3D Illustration Cost
3D animation is a complex medium to budget for and that is very much due to the fantastic opportunity it gives to creative projects. With modern computing power and the talented artists that are working worldwide in the field, there is no limit to what can now be created on the big or small screen. You can utilise 3D for ultra realistic visual effects, or low fi motion graphics to compliment a much larger project. Lets take a quick recap of the budget estimates:
Feature Film VFX - Average $42k per shot
Movie visual effects budgets are estimated on an approximation of the number of VFX shots expected in a film, then the complexity assessed and the bid is locked in place regardless of additional work. Ranging from $10k for low budget films to $60k+ per shot for Hollywood blockbusters.
Animated Films - Average $1.5m per minute
Based off data from the 4 big players, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and Illumination, they are spending between $13k to $32k per second of animation that makes it on screen resulting in an average $1.5m per minute.
TV Animation - Average $13k per minute
At the cheaper end, childrens TV animation can come in as low as £5,000 ($7755) per minute, but once the popularity increases, animation complexity increases and salaries go with it resulting in costs of up to $2m per episode for the big hitters like The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Commercials - From $3k to $1m per minute
Commercial costs vary hugely depending on the brand, airing platform and local or international scope of the project. From $1m down to a few thousand dollars, with modern VFX the only limit is the creativity of the marketers.
Illustrations - Around $1.5k+
3D Illustrations save many costly steps involve in animation production and allow for much higher resolution stills for print mediums.
Hopefully this has helped shed some light on the costs involved in animation production and some of the issues being faced by the industry. Though of course if you need a more specific figure for a project you have in mind, feel free to get in touch directly. If you found any of this data interesting or useful, please share using the buttons below. If you would like to leave a comment, I’m interested in your thoughts and open to any additional information I might have missed. Feel free to add me on Twitter and check out the home page for more animation.