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6 video making questions answered

Why is video content more important than ever?

Video produces more conversions than any other content. It’s more engaging, more memorable, drives more traffic, and holds almost every other advantage over text.

That said, there are still a lot of rumours surrounding video production that are stopping you from being at the forefront of getting your message out there. Many people are still worried about diving into it, whether they’re inexperienced or anxious of just how beneficial it can be.

But, don’t worry, we’ve broken down the top myths about making videos to put your mind at rest, to make sure you don’t fall behind!

Remember: we’re talking about film and animation here, each question and answer applies to them both!

Is it expensive to make a video?

The myth: “It costs a lot to make videos”.

This is usually at the top of the list for most, but don’t let it fool you into falling behind! 

The key thing to remember is that video production can be as flexible and cost effective as you need it to be. Whether you’re looking to make a film or an animated video, you don’t have to have a Hollywood style budget to get your message across.

In most cases, a shorter video results in high viewer retention, making it more likely to capture the viewer’s attention. The shorter video is usually more budget friendly too, so it’s a win-win! 

Every project is different, so If you’re unsure, you can always contact our team, who will be happy to help talk this through!  

Is making a video time consuming? 

The myth: “I won’t have the time to be a part of my own video project”.

Video production has become a lot more streamlined than it used to be. There’s a huge amount of tools to make each stage of the process quicker.

We encourage you to be as involved in your project as you want to be and we’ll work with a schedule that suits you, so you still have time to focus on everything that you need to.

Plus, our 7video team is experienced with equipment and qualified in industry standard editing software – such as Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro – which makes the process run even more smoothly!

If you’re thinking about a particular stage of how a project comes together, we have a handy little guide to explain based on the pre-production process and how to plan your perfect filming day


How many times can I promote my video?

The myth: “Video can be limiting, once you’ve used the video, you can’t show it again”. 

Reuse, recycle and repurpose – it works just the same with video!

There’s no harm in re-sharing a video, you don’t have to share it once and leave it at that. Many videos can also be repurposed and made into a new edit, giving a refreshed look and message from your original idea.

How many types of video can you make? 

The myth: “There’s only a few ways to use video, you can’t be as creative with it”. 

There is a range of uses for video, it doesn’t have to stop at promoting products. 

Enhance your user experience by embedding video content on your website. Usually, websites that have background videos are visited and trusted more than those that don’t.

They can also be used for recruitment and welcoming new members to the team; internal communications to keep everyone informed and up-to-date, or to capture an event to show your business out and about.

Plus, the videos can be re-watched as many times as they need to be, which can act as a good refresh for any training purposes in the form of an explainer video. 

Moreover, if you’re using animation – wow, your options just became basically infinite, so exciting!

In short, you can do so much more than you may expect and it’s through conversations with our team that you can explore that.

How long will it take to edit a video? 

The myth: “Editing is just a case of stitching the clips together”.

Editing is just as important as the planning and production and will need the appropriate amount of time to ensure it’s held to the same quality.

The video isn’t finished at the push of the recording button and unrealistic time expectations at the editing stage are the enemy of a great video.

Often, It’s not just a case of stitching single video clips together, it takes time to refine the mood to reflect the message of the video, even with the planning stages, there may be things that you want to tweak in the edit to improve the overall flow. 

As with every project, it depends on the type of video you want to make as to the timescale of when it’s completed, this is something that our team can work out with you.

There’s so much more to how we make videos, click to find out more about what we do.

However you want to make your video, there will always be questions to be asked and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with those answers.

Still got a burning question? Get in touch and let’s have a chat about how we can make it happen!

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Four film trends you can't miss in 2022

If you’re thinking of making a video in 2022, you’re going to want to stay ahead of the curve and follow the latest trends to make your message engaging and relevant. 

Video content is only getting bigger and every year more people are looking to it to grow. In fact, 93% of businesses landed a new customer after sharing a video on social media – staggering stuff. 

Plus, you can include drone and timelapse footage to really take your video to the next level. 

With that in mind, here’s the top trends to consider in 2022. 

Do I need subtitles on my video?

The short answer – YES! (Or at least, a subtitled version).

A significant amount of people watch videos with the sound off. 

Let’s say you’re travelling around without headphones, you’re probably not going to be blasting it out loud in public. It’s essential that you have a subtitled version for them.

Not only does it allow someone to engage with the video by reading the subtitles, it also makes it much more accessible to other members of your audience. 

Sure, there may be automatic caption options on some sites, though imagine if the captions were inaccurate or mis-translated to what is happening on the screen – nightmare! It’s much more unique to have your own personal captions, potentially even in your brand colours, to ensure it’s accurate, accessible and consistent all at once.

Plus, you don’t have to stop at those traditional white text in a black box, you have text appear anywhere over your video or even animate it! 

We’ve love adding those accessibility options to our video and if you need assistance with your video, new or existing, get in touch.

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How effective are tutorial videos?

How many times have you typed into your search engine: “How do I..”? – It’s probably more often than you’d want to admit to someone, right?

But don’t worry, videos act as a fantastic learning tool. You can watch and pause it as much as you need without fear of scrolling through endless search results trying to find the right answer.

Some examples of these videos can be:

  • Help a customer understand your product or service 
  • A training video 
  • Explaining workplace procedures to ensure health and safety 

Around 70% of consumers prefer watching videos to learn about something new, that’s more than reading articles, infographics, eBooks, and manuals combined – yes, combined! 

A lot of these things can be hard to explain through words and video should be your go-to for educational videos.

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How important is it to have a presenter in my video?

With a presenter, combined with music and graphics, your training video; corporate video or advertising campaign can bloom.

Make it clear, concise and professional.

We’ll let this example do all the talking here:

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What is a narrative based video?

In short, it’s telling your story from beginning, middle and end.

Having a sequence of events that builds to the end result can keep your audience engaged as they want to find out what’s happening and how it will be resolved.

This could be a funny list of situations someone is in, or maybe an emotional rollercoaster – videos like these are even possible in under 60 seconds.

Is it a process to show how a product is manufactured and delivered? 

Is it someone on their way to work, showcasing transport links?

Is it a customer struggling with a question and uses your service to resolve it?

That’s for you to decide…

Following these video making trends will ensure that you stay ahead of the curve in 2022.

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Looking out to sea

Celebrating our work in film

It’s really exciting to look forward to all the moments in the year ahead, though it’s also important to reflect on the things that you have achieved already.

Looking back is a great way to plan your next steps for moving forward and we’re proud to have collaborated with fantastic teams and people to make so many fab projects.

We’re taking a moment to share some of those films, which you can see below…

Transport for West Midlands

Presenter-led • On location filming • Explainer video

 

Planet Doughnut

Product video • Animation • Seasonal promotion

 

Claremont – Shoosmith

Video tour • Development • Drone filming

 

Aster Group – Diversity

Interviews • Heart-warming • Internal communications

For even more of our videos, check out the our work section on our website.

Interested in animation? Click here to see some of our animation projects.

If have an idea for a video, contact our friendly team and we’ll help you bring it to life!

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Emily finding her place at 7video

Emily has joined our team as part of her college industry work placement and we’re so excited to have her join to learn more about all that we do! 

But, we also want to learn more about Emily, so she sat down with our digital marketing apprentice, Adam Corbett, to discuss all things past, present and future.

How did you become interested in the world of media?

Growing up, my parents would always take me to the cinema and they would also show me the films that they grew up watching, which I really enjoyed.

I also love comics and graphic novels, which I find easier because of my dyslexia. I want to be able to create my own media content that people can love as much as I do.

What have you been up to on your placement so far?

I have met and shadowed some of the team creating a product video, which I have really enjoyed. Finding out how they make videos is really interesting! 

The team is really nice and answer any questions about what they are doing and how they do it. 

What do you want to do in the future?

I would like to go to university and study something in the creative field, probably illustration, character design, concept art or film. 

I would like to work in the comic and graphic novel industry and give people the same enjoyment of these that they have given me. It would be great to be able to have a physical copy of something that I have made.

Do you have a favourite film?

Some of my favourite films are The Shining, Birds of Prey and True Romance. 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I like skiing, reading, watching films and analysing them.

The big question: Pineapple on Pizza, yes or no?

Yes, a hundred percent yes!

What is your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement would be achieving the highest grade in my geography GCSE, as my Mum is a geography teacher. 

What’s your motto in life?

If it could be good, do it.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The power to warp reality would be cool. The Marvel character, Scarlet Witch, has it –  it’s an incredible power that can do so many cool things – it literally changes reality.

From all of our team, welcome Emily! Find out more about our team and what we do here.

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The power of pre-production

How pre-production can shape your film project.

As a team, we love creating high quality film projects across multiple sectors all over the UK.

But these projects require time and focus to ensure they go smoothly.

A big part of this planning, the first step. That’s why in this blog we answer the question…

What is pre-production?

Pre-production is the planning process for your project.

This is the time to decide exactly how it will come together and it allows time for everyone to know exactly what’s involved and how we can work together to create it.

Essentially, pre-production is the stage of a project to decide the what, where, who, when and how of filming days.

What is on a pre-production checklist?

These are the typical things needed for the planning stages of your project:


Phew!

Now, this does look like a lot of work for pre-production at first glance. 

However, the more time and focus that is put into these stages, the smoother the production will be overall.

Why is pre-production so important?

The planning of any project can shape the message you’re trying to get across.

These stages can often be overlooked, in favour of getting straight to the exciting moment that the cameras are rolling.

Whilst the filming stage is very exciting, hold your horses for now, there’s planning needed first! 

Whether you’re making a product video, a promotional video or even a TV quality advert, pre-production is a crucial part of any production and can shape your entire project, having a massive impact on the final product.

How can pre-production help my project? 

You wouldn’t start building a house without planning it first, would you?

So, why would you skip planning your next video project?

A high quality final video is always the ultimate goal for any project, that’s exactly what the planning stage can help achieve.

How can I see the benefits of my planning work?

Here’s an example of how a storyboard can really come in handy, when planning what we will capture on our filming days.

In the video above, you can see how the storyboard matches up with the final video. Moreover, this planning stage made for a much more cost-effective project, saving time on crucial filming days.

Ultimately it can result in a high quality video, where each stage has had the appropriate time to ensure that they meet the high standards of today

So, make sure to give it the appropriate time it deserves.

How long does pre-production take? 

The honest answer, it really depends on the kind of project you are looking to make.

The pre-production stage has ended once all the necessary elements have been signed off and the cameras start rolling.

But don’t worry, the more time spent on the pre-production stages, the better your project has the potential to be. You can ask our friendly team anytime for an update during your project.

Why pre-production is so important.

It’s important to never underestimate the power of pre-production, it’s the crucial step in the making of your next amazing project.

Maybe you’re ready to get the cameras rolling, ready to plan your perfect filming day.

Do you have an idea for a film project? Let’s get planning together to make a fantastic video, contact us here.

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Chris out walking

Chris takes his skills to new heights

Chris is no stranger to seeing stars and scaling the tallest peaks, now he’s taking all his experience and is looking to expand it and create more amazing video content with our 7video team! 

Chris took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat with our digital marketing guru Adam Corbett:

What has been your experience leading up to joining 7video?

I have been working in the film and television industry for over a decade and have always loved the production process that comes with it.

It’s the idea of reacting to the ever-changing situations, or exploring more options to expand on filming ideas. It’s a huge part of why I continue to love working in video production.

Do you have a favourite film or TV show? 

Lord of the Rings – from the very first time I saw it, it blew my mind. It won all those Oscars for a reason!

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I’m a huge fan of snowboarding, with my biggest trip taking place at Utah Park City in the US – just a little over 7,000 feet at its peak – so definitely a worthy challenge of my experience!

When I’m not flying down mountains on snowboards, I’m usually strolling along them with my Cockapoo, Archie – my trusty walking companion.

The big question: Pineapple on Pizza, yes or no?

Just… no. Don’t get me wrong, I like sweet things, but this just doesn’t work for me.

What is your proudest achievement?

Probably the opportunity to film Steven Speilberg at the Cannes Film Festival because he is the director who inspired me to become a filmmaker.

I met the man himself face-to-face as he was sneaking past the photographers, who were trying to capture him walking into his hotel, during the festival.

I noticed that whilst everyone else was arriving by limo, there was a man just walking along, drawing no attention to himself – It was Steven Speilberg!

He stopped in front of me and gave me a knowing smile. He then stepped past the photographers and inside the hotel, completely undetected – what a genius!

What’s your motto in life? 

If you work hard you can achieve anything.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Teleportation/time travel so I can cut out those ridiculous car journeys, haha!

Something we can all relate to, I’m sure!

(If you ever do find that super power, it’s one of the top requests, please let us know, Chris!)

Welcome to the team!

Find out more about our team here.

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Amy

How do I plan my perfect filming day?

Our head of film Amy Hill provides some useful advice to help ensure everything is as smooth as possible.

We want your time filming with us to go as smoothly as possible. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider:

How much time is needed to make a film?

Our customers are sometimes unsure how much time is needed so we’ve broken it down for you to make it easier for you to plan:

Interview set ups:  they take about 30 to 45 minutes to set up before we start filming and, if possible, we ask for photos of room options to give us a heads up on how we light the interview. 

Interviewing: This is entirely dependent on the confidence of the interviewee but our average interview usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Packing down: What goes up must come down and it takes around 15 minutes to put everything away.

Covering footage: These are the clips that sit on top of interviews, often scenes that are seen as someone is talking. We usually like to spend about 30-60 minutes with contributors after their interview capturing relevant footage. However, this is a complicated process to allocate time and would need to be discussed per project. 

As well as these considerations, there are things for you to factor in such as time needed in case things don’t go completely to plan, travel time needed between locations as well as breaks/lunch for our crew. 

How do I prepare for an interview?

The other important thing you need to prepare for are the interviews themselves. Here are some top tips:

Don’t over plan your answers: usually a list of mental bullet points can help but memorising a full scripted answer is a hindrance and takes away any authenticity. 

Remember to put the question back into the answer: Most of the time the film will not feature the interviewer’s voice, therefore contributors will need to provide context to their answers. For example, what’s your favourite colour? My favourite colour is blue. This answer provides context when editing.

Interviews are not live: Remind contributors that mistakes / retakes are fine!

Don’t waffle: Short and sweet answers are usually the best, there’s no pressure to waffle.

You can read more advice blogs here. And why not read more frequently asked questions about film on our service page.

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Annual reports

How can film and animation make your annual report amazing?

Carpool karaoke, stirring human interest stories and highly-engaging animations are just some of the ways our videos have brought annual reports to life.

Yes, it’s nearly that time again… time to start thinking about how you’re going to effectively communicate key achievements over the last 12 months.

2020-21 has been a truly exceptional year, and because of social distancing, you may not have quite as much content.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s how:

  • We’re out filming! There’s still plenty of time for us to capture the stores you need, following all the latest Covid safety guidelines. If people aren’t comfortable being filmed in person, we can record them over things like Zoom.
  • We can edit! So, if you have any photos or have captured any video footage, we can transform these into some truly excellent features.
  • We do animation! Animated videos in annual reports are a fab way of getting key impact stats across. They can also be used to bring customer stories to life.

Here are some examples of videos that work brilliantly:

Powerful customer stories

Animating key stats

Do something different

Here’s an award-winning example of something a little more unusual:

Why not make video an integral part of your report like this board game example we worked on which used green screen technology so that presenters looked like they were stood on the actual playing squares!

There are so many possibilities to make this year’s report amazing. We’d love to discuss your ideas so please get in touch.

Find more inspiration on our housing page or watch more of our videos in the our work section.

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How can your product benefit from a video?

A video can bring out the key features of what your product can do in a variety of ways. 

It’s fast, informative,  effective and easy for your audience to understand.  A staggering 72% of customers would rather learn about a product by video before their purchase – and you probably do too!

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some examples we have created in the past….

1. How can a video make customers buy my product?

“How does it work?” 

“Why this product?”

“What features does this product have?” 

Just some of the top questions that customers will ask themselves before considering a purchase of a product. 

Believe it or not, you can answer all those questions in under a minute!

Here is an example we created for Peterson Europe, who specialise in vehicle safety lighting. 

Here are things you can learn about the Peterson Europe safety light in under a minute:

  • How it works 
  • The product name 
  • The size dimensions
  • Who this product is for
  • It displays multiple colours
  • What the products looks like 
  • The brand behind the product

You can learn all this in exactly 49 seconds! Pretty impressive, right? 

2. How can video show how my product works?

Sometimes it’s difficult to demonstrate how your product works with a single picture. 

This is your chance to give a virtual tour to show off your product in ways a single picture never could. 

This example from Network Telecom shows how effective a product can be in the workplace and explains exactly how it works in animation form. 

3. Can film or animation show off my product in detail? 

Certain products, such as a fire alarm, may require a more in depth video to understand exactly how it works.

This example goes above, beyond and even inside the product itself to give a huge amount of detail to exactly how the product works.

You can see more examples of our video work here and please contact us if we can help bring your product to life by filling out the form below.

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Isaac

All-round wizard ready to work his magic

We welcome photographer, animator, filmmaker, drone pilot and all-round technical wizard Isaac Watkins to our team as our new video producer! Get to know more about him below:

From an early age I have had an interest in photography as growing up my dad was a photographer, so I would help him with wedding photography, later branching out to using video.

This soon grew to encompass almost every part of the media pipeline – everything from aerial video with drones to 3D visualisation.

After I graduated with a first class degree in CGI and visual effects, I worked for a marketing agency. My responsibilities included filming, photography and 3d visualisation, whilst working closely with the animation team and graphic designers. This opportunity allowed me to further improve my skills in animation. 

Question time

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of the media world, I am a huge car enthusiast which means I’ve learnt to weld, paint and a lot more about cars than I ever thought I would. My second biggest hobby is FPV drones, which can reach speeds of over 100mph, whilst allowing you to capture very dynamic, high-energy, shots that are impossible with a normal drone.

What are some of your proudest achievements?

Being dyslexic I’ve always struggled with the traditional education system, so my biggest achievement is achieving a first class degree in CGI and visual effects, including a 6,000 word dissertation.

Another proud moment for me was being featured as an artist’s highlight by ‘Speedtree’ which is the software used on films like the Jungle Book, Iron Man and many others.

What’s your ambition?

I’m motivated by wanting to consistently improve my video production skills and push them to the next level!

What’s your favourite film?

That’s a difficult one, though I am a huge fan of Star Wars, Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith being a stand out, and Marvel – I’ve most recently enjoyed Wanda Vision. Honourable mentions would include Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Avatar and Inception for their technical abilities.

Isaac joins the team hot on the heels of filmmaker Adam Chamberlain and digital marketing apprentice Adam Corbett. If you have an idea for a film or animation project contact the team today – we’d love to hear from you!

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