General

What does your name mean?
Botka is our last name. Simple as that. Collective represents the many styles of work we produce and the potential for collaboration.

How much do videos cost?
Pricing varies greatly depending on style, length, and scope of work. We'd be happy to discuss your specific needs and put together a custom proposal. You can email us at hello@botkacollective.com

How long does it take to create a video?
Timeline can vary for numerous reasons, however we are known for being very efficient. Depending on length, style, and complexity, an animated video can range between 2-6 weeks from start to finish. Social media ads can be created in about a week.
Live action videos often can have faster turnaround times as quick as two weeks.

How soon should we contact you about a project?
We typically prefer about two weeks before starting production but have been able to accomodate last minute requests in the past.

What kinds of videos do you create?
We create videos for screens of all shapes and sizes. From small social media ads designed for mobile devices to large scale visuals displayed in arenas. We love the variety of projects we have the opportunity to work on. We consider ourselves generalists, but don't compromise on quality. We pair your content and business needs with the appropriate visual style, not the other way around.

Why Animation?
Animation is so much more than cartoons. As a medium, not a genre, animation can be used to explain abstract concepts, represent difficult to film subject matter, or synthesize complex information into visual graphics. Character animation also allows for viewers to see themselves in the story. Complete control of the design, composition and color palette allow for endless possibilities.

Why Live Action?
Sometimes the story benefits from seeing real people in their environment. Our documentary style lends itself well to authentic testimonial videos, educational content, and cause-related campaigns.

Personal

Where do you work?
We work in our home office equipped with fast internet, standing desks and large monitors.
How do you split your roles?
We are both capable of every phase of production. We typically assign a project lead to each project based on different strengths or interest. For example, Anna Grace brings strong video editing skills from her background and Kevin has more experience with 3D animation.
What is it like working with your spouse?
We love working together. We share a common vision for creating the best possible work. We critique each other's work and provide honest feedback that is built on a solid foundation of mutual trust. Communication is clear and seamless.

Career Advice

​​​​​​​What do you recommend if I am just starting out?
We were TA's at School of Motion for their Cinema 4D Basecamp course. Specific courses like these and from Mograph Mentor are a great place to quickly pick up practical skills and be introduced to the motion design industry.

How do you get your clients?
The majority of our clients come to us through word of mouth referrals. We also reach out to companies directly to make them aware of our services.

Where do you go for inspiration?
We are constantly inspired by the stream of animation flowing from the Vimeo channel WineAfterCoffee. We enjoy following what our fellow creatives are up to on Twitter and Instagram. We also enjoy meeting up with peers at industry events like Blend Fest and NAB, and local meetups like Colorado C4D and Sauce Society in the Denver area.

Jobs & Internships

Do you have any internships available?
While we have had remote college internships in the past, we are currently not offering any. We recommend students look for a local in-house internship to get the best experience. We have also served as TA's for School of Motion. We recommend checking out their courses or resources to supplement your learning.

Are you hiring?
We are not looking for any in-house positions. However, we are always on the lookout for specialized talent when the need arises. Feel free to say hi and send your portfolio to hello@botkacollective.com

Do you hire voice over artists?
You are more than welcome to send your portfolio to hello@botkacollective.com

Technical

What software do you use?
We primarily use Adobe Creative Cloud (After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and Maxon Cinema 4D Studio.

What computers do you use?
We use both Mac and PC with fast specs and an ultrawide monitor. We also use a Wacom MobileStudio Pro for drawing.

What plugins do you use?
We are familiar with a variety of plugins and have access to the most commonly used ones from Red Giant, aescripts.com, Greyscalegorilla, etc. We are usually quick to jump into common workflows when working with agencies and production companies.

What film gear do you have?
We shoot in 4K on the Sony A7S ii with Zeiss 28-70mm lens. For stabilization we use the DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilizer. We also have a Manfrotto video tripod. We are FAA-certified drone pilots using the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. We use a Rode NTG3 boom mic with the Zoom H6 audio recorder as well as the Zoom F1 lav mic recorder. We use a LED light kit. We edit in Adobe Premiere Pro and sync with Red Giant PluralEyes. We can also rent additional gear when needed.