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John Frank
How much should I charge for something like this?
on Jul 8, 2009 at 3:09:25 am

So, this guy approached me the other day after seeing some of my youtube videos and asked me if I could make a Trailer for his companys upcoming game. I had made a few videos of games out of for fun before so I know how to do this. Basically he wants me to film inside the game with a screen recorder called fraps and then edit the footage together add some text etc. He provides the music. Thing is, I'm not sure what I should charge for this, should I treat it like I'm filming something in real life, because it is much cheaper and easier doing it on a computer. What do you guys think?

It's a small company just to note, their trailer won't be big on TV or anything, just around the net.


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Trent Whittington
Re: How much should I charge for something like this?
on Jul 8, 2009 at 7:26:59 am

Do you mean you will be editing footage from a computer game?

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Mark Suszko
Re: How much should I charge for something like this?
on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:29:10 pm

What, the internet just broadcasts around a few blocks by your house? Um, no, it is planet-wide. So do a good job, you never know who will see it.

Charge day rate, or, if you need to give him a break, break out an hourly rate from your day rate.


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Bill Davis
Re: How much should I charge for something like this?
on Jul 8, 2009 at 7:55:18 pm



Plus, make darn sure he's not planning to pay you in Linden Dollars!!!!



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Franklin McMahon
Re: How much should I charge for something like this?
on Jul 9, 2009 at 2:14:49 pm


Ha ha Linden Dollars..that's funny..have not heard that term in a while...

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Steve Wargo
Re: How much should I charge for something like this?
on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:35:01 am

$50 an hour, John. But, be honest with your time, both to you and the "client". But, try to determine how many hours it's gonna take and figure a dollar amount. Once you both agree, get 1/3 in advance and give it your best effort. Get the second third when you have it all roughed out. Get the final 1/3 upon delivery.

Good luck.

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