Cost Structure

Due to the pliable nature of video production, all of our work is billed weekly based on time required to complete production. We do this to remain transparent and to be completely fair with our costs. We provide estimates for projects based on provided information, but final bills will reflect the work required for the completed project. To avoid surprises, we'll keep you informed of the hour count and any issues as they arise. We send out invoices each week for the previous week's costs.

A project's costs can be calculated using these elements of production. Examples below.

Project Fee - $150
Each project has a one-time fee of $150 to cover administration costs. If a single project has a deliverable of 9 separate videos, there is still only one project fee.

Standard Acquisition and Editing - $225/hr
This rate applies to all aspects of acquisition and editing:

  • Acquisition:
    • Gear Prep
    • Setup
      • Cameras
      • Lighting
      • Microphones
    • Single Camera Filming
    • Multiple Camera Filming
    • Photography
    • Drone Acquisition
    • Interview Shoots
    • Tripod, Stabilizer, Jib, and Dolly Shots
    • Teleprompter Configuration
    • Downtime and Delays
  • Editing
    • Backing Up Footage and Projects
    • Importing and Exporting Footage
    • Syncing Simultaneous Footage and Audio
    • Sorting and Selecting Footage and 'Takes'
    • Creating On-Screen Graphics, Logos, and Text
    • Photo Editing
    • Enhancing Audio
    • Selecting Music (see note below)
    • Uploading Footage

Peak Acquisition and Editing - $300/hr
The hourly rate can increase (don't worry, we'll warn you) when any of the following conditions are met:

  1. Project is given with less than 7 days notice.
  2. Acquisition occurs before 10am or after 6pm (M-F) or on weekends.
  3. Project requires displacing a previously scheduled production. We'll let you know.

Extra Photographers/Videographers
For shoots requiring additional camera or sound operators, the hourly rate will increase by $150/hr/operator. 

Travel
Car travel beyond 25 miles of the boom office is billed at $50/hr for gas and time. 

Travel involving flights and hotels will have all logistical expenses billed to the client with no markup. In addition to the standard rates, each day of travel will include a $125 project fee.

Common Overages

Any number of factors can contribute to a project taking more time than we or a client estimates. Here are some frequent causes for unforeseen hours and how to avoid them.

Audio Issues
Filming in areas with fluorescent lights, running HVAC systems, loud ambient noise (mechanical, construction, crowd, traffic, trains, etc.) often require additional time to tweak microphones on set and additional time to edit. If noise is intermittent, that can cause even more time to redo takes or to edit around the starts and stops of the interference. Taking care to ensure a quiet filming space for interviews can help minimize the problem. Recording when coworkers aren't in the space, turning off the HVAC during filming, and choosing locations away from industrial noise, all go a long way to save time.

Long Interviews
Often a "5 minute interview" can take more than 30 minutes to film. Individuals lacking on-camera experience usually require several extra takes of a clip to get things right. These extra takes mean extra editing. When interview subjects are struggling, they say things like "we can use the first part from the last take, and I'll just do the last part again." Yes, we can do that, but those things require more editing. If scripted lines are required, have each individual rehearse their lines aloud in front of a mirror (trust us, it helps!) for a few days leading up to the shoot. For free-response interviews, be mindful of your talking points before shooting day. 

Multiple Cameras
While our rate is the same regardless of the number of cameras used, a more complicated rig takes more time to setup and operate. The same holds true for setups using a teleprompter or camera jibs and stabilizers. Making space on location (clearing extra furniture, products, etc.) can help make room for the assembly and configuration of camera rigs.

Background Music
Audio is a very important part of a final project. Most online video hosts (YouTube, Facebook, etc.) will flag videos with copyrighted music. Using Royalty Free music is important to ensure playback and legality. We can find music and send it for approval. This is often one of the most time consuming processes as nailing down the exact feel of a brand, musically, is tricky. When we try music, compress and upload, wait for notes, try again, and repeat, that can take a lot of time. We encourage clients to provide us with music to avoid this cumbersome process. In most cases with clients who are particular about their background music, we recommend searching http://audiojungle.net for music, providing us the URL to the chosen track, and we'll purchase, download, and incorporate the music into your video. 

Examples

Each project is unique, each company and brand is unique, and these estimates are just that: estimates. Your project may take less or more time to shoot, edit, and/or revise. These examples give you an idea of a typical project, but yours will likely vary in its own estimate and final cost.

Message or Announcements from CEO

A 60-90 second, single camera video of executives or employees speaking. With no B-Roll, the breakdown can be as follows:

  • Project Fee - $150
  • Camera Prep (1 hr) - $225
  • Interview (2 hrs) - $450
  • Editing (6 hrs) - $1350
    • Double Backup (1 hr)
    • Importing, syncing footage (1 hr)
    • Cutting Interview (1 hr)
    • Logo graphics, intro/outro (1 hr)
    • Audio tweaks and music (1 hr)
    • Compressing and Uploading (1 hr)

Total Estimated Cost: $2150

Company Summary Video

A 2-3 minute video with interview from employees and owners describing the brand and its products or services can be shot in a day. The breakdown can be as follows:

  • Project Fee - $150
  • Camera Prep (1 hr) - $225
  • Interview (2 hrs) - $450
  • B-Roll of location and products (5 hrs) - $1125
  • Editing (12 hrs) - $2700
    • Double Backup (1 hr)
    • Importing, syncing footage (1 hr)
    • Cutting Interview (1 hr)
    • Cutting B-Roll (2 hr)
    • Main Edit (4 hr)
    • Logo graphics, intro/outro (1 hr)
    • Audio tweaks and music (1 hr)
    • Compressing and Uploading (1 hr)

Total Estimated Cost: $4650

Testimonial Days!

The most cost-effective way to shoot interviews is to gather all the subjects on a single day. Shooting several interviews in 3 hours is a quick (efficient) way to get lots of testimonials at once.

  • Project Fee - $150
  • Camera Prep (1 hr) - $225
  • Interview (3 hrs) - $675
  • Editing (9 hrs) - $2025
    • Double Backup (1 hr)
    • Importing, syncing footage (1 hr)
    • Cutting Interview (2 hr)
    • Main Edit (2 hr)
    • Logo graphics, intro/outro (1 hr)
    • Audio tweaks and music (1 hr)
    • Compressing and Uploading (1 hr)

Total Estimated Cost: $3075

Social Video Blitz

5-10 videos filmed in a single day combined with a half day of B-Roll can be done efficiently. The breakdown can be as follows:

  • Project Fee - $150
  • Camera Prep (1 hr) - $225
  • Interview (6 hrs) - $1350
  • B-Roll of location and products (5 hrs) - $1125
  • Editing (16 hrs) - $3600
    • Double Backup (1 hr)
    • Importing, syncing footage (1 hr)
    • Cutting Interview (2 hr)
    • Cutting B-Roll (2 hr)
    • Main Edit (5 hr)
    • Logo graphics, intro/outro (2 hr)
    • Audio tweaks and music (2 hr)
    • Compressing and Uploading (1 hr)

Total Estimated Cost: $6450


Terms and Conditions

Ándale

The efficiency and success of this project for both parties is dependent upon timely communication and sharing of information and resources. Client understands that providing necessary information or resources in a timely fashion is an important factor in efficient production. Delayed submission by Client of required resources could result in a significant delay of finished work.

Where'd you go?

If Client fails to respond to communication with boom. reactive. for 15 consecutive days or fails to provide boom. reactive. with necessary resources for 20 consecutive days, boom. reactive. can postpone work on the project and bill for expenses and work completed through the date of postponement. 

Just in case

Either party can terminate or postpone this Agreement by giving 30 days notice to the other of such. In the event that the agreement is postponed or terminated, boom. reactive. will bill for associated expenses and work completed through the date of that notice. 

The Benjamins

Client will pay invoices according to the payment terms of the respective invoices. Balances remaining unpaid after 30 days will be subject to a late charge of 1.5%. Client assumes responsibility for any and all legal fees necessitated by default in payment. Default occurrences include if Client fails to make a required payment when due, and the insolvency or bankruptcy of Client. 

Above and beyond

Any work beyond the scope outlined in this agreement can be considered an additional service. Additional services will require an Agreement and payment separate from this one. 

This is yours.

Client agrees to indemnify and hold harmless boom. reactive. against any and all claims, costs, and expenses, including attorney's fees, due to materials produced on behalf of Client, specifically including any claims made by individuals claiming a lack of consent to be photographed or videotaped as a part of this project. All content and rights and liabilities thereto are the sole property of Client.

Our Portfolio

boom. reactive. retains the right to reproduce any content developed as a result of this agreement in any form for marketing, competitions, or other promotional uses.


Agreement

By scheduling a shoot with us, clients agree to the above terms and rates. Rates are subject to change, but we'll warn you first.

To save time and headaches, please take a photo of yourself holding up a sign saying "I agree. boom." with the date and your signature and Email it to Shaun. Like this one: 

If we are doing a project with a set cost, please include that cost on the sign. Else, it's agreeing to the costs as listed above.

That's a pretty telling indication of a willful understanding of the costs and terms, right?


If your project will include other people or places that you can't sign for, please print our appearance and location release and bring it with you to the shoot.