Further to discussions in my Sub Hire thread I thought it worth making a new thread to bring this to others attentions, just in case it got overlooked within the extra posts.
I will be trialling a "Standby System" that will allow you a contingency plan for emergencies where a backup camera is required. This may be vital for many users to win bid's with certain clients and would be built into your original costs. It will work something like this (*Details are subject to change):
Rates will vary depending on response time. For example an onset standby system (which would include myself as supervisor) might be £200 per day whereas a <5 hour response time might be £100 per day. A next day response time might be £70 per day. (<5 hour response time not available to EU countries other than mainland UK).
- An agreement will be made for the dates that a standby system will be required, indicating location and response time desired by the client.
- I will keep the standby camera with me. It will not go on set unless I'm along as a supervisor (This will increase the cost of the standby system though), the main reason being that a producer might "suggest" using it once or twice without my knowledge. By doing so this does not take into consideration wear and tear and may void insurance claims, but perhaps most of all they would be taking advantage of the deal. Not everyone is trustworthy and many might look on it as a way of having a cheap second camera on set.
- When a problem occurs I would be contacted and dependent on the agreed response time the equipment would be delivered by me in person.
- For every day the replacement camera is being used a sub hire rate would apply and I would be available on set for the duration of the shoot in my capacity as DIT or simply supervisor. The sub hire rate would be lower than my typical rate and agreed upon at the beginning and allow the original rentee to continue profitting from the shoot even though their camera has malfunctioned. This is essential to avoid calling in a replacement camera as a means to have a cheaper second unit on set.
There are a few more details to iron out and the quoted rates above are only an example. I will have something arranged soon with more details to follow on my website. Alternatively you can contact me and discuss in person.
Mobile: +44 (0)7786 444 333
Website: www.paulmclements.com (Currently Unavailable - Will be up Early September).