So we had to do this before we went into production with “Golden Rule.” It was our first season hiring a DP outside of us shooting it ourselves on our DSLR. The goal was to up our production value with a professional DP and a nice camera.
We posted an ad on the usual sites (Production Hub, Backstage, Mandy and a few others) with exactly what we were looking for and were sure to be VERY transparent about our budget, what we were looking for, etc. After that we weeded through responses and found a few people we wanted to meet in person. We could tell (almost) instantly wether they were someone we were going to be able to work with as far as “vibe” goes. When we met our guy- we knew it right away. He was already invested, 100% understood where we were coming from and was willing to work with what we had. The rate he gave us was phenomenal for what he was offering and while still more than we had ever spent before, well worth it! We are going to meet soon, going into the new season and hope to do everything we can to raise the money to use him for the upcoming season. If we can’t, we have to go back to the drawing board and do it all over again. lol.
Here are some questions/concerns we were sure to ask.
- See samples of their work.
- “What did you think of the script? Was there anything off the bat you thought of visually?”
- “What is your rate? Day rate or flat rate?”
- “Will you provide the camera? If so, what is the camera?”
- “Will you require any equipment rentals?”
- “Will you be providing your own insurance?”
- “Do you require any additional crew? Assistant camera, etc?”
We also had the additional task of finding someone that was willing to work with kids/teens in the cast & crew. And the additional task of background checks, etc to make sure they were safe to be around said kids/teens.