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  01 January 2013
Potential client upset at my estimate.

I think I just burned a bridge by submitting an estimate for a project totaling $18,500. The project has 50+ shots shot on green, camera tracking is needed full CGI background and some minor animated characters. Does this sound unreasonable for a VFX Indie film budget with a B list celebrity name attached?
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  01 January 2013
Originally Posted by grundelboy: I think I just burned a bridge by submitting an estimate for a project totaling $18,500. The project has 50+ shots shot on green, camera tracking is needed full CGI background and some minor animated characters. Does this sound unreasonable for a VFX Indie film budget with a B list celebrity name attached?


Don't all of them want everything done for ~$200?
Really though, sounds like 18k is an underestimate, depending on complexity of course
 
  01 January 2013
You were unrealistically low?
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  01 January 2013
I feel like I was giving a HUGE price break because this guys is just starting out and I want to see him make it.
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  01 January 2013
Lowering the price to avoid losing the work is generally how a lot of this industry has gone down the toilet.

Hard to stick to some days, but I do like the axiom that you should never do a job for an amount you'll be upset about.
 
  01 January 2013
Originally Posted by hypercube: Lowering the price to avoid losing the work is generally how a lot of this industry has gone down the toilet.

Hard to stick to some days, but I do like the axiom that you should never do a job for an amount you'll be upset about.


Great philosophy! It's going on my wall of quotes. Just above " Never burn your bridges till your enemies are on them" - unknown
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  01 January 2013
How are you burning a bridge that was never built?
 
  01 January 2013
Nah forget that quote it's a gaming reference. But I think it can apply to the business world as well. However it doesn't fit this situation. Great now I feel like Ron Burgundy " When in rome "
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  01 January 2013
Originally Posted by goodshoes: How are you burning a bridge that was never built?

Agreed.

I do wonder how much he will be paying to rent the Lights, and camera equipment that the production WILL NEED.
Will he(or she) be upset at the lighting company for also asking for a fair amount?

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  01 January 2013
Originally Posted by grundelboy: I feel like I was giving a HUGE price break because this guys is just starting out and I want to see him make it.


If he has no experience, he probably has no concept of how much he felt he should be spending. He probably rejected ALL the offers and has gone back to planning.
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  01 January 2013
Even Asylum, or SyFy type places I worked, on their cheapest day, would be more than double that! You gave the guy a steal! He didn't accept. Wait and see what his film looks like when it is done. You will laugh.
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  01 January 2013
Could have been just an act to push the price even lower. Typical negotiation crap.
 
  01 January 2013
Originally Posted by grundelboy: I feel like I was giving a HUGE price break because this guys is just starting out and I want to see him make it.

Ah, that should tell you everything.
People just starting out have no idea what things cost and expect everything to be free.

Let him hire some students and fail. It builds character.
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  01 January 2013
You'll get used to it, dont worry.


And yes, you gave him a damn cheap price.
 
  01 January 2013
Originally Posted by grundelboy: I feel like I was giving a HUGE price break because this guys is just starting out and I want to see him make it.

If you want to hook them up, charge more and then say i'll give the family discount and show him the price you quoted him.
 
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