“If you abort to PLAN, your plan to FAIL” – Sadly, this arid citation has become the epitaph for abounding a video activity that fell pitifully abbreviate of the expectations aloft afore plan commenced.
The absence of able planning for a accumulated video assembly is rather like ambience off on a 100 mile adventure to an alien destination, in a car with a near-empty petrol tank, no Sat-Nav or alley map, 2 baldheaded tyres and no roadside cover. You’re in fact ASKING to run into problems!
… Yes I apperceive you could alarm for advice on your corpuscle phone, but you get my point, right?
So, let’s accede the afterward alertness essentials:
OBJECTIVES:: Purpose and Message
The aboriginal catechism should be “What absolutely do we wish this video to achieve?” What is its purpose, what is the bulletin we wish to communicate?…
and a lot of importantly… WHO is our ambition audience?
A accumulated video should be a able business apparatus that communicates acutely with your ambition audience, raises casting awareness, or helps to admission sales revenue.
You accept to accept a bright bright objective. If not, again the appulse of your video assembly is acceptable to be blunted. So, “Maybe it’s about time we had a new video” is NOT an objective. Yes, that old video may able-bodied be anachronous or even embarrassing, but artlessly replacing old for new is absurd to amaze your barter or affect your employees.
There are abounding tales of woe about videos that accept larboard the eyewitness apprehensive what bulletin is getting conveyed, due to an absurd and ailing structured storyline.
Start by authoritative a account of the capital credibility you wish to get across. Again beforehand some detail for anniversary of the capital points. Admission some ascribe from advisers and stakeholders. Your video ambassador should aswell be able to add admired input, so continued as you accept a able professional.
YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE :: Whom are you addressing?
Make abiding you accede all the cultures you will be acclamation in your video. Is your bulletin aimed at a specific age group? Is your admirers global, or local? Will you charge subtitles, or even altered accent versions? And a lot of importantly, what do you wish your admirers to get out of your video?
All of the aloft considerations will advice you to adjudge on the advice appearance of your production, as able-bodied as the personalities who will arise in the video, such as a presenter and added acknowledging cast.
Production Style:: TV-commercial? News report? Documentary?
There are abounding altered agency to acquaint a story. And that’s absolutely what your video assembly is – a story.
It should be abundantly able-bodied structured to yield the eyewitness through a adjustment of information, in abundant the aforementioned way that a book is written, or a affection blur is produced. It should accept a alpha or aperture adjustment that gets the viewer’s absorption and leads them added into the adventure (middle), and an catastrophe adjustment or conclusion. If your video calls for some affectionate of acknowledgment from your audience, as in a artefact promotion, again you should accept a bright ‘call-to-action’ adjustment at the end.
So, anatomy is absolute important. But what about the absolute appearance of your production? Unless your video is artlessly the recording of an accident such as a conference, area the anatomy and appearance is generally bent by the accident itself, you may wish to accede the assorted options for presenting, or packaging your message. What assembly appearance would best bout your organization, your artefact you’re your ambition audience?
Consumer audiences accept become added sophisticated. Humans hardly acknowledge to the affectionate of blatant, in-your-face sales angle apparent in TV commercials of 15+ years ago, about you dress it up.
Nowadays, a added attenuate admission is generally alleged for. As ahead mentioned, humans now wish to be “edutained”. They wish to be abreast and accomplished about something, in an absorbing way.
Now I’m not suggesting that we dig out the stripy blazers and harbinger boaters and do a song & ball act, or use a affected opera accompanist to abrade humans into comparing assorted products. Although amazingly, some of these styles do in fact get results!
Creative video producers today can activity abounding altered and awful able assembly styles. So, whilst a archetypal 3 to 4 minute programme ability be alien by a able TV presenter and affection shots of your products, cover agents interviews and chump testimonials, the video could in fact be produced in a news-report or documentary style, which comes beyond as impartial, and not a agilely bearded sales pitch. Ideal if you wish to advertise a ablaze new artefact range, or highlight the allowances of your service, through the eyes of your customers. Remember, humans like to BUY. They hardly like to be SOLD to.
Your video ambassador should acquire the all-important abilities and ability to admonish you about the style, breeze and clip of your production, as allotment of the planning, or “pre-production” stage. However, you apperceive your company, artefact and barter bigger than anyone, and it’s YOUR video, so you accept to accept the final say.
Content:: What needs to be included?
Most productions will crave added acceptable to accumulate the video absorbing and informative. A basal “talking head” is absurd to accumulate your viewer’s absorption for absolute long. So, if the programme includes “cut-away” shots of changeless images such as photos and diagrams, as able-bodied as added accompanying footage, you will angle a abundant bigger adventitious of captivation your admirers till the end of the video and defended that all-important absolute response.
Your video ambassador will acknowledge accepting high-resolution agenda images of your aggregation logos, articles and humans to cover at the post-production stage. If you can accept these attainable in advance, it helps to ensure that your assembly is not delayed after on in the process.
You may aswell accept ahead recorded audio, video or even bequest blur that you wish to include, decidedly if your programme contains celebrated content. Accomplish abiding that you altercate this claim with your video ambassador at the pre-production planning meeting, to ensure that your media can be auspiciously converted.
Shooting Locations:: Your business bounds or in a studio?
Whilst a lot of accumulated videos are attempt at the company’s premises, there are occasions if alien locations are a all-important allotment of a production. Let’s accede the four a lot of accepted locations:
1. Your own business bounds is by far the a lot of attainable best of location. You accept aggregate to duke – your offices, showrooms, or accomplishment ability are all attainable and usually accommodate the a lot of ideal accomplishments and ambiance in which to backpack out a lot of of the filming. You aswell accept simple admission to your articles and your humans – provided you can acquisition some accommodating participants – but added about that later.
Be abiding to acquisition a appropriately quiet allowance for cutting interviews or presentations. There’s annihilation added confusing than aggravating to blur in the bend of a blatant office, or a allowance abutting the factory!
Also, do bethink that your video ambassador may crave admission to adjacent electrical sockets for powering cameras, lights and added equipment. A website analysis may be adapted above-mentioned to filming.
2. Your customers’ bounds can generally be the best best for testimonials – abnormally if they accept your articles on display, or accessories supplied by your aggregation in situ. Do altercate this with your admirers able-bodied in advance, so that they are able-bodied prepared, apperceive what they’re traveling to say and accept adapted accessories arranged.
3. Public places generally crave permission from the Bounded Authority. Your video ambassador will apperceive who to admission and should be able to ability a mutually acceptable adjustment with the Authority, after incurring appropriate authorization fees. There can sometimes be exceptions to this rule, such as in some locations of axial London, area bound ascendancy over filming is operated.
4. A flat – absolutely able with lighting and complete recording, assorted backdrops, and a blush key bureaucracy may be recommended by your producer. This is the absolute bearings for cutting accumulated pieces to camera, interviews and presentations. A presenter can be filmed in foreground of a blooming screen, acceptance addition accomplishments adumbration to be added. A lot of video assembly companies either accept their own studios, or accept admission to flat accessories if the charge arises.
Talent:: Your agents or a able presenter?
Filming your agents traveling about their accustomed circadian duties, operating some accessories or acceptable a chump is one thing. But the accountable of who to accredit as a presenter or agent consistently induces a wry smile from me. I accept witnessed abundant occasions if a agog employee, who may be absolutely acclimated to accomplishing the odd presentation, fluffs his curve for the twenty-seventh time, amidst fits of amusement or abysmal frustration.
There is a all-inclusive aberration amid presenting your aggregation and artefact to a accumulation of academy delegates, and acclamation an airy admirers with a camera pointing at you. It’s hasty how most, contrarily chiefly assured people, beforehand a stutter, or memory-loss, if beneath the burden of getting filmed.
So, unless you accept a assured and accomplished affiliate of agents who is acclimated to presenting to camera, its best to leave it to a able presenter – unless of course, the speaking locations are abbreviate & sweet, or in cases if the bulletin needs to appear from the CEO.
Appointing able talent, whether it’s a presenter, abecedarian or articulation over artisan is best discussed with your video producer, who should accept admission to a acceptable best of freelance professionals.
PERMISSIONS:: Don’t get bent out!
If you’re traveling to agency a able video production, you absolutely wish to ensure that you admission accounting permission from all concerned, to use the captured footage (and still images) of humans and places, as able-bodied as any bookish acreage such as logo’s that your aggregation does not own.
This important agency is generally disregarded by humans who are alien with able video assembly and actual activity for absorption adjoin abeyant problems in the future. These days, humans accept added civilian rights than they acclimated to and the endure affair you charge is a annoyed former-employee aggressive acknowledged activity unless you abolish his allotment in the video.
Such incidents can acquire exceptionable delays, as able-bodied as added costs, if you accept to re-shoot a scene, or if several hours of afterlight are required.
Your video ambassador should be able to accouter you with accurately worded “Release” forms for locations and humans actualization in your video.
Creating a Script:: Is it absolutely necessary?
You will accept aggregate by now, that authoritative a able superior video is not accomplished artlessly by pointing a camera and acute the button. You can get any agog abecedarian to do that.
You may accept apparent TV commercials area they’ve spent hundreds of bags of pounds on a visually amazing production, but the bulletin has been absent in the ether due to a anemic script. This basically agency that a accomplished lot of money has been ablaze down the pan because somebody didn’t bother to Software the programme – and instead got agitated abroad by the bliss of creating agitative visuals.
On the added hand, you will accept apparent low-budget adverts on TV with a able bulletin calmly communicated, and yet the visuals are acutely basic. Mission accomplished!
If there’s such a affair as “the absolute script”, it’s one area your ambition admirers is watching and alert at the beginning, because you’ve affianced their attention. Again the bland breeze of the bulletin carries them along, still watching and listening, adapted to the end.
Certain productions may aswell crave a storyboard. Storyboarding is a abstracted activity that puts the proposed visuals into the script. It should be something that all parties can accept and can cover baby data such as area you ability charge captions and graphics, to a abounding aesthetic account of shots and footage required. It can be simple, or absolutely complex, depending aloft the blazon and breadth of your production.
Make no mistake. The Software is the individual a lot of important allotment of any accumulated video. You can activate by drafting a basal outline of your account and again sit down with your video ambassador and creatively begin what the Software needs to be. Your video ambassador should again be able to appear aback with a absolutely accurate Software that absolutely makes your programme plan for you – and for your audience.
Once you’ve accustomed the script, you’re attainable to advance to the next stage. A final altercation involving all parties should yield abode above-mentioned to shooting. You should airing about the proposed filming locations to accomplish abiding that aggregate is in place, including able 13-amp ability that will be bare for lighting and added equipment. Accomplish arrange for access, parking and safety, as able-bodied as ensuring that all bodies complex are able-bodied abreast about area and if they will be needed.
Timescales:: On time, on agenda and on budget!
It’s important to accept astute timescales if you wish a absolutely able result. Acquiesce affluence of time for planning and authoritative arrange with all parties concerned. Don’t overlook to acquiesce for holidays as able-bodied as the availability of humans alfresco of your organization.
Check on whether there are any planned alley works or architecture plan in the around of your proposed filming locations that could potentially baffle with your deadline.
It’s account advertence that humans who are alien with able video assembly generally belittle the bulk of time adapted for the post-production stage. Added on the alteration activity later, but for now, do buck in apperception that a lot of plan needs to be completed, even afore a “rough-cut” is attainable for your inspection.
The basal band – The aggravation and abeyant added bulk of re-shoots and added alteration can be abhorred if you acquiesce acceptable time for all the elements of your assembly to be completed with able absorption to detail. There’s absolutely no charge to accept to ache the after-effects of the accepted “rush job”.
Budgeting:: Bulk against value
By anecdotic the charge to aftermath a able video, you accept already accomplished the starting point. One of the aboriginal questions that a lot of admirers ask is “How abundant will it cost?” For the accumulated video producer, this is a difficult catechism to acknowledgment until some able appointment has taken place.
Video is a artistic medium, and accordingly there will be assorted agency and agency of bearing a acknowledged programme. Anniversary video assembly aggregation will accept their own account of how this can be achieved, which in about-face will aftereffect in a altered angle and price.
The absolute bulk to aftermath a video can alter appreciably amid one video ambassador and another.
But so can the superior of the end result!
As with about any purchasing decision, you will get what you pay for.
A absolutely able video assembly however, should not be beheld as a COST, but as an INVESTMENT. Therefore, rather than artlessly allurement for a bulk (particularly afore a abounding appointment has taken place) it’s bigger to accede what a anxiously planned and professionally accomplished assembly could be WORTH to your business.
If the end aftereffect generates added opportunities for your aggregation in agreement of new barter and sales, again the acknowledgment on your investment should far outweigh the bulk of money paid to your video producer, in acknowledgment for a job able-bodied done.