What everyone earns working on a $200m blockbuster

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Not bad at all! I saw one of these a few weeks ago, for the anime industry, and the numbers were a LOT smaller. The director might have a middle-class job, but a lot of the gofers and technicians are going to need a side job.

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I’d like to see that on a per hour-worked basis too.


Considering that a lot of the high paying jobs could take years to complete, and LA is damn expensive, it doesn’t look that insane. And while it seems a little overkill to have say, six drivers, in the long run its probably better than letting Tom Cruise drive himself.


It keeps him from bringing the Dianetics books to the set.


And that, my dear friends, is why I turned down the role for Day Player #26.


Keeping in mind that “Driver” is likely to be trucks getting gear and crew to and from locations as well, half a dozen seems modest.

I was disappointed we didn’t see chattels, rentals, & equipment as well, (or permits, licensing, catering and travel for that matter) to add to the balance. The notes attached to it on Youtube note that “non-human costs” were excluded, but I think they would be just as interesting, in a way.


Oh sure, even with all the data there it is still a little opaque. I guess my gut feeling is, “$200m to employ that many people, on wages that aren’t too bad, and the investors still make money? I’m okay with that.”. Honestly that’s the kind of capitalism I like.


Can i get that in bulleted list format please?


They’re prop guns. They use blanks.


The kind where the accountants write off fictional substantial losses to decrease the amount of taxes they pay?


What’s the timeline for something like this, though?

The numbers for the VFX crew are wildly, hilariously, inaccurate.

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You mean you wouldn’t want the cars to be on…

#Cruise control?

No. I’ll show myself out, thank you.


Weirdly, I’m drawn to the notion of the Property Master making $250K. I trust it’s an exceedingly complicated job, but to be the guy in charge of making sure all our stuff is there, you probably spend fairly little time behind a desk. You probably get to be snarky about awful Hollywood stars, but get along with the cool ones. Seems like a good gig.


This right here caught my eye as a likely error:

I mean, sure, maybe one of the apprentices is working two full years on the gig, but otherwise no way are they making close to what the union assistant is making.


Yep. If a show involves any substantial location shooting, you’d need drivers for each of these trucks: camera truck, grip truck, electric truck, props/set dressing 5-ton, honeywagon, FX truck, wardrobe truck, a couple of stakebeds to haul cast/director/hair & makeup trailers (and probably a fuel truck as well), and a production van or three to haul cast and crew back and forth between base camp and set.

The Mentalist was a TV show rather than a $200 million feature, but in the last season we employed seventeen drivers, not counting day players.


From a typical Mentalist call sheet:


Another error, but just a typo.


I saw this the other day as well and thought it was quite interesting but it obviously leaves out a big part of the picture and that’s how long it took to earn that amount and what the hourly rate was. You may see three different positions earning $100k but the amount of work could be 15 minutes for a well known actor that just happened to be working in the sound stage next door making a guest appearance versus 2 years for a VFX guy.

As much as I enjoyed this it just left me wanting for more!