What are the costs involved of producing a short film/video
People are often under the impression that a film or video team pitches up on the day, takes a few clips and produces a winning film or video within minutes or hours. This is not the case, a good or great video takes planning and time. Here is what goes into producing a short 5-10minute film or video.
Pre-shoot planning – Deciding where to shout and why. What is the storyline. What interviews and shots are needed. Do you need lighting, sound, how much time is needed. Setting the schedule and interview times. ( This can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks)
Equipment check– What equipment will be needed to make the film. Are batteries charged. Equipment serviced and clean ( there is no time to fix or replace on the job).
Equipment cost and servicing – Yes the equipment is expensive and needs to be serviced, replaced and insured)
Accommodation, travel and meals
Transport and location fees/permits
Staff well being – meals, drinks etc on the shoot
Royalty free music – this costs
Editing – anywhere from 3- 10days ( after the shoot)
Video distribution and marketing.
There are loads more hidden costs, but in short, what seems to be a simple 2-10min video or film doesn’t take as few hours but takes at least 1-2weeks. That’s time (which also needs to be paid for)
We believe in being fair in our pricing and are open to trade exchanges up to a point. Unfortunately until such time as the bank accepts bed nights and wine a large part of our fee does need to involve cash.