We discuss budget as early in the process as possible. We are often asked “What does a 30 second spot cost?” The answer to that question is “$0, or $5 Million, but probably somewhere in-between.” There are many factors that determine the cost of a production. There are endless hours of labor that go unseen and then of course many that are seen, and then props, actors, locations, rental equipment, and other things that can influence a budget. At the end of the day, defining your budget range will help us create pitches for ideas that you can afford instead of wasting our time and yours by overshooting the mark. Knowing your budget range allows us to confidently produce a film at or under your budget. If we can’t produce the film you want for your budget, then we’ll let you know. We’ll go back to the drawing board or recommend getting quotes from other companies. We offer a premium product at an affordable price, but we can’t please everyone and we also have standards that we refuse to lower, so we aren’t always the right fit. We’ll be honest up-front when that seems to be the case.
Usually, we’ll leave our first meeting having found the answers to these questions:
- What is your story?
- Who are the stake-holders?
- Who are the people that need to sign off on ideas/edits?
- Who is in charge of the budget?
- What is your budget range?
- What are the deliverables desired?
- What is your wish-list for the production?
- Who is creating the main concept/script?