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Ned MillerAha!! Finally! Easy Way To Cost Estimate Video Production
by on Sep 9, 2015 at 1:57:02 pm

Buddy sent me this link, cutesy interface to cost estimate gigs. I tried various parameters and the prices that come up would be my cost, pre-profit. Or is this just to "start a conversation" with the filmmakers and then there will be upselling? I realize the video buying public now needs everything to be easy, like Angie's List. Thoughts?

http://www.howmuchtomakeavideo.com

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
http://www.nedmiller.com
www,bizvideo.com


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Nick GriffinRe: Aha!! Finally! Easy Way To Cost Estimate Video Production
by on Sep 9, 2015 at 3:06:31 pm

Wow! It came in under our typical project, but not by much. The HUGE variable that can't be known without a script is number of shoot days and number of set-ups.


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Mark SuszkoRe: Aha!! Finally! Easy Way To Cost Estimate Video Production
by on Sep 9, 2015 at 3:09:24 pm

It's interesting, but I'm scratching my head at how they think this can be accurate with only those few generalized questions, especially if you answer "I don't know" a time or two. There must be quite a few underlying assumptions for it to work at anything like a real estimate.


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Mark SuszkoRe: Aha!! Finally! Easy Way To Cost Estimate Video Production
by on Sep 9, 2015 at 3:13:14 pm

You can "break" it if you use both the allowed "I don't know" options and ask for "amazing" or high end options in all other categories.

When I quiz a new client, I have to work thru a lot more than just two "I don't know"s.


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Ned MillerRe: Aha!! Finally! Easy Way To Cost Estimate Video Production
by on Sep 9, 2015 at 4:58:58 pm

Yes, shoot days are a wild card as is size of crew. I assume these are solo crews? Yet their examples are high end, in no way are they one-man-bands.

In sum, I feel this is just a way to capture the curious prospect's contact info for a follow up and upsell. I've seen it on sites for insurance salesmen, CFP's, etc. It's a teaser.

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
http://www.nedmiller.com
www,bizvideo.com


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Rich RubaschRe: Aha!! Finally! Easy Way To Cost Estimate Video Production
by on Sep 10, 2015 at 7:13:57 pm

Works for me. Wish they had longer lengths more than 4-5 minutes. Definitely affects edit and animation time.

Came in around our rates less markup.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Founder/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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