In this video, see how to request payment from your client in a way that helps your business.
- Invoices are wonderful because they lead to money. (upbeat music) So you want to submit your invoice right away. The sooner you invoice, the sooner you get paid, and unfortunately a lot of freelancers can take weeks to submit their invoice, and that's just never a good idea. So when you do submit your invoice, make sure that all your overages and charges are accounted for, and make sure that you only bill for the overages that were agreed to during production because you never want to surprise a client with an unexpected bill.
During production, if there is any change requests that goes beyond the scope of what you had originally agreed to or what you were contracted to do, let the client know the additional cost before you agree to do it or even begin any changes, and make sure that that agreement is in writing in case anyone questions it later on, and even if it's just in an email, just get something as proof, and again it just keeps communication open, hugely important. I had one friend who had a deal for an eight minute animation based on the client's script, and then the script was rewritten, and I know because I was ones of the one rewriting it, and that eight minute animation turned into a twelve minute animation, and my friend's production company did not charge anything extra for 50% more work, and he was really bitter about it.
Well he shouldn't have been bitter, he should have said, "Okay, here's how much more "it's going to be, and this is what the cost is going to be," but he didn't. So make sure that you stand up for your contract and what you originally agreed to, and be very upfront about things. Look, here's a great tip, if you do offer a discount, and this is hugely important, charge the full rate on your invoice, and then add the discount or subtract your discount from it. See, clients have really short memories, and will only remember the low rate that they thought they saw.
So, next time when they call and they look at your previous invoice, they'll see the full rate. So, in the meantime, get all those invoices in quick guys. (upbeat music)
- Creating a list of production needs
- How the varied styles of animation impact production
- Creating usable digital puppets
- Working with drawn characters, objects, and CG characters
- Adding value to the look of your production
- Exploring various audio recording options
- Organizing files for production, backup, and transport
- Using animation cycles
- Building and editing a scene
- Troubleshooting issues
- Tricks for enhancing your production
- Post-production and delivery
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2. Puppet Production Issues
3. Add Production Value
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