6 Factors That Affect Video Shooting Costs
In this era dominated by videos, whether you want to document your life, share your creative work, or promote something, videos are a great tool.
Although it's easy to shoot videos with just a phone in hand, if you want to pursue higher quality and more professional results, you should definitely seek out a professional video production company.
However, professional video production companies are not cheap, so how do they decide on their fees? Here's a detailed analysis for you:
Shooting difficulty is the biggest factor affecting the pricing. Common shooting types include movies, TV dramas, short films, event coverage, short videos, personal interviews, etc. Each type of shooting requires different levels of manpower and technology, and the fees will vary accordingly. For example, movies and TV dramas require detailed storyboards, mobilization of a large number of personnel, and may even require the construction of real scenes, green screen compositing, or special effects, so the fees will definitely be higher. Event coverage, short videos, and personal interviews do not require storyboards, require less manpower, and do not require high image quality, so the fees will be relatively lower.
Hiring specialized personnel for video production means that shooting is no longer a one-person job, but a team effort. The most common positions include director, assistant director, producer, cinematographer, lighting designer, sound engineer, editor, etc. The more senior and experienced the personnel, the higher the fees. If you want to invite well-known actors or high-traffic internet celebrities to participate in the production, the production costs will also increase significantly.
Of course, shooting requires a location, which can be a studio, restaurant, park, etc., and different location requirements will affect the pricing. Some locations require permits and rent payments, and the size and decor of the location will also affect the shooting costs. For example, shooting in a luxury restaurant will definitely cost more than shooting in a teahouse.
Will this project take one month to complete? Or can it be completed in one day? Will the working hours be 3 hours a day or 9 hours a day? At the shooting site, every minute counts. The salaries of shooting personnel, venue, equipment, props, costumes, etc. are usually calculated based on time, and the longer the shooting time, the higher the costs. If the shooting period coincides with peak days, holidays, etc., the prices may also increase.
To shoot professional videos, you need more than just a camera. You also need professional lenses, lighting, sound equipment, drones, etc. The more equipment used, the higher the fees. There are also different levels of equipment, and using "advanced" equipment (such as movie cameras, 4K drones) will naturally result in higher fees.
Post-production includes editing, sound effects, music, color correction, titling, subtitles, and other processes. The time and technology required for each process will correspond to its own price. If you need animation or a lot of special effects, the cost will be higher. If it's relatively simple post-production, the cost will be relatively lower.
If you are inquiring about filming services from a production company, they generally won't provide a quote immediately. Instead, they will evaluate factors such as the difficulty of the shoot, the number of personnel needed, the estimated location, duration, equipment, and post-production before giving you a final quote.
Different production companies may offer significantly different quotes because each company's production level, equipment, and service quality varies.
If you want to find someone to shoot a film and want them to provide transparent pricing, you may consider working with BINGYEN STUDIO.
BINGYEN STUDIO is a one-stop audio and video production studio that offers four services: video, photography, music, and voiceover. All of our service prices are clearly listed on the website, saving you time on cost calculations.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact BINGYEN STUDIO anytime.