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  1. Powered PA Speaker – QSC K10.2

    This 2000-watt powered speaker rental is a great choice for events, both indoors and out. The QSC K10.2 is the updated 2018 version of the classic QSC K10, with twice as much power and an improved interface panel. It is incredibly loud in a reasonable size and weight.  We suggest two or more for use outdoors, or with groups larger than 60. They are a popular renter for events in banquet halls, movies, and presentations. They can even rest horizontally on stage for use as a stage monitor.

    The QSC K10.2 speaker has dual XLR inputs, and also accepts a stereo 3.5mm (1/8″) input for an easy way to connect devices like computers and music players.  The XLR line out makes it easy to chain two or more K10.2s together.

    This speaker rental can work with your existing mixer and microphones, or we can help you put together an audio package that meets your needs. Rental includes a carry bag and AC power cable.

    Rental Prices

    $79 for 1 day
    $158 for up to 3 days
    $237 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested Accessories:
    Speaker Stand

  2. Battery-Powered Portable PA System


    This battery-powered portable PA system is a portable entertainment machine.  Listen to your music wirelessly over bluetooth, use the AM/FM radio, or address your group over the included handheld microphone.

    We recommend this rental for picnics and other outdoor gatherings, where portability is more important than power.  At moderate volume, the battery will last for half a day, but at full volume you should expect less than two hours. If you need more volume, more microphone inputs, or just some guidance on choosing the right PA system rental, give us a call!  One of our AV techs can help you find exactly what you need.


    Rental Prices

    $59 for 1 day
    $118 for up to 3 days
    $177 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Mobile device
    Extension cord

  3. Powered PA Speakers 400 watts


    These 2 x 200 watt powered PA speakers are ideal for small indoor venues, and can also be used as stage monitors. If you’re looking to present to a group of under 60 indoors, this is a great kit that just needs a microphone. For events in larger spaces, or where you’ll be entertaining with music, we suggest something more powerful.

    Each amplified speaker has a line in (XLR or RCA) and mic in (XLR or 1/4″ phono), as well as a line out (1/4″ phono). We include two speakers, two stands, a 25′ XLR cable, and a 1/4″ to XLR cable to connect the speakers together. If you’ll be connecting more than one source (microphone, computer, etc.), you’ll need to rent a mixer, as well.

    Rental Prices

    $89 for 1 day
    $178 for up to 3 days
    $267 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.
  4. PA Speaker System


    Our 200 watt PA speaker system rental has a 15″ woofer for deep bass and a horn for crisp mids and highs. Each speaker has a built-in mini mixer, letting you easily connect it to media players, smartphones, computers, microphones, and pretty much anything else with audio outputs.  Each speaker includes a power cable and collapsible stand.

    These speakers can be chained together easily using XLR cables to maximize coverage. They are a popular renter for events in banquet halls, movies, and presentations.

    We rent them individually, and suggest renting two for medium sized rooms. In large rooms or outdoors, we suggest renting something more powerful.

    Rental Prices

    $59 for 1 day
    $118 for up to 3 days
    $177 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

  5. Invoicing and Getting Paid – Getting Started in Film and Video Production

    Invoicing PaperworkIf you’ve finished your first gig in video production, chances are the producer has asked you to send an invoice. It can seem complicated at first, but it’s actually really simple.  Here’s what you’ll need to know to create a video production invoice, whether you’re working as a production assistant or anything else.

    Video production companies need invoices so they can keep track of production expenses.  Since you’re not a salaried or hourly employee, you’re considered a contractor. Your payment probably won’t be a payroll payment with payroll taxes and other expenses taken out. Instead, it will be a lump sum, similar to how you pay a plumber, cleaning service, or other business.  Your invoice is basically a receipt for their records, and a reminder that they need to pay you.

    Invoices are pretty easy with a program like QuickBooks, or you can make your own invoices for free using Google Drive whatever else you’re comfortable using.  Remember, just because you’re invoicing doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay taxes on your income.  Talk with your tax professional about your potential tax liability, especially when you’re just getting started!

    A good invoice should have all of the following information on it:

      • ◘ Your name, or if you’ve incorporated, your company name.
      • ◘ Your mailing address for checks, tax paperwork, and other correspondence.
      • ◘ An invoice number, for your records.  I usually number my invoices starting with the year (Invoice 2014-01, 2014-02, etc.) for simplicity later.
      • ◘ The name of the business or person that you’re invoicing.  Usually I put the company name, followed by ATTN: and the individual who handles payments and accounting.
      • ◘ A project number or purchase order number from your client.  If they don’t provide one, put a short description of the project here, so accounting knows where to put your charges
      • ◘ A due date.  The standard due date for most video production invoices is 30 days after the invoice has been sent. This is sometimes called “net 30”
      • ◘ The date the invoice was prepared.
      • ◘ A detailed listing of charges.  Usually I suggest using columns to list items  in a table like this
        Date Item Units Unit Cost Line Total
        8/1/2014 Production Assistant Day Rate 2 $200 $400

        Often, you’ll be billing a day rate, but sometimes you’ll need to bill hourly, or add line items for overtime, etc.

      • ◘ A subtotal line
      • ◘ Any additional lines needed, like tax, discounts, etc. In Wisconsin and most other states, you probably won’t need to charge sales tax on your labor.  If you do, you’ll need to get a certificate allowing you to do so.
      • ◘ A total line.  I suggest putting this in bold.

    If you want to be sure your payment is processed ASAP, it can help to include a completed W9 form.  Download it, print it, fill it out, scan it and you can send the same one with all your invoices.  You can use the same W9 whether you’re a production assistant, camera operator, videographer, or have any other job on set.

    Pay attention to what the producer asks for.  Your expenses may need to be invoiced separately, and you may need receipts.  These days, 99% of my invoices are electronic as a PDF, but sometimes, people want a hard copy mailed to them. If you don’t get your payment in 30 days, send them a reminder invoice and let them know you still haven’t received payment.  Always be nice!  Assume they forgot to send a payment, even if they’re avoiding your calls.

    Here’s a sample invoice in a few common formats: PDF Excel OpenDoc

    Once you’ve got more than a few invoices, it might make sense to use a bookkeeping program, so you can run reports, manage unpaid invoices, and keep track of everything.  Remember to keep your forwarding address information current, because many video production companies will send you tax documents in January, up to 13 months after you’ve completed working for them.

    Good luck and happy billing!

    Posted by Jon Kline

  6. When You Need Crew


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    In this business, like so many others, people tend to work with someone they know and trust.  We’ve been shooting, producing, and editing in Wisconsin for eight years, and we have worked alongside almost everyone who works in video and film production.  When you need crew, we’re happy to recommend someone we trust.

    Our list of qualified Production Assistants, Grips, Assistant Camera, Camera Operators, Gaffers, Directors of Photography, Crane and Jib Operators, Drivers, Wardrobe, Hair and Makeup are all people we’ve worked with side-by-side.

    In Milwaukee, virtually all production crew are non-union.  If you require it, we can connect you with union crew, often from Chicago.

    Whether you’re shooting a feature on film or a reality show with mixed video formats, Milwaukee has crew with the experience and the Midwestern work ethic to get the project done well.  We’d love to help you get the absolute best crew on whatever budget you’re working with.

    For more information, get in touch.