FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How can you work on my film score / sound when I live in a different city?
Thanks to the miracle of high-speed Internet, you don’t have live in Hollywood or NY to work with a top film composer. Nowadays, even the most "hands-on" filmmakers are comfortable working remotely with studios by sending mp3s back and forth via e-mail or FTP sites.
That said, the key to a successful remote relationship is good communication, especially during the early stages of your project. At JS Music and Sound, we work closely with each client before we begin working, during the writing process and all the way through to the final mix so there are no surprises and the music and sound you receive matches your vision.
What film and sound elements do you need and how do I provide them?
Most Non-Linear Editing programs make it easy to provide us with the files that we need. Simply export your video to QuickTime, AVI or any of the other common formats and your audio to OMF. If you are not familiar with these formats, contact us and we’ll walk you through how to create the elements we need. In addition to these video and audio files, below is a complete list of the elements we prefer to have for each project:
Final cut (rendered as a QT file or other popular video format)
Audio file for above (exported to OMF and embedded in the video)
All of the original sound recordings
All alternate takes, room tone, etc
Video and Audio EDLs
The more of these elements you send us, the more quickly and efficiently we can work. Of course, we realize that sometimes filmmakers don't always have all of these materials. Just keep in mind that the more "detective work" we have to do, the more time it takes to do the work and the higher the cost.
All of the above elements can be delivered via mail or the Internet.
Where is your rate sheet?
At JS Music and Sound, we strive to create top quality output for filmmakers working on an independent film budget. However, every film is different and therefore requires different levels of music or sound work. For that reason, we prefer to discuss your film and its unique requirements before creating a quote.
While our rates tend to be considerably lower than you’d receive from a "big city" full post-production house, typically the post production sound usually consumes somewhere between 10 - 20% of the total film budget (to include music score at the higher end of that figure). Since there are so many variables to be considered when pricing out post-production audio and music, it's best to start the process with a free phone or e-mail consultation.
To get your professional mix and music score started, give us a call at 719-460-8182 or fill out the form on our CONTACT US page.