Videos are surely one of the most popular types of content—it is easy to consume; just watch them, and you will be entertained, informed, and satisfied. This is why online videos and short films are becoming the norm when it comes to digital marketing; many brands see the potential, and they are investing in it heavily. If you are one of those marketers, you know too well that you need to stand out.
So what you should do is produce outstanding material. And this is something that you can do by coming up with a great brand story and working with the right production house. Many brands take this process for granted whereas this where they need to be painstaking. You should partner with a production house that knows and understands your values. Whether it is a corporate video production or a short film, here are some of the tips you need to keep in mind.
Take a look at the demo reel
If you are working with directors or production houses in general, you need to look into their capabilities. This is why you need to get their demo reels. Demo reels show the montage of various works that will let you gauge if their style and aesthetics suit the project. They also show the flexibility of the director and his crew. When you are checking out demo reels, you need to pay attention to the editing, camera angles, and colour grading. If they are using computer graphics, you need to judge them, too.
Speak with previous clients
Now that you have seen the demo reel, there may be still questions buzzing in your mind that will help you validate your choice. To make your decision-making much easier, it would be wise to seek the advice of the production house’s previous clients. Ask how working with them is like.
Get a producer
Shortlisting the possible production houses that may work on your project may prove to be stressful. This is where you will need the help of the producer. The producer basically takes care of the legwork of the production. They may be tasked to give a list of possible production houses, facilitate their credentials presentation, and may even lead the bidding. They are the middleman between you and the production house. You may want to allot some budget for their fee, as producers do not come cheap.
Do not forget the budget
Of course, you should not forget the budget for the project. Production companies can be quite costly, especially if you are planning to get the whole package. Your budget may even dictate the type of production company that you will work with. For fairness’s sake, biddings are recommended.
Producing a video material for your marketing efforts may be complicated, but you just need to follow a linear process. Along the way, you will meet people that will help you materialise your plans. Take this opportunity to build your network of people that you will want to work with again.