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Informational blog about techniques, ideas,industry trends, clients and projects of Indermaur Media. Written by Scott Indermaur, professional corporate photographer.

Posts tagged Corporate Videographer
Steps to Create a Successful Corporate Video Production
 
Video Production Crew in Nebraska
 

Indermaur media has done many corporate video productions ranging from simple videos to more sophisticated in planning and creation. In some cases, it is unscripted with subjects speaking from their heart. In other cases, it is imperative for the words to be exact and in that case we use a TelePrompter. No matter how sophisticated a corporate video project may be, creating a video has three necessary steps to create a successful corporate video production. Pre-production, Production, and Post-production.


Video Pre-production

This is the stage that is critical to successful video production. In this stage, we create the story and messaging for the target audience. There may be a simple conversation with the client regarding vision and goals or much more time spent on discussions, scheduling, putting together the perfect production crew, shopping for props, casting talent, hiring the actors, and pre-interviewing subjects. One example of where pre-production for video production is essential:

Boston Multi Media Video Production:

We created a two day Boston multimedia project for a financial retirement product. The experienced crew and actors of 30 people included me as the photographer, a videographer to create b-roll for their website, wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, producer, art director, assistants, grips and the client. The pre-production included scouting locations throughout Boston to convey the lifestyle photography and video we needed, applying and receiving proper permits, casting and hiring the actors, creating a style of wardrobe for the talent to wear, purchasing props for the video scenes and creating a detailed schedule. A few logistics we included where people needed to park, how to get the crew fed, dealing with police officers when they question what we were doing and needed to see our permits, among other things.

Social Media Marketing Campaign In RI:

A Rhode Island healthcare social media marketing campaign included commercial photography and testimonial video. This project included me as the photographer and videographer, a multimedia assistant, an art director, two client representatives, makeup artist, and a producer. The critical part was working with the client to locate the potential Rhode Island Business owners and subjects that are in line with their marketing campaign. After identifying the subjects, scouting was necessary for some subjects to find the ideal location to capture them in, we applied for permits, and we created a detailed schedule.

Video Production Projects - Boston MA & Nebraska

This stage is where everyone is involved. It is magic to see entire crews work as one and create a video from the client's concept and vision. It can be as simple as myself as the cameraman with a video grip for assistance, and we work as a team to create video, capture sound and have conversations with subjects in a video interview style. At times it is more focused on me as the director and video crew that handles the multimedia logistics. Two examples of where video production is essential:

  1. A Boston compliance training video production included a multimedia production crew of eight, producer, make-up artist, three client art directors, and 10 actors. We used the portion of the client's office space that was empty at the time. One of our tasks was to purchase office props to make the office look as if it was active. Day 1 included spending time setting up the video equipment and propping the offices with items like computers, flowers, pens to make it look dynamic.

  2. A Nebraska community bank video story that was unscripted with subjects speaking from the heart. It took a crew of 4, the client and dozens of subjects for heartfelt video interviews. We spent weeks developing the story and pre-qualifying the subjects to create a video story about the vibrant community and its connection to a community bank. The critical part of the production was to be on schedule and open to shifting the schedule and direction of the story if a new detail comes up in our conversations with the individual in the community. This style is more in line with a journalistic style and being in tune with the message, goals and agile enough to shift direction if needed.

Video Post production

post production is gathering all the video clips, sound and putting together to create a meaningful video story. In some cases, it is as simple as working with a script and going back to our video production notes on what video clips we’re best. With other times, it is listening to all the clips and putting the story together from the original pre-production goals and vision in mind. After that, we share the video online for client feedback, and we typically go into post-production a few rounds to refine the corporate video. One example of corporate assignment post-production:

  1. Connecticut non-profit video marketing campaign that shared their mission. In this case, the crew was a video assistant and me. We had two clients representative that handles the interview questioning and oversaw art direction. All the subjects spoke unscripted and from their heart. We created several videos with different topics for a capital campaign for their non-profit. Each had a different matter, and we listened to all the clips to refine the non-profit's messaging and create a strong fund drive campaign.


High quality corporate video content is successful when you can engage the viewer. To create a seamless and robust commercial video or corporate video, you must pay attention to all stages of video production. Creating a detailed schedule and paying attention to the details is essential to create a successful corporate video production.

Creating Strategic Marketing For a New Startup

So, what is it in Kansas that will change the world? Indermaur Media has an exciting and unique opportunity to join a brilliant team about to change the AG industry. Our client has gathered top minds in the fields of technology, engineering, chemistry, agriculture, and environmental sciences too (as they have said) change the way the world farms, and eventually save our Earth. That's a big vision, but one we believe is possible.

I have known and worked with Rob Herrington over many years, often on the next successful start-up adventure. The latest startup, PrairieFood, has been in our discussions (and in the making) for years. It's been exciting to learn about and watch the new company move from an idea into the actual production of its product.

Marketing Strategy & Communications Plan
Indermaur Media is documenting all components of PrairieFood's narrative with photography and video for historical purposes, as well as produce their digital media, and written content. I decided to bring in Indermaur Media's Producer and Visual Thrive partner, Lori Giuttari, to manage the written content and strategic communication plans for Prairie Food. The entire team works closely with their strategy and communications, from developing their website, maintaining consistent branding within all the messaging, to their upcoming social media feed.

strategic marketing - communications - video and photography - social media project

This past November, we were excited to travel to Kansas and meet our team, and to photograph and video PrairieFood's first milestone: Completion of their commercial scale continuous flow reactor, fired up for the first time, was captured within meaningful video conversations and hundreds of photos that tell the story of PrairieFood.

Think cow manure. Ahhh! That fresh farm smell! What do we do with the extraordinary amount of manure we have on this Earth, as we continue to deplete our natural resources to produce more food? Well, the PrairieFood team is tackling this issue from every angle in one fell swoop.

Like any waste, it's essential that we, as humans, learn how to recycle and reuse as much as possible. In manure's case, it's even more critical. This nutrient-rich bio-waste is regulated by the US EPA and must be safely disposed of or it can cause lots of environmental problems. Manure continually emits methane gas and leaches nitrates and phosphorus into our water supplies - both a leading contributor to climate change and pollution. Mother Nature can only take so much, and I'm sure she expects us to know better and do better.

PrairieFood's award-winning, proprietary process takes the carbon-rich manure and deconstructs it using heat and water. This novel process swiftly recycles and binds the organic nutrients in manure to the carbon, kills bacteria and weed seeds, and deconstructs any antibiotics within it in less than 1 second! The outcome: PrairieFood - an organic, carbon-rich, nutrient dense material immediately available for organically farming safe food.

Because of decades of conventional farming, our land craves carbon, nutrients and the organic microbes PrairieFood delivers. This intensified process takes what Mother Nature gives us and returns it to the Earth to enrich our soil, and produce nourishing, safe, better food within the first crop cycle.

Organic farmers prefer to feed their soil just like this but to do it right; it's a five-to-six year process that still needs to address dangerous bacteria like e-Coli and listeria, and disrupting weed seeds within the manure itself. The PrairieFood team believes their innovative process will change the way our world farms. As a very health-conscious society, PrairieFood delivers precisely what we need - safe, organic, nutritious food without further harm to our planet.

I captured the photography and video to share their story as the company grows. Their website -PrairieFood.com - is up and running as was also developed by Indermaur Media! And we will continue to share the development each step of the way. You can follow these updates on PrairieFood's LinkedIn Page too!

This adventure is just beginning, but how cool would it be if:

  • Organic farmers are immediately able to produce higher yields?

  • Conventional farmers could replace synthetic fertilizers and enhance their land?

  • Manure won't sit around emitting methane gases?

  • In three years all farms could become organic farms without loss of yields?

  • All our food was organic, safe, and nutrient-dense?

To be a part of PrairieFood’s team is exciting - they are a brilliant group - and to be able to manage and create consistent, reliable communication through photography, video, website design, written content, social media management, and strategic marketing is a fascinating opportunity employing all that Indermaur Media offers.

The story has just begun. Follow it unfold on PrairieFood LinkedIn page.  

Bostitch Office National Multimedia Campaign

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My client, Bostitch Office, wanted to develop a multimedia campaign to showcase their new product, creating videos for use in social media ads, point-of-purchase displays, and installation instructional videos, and photography for packaging and advertising, as well as for trade show collateral.

We began with meetings to outline concepts for their multiple visual needs. Shooting the video and photography during a three-day multimedia assignment allowed us consistency with the actors, location, and style. It streamlined the visual process to save on the client’s budget because we would be able to run photography and video concurrently. During this phase, we created a video storyboard, a photography shot list and produced a detailed schedule to capture the ideas for their photography and video needs efficiently.

In phase two, scouting for locations, we visited locations throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. We found a perfect site in Boston for our video production and as a Boston advertising photographer. I also added it to our location library for future projects. The Boston location is a very modern looking office with lots of glass doors and large windows with new furniture, and we were able to have full access to it for our three-day multimedia assignment.

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The new product is a modern workspace and cable organization system. It includes spaces to organize and store desktop clutter, management of cables, among other ways to keep the desk area efficient and free from clutter.

Now that my team had the assignment tactics approved, and secured the office space, we contacted a few talent agencies for the casting of our three actors.

The client wanted people that would be comfortable in front of the camera, but we also included an employee who knew the product well and could easily set it up for the instructional video.

Moreover, before we began the assignment, the entire office needed to be propped with office supplies and accessories that made the office look as active and productive as a typical busy office. We wanted to be sure to use as many as the client’s office products as possible. A product manager focused explicitly on the setup on their new workspace system, which was still a prototype at the time.

Our Multimedia Production Crew
The Indermaur Media Boston multimedia production crew consisted of myself, as production director and photographer; a New England videographer, two multimedia assistants to set up and attend to anything that keeps the set running smoothly, a wardrobe stylist, a makeup artist, and a producer/prop stylist.

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Day one, of production, was primarily focused on product setup and photography. No models were needed. It also gave us the opportunity to watch the limited daylight time and adjust our video schedule for this winter assignment.

The remaining days were a mix of environmental photography and video. We’d set up a scene and video record it, then photograph product close-ups and office overviews for web, packaging and other print use. Then we’d setup and move on to the next scene.

Also on set were four people from the client’s marketing and product development team to manage art direction and set up of the product. They also acted as extras during the video scenes. We typically had 2-3 setups at any given time in different stages of setup to keep the photography and video production flowing.

As always, I want to create a fun, high energy environment as the team comes together for a multi-day assignment. We focus on what’s needed and get straight to work. On video recording days we work non-stop to meet the client’s vision, and having a fully engaged, professional team is the key to our success.

Please take a look at the video and photography outcomes from this exciting assignment, and let me know what you think!

Also, visit our new venture for your company’s social media marketing - Visual Thrive.

Using a Video Teleprompter to Deliver Your Message

Coming from a photojournalistic background I always enjoy creating heartfelt videos and photography with people speaking from the heart to develop humanistic stories.

I enjoy the approach of having a “conversation” with the subject vs. a formal “interview”. While the subject and I may share questions beforehand, we keep the questions and answers short and spoken in the moment. Typically the individual does not respond looking directly into the camera. I prefer this technique as speaking from the heart humanizes the subject vs written message they are reading. 

Recently I began working with the Executive Career Coach Lori Giuttari, to produce a video course for her clients. She needs to speak directly to her clients and be on topic for videos that last about 5-15 minutes. 

This is when a teleprompter comes in very handy. The teleprompter I use displays the written script from an iPad and reflects it onto a piece of glass. The camera is directly behind the glass. Therefore she is reading the text while looking into the camera in order to be connected with the viewer.

She was able to write out her lesson beforehand, and practice while recording herself with a voice recorder, in order to evaluate her messaging and timing. This allowed her to fine-tune her modules for the video course. 

Being able to use a teleprompter, speaking directly to clients, allowed me to focus on connecting with them, as opposed to worrying about every single point I touched upon.
— Lori Giuttari
Life Coach-Teleprompter

When we created the video she felt comfortable with her tightly prepared message and by seeing her text through the teleprompter, it allowed her to be sure she covered all essential parts or her lesson.

Both techniques of using or not using a teleprompter have their purpose in delivering your message and story. It’s important to decide what type of message you want to provide and who your audience will be. 

Save Money by Combining Multiple Projects
 
Industrial Photographer time-lapse
 

I often get awarded corporate photography projects that are smaller productions. Then I discover the client has many other corporate video and photography needs that are not being addressed. For example, they may initially call me for a portrait of their CEO, then with some discussion find out they need headshots of executives, a video about one of their associates for their Youtube channel, and a group photograph of the Sales Team.

If you have lots of little visual needs and don't have a large budget, or the time, then combining the projects into one sizable project will allow you to get more photography and video projects completed and save you thousands. I created a quick estimate to illustrate the savings for a corporate photography in Boston project and figured it will save about $5,000 if we combined four half-day assignments into a 1-day project.

Create a full day (or more) jam-packed with 3-4 assignments you may typically complete on different days.

A few tips on combining corporate photography and video projects to save money on your yearly budget:

  1. Keep a project calendar
    1. This is very helpful with planning your current and future visual needs.
    2. When you have a visual need and a tight deadline, look at this project calendar and see what you can also get completed with your current assignment.
  2. Work a few months ahead to allow yourself enough time to combine projects into one more extensive project, find the appropriate photographer/videographer and schedule the projects.
  3. One crucial factor is to work with a multimedia vendor that creates excellent photography and video and most importantly enjoys this type of assignments.
Timelapse of a painter in an industrial painting booth painting the finishing touches on a piece of machinery.
Building your Multi-Media Team - Behind the Scenes

The intended audience of a portrait or multimedia project only sees the final product, not the stages of its development. In some cases, it takes one photographer to create that image or video, while other assignments it may comprise of a team of individuals. Any projects may be joyful or stressful. In either case, I look for a crew that can go with the flow during the fun and stressful times.

I like to build a team that collaborates and enjoys the day working as a team. When there is a bump in the road, our crew can step up and smooth it out, then move on to the next task. Building a team that fits the tone you prefer on set is necessary for a creative and fruitful project.

When it is time to get serious with a corporate photography or videography production, we do. In between those moments, we enjoy our comradely and synergy. This energy allows for more creativity to blossom and fosters a friendly environment. I Thrive when collaborating, I grew up sailing a forty foot wooden sailboat with my dad, and he taught me collaboration was necessary for survival on the water. I have extrapolated that mindset to my art.

With a sailing crew of five, we all had assigned tasks that required us to work as a team although in a moments' notice, if a teammate needed some extra help, someone would jump in to help them. We wanted to win the race as a team. As with racing, when on an assignment, our crew needs to make a victorious finish happen, so we work together to make the client look like a rock star by creating a superior final product it is a real team success when we can do that while we all get to enjoy the project the experience.

Similar to hiring a new employee, keep in mind your photographer's personalities and their experience and who is on their team. Align this with your vision of how you would like your still photography and video assignment's experience to be. 

Do you want a creative (photographer or videographer) with a who has as their stronger style collaboration, vision, excellent with collaborating or someone who completes the tasks exactly as you request? Do you need a photographer that is decisive or prone to remain quiet with their process, vision and or preferences? Be confident your creative team handles the stress related to your assignment demands?