmakers do not have a lot of money . But they have Imagination .
I don’t work for free , But for a really good script I will negotiate . Because If the opportunity to do a GOOD film is there , and be a part of it , why not ?
It will become a part of Media’s canonical history . With or Without the 800 dollar sound guy,( union pay )
Rates vary from country to country . Pro guys in Germany get around the same that I charge for a day , but they are Government Regulated as far as I know .
In the US , Rates going 700 to a THOUSAND dollars a day , plus gear rental !!!!!
The Starving artist is willing to do with 100 or less …. ) sound won’t be that good in many cases but !)
I have a Day rate …… I have bills to pay and other issues .
But I will not Charge Corporate rates , for an Indie film …..
Talk to me about what you CAN do …. if it works ,…..Lets do something.