Moose FAQs

Who is Flying Moose Pictures?

We are professional videographers with 17 years of experience shooting live performance in the San Francisco Bay Area. The majority of our business is for performing artists and non-profit organizations. We subsidize our performing arts work by producing corporate videos.

We are an experienced crew of 3: camera, sound, and production assistant.

How did we get the name, Flying Moose Pictures?

A group of computer graphic programmers from Cornell were on a canoe trip in the Adirondacks and noticed large nests, high in the trees. Being computer geeks, and not naturalists, they were clueless to determine what occupied these nests and decided they must have been made by Flying Moose. Some days later, Gary Weigan, Carl Bass, and Jonathan Luskin met with a lawyer to incorporate a software company and, desperate for a name, decided on Flying Moose Systems and Graphics. That company, which developed computer graphics software, moved to California, changed its name to Ithaca Software, and was bought by Autodesk. Years later, the name,“Flying Moose” was available when Mark and Jonathan formed Flying Moose Pictures in 2000.

What services do we provide?

We are a full-service video production company. We collaborate throughout the entire filmmaking process, from story development, through pre-production, production, post-production, and delivery.

See also What We Do

What is different about Flying Moose Pictures compared to other companies?

What differentiates Flying Moose Pictures is our skill in collaborating with our clients to design visually engaging videos and develop a production plan to meet both their needs and budget. In particular, we are experts at:

  • Capturing engaging, compelling interviews from non-actors.
  • Telling stories that communicate technical concepts in clear language, accessible to a non-technical audience.
  • Capturing live performance.

Why can’t you simply tell me what a “corporate video” costs?

The very first question many of our clients ask is, “What do your services cost?” Some ask for a rate card, an à la carte list of costs for each of our services. We don't have a rate card because jumping directly to "what does it cost" without first defining "what it is" and how to best communicate "it" using moving images and sound, does a disservice to our clients. We believe that the very best way to produce the most engaging, effective video, at the most economical cost, is to first focus on defining the audience, the message, the tone, and the story. From those elements we can design a a solution that both meets our client's budget and their needs. 

Continue reading What Does a Video Cost (and Why)?
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What should I know before calling you?

At the core of the creative services, we offer at The Moose is assisting clients in understanding how best to meet their communication goals through moving images and sound.  So how do we define those clients goals and their solutions?  We break out our toolbox full of probing questions. Read them by clicking on the link below: 

A Baker’s Dozen: Questions to Ask About Your Video Production

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Where are you located?

Our head office is in San Francisco. We are a virtual company with collaborators across the globe.

What type of cameras and other gear do you use?

We use the type of professional equipment appropriate to tell your story. It varies for each project.

Do you have a rate sheet?

We don’t have a rate card because jumping directly to “what does it cost” without first defining "what it is" and how to best communicate “it” using moving images and sound, does a disservice to our clients. We believe that the very best way to produce the most engaging, effective video, at the most economical cost, is to first focus on defining the audience, the message, the tone, and the story. From those elements, we can design a solution that both meets our client's budget and their needs.

Do you have a studio?

We have relationships with several studios and rent shooting space according to need.

Do you shoot live performance?

Yes.

Do you offer discounts to independent artists and non-profits?

Yes.

Does Flying Moose develop scripts?

There are multiple paths to develop a video from initial concept and need to final design and we are always open to discovering new tools for script development. We have listed a handful of tools that we find useful. Which one we use, depends on the needs of the project, the budget, and the experience and understanding of the client.

Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Script Development at Flying Moose Pictures
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