Booker FAQ's

Below is a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions.
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  • 1. I’m looking to book crew, is it easy?
    Yes really easy, you just need to give us your contact details and we’ll create an account for you.
  • 2. Does it cost anything to use the service?
    No, using the service is completely free to bookers, the network is funded by its’ members paying a fixed subscription payment.
  • 3. Does The Sab Network take any percentage of the money paid to freelancers?
    No, 100% of the money paid for services goes to the freelancer.
  • 4. What if I don’t know exactly who I need to book?
    No problem, just get in touch and we’ll help to figure it out!
  • 5. What if I’m not certain on dates yet?
    Without firm dates members will not be able to guarantee availability but that doesn’t mean you can’t start talking to them. Just key in the dates as accurately as you can and make clear on the notes they are TBC.
  • 6. What rates do your members charge?
    Members decide rates for themselves but all charge roughly in line with BECTU guidelines and APA on commercial projects.
  • 7. How do I find local crew?
    It’s easy, simply key the location into the search bar. You can also include this stipulation in the notes section.
  • 8. Who do I pay for member’s services?
    Member’s rates are negotiated and paid directly to the member.
  • 9. I’ve forgotten my password, what do I do?
    No problem, just drop us a line and we’ll reset it for you.
  • 10. How quickly will I get replies from members as to availability?
    When you post a job on the network, members are immediately sent a message with the particulars of the job. They will check their diaries and reply, this can all happen within a minute! However, if members are busy filming they may not answer until they get a break in proceedings. The important thing is that you get feedback directly from the members concerned, not some calendar that may or may not be up to date. Plus, you can now chat to the members with any follow up questions or emails.
  • 11. What if I have to cancel a booking?
    No problem, it happens. Just contact the member concerned and discuss the cancellation like you would with any other production.
  • 12. What if I want to book an entire crew?
    If you know the roles you are looking for you can search through the system, alternatively, drop us a line and we can sort it out for you.
  • 13. What if no-one is available for my shoot?
    If, in the unlikely event no-one is available, give us a call and we should be able to help.
  • 14. Do you hire kit?
    As the members we represent offer a myriad of services to clients, including in some cases, kit hire, you can post the job to the relevant job role then make clear in the notes that you are looking for kit only.
  • 15. If I’ve used a Sab member in the past, can I contact them directly for future projects?
    Yes, absolutely, we don’t need you to go through us. Of course, our system has been designed to make the process of booking and communicating with members as easy as possible for you. You can check the availability of a single member if you want.
  • 16. I know who I want to book do I have to do it through the website?
    Not at all although, the website has been designed to make communication as easy as it can be. You can quickly access all information relating to each project you may be crewing for.
  • 17. How do you recruit your members?
    It’s not easy to become a member of The Sab Network! We ensure all our members sit at the highest levels of experience within their job role, most have been recommended by their peers and the average experience of our members is 20 years within their job role.
  • 18. Why choose The Sab Network for freelance TV and Film crew?
    We go to great lengths to ensure all our members are of the highest calibre and they share many, many awards between them. Because of this focus on experience, we can provide crew for almost all types of productions. With such a wealth of knowledge we are perfectly placed to deliver complex solutions in almost all circumstances but we can also help if you need a Sound recordist in London tomorrow. Our system has been designed to make the process as intuitive as possible and the results fruitful. Speed and communication is at the heart of what we do. The profiles of our members are the most detailed anywhere and our search function can access this data to provide you with weighted search results based on your criteria. Of course the first thing you want to know once you’ve entered criteria is availability. At the click of a button selected members are sent a message via their App. The responses of members are updated live and can be accessed anytime through your client login. Did I mention it was free to bookers?