Knowing What To Charge For Your Services

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  8 Minutes of Instructional Video

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  As a filmmaker, how do you know what to charge for your services? Should you have a rate card, a day rate, or does it depend on the job? What makes you an extraordinary storyteller? Is it your skill set, the director that you collaborate with or a combination of both?  In this lesson all of these questions will be answered and more.  Understanding you worth and the ability to say NO is just as important as YES.


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urbangraceb 21 days ago

Hi there. All I’m seeing is a beer advertisement. Did the link change?

Jordanschulzdp 14 days ago

Hi Shane, I found this module very informative. You answered many questions I’ve had lurking in my head.Especially the section where you warned about setting rates too low in fear of missing out on a great opportunity. What are your thoughts about working pro-bono? Particularly, working pro-bono on a project or with a director/artist that has potential? I found that when I was just starting out, doing projects pro-bono allowed me the opportunity to experiment more especially in areas outside of my comfort zone.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    12 days ago

      @Jordanschulzdp Pro bono is what built this industry, artist helping other artist out to express their vision and their talent. In my 35 year career so far in the movie industry, I probably have worked for free about 4 to 5 years worth. I donate my time to help others, to introduce myself to a talented director to gain him or her as a client. Yes, it is also a place to really challenge yourself as well on these Pro Bono projects. Keep it up, Trust the Process!!!