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    Talking Storyboard Crash Course! HELP!

    Hello everyone!

    So.. there is this ad agency that I do regular freelance for (advertising design usually).. and well, they are about to do a commercial spot, and need someone to pencil a storyboard for them... and they need it Wednesday. And of course, since I am the only designer they have that has a traditional art background... they have fingered me to do it.

    Thing is, I haven't done storyboarding since college, have no idea what to charge them for it, or what questions to ask to make sure I have all the info I need to get one started. How many panels? Scenes? How long will the spot be? I am clueless about the technical jargon!!

    Any advice at all? Help please!!
    Even some links would be helpful.
    I am so short on time already.. I am hoping some of you might know some helpful things off hand so I'll be ready to talk business later tonight, or tomorrow morning... whenever they decide to call!

    Thank you in advance!

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    I hope this introduction can help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEvans View Post
    Any advice at all?
    Heh heh. Don't do what I did.


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    Serously, if you have good bookstores where you live you may want to buy or just browse this book: http://www.amazon.com/Cinematics-Sto...1557649&sr=8-1

    It's a small and slim book but well organized and illustrated. Very good as a handy reference.

    Re: negotiating and stuff, just hunt down portfolio sites of tvc boarders. Some post their rates and style. Adjust that to your situation and location.

    Good luck.

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    Thank you guys for the quick responses....

    and lol @ Flip.. yes, I read your horror story!

    Any advice on what to charge? Would I be screwing myself at $75/H?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEvans View Post
    Thank you guys for the quick responses....

    and lol @ Flip.. yes, I read your horror story!

    Any advice on what to charge? Would I be screwing myself at $75/H?
    I've always heard not to charge hourly*. Someone posted some kind of price guide once, I think...I'll take a look around.




    Edit* Although I know a shit load of people who do charge hourly. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the whole idea though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEvans View Post
    Any advice on what to charge? Would I be screwing myself at $75/H?
    I'd go $75 and up per frame (more if they want it in color and they're not providing clip art - meaning, everything you'll do from scratch). Leverage the immediacy of their need.

    If it's just less than a dozen frames, charge them your day rate.

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    Thank you guys so much.

    You've been awesomely helpful

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