When it comes to professional animation production, how much does animation cost per minute in dollars? In this post, we’ll go over what you may expect to get for your money depending on the price range you pick.

How much a professional animation studio charge?

The cost of producing animation by professional studios can range from $1,000 to $100,000 for one minute of animation. A small studio may charge you between $1000 and $3,000 per minute for 2D animation. The production of one minute of hand-drawn animation is significantly more expensive than the cost of generating one minute of graphic animation or whiteboard animation.

3D animation is far more expensive, with some projects costing as much as $100,000 per minute.

Examples of quality 3D animation videos

Below are high quality animation videos sample that would require high budget in order for Animost to produce a minute of animation:

Video 1:

Moonlight Sculptor – Promotional Video: A promotional video for Kakao’s latest MMORPG “Moonlight Sculptor” based on the famous web novel with same title.

Services: Layout, Animation, Main Production, Rendering, VFX

Video 2:

Guild of Guardians Cinematic Trailer: An action-packed cinematic trailer we produced for Immutable, creator of the popular games such as Gods Unchained and Guild of Guardians. Animost Studio took care of full production, from script development to final composition.

Services: Full services Animation Production

Why there’re difference in the cost that animation studio charge per minute animation?

The animation production pricing would depend on the animation style, the length of the film, the pace of production, and the number of characters, among other variables. It depends on the level of intricacy of the animated sequences, the aesthetic and animation aspects.




Even while a lot of elements influence the overall cost of animation production, it is important to remember that the more complex and technically advanced a film is, the more expensive it will be to make it. You will have to spend extra money if you want more features, such as special effects or music.

What’s important to remember is that the cost of animation production also vary if you choose different method of partner producing animation film or video for you. Though hiring a freelance is a cheaper option, you will need to employ additional individuals to finish the process. Whereas you will save both time and money because the work process will be a lot more efficient if choosing services of a professional studio. If you work with an animation firm, you will not be responsible for individual fee that makes the film complete. Money spent on animation effects is included in the overall sum of money spent on the entire animation package. In specific, a complete animation service comprises the following elements: a storyline and a storyboard, artwork and animation. An animation studio has a professional team of screenwriter, illustrators, and animators.



Because everything is customized, the price is also customized. The majority of animation studios, in contrast to the majority of other businesses, do not publish their animation production expenditures on their websites.

Animost Studio’s production process and information taken into account for cost calculation

Animost is one of the best 3D animation production studios in Asia.
In order to inform any client a proposal of 3D animation film and video production, we would require sufficient information beforehand to take into account all the parameters and features that would be involved in production process.
Animost has developed and adhered to 7-stages production process. We aim to provide clients with highest standard and quality of animated films and videos.

Our 3-stage animation production process:


  • Scope of work: Pre-production, research, determining scope of work
  • Character and story development
  • Visual development
  • Previsualization


  • Modeling
  • Surfacing
  • Rigging
  • Layout, set dressing and animation preparation
  • Character animation
  • Character effects and simulation
    • FX
    • Technical director
    • Matte Painting
    • Lightning


  • Compositing
  • Music and Sound Design
  • Editorial
  • Color Grading

So you already find out the answer for one minute of animation, how much does a professional animation studio charge?

It all down to answering these following questions beforehand and we will draft you and figures of production cost.

  1. How much is your budget?
  2. How important is this video to your company? (a trailer video for a new game, a promotional video for a new product launch, a short film, a feature film…)
  3. What services do you require from us?
  4. What’s the most important quality you would like us to focus on? (realistic animation, the ambience, the story telling…)
  5. What qualities we must ensure?

Guess what! The list above is not sufficient in case you have other unique demands for your characters and story as well as video effects. That’s why we made a form so you can send us your info. We will arrange a meeting with you so as to take into account your requirements and budget. An appropriate proposal would then be made meeting your and our production requirements for budget an quality. Check out the contact form here.


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