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Old 11-13-2008, 12:09 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I may be working as a sound designer on a narrative film. Most of my work is post mixing/editing with sound design work as needed, and I will usually work out a day rate for all of these services put together. But I believe sound design rates for film are not set by the day. I'm hoping to find out how rates are usually set for sound design work for film. I'm talking about indy films, not big budgets. Is it true that many people charge by the real-time minute of picture? Can anyone give me ideas of rates for both feature-length films as well as shorts?

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Old 11-13-2008, 02:13 PM
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Hi Bob,
I would find out the minimum scale for Sound Editors in your Union Local and use that as a starting point for your labor. You'll then have to determine a rate for your equipment/studio as well. For example, if you were hired as a Sound Designer here in Hollywood on a studio film, most likely you'd be working on the studio lot (using their equipment) or at an independent house (again, using their equipment). So, you'd usually only be getting paid for labor, at or above Union scale. Before everyone chimes in about kit rental, I know: sometimes they'll rent your system too. But nowadays, there seems to be much less personal system rental than 10 years ago (the studios all have plenty of systems of their own), so I'm just trying to be as cut-and-dried as possible.

I've never heard of a By-the-minute rate for sound design, only music.

Hope this helps, good luck :)
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:20 PM
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:27 PM
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Default Re: Rates for film sound design?

Thanks for the info. It may very well be that the 'by the minute' rate I'm thinking of had been for music composition. So it makes sense to stick with a day/week rate and try to make it reasonable for everyone.
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