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Brian KayfitzAverage Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 8, 2007 at 11:49:56 pm

Hi Guys,

I have a general questions. I've been working for the same company for about five years now when I was still just in high school and now five years later, I am still at roughly the same wage (which is just 'slightly' over minimum wage). Now, I really don't want to leave the job because I like what I'm doing, but the compensation is appalling!

I was wondering if any of you could give me a ball park number on what After Effects artists or DVD Authors (I do both, but lately more motion graphics and menu design) usually get paid. Also, can you specify what currency, since I'm in Canada and will have to do a conversion to get a general idea.

Thank you all very much

Brian Kayfitz

High Definition Authoring
http://www.infinitehd.com


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Bryan KeithRe: Average Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 9, 2007 at 6:52:50 pm

Been there five years with hardly a raise? "Slightly" over minimum wage? I'd say it's time for a raise or time for a new job. As far as how much....AE artists can make $800/day in some markets...my point being the salary range can vary widely. It certainly sounds like you deserve more than what you are getting.

Have you not asked for a raise this entire time? If they say "no" or "times are tight. Maybe in six months" it's time to leave....b/c they do not respect you and value your contribution to the company.

Good luck.


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grinnerRe: Average Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 11, 2007 at 5:12:03 am

time to bail, man.
Give em a chance to raise you by 10k. When that doesn't happen, raise yourslef by that much elsewhere.
The best way to get a significant raise is to move onward and upward. I moved my family to five states in as many years when we were having babies because no employer could offer a raise that would cover the cost of another child. Each move otta land ya another 5 figures per year. Do this in two year intervals and you'll be doing ok.



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Brian KayfitzRe: Average Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 11, 2007 at 3:36:45 pm

Thank you all so much for your response. It has been extremely valuable. I'm going to start assembling a demo reel of all the materials that I've created and start huntin'.

By the way, how does intellectual property work exactly for demo reels. Technically, everything I've made is "owned" by the company, so am I allowed to these materials for my own purposes?

Regards

Brian Kayfitz

High Definition Authoring
http://www.infinitehd.com


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SRoughanRe: Average Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 12, 2007 at 12:07:58 pm

"Technically, everything I've made is "owned" by the company, so am I allowed to these materials for my own purposes?"

Yes you are. As long as its not being sold, or is of a sensitive nature.



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walter biscardiRe: Average Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 12, 2007 at 12:16:21 pm

[SRoughan] ""Technically, everything I've made is "owned" by the company, so am I allowed to these materials for my own purposes?"

Yes you are. As long as its not being sold, or is of a sensitive nature."


Yes and no, depends on how you use it. For instance I create animations for the Food Network and before I can show them on my website or on a DVD as demo material, I have to get clearance from Producers of the show and the network. It's for my own purposes, but I still have to get clearance.

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
http://www.biscardicreative.com
HD Editorial & Animation for Food Network's "Good Eats"
HD Editorial for "Assignment Earth"

Read my blog! http://blogs.creativecow.net/WalterBiscardi


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ericRe: Average Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 13, 2007 at 8:18:37 pm

Hi Brian

Wasn't sure if you saw the other post...but as far as HD or BD-J authoring goes...

Since Hollywierd is the only place really putting out HD or BD-J discs at this point your PROBABLY not going to find much outside of Southern California. But for a HDi or BD-J coder your looking at $60,000 - $100,000 mark. Also, these companies and studios are looking for computer programmers not SD DVD authors (but that will help). A strong background in internet design (XML, Java and HTML is a msut)

Here's are some companies looking right now:

http://www.showbizjobs.com/act_job_list.cfm


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ericRe: Average Salaries for After Effects, HD DVD and Blu-ray authoring
by on Apr 13, 2007 at 8:35:57 pm

Also, if you haven't done so already, check Micosoft's site on HDi code writing for HD DVD, not Blu-Ray

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/hddvd/default.aspx


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