I was asked to do some filming at a cabaret musical event. I provide them with my quotes and
samples for one, two, three, or more camera operators, as well as quotes and
samples for the various audio options, ranging from a recorded with a simple
field recorder through to recorded via sound desk and professionally mixed.
have reviewed your options and feel that the budget and type of show would work
best with two cameras and audio recorded via the sound desk. We will have our
own technician record and mix then provide you with the audio.
have one concern, however; we noticed you have provided samples for one, three,
and four cameras-but not two. Since you do not have evidence of your ability to
edit professionally with two cameras we do not feel it is right to pay for such
a service sight unseen. You will still be given free entry to the show for you
and your second shooter as well as a copy of our poster and we will put you on
the rider as well for a schooner of beer or a house wine each.
For those who are unfamiliar with
the term, a the “rider” typically refers to free or low-cost drinks provided to
the band or performers. A schooner is a very small glass, so not really
adequate payment for several hours’ work.
wanting to pay for sight unseen two camera work is like going to the
supermarket and saying “I know that one litre of milk is good, and I know that
three litres is good, but I don’t think I should pay for two litres because
I’ve never tried.”
There was a little more back and forth. She
tried to convince me to work for free, then for very little, then without a
deposit, then payment only when the product was deemed adequate…
Eventually she just agreed to my terms and signed a VERY DETAILED contract.