20 factors that influence the cost and budget of professional video production

Until one has fully assessed the scale and sophistication of a given project, it is not possible to give a fixed price—otherwise, you might as well say, “It will cost between 1,000 and 100,000 dollars.” Indeed, a multitude of factors will affect the price:

  • The requested pre-production services
  • The use of professional actors vs amateurs on screen
  • The type of filming locations, and distance between them
  • Shooting times
  • Narration and dubbing
  • Number of characters on screen
  • Daytime scenes vs nighttime scenes
  • Ultra-high definition (4K) recording
  • High-framerate slow-motion and “bullet time”
  • Number of camera angles
  • Outdoor, indoor or studio shooting

— “How much does it cost to produce a video?”
— “Well, how much does a car cost?”
— “What kind of car?”
— “Exactly.”

  • Whether chroma keying and compositing are necessary
  • Type and amount of special effects
  • 3D modeling
  • 2D and 3D animation
  • Aerial cinematography
  • Custom musical composition
  • Number of audio sources
  • Types of digital media for deliverables
  • Urgency of deliverables
  • Flat rate model vs T&M
  • Etc.
Contact us and it will be our pleasure to discuss your project with you and quickly provide you with an estimate, after consulting our team and making our calculations.