Our friends over at Notch Video started a blog series "HOW MUCH DID THAT VIDEO COST?" asking video creators around the world to estimate and breakdown the costs of an online video they liked. Of course, the videos being of other creators not their own.

We were one of the victims pleased to take part!

“How much does a video cost?” is the most common question we get. So, we’ve asked video creators to identify a video they like & let us know what they thought it would cost to produce. The only catch: IT’S NOT THEIR VIDEO (so all posts are merely an estimate by each video creator on what they thought a similar video might cost). Enjoy the series! - Notch Video

This short documentary will definitely make you smile… No doubt about that!

“Caine’s Arcade” is about a 9 year old boy from East Los Angeles named Caine that built an elaborate arcade from cardboard boxes in his dad’s used auto parts store. Unfortunately for him he didn’t have too many customers - until Director Nirvan Mullick found himself buying a fun pass.

The reason we decided to choose this documentary is because on top of it being a very inspirational story about doing what you love and never giving up, it just simply makes us smile every time we watch it.

We strongly believe (but can’t be sure) that this documentary was produced on a voluntary basis. For the sake of this blog let’s pretend it wasn’t and that the production had funding (which, again, they might or might not have had).

Camera Department: By the credits we can tell that this production had two camera operators. We think that the production was shot on a DSLR camera with a zoom lens. Although these cameras aren’t too costly and most DPs own, a small and simple DSLR kit it can also be rented from most camera stores for a small rate.
Cost: $1,500

Editing: Some editor’s rates are hourly and some work on flat rate. Based on the interviews and raw footage we’re guessing that this project was edited for a couple days. Some editors also like to work with an assistant editor to help organize, format and sync footage - especially on a multi-camera shoot.
Cost: $2,000

Sound: We noticed in the credits that there was location audio and post. Most freelance sound guys/girls already own their gear but could also outsource. Majority of the time post sound is mixed at a studio.
Cost: $3,000

Music: There are so many websites from which you can purchase music rights. Depending on a few factors like use and length the costs can vary, however, there are Royalty free music websites (just make sure you read the fine print regarding usage) We noticed that in addition to purchasing rights they had also used an original song. 
Cost: $1000.00

Catering: This is very important. You want to make sure your crew and cast are always fed especially if they are volunteering their time.
Cost: $500

Total: $8,000 but I’m going to round it up to $10,000 because productions always endure additional costs somewhere…props are a good example of this.

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