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Reduce Vehicle Rental Costs

See how the producer saved over $20,000.00 on this airplane shot

Certain kinds of vehicles can be very expensive to rent. Consider the cost of renting airplanes, tanks, helicopters, or exotic sports cars. A single Lamborghini can cost anywhere from $1500.00 to $2500.00 per day to rent, with a large deposit and extra insurance.

Renting specialized vehicles can be costly! But swapping those expensive vehicles out with identical VFX models can slash production costs and allow you to spend your money on other project components.

Take the above shot for example. For the film, FML, the producers and director wanted to have a custom banner being pulled through the sky by an airplane. They needed the sky to be perfectly blue and couldn’t afford to wait for the weather.

Had they decided to do this shot practically, the cost could easily have surpassed $20k.

Here are the categories of estimated savings;
*Wages for camera & support crew
*Airplane rental
*Airport fees
*Craft service (food for crew)
*Banner production
*Camera and gear rentals
*Transportation (crew and gear)
*Payroll Admin
*1099 Reporting Admin

By choosing to do this shot in VFX, production time was saved. And the weather did not need to cooperate!  Doing it in CG gave the director 100% control over all the factors in the scene.

Adding specialty vehicles to your project is a great way to boost production value. And VFX makes it possible, even if your production budget is limited.

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VFX Low Budget Rescue

What do you do when your movie has a limited budget but you need high production value?

The movie ‘Sleepless’ needed this shot of a high-tech plant:

But the budget would only allow this:

In this shot we leveraged visual effects in post to create a high-tech set, replacing empty Home Depot boxes in an empty warehouse, with industrial machinery.

Careful VFX planning saved the film many thousands of dollars on this shot.

In this sequence, the main character walks into a factory. Unfortunately, to rent (or even find) a factory of this quality was out of the question.

The quote we got for getting machinery into the warehouse was about $9K just for the rentals, and then another $3K for delivery. So by doing this shot in VFX, we saved production about $12,000.00. And ALSO, we were able to really make use of the space by creating CGI sliding doors, separating the two rooms so the main character could have a quiet conversation with his team.

We were also using this warehouse for another scene that was supposed to be in a completely different location, so doing this shot in VFX enabled us to skip an entire location, saving the production an additional $10,000.00.

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