Sometimes I get so tired of this industry. Yes it is expensive to hire a good crew. Equipment cost a lot of money. Driving 1,5hrs each direction is not free. I want to be able to pay the people, I have to hire, a fair days pay. I know I am worth a fair days pay for the knowledge and experience I bring to a shoot.
Yesterday the discussion started. Shoot on Friday. German client. I give a price and they are a very clear they want to wrap up the booking first thing next morning (today) I get back to them 3 times during today, although I am on another shoot. Give them all the specs on gear, which seems to be very important. I finally say I NEED a decision to be able to give fair word to my sound person who’s holding Friday for me. I even set a deadline. 2 hrs later at 1800 (6pm), after sending my quote once again, I get low balled and asking me to recommend another crew!! Are you kidding with me!?
The price they offered I would have turned down off the bat yesterday saving me time and phone calls to Germany. I fully understand different shoots have different budgets but be honest upfront and please don’t waste my time!