Frequently Asked Questions
Planning and Budgeting Tips
Typical Crew Requirement
Crew usually charge a minimum half day call, (from an average $250 each plus GST), plus additional per-hour rate (range $40 to $70 per hour plus GST). Out-of-town and overnight calls may incur extra costs and per diems.
If we book the crew, we charge a booking fee as a percentage of the raw costs we pay to the crew. Some of our clients prefer to book and pay their own crews directly.
A Typical Schedule
OBs are quite labour and time intensive, but good preparation contributes to good results.
Draw up a realistic schedule, with time allowed to get everything right.
|Week prior||Reconnaissance||Visit the site a few days in advance, for planning of event|
|Day before||Truck Preparation||Prepare, configure, test and pack truck (2 to 4 hours).|
|1100-1200||Truck Deliver||Deliver truck to venue|
|1200||Contact Tech Crew|
|1200-1500||Tech Crew Site Preparation||Load-in, cabling, pre-check van, set up audio and communication, site test. (2 to 4 hours approximately)|
|1500-1600||Crew Break||Crew break approximately every 4 hours; consider supplying meals for the crew on site, helps to keep them happy and working hard!|
|1600||Hand-over||The time from which the van is available for production operations.|
|1600||Operations Crew Contacted||8-hour call if rehearsals included 4 hour call if no rehearsals Director briefs crew|
|1700-1900||Rehearsal||Rehearsal with crew and equipment, troubleshoot any arising problems, playback cues, listen to the audio mix.|
|1900-1930||Crew Break||Once every 4 hours.|
|1930||Stand-By||Audience walk-in; crew in place by 1945|
|2000-2230||Show Production||Allow event duration plus 1/2 hour side of start and sinish|
|2230-0000||Tech Crew De-Rig||DE-RIG: usually 90 minutes with a good crew.|
|0000||Wrap Crew||RETURN van to base.|
|0000-0100||Truck return to base||Production crew on minimum 4 hour calls.|
Out Town Locations
Most city and suburbs locations can be handled easily, both by the vans and the crew.
Our van travels to Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Canberra and the South Coast.
Be prepared for extra costs for out of town locations (say over an hour's travel time). Crew may charge for travel time. The Van may incur fuel, tolls and driving time.
When working interstate, crews can often be hired locally, saving airfare, transfers and motel costs.