There are no audiovisual unions at this time, or fixed rates for services or labor. There are a number of Colombian associations working to ensure the wellbeing and development of the audiovisual industry.
However, in the following chart you will find listed some of the principal crew members in order to have a general costs reference in our country. Rates were calculated through an average crew sampling of film budgets from nationally certified projects. This sample included 19 different films shot between 2006 and 2011 which consists of very low budget films and larger scale international co-productions. The aforementioned average was calculated by the Ministry of Culture’s Film Office. These rates were compared to the ones given by Colombian production companies. According to their observations some of the numbers were adjusted.
|CREW||Weekly Averange USD|
|1st Assistant Director||1.865|
|Continuity / Script supervisor||703|
|Line Producer||12.326/ 5 weeks shoot|
|1st Production Assistant||327|
|1st Field Production Assistant||273|
|2nd Field Production Assistant||207|
|PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMERA DEPARTMENT|
|Director of Photography||2.727|
|1st Camera Assistant / Focus Puller||1.200|
|Art assistant I||273|
|Art assistant II||191|
|Sound||2.727 (includes sound equipment & mics)|
|Personnel transport and land cargo||800 per van (12 people) per week incl. driver|
|Catering||18 to 30 per day per person|
Average exchange rate – December 2011 Colombia Central Bank (Banco de la República de Colombia): 1848,17 COP/USD
* Source: The last column shows rates provided by an experienced Colombian Production company.