What drives the cost of video production

There are three basic factors that drive productions costs.  These factors eventually get reflected in dozens of small budget decisions that impact the quality of the final product.


  • -Time.  The more time that is spent in pre-production planning, scripting, location scouting, shooting, special effects and editing the better the final product will be.  Adding more people to the production team also increases the total time spent on the project.  More time, from more people, equals more money. 


  • -Talent.  The greater the talent of the people working on the project, the better it will be.  In video production, as with most things in life, talented and experienced people tend to cost more.


  • -Tools.  You can produce a video with your cell phone.  Or you can use a high-end camera with a professional lighting kit and sophisticated post-production motion graphics and animation.  Sophisticated tools and the top-level professionals who know how to use them add cost.  


Society Falls: Brutally Honest video
Forever Love
Taboo "D.U.I" music video
Mary Velazquez - Mountain Moving Media
TARGETed: Safety Education
The Fallen music video/Nicole Macias
Wendy Alcala
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Bryan Duncan
Every 15 Minutes
Abused, featuring Wendy Alcala
Mountain Moving Media presents

four levels of video quality and cost

1. Semi-Pro  

Description - Requires someone with some experience or training using somewhat more sophisticated tools (e.g., prosumer camera and video editing software).  Talent level is variable and time commitment is often low.  Think part-time wedding photographer or hobbyist.

Benefits - Better quality and very affordable.

Risks - Wide variations in quality.  Often boring to watch.

Best Uses - Video blog posts, capturing educational events, internal training.  

Cost for 2-3 Minute Video - $200 - $750


2. Professional

Description - Solid professional team using professional tools and average level of time.  Think typical corporate online video.

Benefits - Predictable quality that conveys basic credibility.  No apologies needed.  

Risks - May not be exceptional or stand out from the growing crowd.  

Best Uses - Case studies, profiles, service or process descriptions, recruiting video.

Cost for 2-3 Minute Video - $1,000 - $3,000


3. Premium

Description - Add top-level talent, high-end tools (such as motion graphics, high-end cameras, a studio) and more time to the mix to elevate a professional production to something exceptional.  Use this production level to tell a compelling story and capture maximum attention.  Think “Wow!”

Benefits - A ‘stand out’ piece.  This is the kind of video that generates buzz, sets you apart and wins awards.

Risks - Greater cost means you have confidence in the team & their ability to produce the quality you seek.  

Best Uses - Signature pieces such as overview videos, credibility-building case studies, recruiting videos or service introductions.

Cost for 2-3 Minute Video - $4,000 - $25,000


4. Hollywood

Description - Top level, top talent, no-compromises approach.  Think ultra-premium movie trailer.  

Benefits - Competitive at the highest level.  Suitable for the largest global firms.  

Risks - In view of the costs, you must be clear and certain of the need.     

Best Uses- High-end advertising or compelling signature piece for a firm.

Cost for 2-3 Minute Video - $30,000 - $500,000+

select the appropriate budget

Do you want to

-increase credibility 

-build your brand

-attract new clients

-recruit new staff

-tell an interesting story  

For these types of tasks, you’ll typically need professional or premium level of quality to get a satisfying end product.  If your company has sufficient resources and wishes to compete at the highest level, a top-drawer studio production will tell your story with incomparable style and class.

If you are simply conveying information to an interested audience, the professional level is often sufficient without sacrificing credibility.  

Smaller firms or independent practitioners with limited budgets may have to accept lower production values, but even at these levels video can provide real impact.

As you make decisions about video, be realistic about your expectations. 

Domestic Abuse PSA - Spousal abuse happens too often and is under reported.  This video encourages those who are being abused to get help.p.
Indomitable Teaser - Based on the book "The Indomitable Maria Magdelena," by John Messer, this film stars Karine Lima.  
TARGETed Safety Series - Curtis DeBerg brings his 20 year's experience in law enforcement to provide a series of safety tips, presented in dramatized fashion.ion.
"The Fallen" Music Video - Recording artist Nicole Macias sings her song of lost love.
Society Falls Music Video - "Brutally Honest"  This rock band out of Southern California has a hit with this tune about hope and hypocrisy.
The I.C.E Challenge - 8 contestants, 3 hosts and 1 grueling obstacle course.  Hosted by Curtis DeBerg, Amber Lee Ettinger and Natalie Arias.  
Every 15 Minutes - This safety program, put together with cooperation of local police and fire departments, presents the dangers of drinking and driving  to high school students.
Cell Science - This series of videos features a company on the forefront of stem cell research and therapy
Bryan Duncan Concert -  On April 16, 2016 in Mission Viejo, CA, Bryan Duncan and his group brought music to life at The Upper Room.  This montage captures some of the moments.
SWEET FRIEND OF MINE - www.bryanduncan.com
D.U.I Music Video - Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas  brings to life his experience in this music video featuring his son.
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