Archive for the ‘Adding video to your still shoot’ Category

Off Bug Spray – Southern California

Social Media assets are becoming a big part of our shoots.


Jim Purdum is such a nice guy, he always leaves his clients happy and wanting to come back.

Wells Fargo – Diwali – Motion and Stills

Di·wa·li     dēˈwälē  –  noun  – a Hindu festival of lights, held in the period October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India.
Pulled a full video crew together on our still shoot with Chris Crisman for Wells Fargo and learned more about Hinduism.  We took this project from the shoot through editing and final delivery. (Even finding the perfect voice over artist from Dubai to perform at a remote recording studio).

Lemtrada – Southern California


We’re producing more pharmaceutical projects that incorporate video on a still shoot. – Combo shoots as their called.

Adam Grossman at Good Dog Media always does a great job and works through the editing process to get the client what they need.

Photographer / Director – Chris Crisman

Video Added to Location Scouting Program


We’ve begun getting requests from photographers and agencies for a video file to be included with the still images in our location scouting “folders”.

So we’ve added another tab (video tab) to the scouting database program and set it up to import a video file to be included with the “View All” section of each location in the web load up.

Send us an email if you have any questions.


List of SAG Offices

Click on the link below to download a PDF file listing the SAG offices around the US.

SAG Offices PDF

Click on the link below to go directly to the SAG Website.

SAG Website

Category II – SAG Definition

From the SAG Industrial Digest;

Category II programs are intended for unrestricted exhibition to the general public. Category II programs must be designed primarily to sell specific products or services to the consuming public (1) at locations where the products or services are sold, or (2) at public places such as coliseums, railroad stations, air/bus terminals, or shopping centers.

Category II programs may be supplied free of charge to customers as a premium or inducement to purchase specific goods or services.

A 5-year use limitation applies to all Category II programs.


1. A program outlining the selling features of an automobile which is available to all consumers entering automobile dealerships.

2. A program promoting fire prevention which sells the benefits of a particular company’s fire insurance policies and is exhibited in a shopping mail.

3. A videocassette explaining how to build a recreation room, provided free of charge to anyone who buys a_power drill.

4. A videocassette on how to cook with a Chinese wok, provided free of charge to buyers of a home videocassette recorder.


And of course a “Behind the Scenes” video for the internet (as per Tracy Hyman from SAG).

SAG Implications on Still Shoots with Video

For those of us fielding requests from Ad Agencies and Photographers to add a video component for the internet or multimedia to our still shoots, I wanted to share a little information that we’ve accumulated on the costs and the requirements of SAG talent.

If the Ad Agency or Client is a SAG Signatory, SAG talent must be used on these types of projects.

As of April 1st 2011, the scale rate for a commercial video under 3 minutes for use on the internet will be set at the following:  On Camera Talent (8 hr. day) will receive session payment of $592.20 and residual payments of  $787.65 for 8 weeks usage or $2,072.70 for 1 year’s usage.

You can extend the usage to an additional 8 weeks if you do so before the original 8 weeks expires, otherwise the year usage fee would apply for any extended use up to one year.

Group Talent rates only apply if the group performs as a group (dancers, skaters, etc).

So to come up with a cost for a talent in a “commercial” internet video you must have the following:

Day Rate + Residuals + Payroll (approx. 22.5%) + Pension & Health (15.5%) + Any Addition fees like Mileage, etc. listed on the PDF link below.

See this link to download a PDF from SAG that lists all the costs including additional charges like Mileage inside and outside the zone, Wardrobe Allowance, etc.

Rates and Fees are subject to change. Always contact your Payroll Company for the latest rates that would apply to your project, that’s what they are there for.

See next posting for information on “Behind the Scenes” video to post on the internet.

CineSliders and Spider Dollies

Moving ahead with assembling great teams to add to our productions and learning the ups and downs, we are investing in the tools to be able provide that video element for the internet and multimedia at a low cost on our print shoots.

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