Film & Video
DAMON CRUMP and JACKALOPE ENTERTAINMENT have been providing award-winning film and video production services for over 33 years. Based in Waco, Texas, Damon works as a writer, director, producer, director-of-photography and editor.
We specialize in bringing you cinematic Hollywood-style quality by combining high-end production value with a touch of creativity. This enables us to communicate our client's message to their audience efficiently and effectively while not spending the Hollywood dollars. We produce projects on the local, national and international level. The majority of our work takes place in Waco, Dallas, Ft Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio, but we travel across the US and overseas as well.
Our clients benefit from our vast experience in the industry along with us owning and using the best equipment on the market. We use 4K cameras, cine' prime & zoom lenses, LED, Tungsten & HMI lights, HD client monitors, dolly & track, camera jibs & cranes, drones, grip trucks, experienced crew and perform post production on AVID. We work with all budget levels.
We strive to be one of the top production companies in Texas and are proud to have won many local and national awards for a wide variety of projects such as TV commercials, TV shows, sizzle reels, reality TV, videos for web, corporate, image, events, training, safety, PR, tourism, medical, educational as well as music videos, short films and full-length feature movies. We develop concepts, write scripts, cast actors, scout locations, hire crew, shoot, edit and provide support for all kinds of projects. We are friendly and easy to work with and our talent and experience level are second to none. We work with each individual client to showcase their product or service in the most visually cinematic style possible to make it stand out above all the competition.
Check out our DEMO REELS and the links below to see the kind of quality we provide.
CREATIVE & CINEMATIC VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES
Celebrating 33 Years in Business!
THE GREAT CARTONI
STRANGERS & ALIENS
Damon Crump's profile
MOVIE & SHORT FILM TRAILERS
WHAT WE DO
Sales & Marketing Videos
Training & Safety Videos
Sorority & Fraternity Recruitment
Family History Videos
Creative Concept Development
2D & 3D Animation & Graphics
Still Studio Photography
Web Site Design
Photoshop, Illustrator & After FX
Still Pictures to Video
CD & DVD Duplication
The FIRST step and probably the most important step.
The idea, the concept, the creation…. This is the phase many people want to skip because it can be time consuming. Going into production without a plan is like building a house without a blueprint. Not a good idea. The need to start with a blueprint to form a master plan is critical to the overall success of your video. Developing a detailed outline and writing a solid and approved shooting script is a must if you want a project done right. And it gets everyone on the same page as to what the overall production is going to look and feel like.
We can develop your creative and write your scripts. Or we can take your ideas and scripts and turn them into reality for you. Most of the time we work hand in hand with our clients to build a script that is video friendly and prepared to maximize your vision.
Once we have a script or at least a good idea of what you need, we develop a budget for the production. Our goal is to stay on budget and make sure the production process is an enjoyable experience for you. Pre-Production also includes tasks like location scouting, developing a shooting schedule, building sets, finding props & wardrobe, casting & auditioning talent, casting extras and hiring the crew.
Here’s examples of crew positions we may need to bring onto your production: Writers, Producers, Directors, Cameraman, Editors, Production Managers, Production Coordinators, Production Designers, Set Decorators, Audio Mixers, Boom Operators, Camera Assistants, Dolly Grips, Gaffers, Key Grips, Best Boys, Grips, Makeup, Production Assistants, Music Composers, Foley Artists, etc.
Once Pre-Production is complete, you’ll be in good shape and ready to move to the next step....
The SECOND step. This is where the shooting takes place. Here’s what we do:
Video Production: (HD) High Definition
Film Production: 35mm & 16mm motion picture film
Audio Production: Dialogue Recording, Radio Spots, Voice Over’s, Music-on-hold, Spanish Translations, Singing (Voice) Tracks
We specialize in bringing you “Hollywood-Style” production quality while not spending the Hollywood dollars. Our goal is to combine high-end production value with a touch of cinematic creativity that enables you to communicate your message to your audience efficiently and effectively.
High-end, national quality-looking footage is what we’re about. That’s our training, background and specialty. We always strive for the best quality possible, even when time and budget constraints are challenging.
Based on pre-production decisions, we provide all the crew & equipment needed to do the job. This includes the camera pkg(s), lenses, audio gear, lights, grip & support equipment, telepromptors, dollies, jibs, makeup, etc., along with an experienced crew. We run a polished and efficient set so that we move along as fast as possible while maintaining quality.
There are three basic elements we stress & consider in every shot we set up:
1. The Camera (type of camera, image sensor size, camera angle, focal length of lens, lens type, camera movement, exposure, focus, etc)
2. The Lighting (style, mood, exposure, color temperature, key/fill ratios, backlight intensity, etc)
3. The Audio (mic type, mic placement, mixing, etc)
Shooting may take a full day, or half day, or two days, or many more days. Every production is different. This is typically the most expensive phase of the three phases. So it’s important that pre-production work is thorough. After the shoot is wrapped it’s time to move to the final phase....
Step THREE. This is where all the magic comes together. Editing.
Here’s what takes place in the edit suite: Picture editing, audio editing, color correction, color enhancement, sound effects, graphics, titles, animations, sound effects, music mixing, voice-over recording, file conversions, DVD authoring, DVD duplication and file uploading.
Azbell Electronics is our post production home. In 2014 we moved into a brand new building and a brand new edit suite. We think you’ll find this is the nicest, most comfortable and coolest edit suite in Central Texas
All our editing is performed on the AVID Symphony. Anyone familiar with editing and post production knows the AVID name. While there are many systems out there, and many different editing rates, at some point it all comes down to the experience of the operator and the people doing the work. A high-powered machine is nothing without the knowledge and experience to run it. We have editors and graphic artists who are able to deal with and solve each new challenge that our clients throw at us.
Our AVID Symphony system can capture footage from virtually all file-based camera formats. And just in case, we’ve kept many of the VTR tape decks as we could in case older SD footage is needed for a project. We can work with tape formats such as: BetaSP, Betacam, DVCPro, DVCam, DV, MII, S-VHS, & ¾” etc.
You are now able to view your project on our 60 inch HD monitor. There’s nothing like watching your final project on the big screen once everything is complete. We also have an audio booth in the suite where you can have your voice-overs recorded. But beware of the zombie who lives in there. We have an in-house music library and sound effects library as well as our online options for music and effects. You’re projects are backed up on a server for safe keeping while in the editing process. You may also find a few other interesting & fun things laying around the edit suite if you have a keen eye....
About DAMON CRUMP
As a teenager, Damon made short films with his Dad’s Super 8 film camera. He later turned this hobby into a career and now has more than 30 years experience as a writer, director, producer, director of photography & editor through his Waco, Texas-based company Jackalope Entertainment. Damon is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.B.A. in marketing/management. He has shot hundreds of commercials, web and corporate videos and his productions have won many local and national awards. Damon also has served as a director, producer or director of photography on a number of independent movies and short films.
Damon has shot for various network reality TV shows such as BIG RICH TEXAS, MATCHMAKER MILLIONAIRE, RUNNING WILD WITH TED NUGENT, HAULIN' HOUSE & THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW. He has over 15 years experience as an Avid editor as well. His directing credits include the zombie film RISEN, which won best picture at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, a Silver Remi at Worldfest Houston, and a Platinum EMPixx Award, and the short films TRASH DAY, THE GREAT CARTONI & THE TENOR.
About JOHN "PONCH" FRANKLIN
John graduated from Baylor University with a Radio-TV-Film degree and went straight to work as a writer and director, producing cable TV commercials and television shows. John worked for Phillips Productions in Dallas where he continued to thrive as a producer and writer on a national scale, qualifying for the Writers Guild of America. Two shows John worked on won Emmy Awards. He then moved to Bryan/College Station to partner in the production company Frame by Frame.
In a career spanning two decades, John has become an accomplished writer, director, producer and Cinematographer. John has shot projects all over the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Australia, Niger, Mali, India, Brazil, Peru, Nigeria, Ecuador, Uruguay, Belize, Jamaica, Thailand, Puerto Rico and Mexico. His work for the international Mission Board has been some of John’s most rewarding work to date. John was director of photography for the movies Endings & Risen. He also shot and produced the award winning short film Trash Day. John is currently involved in directing the nationally broadcast TV series “Being Human” on EWTN.
About BRIAN ELLIOTT
Brian Elliott is an award-winning Writer-Producer-Director who has worked in a variety of media related fields including independent feature films, documentaries, live television, commercials, music videos and corporate videos. Over the years, his projects have taken him to 12 countries on 5 continents. Most recently, Brian wrote and produced the feature film BLUR CIRCLE . He also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Film & Digital Media Department at Baylor University and has produced several feature films and short films.
Brian recently wrote and produced two short films that Damon Crump directed, THE TENOR and THE GREAT CARTONI. He also wrote and co-directed STRANGERS & ALIENS and BYP.
About JOSE "FREDDIE" AGUILAR
While working for Coca-Cola, Jose aka Freddie (The Graphics Cowboy) started his career in the world of graphics and animation. Beginning as a late nite hobby, his ambition quickly led him into a self-taught education through vigorous late night studying. His knowledge in the multi-media area is clearly seen through his work. Freddie has knowledge in vital areas such as Photoshop, AfterFX, InDesign, Light Wave 3D, Interactive Media Programs.
Another service Freddie can provide is to build you a website or refresh and update your current site.
Freddie also offers professional photography and studio services from his location on 3705 Franklin Ave. in Waco.
Freddie's main function on set is providing gaffing, lighting and audio duties, making him a valuable asset in the field as well in the edit suite.
About DAVID "EARS" FEAGAN
Since graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1984 with a B.S. in Industrial Technology with a Fine Arts minor, David’s inspiration has focused on creating effective award-winning media design for the past 20+ years. After working in print and web media, David moved into the field of broadcast motion graphics and post production at Frame by Frame. During that time, he worked with broadcast affiliates ABC, CBS, NBC, COX, and SuddenLink Media. In 2001, David started his own company, Cogwheel Media, which services a wide variety of broadcast and corporate clients. He continues to provide location sound on national commercials, reality shows, documentaries and films. His experience in effects compositing, post production, sound for broadcast, and art direction, has honed a multi-talented individual that gives his all to every project and is a positive asset on set.
David's location sound clients include: BBC, HGTV, Discovery, MTV, NFL Network, Fox Sports, ABC Sports, SPIKE, CMT, LMNO Productions, E! and Univision.
He also served as co-producer on the feature film RISEN and is
co-director of the short film BYP.
About THOMAS LIBERTY
Thomas worked as a Musician and Art Director for over 10 years, which provided him the necessary skills to start his own company, Third Eye Productions art. As his multimedia design company grew over the past decade, Thomas has played a major part in a wide variety of projects including many for TEEX-Texas A&M University Systems, Texas BEST robotics and the feature film RISEN and the short films TRASH DAY & STRANGERS & ALIENS.
TEP art works creatively with ad agencies, production companies, broadcast affiliates, state & U.S. Government agencies. Projects include working with 3D modeling, Film Visual Effects, Graphic Design and Audio.
In addition to working as a boom operator and sound recordist on many video productions, Thomas is also a very talented musician/composer and has played guitar professionally in several bands.
The jackalope is one of natures most curious creatures. It's one of the rarest animals found exclusively in the United States. The jackalope is mostly a nocturnal animal and has keen senses of hearing and smell. Cowboy tales in the old west days told of it being attracted to alcohol, probably because it was first sighted on cattle trails. The jackalope is a breed of antelope and jackrabbit and is considered one of the most amazing of all desert animals. It's cry is often described as somewhat human and tuneful, and is usually heard on moonlit nights. The most common species is found in the western and south central plains. The jackalope is very timid and usually is afraid of people. They are mostly seen mounted in stores from Texas to Wyoming. It is currently illegal to trap or hunt jackalopes, even though they are not considered an endangered species. Nature photographers are known to use a mix of bourbon, beer & baloney to lure the jackalope into range for pictures.
One of the goals of this web site is to bypass a lot of fluff and clichéd PR material you see everywhere. We want to provide you with realistic, bare bone answers to your questions.
Why should we use you vs. some other company? Look at our experience and talent level. Look at samples of our work. We are passionate about what we do, and we believe you can see it. It’s not always about the lowest price. We’re about quality, not being the least expensive. We are very competitive with our rates.
How can I tell the difference between your company vs. others? Visit with each company owner or producer. Ask to take a look at everyone’s demo reel and web site. The personalities and the quality of work should answer your questions. Our work speaks for itself…as they say…
How much does it cost? Probably the most popular question we get. There are way too many variables in each individual production to have a standard set price. Every project varies. It’s in your best interest to have a custom budget put together for you, otherwise you’ll likely pay too much. It all has to do with time and money. Better equipment cost more. Experience and talent cost more. The more time (days) it takes to shoot, the more it costs. Same with editing. Some projects are actually simple. Many others are not. Once you tell us what you are looking for, we can give you general price ranges fairly fast.
How do you charge? High-end production companies charge by the Full Day or Half Day for shooting. Hourly shooting rates are a sign of low-end production. If you’re looking for something good, stay away from people that charge by the hour.
Standard shooting days are based on 10 hours. Half Days are 5 hours or under. These charges usually apply from when the crew meets to load up equipment until the crew unloads equipment after the shoot. This is called portal to portal. The crew has to be compensated for their working time, and this reflects when they start and stop.
Editing is based on an hourly rate. We charge by the quarter hour. And we round down. Meaning if you use an hour and twenty minutes of editing time, we round back to the nearest fifteen-minute interval. So the charged editing time would be 1.25 hours. Some companies will round up, meaning you’d pay 1.5 hours instead of 1.25 hours.
Most projects are billed half in advance, and half after completion. Sometimes it’s billed in thirds. One third up front, one third after shooting, and one third after editing. And then others are billed only at completion. It depends on the project and the duration of time from start to finish.
Each production is discussed on a case-by-case basis. Pre-production charges vary from project to project. We do not charge to talk and visit with you initially about your production. That’s FREE!
After we hear what you want and need, we will provide you with a written proposal that details everything.
How long does it take? Another wide open question. It all depends on the complexity of the project. It’s best to call and discuss the project to get a realistic sense of what’s involved. We can give you a realistic timeline once we know what you want. It can take anywhere from a day or two, or many months or years. Just depends on what the project is.
Why are TV stations cheaper to make TV commercials than you? Simple. TV stations want your advertising money to air your spots. They basically give away the production cost as a token fee. They make their money from you buying airtime. TV stations can rarely offer the same high quality production as a true production company. That’s why most local TV stations make bad and cheesy commercials. Take a look and compare.
Should I shoot my project in High Definition? Most likely YES. HD production has become the standard.
But many times HD is overkill for what the final product is to be used for. You don’t always need the very highest resolution possible if you’re project is for web use or DVD release. If you have the budget for it, then it’s fine. But don’t pay for more than you need.
Keep in mind most web videos are highly compressed into a small file so it’ll work well on the web. Also, DVD’s are standard definition, not HD. HD projects have to be downcoverted to SD to go onto a DVD. To get HD on a disc, you must go Blu-Ray.
What kind of camera and equipment do you use? We try to keep up with the ever changing world of equipment. We own a Sony XDCam, a Canon 7D, a Panasonic SDX-900, a Panasonic 17” HD monitor, Arri Light kits, Shure Audio Mixer, Tram Lavs, etc. We also rent gear when it’s needed, such as a grip truck, telepromptor, dolly or camera crane/jib. We basically use what we need to accomplish what you need.
Can you still edit from video tape? Yes. While tape is certainly going away for most current video production, there’s still a ton of footage out there on tape. Whether professional tape or consumer tape, we’ve maintained a wide variety of VTR’s and VCR’s in order to still work with these formats. Our edit suite supports BetaSP, Betacam, DVCPro (25), DVCam, Mini DV, MII, ¾”, Super VHS, 8mm, Hi 8 & yes, even VHS. But eventually the decks will age beyond a point where they work, so archiving is something everyone should consider before it gets tougher.
What kind of projects do you do? Nearly everything.
Do you write scripts? Yes. We can assist in any phase of a production.
Have you won awards? Yes, we’ve been very fortunate through the years to win many local and national awards for our work. It’s always a team effort, and I mean that.
Is RISEN out on DVD? If I had a dollar for every time I’m asked….. Our zombie movie RISEN is out on DVD in the UK and Japan among other countries. We’re still working on a US DVD deal believe it or not, so hopefully someday it will be. Keep checking our RISEN Facebook Fan site.
Will there be a RISEN 2? No, RISEN II: Zombies Gone Wild will not likely happen.
Is HDV the same as HD? No. Don’t be tricked. HDV records on a $5 Mini DV tape. If you’re thinking about shooting something on HDV, call us to discuss the reason. It’s basically HD-Lite. As a client it’s not something you would likely even ask about or think about. There’s no reason any more to go that route.
Is Avid better? The AVID nonlinear editing system is a leading, well regarded name around the world. AVID carries a certain amount prestige with it, but it doesn’t mean you are paying more. Bottom-line is that our setup will enable you to do just about anything you want. Our AVID HD Edit Suite is a fun place to be creative and see your projects come to life.
How long have you been doing film & video work? I’ve got over 29 years of professional experience in film and video production. Plus at least 8 more years experience as an amateur filmmaker making Super 8mm short films while growing up.
Why would anyone not hire you? Good question!!!
Do you provide still photography services? Yes.
What is Azbells? Azbell Electronics is the home of our AVID HD editing suite and the central location where most of our gear is housed. Azbells’ has been in business over 60 years and continues to offer a multitude of services, including video and audio equipment installations, electronic repair, TV & audio sales, sports video equipment, antique radio sales, DVD & CD duplication and much more. Check out the Azbell Electronics web site for more.
What is Empire Graphics? Empire Graphics is Freddie Aguilar. Freddie handles all our graphic and animation work, and works with lighting and sound on most of our shoots.
What makes a good video? A creative idea or concept, then a good script. Great shooting, lighting & sound. Properly cast talent and voice-over talent. Tight editing, proper use of music and sound effects. High-end graphics and animation. Good technical programming for DVDs, CDs, etc. And the time and budget to support these areas. Also hiring a crew with talent and experience that are easy to work with.
Do you hire actors and actresses? Yes. Sometimes we cast local, other times we put out casting notices to talent agencies and casting web sites. If you have a headshot, we do keep a database of potential talent.
Can I put my Power Point onto video? Yes. However, depending on graphic content, this may or may not crossover well to video. Power Point is designed to work on high-resolution computer monitors. Televisions and video monitors don’t handle small text and small graphics near as well as computer monitors. So depending on the actual content of the Power Point, it may or may not work well directly converted over to a video medium. We have had to rebuild many graphics and other components of Power Point programs in order to make them effective on a television screen. We can tell pretty quickly while watching a Power Point if it will work or not.
Can I use my analog video on the internet? Yes. It doesn’t matter how or what a project is shot on to get it onto the Internet. Don’t let the word “digital” affect your plans. That word is thrown around way too loosely.
Can you put my video on DVD? Yes, basically any video that exists can be converted to a DVD. It may have to be converted first, but it can be done.
Can I have $700? No, but good try.
Do you make copies of videos and DVDs? Yes. We do all our dubbing through Azbell Electronics in our edit suite. We can duplicate in mass quantity DVDs, CDs and even VHS if you need it. We also carry a selection of cases and sleeves, provide printed labels on DVDs and CDs, and can design slipcovers for cases as well. Prices vary on the quantity ordered.
How did you get started? It’s a long story.....
Do you shoot weddings? Yes, but only on special occasions…..Call to discuss.
Are you currently hiring? Our crew is hired as contract labor. Which basically means we have no full-time employees. Most smaller production companies work this way. Otherwise overhead would eat us up and cost our clients more. But if you have a particular talent or experience you’d like to tell us about, please contact us.
Do you use interns? Yes, we have taken on many interns over the years, mostly from Baylor University and TSTC. Internships are unpaid.
Do you travel outside of Waco? Yes. We basically work wherever we need to go. The majority of our work is done in Texas. It’s a large state. But we have worked on projects outside of Texas and travel internationally from time to time. We all keep current passports so we are ready to go anywhere in the world. In recent years we have had shoots in Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota as well as Belize & Dubia.
Please contact us with any other questions you may have. Thank you.
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