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Nicolas Fiorentinowhich is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by on Jul 17, 2009 at 1:56:59 pm

Hello,

We are negotiating the production of a series of footage on diverse animals in the Patagonia Argentina.
We have to deliver 10 minutes of footage for each animal/species.

The production will be produced with two camaras Sony HD.
The footage will be delivered in 1920x1080p Pro res.

We will be 3 people producing in the field. 2 cameraman & 1 producer.

Which is the daily cost (average) for the production of this type of material?

Thanks a lot!!
Nicolas from Argentina.


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grinner hesterRe: which is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by on Jul 17, 2009 at 3:59:28 pm

http://open.salon.com/blog/retrodaddy/2008/08/08/files/dustin_hoffman_rain_...
'Bout a hundred dollars.



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Nicolas FiorentinoRe: which is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by on Jul 17, 2009 at 5:13:57 pm

Can anyone be more specific?
A thousand dollars per day it's too much?
I repeat will be 2 cameraman an 1 producer.


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David ElkinsRe: which is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by on Jul 17, 2009 at 5:30:12 pm

This is a pretty vague request. You are going to be dependent on your animal subjects as to the amount of time needed in the field. You could be in Patagonia anywhere from a couple of weeks to an entire year to get what you need. A three person HD crew will start at about $2K per day not including travel costs or special equipment. Good luck!


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Ben FerrerRe: which is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by on Jul 18, 2009 at 11:59:47 pm

Are you posting a job offer?

You may want to re-post your question in an appropriate forum. Perhaps Indie Film and Documentary would be a better place. Also check out the business forum.

Regarding your question - You may want to figure out what gear and equipment is required to do the job and what the daily rental rate for that gear is (or would be if you had to rent it). Add that to the day rate of each person on the team.

I believe this is the figure you are looking for. It is a starting point for you to negotiate with. Of course this doesn't factor in expenses such as food, travel, permits, tape/media, etc.

If you don't know the day rate of the team members find out what they would like to get paid and how low they can afford to go on that rate. This is the kind of information you need to have in order to negotiate a contract with your client. Also, find out the approximate number of days that production is expected to take. Many crew members will lower their day rate if they know they will have a large number of days of work lined up.

-Ben

Ben Ferrer
DP – Transvideo Studios
Mountain View, CA



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Nicolas FiorentinoRe: which is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by on Jul 19, 2009 at 5:42:18 pm

Thanks Ben for the tips.
This was not a job offer.
We actually close the deal for 1K per Day for 50 days.

Thanks to all.
Nicolas


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