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http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cwg/3452849709.html Found on craigslist today. Thanks to whomever posted this, I find myself wanting to explain this to people on almost every set I'm on! I might not go so far ast o say that sound is more impt than picture, but on the whole this poster gets it right. The following is the text: Sound mixers get a bum deal. We have to invest over $10k to get decent gear and enough of it to be able to handle the demands of what production wants. We provide a valuable service that is even more important than your picture. Your film has dialogue, people want to hear it and hear it clearly. We try to do that for you despite poor locations, poor wardrobe choices, and sometimes, ridiculous shot composition. A camera crew is exactly that, a crew. Operator, 1st AC, 2nd AC. If there's no 2nd AC then there's damn sure a 1st. Sound mixers are apparently expected to do the job of two people and get paid peanuts for it. In the LA area, the absolute minimum for our services should be $350 per 12 hour day with $100 for a kit fee. Base minimum. Any asshole with a DSLR can call themselves a DP and show up on set and get paid decently because they have a camera. A 744t recorder is nearly twice the cost of a 5d markIII and a 788 is more so. On top of that, producers want at least 2 wireless, a shotgun mic with great rejection, and comteks so they can hear and complain. We help people want to watch your movie. A film with terrible sound and a gorgeous picture is still unwatchable, a film with mediocre picture and excellent sound will be watched in its entirety (provided the story is worth it). Don't insult production sound mixers or boom operators (two separate jobs, by the way) by wanting to pay $150 for a 12 hour day, subway for lunch, and no equipment fee. $350 +$100 kit fee is minimum. If we really really like you, we might do it for less if we're bored. But don't insult us by calling it a job.
I posted this on CL gigs Los Angeles a few months back. It got flagged down pretty quick but I figured I'd share it with y'all here for a good laugh if you're bored in between takes. It's a bit cliché, but whatever...Hollywood is full of recycled clichés! --- I'm a location sound mixer/recordist and I'm seeking a 2 man landscaping crew to work with. Here's the deal...every time I'm on location I'll call you and tell you where it is. You drive up with your stake bed truck full of mowers, weed whackers, leaf blowers etc. and start going at it! Bring a chainsaw and a jack-hammer if you've got em! I'll tell production that we can't get any usable sound. A producer or AD will then approach the landscape crew and ask you to stop. You just have to say 'can't, got other jobs after this.' If they say 'can you go do those and then come back?' say something like 'the next job is in Palmdale so no.' They'll try to get you to stop in tons of different ways...just keep saying no and keep your machines running. At some point they'll start to offer you bribes. Hold out for at least $400. Give me %15 and we'll have a good business going. Did I mention this whole thing will probably only take about an hour? Easiest, quickest cash you can make right!? If we do it well we can probably set up some drug running for coked up producers and other people on set who don't actually work.