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What kind of price range do you charge for a typical feature— and how long will it take?

First things first: Prices too low to quote on the internet! Please call John now at 818-882-3300 for hourly or package pricing information. 

Let me put this into perspective for you. The average cost of post sound for an hour of network television from a major sound house or a major studio sound department ranges between $30,000 and $80,000 dollars. Post sound for a large independent or a major studio feature can easily range from a minimum of $60,000 to a million dollars or more.

But a large number of creatively budgeted and commercially viable independent films have been and continue to be made for a fraction of the cost of a major studio feature's sound budget alone.

Command Post makes it possible by providing excellent and comprehensive post sound for filmmakers with astonishingly low budgets. The price range varies depending on a number of factors. The best way to pin down a price on your production is for us to take a look at it, and then discuss the film sound’s strengths and weaknesses with you. Time frames for completion of full features vary from 2 to 8 weeks, but could of course be considerably longer, depending on various creative delays.  Variables that affect cost and time include:

A. The final length of the film.

B. The quality of the dialogue tracks.

C. Scenes filmed under unusual or MOS conditions that may have special sound effects requirements.

D. What medium your soundtrack is on: timecode DAT. OMF. Timecode Nagra, even 35 mag,  or any other format. We  recommend timecode NAGRA over DAT, although it is seldom used anymore.

E. Do your dailies require syncing? Command Post specializes in tough syncing problems, tapes that run at the wrong speed or recorded with the wrong code, or no code at all. Whatever your problem, it can be solved, but it will cost more than if your sound dailies are already properly synced.

F. You have a choice of onlining your sound on video after which we can clean it up and fill in the ambience holes, or you may select the superior technique of dialogue editing. Virtually all major productions handle sound editing as a separate process from picture editing.

G. The quality, accuracy, and complexity of your EDL.

 

 

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