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Costs

A 3-minute film with simple illustrations costs €3,525 but the price of a whiteboardfilm depends on your wishes. We also offer more extensive drawings, for example, to show technical aspects in detail or you can give your movie something extra with the help of our add-ons. Click here for all prices.

We’ve designed our processes efficiently and we’ve made hundreds of films. Even though each film is unique, we use this experience productively. Of course, whether you think our prices are cheap or expensive depends on your budget. We’ve chosen to charge a fixed price for everyone and we put that price clearly on our website.

We make all our films with a lot of personal attention and a good dose of creative love. There are many hours involved in our process, so we’re not the cheapest company around. We spend a lot of time talking to you about what you want our of the video and how you want it to look – that’s why we schedule a 2 hour appointment at the beginning of the process. We take time to ensure your film is exactly as you like it.

We have a limited budget available for shorter, discounted films. Please get in touch to discuss it.

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Miscellaneous

Set mostly! Bananagrams, Dobble, Smooth Sprints, Halli Galli or Pictionary – anything to keep us sharp! Then we balance it with some meditation, which we do a lot of in the office.

Yes, but because of the advance of hyper-intelligent young ladies in the third feminist wave, they are heavily in the minority. It’s quite possible that throughout your project you’ll only find women on your path.

True! But we thought they were such nice questions that we decided to answer them.

Since 2013. In recent years we’ve continually developed the business and ourselves and we’re still going! It’s nice to see the difference in quality between videos below…

One of our old films: 
A more recent film: 

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Practicalities

We need 6 weeks from the first interview. In our experience that’s how much time we need for everyone to enjoy the process and deliver a good end product. If you need a film faster, it’s sometimes possible, but depends on our planning and availability.

As well as making films our artists are also available for live drawing events. They create a visual record of events during a meeting, event or conference.
In addition, we can also drop by your office for a drawing workshop. Why take minutes when your team can process ideas and plans clears in a drawing? “I can’t draw!” Don’t worry, after this workshop, you’ll be able to.

Hire a live artist

Certainly. So far we’ve made films in Flemish, French, Spanish, Arabic, Berber and German. We have an external agency translate the text and we provide a voice-over in the relevant language.

You can always email or call us (+31 20 2617 491), but if we’re making a film for you we like to meet you in person. It could be at your office or at our own – our cozy office is on the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam. During a 2-hour session we work together to get to the core of the video, to make sure no information is overlooked.

We’ve already made films for a lot of clients. Companies like NS, KLM, the University of Amsterdam, ING, the Dutch National Police, the municipality of the Hague and the city of Amsterdam, Klokhuis, Women Inc and Booking.com among others.

Of course! In fact, even if you do have ideas for the film, you’ll probably still want to talk about it in-depth. But don’t worry, you don’t need to have a clear idea of what you want or even a briefing prepared for us. In the first interview we’ll ask all the questions we need to in order to make the video. We do this based on this template.

As much time as you want! On average the client spends 3-5 hours per video. We begin the process with an extensive interview about content, which usually lasts 2 hours. We need that time to get the detail straight. From then on, we take over the process and the only time you need to contribute is giving feedback. Depending on how much feedback you give, the amount of time varies – it could be 5 minutes or 30 minutes. You can also brainstorm with the illustrator, which takes another 2 hours.

We begin the process with an extensive interview of 2-3 hours. This allows us to explore the content and get a good idea of the film’s core message. Then our copywriter starts working on a first draft. You give feedback on the text until it’s exactly what you want. Once the text is decided, our illustrator will make proof drawings. These are sent to you as a PDF and can also give feedback. Finally, the voice-over records the text. If you want, you can phone in and listen to the voice-over to give more feedback. Once everything is agreed and finalized, we manually draw and film the video (for a 3-minute film this takes around 8 hours). We edit everything together and send the video to you in .MP4 format, or any other format you prefer.

Between each step in the process, versions of the text and illustrations are sent back and forth to the client for feedback This can be done by email or telephone, until you’re completely satisfied with the content of the final film. After you’ve given us the definitive ‘GO’, we dive into the film studio to record the film. A few days later it’s delivered to your digital door.

Hell yes! There are all kinds of options. Men, women, enthusiastic, sultry, fluent, serious, English accent, Dutch accent or any other language. You can decide yourself who best fits your video. Listen to the different voices here and let us now who your favourite is.

Listen here to the different examples and tell us which one is your favourite.

Usually there are 2 or 3 illustrators available at any one time, so we send you a sample of their films during the planning process. You can choose an artist based on the style that best suits your video. If you’re in a hurry or it’s very busy at the office, then choice of illustrators can be limited. In any case, we’ll always discuss with you which illustrator will be best suited to your project.

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The organization

Bord & Stift started because we wanted to explain something complicated. Charlotte, our founder, was participating in a national thinktank on the subject of sustainability in the food chain. To explain the phosphorus problem clearly, she and a few others made a video:

It worked so well that other companies began to ask if they could have a similar video. And voila, Bord & Stift was born.

Bord & Stift means Whiteboard & Marker in Dutch.
At the beginning of Bord & Stift, Charlotte asked a friend if he could come up with a few name ideas. Here’s what he came up with:

  • Board of Solutions
  • Come on board
  • World Wide Whiteboard
  • Plain White Screens
  • Drawplain
  • Bord&Stift

Our name is the clearest explanation of what we actually so: with a whiteboard and markers we explain complex matters clearly.

At the moment we choose to specialize in one thing that we’re really good at – whiteboard films. If you produce lots of different types of films, you specialise less. Plus, our mission as a company is to make the world more understandable. In our opinion whiteboard films are the perfect way to make complex subjects transparent.

No one! Or actually, everyone. If you really want to call someone the boss, it’s Charlotte, but we organize Bord & Stift horizontally. That means everyone is equal. We all take responsibility for and enjoy the freedoms of Bord & Stift together.

All matters that aren’t directly involved in film-making, like finances, marketing, team outings, office furnishings, personal development and so on, fall under the remit of different teams. Everyone who works at Bord & Stift can choose a team or teams to be part of. Everyone’s free to set up their own team as well. Our sources of inspiration for this management style are The Whole Elephant, Valve, Reinventing Organizations, Buuurtzorg and Voys.

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Live illustrating

A live illustrator is a fast-drawing artist, able to capture information in images very quickly. A live illustrator is also a kind of note-taker 2.0. Instead of summarizing what’s discussed during a conference or event, we summarize it in images. This makes ideas immediately clear and accessible to everyone at a glance.

A live illustrator adds a lot of value at events which are unusual or not a weekly occurrence. So if you’re organizing a brainstorm or a day of team reflection then having a live illustrator is a great idea.

It’s also fun at conferences or events. While a speaker is speaking, the illustrator makes a drawing to summarize what’s being said. For everyone present, it’s a nice way to see the main points of the speech. An illustrator can also make an overview of the whole day, bringing together the events of the conference.

Have a look first at which illustrator suits you best. Then you can use the ‘Book’ button to hire the relevant illustrator. We quickly check if they’re available and let you know. If so, you can make the booking final! The illustrator will contact you to discuss in advance what you want so they can prepare visually for you.

The illustrator can bring their own materials, or you can arrange this. There are various possibilities: the illustrator can make a summary on one large canvas, or make lots of separate drawings on small sheets. Depending on what you want and what suits you, we’ll try to arrange it!

Live illustrating offers us a different challenge from making films. When you’re making a film you always have time to think about things, but with live illustrating you have to react quickly and instantly transform something into an image. We believe we can really add value this way: to show things more clearly, give an overview during a conference of event and add some much need fun and playfulness!

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Drawing workshops

We ensure that people get to know how to use their drawing skills during work in a low-key way. We focus on getting everyone to draw a lot during the workshop. We start with simple assignments and progress to a more complicated one. There’s always room for feedback or a particular direction.

Visual communication is increasingly important. Instead of endless discussions, it’s better to experience an idea and get started on it straight away. We ensure people develop their self-confidence when it comes to using signs and small illustrations in their work, as well as teaching people how to think visually. Because our workshops are all practical, everyone can practice their skills and take away something valuable from the workshop.

Even during conferences or on team days, it’s a fun, relaxing activity, as well as being useful. People can relax, be creative and discover they can actually draw (because most people think they can’t). There’s a nice atmosphere which make people feel much more positive about their new skills.

The illustrator can bring the materials themselves, or you can arrange that. It can be fun if everyone gets a set of markers and a notebook to keep after the session to they can keep using their visual skills. Notebooks branded with your company logo are often a nice touch. It’s a good idea to discuss this before the workshop.

We didn’t really come up with the idea ourselves, but there was a lto of demand from the companies we worked with! Now we sometimes combine drawing workshops with live illustration and making a video, so that the employees of a company are really involved in the whole process. We love to have fun and it’s really nice to see how enthusiastic people become when they realize they actually can draw….

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Vacancies

Possibly, we’re always looking for new writing, drawing and editing talent. Contact us it you have one or more of these skills by sending an email to ditbenik@bordenstift.nl to introduce yourself. For us it’s really important that you mesh well with the rest of us Bord & Stifters, and can work in our horizontal system. Take a look at the rest of our website and see if it fits you!

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English

Although we’re based in Amsterdam, we work on lots of English videos. Everyone at the office speaks excellent English and we have some native English employees as well, who can ensure any English is perfect in both its pronunciation and poetry. Give us a call, arrange a Skype chat or send us an email and we’ll be happy help.

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