At Soundcrafter we work on all sizes of projects including the lowest budgets. Some projects are inherently more expensive than others. There might be dialogue problems and ADR needed. There may be extensive sound effects and design. Having said that, there are still things we can do to reduce costs.
What we call an “In-House” project is the higher budget approach. Schedules are usually tight. All Soundcrafter’s resources including talent and facilities are utilized. A supervising sound editor is in charge. Most of the mixing is done in one of the larger studios.
What we call a “Home-Studio” project is low budget. Fewer editors are involved so schedules tend to be longer. Most of the sound work might be done by one person. To save costs we might:
1) Reduce our labor rates. 2) Do the editing and mixing in smaller rooms or at home. 3) Limit the work we do, like filling in the sound only where it is absolutely needed. 4) Have the filmmaker do the foley and ADR programming. 5) Have the filmmaker do some of the sound editing.
Because labor rates are low, priority may be given to our high budget projects, which can also contribute to the longer schedules. Still, if you don’t have a tight schedule and your work can be done when we aren't so busy, this is how you can do your post audio inexpensively at Soundcrafter.
FIGURING OUT YOUR BUDGET AT SOUNDCRAFTER
Tell us whether your project is "In-House," "Home-Studio" or somewhere in between, and send us a link so we can watch it. We will return an itemized estimate so you can see where the money is going: like what the labor and facility rates are, how much the foley and ADR might cost, and how many days we will spend on editing and mixing. If you originally stated that your project is "In-House," but the estimate turns out to be too high, we can apply some of the "Home-Studio" approach ideas and send you a lower estimate.