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May 17, 2023


Do you need a known budget for your video production project?

Gerrit Wilsdorf

Producer, Founder at Eden Sky Productions

The phone rings,
someone answers

Producer: “Hello. This is [Producer’s name] from Eden Sky Productions speaking. How can I help?”

Caller: “Good morning. I am phoning from [Organisation’s name]. We want to do a video project, but we don’t really have a budget yet. Can you give me quote for the project?
The call continues…

It's not uncommon for this kind of call to end without providing any more certainty than when it began. This happens frequently, and it's completely understandable. After all, many buying processes in various industries start this way. In this blog post, we'll delve into why having a known budget for your video project is crucial for your organization, and how it can enable you to accomplish your communication objectives.

Maximizing Resources

As a non-profit or social enterprise, you're likely working with limited resources. A budget can help you maximize the resources you have and allocate them effectively to create a video that meets your communication goals. By setting clear financial limitations upfront, you can prioritize the most critical elements of your video and avoid wasting resources on unnecessary features.

Communicating Impact

Non-profits and social enterprises often use video to communicate their impact to stakeholders and supporters. A budget can help you create a high-quality video that effectively showcases your work and engages your audience. By investing in quality production and post-production services, you can create a video that effectively communicates your mission and inspires action.

Managing Expectations

Creating a video can be a complex and time-consuming process, and it's easy to underestimate the costs involved. A budget can help you manage your expectations and avoid surprises along the way. By working with your production company to create a plan that fits within your budget, you can ensure that your video is completed on time and to a high standard.

Fundraising and Grant Applications

A budget can also be useful when applying for grants or fundraising for your video production project. By having a clear understanding of the costs involved, you can accurately communicate your funding needs to potential donors and grantmakers. A detailed budget can also help you demonstrate the impact of your video and justify the costs involved.

Collaborating with Your Production Company

By communicating your budget to your production company, you can work together to create a video that meets your communication goals and fits within your financial means. Your production company can provide guidance on how to achieve your goals while staying within your budget, and can help you make trade-offs where necessary. This collaborative approach can help you create a video that effectively communicates your mission and engages your audience.

Having a budget is essential for non-profits and social enterprises looking to create a video to showcase their work and impact. It can help you maximize resources, communicate impact, manage expectations, fundraise, and collaborate effectively with your production company. By establishing a budget upfront, you can ensure that your video is completed on time, to a high standard, and within your financial means.

Gerrit Wilsdorf

Producer, Founder at Eden Sky Productions

As the founder of Eden Sky Productions, Gerrit Wilsdorf is a seasoned Media Producer with a passion for storytelling through video, which he believes can inspire and engage audiences in powerful ways. With over 15 years of experience in media production and project management, Gerrit is committed to collaborating closely with his clients to bring their vision to life, creating innovative and impactful content that resonates with audiences. Gerrit is known for his dedication to excellence and his reputation as a trusted partner for organisations seeking to create impactful media content. He is particularly focused on working with organisations that are committed to bettering society and protecting the planet, drawing on his passion for using media to positively influence the world around him.

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