3D & CGI Pricing Guide

Cost of 3D & CGI Production

Each project is unique in terms of complexity and requirements. Our experience working across hundreds of projects gives us unique and valuable insights to be able to provide you with cost estimates quickly and accurately for your project.

Pricing Examples

3D Production Pricing Examples

3D assets are the building blocks to most CGI production and often require the largest portion of the production budget. Below we break down the typical costs for common 3D asset types, complexity levels and options across price points.

Basic

From $600
  • Entry to Junior Level Talent
  • 5 to 10 Production Days
  • Simple Modeling Complexity
  • Simple Textures and Materials
  • Basic Biped Rigging

Mid

From $1,600
  • Junior to Mid Level Talent
  • 10 to 15 Production Days
  • Mid-level Sculpting
  • Mid-level Modeling Complexity
  • Simple Textures and Materials
  • Simple Biped Rigging / Facial Morph Targets

Detailed

From $3,600
  • Mid to Lead Level Talent
  • 15 to 30 Production Days
  • Detailed Sculpting
  • High Modeling Complexity
  • Detailed Materials and Textures
  • Hair and Groom Cards
  • Cloth Modeling and Simulation (Extra)
  • Rigging / Facial Rigging (Extra)

AAA

From $8,400
  • Lead to Supervisor Level Talent
  • 30 to 60+ Production Days
  • Advanced Sculpting
  • Very High Modeling Complexity
  • Advanced Materials and Textures
  • Advanced Hair and Groom
  • Advanced Cloth Modeling and Simulation (Extra)
  • Advanced Rigging / Facial Rigging (Extra)

Basic

From $720
  • Junior to Mid Level Talent
  • 7 to 12 Production Days
  • Low to Mid Modeling Complexity
  • Textures and Materials

Mid

From $1,600
  • Mid Level Talent
  • 12 to 20 Production Days
  • Mid-level Modeling Complexity and Details
  • Standard Textures and Materials / Baking

Detailed

From $3,600
  • Lead Level Talent
  • 20 to 30 Production Days
  • High Modeling Complexity Interior / Exterior
  • Detailed Materials and Textures
  • Studio Rendering / Visualization

AAA

From $7,000
  • Supervisor Level Talent
  • 30+ Production Days
  • Very High Modeling Complexity Interior / Exteriors
  • Advanced Materials and Textures
  • Production Lighting, Camera and Rendering
  • Vehicle Rigging and Animation (Extra)

Basic

From $120
  • Junior to Mid Level Talent
  • 1 to 3 Production Days
  • Low to Mid Modeling Complexity
  • Textures and Materials
  • Studio Shots (Extra)

Mid

From $480
  • Mid Level Talent
  • 3 to 5 Production Days
  • Basic Fabric and Cloth Simulation
  • Mid-level Modeling Complexity and Details
  • Standard Textures and Materials / Baking
  • Studio Product Shots (Extra)

Detailed

From $1,200
  • Mid to Lead Level Talent
  • 5 to 8 Production Days
  • High Modeling Complexity
  • Detailed Fabric and Cloth Simulation
  • Detailed Materials and Textures / Baking
  • Advanced Studio Shots (Extra)
  • Lifestyle Shots (Extra)
  • Animation (Extra)

Complex

From $2,250
  • Lead Level Talent
  • 8 to 12+ Production Days
  • Very High Modeling Complexity
  • Advanced Fabric and Cloth Simulation
  • Advanced Materials and Textures / Baking
  • Advanced Lighting, Camera and Rendering (Extra)
  • Detailed Lifestyle Shots (Extra)
  • Advanced Animation (Extra)

Basic

From $600
  • Junior to Mid Level Talent
  • 5 to 10 Production Days
  • Basic Sculpting
  • Low to Mid Modeling Complexity
  • Textures and Materials

Mid

From $1,600
  • Mid Level Talent
  • 10 to 15 Production Days
  • Mid-level Sculpting
  • Mid-level Modeling Complexity and Details
  • Basic Hair / Fur Groom
  • Standard Textures and Materials / Baking
  • Basic Rigging (Extra)

Detailed

From $3,600
  • Mid to Lead Level Talent
  • 15 to 25 Production Days
  • Advanced Sculpting
  • High Modeling Complexity
  • Detailed Materials and Textures / High Poly Bake
  • Detailed Hair / Fur Groom
  • Rigging and Animation (Extra)

AAA

From $7,000
  • Lead to Supervisor Level Talent
  • 25 to 40+ Production Days
  • Advanced Sculpting
  • Very High Modeling Complexity
  • Advanced Materials and Textures / High Poly Bake
  • Advanced Hair / Fur Groom
  • Advanced Rigging and Animation (Extra)

Basic

From $240
  • Junior to Mid Level Talent
  • 2 to 3 Production Days
  • Low to Mid Modeling Complexity
  • Textures and Materials
  • Studio Shots (Extra)

Mid

From $480
  • Mid Level Talent
  • 3 to 5 Production Days
  • Mid-level Modeling Complexity and Details
  • Standard Textures and Materials / Baking
  • Studio Product Shots (Extra)

Detailed

From $1,200
  • Mid to Lead Level Talent
  • 5 to 8 Production Days
  • High Modeling Complexity
  • Detailed Materials and Textures / Baking
  • Advanced Studio Shots (Extra)
  • Rigging and Animation (Extra)

Complex

From $2,250
  • Lead Level Talent
  • 8 to 12+ Production Days
  • Very High Modeling Complexity
  • Advanced Materials and Textures / Baking
  • Advanced Lighting, Camera and Rendering (Extra)
  • Advanced Rigging and Animation (Extra)

Basic

From $360
  • Junior Level Talent
  • 3 to 5 Production Days
  • Low to Mid Modeling Complexity
  • Textures and Materials

Mid

From $800
  • Mid Level Talent
  • 5 to 10 Production Days
  • Mid-level Modeling Complexity and Details
  • Standard Textures and Materials / Baking

Detailed

From $2,400
  • Mid to Lead Level Talent
  • 10 to 18 Production Days
  • High Modeling Complexity / Sculpting
  • Detailed Materials and Textures / High Poly Bake
  • Weapon Rigging and Animation (Extra)

AAA

From $5,000
  • Lead to Supervisor Level Talent
  • 18 to 22+ Production Days
  • Very High Modeling Complexity
  • Advanced Materials and Textures Including High Poly Bake
  • Advanced Weapon Rigging and Animation (Extra)

Cost Saving Tips

Reducing Production Costs

Outsource production can be as much as 80% cheaper than in-house production, freeing up budget to take the project to the next level. Below we take you through a few ways we help clients get the very most from their production budget.

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Detailed Reference

Reference imagery and concepts dramatically increase the speed and accuracy of production. We recommend providing a minimum set of reference shots and can assist you in sourcing and creation of reference if needed.

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Detailed Project Briefs

Just like providing detailed reference images, providing an accurate project brief reduces questions and allows the Hero to move to production faster. Our team are experts in creating technical and design briefs and can assist in managing this process for you.

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Targeted Talent

Assigning the right talent is crucial to optimizing your project budget. An expert with experience in the task will be significantly cheaper and faster than a junior level artist or in-house expert who lacks the specialist experience in the same task.

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Production Management

The right production management can have a profound impact on speed and quality of delivery. Our managed projects provide you with a dedicated production manager who is an expert in finding time-saving shortcuts without compromising on quality.

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Asset Libraries

Off-the-shelf 3D assets reduce time producing standard pieces and parts. This process is often referred to as 'Kitbashing'. Here at CGHero we have access to extensive libraries of 3D assets to help reduce costs and speed up your production.

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CAD and 3D Scanning

Having an existing digital double of the asset greatly increases accuracy and speed of production. Our Heroes can work with this data to produce optimized assets ready real-time applications or pre-rendered shots and animation.

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Efficient Communication

A huge amount of time and energy can be spent chasing down updates and providing feedback. Our platform has been built for efficiency, sending reminders, automating messages and reducing time lost in communication.

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Batch Production

By batching similar families of products we are able to create libraries of components for use across assets and eliminate the need for rework. As your libraries grows, your costs shrink!

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Level of Detail (LOD)

Building to the appropriate level of detail will reduce costs and have a dramatic impact on the speed of completion. We ensure that we don't waste time creating high fidelity details that won't be seen.

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