Unfortunately it's no one's fault but our own government, after conversion you have to remember the extra 10% we get charged for GST. The perils of living in the lucky country!
Tom do you have a 3 legged thing, if so what model and how much do you rate it?
Will be picking one of these up as soon as the tax return comes in!
We recently purchased one of these for the company I work with, we'll be putting up live sport and other events!
It's great as a turn key solution, and with a few additions can output live to youtube.
It's going to be a busy season I can say that much.
I agree it is always hard to value yourself when you're just starting out. A lot of people recommend a daily rate, working at your expenses and going from their....but its hard to estimate this correctly, and I'm not sure how many people can stick to their original estimate of "time allotted to job".
Working for a large company in their video department doing their day to day video work and occasionally outsourcing to a boutique company for larger or specialised jobs the amounts that they charge for what could be 4 days (albeit very intense) work can often be (far) north of 4 figures per job.
At the end of the day you're going to have to have the hard conversation, work out how many days you've spent on the project and how much you'd like to be paid for the job, it appears this client has potential to offer more work so it may not be a relationship you wish to tarnish so early on.
Another thing I've learnt doing my own freelance work is that the Client often doesn't know what they want until it's front of them, but they sure do know what they don't want, and it's often your first or third draft. They can give you buzz words like "pop" and "more dynamic" but there is a point at which you have to stop providing iterations and just listen to what they're asking for even if it does sound silly.
Early on I was following client advice very closely replicating exactly what they expressed in either email or we'd spoken about, when they see it put into fruition they realise how silly it is.
It is sometimes your job to lead them to a product that looks really good, incorporates some of their ideas and visions and doesn't kill you to create it!
....So good luck with that, its a fun industry.
Almost every frame of the most recent Transformers could be used as OSX desktop wallpaper, the man can compose a shot!
Yes it was an exhausting, muddled story with cliches and deus ex machina, but at the end of the day the source material at its roots is about transforming cars and planes, to think he's had 4 movies out of the same idea and he continues to visually impress is a credit to the man.
His brazen attitude to film making has always been inspiring to me, even if at times it is a little cringeworthy.
I think everyone on this post has the right idea, learn from his shortcomings and admire his positives.