Frequently Asked Questions
One of the elements we pride ourselves on is that we provide a 'turnkey' service. We provide all the planning and scripting support, location filming and post-production including editing and mastering. In short, we deliver a finished video for a finished price.
As you can imagine, there is no set price for producing any video. Costs depend on the amount of filming, the amount of video to be produced and the sophistication of the visuals required. However, as a guide, our prices for producing campaign videos and tribute videos in full HD are usually in the $10,000 - $15,000 range.
For Galas and Fundraising event video and video content we provide a far more sophisticated range of services. As a general rule, these kinds of productions are usually far more complex and involve more planning, more filming and more editing. Therefore the prices are usually in the $20,000 to $35,000 range and can go higher depending on how much filming or travel is involved. For this we provide all the services for regular video production but in addition we create all the visuals to be shown at the event, including usually the creation of extra video and animation content. We also provide on-site playback support using our own specialised software to ensure that the video content we work so hard to produce looks great on the screen.
Today, every event has to be different, it has to stand out. You might have 400 to 1000 (or more) guests paying top dollar to attend. You've decided on a large prestigious venue and the catering is top-notch. You have some live entertainment and speeches. At this point you decide to make a video to showcase your project or organization, or perhaps you want a tribute video for your guest(s) of honour. You have an event logo and branding you want to promote. And then you have several categories of sponsor to thank, prizes to give, an auction or a raffle and you also want to show live video of the speeches or entertainment on the screen(s) so that the people at the back of this big venue can see clearly. All of a sudden, you have a lot of visual content to put on this screen. This is where we come in.
We provide creative solutions to these challenges, we bring it all together to create one seamless experience for the audience. We work with you or your event producer to create a screen configuration that has impact and adds excitement to the evening. It could be round screens, multiple screens, big screens....the options are endless. Take a look at some our samples on this site and you'll see the big picture. And don't always think of this as being an added cost. The solutions we offer can save you costs in printed materials, decor and live entertainment, but most importantly, they will make your event, and your organization stand out...which means you raise more money for your cause.
Typically, you should be planning for your video production or event up to 4-6 months or more in advance of when you need it. For Gala dinners, we recommend up to 9 months in advance to get the ball rolling even though actual production might not start until 4-6 months before the event.
We also recommend giving serious thought to the time of the year as well. Often the events are in the autumn or the spring so enough planning time should be allowed to ensure that any filming of winter or summer content is possible. If overseas or international filming is required, leave enough time for this to be carried out, and enough time after the filming for editing. If you have honourees and interviewees/testimonials to film these can be harder to coordinate during the winter southern 'migration' and the summer holidays.
We have of course often had less time than this...sometimes just a few weeks....and once we commit to doing it we will make it happen, but for your own peace of mind such last-minute productions are not to be undertaken lightly.
There are many steps in creating a campaign or tribute video, or video content for a Gala Fundraiser. Once you call us we'll put together a comprehensive quote outlining our ideas, the budget and where possible an initial critical path. Once we sign the contract we assign tasks...from researching archival materials to setting up interviews to booking travel to discussing the A/V playback needs for the video. We'll put together a shooting script, book the filming days and coordinate with you and the interviewees to ensure that everything is ready for when we arrive. Once the filming is done we'll put in place a post-production schedule that allows you to monitor our progress and establishes clear deadlines that both parties agree to. During the editing stage we'll work with the A/V company and/or producer to finalise the A/V playback needs and start to assemble the production elements based on the unfolding show-flow for the event. Once the video(s) is completed and approved we deliver it in the format you requested and if it's for an event, we start to build up the cue-sheet. When we work on an event we finalise all the clips in the format necessary for playback and then do a test run with the A/V company before the rehearsals to ensure that everything is smooth. From that point on we're on-site to deal with last minute issues and at the event itself to make sure it all works well. A true 'turnkey' service.
Unless we are given a specific music choice by the client, all of the music we use in the videos we produce are from licenced, or licence-free sources.
We are used to travelling, and travel widely for our clients. For our Jewish non-profit clients we usually travel twice a year to Israel to film various projects. This is usually done in the Spring and Autumn. We have filmed all over the world for our clients and where this is not possible, we arrange for local shooters to do the work. We have a network of trusted suppliers in a number of countries and when we go with our own equipment we use customs 'carnets' to ensure that we can enter the country and leave with our own equipment. We also travel light and pride ourselves on not incurring excessive baggage charges. In short, we use your budget wisely.
We now film exclusively in full HD and occasionally in 4k where necessary. We deliver the videos in any number of formats. From small H.264 or .wmv web-sized clips for Youtube to full HD (1920x1080) to huge 4000 pixel files for 120ft screens we have the resources, know-how and people to make it happen. Often, we produce videos in 'abstract' shapes such as circular screens, or multiple screen configurations. One thing we don't do much of these days are disk-based copies such as DVD's or Blu-Ray which are not popular formats in today's online world.
For client review and production monitoring we have our own FTP site where we upload clips for the client to comment on.
When we're producing video for a Gala Fundraiser we almost always have a team on site to oversee the integration and playback of the video. We often work with different A/V companies in different cities and countries so it's essential that we troubleshoot the systems integration before rehearsals begin. Furthermore, because we have created all the video content we know the event inside out so are best placed to run the cue-to-cue playback.
There are a number of factors dictating the screen set up. The venue itself, it's size and shape. Then the budget...of course...and the type of video content we're producing. And finally there is the issue of availability of different types of screens. Working with you, the client and the A/V company we assess all these factors and look to create a solution that is exciting, interesting and practical. The days of the 2 side-by-side screens have not yet gone but the choices out there have increased exponentially and sometimes the solution isn't so much one of using unique screens as it is in using screens in a unique way.
Yes. Often it's essential to have a producer who can oversee the entire project and join the dots for the client. It's a wise investment in most cases.
We regularly work in both English and French and when we are faced with more than 2 language scenarios we'll work with the client to maximize the impact of the videos and video content by integrating different languages rather than just subtitling a single language version. Our team speaks English, French and Spanish.
We own our equipment. From the latest-model HD cameras to sound and lighting, editing and playback hardware and up-to-date software we are a true one-stop-shop. This integration is one of our great strengths because it allows us to deliver what we promise on-time and on-budget.