July 18, 2016 at 9:04PM
When making a budget for a commercial work, do you ask money for pre-production?
I have been working freelance since I started film school few years ago. I have mostly been working into the athletic field (making highlights tapes, promotion of teams, etc.) My University is now in a process of rebranding and they hired me and another student to make a series of commercials about the sport teams. So I've made a budget for them and so far we made one video and in the process of making the second one (they want 5 in total). My only concern is that we are spending a incredible amount of time in writing, researching and developing this project. So we have been dithering with the idea of adding a pre-production section to our budget.
I'm sure many of you landed on similar gigs in the past. I'm just wondering: how do you deal with this issue? Do you get paid for pre-prod or do you put more money into the production to add to your salary at the end? Or do you just get paid for shooting and editing days?
Thanks a lot!
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