2. Take time to talk to the people behind the pixels and find out who will manage your account and interact with you as team members.
At Austin Visuals, our CEO Matt Winters and our Creative Director Nancy Schirm manage ALL accounts regardless of budget size. We’re always accessible, and report or meet with you at least twice a week during production. We don’t pass you off to junior staff members like so many animation or video production companies do. We take responsibility and accountability for ensuring you get the most value for your marketing investment. We’re serious when we should be because great marketing can make the difference between life and death for some businesses and some budgets…but a project should also be fun and completed with people you get to know and like. It’s important to learn how to choose the best animation studio for your budget.
3. Make sure your time zones are in sync.
Sure, it’s tempting to respond to offers from far off places with strange sounding names half a world away who offer what seems like low prices, but sometimes it just isn’t practical to work with a 6 to 12 hour time difference and a bit of a language barrier. Austin Visuals and our crew of American artists are right here in the USA Central time zone. We have the capability to localize language for your international company branches and clients just like off-shore providers, but with the convenience of being awake and working when you’re awake and working. You’ll also find we can be just as economical and price aware as most off-shore foreign services too. We are always available to service your needs. You can message or call us 24/7 and you’ll always be able to get a hold of us the same day. We work late and weekends just to make sure your project exceeds your expectations every time on time.
4. And speaking of price, make sure any bid you get from any animation studio is for everything, with rules about upcharges and “no surprises”.
We do our due diligence by checking our competitors to make sure Austin Visuals’ pricing is at or below market rates. Animation, motion graphics, VR, and other digital magic are priced according to how many hours it takes to make it. More complex animation and realistic rendering takes longer and therefore costs more. If your project can be created for a smaller budget, we’ll help you figure that out with scripting and visual ideas so it does the job. Changes during production can impact price, and we’ll counsel with you about that. You’ll never get a surprise charge from Austin Visuals and will always approve a full scope of work before we start so you know where your hard-working marketing dollars are being spent.
5. On time delivery is a key quality characteristic of animation production. Make sure you get the assurance that your project will be done on time.
Getting the project done on time is as important as getting it done on budget. You don’t want to miss an investor presentation or a new product launch because your animation company missed a deadline. Austin Visuals stays on time and budget with constant communication and by giving you realistic and true expectations from the very beginning.
6. Ensure the 2D, 3D, Motion Graphics, VR company you’re considering keeps your files and proprietary information secure.
How to choose the best Animation Studio — In all cases, Austin Visuals’ systems are continually backed up by secure servers behind some of the best firewalls in the industry and we routinely sign non-disclosure agreements so that your project can remain completely confidential for as long as you like. You can rest assured, you’ll never lose a file with us and your privacy will always be respected.
7. Ask if the animation company you’re considering will walk you through the process so you know exactly what to expect and when to expect it.
Making a Custom 3D or 2D Animation or Video is a process with multiple steps. You may be wondering how can you be involved in the creation of your custom animation video project when you may not have all the knowledge about how animation is even created or the steps involved? Not to worry! We are experts in creating Custom Animation and Graphics and have been doing it for over 10 years. We will guide you every step of the way to ensure you’re never lost and that you’re fully informed with all of your options. So, talk freely to us, we speak your language. To learn more please read our process FAQ just click here.
8. Decide how you’re going to judge the quality of your 2D or 3D animation.
The ultimate test is, “does it work”, of course. Does it sell your story? Is it in line with your brand? Austin Visuals can match any level of visual quality in a broad range of art styles as our studio can. We can confidently produce any style of animation you can find a reference for. You can say, “hey I like this thing I saw on YouTube can you do it. And we’ll say, “Yes, Austin Visuals can do that!” because we have more than 21 artists with varied styles. We can design groundbreaking visuals for projects and produce completely custom visuals for you. We have the ability to design your Animation and Graphics deliverables so you can re-use content across multiple platforms such as your mobile apps, tradeshow presentations, and websites so you can get the highest ROI possible for your Animation investment.
We Want to Earn Your Business This Time and Next Time. If you have questions or want to compare us in other ways before you choose us, text or call (512) 591-8024 or email us [email protected] or fill out our contact form and let’s get started. We’re right here when and where you need us!