FAQ

You’ve got questions.  Here’s some answers.  If you’ve still got questions, you can always give me a call:  604-321-9706.

Are you experienced?

Ah, let me prove it to you
Trumpets and violins, I can hear in the distance
I think they’re calling our names

— Jimi Hendrix

I’ve been recording sound for film since 2006, and I’ve got more than 150 projects under my belt — mostly doc and corporate.  See the Experience Section for highlights.

What's your rate?

$750 / day
$400 / ½ day (4h) (overtime billed at $100 / hr until it maxes out at my day rate)

How long is your day?

I work on a 12 hour day.  I don’t usually charge overtime, but if you abuse the privilege, I will do it.

Do you ONLY do documentaries? Will you work on my corporate / commercial / indie feature?

I prioritize documentaries, but I don’t do them exclusively.  And, a lot of projects blur the line between documentary and other forms, particularly corporate docs, which I’ve done a lot of.

In order to keep my focus on documentary, I don’t often take on long-term projects, so if you are looking someone for your indie feature, ask me and I’ll probably recommend you a good soundie who isn’t me.

I have a shoot in smalltownsville, B.C. Do you travel?

One of my favourite shoots started with a boarding pass that had coordinates for a destination instead of an airport code.

So, yes, I travel.  Check out my travel policy for details.

Do you do music playback?

Yes.  I have a powerful, battery-operated PA speaker.  You will not struggle to hear it, even outdoors.  Just the thing for a guerrilla flash mob shoot!

Are your rates in CAD$ or USD$

All my rates are in Canadian Dollars.  Which isn’t to say I won’t accept American Dollars if you send them to me 😉

Can you supply any non-sound gear?

Yes!

I can supply most of what you need for a basic interview shoot.  Rates are negotiable based on what else I’m helping you with.

  • Camera:  Panasonic AG-AF100 w/ 18-200mm & 50mm lenses
  • Camera:  Panasonic AG-AC130
  • Camera:  Manfrotto 501 tripod
  • Lighting:  2 x generic fixtures, each with 2 x Diva-style KinoFlo bulbs (3200K & 5600K)
  • Lighting:  Limited miscellaneous gels (mainly CTO / CTB / ND)
  • Grip:  2 x C-Stand
  • Grip:  3 x Light Stand
  • Grip:  3 x Sandbags
  • Grip:  Miscellaneous clamps / tape / rope / etc.
  • Electric:  3 x 25′ AC

Can you recommend a good rental house?

It depends what you’re looking for.  Most of these recommendations are aimed at doc-style production, and all of them stock a variety of camera, grip, and lighting equipment.

Where can we get good B-Roll in Vancouver?

The “classic” Vancouver cityscape is shot from Stanley Park looking back (south) at downtown across the water.

If you are looking for less touristy shots, I’ve lived in Vancouver my whole life and I’m happy to advise.  I make a very good fixer for out-of-town productions.

Vancouver doesn't have Uber — how do locals get around?

We still have taxis 🙂

Alternately, I’m a lot cheaper than a taxi and I know the city like the back of my hand.  The downside is I only have a station wagon, so any more than two addition crew and gear and things get pretty tight.