I've seen many videos produced "cheaply" and we decided that if we were going to do this project, we wanted it to be one that Miles City would be proud of. I don't understand all the technical side of production, but do know that even if I had all the equipment, and I am a professional photographer of 16 years (still photography), I still don't have any experience putting a video together. We wanted someone who knew how long scenes should be, what effects enhance and not detract from the project, and all the other ins and outs. The company we are using is Production West of Billings. They have won numerous awards for their outstanding productions. I've talked with other people who have hired them for projects (documentaries, public relation pieces) and they were extremely happy with their work -- well worth the cost. I've seen their work and was greatly impressed and they have been extremely helpful. We will submit the video to PBS (in Montana)to see if they are interested in airing it. We feel the exposure will give our project an enormous boost.
The price includes the copying of the original films to tape and video, time in the editting studios (five days), producing the videos for sale, the art for the cover, the video case, pretty much the complete project.
Other people familiar with similar projects did not feel the price was out of line.
Yes, we are a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Robin takes care of this aspect more than I do, but I suppose if someone makes a donation, we give them our non-profit identification number.
Anyone interested in making a donation can send it to: Miles City Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 711
Miles City, MT 59301