September 4, 2015 at 10:51AM


A musical group wants to buy my footage, how much?

So two weeks ago I went and filmed Andy Grammer and some other artists at a concert for free, however I was recently contacted by one of the artists that couldn't get video from any other of the videographers at the event and wants to purchase my footage. I've never actually sold my footage after the fact I usually get hired and quote up front. I've been doing some research, some people say I can charge upwards of $250-$500 a clip especially since I'm the only person that has the footage, however I would prefer to charge by the second because I'm not sure that the artist wants more than 2 clips. What do you think? It's 4K 10-bit ProRes 422 HQ.


I think a lot will depend on what the group can afford to pay, and what sort of relationship you want to have with them.

Some people they will look at this like a "soldier of fortune" and try and squeeze every last dollar out of the deal, but don't expect to be contacted for any future work.

Other people will try to work with the band to work out a fair deal for both sides, and to help them use your footage to the best of it's potential. If your terms are fair and they like you, you may get future work from the band or people they have passed your name on to.

Also, I would not technically sell your footage, but rather grant the band a license to use your footage any way they like, but you still retain ownership and are free to use it as you please.

September 6, 2015 at 1:02PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Hi Clark,
I agree with Guy McLoughlin. Think of a long term benefit with the band and who knows what else might come your way...

September 13, 2015 at 12:09PM, Edited September 13, 12:09PM

Dibyendu Joardar
Director of Photography

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