January 17, 2015 at 9:46PM

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long term video project

Hi all, I have been doing freelance work on the side of my main job for the past few years now, and I have my rates for half-day and full-day shooting, traveling and editing. My issue is this one. I have just been hired to do a year long project for a companies 20th anniversary, where I'll be doing shoots throughout the year and then a couple of end goal videos, one for event and one for Blu-Ray, but do I have the client pay half up front, or break into quarterly, or just one big check at end of project run? This is my biggest question as of right now, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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You should do whatever works best for you and the client. If you were a 9-5er for the company you'd probably get paid bi-weekly, so if you're now basically going to be a staff shooter then you should get paid as one (if that's what you want). At least go monthly or bi-monthly if you're going to work on something for them every month (or quarterly if you really want to). I would absolutely not go with one check at the end though - not that interest rates are that great but you're actually losing money the longer they hold onto it.

January 18, 2015 at 1:46AM

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John Morse
Producer + Director
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Thank you John.

Shawn Hermsen

January 18, 2015 at 2:57PM

I would request a fortnightly wage for your efforts. You are a human-being, not a robot.

January 18, 2015 at 10:51PM

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Zachariel Shanahan
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Month is the best.

January 19, 2015 at 6:11AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Quarterly or bi-monthly would be good. You NEVER want to ask for it all at the end, unless you're doing it for a friend.

January 19, 2015 at 2:46PM

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Christian Gentry
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