Looking to hire an animated video agency to help you create a custom animated video? We receive a lot of questions about how to hire and work with animated video agencies so we created an FAQ to answer your questions.
1). What does it cost to make an animated video?
2). How do I hire and work with an animated video agency?
3). How long does it take to make an animated video?
4). How can I save money on my production budget?
Answers to all these questions and more in Video Igniter’s FAQ about Animated Video Agencies!
If you have a question about animated video agencies that isn’t answered in this article, you can use our contact form to ask your question or click the image below to schedule a call with a member of our production team:
Benefits of working with an animated video agency
Script writing + story telling skills
There’s a good chance you’re a great writer and story teller – or maybe there’s someone at your company who is. Creating your own script and storyboard can help you save money on your production budget. But when you’re looking to create an emotional or creative animated video, we recommend partnering up and collaborating with your animated video agency to help craft the narrative and visuals for your story.
Animated video agencies have worked on hundreds or thousands of animated video projects and they know what works and what doesn’t when using animation as a medium to tell a story. They are able to see the whole production process in their heads and know how to take a sentence from your script and turn it into a key moment in your animated video.
Illustrators that know how to create art for animation
It’s also possible you or someone you know is a talented illustrator. Sometimes it’s possible to work with outside artists to create a custom animated video. However, most artists don’t know how to make art that is designed to be animated. Trying to animate art that wasn’t properly created for animation can end up taking more time and money to finish the project. Hiring an animated video agency avoids this issue because their illustration teams know how to design art that is ready to be animated.
Efficient production process
Animated video agencies know how to plan and manage their projects so that your content gets produced on time. Some people try to save money on their animated video by producing it themselves. Usually this results in longer production timelines and rework because they don’t know how to properly manage an animated video project. Hiring an animated video agency will ensure your project is produced as efficiently as possible.
It’s not just about creating the video – it’s about how you plan to use it. Many people that create animated videos just post them on their homepage, include the video in an email blast, and call it a day.
If you really want your animated video to deliver on the business objectives it was designed to support, you’re going to need to do more to promote your video. This includes things like using your video for SEO to get search engine users to your site and paid media campaigns to get your animated video in front of your target audience. Animated video agencies regularly offer these services to their clients and can help you promote your animated video once production wraps up.
Did you just post your video and think you were done? Think again! Animated agencies know the playbook to optimize the performance of your video when it goes online. The agency you work with to create your video can help you get your animated video(s) to rank in search engines. They can also help you optimize your video so that more people click play, more people watch your video to the end and more people engage with your CTA (call to action) at the end of your video. For more tips on how to improve the conversion rate of your animated video, check out this article:
How to find an animated video agency
If you’re interested in hiring a animated video agency, we recommend you:
Learn about their pricing structure.
Ask about their design process.
Ask how many revisions you get – some charge extra for more than 1-2 rounds of edits.
Take a look at their animation portfolio to see if they can do the type of work you want for your video.
Additional resources to help you find and hire an animated video agency
– How do you outsource an animated video project?
– What goes into production cost of an animated video?
– What’s it like working with a 2D animation studio?
– What’s the difference between hiring an animation studio, a freelance animator and Video Igniter?
– What is Video Igniter Animation?
– Need your video fast? Learn about rush delivery.’
Places to find a video animator online
How to work with an animated video agency
Now that you know where to find an animated video agency for your project, here’s an overview of the production process so that you have an idea of what’s involved at every stage of production:
Production kicks off with a questionnaire to better understand your project and goals. This is also the time you want to articulate what key talking points need to be included in your video. It’s also helpful to include information about your target audience. This way, your animation studio will know how to present the narrative in your animated video so that it speaks to your target audience in the way they’re used to communicating.
Your animated video agency will review your answers to the questionnaire and use that information to create the first draft of your script. If you love the script as-is, mark it as approved so production can continue forward. Otherwise, share your revision notes with your animation studio and they will incorporate your edits and send you a 2nd draft for you to review.
The storyboard is like the blueprint for your animated video. Animation studios create storyboards for animated videos because they act as instructions for the illustrators and animators so they know what they are supposed to create. It’s also important for you to sign off and approve all the details that are included in the storyboard. If you love the storyboard as-is, approve it for production. Otherwise, share detailed feedback with your animated video agency. You want all the ideas in your storyboard to delight your target audience and now is the time to figure out what those visual ideas are going to be. Be sure to include include enough detailed information so that the illustrators and animators don’t need to halt production to ask any questions about what they are supposed to be making.
Now that your script and storyboard are locked in, your animated video agency can help record the voiceover for your video. They’ll start by recording auditions from several voiceover artists. You will get a chance to review them and select your favorite narrator(s). Then, they’ll get the full voiceover recorded. You will get an opportunity to review it and request edits before approving the recording for production.
Your animated video agency will also select some soundtracks that will enhance the presentation of your video. Let them know which soundtrack you like best so they can acquire the rights to use the music in your video. If you can’t decide which soundtrack you like best, let the animation studio know and they can help you preview the options when the first draft of your animated video is ready to review.
Creating the art for your animated video starts with making concept art. Concept art is developed so that the client can review and refine an example of the visual style for their animated video before the animated video agency creates all the illustrations for your video. The art director will review your branding and style references. Then they will take a key scene from your video and use it to develop one or more pieces of concept art.
Let the art team know which style you like best and if you want them to make any changes to your favorite visual style.
Once the concept art is approved, it’s time to create all the illustrations. You will get an opportunity to review the art and request edits before approving it for production.
Now that everything has been signed off (script, storyboard, voiceover, soundtrack & illustrations), it’s time to animate your video! Animation takes about one week for each 60 seconds of content your animation agency is making.
When the first draft of your animated video is ready, review it with your internal team and members of your target audience (if available). Collect everyone’s feedback and send it to your animated video agency so they can incorporate your edits and render the final draft of your video.
Production Deep Dive
For a deeper dive on the production process and to learn how long each stage of the production process takes, check out this companion article:
Animated Video Agency Production Examples
A small sampling of the types of animated videos we can create for you:
What does it cost to work with an animated video agency
Animated video agencies are more expensive to work with than freelancers. They’re usually set up with larger teams that can take on larger projects (+5 minutes long). As such, expect to spend a minimum of several thousand dollars to create a 60 second custom animated video.
You can request access Video Igniter’s newest price sheet here.
How long does it take an animated video agency to create a video?
Depends on the length and style of your animated video. A 1-2 minute 2D animated video can be produced in 3-8 weeks. 3D animated videos take 2-4x as much time to produce. If you’re making a video over 5 minutes long, get in touch with your animated video agency to figure out how to get your animated video produced on time.
Is it possible to speed up production for my animated video?
Yes, rush delivery animation is available!
How can I save money on my animated video budget?
Be your own scriptwriter
You can save hundreds-thousands of dollars off your production budget by writing your own script. Check out all our scriptwriting resources here.
Make your storyboard
You can save additional hundreds or thousands of dollars off your production budget by creating the storyboard yourself. Take a look at our storyboard template and storyboard creation guide here.
Bonus tips for building a great storyboard here.
Record your own voiceover
You can record your own professional quality voiceover at home for free! Check out 1:31 in this video about voiceovers to see how you can do it without buying any expensive software or a professional setup.
Use stock assets
Your video doesn’t need to be 100% custom made. Sometimes stock assets can be used to slightly decrease your visual production budget. You could use:
- stock images
- stock videos
- clip art
- pre-made 3D models
Use free music
To save $10-$300+ on your production budget, consider using free legal music available from these sites:
Questions about Animated Video Agencies?
Do you have any questions about hiring or working with an animated video agency that wasn’t answered in this FAQ? Use this form to contact us. We’ll send you an answer and add the Q+A to this FAQ.
What is Video Igniter?
Video Igniter provides animated video production services online. We’ve modernized the experience of creating an animated video to help you create custom content fast. Our production process also helps you save money on your animation production costs. We do 99% of the work for you. All you need to do is:
1). Tell us what you want us to create
2). Review the assets we create for your video (script, storyboard, voiceover, soundtrack, art and animation).
If you’re looking for a website to create an animated video online, Video Igniter’s custom animated video production service enables you to work with our animation team to create any kind of animated video you can imagine!
Our talented staff collaborates behind the scenes to create custom 2D and 3D animated videos so you don’t have to figure out if you have the right animator for the job. We handle all the technical and creative aspects of production – including helping you develop your script and storyboard (if you haven’t already created them yourself!)
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Why hire Video Igniter to be your animated video agency?
World class animation and design talent at prices startups can afford.
Check out our animated video portfolio!
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Animated Video Agency Stories and Testimonials
“I found exactly what I needed: custom animated production with lots of options, fair price and fast communication. I loved working with the Video Igniter Team. Million thanks.”
Antonina Rome, MD – Bioresona
“Video Igniter came to us with a number of creative and engaging ideas and were able to create an exciting, impactful video in a short period of time. And the best part was that it cost much less than other options of similar quality. The video they made is a great marketing tool for us.”
Alex Raymond – Founder, Kapta Systems
“I run a video production company and outsource animation. The team at Video Igniter did a great job in taking the concept I very crudely drew out and made it into a beautiful animation. The review process was easy and their turnaround time was very quick. I’d def recommend them if you’re looking for an animation project.”
Pat Henderson – Founder, Path8 Productions
Get in touch about working with our animated video agency
Schedule a call with our production team to discuss your animated video.
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