Maine Based Video Production Services Company
Creative. Responsive. Experienced.
Our award-winning audio and video production team blends decades of experience in broadcast television, professional theatre, commercial radio and professional newscasting with cutting edge trends and technology.
The result is an idea-generation and video production process second to none.
Our in-house team’s comprehensive approach to video production includes:
- Initial discussion / goal setting
- Draft script development/revision
- Talent, resources, and locations needed
- Scheduling calendars for travel, shots, and people needed the filming
- Filming on location(s)
- Editing film into an initial rough timeline
- Gathering external voice-overs, music and props
- Exporting for review of initial video draft
- Communication with the client on edits and comments from initial draft
- Revisions as needed
- Captions & Transcripts
- Exporting final product to locations or destinations needed
The type of videos we create:
From product demonstration, company overviews and trade-show promotions, we help shape effective visual stories that enables your business to catch the attention of prospective customers.
Corporate Video Includes:
- Product demonstration
- Employee / Corporate Culture
- Blogs / Pro Tips For Social And Web Use
- Trade Show Awareness & Marketing
- Corporate Overview / Explanation
- Public Relation / Informational Overview
Sample Work From Our Corporate Video Portfolio:
If you’re looking to sell it, our team offers you a one-stop shop from idea generation to post production polish to help make the register ring.
Commercial Video Includes:
- Television Ads / Campaigns
- New Product Roll Out
- Event / Sale / Limited Time Offer
- 15, 30 or 60 Second For Web & Social Media
- Video Pre-Roll For Paid Digital Marketing Needs
Sample Work From Our Commercials Video Portfolio:
Our team leads the way when it comes to awards, celebrations, company anniversary and special event videos. You give us the goal and we go to work making your event look great.
Recognition Videos Include:
- Company Anniversaries
- Annual Event / Gala Celebration
- Award-Winner Overview
- Achievement Awards
Sample Work From Our Recognition Video Portfolio:
Non-Profit Organization Videos
Telling stories to help support the mission, raise the funds or inspire action is our specialty.
Non-Profit Organization Videos Include:
- Annual Campaign Overview
- Capital Campaign
- Cause or Event Promotion
- Fund-Raising Awareness
- Video Case Statement
Sample Work From Our Non Profit Video Portfolio:
Additional Video Notes & Capabilities
Drone / Aerial Video Footage
We are FAA Part 107 certified to fly and operate for spectacular drone and aerial filming needs.
Pre-Production & Video Filming
Our preparation process is called FocusFraming. It includes exploring your goals, vision and intended uses of the video you’re looking to create.
Our video pre-production process also includes script development, audience consideration, story boarding, actor selection, visual, sounds and the logistical needs of your project.
Post-Production Video Services
Our in-house team brings the intense planning and in-the-field shooting to life with graphics, motion, special effects and the extra touches it takes to make a strong and effective impression.
Finished products are delivered in the format you need and with the complementary pieces you need to start using your video right away!
Answers To Frequent Video Production Questions
Videos can include a number of factors that impact pricing. These can include final length, complexity, travel and logistics, to name just a few. Consequently, answering this question without many details can be difficult. However, we know it’s important to have ranges for sake of researching your options.
Typical pricing for a :30 second television commercial begins around $2,500 and can go up from there. On average, most of the television spots we produce will be in the $3,000 – $5,000 range.
Corporate video productions, which can include more moving pieces, travel, and depth due to the nature of their goals, will range between $5,000 and $25,000. Yes, that’s a big range we understand. We’ll fine tune with more information.
A 2-3 minute video with reasonable travel and manageable logistics (schedules, interviews, needed shots, etc.) will run around $7,500.
What impacts the cost of a video?
The short answer is time, travel, and complexity.
We take great pride in working to produce videos that can get noticed and make a positive impact on the goal you’re looking to achieve. Managing people’s schedules, traveling to get that special shot, and adding effects and animation can all increase the time and impact the cost of the final product.
Changes in scope and direction can also affect the time and cost of video. Our production team will work hard to listen to your goals and the type of end product you’re looking for and draft a script and work plan accordingly. We do quote based on what we know. If needs change or new information is presented, costs can as well.
Bottom line is we want you to love what you get and we’ll work hard to ensure we have open, transparent, and sincere conversations to the best of our ability to make that happen.
Do you make HD videos?
All of our productions are filmed in HD, with the ability to film in 4K. In an age when GoPros and even cell phones can now record 4K video, it’s important to note that resolution isn’t everything. Upon closer inspection, the picture is blocky and lacks clarity and may have less definition than HD. Our cameras film in an uncompressed, visually lossless format that is stunningly crisp and stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Can we have the raw footage from the video shoot?
The cameras we use produce cinema-grade footage, which requires processing and color correction from professional editing software. The files that come directly out of the camera have flat-color, and are, for lack of a better term, “ugly.”
Editing is part of our process, our product, and our style. It’s part of why you hire us, and is just as important as how we frame and time our shots. Our edits are the kind of work that is on our website, what we want to represent us, and the caliber of work we want our clients to expect.
We’re not going to withhold that “one killer shot.” Part of keeping costs down for you is being as efficient as possible in every phase of the project. Our experience allows us to shoot just what we need, and rarely much more.
Because we shoot and edit our productions, we are able to make decisions during filming about which imperfections should be fixed on set and which can be fixed in editing.
Points to consider:
- The raw files may have flaws that do not accurately represent the attention to detail that defines our brand.
- The native camera files will not play on most computers.
- The file sizes for raw files can be as much as 12GB per minute of footage, nearly 100x that of standard consumer-ready video.
- If we know upfront that raw footage will be needed, we can adjust the quote accordingly to allow for a more thorough filming process, as well as time to prepare the footage for playback on a wide variety of operating systems.
Can we have the project files?
In short, No.
A large part of what sets Sutherland Weston productions apart is our post-production workflow. We have a unique and proprietary method of editing that we try to keep “behind the curtain.”
In addition, nearly all of the effects and corrections we make are done with various third-party software and plugins. Many of these were actually designed and developed in-house, and are not available anywhere else.
Opening our project files would require the purchase of thousands of dollars in software, and the removal of our proprietary effects and corrections would do away with the polished look our productions are known for.
Do you film as well as produce video?
We do. For quality control and to help the vision developed come to life, we film and produce the spots we make.
Do you use actors or real people in your videos?
Both. Depending on what the goals of your video call for, casting the appropriate people can be an important element.
When it’s time to make those decisions, here are a few elements we bring to the project:
- We have access to professional actors available for productions
- We can coach participants to fit your production
- We can coach non-actors (employees, customers, etc.) to fit your production
- Our expertise can help determine if your video requires actors or non-actors
How long should my final video be?
A common question with a consistent answer: typically shorter than initially thought.
Great storytelling and visual impact should be conveyed without lengthy overviews.
Other factors to consider when the length of a video is being planned:
- 60% of people stop watching videos online after 90 seconds
- Videos should run long enough to transmit your key message to your target
- Research indicates shorter videos are stronger
- Length often depends on viewers’ patience, audience, and impact
- Chapters within your video help to best tell longer stories
Can I put the video on my website when it’s done?
Yes. Videos can be uploaded to a service (i.e. YouTube) then shared for viewing on websites and social media channels.
Do you have music and voice sources for my video?
- We have access to professional voice talent and royalty-free music
- We use sounds and voices based on tone, energy, pace, and goals of your video
- We can create custom music for your video
Do you write scripts for your videos?
We do. We have in-house writers who learn your goals and craft professional scripts to reach and attract your target audience.
Do you create graphics and animations in your videos?
We do – both still graphics and animated graphics with special effect can be produced in our studio.
Do you shoot with a drone?
Yes. We are FAA Part 107 certified to fly and operate for spectacular drone and aerial filming needs.