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Off-topic: This ad is an insult to composers

August 19, 2009 | 9:46 am

I don’t know where to post this but I think this is by far the most insulting ad I have seen on the net. It really shows how filmmakers think about composers.
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Payment is on a lo/no/deferred basis.
Hello, Filmmakers,

A Voice Films production is still seeking the following positions for the short film "I LOVE YOU, DADDY". The pay is indicated as below. Please only respond if you are willing to work for that rate. The shoot dates are:

Sunday, August 30th and
Friday, September 4th through Tuesday, Sep.8th.

1) Studio Teacher $75.00/day

2) Film Editor $200.00 flat rate

3) Sound Editor $200.00 flat rate

4) Music Composer, No Pay, IMDB credit only


August 19, 2009 | 10:11 am

tell me about it man. i run into those things all the time. i work as a freelance composer, and this is the sort of thing i have to always deal with, pretty much everyday.
but luckily i do work as a engineer and editor as well in sound. so a few more doors are open for me. but still it is hard.

but yeah, this is the type of thing all composers, either being commercial or whatever, have to deal with.

the one other reason why this is like this is because of this ‘declining economy’ shenanigans.
because in retrospect a composer would actually end up with not as much, but pretty much just as much as the other people doing work.

for a normal advert to be composed and then run on can earn a composer a few thousand, and then there are the publishing rights.

but yeah, it is very silly. sometimes i look at my work and think ‘maybe i should do something completely different for work now, if i wont be taken/payed seriously in this field’.

even when jobs come up in searches with agencies. a lot of them say ‘minimum wage’, or ‘royalties pay’.

it is insulting to many people who do have a big talent for what they do to stay alive in the world…


August 19, 2009 | 12:25 pm

"Der Vertragspartner verpflichtet sich, während der Mischung unentgeltlich anwesend zu sein"

(it is the obligation of the contractor to be present during the mixing free of charge)

seen in a german film production contract for a sound designer
in about 2001.


August 19, 2009 | 12:40 pm

It is not thatinsulting that it is for free but the fact that all the others in that list get paid is the most insulting part.


August 19, 2009 | 1:53 pm

With those rates, might as well not get paid. Lol. But I agree, composer may be the most valuable person on that list.


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