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Rates of pay for Micro Budget Short (3.5 day shoot)

Putting together a budget for a BFI funding application - would like to hear from:

1st AD / 3rd AD
1st A/C
Make Up (HOD)
Production Designer / Art Director (HOD)

Please comment with what you'd consider an acceptable rate for a short film with a budget under £15,000 - two actors, contemporary setting, 3.5 day shoot, two locations. Industry standard kit will be hired in.

Other crew roles inc. Runner, Production Assistant, Art Assistant feel free to chip in too.

If you could also comment with a kit fee for your role, I'd be interested in that too.

Thanks in advance!

  • The last short I worked on as DOP was £100 a day, that was when everyone on the crew, regardless of grade, got £100 a day. That also included being paid for a recce and a preproduction meeting. I would never ask any of my regular crew to work for less than that. It all depends on the project, who is doing it, do I owe anyone a favour, how long the shoot is for etc. I've worked on shorts for higher than that, but never lower (except back in the day when I worked on expenses only jobs). Obviously, the higher the rate you offer, the higher the skill level of the people you will attract.

    1 year ago
  • Thanks for your input Mark.

    1 year ago
  • I agree with Mark. £100 a day with everybody being paid the same but allow additional days for those that will need prep/wrap time. People don't generally work on shorts for the money but the experience or because it's to work on a project with a particular person or because it's a fabulous idea. Make sure you cover expenses on top of the fee so that nobody is out of pocket ... and allow sufficient in your budget for good catering. A half day shoot doesn't really count - it's a day. It's highly unlikely anyone is going to be able to work the other half of that day. All the best with the application.

    1 year ago
  • With any "public body" funding, it's always worth going over the small print to see if they mention any Minimum Wage requirements.

    1 year ago