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Round Table: Filming in Post Lockdown Britain

Useful techy stuff

techy stuff

Sony FX9 in depth review

What is LOG anyway?

Rig Tips

Film maker Philip Bloom does an in depth review of sony's latest documentary camera - the Sony FX9. This camera is tipped to replace the FS7 as the go to camera for self - shooting over the next few years. Well worth a watch!

Filmmaker and youtube explainer video guy Harv breaks down the basics of LOG. There's lots ot learn here, obviously, but this is a great starting point! If you still don't understand it, no one will blame you! Keep researching. 

Self-Shooting PD and Viva member Selina Lewis talks through her preferred rig option when self shooting. You have the right to tailor your equipment to how you like to shoot - don't just accept what you're given if it's not right. You are the one using it! 



Disclaimer: the admins of this website take no responsibility for any financial loss or negative experienves incurred from this list. It is simply a list of financial companies and individuals taken from the Viva Facebook page and collated into one space.


Mortgage / Financial advisors

Covid advice

Accurra Accountants

Janet Sampson

Will Taylor

Mike Purcell (NW)


Whittingham Riddell

Bambridge Accountants


Martin Lewis from Money Supermarket explains the income support for freelancers. 

Lots more info here:

Also please visit our campaigns page to see what we've been up to with our Freelancers: Fighting for survival campaign. 

Negotiatng rates

Negotiating Rates

There's no hard and fast rules when it comes to negotiating rates. So much of it depends on a number of different factors: how experienced you are, what kind of job it is, what genre is is, how long it is and a load more besides. Below is a list of tips mined from the Viva FB page that can be applied GENERALLY to rate negotiations. 

  • Understand and exploit the position of power you are in. It's a short window, but once you have been offered a job the company will not want to go back to the drawing board or hire their second or third choice. This is time consuming and inconvenient for them. They are much more likely to want to pay you a little more than go through the hiring process again. 

  • Know your bottom line. Be prepared to walk away if they won't pay your bottom line. If you don't do this, you will keep going lower and lower. 

  • Stop talking! Only speak when you have to. It is a known neogtiation technique to make statements like 'Hmm that's very high.' or 'Let me have a look in the budget, I'm not sure we can go that high.' These statements are then normally followed by a lengthy pause designed to make you feel uncomfortable and offer to drop your rate. This will feel awkward but hold out, do not drop your rate until they actually say something that demands an answer, such as 'Would you consider X amount?' At which point you can decide if it's something you'd like to accept or make a counter offer. Remember you have the power here. 

  • Know your worth and be proud of it (but not arrogant). You are a highly talented multi-skilled professional and deserve to be paid as such. Be proud of this. This means knowing how much your skills are worth; talk to lots of other PDs at your level or on the show you are going for if possible and find out what they are charging.

  • Do it over email. If you don't feel comfortable having these chats on the phone, do it by email instead, that way you have time to think and draft a reply. You don't need to say why you're doing it be email, just answer the call and explain you're busy and ask if they could email instead. To negotiate successfully you need to feel comfortable and confident.  

  • Aim high (within reason). Ask for more than you think you will be paid. If it's got to this stage, they will never just say no and look for someone else [see point 1]. The very worst that can happen is they say 'that's too high, we can't pay that much' - to which you ask what they can do, don't offer a lower figure. Let them do that. Aiming high means you are actually in the same position you'd be in if you said a lower rate, except this way the starting position is higher so the chances of you getting a better rate increase. 



Q & A with Tracy Brabin

Round Table:

Filming in post lockdown Britain

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