I want to know how much DVD art designers for like Pixar/Disney earn, to do menus, etc, and how much guys like me earn with smaller movies. Should I be asking for $35 an hour whereas the big shots are earning $50 an hour. Iwould just like a rate sheet so I could establish myself as a freelance designer.
I doubt that "big shots" are ONLY getting $50 per hour. There's a place I use here locally that charges $95 per hour for Authoring, and $75 per hour for menu design. Thay do vey basic stuff, corporate/industrial DVDs
Charging a flat fee is almost always a mistake, charge an hourly fee with a defined minimum. For example, $50 per hour, 2 hour minimum. You also have to have a policy for how many approval/change steps you'll do, and if you charge for that.
I think the main thing is to figure out how much you want to make off this. How much money do you need to make to justify the time you spend? Don't undercharge just to get the work. You'll just end up resenting the job and your client.