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Old April 8th, 2005, 03:32 AM   #1
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Billing question

When doing event video (not a wedding) that will require some editing, is it customary to be paid at the time of the event, or to bill? And what do you guys spell out in the contract?

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Old April 8th, 2005, 06:09 AM   #2
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I'm not 100% sure about the others, but I believe it is customary to get a deposit first, balance upon completion. I usually charge 1/3 upfront, just to cover time and expenses. This is also usually non refundable, especially in the case where the client hasn't got a clue, and decides last minute to call it off.

Then again, I end up driving at least 1 to 3 hours to a shoot. Plus, I clear my calendar for this event, which means nothing else goes on that day.
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Old April 8th, 2005, 07:16 AM   #3
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1/3 up front, 1/3 on delivery of approval copy, balance on delivery of final master.
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Old April 9th, 2005, 12:07 PM   #4
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50% deposit, remainder either before event or before editing commences, depending on client
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