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How long is a typical shoot day?

Your video shoot is just around the corner. And your boss has a lot of extra content that she wants to film. So you’re wondering, “How many hours can we shoot in a day?” We think it’s a fair question and it just so happens to be the subject of Answers.

Your video is a big investment of time, money, and resources. Consequently, there is a lot riding on your shoot. You want to make sure all your bases are covered. So it’s reasonable to ask the question, “How long is a typically shoot day?”

How long is a typically shoot day?

A full day is:

  • Between 5 and 10 hours with a 1 hour lunch

  • Billed at a full day rate

A half day is:

  • Up to 5 hours

  • Billed at 2/3rds of the full day rate

A travel day is:

  • Up to 10 hours

  • Billed at the half-day rate

But only if the travel day does NOT include filming. If we film on a travel day, it becomes a shoot day and is billed at the full day rate.

Can we shoot more than 10 hours?

Absolutely. In fact, in our next episode we’ll spend some time on overtime to see if it’s worth the additional cost.

Remember, anything between 5 and 10 hours is considered a typical shoot day.

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