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The animated video production FAQ answers popular questions like:
1). How to make an animated video?
2). What does animated video production cost?
3). How long does it take to make an animated video?
4). Where can I find a producer for my animated video?
5). How can I save money on my animated video production budget?
Answers to all these questions and so much more! Let’s dive in.
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How much does animated video production cost?
TL;DR: there’s a wide range and you get what you pay for.
It’s possible to find animators that will make a 60 second video for under $500. You can also spend millions on an single minute of animation. But what is a realistic budget for animated video production and what factors change the cost? The average cost to make a 60 second animated video is between $1,500-$5,000 for 2D animation. 3D animation costs 3-5x more.
The cost of animated video production is determined by factors like:
- How long is the video?
- How much time is there to create the video?
- Who is creating the script and the storyboard?
- What kind of visual style will be used?
Animated Video Length
The longer your video, the more illustrators and animators that’ll be needed to complete production on your animated video in a reasonable amount of time.
Animated Video Production Timeline
How much time is available to complete production of your animated video? It takes 3-8 weeks to create a 1-2 minute animated video. If you need your video fast, a rush delivery budget increase may be needed to get additional animators, designers and project managers involved to expedite production. Rush delivery animation can add +10%-50% to your existing project budget.
Pre-Production (Script + Storyboard)
Writing the script and storyboard for your animated video can save you $1,000 or more! If you are hiring a video animator or Video Igniter Animation, we can help you develop your idea into a script and then turn it into a storyboard.
Creating your own script and storyboard can also save you extra time if you have quick internal review cycles. Thinking of giving it a shot and making your own? Check out our free scriptwriting template and resources and download our free storyboard template.
Animated Video Visual Style
The visual style of your project has a big impact on your animated video production budget. Simple 2D animations can be produced for under $4,500/minute. Fancier, detailed frame by frame animation and 3D animation costs more to produce. Contact us to get a custom quote.
Trying to figure out the right visual style? Check out this companion article:
VoiceOver & Soundtrack
VoiceOvers and soundtracks are usually built into the cost of animated video production. However, if you’re looking to save money on your production cost, you can record your own voiceover for free and download free legal music from these sites: Facebook Sound Collection & Incompetech.
Can I see some animated video production examples?
Where can I find a good animated video production company?
But enough about us. If you’re looking for more options, check out Fiverr.com, Freelancer.com, Linkedin.com/Jobs and Craigslist to find other animated video production companies and freelancers.
What is the animated video production process like?
After you’ve hired someone to help with your animated video production project, there are seven phases of production to go through to get the idea in your head turned into a custom animated video.
Production kicks off with a questionnaire to learn about what information you want to convey in your video. It gives you an opportunity to talk about your target audience and how this video will help them learn or understand something new. It also give you an opportunity to talk about the visual ideas you want to show and share examples of the visual style(s) you’d like to use to create your video.
The next step of the animated video production process is writing the script. The script is the skeleton for your entire project. Whether you’re writing it or your animated video production partner is, make sure that your script includes all your main talking points. Ensure they are easy to understand by members of your target audience before approving the script.
After the script is approved, it’s time to create the storyboard. The storyboard is the blueprint for your animated video. It tells the illustrators and animators what to create. Before you approve the storyboard for production, you want to make sure that all the important details are documented in your storyboard.
If the illustrators and animators making your video only had this document and no other information, would they be able to create your entire animated video? If the answer is no, then you need to add more information to the storyboard.
Now that the script and storyboard are locked in the next step of the animated video production process is to get the voiceover(s) recorded. It’s important to get the voiceovers recorded and approved before the illustrations are approved because it is difficult to animate without a voiceover. The voiceover is used to set the timing and pacing of the animation. Without the voiceover, the animators will be wasting their time because they can’t get the visuals to move in sync with the timing of the voiceover.
Procuring a voiceover happens in two phases. First, your video production partner will audition several voiceover artists and share the auditions with you so you can hear how they sound. Let your producer know which one you like best and then they will coach the voiceover talent through the full recording – ensuring they pronounce things properly, with the right energy and timing.
You will get an opportunity to review the full voiceover and request revisions before approving the voiceover for production.
Your animated video production partner will also identify several soundtracks that will enhance the mood and presentation of your animated video. Give them a listen and tell your producer which soundtrack you like best so that they can secure the license to use the soundtrack in your video.
Once the storyboard is approved, the art team begins process of creating the illustrations for your animated video. First, they will review your storyboard, your branding and any style references you provided. Then, they will select a key scene from your storyboard and develop one or more pieces of custom concept art for that scene.
Review the concepts and let the art director know how you feel about the concept(s). From there, they will refine your favorite concept until you love it. Then, they will create all of the illustrations for your animated video and give you a chance to requst revisions before approving the art for production.
Now that everything is approved, it’s time to animate! The animation production process itself takes about one week to animate one minute of video for 2D animation. 3D animated videos take 2-4x longer to produce. When the first draft is ready, review it with your internal team and members of your target audience (if available). Collect everyone’s feedback and share it with your animated video production partner to incorporate the edits and render out the final draft.
How long does it take to make an animated video?
It takes about 3-8 weeks to create a 1-2 minute 2D animated video. 3D animated videos and frame by frame animations require more time to produce. If you need a estimate on your production timeline, contact us with details of your project and we’ll prepare a production plan for your project.
How can I speed up the animated video production process?
Yes! We offer rush delivery animation to speed up the animated video production process. Contact us with details about your project and we’ll help you figure out rush delivery pricing to get your project produced on time.
What styles of animated video production do you offer?
Still have questions about animated video production?
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