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Greg Ball
Overnight shoot fees
on Jul 11, 2018 at 4:44:26 pm

Hi guys,

I hope you're having a great summer. I'm working on a quote for a restaurant industry client and they are asking to shoot the videos overnight, so we do not disrupt their daytime restaurant business.

Shooting overnight means that we really can't shoot for a different client the day before or the next day, as we need to adjust our body clocks. Do you charge the client for an additional 1/2 day just for that reason, or do you just suck it up and shoot because you want the job?

Greg Ball, President
Ball Media Innovations, Inc.

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Todd Terry
Re: Overnight shoot fees
on Jul 11, 2018 at 5:07:31 pm

We don't charge for non-shoot time that is unusable because we are sleepy or mentally hung over from a night shoot.


We do have different hourly rates for such, that make up the difference.

We have a base shoot rate, which is the one we usually quote to clients... but that is considering all shooting to be within 9-to-5 and Monday through Friday. Anything outside those perimeters gets a higher rate.

For night stuff, we'd usually go time-and-a-half from 5pm-to-8pm... after that it's double time. Same for early mornings, which is also time-and-a-half unless it's really early (say before 6am) which would be double time.

Same for any Saturday or Sunday shooting, which starts at double.

The vast vast majority of our location shooting is 9-5 M-F, but every now and then something outside that can't be helped... such as when nighttime exteriors are needed. Another frequent culprit is doctors, such as a plastic surgeons group that we work with... they are far too busy shoveling money during regular biz hours to take a break, so we shoot them on very early Sunday mornings. They pay the max premium for that (I think we might charge them triple time for that, not really sure), but I haven't noticed any of their children going without shoes over it.

So... we've found the easiest way is to just charge appropriate higher hourly rates for off-hours shooting, and that's what I'd recommend.


Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

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