Video Production: 5 Ideas To Get Started

5 Video Production Ideas

Not sure where to get started with video?

Introduction

When it comes to video production / videography, getting started can feel daunting, and understanding the purpose behind it is key. Some view video as a daunting and unpredictable endeavour, while others consider it merely a box to tick on their marketing checklist. Then there are those who see it as the cornerstone of their marketing strategy, capturing attention and earning the trust of their target audience. While video is often seen as a one-time, impactful piece of temporary content for a specific project or campaign, it may not always be the ideal starting point for building a long-term audience.

Video is more than just a fleeting form of content; it's about forging connections, evoking emotions, building trust, showcasing humanity and personality, and standing out in a sea of content to combat diminishing attention spans. Taking a short-term approach to video production can often overlook its potential for long-term success. From a practical standpoint, video engages both the visual and auditory senses, offering a more immersive and personal experience compared to text or audio alone. This engagement often leads to a deeper emotional connection with the content, as videos have a unique ability to convey stories and evoke feelings.

Moreover, videos excel at demonstrating and explaining complex concepts, making information easier to grasp and remember. Additionally, videos are highly accessible and shareable, allowing them to reach a broad audience across various platforms. In essence, the combination of visual engagement, emotional impact, demonstration capabilities, accessibility, and shareability makes video a potent tool for communication.

Promotional Video

When it comes to introducing video to a business, whether it's their first time or they're seasoned veterans, the topic of promotional videos usually takes center stage. That's because, in our view, a promotional video serves as the quintessential digital portrayal of a business or brand. It addresses crucial questions: Who is this business? What do they offer? Why should I choose them over competitors? What sets them apart? What values do they uphold? Potential customers have these inquiries, and they prefer not to scour the internet for answers. Ideally, a compelling and concise promotional video can seize their attention, spur action, and leave a lasting impression on their minds and hearts.

However, a promotional video doesn't entail a stiff individual in a suit speaking directly (or indirectly) to the camera, inundated with industry jargon. It can be vibrant, emotive, relatable, and narrative-driven, or it can adopt a more formal and direct approach, all while avoiding the off-putting feel of a traditional sales pitch. These videos aid businesses and organizations in effectively conveying their value, piquing interest, and boosting conversions, rendering them vital tools for marketing and promotion. Their duration can vary from 30 seconds to 2 minutes or more, dependant upon the target audience and message.

Typically, promotional videos are the pillar of corporate video production, and find a home on a company's homepage, are shared across social media platforms, showcased at events, and the like. To witness visual examples, you can click here to our video production page and filter by 'promotional.' Additionally, here are three past examples of promotional videos we've crafted: one for a law firm (University Law Solicitors), another for a luxury getaway (Tanylan Farm), and a third for event promotion (The Success Seminar).

Company Culture Videos / Recruitment Videos / Meet The Team Videos

In recent years, highlighting company culture has emerged as a significant trend, extending beyond recruitment efforts to encompass the portrayal of a brand's values and ethos in marketing endeavours. While the adage “people buy from people" holds true, its implications run deeper, particularly for large brands where the human element may become obscured. It's a stark reality: if a business claims certain values while its employees appear unhappy, consumers will quickly pick up on the insincerity behind such attempts to earn their trust. Few individuals aspire to work for a business rife with unhappy and unproductive staff; they gravitate toward environments characterized by positivity and productivity.

Enter “meet the team" videos, offering multifaceted benefits for businesses. These videos inject a personal touch into a company's online presence, humanizing the brand and fostering trust with customers. Moreover, they serve as a platform to showcase the team's expertise, diversity, and professionalism, thereby bolstering the company's reputation and nurturing customer relationships.

Similarly, in the realm of recruitment, prospective employees seek more than just salary and perks like gym memberships. They aspire to join organizations where they can forge meaningful connections, create lasting memories, evade workplace toxicity, pursue career advancement, and fulfil other fundamental human needs. Here are two examples of recruitment videos we produced, featuring Aisha and Clare in the legal sector. These videos exemplify the power of storytelling in attracting potential hires, offering insight into the workplace culture and inviting individuals to envision themselves as valued contributors to the team.

Customer Success Stories / Video Testimonials

In today's digital landscape, traditional written testimonials are everywhere, all across companies websites and social media feeds. However, their overuse may have led to a saturation point where they no longer stand out or elicit the same level of trust and emotional connection as they once did. Written testimonials, while informative, lack the emotional depth and authenticity that video testimonials inherently offer. Written words can be easily fabricated or manipulated, leaving audiences sceptical of their credibility.

Additionally, without the visual and auditory cues that video production provides, written testimonials often fail to establish a genuine emotional connection with viewers. The sheer volume of written testimonials can be overwhelming, making it difficult for businesses to differentiate themselves and capture the attention of their audience. In contrast, video testimonials offer a more engaging and impactful way to convey customer experiences, allowing viewers to see and hear the genuine enthusiasm and satisfaction of previous customers first-hand. By leveraging video testimonials, businesses can break through the noise, establish credibility, and forge meaningful connections with their audience, ultimately driving increased brand recognition and customer loyalty.

Now, in the context of the examples we've discussed previously—such as videos produced for a business networking group (Zokit), a software development agency (D3 Digital), and a cleaning company (Optimo)—the incorporation of video testimonials elevates their promotional efforts to new heights. These videos not only showcase the unique offerings and achievements of each business but also provide authentic endorsements that resonate with audiences on a deeper level. Through the power of video, these businesses can effectively differentiate themselves in a crowded market, foster trust, and cultivate lasting relationships with their customers.

Brand Films / Branded Content

The videos we've previously discussed—promotional videos, video testimonials, and recruitment videos—are typically grounded in logic and employed for business expansion. They delve into aspects such as a company's offerings, unique selling propositions, and customer achievements, aiming to directly engage potential customers with a clear sales pitch. While this direct approach undoubtedly has its merits, there are instances where a more indirect strategy proves most effective—telling a story rather than delivering a straightforward message.

Enter brand films: narrative-driven, scripted short films that indirectly promote a brand through relatable stories designed to present a spectrum of emotions—be it sadness, joy, rage, laughter, or others. Indifference is not an option; these films must be memorable and prompt immediate action, whether it's rallying support for a brand, purchasing a product line, participating in a campaign, or other forms of engagement. Failure to do so risks losing their impact, given their emphasis on storytelling.

Overall, brand films play a pivotal role in crafting a compelling brand narrative, forging deeper connections with audiences, and setting the brand apart in a competitive market. They foster customer loyalty and enhance brand recognition by resonating with viewers on an emotional level. Take, for instance, the John Lewis TV commercials aired every Christmas—a prime example of brand films designed to tug at heartstrings without overtly selling a product, focusing instead on winning hearts through storytelling. Here's an example of a brand film we produced for a home memorial product, showcasing the power of storytelling in conveying the essence of a brand and leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

Social Media Videos - Educational Content

Educational marketing has witnessed a surge in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. It serves as a foundation for cultivating trust among audiences, elicits reciprocity, and demonstrates expertise. Moreover, the amount of content ensures a continuous flow of insights into specialized subjects, easily disseminated through various mediums such as videos, audio, images, and text. Formats like video podcasts, explainer videos, talking head segments, and others serve as effective channels for educational content delivery.

A notable advantage of educational content through video production lies in its scalability; a single filming session can yield a bundle of material, providing digestible content for months to come. Often showcased via social media platforms, these informative pieces aim to offer valuable insights, impart new skills, or address pertinent topics relevant to the target audience.

Such videos afford businesses the opportunity to exhibit their expertise, position themselves as thought leaders, and foster meaningful engagement with their audience. By sharing knowledge and insights, businesses can fortify trust, enhance credibility, and cultivate loyalty among their followers. Consequently, this facilitates heightened brand awareness, improved customer retention, and potentially augmented conversions or sales. A good example is our video podcasts with Sinclairslaw, gathering them views in the thousands and countless business enquiries and brand trust.

Thanks for reading!

We hope these video tips help spark creative inspiration and get you thinking about how your event could look from a customer perspective. We are always happy to offer a free chat to discuss any potential projects you have in mind and provide a consultation on how videos can elevate your event. This blog was written by Haydn Wakeling, Founder of Black Swan Productions.

Event Videos: How To Really Capture The Occasion

Top 5 Event Filming Tips

How can your event really stand out?

Introduction

In a crowded landscape of events, it can be difficult to not only get people to book your event in the first place, but also to get people to remember and celebrate the occasion once it's over. Likewise, ensuring people can have a fun time whilst you're pushing a camera in their direction. We've worked across all sorts of recognised industry events and we've got some tips to share. For us, we try to figure out what the big picture is, and ensure our filming can make the most of the occasion. Is this event part of a marketing campaign? Designed for profit? Trying to educate a sector? Once we know the key purpose, we can work out the best method for bringing it to life and creating success. 

Create the Moments

It’s no secret that when a team of filmmakers is walking around with a large camera, it can be natural for people to feel nervous or unsure of how to act when it’s pointed in their direction. It’s only human for them to become tense and freeze up, leaving a gap of ‘moments’ to capture. In our experience, it’s best to acknowledge the situation openly. Make it clear that you’re there to capture a moment and encourage people to have fun with it. Suggest ideas like laughing with the person next to them, smiling at the camera, doing a little dance, or anything else that comes to mind. Similarly, when people are already enjoying themselves, tell them to pretend you’re not there. You can humorously suggest that you’re a ghost and ask them to act as if you don’t exist.

Give the Attendees a Voice

Filming people having a good time is great, but hearing them talk about their experience is even better. Doing interviews where we ask attendees about the event can catch some really special moments, especially when we show what they're talking about alongside footage from the event. People who are thinking about coming to the next event or are just curious about what it's like usually have some questions. Getting those questions answered by folks who were actually there can make a video that's really memorable.

One Video, Really?

Of course, the main reason for filming an event is to create one awesome promo video that everyone involved can use to hype up future events and boost ticket sales or attendance. But let's be real, how many times can you share the same video before people start tuning out? That's why during filming, we make sure to capture lots of short clips and photos that can be used for ongoing marketing. And if it's something like an award ceremony, it's smart to also create individual videos for each winner. We did that for the Wales Legal Awards 2023, so every winning firm could share their victory and keep the buzz going after the event.

Focus on the Feeling

When you're behind the camera, it's easy to get caught up in two things: making sure the story flows smoothly and ensuring top-notch production quality. After all, nobody wants their audience scratching their heads or noticing inconsistencies in the footage. But here's the thing about filming events – it's all about the emotion. Sure, maybe a shot isn't perfectly framed or it's a tad blurry, but if it packs an emotional punch and gets the audience feeling something, it's golden. And sometimes, you have to ditch the standard beginning-to-end narrative. Forget about your own biases and just focus on creating a video that hits people emotionally.

What’s Working Right Now?

While it's crucial not to get too caught up in copying others' work because every event is its own special thing, it doesn't hurt to peek at what's out there and get inspired by different ideas. And it's not just about checking out other event videos either; taking a look at different kinds of experience videos can spark some interesting concepts. For example, mixing in event photography with the video footage can add a whole new layer to the memories captured. And jotting down a bunch of ideas – even something as simple as getting everyone to give a thumbs-up when the camera's on them – can lead to some fun little videos that the organizer can use to hype up the event.

Thanks for reading!

We hope these video tips help spark creative inspiration and get you thinking about how your event could look from a customer perspective. We are always happy to offer a free chat to discuss any potential projects you have in mind and provide a consultation on how videos can elevate your event. This blog was written by Haydn Wakeling, Founder of Black Swan Productions.

TV Commercial – Bryngarw House

Bryngarw House – TVC

Bryngarw House combines country house charm character with modern elegance, couples receive exclusive use of the venue, to make their wedding days truly special. Alongside producing a promotional video, we also produced a TV commercial using the same footage, which includes drone filming and more. Wedding venue video production is crucial for connecting with the target audience of potential customers. Imagine a couple searching for a venue, they’re likely taking recommendations from friends, searching all across Google, jumping across social media pages, all in the hopes of finding the right venue. Generally, they don’t to spend loads of time going through your entire website to understand the venue, they want a video that conveys the most important things right away, whilst being engaging for them.

Experiences

Capturing experiences though video proves to be the most effective way of communicating what a business has to offer, offering a first-hand perspective of the customers experience. Your target audience is hoping you’ll make their lives easier, not forcing them to look through your entire website to find the content that can put them inside the experience, with an engaging and relatable video. Whether that’s a video of a  summer programme, a luxury getaway, a cosy restaurant, or anything else.

Video Production

Attention spans are short – we ensure you get your message across effectively, especially when it comes to wedding venue video production. Video is about storytelling, and your brand stories can directly or in-directly showcase your organisation, explain how you make a difference, the values that matter most to you, discuss your unique selling points, all in order to achieve more sales and increase your brand awareness. Overall, building trust and connecting emotionally. We’ll ensure we do the competitor analysis and brainstorm ideas to ensure you stand out in video.

Wales Legal Awards 2023

Wales Legal Awards 2023

The Wales Legal Awards celebrate excellence in teams practising in and providing services to the legal profession in Wales. It's a culmination of all most performing firms being rewarded for their hard work and spending the night networking together. The event has a selection of different awards firms can go for, such as 'Law Firm of the Year' and 'Rising Star of the Year'. As we've built up a reputation in the legal sector, we were chosen to provide the event video production to showcase the industry recognised event. Overall, we provided a key event video to capture the special night, and separate videos of each award winner, whilst combining the memories captured through photography into the video.

Experiences

Capturing experiences though video proves to be the most effective way of communicating what a business has to offer, offering a first-hand perspective of the customers experience. Your target audience is hoping you'll make their lives easier, not forcing them to look through your entire website to find the content that can put them inside the experience, with an engaging and relatable video. Whether that's a video of an event like this one, summer programme, a luxury getaway, a cosy restaurant, or anything else.

Video Production

Attention spans are short – we ensure you get your message across effectively, especially when it comes to event video production. Video is about storytelling, and your brand stories are often designed to directly or in-directly showcase your organisation, explain how you make a difference, the values that matter most to you, discuss your unique selling points, all in order to achieve more sales and increase your brand awareness. Overall, building trust and connecting emotionally. We’ll ensure we do the competitor analysis and brainstorm ideas to ensure you stand out in video. With event video production it’s about ensuring viewers have the emotional feeling you desire towards your event.

Confidence on Camera: 4 Tips for Success

Confidence on Camera: 4 Tips for Success

How to overcome camera fears and start enjoying filming days.

Introduction

This blog comprises four educational tips designed to help with on-camera confidence, enabling you to effectively represent yourself and your brand. Many industries shy away from video projects due to staff discomfort in front of the camera, leading to missed opportunities to establish trust and connect with audiences on a more personal level through video.

Why do we fear the camera?

It’s likely a combination of self-consciousness, performance anxiety, and the awareness of being observed. The presence of a camera may amplify the sense of being scrutinized. Additionally, the awareness that the recorded content may be shared or viewed by others can contribute to the anxiety.

Tip 1/4 – Just talking to a friend

Imagine you're chatting with someone who puts you at ease – maybe a family member, friend, or even a potential client. Visualize that person. Our top tip is to picture yourself at a laid-back spot like a bar, casually explaining what you do to a new friend. It adds a touch of formality while keeping things energetic and passionate, ensuring more natural communication.

Tip 2/4 – Fun working environment

Having a relaxed set filled with laughter is probably the most important factor in ensuring talent are comfortable on camera. In our testimonials from clients, they often talk about how enjoyable the experience was and how relaxed we made them feel. Whilst this is a natural process, we always go out of our way to ensure everyone is relaxed and passionate about the video we’re creating.

Tip 3/4 – Teleprompter & Practice

It’s important to practice before going on camera, whether that’s presenting in-front of people, filming yourself with your phone or having a speaking coach. If you’re scripting an interview, wording it to match how you actually speak is vital to sound natural, and a teleprompter avoids going off memory. Lastly, mix interviews up with answering questions freely.

Tip 4/4 – Focus on the message, not yourself

Shift your focus from how you appear on camera to the value of the message you're conveying. Concentrate on helping and engaging your audience. Knowing your material and being well-prepared about the content you are presenting leads to confidence, due to a deep understanding of the subject matter. The more confident your knowledge the easier to communicate it.

We hope these confidences tips with filming are helpful to any projects you may undertake. We are always happy to offer a free chat to discuss any potential projects you have in mind and provide a consultation on how videos can elevate your firm.

This blog was written by Haydn Wakeling, Founder of Black Swan Productions.

NHS Wales – Building A Fairer Gwent

NHS Wales

NHS Wales: “Three years after the publication of ‘Building a Healthier Gwent’, the data tells us that it is getting harder not easier for people in communities across Gwent to live healthy, fulfilled lives. Inequities have been amplified by the direct and indirect harms of COVID-19 and the cost of living crisis. To support change Gwent has now become a Marmot Region.” We provided a campaign video for NHS Wales that included interviewing Sir Michael Marmot, Dr Sarah Aitken and various CEO’s of South Wales councils. We combined the interviews with matching content from the day’s conference, footage from other relevant projects, and stock videos to create relatability and trust. 

Campaign Videos

Campaign videos are generally designed to be impactful and cause people to act right away, connecting emotionally. Unlike most types of videos which are best when created as ever-green creative assets to use for years, these videos are best when they pack a punch and serve a dedicated purpose. Campaign videos is a bit of a loose term, but generally speaking, if you have a marketing or PR campaign, you can elevate, summarise and connect with it through a campaign video. 

Video Production

Attention spans are short – we ensure you get your message across effectively, especially when it comes to campaign videos. We believe video is about storytelling, and your brand stories can directly or in-directly showcase your organisation, explain how you make a difference, the values that matter most to you, discuss your unique selling points, all in order to achieve more sales and increase your brand awareness. Overall, building trust and connecting emotionally. We’ll ensure we do the competitor analysis and brainstorm ideas to ensure you stand out in video.

Celtic English Academy | Summer Programme

Celtic English Academy

We worked with Celtic English Academy on various exciting projects, filming the students experiences on summer programs, filming the students in the classrooms, and hearing directly from the students with testimonial videos, whilst providing photography services. 

Working With You

We work with marketing managers, creative agencies and business owners by bringing their ideas to life through captivating brand stories. Whether that's on a single project or alongside a dedicated video strategy, we’ll become part of your team, collaborating to bring everything together through video. We’ll ensure your brand or campaign shouts loud and proud, and connects on an emotional, trust-building level, activating your target audience.  

Video Production

Attention spans are short – we ensure you get your message across effectively. Your brand stories can directly or in-directly showcase your organisation, explain how you make a difference, and focus on your unique selling points, in order to increase your brand awareness and make more sales. We’ll ensure we do the competitor analysis, and brainstorm ideas to ensure you stand out in video.

Tanylan Farm

Tanylan Farm

Nestled on a 200 acre former dairy farm, Tanylan Farm Holiday Park Wales is a unique and scenic holiday destination situated in Pembrokeshire. They were looking for a promotional video that captured the emotional experience of visiting them, instead of simply walk through videos of their cottages.

People Stories

Telling people stories can help to put the heart into any organisation, campaign or mission. Focusing on authentic and potentially emotional stories of individuals can be valuable in areas such as overall brand promotion, customer success stories, showcasing positive company culture, and various other means.

Video Production

Attention spans are short – we ensure you get your message across effectively. Your brand stories can directly or in-directly showcase your organisation, explain how you make a difference, and focus on your unique selling points, in order to achieve more sales and increase your brand awareness. We’ll ensure we do the competitor analysis, and brainstorm ideas to ensure you stand out in video.

Optimo

Optimo

Optimo are a family-run, passionate and hard-working cleaning and maintenance company in Cardiff. They wanted to produce a promotional video which consisted of client success stories to show potential clients what could be in store for them. We went a step extra, and also provided them with a fun outtakes video.

People Stories

Telling people stories can help to put the heart into any organisation, campaign or mission. Focusing on authentic and potentially emotional stories of individuals can be valuable in areas such as overall brand promotion, customer success stories, showcasing positive company culture, and various other means.

Video Production

Attention spans are short – we ensure you get your message across effectively. Your brand stories can directly or in-directly showcase your organisation, explain how you make a difference, and focus on your unique selling points, in order to achieve more sales and increase your brand awareness. We’ll ensure we do the competitor analysis, and brainstorm ideas to ensure you stand out in video.

University Law Solicitors (W&G)

University Law Solicitors

University law solicitors (Watkins & Gunn) are dedicated to helping university students through difficult times. They wanted to produce a promotional video to show students how they can help them during stressful disputes with universities.

People Stories

Telling people stories can help to put the heart into any organisation, campaign or mission. Focusing on authentic and potentially emotional stories of individuals can be valuable in areas such as overall brand promotion, customer success stories, showcasing positive company culture, and various other means.

Video Production

Attention spans are short – we ensure you get your message across effectively. Your brand stories can directly or in-directly showcase your organisation, explain how you make a difference, and focus on your unique selling points, in order to achieve more sales and increase your brand awareness. We’ll ensure we do the competitor analysis, and brainstorm ideas to ensure you stand out in video.