Because I consider any size of professional production, I do not use a standard rate. It depends on your budget. However, I look at the following guidelines:

  • what is your budget?
  • what is the scope of the work required of me?
  • what creative control as a director or producer does the engagement permit me?
  • what is the size of the production?
  • how long is the engagement for?
  • is there travel involved?

I can consider flat fee, daily, weekly or monthly rates.  On low and very low budget productions, I will take smaller rates and perhaps points on the back end. On higher budget productions, my rates can go as high as those set on the DGA schedule for that kind of show.  It all depends.Having said that, the rates I generally work around range from $350/day or part through $2000/day or part.

Do you prefer to work on any particular kind of project? Are there kinds of productions you don't do? What do you require from a production in order to do you job effectively?

Directing is what I do best and I offer full directorial services, for live theatre or filmed shows, and for any size project from commericals, short-shorts, webisodes and music videos through series and feature films.

I do any genre and format, with the exceptions of pornography and slasher films (which I consider a kind of pornography).

As a director, ideally I am brough in early, even before the script is finalized (in the case of an original work). The director is the primary creative mind that will translate that script to the stage or screen, so it is important to be involved as early as possible.

As my background includes performance on the one hand, and on the other cinematorgaphy, editing and visual effects, I understand and mix well with everyone on a production. I can communicate with actors in their language, and with the cinematographer in her language.

My consuming concern is to bring out the best from every person and every part of the production, so that the most interesting product will be created.

To do this, to the extent possible within a project, I require directorial control over casting, hiring of key creative and technical people (cinematographer, visual effects people, choreographer, etc.), of course control over the set during production, and the right to a "first final cut." I do not normally work with a casting director, but use a casting assistant. Of course, sometimes certain people are already attached to a project when it comes to me, and I will consider that when deciding to accept the appointment.

I can work on your production as a Producer, Associate producer or Production Manager / Line Producer.

These positions mean different things in different productions. So to be clear, I can do any or all of the following functions, dependent on the size of the production, and whether the show is union or non-union:

  • production budgeting / accounting / breakdowns
  • hiring, firing of appropriate crew
  • coordinating locations, schedules, transportation and other logistics
  • locations management
  • obtaining and managing necessary equipment, including purchases or rentals
  • communications, public relations and media issues
  • contracts and legal matters