But first check out the FAQ below so our conversation can be more efficient.
I need my video ASAP, how soon can you get this done?
Generally speaking, it's good to start the conversation early rather than on an ASAP basis. I'm currently booking gigs roughly one month out.
I take down names, preferred shoot dates and timelines and then on the 15th of each month, I plan the following month's calendar according to these requests. I schedule on a first come, first serve basis. The businesses that reach out first are on the top of the priority list, while those at the end may be pushed until the following month.
So if you're looking to create a video within the next month or two, now is the time to start the conversation.
What is your hourly rate?
I charge $100/hr for planning, shooting & editing. Videos that take less time will be simpler in nature than those requiring more hours. I'll be able to estimate the hours needed once you've outlined the video you're looking to create. Generally speaking, I recommend a budget for at least 15 - 20 hours to create a video. NOTE: Depending on work load and availability, I hire contractors to supplement what I don't have the capacity to take on. Hiring contractors won't affect your rate.
Is there a deposit?
Upon signing the Work For Hire Agreement, I require half of the estimated total up front. After the project is completed, I'll send an invoice for the remaining hours and any external fees that may apply.
Are there any external fees to consider?
I use Royalty Free Music for all the videos that I edit. This ensures that your video will not be removed off YouTube or other social media platforms due to copyright issues. I use PremiumBeat.com and each track is $49. Additional fees may entail renting equipment such as renting a second camera and microphone for a two camera shoot.
How do you estimate the budget?
Once you give me an idea of what you're looking to do, I'll ask questions that will clarify the time it will take to create the video. From there, I'll send an agreement that outlines the estimated work hours. The agreement also states that you will only be charged for hours I work. I always keep you updated along the way with hours input so you're continuously comfortable in terms of budget.
What if you under estimate hours?
Although rare, there is always the possibility that a project may take longer than anticipated. In this case, I'll update you as soon as I notice any signs that may extend edit times. At this point, we can either re-access the outcome and switch directions in order to stay within budget or agree to continue moving forward. Usually slight adjustments will allow for us to finish the task at hand with minimal additional cost.
Will you travel for work?
Try me. Depends on location and dates. Hotel and airfare and rental car (if needed) must be included.
What should I have before reaching out? Clear points that you'd like to make within the video, insight into your audience, b-roll ideas and a location to shoot. Download my guide to be fully prepared!
Can I use stock footage in my video?
Purchased stock footage? Yes, although it can be very pricey at $79/clip. There are some cheaper sites, but the selection is limited. Footage off YouTube? This is a sticky question. Even if you are a non-profit, using other people's footage is dangerous activity. Having said this, depending on the needs of the video and where the video will be screened -- you can often get away with it. I leave the decision entirely in your hands.
How many rounds of edits do I get?
Within my estimate, I include two rounds of edit opportunities:
1) Rough Cut 1 ... client gives notes
2) Rough Cut 2 ... client gives minor notes
3) Final Version delivered
Do you do Motion Graphics?
I work with a trusted Motion Graphics Artist who I contract according to the job. He is extremely talented and very professional. He also charges hourly for his work and offers an upfront estimate. See his work here. If he is not available, I have other like minded and talented individuals that I contract.