This commonly asked question has no exact answer besides: it depends on the circumstances. You could ask several different production companies and get incredibly disparate quotes. So what can you do to clear this confusion?

Our approach is to obtain from you a sample video that'll give us a good idea of your expectations in terms of quality, style, concept, etc. Based on this sample video, we can calculate a more accurate estimate based on these factors. For example, a Hollywood quality film is of course much more expensive and complicated to produce in terms of equipment, staff, and talent than an old TV commercial, and consequently is an ocean apart in terms of cost. For more details, please refer to the "quotation" page.

Again, there is no clear answer to this question as it's entirely circumstantial. Without good attention to pre-production, the actual production process will be hampered with delays. With good, scrupulous pre-production, however, a two minute video can take as long as 15 days to a month.
Every actor has a right to know where he/she can expect to see there likeness. As video content these days is shared on largely international scales, he/she may want to protect their image and control their publicity.
As music is protected by international copyright law, we need to purchase the right to use it -- the more popular the music, the harder and more costly to obtain the rights.

Can't I just get free background music?
Of course there is a selection of free domain music that can be obtained, but these don't always produce good results. Finding more original music is very often worth the investment, in pursuit of maintaining a high standard of production value and appeal.

Depending on each video's level of complexity, we will estimate the manpower and required time to give a reasonable price. For example, a one-minute text scrolling animation is inherently simpler than an animated dancing character. Albeit only minutes or seconds long, complicated animations can demand a lot of manhours.

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