As a boutique production company, I am asking for $95 per hour with a required half-day fee for shooting. A half-day would consist of four hours of work. But shooting a film is just one aspect of creating the best possible product for your business. There are three phases to the filmmaking process. There is the pre-production phase where we write an outline followed by a good script, then comes the production phase where the lights, camera, and action occur. After the film is “in-the-can,” there is the post-production phase where I edit the film, sweeten the sound, compose the score, and correct the color of the film. So, for a half-hour training video, I would ask for 23 hours of work, which would look like the following on a billing sheet:
Project Outlining: 1 Hour
Writing: 5 Hours
Filming and ADR (voiceover): 8 Hours
Editing – Audio/ Video: 8 Hours
Music Scoring: variable Hours @ $95 Hour
Authoring – Uploading to website: 1 Hour
Estimated Hours: 23 Hours
@ $95 Hour = $2185
Equipment Fees (tapes, camera) $25
Estimated Total $2210
Original Music ________ Hours @ $95 per hour
Estimated Grand Total $ ___________
Naturally, different projects would call for different amounts of time for the three stages of the filmmaking process. And if you already have any part of the process covered, say the writing, or you just need help with the editing, I can help where you need me. I am available to enter your project at any stage.
A last request is delivery of half payment up front. This guarantees completion of the project and is common practice in media-related services.