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Old September 15th, 2014, 09:41 AM   #16
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I would also be of the mind for the client to handle the talent, especially considering the budget constraints, if you start trying clever ways to get cheaper/free talent, and something does go wrong, it's your fault even though you were just doing what was necessary. If the client insists, than i'd put it in writing exactly how you have proposed to the client that you'll attain this talent and that he agrees that it's not standard practice and the same guarentees can not be made. You know, cover your butt type stuff...

And since you're in NYC, i can offer a hand, whether it be just to meet up for a coffee and hash things out, or be on your crew.
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Old September 15th, 2014, 11:45 AM   #17
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A common method I've come across in this instance is for the client to be responsible for finding extras.
Yes I suggested this to him. Good idea to get the clients involved in a project thanks.
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Old September 15th, 2014, 11:52 AM   #18
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A simple spreadsheet will make it clear that this project is near impossible to do profitably with that scope and budget.
I gave him a line-item estimate so he'll know upfront the cost of putting his promo together:



1. 23 talents +3 dogs $3,200 (includes talents, dogs includes lunch)

2. Gear rental $800 (I have most of the equipment needed however I few things I will have to rent like more lights, atomos monitor, data backup device and special lens etc)

3. Permits for outdoors $300 (probably won't need to charge him for a permit but it's included just in case)

4. Venue or location $1,100 1 full day (classroom setting including chairs desk etc)

5. Crew $600 (I'll need 2 assistants to help me out for two full days)

6. Stock music $200

7. Animator (I don't have a quote from him yet since I need to know more detail like a board or at least detailed description)

8. Transportation for two days $300

9. + my fee:-)
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Old September 15th, 2014, 11:57 AM   #19
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And since you're in NYC, i can offer a hand, whether it be just to meet up for a coffee and hash things out, or be on your crew.
Ok definitely! I will PM you and let you know.
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