General Costs and Final Costs
At Horizon Monster we realize that many of our clients have no idea how much video production may cost. On this page we will outline our base prices and minimum requirements to help you formulate a budget. Please note that these are for illustrative purposes only and do not constitute a price guarantee. Do not forget to check our Specials page for current money saving offers.
Shooting (Camerawork) Fees
For basic shooting we charge $50 per camera person per hour, which includes a camera. Additional unmanned cameras are $15 per hour. This means that three cameras run by a single operator (which means two cameras will not move during the shoot) cost $80 per hour. Two camera people each running a camera would cost $100 per hour. These prices include the cost of tape. Additional fees are charged for hazardous shooting conditions, extremely early or late shoots, travel, etc.... There is a one hour minmum on shooting fees.
Basic editing includes adding a limited amount of stock music, basic titles (credits), basic lower thirds (text at the bottom of the screen), routine image or audio correction (such as color correction, simple letterboxing, volume adjustment) as needed and simple scene transitions (fade in/out) and is approximately $75 per finished minute for shorter projects with a $150 minimum. Simple editing for a 4 minute music video, for example, is $300. Additional fees may apply for special services correcting video not shot by Horizon Monster, transferring existing footage to a digital format, special music, complex titles and transistions or complicated editing, such as multiangle scenes and video timed to audio. For longer projects we will discount this rate so a one hour record of your regional sales meeting will not cost $4500 to edit... unless you want some serious special effects to liven it up!
Authoring (Preparing the Final Format) Fees
Creating the final form of your video, such as MP4 for mobile devices or a DVD, is generally called authoring. If we have shot and edited your project, basic authoring is free. This even includes a simple options menu for DVD projects. If you would like multiple formats created there may be a small fee. Customized DVD menu screens, multiangle or multiple soundtrack projects and downloadable content are a few services that will also require an additional fee.
For example, imagine you would like a one minute promotional video for your website that features a tour of your facility. If the shooting could be accomplished in one hour by a single camera operator and you are willing to use our stock music library, your commercial could cost as little as $200 ($50 in shooting fees plus the minimum editing charge of $150).