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On Budget And On Time: How We Do It

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From June 2018, Gal Godot accepts an MTV Movie Award remotely while she was in D.C. filming Wonder Woman 1984 and couldn’t travel to the show. MTI provided the logistics.

Coming out of Covid, many businesses are caught between a rock and a hard place: they want to increase business but are reticent to spend money when they’re not sure if more will come in. Metro Teleproductions, Inc. is in its 32nd year of business. We know how important it is to be on budget with a client, as well as hitting the delivery deadlines.

We Listen To Your Production Goals And Vision

When we put together a budget we spend as much time with the client as we can. Whether by Zoom, telephone, or email, we work to get a clear understanding of what they want.

We ask a lot of questions and even after we receive answers, many times a followup is needed. It is very important in the proposal process to strictly lay out what MTI is doing for a client in terms of strategy, creativity, and content. After 32 years of operating a business we understand that the worst thing to do is to assume. That’s where mistakes are made. And they can be costly!

There are times when we are given the amount of money that a client has to work with. That makes it easier to work backwards in the budget process.

However, most of the time we are looking at a blank slate when a client asks about producing videos, or webcasting a virtual event.

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Many elements go into producing a webcast. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at an MTI webcast for the International Finance Corporation, in Washington, D.C.

Smart Questions, Good Answers

In budgeting, we always need to know:

  • * How many shooting days?
  • * How many locations?
  • * Is the client supplying a script or do they need a script adapted?
  • * Will there be voice-over?
  • * Will music be used?
  • * What is the end use for the video?

These are are some of the key questions, but there are always more.

A budget is a combined effort of the MTI Producers, videographers, encoding techs, and editors because each job is has different requirements that must be addressed. This is a team effort and the client input is critical to a successful production and a live event.

The client has expectations for high quality and originality, but also that the production hit its budget parameters. We make sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of deadlines and costs.

MTI has a responsibility to its clients but also to its top-notch staff. We are continually learning about new equipment and new techniques, all of which can impact a budget.

So know that when you call MTI for information or a quote to bid on a job, the numbers you receive are not just made up.

Metro Teleproductions, offering video production in the Washington, D.C., area for 20+ years, is owned and operated by Dave Lilling with creativity, reliability and professional excellence. Contact Dave at 301-608-9077 or dave@mtitv.com for video production success!