We’re here to help you get your project done. Whether its a TV spot, a corporate video, a short or a feature, we’re here to help you get it done on time and on budget. We can help with just shooting, just editing, just FX work, Blu-rays or web, or the whole package.

FAQs

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How Much Does it Cost?

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Well, it depends.  But you knew that.

Unlike many companies that add big markups for "management", Alliance works basically on a time-and-materials basis.  That means if you have modest needs, the expenses will be modest.  And the more time it takes to get exactly what you want, the more the expenses go up.  The good news is that with excellent planning, work gets done more efficiently, and costs go down.  Sometimes dramatically.  Once we shot 4 film-originated national network spots for a global company in 8 hours.  Shooting budget was under $8K.  Good planning by the producer.

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I need a training video for new employees. Do you do that?

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Yes we do.  We've done training videos for companies like Pepperidge Farm, Nestlé Waters, Perdue Pharma, Stew Leonard's and more.  Generally they fall into two categories - Documentary style (two or more people act out the roles - great for sales) or Show and Tell (usually a laundry list of do's and don'ts - beneficial for task work).

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What kind of gear do you have?

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More gear than we probably should, but we like to have tools at the ready.  In production, we have small and large format HD cameras like Panasonic AF-100, HPX-500, and HMC-150s, some GoPro Hero 3 Black cameras and a couple of DSLRs.  In editorial, we're mostly Mac - Mac Pro cylinders (2013 models) and the earlier Mac Pro towers.  Apple Final Cut (7 & X), Avid and Adoble - the three A's are the basis of our cutting workflow.

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I need to get you some files. What’s the best way to do that?

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We recommend WeTransfer.com.  We also use HighTail, but we find WeTransfer is faster, and you can send larger files - their free service lets you send up to 2GB of files at a time.

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What file types are best for editing?

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Frankly, we can (and have) take just about anything.  But if you give us a choice, Prores422 in any flavor is a good place to start.  MP4 are OK if they're high bitrate - that means 20mb/s or more.  Call or write us if you need more detail on that.  Images?  We like PNG a lot.  PSD (Photoshop) files are great too.

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I have an idea, but not much more. I’m not a producer. Can you help?

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Sure we can.  We've done this work for a long, long time.  Maybe too long.  But that's another FAQ.  We can guide you, or we can do it for you.  Either way.  It's all good.

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Got Music?

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We partner with Associated Production Music to provide top-quality cuts of music.  They have just about anything you can think of.  Hundreds of Thousands of cuts.  You can sample their stuff at www.APMmusic.com

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What about Sound? Are you just “Picture” people?

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Not at all.  Remo DeNardo is our in-house "Golden-Ear" man.  He has mixed numerous albums and videos, including the emmy-nominated "Christmas is Coming" TV special.

We have and support both ProTools (11, currently) and PreSonus Studio One 2, as well as Adobe audio products.  Our RealTrap-damped VO Booth is equipped for mix-to-pix, and real-time phone patch listening is available for distant producers.

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