clients

  • How much (little) will General Post cost me?
    VERY little. Our freelancers also pay towards our service. The client only pays a small booking fee. Our freelance Editors and support staff go at the same freelance rates as non General Post freelancers. There is no Fee mark-up on bookings only. We feel the nominal booking fee far outweighs the advantages of dealing with a centralized bookings hub. At times we can even save you money.
  • What if I don’t want the hassle of coordinating the post process myself?
    Then you take up our Full Service Post option. One of our Producers take the brief (script/other) and supply you with a quote on offline, online audio and copies. Right up to broadcast. We’ll shop around with the facilities to get you the best deal and charge a small mark up over and above our fees. We would make use of the Freelancers on our books or any other you wish to work with. The General Post Producer would schedule and quote to your satisfaction.
  • What are the rates for Post Production technicians and how are these decided?
    Rates differ depending on Talent, experience, and demand. We can negotiate rates to suit your pocket. Rates are a market driven force that we do not control. No one can. During busy times the good people can (and sometimes do) charge more. When the workflow is less we could broker a better deal with the same person who was super expensive yesterday.
  • Why are Editors so expensive?
    Editor’s rates vary from one to another due to demand, skill and experience. Another factor is which discipline within the film industry the editor comes from. The importance of selecting the right editor for the job is critical to any production's success. Experienced editors will have five or more years of experience in crafting and understanding the subtleties of their work. They will be relied upon to produce a well-considered film and deliver a smooth postproduction experience.
  • Must we do an expensive online when all I want is to re-edit an old / import commercial?
    This all depends on what is required from the final product. If nothing needs to be changed in either picture or title and the brief is a simple cut-down, then there may not be enough reason to go through an expensive online at all. As the brief changes, so too does the online requirement. Complete re-finishes can be expensive and time-consuming.
  • Can I pay the facilities direct and save money?
    Yes you can (short answer). General Post will book and schedule the entire post process for which a production fee will be levied and you will be able to negotiate your own deal with the facilities.
  • Is it necessary to have an editor supervise the online edit?
    Yes and No. That is your choice, bearing in mind that an experienced editor can assist with keeping the online within budget and on schedule and allow the producers to attend to your needs. Online edits vary in complexity. Some creative offline editors consider the online part of their domain and insist on being there to supervise. Others see it as a technical process outside their ambit.
  • Can I shoot in Cape Town and do my post in Johannesburg?
    Yes you can and the reverse is also possible. The Producers will need to cater for individuals who must be present at each stage of the post process. Approvals between cities via FTP or even email attachments have been made easier as bandwidth has increased. FTP uploads are useful if both sides have the required viewing equipment and software.
  • Can I shoot in Maputo / Iceland / New York and do my post in Johannesburg?
    Yup! Again, the question is in logistics. As distances between edit suites, facilities and clients gets greater, so do costs. Most productions that cover great distances try to minimize the amount of travel and maximize efficiency in the post process.
  • How many Editors have you got?
    General Post has more than 190 members at present. Spread over the complete spectrum of Post Production. We represent many levels of experience and we are still growing.
  • What Guarantee have I got that the job will be finished on time?
    There are no guarantees. Things change during Post. It is a creative process (even though highly technical). It is good to have a flexible outlook. All projects are deadline oriented but sometimes one has to either compromise in order to hit the mark or else move the goals to give the process more time. VFX standards are very high and Creatives often see new possibilities during Post that requires more work. The Producers play a key role. With that said it must be pointed out that General Post has the depth of talent in its artists and producers to put the odds heavily in your favour.
  • Why do I have to sometimes pay extra charges?
    Extra charges are often a result of changing parameters, inaccurate briefing or schedule changes. General Post will use its negotiating muscle to try and avoid any extra costs. But sometimes it is unavoidable.
  • What happens when the system crashes during an online?
    Information loss is very rare and it depends on the equipment you’re working on. Sometimes a few minutes’ work is lost and very rarely is any media actually compromised. It also depends on the severity and nature of the crash. In any case, time will be lost and should be adjusted for.
  • What happens if the editor gets incapacitated?
    This rare occurrence will be dealt with as it happens and a replacement may need to be sought, depending on the deadline and nature of the problem itself. General Post will be able to quickly replace him or her with another editor of your choice. Replacement staff will be billed as booked.
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  • How much will General Post cost me?
    As a standard, we charge a commission on all work we bring to you. This is an all-inclusive, Admin, Booking, Billing, etc. fee. Show reels will be posted on the website. We like to think it is good value for money. Before deciding please read our terms and conditions posted under Resources on this site. If you are established in the market and bring your old clients with you, we'll charge you less for us to do the admin and billing. Senior Members with 7 years or more experience can negotiate a package that benefits the company and themselves. Speak to a management member please.
  • Why should I sign up With General Post?
    • General Post Freelancers work more
    • General Post will shield you from most of the financial discussion, rate negotiations and admin hassles of being a creative freelancer. It allows you to concentrate on the work
    • It will allow you to be strong in negotiating rates via our staff
    • It gives you access to the bigger picture. We can tell you who is doing what, when to whom. Accurate reliable information
    • Sometimes one member is requested for a job, can’t do it and we get to recommend another. You may benefit from this spill over
    • We can pursue jobs you have heard of and want to do
    • It broadens your client base. We’ll introduce you to new clients. Often freelancers get stuck in a rut and work for the same handful of clients, which might not always be what you want
    • We’ll help you with strategic guidance and advice to build your career
    • You can PLAN more effectively with our help
    • However busy you are there are times that your appetite for work may increase. General Post maintains a constant presence amongst client and you will benefit from the constant workflow generated by the Brand Strength
  • Must I sign up exclusively with General Post?
    No, Not at this time. You can choose one of two classes of representation:
    1. Exclusive – All your work goes through the company, regardless.
    2. Non-exclusive – Only the work we place with you goes through the company.

    Being Exclusive carries a benefit, you will be first in line when a client request comes in. We can work together to grow your client base. The staff at GP gets to know you better and we’ll promote you. Work brought in from your old clients will be billed at a lesser rate. Non-exclusive means you join our list of Top end Freelancers and when a call comes in you will be put forward for the clients consideration.
  • What about medical aid, pension and benefits?
    General post is not the freelancer’s employer. We do not have a benefit scheme for freelancers. We can however assist you in finding solutions to these questions. We have no financial interest in these fields
  • What about TAX and VAT?
    TAX - Income tax and PAYE (Pay As You Earn). All SA citizens above the threshold pay Income tax. We usually make the deductions and generate an IRP 5 at the end of the year. However some Clients prefer to take the PAYE pff themselves and will then issue the IRP at year end. We will assist with finding you a Tax Professional who'll help you complete your return at year end and hopefully get you a refund. These Tax Prfoessionals do not charge much and contribute a great deal to your personal TAX efficiency.

    VAT - If you are a sole trader or Company you can apply for a VAT number. Vat is a Vallue Added Tax that Vendors are obligated to charge and pay over to the receiver. If you are a Vendor you get to claim vat paid back along with having to charge it from your clients. If you are not a Vendor you simply have to pay like everyon else but you do not get to claim it back. Ask us to recomend a TAX PROFESSIONAL.

    for more information visit http://www.sars.gov.za
  • Will I be guaranteed an income?
    No. Due to the nature of the industry we can make no guarantees of how many days you’ll work or how much you will earn. We can however offer the raised profile of a professional with an agent dealing on their behalf. We believe this gives you the edge. Furthermore, because we only get income from work we place you in, it is in our interest to keep you as busy as you want to be. Remember, you only pay General Post when we find you work.
  • Will I be guaranteed payment if the client defaults?
    No. General Post is a comission earning admin service. We can help up to a point with debt collecting (and the majority of times this is not an issue) but if the client defaults, refuses to pay or goes out of bussiness or for any other reason does not pay, we can not take on the burden of the payment. However, we shall hand them over to debt collectors if payment is not made. We are vigorous in our pursuit of timely payment.
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