I watched Shannon Shea's course The Business Of Making Monsters. I'm preparing a bid now for a project, and I don't know if I should try to factor in the expense of executing the effects on set. For example, a lot of the effects involve a build time, which I can estimate a budget for, but some of these effects become makeup looks that the actors will need for an unclear number of days.
One character breaks his nose. I can estimate the expense of building the makeup appliance that we will use for this effect, but once the nose is broken, the character has a broken nose for the rest of the movie. This means the actor will need a makeup appliance for his broken nose for every shooting day that contains those scenes, and I have no idea how many shooting days that will be, which also affects the number of appliances I'd need to run and pre-paint. Should I worry about representing any of this on the bid? If so, how?
Another example is that a character's hair "instantly turns white" when she is hypnotized, and is then white for the rest of the film. I have an instinct that this wouldn't be handled in my bid for taking on the project as the Special Makeup Effects Artist, that this would be the responsibility of a Hair Dresser, and maybe their bids take a somewhat different form than a Makeup Effects bid. But this is an indie film and I foresee the possibility of the Production wanting to use me as a one stop shop for makeup effects, makeup, and hair, so I'd like to maybe just assume that with my bid and provide them as much information as possible. I feel like if I left the "hair turning white" bit out of my bid, I wouldn't be doing as much preparation as I could for the project. And factoring costs for that now could be a nice way to "pad" my budget, like Shannon talks about, so that I could have something to cut out later when they tell me to cut my budget. Anyway I put down in my bid that we'd need to design this look and then test it and make adjustments, and I estimate that as taking 2 days of labor at $400. But then also we'd need to do that look for every shooting day that that character plays with that look. Should I worry about representing that cost on the bid? If so, how?
For that matter, should I worry about representing any of the labor needed on set in my bid? Does a bid represent my price tag for the entire project, or just for preparing everything for the shoot itself? I'm used to working for a day rate, and by myself. Now I'm preparing a bid for a big project that would involve a lot of people. Any guidance is much appreciated!