Answers to queries about our video and photography production process.

From pre-production to post, you've asked and we've answered.

Who will be my main contact?

A dedicated and experienced producer will be assigned to your project and will work closely with you to ensure that all of your specific requirements are met during every stage of production.

Who writes the script?

Our scripts are produced in-house by our BBC trained script writers who have extensive experience in creating scripts and creative treatments for both television and corporate video.

Can I write the script myself?

Anything you can give us to help determine script content is welcome. However, script writing for film is a specific skill so we would normally use your script as a first draft and fine tune it ourselves.

Do you provide free storyboards?

I am afraid not. We are a small business and don't have a dedicated producer working on pitches. It takes us a lot of time and brain power to produce creative concepts, scripts and storyboards and as such they are budgeted as part of the pre-production process.

How many shooting days do we need?

That depends on your brief. Whenever possible we will try to determine the number of shooting days required at the outset so you know what to expect. However, sometimes we may need more days or we may even be able to complete the shoot in fewer days.

Either way, we will only bill on the actual number of shooting days.

How many crew will there be?

That depends on the brief and budget. High-end promotional films normally require a larger crew; event filming may only require one camera operator.

Do I need to attend the video shoot?

That depends on what we are filming. If we are filming generic footage in an exterior location you probably don’t need to be there, unless you want to be, of course! However, if we are filming a motivational employee video around your office it helps to have you there to guide us. Your collegues will also be more amenable to being filmed because they know you!

What video camera will you use?

This depends on the brief and available budget. We can film in 4K or High Definition and we always use broadcast quality cameras.

Can you do shoots offshore?

Yes, our team has up to date BOSIET and H2S safety training and we frequently work offshore on oil platforms or vessels.

Can you provide different language versions?

We can deliver films in any language you may require, working closely with our team of experienced translators and voice over artists.

How much does a video cost?

Every client brief is different and every film budgeted individually so we cannot give you a one size fits all answer for this question. Have a look at our How Much Does A Corporate Video Cost blog about this subject.

How long does it take to make a video?

This will depend entirely on the project brief. For a 3 minute corporate promo with a script and voice over you should allow 3-4 weeks building in time for client approvals whereas a scripted CEO message could be finished in a day.

Do you use freelance crew?

For most of our projects we use our own in-house team but for some projects we work with freelance DOPs, gaffers, audio technicians and other crew. It depends on the project and the available budget.

Where do you do the editing?

We edit in-house using Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Cloud animation suites. This enables us to be flexible and cost efficient. Our editors have a background in television production and understand rapid turnarounds for broadcast output and the demands of working to tight deadlines.

Do I need to attend the video edit?

There is no need for you to attend the edit as we will already have agreed the script and we will use this to work from in the edit. Once the first cut of the film is ready we will upload it onto a Vimeo Review Page for you to comment.

Can I make any changes to the video edit?

Yes of course!  We will upload a preview version of the video onto a Vimeo Review page.  This gives you an opportunity to add any comments or suggestions you may have directly onto the video timeline. 

How many changes can I make to the edit?

Unless otherwise agreed, we budget for 2 sets of edit amends, one at offline and one at online. Any additional changes cost us valuable time in our edit suite with an editor and producer and we would charge extra for this.

What music do you use?

We use the high quality Audio Network Production Library which has an extensive selection of music styles. Alternatively, we can commission a composer to create a signature track for your video or we can apply for copyright to use a particular commercial track that you may like.

How much of my time do I need to allocate?

We always try to make the production process as simple and time efficient as possible but the best films are the result of a team effort. We will require your input at different stages during the production process, from briefing us on script content, to approving the script and the final edit.

Setting up the schedule and logistics for the shoot will normally require some input too.

What kind of room do you need for your portable studio?

We need space to set up our portable studio so a large room is best, such as a boardroom or a large open area. Smaller meeting rooms are not suitable as they are too small. You will need to remove all the furniture.

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Updated on 2020-02-14T14:53:10+00:00, by Paul Gailey.