This could be because they believe their business functions well without video marketing, or it could be because people are intimidated by the prospect of creating videos based on misconceptions that are far from the truth. In this blog post, we are going to break down the video production process and tell you everything you need to know about it but first, let’s define what exactly is video production?
What is Video Production?
There is a difference between video production and film production. Although they share the same three phases, film has a much broader scope and has a main purpose to entertain artistically.
Where many videos are going to be less than 10 minutes long, full-length films tend to be between 90 to 150 minutes long. This of course has a lot of implications on the difference of cost between video and film where video tends to need less of a budget than a film. Now that we have a general understanding of video production, let’s go into more detail on the different stages.
What Are The Stages Of Video Production?
A video brief (otherwise known as a video production creative brief) explains how the video will fit into your business model and overall marketing strategy. It usually contains six things.
- The goals of the video: What effect do you want to have on the audience or what action do you want them to take?
- The target audience for the video: Who is the core demographic? How narrow are you targeting?
- The message for the video: The message could also be described as the idea behind the video. What is the core message that you are trying to convey to the audience?
- Video content type: There are many different types of videos that you can make for your business, which is a topic we will discuss later in the blog post. The content type will determine the tone, style, and overall feel of your video.
- The planned distribution: How will you distribute your video? How will your audience watch it?
- The deadline and budget: The time frame and budget for the video will define the scope of the video you are creating.
Video Scripting and Previsualization
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Storyboards and shotlists are then used to visualize the video in pre-production. Previsualization documents like these are useful for getting the cast and crew on the same page before filming.
Planning and Preparation
The ideal location for most scenarios has plenty of room, great natural lighting, and an interesting background. For talent, know their lines or the questions that will be asked, are comfortable on the camera, and that they dress appropriately. How talent and crew dress is critical.
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Equipment like the camera and the lighting is a major factor in the production value for the video. Production value is a term used in the video industry to reference the overall technical quality of a video. Basically how it looks and sounds. Plan out the equipment beforehand and use a checklist if need be to keep track of it.
Once you have finished planning and preparing for the video production shoot, it is time to begin filming the video.
- Setting up the camera and audio.
- Lighting the scene or location.
- Preparing talent.
- Capturing A and B-roll footage with audio.
- Recording voice-over narrations.
- Packing up the equipment and leaving the location.
What are A and B-roll footage?
Depending on the scope of the video project, the production phase can last anywhere from a couple of hours to months. The number of crew members will also determine how many hats you wear on set. Usually, on larger productions, each crew member has a specific role that they don’t deviate from but on smaller sets, you could work on the lighting, audio, and camera in a matter of minutes.
There will inevitably be changes and those changes need to be in line with the core idea behind the video. Attention to detail and efficiency will come into play here for editors to have the video submitted and reviewed before the deadline.
After the video is finished being edited and approved, then comes the strategy to distribute and market it. The plan should have already been discussed in pre-production, and now it’s about putting it into action.
What Are The 5 Types Of Video Production?
- Live Event or Live Stream
A video for a live event could be an award ceremony, a musical performance, or a lecture. It could also be a live stream video on social media for prospects.
With animations, the sky’s the limit with the videos you could create. However, animations take some time and money to make. Animations are best used as explainer videos where they can explain a product or concept to an audience.
Educational videos may seem uninteresting to many people, but a good amount of online videos are dedicated to educating audiences about different subjects. Audiences enjoy learning new things and prefer videos to be the one that educates them. Educational videos consist of explainer videos, tutorials, how-tos, unboxing videos, real estate tour videos, etc.
- TV Commercial
Commercials are the types of video that everyone is familiar with. We have grown up watching the advertisements interrupt our programs with attempts to stand out. Typically, commercials have tight time constrictions that are 15, 30, or 45 seconds.
When you think of documentaries, you may think of mellow voiceovers and slow takes on old photographs. However, documentaries have evolved to become more dynamic and creative to watch. Documentaries are defined as a nonfiction movie that captures reality in some way. Documentaries can also be used by businesses to communicate their brand’s values or tell their brand’s story.
- Corporate Videos
Corporate videos are mostly used for internal and external business communication. For example, training videos, investor videos, recruitment videos, etc.
- Social Media Videos
Nowadays, social media is one of the best ways to reach audiences depending on the demographic. In 2020, over 223 million Americans were engaging with social media and that number will only grow. For comparison, there are roughly 330 million citizens in the U.S. altogether. Social media videos can be a great way to tap into this market and develop a strong following.
- Testimonial Videos
Having a written testimonial is a great way to provide credibility for your product or service. However, having a video testimonial is even better. In fact, 89% of marketers have stated that video testimonials are their most effective content marketing strategy.
How Much Does Video Production Cost?
- Video scripting or pre-production services
- The cost of the locations and how many there are
- The number of crew members needed and the number of days needed for
- On-screen and voice-over talent
- Music if licensed
- Travel costs for complex shoots (Hotels, transportation, food, etc.)
- Video editing costs
- Production and post-production equipment
Why Is Video Important?
Previously, it was stated by Cisco that by 2022 86% of consumer internet traffic will be for video. For comparison, in 2019, 60% of consumer internet traffic was for video. Video marketing is only growing along with the internet and social media and in most cases, video will grab attention more than any other form of media.
Jungle Films has years of experience in video production and can work with you to create a video that meets your needs. Whether you need a corporate video, a marketing video, or something else, we can help. Contact us today!