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    Hi all

    I'm in the process of budgeting for a short film. The film is mainly 2 actors talking and we're shooting it over one night in a single location. Because of the limitation on the location for shooting I also need to ensure the actors go through at least a day's worth of rehearsals so that we can mainly plan the blocking in advance.

    Question: What is a good rate that will attract some good calibre of talent? Is $500 per actor a rate that would get me some good actors for 2 days (1 to rehearse and 1 to shoot)? Keep in mind I'm in a non-union state (Miami) and not a ton of actors down here, although some decent shows are shot down here.

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    You'll be overwhelmed with the response at that pay rate.


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    I'm sure you'll be deluged with people discussing how they don't pay actors for this, that and the other thing. For standard work I pay my actors $1,000/day if they have spoken lines in a scene and $500/day if they don't. Effective Sept 01, 2012 that rate is changing to $1,250/day if they have spoken lines and $725.00 if they don't. Except for the upcoming change I've been paying the former for the last nine years. This is not for feature work as rates are negotiable with lead and supporting characters earning as per their individual contracts. What I've listed are my minimums. The rate you choose to pay doesn't guarantee anything. What someone else chooses to do is entirely up to them. These rates are NOT for extras.


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    That's pretty good for non-union. Usually the fewer days, the higher the day rate. Depending how you get them their agents may ask for a +10% for the agent. It must be pretty short if you're planning on shooting it in one night.


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    I like to work with the same people whenever I can.

    When I have a good pay rate on a project, I call them. When I need some help on a test shoot or a personal project at a lower rate, they are glad to help for 1/2 or less of their usual rate.

    Then when the next decent paying opportunity comes along, I call them first if there is a fit. It is nice to work with people who you know are professional, who you trust, have a good working relationship with,, etc.

    All I'm saying here I think is, use this as a chance to find and hang on to good people and build a team. The more you can delegate and know what you are going to get from your "crew" (makeup, stylist, assistant, model, actor, sound, etc) the better for everyone!

    Nice to see someone with a budget and realistic assumptions after all of the Craigslist lowballers (Shoot my music video and I'll give you a credit! For your portfolio! Oh, and I'll buy you a beer. Yeah, f' off .....)

    Michael


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    Thanks all, some good info. My script is pretty short and lots of dialogue so I need two really, really good actors. I may list it at $500 and bump it up until I find the right talent. Question on the rehearsals, is this normally factored into the cost or is it expected of the talent to attend at least one rehearsal?


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    You pay what your budget allows and every market is different.
    In my area of the world $500/Day would have every agent in town and every actor (union and non-union) within a 200 mile radius beating down your door to audition. I paid $100/day for speaking roles on my last short and I had 175 responses to the casting notice, I had to pull the ad after 2 days as I didn't have the manpower to even deal with the responses.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo_entertainment View Post
    You pay what your budget allows and every market is different.
    In my area of the world $500/Day would have every agent in town and every actor (union and non-union) within a 200 mile radius beating down your door to audition. I paid $100/day for speaking roles on my last short and I had 175 responses to the casting notice, I had to pull the ad after 2 days as I didn't have the manpower to even deal with the responses.
    Good to know. Did you place the ad yourself or did you go through an agent?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrl72 View Post
    Good to know. Did you place the ad yourself or did you go through an agent?
    Placed an ad myself. I was contacted by several agents after I placed it. If you have that kind of money to spend going through an agency might not be a bad idea. Let them do some of the legwork of weeding out for the right physical types, etc...


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    I ended up posting two roles at $300 each on castingnetwork.com and I was told because it was considered a high rate for this area they bumped my account to pro level so that the casting notice went to all the agencies down here, which was great, kinda.. So I've had over 200 applicants so far but 95% of them are all models with no acting skills. Now, I live in Florida and it's a non-union state so SAG members have to have FiCore status in order to take a non-union job, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'd be better off apply for SAGIndie and doing that way. Or it could be that Miami just doesn't have any good actors! In fact I couldn't even go SAGIndie because this project is being bought for distribution rights and I don't think that's covered under SAGIndie. Tough call...


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