Yet again I am seeing thew whole deferred payment/crowd funding issue rear its head so I decided to re blog and slightly rewrite to match the current situation. My opinion is considered controversial on this matter as I feel there is a lot of things that go unsaid and with a lack of visible union support in the Scottish market and a declining standard (the opinion of many pro actors and models), I felt I would address this again. Please note this is not the case on every film out there however is based on current projects being flagged up by several professionals and artists in the Scottish market.
Deferred Payment and crowd funding.
After some careful research and thought on the whole deferred payment system of film I worked out the details based on an estimated film with a (proposed sale value) from DVD and other resource sales.
OK if you estimate your over all sales and finances based on a estimate of £1 million in sales. Doing the film on a zero budget, so you receive no travel or material costs, which as a make up artist for film is £45 a day for kit alone not including the day rate. Instead you Assign 20% to the crew and cast and forgo the attempt at raising the necessary capital relying on peoples desire to be in the film/TV industry.
Averaging 20 people crew and 20 cast (just an estimation this is the lower end of the spectrum). OK film makes 1 million after costs, 20% is then paid to the cast and crew from the remaining profit. Sounds good right, now here’s the maths 200 thousand split between 40 people works out at 0.5% per head or £1000. Filming takes a total of 30 days, so that comes down to: £33.33* per day which is less than minimum wage. Not so great now considering the union rates. Which rarely if ever are offered. So you take that film on deferred payment thinking you will cash in first off make sure you get a contract if you insist on going ahead and second make sure this is a legit project. It wouldn’t be the first time I have seen films made under one name with a “contract” and the producer has vanished, only to resurface with a new business and a new film to make while the cast and crew are left wondering what happened.
in reality you are working at a loss assuming the film makes any financial return and the length of time it takes to sell the finished project. Something to think about.
Similar to the “I have a catalougue shoot lined up and need models, make up artist and a photographer. TF (time for….) for the job. Interested?”
Uh no. Cause that would come under the commercial bracket and I have rates for that type of work. Yet people still do it. You cannot complain you are not being taken seriously if you are willing to accept this type of work.
Free does not equate good.
Personally I focus on the quality of my work and turn my hand to the more commercial aspects of the business. Most of my clientele is overseas or South of the border, all of whom are asking me to do extended trips to work with them. At the moment I am giving serious consideration to these offers, especially the longer ones. Take my skills where:
- where I will be appreciated.
Am I being unfair? Maybe but here is the skinny, I have a business to run that means I want to make money. My phone bill can’t be paid with a fabulous
tear sheet folks. There are circumstances where I will work for images but lets be blunt here. NOT WHEN ITS COMMERCIAL. If you are using these images to promote, sell or advertise a product then its Commercial and should be budgeted to meet the current rates or at least offer minimum wage.
Yes that’s right minimum wage, legally you are entitled to that and when you are offering a service or hiring even for a day you should budget to pay your crew. For example:
- Head shots for an actor: Paid
- Look book for a designer PAID; this is a catalog, the designer will use this to sell their product.
- Wedding ,make up/photography/videography: PAID; you pay thousands for a wedding dress, venue, catering etc and then ask the artists to work for free?? No you pay them.
Sad to say but right now thats where my minds at. While I understand the need to work, build your CV and portfolio etc, free work on commercial/corporate is just an expensive hobby and it has a knock on effect to the rest of us. Wise up! If they are making money of your efforts then so you should you be.