What happens if you want a video film?
This page explains the steps you will go through when
commissioning a video film from us. The process will be broadly
similar with other production companies, though details will differ with
Stage One - Initial Contacts
Initial consultations, submitting suggestions ("treatment") and
an estimate of
the cost of making the film - we make no charge for this.
Stage Two - The
Once the treatment has been
agreed, we ask for a written order commissioning the script. This
is normally written by us in close consultation with the client and is based
on information supplied by him/her. The completed script will normally
be accompanied by a budget showing the total cost of producing the film,
based on that script. Once written and approved, the script must be
paid for even if, for any reason, the client decides not to go ahead with
the film. Sometimes clients wish to write their own script but as this is
specialised work, we advise that it be done in close collaboration with us
and always prior to any filming. In all cases, if significant changes
to the script are required by the client after the budget has been agreed
and which involve extra work such as filming, extra editing and/or re-editing,
such work will be charged at cost over and above the original budget.
Stage Three - Filming and Post
On acceptance of the script and budget by the client, we will
submit an invoice for 1/3 of the agreed budget and
when this payment is received, filming
and post production can proceed.
Stage Four - Completion
When completed, the film will be submitted for approval. At this stage,
any amendments required by the client will be made.
Once the film has been approved, the balance of production costs
become due. As soon as this payment has been received, copies
may be ordered as required.
Stage Five - Copies
Copies can be made in any format. The norm is PAL for U.K., most of
Europe, ex. British colonies, China and much of Africa. NTSC for America
and Japan and SECAM for France, parts of Eastern Europe and Russia.
We will need to know where the video is to
be shown before making copies. We now make copies as DVDs which will
play on computers and DVD players.
All filming materials and edited master tapes remain the property of Croft
Video Productions, as does the copyright of the film, unless there is a written
agreement to the contrary.