Jordan Mattie Visuals
filmmaker | photographer | director
I have spent the last decade working as a freelance filmmaker and photographer in Saint John, New Brunswick. My work experience began at around eight years old when my uncle let me borrow his vintage, over-the-shoulder VHS camcorder. I was hooked.
Since then my work has progressed from making videos of myself disappearing in the livingroom to creating skateboard videos with my friends to shooting and producing video content for nationwide companies and agencies. Currently, I work full-time as a freelance filmmaker and photographer for clients based throughout all of Canada. The types of projects I work on vary in style and scope, but the majority are web-based promotional videos (you can view examples below).
"How much does a video cost?"
That is a question that I get asked often and it does not have a simple answer. A comparable question would be, "How much does a vehicle cost?" Well, the answer depends on a number of variables: Who is it for? How do you want it to look? How many people does it need to carry? Does it just need to get you from point A to point B, or does it need to drive over big rocks? Does it need to win in a race? In a similar way, the cost of a video will largely vary depending on its purpose.
Although every project is different, every project still involves the same three stages: pre-production, production, and post-production. Each of these parts plays an important role in determining whether or not the video reaches its intended goals. For example, a lack of pre-production (planning) on the front end can lead to unwanted challenges in the production (shooting) stage. Or cutting corners in the shooting stage can lead to problems in the post-production (editing) stage. In other words, each stage impacts the other.
So to determine the cost of a project, all three stages need to be carefully considered. For this reason, I usually like to get together over coffee or chat on the phone to discuss what you are looking for in as much detail as possible. Following that initial conversation, I can then think about the time and resources required to create your video and come up with a quote for the project.
The first stage of any video project involves getting together and discussing the project. We talk about questions like: What is the purpose of the project? Where will the video be shown? What comes to mind when you envision the final product? Who will be involved? Will there be travel involved? What is your budget? When do you need it completed by?
This is the stage where the cameras start rolling. Depending on the project, the shooting could take half a day, a full day, 5 full days, or more. The production stage also includes all of the time needed to prep and set up for each shoot. Lights, mics, cameras, gimbals - all of this equipment requires prep time before touching the record button.
This is the stage where everything comes together: editing. All of the footage is culled to find the best parts from the interviews and B-Roll. A suitable soundtrack is selected. The footage is laid over-top the music and the story-line is finalized. Then come the final steps: color-correction, audio-mixing, graphics, and delivery of the finalized video.