We had a call from one of our regular clients who wanted us to film a training event. The delegates were being divided into teams, then pitching a new product to a board, a cross between a task from the Apprentice and a pitch from Dragon’s Den.
The hardest thing about this project was setting the budget. When you say “The Apprentice” you seen a full HD, glossy look, with plenty of post production gloss on to. We knew they weren’t looking to spend a vast amount on what was an internal project with limited eyeballs on it, but for the first budget, with two cameras, dedicated sound person, plus a director to watch over, was just over kill. So we offered two more, one with a single camera, which had obvious restrictions in terms of what could be filmed and captured. Then we gave the ‘Goldielocks’ budget, with two cameras with operators, so enough to capture the action without going overboard. And, just as with Goldielocks, the budget was just right.
Choosing the right budget takes time and negotiation. Sometimes a client isn’t sure of the quality they need, and we have to help them find the right one. Video work can be incredibly flexible, so budgets can be scaled right down or right up. Just don’t expect full HD, seventeen cameras and a full gallery team on a show string budget!