Real estate footage is provided as a flat fee service, at $125 for footage, and $50 for editing. Raw footage can be provided if you have your own editing team. These rates apply for any footage that is intended to have a finished length of a minute or less, which is typical for real estate listings. Longer clips can be arranged on an individual basis.
Raw footage that needs to be provided on a regular basis for construction, inspection, or production purposes is provided as an hourly service, at $100 an hour with a minimum of one hour per flight. This flat fee also includes any still photos that may need to be acquired and any work I need to do to get flight clearances from the local airports.
Creative videography work is billed on a use-case basis, and we will work together to get the footage you need within your time frame. Generally the customer would be only charged for the time of footage, from cut in to cut out, not for any time that is spent setting up, taking off or landing, and also for the time I take to get create flight plans and get regulatory approval for the work.
The final cost will be negotiated once the scope of the project is clear. Generally, for complex projects a flat fee of $300 would be charged for the pre-flight conference, flight plans and acquisition of flight rights from local airports if the flight is to take place in restricted airspace, and $500-1000 for each -finished- minute of footage, rounded to the next second, depending upon the complexity of the cinematography required. In the event of inclement weather, a small rescheduling fee of not more than $50 may be charged to cover my expenses.
Long term regular flight work may be negotiated as an employment contract if this meets the client's needs better.
Aerial footage is shot with a 3-axis stabilized digital camera in h.264 or .mp4 format at your choice of resolution. Our pilot is licensed by the FAA to operate unmanned aircraft and can acquire the right to fly in most airspace provided lead time. Most footage can be transported by Google Drive or MEGA, but 4k footage is very large, and a small fee may be necessary to purchase a flash drive to deliver the footage if the ultimate in video quality is required for your project. We will provide you with the original footage, and graded footage with improved contrast, sharpness, and color. Mileage will be charged for shoots farther than 50 miles from Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the rate of $0.08/mile - 50 miles.
We will provide you with low resolution proofs of the video within 3 days of the flight for simple projects, via a private YouTube channel. Once approved, and payment is tendered, the imagery will be promptly delivered in full resolution, according to the agreement in the contract. We accept cash, credit cards, checks, BitCoin or PayPal.
The customer receives the copyright for the video provided once full payment for the services has been tendered. FirstUAV reserves the right to use any video clip for promotional purposes, except in cases where the secrecy or exclusivity of the imagery is paramount.
Please don't forget give plenty of lead time, as some research must be done to determine what flight restrictions may be in effect for your area!