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Old 06-15-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Music Video Process with Labels

Hey everyone,
I'm in the process of trying to get hired to direct a music video for a signed artist. I'm just wondering if there's a pretty standard way that this all works and if anyone has any experience with it. What I'm confused about is the hiring/payment methods. From what I understand, the label hires a production company, who represents the director. The Label already gave a budget, so when I shoot and edit and all is said and done and I stay within the budget, how is my compensation decided? Is this something I will need to arrange with the Label beforehand? Also who takes care of hiring and whatnot, because it sounds like I will have to find some equipment on my own, etc. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks!
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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The director doesn't find equipment.

The production company handles everything. They hire the
director, they hire the DP and the crew. Their UPM will rent
all the equipment and stage or location.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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Rik,

Would you know if its the same for the behind the scenes stuff?


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Old 06-15-2009, 10:14 AM   #4
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Iím assuming iceblue is speaking about professional, fully
budgeted music videos from a big label and not an independent
label making a music video with very little money.

For the most part the people getting the behind the scenes footage
are independent of the label, production company or advertising
agency. Iíve been out of the music video scene for a long time -
it was drastically changing as I got out.

I shoot behind the scenes footage as an independent contractor. I
recently finished shooting ďAmerican IdolĒ. I own my camera and
UHF transmitter. But thatís it. Sometimes Iím hired to to the
whole shebang so I rent lights and hire the audio people and
crew. I assume if a record label needed behind the scenes footage
they would hire an owner/operator.

There are so many variables. The size of the label, the prodCo and
the advertising agency - I donít think there is a general answer.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:59 PM   #5
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I actually was asking about more independent labels. I'm literally at the very start of this and just trying to break in, so the projects I will hopefully get are smaller labels that probably deal with it differently. The reason I ask was because I was given a budget to work in while writing a treatment, but I was confused as to how much I would get paid and wether that is a separate budget, and how would the pay be decided upon?
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:12 PM   #6
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expect to not get paid... and the experience is your payment....
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