DCMI LTD Standard Terms and Conditions


All engagements are different in time and scale, DCMI prefer to quote on an individual and personal basis.

Engagements as Camera Operator and Director of Photography

Tv and Feature Film rates are calculated at the guidelines set out by BECTU. Commercial rates are calculated at the guidelines set out by APA. Rates available on a negotiated basis.

DCMI require a full written client brief before any contract commences.

Client to supply a Purchase Order number before any work commences. This then forms a contract between DCMI and the client.

Verbal and/or bookings by electronic means constitute a contract and the T&C's set out here apply. 

Cancellation charges are applied as set out in the guidelines by BECTU and APA unless otherwise agreed in writing. 

Aerial Work

Darren is available to work exclusively as an aerial camera operator and/or aerial DOP for other companies.

DCMI can provide a heavy lift UAV (sub 20kg) with a night rated pilot and exceptional 10m CAA OSC (Operations Safety Case) permissions. 

DCMI reserve the right to employ third party aerial companies/pilots to facilitate a clients requirements subject to the third parties and DCMI's terms and conditions. 


Aerial filming and photography requires DCMI to conduct a full safety and feasibility survey of the area(s) to be imaged. This might entail a location recce and/or utilising on line applications like Google Earth and Google Maps and Skydemon etc. A charge will be made for recce days which can be agreed with the client beforehand.


DCMI conduct operations as set out by the CAA

Not at a height exceeding 400ft. (600ft by arrangement)

Aircraft must be withinn VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) or 500m horizontally. 

Not over or within 150m of any congested area (10M OSC by arrangement)

Not at a distance closer than 50m to any building, structure, vessel or person not under the control of the pilot (10M OSC by arrangement)

Not at a distance closer than 30m to any person other than the pilot. (10M OSC by arrangement)

Not at a distance closer than 150m to any gathering of over 1000 persons

Not within the designated no fly zones near to airports, military and other sensitive buildings and installations 

The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) will not fly in the rain or in wind speeds above 20MPH

The pilots decision is final as to whether a flight can take place and safely 

DCMI must have permission from the landowner(s) from where the activity will take place

DCMI will seek permission from the various agencies and authorities when necessary before any engagement takes place 

Regulations are changing as rapid as the industry grows. DCMI and any third party companies, will comply with the CAA regulations at all times 



DCMI can supply either raw or processed photographs/video by electronic tansfer or supplied on a disc

Any additional filming/photography/editing/recording/amendments will be charged at the rate set out and agreed in the quotation. 

Completed video productions uploaded on line will bare a watermark until payment is made in full when the watermark will be removed.

Still photography will initially be supplied as a watremarked preview PDF for client selection and approval. 

DCMI reserve the right to use any clients video footage/photography for promotional and PR purposes.

Payment Terms

Payment terms maximum 30 days from invoice submission.

DCMI reserve the right to apply a late payment charge of 8% above the bank of England base rate to Invoices unpaid after this period.

All payments to be made by BACS, we no longer accept cheques. 

Mileage is charged at 45ppm.

Cancellation (Aerial Work)

In the event of force majure including adverse weather conditions which disable the services of DCMI, an alternative date will be sought to complete the contract when possible.

Cancellation by DCMI will result in an alternative professional company being offered to the client. This does not guarantee the same terms and conditions as DCMI and the client is responsible for any further negotiations therein. 

Cancellation by the client within 3 calendar days will result in 50% payment of the full contract worth. Cancellation within one calendar day will result in 100% payment of the full contract worth.

The client agrees to cover reasonable travel and overnight costs where applicable.  

DCMI retain copyright of all video and photographic images it produces unless mutually agreed with the client in writing. 

Any footage/photograph that doesn't comply with the Data Protection and Survelliance act, will result in any identifiable person(s) being removed from the image(s) or the image(s) being deleted. The UAV carries a very wide lens and the regulatory nature of its flight means that most people/objects appear very small and therefore unidentifiable in the frame. 


We endeavour to provide the very best professional and friendly service. If we succeed please tell others, if we don't in any capacity, please tell us and we will do our utmost to rectify and appease any situation.