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Old May 24th, 2005, 08:02 AM   #16
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In my opinion there is nothing wrong with competing on price. If someone consistently works for rates at cost or below he or she is not going to survive in the business.
It is the normal market mechanism of supply and demand, coupled with quality and marketing aspects such as presentation and being known to potential customers.
The value of the work will be a result of this mechanism, if we like it or not.
What would the alternative be? Agree between videographers on minimum prices? Doesn't sound like something that will work (nor would it be legal here in Europe).
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Old June 1st, 2005, 02:37 AM   #17
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100% depends on the market and the job. In my market RENTING an XL2 is $250 a day! In general I dont do jobs at less than $750 for me alone or $1000 with a sound guy. Funny that in bigger markets (NYC and LA) I dont make any more than here in Oklahoma, because even though there is more money and more projects, there is also more competition. I have made as much as $3500 in a day for DPing a music video.

Most the projects I work on, I am just brought in to add production value, say for creating the opening, etc. so I shoot WAY less days. This seems to be the way many of the lower budget TV shows are going. Cheap newgathering guys for the bulk of production, then bring in a skilled DP type to add the flare, etc.

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