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Understanding Event Video Production Rates

The filming of a corporate event, fundraiser, or similar program can have varied expenses that may be challenging to understand at first. Do you really need a Director? Is a Producer necessary? How long should the final video be? Is 30 minutes enough? All of these questions are going to come up and if you’re unprepared for the next steps of the process you could find yourself confused and potentially blindsided by the various costs involved in producing your event video.

While average event video production rates can vary between $500 and $50,000 or more depending on the event and individual needs, most businesses are happy to find an event video production package that is well within their budget.

What’s included in the event video production will play a deciding role in the final rate that you should expect and the amount of money that will be involved in producing the footage and the final video. An event that requires multiple camera crew members, several days of shooting and travel will understandably cost more to film than a small, in-house event that requires only 1 or 2 crew and an editor.

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Common Influencers of Event Video Production Rates

Several elements influence the rate for event video production including the location of the event, the size and scope of the event, and the estimated or desired length of the finished event video. Will you host live video feeds of your event? This will come at an added cost as the equipment involved in producing a live event is substantially more than that involved in producing footage for later editing and post-production finalization.

The amount of equipment that the production crew must bring to the event will also influence the price of filming the event. If you have a large, multi-person camera crew that is required to capture the job, and they travel a great distance with extensive equipment including audio equipment and lighting, you can expect to pay higher event video production rates than you would for a small, local camera crew that requires no add-on equipment or tools. Now is the time to really consider whether certain equipment, such as a crane or jib, will really be necessary to pull off the perfect shot?

Hourly Event Video Production Rates

Your production crew will likely charge set hourly rates for event video production. High profile locations and big cities may be more competitive in their pricing or, in some cases, may have more work to pick and choose from and the higher demand might result in higher pricing. It is important to plan accordingly and have a solid idea for your event in mind, so when the time comes for vetting you’re able to get an accurate quote. 

The total costs involved in event video production rates on an hourly basis are as follows:

  • Film Director – >$250 per hour
  • Script Writer – >$150 per hour
  • Cameraman – >$400 per hour
  • Editor – >$175 per hour
  • Actors – >$500 per hour
  • Equipment – up to 100s per hour
  • Studio Shooting – up to $400 per hour
  • Narrator – >$400 per hour
  • Audio Files – up to $1000
  • Video Rendering – up to $75 per hour
  • B-Roll – expect to pay a percentage between 10 and 50% of your total cost
  • Miscellaneous Fees – can cost very little up to 1000s extra

Depending on the size, scope, and type of event you may have several production crew fees, multiple editors, and extensive costs involved in things like narration and equipment rentals but you also may notice that you don’t incur any fees associated with “Studio Shooting” or “Actors” when capturing an event on film.

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Most of your hourly production costs are based on the crew involved, their techniques and experience, and the amount of time that is spent directly focused on your project. Need to know more about how event video production rates add up? Give Beverly Boy Productions a call today!

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