Let's Talk Business
How I work, Gear I Use, What I charge
I'm all about communication. Whether you know exactly what you want or you have just a tiny spark of an idea and need to talk it out, it all starts with a chat. Send me a message with whatever info you've got, and we'll start there.
I typically prefer at least a week of lead time for smaller projects and several weeks for larger ones — especially if they'll ultimately require a bit of a crew. After we nail down a rough idea of what you need, we can approach it one of two ways. If you have an all-in budget, I can craft the video to play within those boundaries. I take a more hands-on role in the production and am transparent with you about what we can accomplish within the parameters of your budget.
If you don't have a budget in mind but want to hire me at hourly rates, I can give you an estimate of the time it will take and what it will cost. This estimate will include rough costs for additional things like location fees, actors, additional crew etc. and anything else not covered by my fees. This type of work is typically better for smaller shoots.
In many cases, for smaller shoots I'll have the gear necessary to pull off what you want. But if there's something super specific you want that I don't have in my kit, I'll also give you estimates for rental prices (and take care of all of that for you). If you choose the all-in budget option, we will use the budget to purchase or rent additional gear if necessary.
Speaking of gear...
I'm excited to be shooting on the revolutionary new DJI Ronin 4D Full Frame 6k camera. I also own and use Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4k with a selection of cinema lenses.
There's a common saying that the best gear is the gear you have available — and that's certainly true. Heck, we're all walking around with phone cameras capable of shooting entire movies (and no amount of good gear will make a bad idea better). But if we need something more than what I've got, I'll get the best rental price possible and take care of all of the logistics.
Thanks to a recent kit upgrade, I now have the ability to shoot true anamorphic with the Blackmagic Pocket 4k and Vazen Anamorphic lenses or the DJI Ronin 4D and Sirui Full Frame anamorphic lens. If that doesn't mean anything to you, just know that anamorphic lenses are synonymous with Hollywood style, cinematic footage. It's a stylistic choice we can discuss, but shooting true anamorphic is traditionally cost prohibitive to most smaller productions. Until you work with me!
If on-set audio is needed, I've got us covered with a Zoom F6 professional field recorder, Diety S-Mic shotgun mic, and a pair of Rode GO wireless mics. I also have more professional recording equipment like Neumann KM184s, Shure SM7B mics etc.
- DJI Ronin 4D Full Frame 6K Camera
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k
- Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
- Vazen 40mm T2 Anamorphic Lens
- Vazen 28mm T2.2 Anamorphic Lens
- Sigma 18-35 Cinema Zoom (Parfocal Mod)
- Xeen T1.5 Cinema Lenses(85mm)
- Tokina 11-18mm
- Sony 50mm Prime
- Sirui 50mm T2.9 Anamorphic Lens
- Ready Rig With Pro Arms Extension
- DJI RS2 Professional Combo
- Tilta Hydra Alian Car Mount
- Tilta Advanced Ring Grip For RSS
- Tilta Nucleus M Follow Focus System
- Chauvet Hurricane Haze 2D Haze Machine
- Stage Ape Fog Machine
- Zoom F6 Professional Field Recorder
- Diety S-Mic 2 Shotgun Mic
- Rode Go Wireless Lavalier Kits
- (2) Nanlite Pavotube II 30x
- Aputure Amaran HR672 C Bicolor LED Light
- (2) Aputure MC RGB Lights
- Yonguo YN360 Light Wand
- Viltrox L116T Bicolor LED Light
- Portkeys LH5H 5" Monitor
- (2) C Stands
- Shoulder Mount
- Additional grip and rigging
My Hourly Rates
I really hate it when you don't know what you're paying for. So I've designed my rates to be fair and transparent. If you don't have an all-in budget and want to work with me, I have an "A La Carte" hourly option. I'll give you a detailed projected invoice before we start to shoot. You pay half as a deposit, and then the rest after I deliver the project to you. Any additional costs for extra time etc. will be discussed and approved. I give discounts to return clients and referrals. No more being intimidated by budget. I'm centrally located in Nashville, TN but can discuss travel if necessary.
$150/hour. Includes use of all my gear. Clock starts when I arrive on set for my call time and stops at tail lights. Four hour minimum.
$75/hour. I can handle all aspects of post, from editing to sound mixing to color grading. Includes two free revisions.
$30/hour. What counts as pre-production? Things like location scouting and coordination, casting, storyboarding if necessary, organizing crafty, and other more involved pre-production aspects. Most short projects (a few hours) or run-and-gun style projects don't require these hours. These tend to come into play with projects that have a stronger narrative element and require more intense shot lists, shooting schedules etc.
Additional Personnel: 1st AC, Second Camera Operator, and/or Sound Mixer
$40/hour each. These are people I hire on your behalf to work with me and make the shoot go more smoothly. They are also optional and something we'll discuss based on your needs. I've done plenty of projects as a one-man-band, but having more hands on deck tends to make things go more smoothly. These positions really come into play with more elaborate setups or when time is at a premium. In many cases, having a second camera running and an extra pair of hands on set can greatly cut down on production time. If your project requires dialogue, having a sound mixer on set is usually the best way to insure we get the best audio possible. But again, these are optional costs we'll discuss at length before deciding.
Examples Of Projects
Being located in Music City, USA means music videos are at the forefront. In most cases, a single location, performance-based music video for a band will take 4-6 hours of shooting and 4-6 hours of editing. The more elaborate, the more time, but I pride myself on working efficiently and making sure you know you're getting what you pay for. But it's possible to get a great video for under $1,000.
Commercials & Real Estate
Depending on the concept, we can usually get a great commercial shot in 6-8 hours and edited in 6-8 hours. The reason commercials tend to take a little more time? Usually two things: making sure the actors are comfortable & give great performances, and getting great sound. Real estate (like video tours of houses etc.) usually only takes about 2 hours to film and 2 hours to edit.
Need a DP (and/or director) for your narrative project? Let's talk. I'm flexible and willing to give discounts for number of days booked. In select cases I will also give a discount in exchange for production credits, but this is a case-by-case basis and really depends on if you want that and what your goals for the project are. Because my time also involves my gear, I can hopefully help you drastically reduce rental costs.
Have a live performance you want filmed? Happy to oblige. Want to create high-quality live performances and have me record and/or mix the audio? I've got you covered there, too. Typically the time requirements aren't much longer than a single-location music video. There is usually a little more time required for editing in order to get the audio mix just right. These shoots really benefit from the addition of a second camera operator.
Want to work together? Have some questions? Please send me a note below with as much info as you can.