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richard BachmanAE contractor/freelance rate question
by on May 5, 2006 at 4:35:41 pm

A friend may begin a freelance/contractor situation soon and need some advice/input from the folks here at The Cow.

He will be starting up an internal video communications dept for a large local corporation - localizing services that had previously been handled by 3 NY contractors (He'd love to know what they were charging pr/hr) He'll be doing everything except the actual shooting (have several videographers lined up) - that's meeting with the clients, coordinating/developing the creative direction (treatments - and possibly farming the script writing out), doing all the 3D/2D graphics and producing final edited video via After Effects (plus any illustrator/photoshop work necessary)...

Here's the million dollar question - how much should he charge per hour? How much do other folks charge in your area/market?


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Aanarav SareenRe: AE contractor/freelance rate question
by on May 5, 2006 at 6:10:07 pm

[richard Bachman] "Here's the million dollar question - how much should he charge per hour? How much do other folks charge in your area/market?"

Depends on a lot of variables. In this area (NYC), I have charged people as low as $50/hr. for a simple animation and sometimes over $500/hr. for extremely complex animations.

A couple of questions:
1) How long is the project going to be?
2) Is this goint to be a "full time" thing for a couple of months/weeks? Or is it only for a couple of hours each day?

Since the job description entails pre-production, post-production as well as deliverables, make sure that he is being paid for all of those things and not only for the AE part.


Aanarav Sareen
premiere@asvideoproductions.com


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richard BachmanRe: AE contractor/freelance rate question
by on May 5, 2006 at 6:24:44 pm

The company wants to get one rate that encompasses all his job functions - creative concepting, client presentation, pre-production, talent coordination, production supervision, vendor coordination, storyboards, 3D/2D animations, editing the final videos (in AE) and delivering final labelled DVDs. The projects will vary from basic talking heads, motivational/sales, PSAs, etc. - a single rate for all these functions. These responsibilities were handled by 3 separate contractors in NY.

Initially he will get a minimum of 20 hrs/wk - but it is expected to become a full time salary position within 6-12 months.



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