Frequently asked questions
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Film production services
What film services does your company offer?
We offer film production services for narrative and documentary films. We want to partner with African filmmakers and assist them in telling their own stories and contribute towards enriching the African cinema landscape. We also do corporate videos and music videos. We are also up for commissioned work but are more passionate about working in cultural preservation and working with tribal minority groups so they can tell their stories through the digital format.
How much does it cost to make a film?
It all entirely depends on what you want to shoot, where you want to shoot and the size of your film crew. All these elements influence and affect the budget for making a film. If you briefly outline your project we can make an estimate budget for you but each film has its own price and has certain elements that influence it. For example a big action film with explosions and wrecking cars will cost you much more than a romantic drama that plays at a house by the sea.
If I have an idea can I come to you and you help me develop and produce my film for me?
Even though we wish it were that easy, making films really isn’t a walk in the park. Film costs money, a lot of money. So if you have a great idea that we feel strongly about and you already have some form of financing in place we are more likely to consider partnering with you and assisting you with the shoot and post production.
Are you able to assist me in raising finance?
If we fall in love with your project and we are sure we can help you bring out its full potential we will assign a producer to your project who will fundraise for you. This however also transfers some legal and copyrights to Digital Afros.
Do I need to have prior acting or modelling experience?
It is advantageous to have previously done some acting or modelling work but that is not a requirement for you to join.
How old must I be in order to be considered for jobs?
Even though we would prefer for you to be above 18, because then you are legal and able to sign your own paper work and contract, this is absolutely not a requirement for you to join the casting agency.
We frequently need faces under 18 too and we even cast children sometimes. So if your parents are cool with it and sign a consent form to allow you to do this and assure you always have a guardian on the shoots, you too can get gigs.
What are the benefits of joining Shooting Stars Casting Agency?
You will be one of the first to know about casting calls and potential acting gigs in and around Namibia. We also share information on acting workshops and will share interesting information, tips and advise for potential actors.
Can I live off acting alone in Namibia?
Even though there are more opportunities unlocking for local actors in Namibia, the industry is still very small to sustain full time actors. The market fluctuates often, but if you are good and master your craft you are able to secure good paying jobs and then you can also consider looking for an agent in South Africa and overseas to get additional jobs in.
Will you secure me jobs?
It has to be understood that we are not an artist management agency, but strictly a casting agency that facilitates casting for our clients. We present options to our clients and they make the final decision about whom they would like to feature in their film, advert or print campaign.
How do you make payments for completed jobs?
It usually varies and depends on the clients and what set up they have. For background extras we usually try to pay them out immediately after the shoot on the same day in cash. For bigger roles such as lead and support cast payments can take up to 2 weeks. We usually make payments directly into bank accounts, so it is advisable to have your own bank account that you can provide the agency for paying your fees into.
What is usage fee?
Usage fee is an amount that is paid to actors with their faces clearly recognizable in a TV commercials that are used for exploitation by the client for a certain period of time in certain territories. The usage fee is calculated as a percentage of the professional cast rate you earn and depends on which media platforms and territories it will be exploited in. The usage fee usually only applies to lead and featured extras.
Where can I get more information on acting and modelling gigs in Namibia?
You are welcome to email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to assist you with all additional questions and will also be able to refer you to relevant parties.
Digital design services
Do you design logos?
We offer a full package for our brand design service, ideally from the logo design all the way through to your brand visuals. We can help you build a brand identity that tells a consistent, coherent story about your company and your products/services. We design all communication materials from the logo, business cards, letterheads and other marketing materials be it for print, web or audio-visual.
Can you assist with printing?
Normally during the development stage we already consult with our clients about various print options because we know that the final size of the design, paper quality and thickness, textures etc, influence and affect the end result of the printed materials. All design files that are delivered to our clients are industry standard and backed-up on DVD/CD.
Do you also do smaller jobs or one-off’s?
Yes. Educational and non-profit institutions often send us their smaller jobs (pamphlets, banners, logo alterations, direct mail revisions, etc.) so they can focus on completing their larger initiatives.
How much does it cost to build a website?
We customize our approach to meet each client’s needs, therefore the cost to design a website can vary. A good place to start is to request one on our ‘Get a quote’ page on our website.
Do you maintain / update existing websites?
Each website is built uniquely and the first thing we do at Digital Afros is analyse and understand what technology your current website is built on. From there, Digital Afros will draft a brief of possibilities. For websites we have designed and developed optionally you can opt for a CMS (Content Management System) to manage certain sections of your website and receive a Website management training session for your team. We build the CMS on WordPress and create a custom theme.
What does UI/UX Design mean under your web design service?
UI design = User Interface design, this is the look and feel of the web site. UX design = User Experience design, this is the functionality/behaviour of a website, for example a sliding navigation menu is part of UX design.
Pricing of our services
How do I determine how much my project will cost?
Start off by requesting a quote on the ‘Get a quote’ page on our website. We will get back to you within 24-48 hours with your custom quote. If we need additional clarifications we might email or call you to allow us to draw up an accurate quote.
Are there any extra or hidden charges?
No. All components of your project will be itemized in your quote including shipping, printing etc. if applicable to your specific needs.
Can a small business afford your design and marketing services?
Yes. We have priced and qualified or services to be in line with the creative demands of large corporations, educational and non-profit institutions, as well as being cost effective for smaller businesses and individuals. Request a quote and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours.
Can you barter or trade work for your various services?
Yes. Just tell us what you have in mind. If it’s needed at Digital Afros, we can work out a deal.
Billing / Payments
What are your billing policies?
We require a 50% down payment for any project once the client has approved the quote. The remainder is paid upon completion and delivery of the job. If a digital design or casting project lasts longer than 30 days due to unforeseen circumstances, another 25% is payable.
How do you accept payment?
Current accepted methods of payment are EFT cash or money transfers through the bank, and Western Union.
What happens if the project you started is no longer required?
If the project is cancelled for any reason, you will not be refunded the 50% downpayment that was required to commence the job and any additional costs incurred will be payable. Digital Afros will provide you with samples and documentation for the work for your references.