After a brief introduction, we will begin by having me listen to your song and discussing what you want happening in your video. If you do not have an idea of what you want, I can come up with one for you, but I can only give you a general idea of what it'd be. I will not show exact storyboards: this is to prevent my original ideas from being taken and replicated by someone else.
Next, will be the gauging process. I will determine a small portion of your video to make that can stand alone (~30 sec or less of the song, likely the chorus). This is for the both of us to gauge how long it will take me to animate your video specifically. In case that—at the completion of this portion—you decide that I don't work fast enough to your liking, we don't have to finish the rest of the project. You will still be left with that little video, which you can use as a promo video of sorts, for example.
Before I work on any of this, however, you will pay a $500 deposit for me to work in (which is 20 hours of work time). If I'm nearing the end of the 20 hours and don't see myself finishing in time, I will let you know and work out additional charges with you. If I complete the portion but worked less, I will refund accordingly. I will not issue refunds unless this situation is present.
If you're okay with what I've done up to that point, we can go forward with completing the rest of the video at the same rate and specifics (another $500 for 20 working hours will be charged, etc.). In both processes, I will log my work times myself, but I don't mind coordinating with you to set up private or public livestreams so you can validate my time, add input, or just hang out and watch my process.
Of course, this is all a general idea of how things would go, and situational nuances are bound to be present. I'll do my best to keep everything transparent with you, as long as you do the same.
Again, this is for musicians who want videos using their own music only. I will not do commissions using audio that the commissioner does not own, unless they were given explicit permission from the artist to do so and can get the artist to message me to confirm this. No other exceptions.