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- October 26, 2010 at 1:49 AM #43273
It has most likely been asked before, but if so the post would be old and things have changed so I will ask again.
This is a 2 part question.
Someone brings in old VHS tapes and photos and music and ask that you take this stuff and turn it into a wedding to remember on DVD. Examples (http://www.tasana-studios.com/weddings.html) Hover your cursor over the word Weddings at the top and a drop down menu appears of weddings as above.
So you do this how much should one charge for the finished production (This is not video you shot)
Someone hires you to shoot a wedding. From start to finish you have control. How much should you charge?
Editing: their materials, $100 per hour; 8-hour minimum.
Turnkey: I do it all, starts at $1,500 and can run as high as $10,000 depending on hours, creative level desired and additional equipment requested.
WOW: I have been charging a total of $150.00 for delivered project. WHOO!!!
any wedding event we cover involves a lot of time and equipment and skills.
at $150 bucks a pop, how do you expect to stay in business? even if you paid yourself welfare rates, you’d have to book twenty wedding a season to pay for your business license. You do have one don’t you? then there are taxes. Also you need to incur marketing expenses to get those twenty jobs…. so your camera will be obsolete or worn out in a couple years… you’ll need to upgrade.
by the time you figure out the proper way to run a business, you will have brides claiming $150 is the going rate, and “why should I pay you xxxx amount of dollars, when you shot so and so’s wedding for $150.00? You are trying to rip me off!”
Good luck with that business plan!
Just remember for every guy out there who has the talent, the equipment and the business plan to run a business there’s ten guys out there with a consumer camera, no experience, and no long term plan eating up jobs, pushing down the value of the product and producing disappointed brides and making the public perception that this is an industry full of rip off artists. Guys that are here today and bankrupt tomorrow are bad for the industry. Period.
Plan long term please. That bride may need a new copy of her video in ten years, be nice for her if you are still around.
Don, I’m fairly sure Tasana is referring to the editing of their materials. But I could be wrong. Let us know Tasana.
Don; At the current time I have not established a business in this area. I am still gathering the information to make informed choices. I did run a business successfully for some time here, a computer business. In fact it was so much a success that the only rival I had had been established since the 70’s bought me out because it was hurting him too much.
A business license here in my county is not that costly. But since I have yet to charge a fee I have yet to obtain one. When I do I will set it up as self-prop. In my county it is the equipment that you use that they tax you to death on.
I do agree with you that to undermine an already established rate does no benefit to the industry at all, and the only time I have been paid is when a very close friend had me use their content to make a 10 year anniversary DVD. But that was long before I opted to try my hand at this end of it. I developed my web site in the last couple of months to “feel” out my area. After more research I have come to learn that my current equipment is no where near what it needs to be. I am thinking about this (http://pro.jvc.com/pro/hm100/index.jsp) I have never posted rates on my site due to the fact that I had no idea what to charge for my services. All the stuff I have done thus far was for friends and to get something to post so people could see my work. I STRESS to my friends not to tell my rates. And yes I have fallen victim to “hay use Greg he only charges…..” It was my own cousin referring my to a lawyer, we have not spoken much since. I do not like doing work for lawyers or real estate agents, impossible to please.
At the current time I have not shot a wedding from start to end. I have edited about 8 with the footage provided to me. 1 almost killed me, 2 hours of video and only 20 minutes usable and part of that was running it backwards. I am in the part of my development of establishing a fee plan, that is why I posted here and asked.
As I have stated I have established a business and even saved a few by stepping in and giving sage advice. But before I drop too much money into this plan I have to have the right equipment and knowledge of charging. Just because I have a site up with my work on it does not mean that people are running around my area spouting off “cheap rates” because what is there is family and extremely close friends stuff.
Once I get a better understanding of rates for MY AREA, and better cameras then comes the registering with the county and setting of the rates. Keep in mind there is no intake into the business at this time to justify getting a license YET. When I set a fee rate and start to do work for others then that will come. But if I have nothing to show for what I can do then I can’t built.
But at this time Don I am seeking a better understanding of a fee rate. and as I stated I was thinking of $150.00 but I have never advertised that. I do hope this clears things up a bit.