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  2. afewmoreyears

    Rates, rates, rates

    For the life of me, and I have said this a hundred times.... why is it that plumbers and electricians you call to repair a problem at home can all be in lock step, or super close price wise to each other, fighting to hold the line...and our industry is filled with desperate self serving fools. Try it and see... call 5 plumbers, they are all almost the same price.. and, a good hourly to boot.. Us?... we look like a bunch of absolute idiots fighting over scraps.. killing each other.
  3. truelife

    Rates, rates, rates

    AGREED. This is what eats at me- is that it seems that the rates get lower and lower and folks keep biting.
  4. afewmoreyears

    Rates, rates, rates

    As an LA mixer, I would not go out for $500 for me alone, forget about the gear... I strongly feel that anybody that does do this on a normal basis (we all have long time clients that pay very well but sometimes will ask a favor) is killing our industry job by job.... This is exactly why we find ourselves even talking about this... AGAIN!! You would be responsible for the decline in our rates and the destruction of the same industry you are trying to be a part of... just plain stupid, selfish and self serving.
  5. Matthew Steel

    The horse has left that barn

    Nice for you. I can't answer you about anybody else, but in my situation there is no way I am going to sell our 22 channels 600MHz gear (that are still functional, legal, and that I need to do my job) until I have funding approved to replace them. Because I cannot unilaterally decide where my organization spends its limited resources, all I can do to get funding is to make my best case for the capital expenditure and send my request up the chain of command.
  6. Philip Perkins

    Rates, rates, rates

    When a producer I don't know tells me that "LA" (or NY or wherever) rates are "X" my first thought is how the fuck do you know? You mean that's what you WISH they were, you mean that's what you got a couple of newbs or maybe a soundie who is also your skateboarding bro to work for on something you did, but that doesn't mean that is The Rate In LA or wherever he is. Someone's budget for sound or anything else is just what they decided it is, they can decide to change it. Many productions are seriously underfunded. I'm sorry about that, but I won't be helping them get more funding by underfunding myself, so to speak. There are desperate people (have been one I admit), there are newbie people (ditto) and there are opportunists. Don't be one of the latter.
  7. Dalton Patterson

    Rates, rates, rates

    Before Snowboarding After Snowboarding
  8. Wandering Ear

    Rates, rates, rates

    I have been told the "In LA mixers go for $XXX" many times. While I know it's not true the way the producer says it, LA is a big pond, and it's much easier to find people who need both experience and money so are will to compromise on rate. In smaller markets I believe we have an advantage because there is less competition, we can work together and keep our rates in line. However, I find it not worth putting any effort into people who can't negotiate at least close to my rate. I don't get mad, I don't try to change who they are, I simply state what I charge and spend my time focusing on the clients I prefer to work with.
  9. VAS

    Rates, rates, rates

    Don't forget, most of the time producers playing "mind games" with rates. They want cheap, says "LA Mixers" (do a list mister) accept those rates. Maybe it's true, maybe it's false. One thing is sure: They want cheap most of the time, so they are gambling.
  10. Dalton Patterson

    Rates, rates, rates

    no, I was just thinking/wondering that was where he got his screen name from. +1 +1, I feel this Agreed 100%
  11. EnotsMedia

    Rates, rates, rates

    Really...these guys are the ones asking for these low ball rates? I used to love watching their snowboarding vids..great stuff. But those rates are shit. Walk away is all you can do.
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  13. Eric Toline

    Rates, rates, rates

    Everyone's financial situation is different. For most $500 a day all is a non starter for others it in can be a life saver. Desperation often clouds judgement.
  14. KGraham045

    Rates, rates, rates

    Those rates are not reasonable. $500 a day including kit is too low for a major brand spot..
  15. Allen Rowand

    3d printed XLR caps, RX mount, and mic cases

    Thanks! They're made of Hatchbox PLA. I think I used my normal printer settings, so that'd be .175mm layer height.
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  17. truelife

    Rates, rates, rates

    Thanks, Dalton. Sage words. Am I mistaken about rates, though- are those rates now considered reasonable?
  18. Dalton Patterson

    Rates, rates, rates

    Do you know of Mack Dawg Productions? ( TrueLife, Resistance, Technical Difficulties) That's a negative ghost rider. Don't do any of that stuff. You are hurting the mixing collective. It's not your job to accept less money because some random weekend warrior wants to get in on the action and will accept less than market rates. In addition to a producer who is passive aggressive and won't come out and say your rate is too much. The producer obviously recognizes that you are a better choice but is trying to skim on budget for whatever reason. What did he say about a COI? Thats usually my go/no go on a job. Let him cobble together different mixers from the great planes to the Atlantic. Never go down, always up.
  19. Scott Smith

    Credits

    “Talent” is making a huge assumption when it comes to actors. I’ve seen plenty more talent behind the camera than in front of it😊. -Scott
  20. truelife

    Rates, rates, rates

    I'm sure this has been talked about ad nauseam here, but I'm hitting a boiling point at understanding how ENG mixers doing doc/tv work are accepting rates of $500 for themselves and gear. I'm being asked to mix a major brand road trip spot that is branded doc content for a week on the road, with 3 x wireless, 633, boom, hops etc for $500 (meals paid, but no per diem). The producer has mentioned that mixers in LA, the Midwest and Northeast are accepting rates of $500 for themselves with package (no travel days paid). Does this seem logical? Am I confused? Sorry for the rant, but I feel like I'm in the upside down parts of Inception.
  21. IronFilm

    Bag cart build ideas

    Genius!
  22. IronFilm

    From small cart to bag cart.

    I like how you've got the shelves half sticking out the back as well, I'm sure that must help with the balance? Hadn't considered that yet myself! I was just going to rely upon all the weight at the bottom to keep it steady. As I'm putting a bit of thought into making my own one based around a hand trolley:
  23. Brickbeard

    3d printed XLR caps, RX mount, and mic cases

    The caps look very nice. Was thinking about doing my own as well, what material did you print with?
  24. IronFilm

    Alexa Mini audio menu

    I noticed a similar oddity last weekend as well on a two day shoot with an Arri Alexa Mini. That both channels were showing audio even though I only was feeding audio to one of them! Was using an Aputure Deity shotgun into a Sound Devices MP1 into the Arri Alexa Mini: Anyway, there was audio! Even if acting a little odd by being in both audio channels, so I didn't stress too much over it as it was a busy day for me and I had other fires to fight instead.
  25. IronFilm

    Deity S-Mic 2

    Used the S Mic 2 on my 2nd boom (with an AT4071a for the main boom), really happy with the S Mic 2, noticeably better than the Deity shotgun. (which I was also using! Running it into a Sound Devices MP1 which then feed line level into the Arri Alexa Mini)
  26. nickreich

    Alexa Mini audio menu

    yes, that's what I meant - I don't believe there is a function in the Alexa Mini to merge or sum Left and Right inputs. There is no problem with pushing two channels of line level audio into the lemo connector - my usual music video-style workflow has guide audio on one channel and playback timecode on the other. Never had any complaints of crosstalk. Assuming the channels were separate going into the Alexa, I'm wondering if the issue has happened in Post or in transcoding before it got to Editorial?
  27. alidav

    A Set of Wheels (finally)

    I would have changed the wheels with bigger, but I am quite worried about weight and stability.
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