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What would a typical day rate be for a cinematographer on a non-fiction, documentary type shoot for the BBC? I realize that is a broad question with possibly quite different rates depending on the dop, the show, etc., but I'm just looking for some rough answers. Thanks all.




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BBC documentary rates tend not to be particularly high and there are regional variations. BECTU seem to have agreed a freelance rate with BBC Scotland, but I haven't seen the details. I know some BBC regions work out their freelance rate by the hour, rather than the day. The London rate is usually higher than the regional rate, which I suspect is reflected in the BECTU going rate. When I first heard them, I was surprised how low the BBC natural history rates were.


Often shooting BBC documentary programmes you tend to come with camera gear and that's the quoted figure.

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