RICK SCHMIDT’S RATE CARD
Consultation/Production

(No exploitative films, please!)

“Rick Schmidt, whose Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices (Penguin Books) is the undisputed champ of low-budget bibles, was the guru of choice for many of today’s top indie moviemakers long before this new trend (DV) began.” – MovieMaker Magazine

Since completing the final cut on CHAN IS MISSING with Wayne Wang (JOY LUCK CLUB, SMOKE, etc.), Rick Schmidt has been offering his services as consultant on all aspects of low/no-budget feature filmmaking. Below you’ll find his rates for various services, including some introductory low-cost "Specials," for those filmmakers without much of a bankroll who might need an overview on their latest script or rough cut.


Rick Schmidt
Rick Schmidt


NO BUDGET ($25,000 and under)

Phone Conversation $ 50 for first 1/2 hour — $25 each 1/2 hr. thereafter.
In-Person Meetings $ 250 first day (5 hrs.) — $150 each additional 5 hr. day (plus expenses).
SPECIAL RATE $2,500 Consult/Support filmmaker on-location for 5 days during his/her indie shoot.*Not all features qualify (inquire by email).
Pre-Production
Budgeting the film $ 500
Script Consultant $ 500 for first draft, $250 second draft.
Casting $1,500 (plus expenses).
Hiring Crew $ 500
Production
Line Producer (on-location) $ 650 per day, plus expenses
Post-Production
Editing Consultant $ 250 per day (5 hrs.) plus expenses.


LOW-BUDGET ($25,000 — $100,000)

Phone Consultation $ 100 for first 1/2 hour — $50 each 1/2 hr. thereafter.
In-Person Meetings $ 500 first day (5 hrs.) — $250 each additional 5 hr. day.
SPECIAL RATE $3,900 Consult/Support filmmaker on-location for 5 days during his/her indie shoot.*Not all features qualify (inquire by email).
Pre-Production
Budgeting the film $ 750
Script Consultant $ 750 for first draft, $350 second draft.
Casting $ 2500 (plus expenses)
Hiring Crew $ 1000
Production
Line Producer (on-location) $ 1000 per day, plus expenses
Post-Production
Editing Consultant $ 250 per day (5 hrs.) plus expenses.


SPECIALS (No/Low-Budget)

Script read-through/10 min. phone consultation overview (client pays for phone call) $100
Screen VHS of rough/fine cut/10 min. editorial consultation (client pays for phone call) $100


Email Rick to get an estimate on consulting fees for feature-length projects.

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