United StatesHow much to charge for Low-budget Film photography with out burning bridges but keeping professional integrity?
I recently finished up a job working with a low-budget feature film company shooting stills. I originally agreed to shooting for free because I am new to the business and it was great exposure for me. Turned out to be 18 days, 12-14hr days, and I did a very strong job.
I was asked from the beginning to be a "stand in" for an actor and bring my camera (just in case type situation). After a couple days, the production team saw my photography and they quickly changed their minds.
Now, because I was there all day, my work is the strongest (meaning that they will prob. use one or some of my photography for the poster) they are working out an agreement with me.
The first one they gave me during the shoot was total crap. I told them I wouldn't sign it, that they had to re-write it and send a new one to me.
The new one was better. But still had issues, so here is where I am at NOW
**STILL HAVE NOT SIGNED AN AGREEMENT!**
so this would be a buyout....."unlimited usage License"
in perpetuity, worldwide, in all media
to include any number of photos we choose (not to exceed 50) FULL Resolution
to include the possibility (but not the guarantee) of poster art
you would be credited on any stills disbursed and have on screen credit
Now because I didn't "work for hire" like most big film studios. Example; Paramount will hire a photographer-"work for hire" so all rights and copyrights belong to Paramount. The photographer charges a day rate and is compensated if any photographs end up on the poster after the fact.
My work (my day rate) was in place of CREDIT. They mentioned from the beginning that they had no money, and I figured this was a great opportunity for me anyway.
Until they asked me to sign an agreement relinquishing my rights to my work.
normal case, this is a great opportunity for me to charge enough money to make up the cost of working for free and also what I consider a significant value of my work. Unfortunately, they are coming at me with "This is a LOW BUDGET film, we have NO MONEY"
They have mentioned $500
They have mentioned if I ask for $3000-$4000 that they would not use my photography.
HOW MUCH DO I CHARGE!? Do i stick to my guns on this one, and give them an appropriate quote or do I give them a fair quote?
I also don't want to burn any bridges because the relationships and networking is an investment in itself at this stage in the game for me. But I also want to value my work appropriately and show some integrity.
I have been thinking around $1500/half of what they said they couldn't do.
Please any advice would be helpful at this point.
Please tell me the amount of work you receive from working for free? The idea of working for credit is a joke and the only thing you set yourself up for is to gain future work for free as well. You should register the images and set a price and personally I think anything less than $2500 isn't even worth discussing.Most importantly you should take this as a lesson for going forward and make a policy that if you work you get paid otherwise this is a hobby and not a job.