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Taking the time to hire a professional, high-quality voice over actor bumps your video’s production value up a few notches while also keeping the integrity of your script. The VO artist carries the tone and brings emotion to your story.

Here is a step by step guideline on how to search for your voice over artist.

What you’ll need to know before you start your search:

1. Lock in your script.

2. Do a word count of your script.

3. Pick a short paragraph for the prospective artists to read.

4. Figure out where will your video air.

5. Set your rate.

6.  What kind of audio file will you need?

 

It’s important to know all of the answers to these questions before you reach out to any voice over artist.  These are all questions he or she will ask and if you’re prepared the artist will trust you know what you’re doing and be happy to work with you.

Then, access www.voices.com. Once you are signed up for voices.com:

1. Use the advanced search option to search a specific tone and category.

2. Reach out to 2-4 artists that match your criteria, you can Google search their name and reach them directly or you can rely on the voices.com team to take care of it for you. 

3. Set your rate, deadline and number of reads you expect for that rate. 

4. Schedule a phone call with the artist to do their first recording with you on the phone. This way you can give any direction necessary. 

 

Once you’re signed up for voices.com you can choose to use their integrated payment system or you can reach out to the artist directly.  Whichever you decide to do is up to you, but the latter provides you with direct communication which can be very helpful if you have a tight deadline.

If you have a budget you need to work within, then directly reaching out to the artist is the best way to make sure you are within your range. If you create a job posting within voices.com you will be given each artist’s bid without any negotiations. Choosing 2-4 artists that match your criteria is the best way to get what you need. Availability can be an issue as well as a budget constraint.

Once you’ve locked in your artist you are ready to get recording. If the script is relatively long, be sure to break the read up into scenes so you have more control over the tone and speed of the read. If you know what you want your VO to sound like, the rest should be a piece of cake.

Standard Non-Union Industry Rates:

NON BROADCAST PRODUCTIONS

Business and Corporate

00 to 05 minutes – $100-250

06 to 15 minutes – $250-500

16 to 30 minutes- $500-750

31 to 45 minutes- $750-1000

45 to 60 min. – $1000-1250

60 to 75 min. – $1250-1500

75 to 90 min. – $1500-1750

90 to 120 min. – $1750-2000

120+ min. – Request A Quote

 

Telephone System Recordings

00 to 05 minutes – $100-250

06 to 15 minutes – $250-500

16 to 30 minutes – $500-750

31 to 45 minutes – $750-1000

45 to 60 min. – $1000-1250

60 to 75 min. – $1250-1500

75 to 90 min. – $1500-1750

90 to 120 min. – $1750-2000

120+ min. – Request A Quote

 

Internet Audio

00 to 05 minutes – $100-250

06 to 15 minutes – $250-500

16 to 30 minutes – $500-750

31 to 45 minutes – $750-1000

45 to 60 min. – $1000-1250

60 to 75 min. – $1250-1500

75 to 90 min. – $1500-1750

90 to 120 min. – $1750-2000

120+ min. – Request A Quote

BROADCAST PRODUCTIONS

 Radio Commercials

Radio Commercial : Local:15, :30 or :60 – $200

Radio Commercial : Regional:15, :30 or :60 – $300

Radio Commercial : National Network:15, :30 or :60 -$1000

Radio Station Promotion / Station Imaging / Tags:05, :15 or :30 – $200

Public Service Announcement on Radio:15, :30 or :60 -$200

Television Commercials

Television Commercial : Local:15, :30 or :60 – $300

Television Commercial : Regional:15, :30 or :60 – $500

Television Commercial : National Network:15, :30 or :60 – $2000

Television Station Promotion / Station Imaging / Tags

LONG FORM NARRATION

Audiobooks

Fiction and Non-Fiction Audiobook Recordings

Price per finished hour: $250-$500

Have more than 1 book?Request Quote

Educational Videos and Training Videos

Non-Broadcast Educational Recordings

1 Hour recording session – 250-500

Each additional hour – 100

60 + minutes (finished audio)Request Quote

 Narration for Documentaries

00 to 05 minutes – $100-250

06 to 15 minutes – $250-500

16 to 30 minutes – $500-750

31 to 45 minutes – $750-1000

45 to 60 min. – $1000-1250

60 to 75 min. – $1250-1500

75 to 90 min. – $1500-1750

90 to 120 min. – $1750-2000

120+ min. – Request A Quote

Video Games

Console Games, iPhone Games, iPad Games, Android Games

00 to 05 minutes – $100-250

06 to 15 minutes – $250-500

16 to 30 minutes – $500-750

31 to 45 minutes – $750-1000

45 to 60 min. – $1000-1250

60 to 75 min. – $1250-1500

75 to 90 min. – $1500-1750

90 to 120 min. – $1750-2000

120+ min. – Request A Quote

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This web video was produced by Evolve Media as a New York & San Francisco Video Production for Lyft and we’re excited to share it with you. If you are interested in using the car service as a rider, download the Lyft App. If you’re low on cash you could join your community and apply to be a Lyft driver. If you didn’t already know, the Stache is used to set Lyft drivers apart from other cars, every Lyft driver adorns the grill of his/her car with the iconic Stache.  If you are interested in reading more about the qualifications for being a Lyft driver, head over to their site and apply.

Carstache 2.0

In the automotive facial hair industry, there are those who simply do, and those who dare to challenge the status quo. After tireless research and testing Lyft is proud to introduce the new standard for car mustaches: Carstache 2.0.
This Carstache features:
● A all new, revolutionary attachment system, which utilizes state­of­the­art quick­release
● Superfur, the most functional and durable fur ever invented
Meet Ethan, Lyft’s Senior Carstache Designer, and hear about Carstache 2.0, coming soon to the Lyft community.

If you were impressed with this New York & San Francisco Video Production and are looking for your own production, feel free to contact us here. You can also check out more of our work and see who else we’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Behind The Scenes with Lyft

With the growing success of Lyft, new experiences for the Stache are better when cherished and recorded for the years to come. We are proud to be their production company of choice. We like to make sure the client gets to be as hands on as possible. During our day on set, the team had a chance to create some of their own content and put together this beautiful BHS video, check it out. 

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Whole Foods Market Web Video Production

It’s lunchtime! You’re at your desk, you pick up the phone to order chinese food and then immediately feel guilty. It’s your fourth time this week eating out. Or maybe you don’t even eat at all, full steam ahead with minimal energy. Check out this web video production we did to find out what you’re eating for lunch.

Web video production san francisco for whole foods

This Whole Foods Market Web Video  was produced by Evolve Media for the Whole Foods employee healthy eating program called Full SpoonFull Spoon supports health and wellness in the workplace while encouraging employees to shop and eat healthier. Companies of any size can take part in the program and have a customized package put together for their staff. The program is based around four essential elements: education, incentive, interaction and metrics.  Full Spoon even has a mobile kitchen for employees to take part in interactive kitchen cooking classes, all you need is an open parking lot. This Whole Foods program helps to build practical and sustainable habits with hands-on and digital tools. Check out the Full Spoon Fed Blog for more info and tasty recipes. Hope you enjoyed our Whole Foods Market Web Video.

The Autographer for Behind The Scenes Footage

Curious as to what happens on a set like this one? We do a ton of web video commercials and have got the process down to a T. Check out our Whole Foods Market Web Video Production and Autographer Footage for BHS. How many people are involved? What kind of lights we use? What goes into a producing a web video production? We used the Autographer behind the scenes to show you what a day on set looks like. Literally hang out in Evolve’s pocket while we spend the day on set shooting for this piece

Autographer for Behind The Scenes for web video production

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seafood watch animated video

 

Animated Video for Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Our oceans are in trouble because of unsustainable fishing practices. Close to 85% of the world’s fisheries are being over fished. For almost 15 years, Seafood Watch has helped to sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems.  Seafood Watch has made it easier for us to make better choices while shopping for fish. It’s as easy as downloading an app. Watch this animated video we produced in San Francisco to get a better idea of how you can help maintain an abundance of ocean critters.

Animated Video

Animated Video

Video Marketing Stats

Video marketing stats are continuing to see explosive growth in 2014. Part of Google’s algorithm for search rankings is assessed by the amount of time a visitor spends on your page, which is why a video is key to your marketing success.

If you were interested enough to click and watch our video for Seafood Watch, you retained roughly 50% of the information Seafood Watch wanted you to have.  If you had skimmed through the text, you would have retained 10%. We’ve taken the guess work out of explaining their concept and have given you the basic understanding through our animated video.
                         

10 Must Know Stats for Video Marketing

1. 89 million people in the US are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today.

2. Online video users are expected to double to 1.5 billion in 2016.

3. Online video now accounts for 50% of all mobile traffic and up to 69% of traffic on certain networks.

4. Globally, online video traffic will be 55% of all consumer Internet traffic in 2016.

5. 52% of consumers say that watching product videos makes them more confident in online purchase decisions.

6. Mobile and tablet shoppers are 3x as likely to view a video as computer users.

7. Mobile video ads that include social media buttons drive 36% higher engagement.

8. 76% of marketers plan to add video to their sites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and blog integration.

9. 92% of mobile video viewers share videos with others. 

10. More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month, spending more than 4 billion hours watching videos.

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We are producing a new short film and need your help.  Whatever you can contribute will help $1 or $20 or even more.  Please go to our Kickstarter page and check out the project.  We will be releasing the first scene in a week and would love to have you on board.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/12806/the-spirit-machine-a-little-film-with-big-fx

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Evolve Media just finished filming in Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA for the newly released PayPal Here product. We also edited together their Global video by adding footage filmed in Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong.

The New York and San Francisco videos were filmed on the new RED Scarlet cameras.

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This is our most recent TV spot. It was shot on a green screen out doors. It contains some pretty heavy visual effects. You can see the behind the scenes photos on our Flickr page as well.

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Click Here to View The Video Titled: Genentech Jeopardy 1. This is a sample of one of the three training videos that Evolve Media produced for Genentech’s internal sales training.  The Evolve team concepted the ideas, wrote the script, produced the videos, and added all of the visual effects to make them work.

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A great viral video of planes flying over New York City.  The team that made it used aerial videography and also filmed from the ground.  It created quite a stir.

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