[Tig] what is where (tk count)

bobineinc at aol.com bobineinc
Tue Jul 16 08:24:44 BST 2002

For a column on the hourly price for a telecine room and a salary for a 
professional colorist in LA. 
Since the 80's the price has been pretty stagnant. In average the price for 
STD is $1000 for commercial work and $750 for music video, it use to be $500 
for feature now $1000 HD and $1500 Data) an hour.
After tax, 25% off that price go to the highest pay colorist with stocks 
options (rare), the other colorists are chasing the same sweet deal. 
Now due to the slow down there has been a lot of under cutting by post houses 
with colorist that work more than 16 hours a day or any time, for $550 STD 
commercials, $350 STD for music videos and features $550 HD and $600  Data. 
Lay down session as low as $200 per hours in some case (plus free B with good 
The market is distorted because no matter how low a client wants to pay there 
is a colorist hungry enough to do the job (usually the Highest pay will 
Agencies, Productions and Records company are more aggressive in demanding 
their favorite Colorist and also the approval of every frames. But the 
general public expectation as gone way down.
In the 80's and 90's Colorist market was booming and the last three years 
some of the colorists did well, but none fell the business was great. Those 
who have done well are in a small number and they have branch out as owner or 
partners taking charge of their clients. The kind who insist in coloring only 
and let the rest to there CEO will probably be a dying breed when they start 
to see the disadvantages. It not enough for a colorist to know color, it 
needs to known its clients, and manage the clients service needed with help 
from the upper management. 
PS: Higher price will help to leverage the client to increase their rates and 
manufacturer to survive. Maybe a colorist group can be form to educate each 
other on good business practice until now everything goes in the Hollywood 
If you don't agree please jump in....
Jais /Bobine (pronounce Bo Been)    

In a message dated 7/15/02 12:19:29 PM, rob at film.calarts.edu writes:

<< I'm going to be working a lot more on the telecine count table
as soon as I can, and appreciate all the input from everyone.  

One suggestion was made that is pretty interesting:

what if we had a column for hourly rates in the different facilities
and countries, based on a common currency and exchange rate at a certain
time?  Perhaps it would be too difficult to keep up-to-date.

Rob Lingelbach      http://www.alegria.com      rob at calarts.edu


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