WHY IS FILM SO EXPENSIVE?

Where there is filming there is also editing, and unless you outsource one or the other you have to account for both.


The Ratio

THE RATIO IS DETERMINED BY THE COMPLEXITY (OR SIMPLICITY) OF THE REQUIRED FILMING ELEMENTS DICTATED BY THE CLIENT

There is a ratio. Let's say for every 1 hour of filming, it takes 3 hours to edit. This in turn would equal (film hours) + (edit hours) x (hourly wage) = final cost.

For example

The hourly wage is $75 for both film and editing at a ratio of 1 (film hour) : 3 (edit hours)  (1:3) and we shot 2 hours of film equaling 2:6 based one the 1:3 base ratio.

Total Film/Edit Ratio = 2:6

($75 x 2) + ( $75 x 6) = $600
 


understanding Simple VS Complex filming

two types of film

Simple

Long filming cuts, (takes or continuous shooting) makes for easier edits and shorter turn around. 

A normal ratio for a simple film might be close to 1:2; 1:3, 1:6.

 

Complex

This normally requires hours of pre-production (planning for the main production), production (execution of pre-production and filming, light set up, audio set up, etc) and post-production (editing and final processing).

For these types of productions, there are normally multiple takes, camera angles and cameras involved. A ratio for something like this might look like 1:10, 1:15; or 1:25 (for heavy editing).

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