With so many animation studios in the market today, it’s becoming harder and harder to choose the perfect one for your particular needs. This checklist will guide you through the process!
Animation studios are in constant demand and as a result, animation studios have been popping up left and right. Although it’s good to have a lot of choices, finding the perfect fit for a project can prove quite tedious.
To help you out with that, here’s an organized checklist of the things you need to consider when you seek out animation services.
Does their work appeal to you?
Naturally, the first thing you should consider is whether you like their work or not. There’s really no point in moving on to the next questions if you do not like a company’s work.
That said, you should not only consider the visual aspect of their work. Take into consideration the quality of their writing—if their scripts are good or not.
Make sure that their style also coincides with your vision for your project. If your animation project involves futuristic elements, you wouldn’t want an animation company with a vintage style to work on it.
Do they have good reviews/testimonials?
You’ll learn a lot about a company from their clients. If the company constantly gets valid, bad reviews, then it would be best to avoid it.
Success stories are a good sign, though. So keep an eye out for those!
Do they specialize in anything? Are they familiar with your particular industry?
Another thing to consider is if the animation studio specializes on creating animations for certain industries. An animation studio specializing in amazing fashion retail ads would most likely produce different results for an animation project for a different niche.
Try and find an animation studio that caters especially to your industry or niche and it’ll be smooth sailing from there.
Are their services within your budget?
When you have a list of animation studios for consideration, you should now find out if they can work within your budget. This is the first thing you ask a company—going into details before determining this can end up wasting everyone’s time.
Of course, make sure to set realistic expectations, too. Quality comes at a price.
Can they deliver within your specified timeframe?
Another thing that you should make clear from the get-go is your timeframe. If they can’t deliver your project when you need it, it’ll just give both parties a headache. Establish a clear timeframe!
Note: If you’re working with an animation company overseas, you have to take their local time zone into consideration. Say, for example, if you’re availing the services of animation companies in Singapore, you’d have to make sure that the deadlines you set are clearly expressed in their local time zone as well.
Are they asking the right questions?
When you discuss your project with the animation company, notice if they are asking the right questions and if they are genuinely interested in working with you on this project.
The right questions involve factors beyond the project itself. They should be asking about your vision, your business, and your goals. They should be thinking outside technicalities like color or design.
When you encounter an animation studio like this, you know you’ve got a good one!
This process may feel tedious at first but it’s definitely worth all the work! Not only will it save you from doing business with bad companies, but once you’re able to find your perfect fit, you won’t have to go through the process again—it could mark the start of a beautiful, long-term business relationship.