Well, we already talked about discussing what you have in mind and getting you a treatment, which includes our idea and the budget. This is something that we can refine if you are looking for something different.
Following your excited reception of our one-page proposal, then we sign a contract that protects both of us and makes sure everything stays on track and then collect 50% of the total project estimate. All of this is pretty standard stuff, and should be pretty normal to you by this point in time anyways.
How long will this thing take? Can we have it next week? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Making a good video can be complicated, but it doesn’t always have to be. That said, most projects that about 6 to 8 weeks from concept to completion of your piece. If you need things rushed, that can be done, but usually that requires the financial commitment to do so. It is best to let the process go at the normal pace so that we can best accomplish your goals.
Great question, and we will try and give you a good answer. You will be working with the best crew members that we think will be good for your project for the budget level that you are comfortable with. That may sound a bit confusing, but it isn’t.
There is a big difference in a camera guy that charges a couple hundred dollars and has older equipment, to a Director of Photography that has state of the art cinema equipment. The right skill, and the right equipment, costs money – but it almost always shows up on screen and you probably won’t feel like you wasted your money.
We try and maintain as lean of a crew as possible, without compromising your project. Trust us on this, it is what we do everyday. It’s not just a person pressing record, a guy with a clipboard, and someone holding a boom pole – it is artists that each specialize in a particular function of the process coming together to work on your project. That is something you should feel proud of, and we certainly do!
WHAT you get
An awesome and creative piece for your company! What else could you ask for? Let's start from the beginning.
We are a video-based creative agency and a location production company in one, so we really prefer to concept most of the videos that leave our hands. Every part of the process is exciting to us and we are good at it, that is why we have won multiple Emmy Awards for writing and commercial production. When we give you the treatment and put down the amount that it will take, then that means it includes everything, unless there are things that you want after we quote you.
what we need to know
When productions are made, it is usual that the paying party owns the final piece. That is very standard. However, different mediums have different rules of production - and we didn't make them. This sounds weird, but allow us to explain.
If you are going to be keeping everything on the web, then okay. But if you are going to be buying airtime and broadcasting it as a commercial, then that is another thing. People who work for projects that are web only work for less than people that are working on projects that will be broadcast. It is a matter of a few things, but a lot of it comes down to skill, union considerations, and casting decisions.
At this point in time we know nothing about your project, so it would be really hard to estimate. Your final price depends on a few factors, such as the concept, crew size, equipment, duration, what resources you have on hand, etc. Every production is different and so is every budget.
We will be asking you very directly about your budget and how much you can afford to spend up front, not because we want all of your money but because we want to know what kind of things we can pitch to you. You wouldn’t ask an architect to design a building without giving them some specifications and a budget, and it goes the same for us as producers.
All that being said, don’t be afraid. We are always willing to keep smaller budgets in mind and work around them the best to our abilities.