Make a Splash this Summer with these 4 Documentary Storytelling Tips

Documentary films can help propel a cause, business, or nonprofit organization, and their success is proven by the genre’s growing online popularity. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, movie watchers are becoming more intrigued with this type of filmmaking and spend increasing hours online watching films that follow this style. With video content becoming the primary medium from which consumers gain information, consider these 5 documentary storytelling ideas and tips to help you launch your organization’s story.

  1. Pick the right story and stick with it.

 

Where documentary films often struggle the most is with the overall story idea. Too often, documentary films try to communicate too much information about an organization or cause, instead of focusing on a single story that captures the unique nature of the brand. If you want your film to successfully communicate your brand’s purpose or function, find the story that both interests the target audience and captures your brand’s identity.

One mistake filmmakers often make is choosing to portray the “Day in the Life” of a person, group, or organization, without finding an actual story to tell along the way. “Day in the Life” style films can give a good insight into the heart of an organization, but if the film doesn’t tell a story or portray that day in an interesting way, viewers will quickly become uninterested.

  1. Once you have the idea, define it.

A story is only effective if it’s well organized and defined. Once you find the story you believe is worth telling about your organization, sit down with your team and/or the filmmakers and hammer out the details. What is the story’s log line? This short description of your story should outline the who, what, and why of your story: who is doing the action, what are they doing, and why are they doing it? Once you clearly define these pieces of information, you’ll be one step closer to shooting a documentary video that clearly tells an important story of your organization.

  1. Use the camera to help tell the story.

Once you and your team decide the details of the story, it’s time to choose how you want it to be told. Whether it’s through interviews, sequences, visuals, graphics, narration, music, or a combination, choosing the right elements can help correctly convey your story to your audience. We recommend sitting down with the filmmakers and working together to decide which elements fit best at certain points of the story. Maybe

  1. Do your research.

Before filming begins, make sure everyone in the cast, crew, and anyone behind the scenes is on the same page. Make sure you have guaranteed permits to film in your chosen locations and that all of your cast and crew members are updated on the shooting schedule. Once you have everything in place, you can begin doing research for the film by pre-interviewing your sources, capturing B-roll footage in relevant locations, and gathering information about your story from sources like news articles, TV reports, and photographs, to name a few. This extra information will help you shape your story and give it life.

These four tips should help you and your team prepare for your upcoming documentary film shoot. At Windward Productions, we’re dedicated to telling organization’s stories in unique and compelling ways, and we want to help you do the same. For more information on our documentary filmmaking services, click here. And to contact us for pricing, filmmaking details, or more information, give us a call today!

 

5 Videos a Corporate Brand Needs to Stand Out Amongst the Competition

While video content is becoming a marketing standard, so far, over one third of businesses have yet to grasp onto the trend. Now is the perfect time for your business to hop on the video bandwagon and put out video content for potential customers and clients to see. No matter the industry, your business can benefit (and yes, profit) from having several types of videos used as marketing content. Discover the 5 types of video your business needs to stand out amongst the competition and thrive in the industry.

 

  • CORPORATE DOCUMENTARY

 

This type of corporate video is the perfect introduction into the digital world. This is a chance for your company to become more than a name and a logo. Video shows off the personality of your company and tells its story. A corporate documentary explains your company’s mission and vision, while including personal testimonials from your clients, employees, and industry contacts. This is your chance to show off your brand  to the world and prove what makes your company different.

Remember, when when making your corporate documentary, always display to your company’s strengths – highlighting your positive attributes that truly make you different from the competition.

 

  • HOW-TO VIDEOS

 

This self-explanatory type of video works best when your audience knows of and is interested in using your product. While some will read a 1,000 word blog post explaining the how-to’s of a product, a 2-3 minute video showing a hands-on example of a product is likely going to get you more attention.  A how-to (instructional) video that is creatively filmed and composed will earn your business even more online traffic that will ultimately convert into more customers.

Remember, when creating your promotional (how-to) videos, focus on the actual use of your product. While added features are a bonus, emphasize how the viewer can use the product in his/her everyday life. More importantly, show them why they need your product.

 

  • PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS

 

Promotional videos allow you to highlight lesser seen aspects of your company. From special events to press releases, promotional videos offer a shortened explanation of information usually found in writing. They also generate interest in the company’s upcoming announces and product launches.

Remember, promotional videos should add a level of excitement about your brand, product, event, etc.  Of course, promotional videos need to be done tastefully. To keep your audience interested, ensure these videos are brief, compelling, and well-produced. Investing in having a well-done promotional video will allow you to reap the rewards down the line.

 

  • EXPERT VIDEOS

 

With a constant stream of information and advertisements being distributed on the Internet, it is essential for your brand to have an accurate, informational voice behind the content you are producing. When customers are still researching a product, they are more likely to listen to the facts, figures, and features of a product. Use this form of corporate video to answer potential customers’ questions and give details about your product.

Remember, avoid making this form of video an advertisement. To avoid this, make helpful and detailed information your focus in the video. Customers want to know the ins and outs of what they’re buying, and if you can show off your product with complete transparency, you will be more likely to earn their trust.

 

  • DEMO VIDEO

 

After producing content that offers insight into your brand and highlights the products you offer, it may be time to share a demo video. A demo video combines the demonstration offered in the hands-on video, while including the in-depth explanation of the product features shown in the expert video.

Remember, a demo video sells the entire experience of your product/service. Bring your demo video idea to a professional videographer to create a beautifully shot video while guiding you along the fine line between a commercial and a strictly information piece.

These 5 types of corporate videos will allow your company to flourish and jump ahead of the competition. In a world where technology is constantly evolving and social media use is only growing, staying on top of marketing trends will help keep your company fresh and relevant. A video is considered to be as effective as 1.5 million words! So use this effective medium to your advantage — call Windward Productions today to discuss creating your own corporate videos!

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