COVID-19 will redefine the way we produce and consume content forever.

So we are devoting our Knowledge section to everything you need to know about the ways our industry is changing. If you have any questions at all, or want us to feature something here, please drop us a line and we'll be happy to help you.

Video: How to get the most from your webcam

Posted by Arthur Briggs
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With the majority of the population now working remotely you may think that hearing from senior leaders, managers or reaching your clients is going to be impossible. Well we have put together a few tips on how to record top quality content through your webcam! FYI there are extra tips below not included in the video above, so it’s well worth a read…

 

I know what you’re thinking:

‘It’s not going to look good enough’

‘The audio is always really low quality’

‘It won’t fit with the rest of our existing material’

 

But we have some top tips and tricks that will prove you wrong!

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Number one – Camera Positioning

The camera should be in line with your eyes, so if your desk or kitchen table like most of us now isn’t high enough, grab some cook books or anything you can to raise the height of your webcam. Once at eye level you should then think about distance from the camera. Hold your arm directly in front of you, fingers extended and your fingertips should be just touching your computer. All that’s left to do now is position yourself centrally in the frame.

 

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Number two – Lighting

Very straight forward but a few things to avoid. Do not sit directly in front of your window as the sunlight will cause the footage to be dark as the camera auto adjusts to the bright light. Also, try and avoid using bright artificial lighting i.e. ceiling lights, lamps etc. they will make it look like you are reading a list of ransom demands! The easiest way to light your video would be to find a room with lots of natural light and position the camera so it is facing away from the main light source so you and your surroundings are lit perfectly.

 

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Number three – Audio

We would send you audio recording devices, don’t let anyone tell you any different, the audio is crucial when recording through a webcam and unfortunately the quality just isn’t great. However, if it isn’t possible to get a recording device to someone our trusted in house audio team would be on hand to help clean up the audio as much as possible.

Number four – Get it to Casual Films

The professional quality finish that we can add is vital! Ensuring your content is on-brand, in line with your existing material and delivered to the highest possible standard will keep your business messaging professional. Adding elements like a colour grade, sound mix, lower thirds, text graphics, brand elements, intro’s and outro’s will elevate your webcam recording. Not to mention the years of experience and guidance that our production teams can offer around the world.

 

Let’s keep our work forces informed, let’s keep our customers in the light and let us help you to continue making top quality content!

 

Topics: Being a better commissioner, Coronavirus Content, Video production from home

Video: How to shoot your own videos - a guide to UGC

Posted by Adam Ruddick
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Casual Films COO Adam Ruddick's guide to creating your own content.

Traditional video production is going to be a little tricky over the next few months. We are going to be sharing all the different ways that you can keep the quality of your videos up. This is a video we produced a couple of years ago to help our clients to produce better UGC. All of the ideas in it are as relevant as ever though.

Some Dos and Don'ts:

Don't shoot in dark rooms.

Do make sure that you have enough light - artificial light is fine. Natural light is better.

Don't record in rooms that are too noisy - or stand too far away from the microphone.

Do watch out for wind noise.

Do check out the sound quality of the recording before you move on.

Do think about framing - head and shoulders filling frame.

Adam says don't shoot vertical with a phone - this slightly ages the video. It's better if you are going to cut into a traditional landscape video if you don't shoot it in a different orientation. If you are sharing direct to your relevant social channels then vertical is fine.

Do think about the content - make it engaging. Remember - content is king with UGC.

Don't make your audience vomit with shaky camerawork.

Do try to introduce new scenes.

Do shoot plenty of cut away to give yourself the chance to cover edits.

Do give it a go and have fun.


We hope this helps you develop your SLAs or Spielberg Like Abilities. Let us know how you get on and don't forget to check back here and subscribe to our mailer to get more of our Viral Video Content.

Topics: Production process, How-to, Coronavirus Content

When the world gives you lemons… A statement on COVID-19

Posted by Nick Francis
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OK – so a global pandemic isn’t exactly the ideal backdrop you would pick for the latest turn in your life story, but as the saying goes, when the world gives you lemons, you make lemonade.

I really don’t mean to be flippant about this; we are living through some of the most challenging times of our lives. Many people will be affected; some of the afflicted will be people you know. Many more people will suffer hardship as a result of the economic impact of the virus.

We can choose our response to this. We can choose to shut down, to hide away, to be overwhelmed by anxiety. Or we can choose another way. Life isn’t so much about what happens to you as how you react to it.

Content Lemonade (c) Foodism360 Unsplash

To paraphrase JFK; the two symbols that make up the Chinese word for crisis are danger and opportunity. Sure, there is jeopardy in a crisis, but there is also change, and every change brings potential for something better on the other side. If you’re willing to see it that way, this is your chance to do something different and potentially great. We all have a responsibility. A responsibility to ourselves and families of course but a responsibility to our colleagues, our staff, and to the wider world to keep the financial system moving.

Here's a thought: there are more people at home in front of screens than at any other time in the history of mankind. Internet usage across quarantined areas of the world has gone through the roof. There are more people consuming business content than at any other time in history. They want to know how you're reacting, why they should have confidence in you, why they should work for or buy from you?

You need to be getting your message out to them in ways that are just as eye-catching and interesting as they were last month. In fact it's your responsibility to do just that.

Content Lemonade (c) Francesca Hotchin Unsplash

Over the coming days and weeks we are going to be sharing everything you need to know about how to do what you can to keep things moving with Video in the New Viral World. The whole Casual team are here to help you make it through the next few months and to help you keep the lights on and your message going out from your business - whatever that might be. We want to help you to keep the wheels turning. So that when this whole viral weirdness passes - and it will - we're all in the best position possible to carry on.

Please share your comments on what you are doing differently to keep things the same. We'd be fascinated to hear them.


There are a wide range of ways that we can create videos, animations and podcasts for you that work in the remote working world. Our global team of producers are on hand to help you - no matter what you need.

Drop us a line here and one of the team will give you a call back.

Topics: Being a better commissioner, How-to, News, About Casual

I'm Out: Fighting knife crime with Haringey Council

Posted by Tarryn Paul
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Topics: Case Study

The Five Phases of Video Production

Posted by Nick Francis
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There's so much noise online it takes more than a smartphone and the click of a recording button to produce video content that stands out in congested web traffic. 300 hours of video are uploaded and over 4 million videos are watched every minute on YouTube. That adds up to an unbelievable 6 billion hours of video that are consumed every day on just one major digital platform.

If you are serious about capitalising on video content to boost awareness, engagement, leads and sales; it’s important that you pay careful attention to all five phases of the video production process. Yes, traditionally there have been three phases - preproduction, production, post-production - but when you consider how important strategy development is at the beginning and distribution is at the end; we prefer to look at them as distinct phases.

SO, wHAT ARE THE 5 PHASES OF VIDEO PRODUCTION?

A full video production service take you from conceptualisation to completion in the following five phases:

Phase 1: Strategic development

  • video marketing strategy
  • content goals
  • brand guidelines

Phase 2: Pre-production - planning and coordination

  • content strategy
  • content goals
  • project scope
  • budget
  • timeline
  • story and script creation
  • talent scouting
  • equipment sourcing
  • location scouting

Phase 3: Production - creative execution

  • set up sound and lighting
  • primary photography
  • B-roll capture
  • voiceover recordings

Phase 4: Post-production - video editing to final product

  • sound mixing
  • visual effects
  • video editing
  • final delivery for distribution

Phase 5: Distribution

  • distribution
  • optimisation

Looking for a video production company in London?

Discuss your project with a producer at Casual Films


PHASE 1: STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

Strategic development ensures that the video content communicates the right message to your target audience to maximise reach and impact. It’s important that video content supports your brand’s positioning in the marketplace and resonates with your customers with the end goal being to generate authentic leads, boost sales and get maximum return on your video production investment.


HOW TO DEVELOP A VIDEO MARKETING STRATEGY

A video marketing strategy sets out the plan of action to integrate engaging video content in the overall marketing strategy. Video content is used to build trust and customer rapport, raise awareness, promote a brand, generate leads and boost sales.

There are 8 steps to developing a video marketing strategy for your brand:

Step One: Understand your target audience

The crux here is to understand your video target audience well enough to know what content resonates with them and how they consume video content. In other words, what channels are they more likely to be on and what format do they respond to best.

It’s a good idea to invest in analytics and marketing metrics which measure the effectiveness of video campaigns across various channels, examine what works or doesn’t work, how the digital marketing platforms have evolved and uncover trends and insights that point in a new direction.

Step Two: Establish your video marketing goals

What are you trying to achieve with your video marketing campaign? Is it required to build brand awareness, educate and inform, motivate and inspire, drive traffic to your website or generate authentic sales leads? This determines what you say, how you say it, where you say it and how much money you spend.

A video campaign that is designed with a clear goal in mind will be far more effective than one that isn’t. Video content with a distinctive purpose that’s distributed and optimised effectively will give you a good return on your production investment.

  • What is your emotional goal?

Trust, peace-of-mind and excitement or fear, mistrust and apprehension… this allows you to emotionally engage with your customers. Video content that resonates emotionally with your target audience is the best type of video to produce.

  • What is your physical goal?

What do you want your customer to do? Tell a friend, share the video, open a link to a webpage, register for a webinar, make a call to the company, buy the product… this is known as a “call to action” and is the ultimate goal of any video marketing campaign.

Step Three: Check for brand consistency

It’s very important that your video content compliments your brand strategy. The video message and its creative style, tone and manner needs to be consistent with the brand across all platforms; from print and email to your website and social media channels.

What you say and how you say it in a video must stay true to your brand’s positioning. In other words, the place that the brand occupies in the minds of your customers and how it stands apart from its competitors.

Step Four: Set a realistic video production budget

Don’t overspend or underspend on your video production. What you spend depends on your content goals. Throwing ‘money at it’ won’t necessarily guarantee the video campaign will be a success; at the same time, underwhelming your target audience is a waste of money and a missed opportunity if you don’t get the ‘call to action’ you desire.

Your video budget needs to partner perfectly with your video goals. This goes hand-in-hand with understanding your video consumer; what digital channels you’ll find them on, how they like to be spoken to and how they consume video content. Only then can you decide how much you need to spend to create the type of video you need.

 Step Five: Choose your digital channels

Facebook probably pops up first when you think of video marketing and even though it’s the biggest digital marketing channel in the world, it isn't the only one. You can’t say for sure which digital channel(s) is best for your target audience until you understand them well and how they consume video content.

Choose a digital marketing channel(s) that fits well with your video marketing goals. The four best marketing platforms to consider are:

Your own network

Mining leads from your existing network is a powerful place to start. Send video content to your current database that is relevant and engaging. The ‘call to action’ should get them to click through to your webpage where you can capture their information and your sales team follow up on the lead; or the person makes a phone call to the company, direct to someone waiting to respond to the customer’s enquiry.

Corporate video blogs (vlogs) on websites are highly effective. They allow you to emotionally engage with your viewer and paint a visual picture where written content on webpages can be tedious to consume.

Social media platforms

Top of mind is Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat; whatever suits your content strategy best. Optimise properly to break through the video congestion and grow your video presence organically.

Paid advertising

Paid ads are one way to give your video content a significant boost. This includes Google Ads and AdSpend. Paid ads is where video distributers pay for their video content to show up on the first page every time a user searches on the relevant keywords.

Content marketing takes time to build and optimise naturally. Paid advertising is the short-cut to super boosting what you hope to achieve in the long run with organic rankings, but it can be expensive in long run.

Step Six: Set up a system to capture leads

Generating leads is the primary goal of content marketing. In this instance, content is broadcast through a video. Consider setting up an email gate because this method of capturing leads follows the content wherever it is shared on various social media platforms.

Basically, gated content means a visitor must provide an email address in order to receive something valuable in exchange. The key is to encourage the viewer to enter an email address as part of the ‘call for action’. Someone who is willing to give you their personal information (name, contact number and/or email) is a genuine lead.

It’s essential to determine the best time and place to use email gates to generate leads. Email gates or any other method of capturing personal information can make viewers suspicious and are sometimes off-putting; chasing your viewers away, rather than engaging with them.

 Step Seven: Distribute and optimise your video content

Videos need to be distributed to the right channels and optimised properly in order to be viewed by the right people and to generate authentic leads. If you understand SEO (search engine optimisation), you know that optimisation is extremely fluid; the search algorithms that Google and YouTube use change constantly. You need to keep up with current optimisation trends to stay ahead of your competitors.

Search optimisation uses tactical methods to drive ‘first page rankings’ on search engines such as Google. Examples include quality content, backlinks, custom thumbnails, captions and popular tags, a compelling ‘call to action’ and relevant keywords in the description and title. The goal is to make your video content search friendly so your target audience can find your brilliantly-made video.

The most important element of video optimisation is understanding the role of titles and meta-descriptions. These incorporate keywords that customers enter into the search bar on Google, Facebook or YouTube to find what they’re looking for. They’re also known as ‘search queries’.

A video transcript is another effective method of boosting your search prospects. It’s where you do the hard work for Google and YouTube by extracting the content which is naturally scattered with keywords that your target market searches on. You stand a better chance of Google and YouTube qualifying and ranking your video content if you alert them to the context of the content.

 Step Eight: Monitor how the marketing strategy performs and adjust as necessary

Keep track on your video’s performance and change any element that is not working as well as it should be. Your video marketing strategy needs to be timely, relevant, memorable and optimised if you want to see a return on your investment in full video production services.

It’s wise to invest time and money in social media analysis, using advanced technology such as Google Analytics and YouTube Analytics. Learn to identify video marketing trends and find out who is watching your video, how they are consuming the content and whether this is translating to lead generation and business profits.

Video-based analytics provide you with valuable information on how long the target audience spends watching your video; in other words, the average viewer’s attention span. Your video may be too short, slow to get to the point or is not engaging. Monitoring your audience’s digital consumption patterns will help you tweak current videos and do a better job at creating new ones through a professional video production agency.


Looking for a video production company in New York?

Discuss your project with a producer at Casual Films


PHASE 2: PRE-PRODUCTION

The pre-production phase sets the groundwork for the production phase. This is when the planning, research and problem-solving happens to ensure the filming process runs smoothly and on time.

The production phase typically deals with:

  • video production brief
  • content goals
  • scope of project
  • creative vision
  • final budget
  • project timeline
  • scheduling
  • storyboard creation
  • script writing
  • interview questions
  • talent scouting
  • casting
  • equipment requirements
  • location scouting
  • site visits
  • scheduling
  • graphic concepts
  • wardrobe planning
  • equipment planning

PHASE 3: PRODUCTION

This is the fun part of video production when all the research and planning comes together to create the perfect video for your target audience. A professional video producer will translate your video content goals into a visual masterpiece.

The production phase typically deals with:

  • setting up sound, lighting and video equipment
  • a-roll footage
  • b-roll footage
  • interviews
  • voiceover recordings
  • supporting graphics

The difference between a-roll and b-roll footage?

A-roll footage is the primary raw footage used to create the final video. It’s an old-fashioned term that was more relevant to big screen and television film-making when raw material was captured on celluloid film.

B-roll footage provides supplementary material that is usually gathered by a separate team. It includes footage from stock libraries that provides supporting imagery and cutaway shots to expand upon the video storyline.

B-roll footage is particularly useful for documentary videos. It’s also used to capture behind-the-scenes footage which is used in a preview videos, when required.


PHASE 4: POST-PRODUCTION

The producer and editor work together in the post-production phase to create their magic. The video production team supports them behind-the-scenes.

The post-production phase typically deals with:

  • music selection
  • sound effects
  • visual effects
  • colour correction
  • audio sweetening
  • supporting graphics
  • interview transcripts
  • video editing

The post-production phase takes the raw footage to ‘first edit’ to be provisionally approved and any changes made; to the final approved copy which is ready to be distributed and optimised.


Looking for a video production company in Los Angeles?

Discuss your project with a producer at Casual Films


PHASE 5: DISTRIBUTION & OPTIMISATION

Distribution and optimisation is essential to get a return on your investment. The research, planning and beautiful filming doesn’t count for anything if your target audience doesn’t find you in the intense clutter of videos on the web.

Today, video content is created for its marketing purposes but more importantly, for its SEO purposes. SEO means search engine optimisation and is the process a company goes through to ensure its website ranks high on the search engines for relevant search words and phrases. The ultimate goal is ‘first page’ ranking on the three biggest search engines: Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Google loves video content. There’s no doubt that videos boost online visibility, drive more traffic to webpages and increase website rankings on search engines. This is why Phase 5 of the video production process is so important.


What is targeted distribution?

Targeted distribution is the task of placing video content where your target audience will find it and consume it. The distribution strategy is a critical element in the video production process and it needs to be strategic and selective.

Thorough research helps you understand what your target audience wants to see, where they want to see it and how they want to see it. Clever distribution puts your video in front of the people who matter.

These are your distribution options:

Your own business resources

Company website

Customer database

Instore/inhouse presentations

Blogs

Corporate marketing material

 

Social media platforms

Facebook

YouTube

Twitter

Instagram

Snapchat

WhatsApp

 

Public relations tactics

Press releases

News sites

Exhibitions

Product launches

WHAT IS OPTIMISATION?

Search engine optimisation (SEO) are the tricks of the trade used to make sure Google notices your online content, approves of it and recommends it to readers. You want your webpage to be on the first page the comes up for a search query and that can only be achieved by producing content that is relevant, engaging and authoritative.

You can pay to rank on the first page (paid adverts using Ads and AdSense) or you can use professional optimisation techniques to rank organically, in other words by natural progression.

 

HOW TO USE VIDEOS TO BOOST SERP RANKINGS

SERP means Search Engine Results Pages. These are the pages that Google displays in response to a search query. Everyone wants to appear on the first page but it’s not easy. Uploading a video to your webpage does not boost your rankings; you need professional SEO tactics to beat millions of webpages to achieve the hallowed first page ranking.

Videos that achieve high rankings on SERP have the following characteristics:

  • the video content keeps them engaged so they watch the video for longer and don’t ‘bounce’ to the next video
  • the viewer acts on the ‘call to action’ and ‘clicks through’ to the website
  • viewers share it which tells Google it is relevant and useful
  • viewers link it to another webpage which tells Google it is authoritative content

Looking for a video production company in San Francisco?

Discuss your project with a producer at Casual Films


IN SUMMARY

We hope that this guide has shown you that there is a bit more to the video production process than you might have initially thought. That said - it really isn't as complicated as some companies would have you believe - particularly if you have a video production company at your side who knows what they're talking about. The web is heavily congested with video content and it’s only going to get worse, which is why the strategy development phase in the beginning and the distribution and optimisation phase at the end will only continue to grow in importance.

Don't be daunted by the video production process - employ the services of a professional film production company in New York or wherever you are based. Starting off on the right foot and ending at the right place will save you time and money and ensure you get a good return on your investment.

Casual Films is a full-service video production agency that partners with your business to place the best video in front of the people that need to see it.  Whatever you're trying to achieve, we'd like you to think of Casual Films as guardians of your video marketing strategy, making sure that your video project achieves exactly what you need it to. 


Whatever you're trying to achieve take a moment to consult our easy to follow guide to writing briefs which will make your video more engaging, memorable and ultimately effective.

Topics: Production process, Being a better commissioner

How to increase views on social...

Posted by Arthur Briggs
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You've produced what is without doubt a stunningly excellent video. You're pleased with it, your colleagues are pleased with it and even your boss thinks it's good. All of that obviously doesn't hurt but it's not really going to move the needle for you. In order for that to happen you need to make sure that the right people see it. Chances are like most of the world's population they'll be hanging out on social media. How do you maximise the number of views you get on there though. Here, London Exec Producer Arthur Briggs shares some of his thoughts...

Ever wondered how to increase video views on your social media channels? How to get more click throughs, video views and likes? Well here are a few insights we have picked up from various social media campaigns.

 

  • Think about the viewer journey. It’s all about touch points, if your end goal is to drive sales of product your audience aren’t just going to view a post on Instagram and immediately buy they need to be peppered with content so that by the end of their week they can’t think of anything but your product. Atomise or reversion your content and stretch it as far as you can!
  • Don’t just make a single 30 second version. So many client make the mistake of thinking of the long form 2-minute video the main goal. I’m sorry to say this but your audience are much more likely to see your 10, 15, 30-second video than your full length one. Therefore consider what you want to say, make it different to your longer video it should have its own creative and personality.
  • Learn the definition of the word entice, you don’t need to tell your audience everything about your event, product, company etc. You just need to entice them, put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself what do I need to know at this stage of the ‘viewer journey’ and how do I communicate this as simply as possible.

Arthur led the production on our work for Breast Cancer Now. It was one of the most stunningly effective campaigns we have ever run.

  • Find out where your audience is. A good social media campaign is an experiment, it evolves and grows as the campaign grows. Don’t set every stage in stone before you start because until you do you have no idea what will happen. You might have a huge following on Facebook but actually your Instagram followers are much more active, you might want to speak to people on LinkedIn but they’re more likely to listen on twitter. Adapt and learn!

Whatever you're trying to achieve with video our team of experienced producers are standing by to help you get there. Drop us an email or leave some details here and one of them will be happy to give you a call back to discuss your requirements.

CONTACT US

 

Topics: Attract and retain the best candidates, Increase brand awareness and appeal, Being a better commissioner, How-to, Content Strategy

The Better Video Podcast: Creating an Employer Brand Content Channel

Posted by Nick Francis
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Denise Feldman, Director, Content Marketing for Employer Brand and Communication at Marriott International joins Nick to discuss: 

  • The first steps to build a content channel
  • How constraints lead to creativity
  • Using iteration to find content that works
  • Measuring success
  • How to make content that really works
  • How different types of content complement each other
  • How do you get work seen by the right people
  • The most important lesson Denise has learnt

And much much else besides...

The Films
In the order they're discussed:


1. Marriott Campaign Overview

 


2. How to Apply for a Job at Marriott

 


3. Living Our Core Values - Sheila



Register to take part in future interviews here.

You can watch the video recording of the conversation.

About Denise
Denise is a marketing and employer brand professional, with more than 25 years' experience developing insight-based marketing and communications to attract, engage, and retain top talent for Fortune 500 companies.

Her career includes a variety of roles developing employer brand strategies and marketing for global hospitality leader Marriott International. Currently, Denise leads Marriott’s employment content development and marketing team, creating content that inspires job seekers and associates to engage with Marriott, and share the company story and people-first culture. She knows Marriott associates are the company’s best brand ambassadors. And they’re eager to share their stories – through video, she gives them the opportunity.

About Casual
Casual Films’ clients choose us because we employ remarkably good staff, who are extremely competent and a pleasure to work with. Our proprietary production method has been honed over nearly 10,000 films for major brands including RedBull, Adobe, IBM, Rolls-Royce, Autodesk, Facebook and Marriott and many others. We handle all aspects of the process from consultancy to filming, animation to distribution. We have studios in London, New York, LA and San Francisco, and a global network of trusted filmmakers ready to go.

Please get in touch - we'd love to talk to you.



The New Fire: Harness the Power of Video for Your Business

Check out Nick's book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1912009048

 

Topics: Attract and retain the best candidates, Being a better commissioner, How-to, Content Strategy, Brands as broadcasters, Culture & Values

Case study: Red Bull Changemakers

Posted by Oliver Atkinson
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If you think of Red Bull TV what immediately springs to mind is a heart-stopping air race, gritty dirt biking or someone in Speedos performing a triple pike off a cliff and promptly plummeting towards the water 500 meters below. They do sport, they do it extreme and they do it well. So, when they approached us with a brief for a mini-series about social innovation it piqued our interest, to say the least… 

Amaphiko - Inspired by the Zulu word for ‘wings’ - is a programme to help Social Entrepreneurs create innovative and sustainable change in their communities and Red Bull wanted to create a series of short, global films featuring some of the people who have made changes for the good within their community.

After nearly a year of wrangling contributors, shifting schedules and of course, lugging equipment across continents we are pleased to announce that our mini-series have recently been broadcast.


Each film captures unique stories from six 'Changemakers' from around the world and how they turned ideas into projects that have changed the lives of people in their communities and beyond.

Check them out on the Red Bull site here.

 

Ep. 1 - Steel Warriors

Ben Wintour created Steel Warriors to counter the rising culture of knife violence on the streets of London by melting them to build outdoor gyms to offer youth a healthy community.


 

Ep 2 – Beats, Rhymes & Life

In Oakland, California, Rob Jackson is using the power of hip-hop to encourage young people of colour to engage in therapy. It's a second home for teens in the area who are vulnerable to mental health problems.


 

Ep 3 – SheFighter

Lina Khalifeh started SheFighter, the first self-defence studio for women in the Middle East, to help bring an end to the problem of abuse against women. Since its founding, the organisation has expanded to 35 different countries.


Ep 4 – Africa Yoga Project

Paige Elenson created the Africa Yoga Project in Nairobi to provide leadership opportunities for young people in struggling communities by making the practice of yoga more accessible.


Ep 5 – B360 Baltimore

Brittany Young started B-360 Baltimore to change negative perceptions of dirt bike culture in her community by teaching STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) that will help them secure meaningful career opportunities.


Ep 6 – Refettorio Felix

Massimo Bottura opened the community center Refettorio Felix in London to provide free therapeutic services and three meals a day to people struggling with poverty, hardship, sickness, and distress.


Is your company making great stories happen? If you want to share them in the best way possible you should get in touch with one of our team. Our experienced producers who will be happy to bring them to life with you. Make a no obligation enquiry by email or right here.

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Topics: Increase brand awareness and appeal, Purpose driven video, Brands as broadcasters, Case Study

Case Study: GoDaddy: Celebrating Entrepreneurs

Posted by Nick Francis
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This year we've traveled across the US profiling entrepreneurs for GoDaddy. Highlighting people who are following their passions and carving their own path, these 2-3 minute mini-documentaries showcase inspiring stories from GoDaddy's customer base. These stories are then pushed out on their YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

This campaign is cultivating a community of people who are committed to the small-business economy and inspiring others to pursue their own side-hustles and follow their dreams.

COSUBE: The Space Bringing Together Coffee, Surfing and Beer

Alex Morris saw the Portland surfing community start to grow, and with it an opportunity to create a new kind of space. A home base for folks who’re up before the sun to grab their wetsuit and head for the shore. A spot not only for surfers, but anyone who wants to kick back and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or cold beer. Enter COSUBE, a shop that carries everything for the PNW lifestyle, from surfboards and wetsuits to casual tees and hoodies. More than just a retail clothing store, it’s also a full-service surf shop where surfers can buy or rent the stuff they need for a day at the beach. COSUBE’s in-house shaping bay also gives locals the chance to watch the art of board making, or even opt to take lessons and craft their own. As more Portlanders discover a love for the outdoors, COSUBE is ready to welcome them with open arms, tasty drinks and all the surfing gear they need.

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Meet the Man Dedicated to Maintaining the Legendary Hattie’s Hat

A frequent visitor to the Ballard neighborhood, Max first got a job at the well-known Hattie’s Hat washing dishes and bartending. He found he loved visiting with the locals, asking folks what they wanted to drink. In 2009, Max got word that the current Hattie’s Hat owners were looking to sell the legendary spot. Eager to save one more old Seattle bar, he insisted they sell to him. Today, Max is on a mission to maintain the space’s vibrant history—from the nicest local saloon for loggers and mill workers in 1904, to a more formal restaurant in the 1950s, to finally transforming into the iconic Hattie’s Hat. As the city continues to change, Max is more determined than ever to keep the legacy of Hattie’s Hat alive and maintain the tradition of old Seattle bars.

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Gabe Smith’s Inspirational Journey from the Streets to the Stage

Envision. Believe. Obtain. These are the words that carried Gabe through his darkest times. After a hard childhood, Gabe ended up homeless, sleeping in his car and on park benches. By all accounts, Gabe had nothing—but that’s when he discovered he had everything he needed to survive. Every day, despite his grim circumstances, he typed out his thoughts in the Notes app on his iPhone, writing his techniques for overcoming the obstacles life had thrown his way and giving advice to others facing battles of their own. As the words and memos started to string together, Gabe came up with the idea for a self-help book to use his story and experiences to inspire others. He purchased a domain and built his website on his phone at work using GoDaddy’s Website Builder, creating a space to showcase his book to customers, as well as his motivational speaking and one-on-one coaching services. Gabe knows what it means to envision, believe and obtain and is on a mission to show the world they can do it too.

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GoDaddy: Cubs the Poet is Out to Show the World Poetry Still Matters

Cubs is breathing new life into a classic form of art: poetry. What started as reciting rhymes on the street became a business when he recognized a demand for custom poems. Cubs draws on the vibrant energy of the New Orleans community to craft pieces that allow him to meet people where they are and help them evolve. Written on an old school typewriter, his poems weave together emotions with words to deeply connect with people’s innermost thoughts and feelings. Most recently, Cubs launched his own publishing company to produce a book and help other poets and writers share their work with the world.

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GoDaddy: Whitney Mitchell is Capturing the Beauty of New Orleans Through the Eyes of it's People

After a career-ending track injury at LSU, Whitney knew she had more to offer the world. She knew she had a story to tell. Picking up her camera, she became dedicated to capturing the beauty of her friends, showcasing the vibrant culture of New Orleans right along with it. This passion led to Twomacks, a brand rooted in music, art, clothes and kicks and a celebration of all her city has to offer. As her business grew, she began connecting with folks deeply rooted in New Orleans culture, tapping into something special to paint a picture of the city’s flamboyant spirit. Through her content, Whitney highlights the characters and views that make this buzzing New Orleans community so unique.

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GoDaddy: Danielle Smith is Designing the Bag that Every Music Producer Needs

After graduating from FIT, Danielle Smith found herself immersed in a community of musicians, singers and artists. Music producer and friend SKI BEATZ asked her to create a bag that could carry his MPC, which became the first SOUNbag prototype. SOUNbag allows creatives to pack up their equipment and carry their studio on the go.

Check out the design studio of SOUNbag founder Danielle Smith and get the scoop on how her company got its start, right here!


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Case Study: RB: Are you Listening?

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We get to work on a wide range of work at Casual. It's great when we get to produce a piece of work which stands for something that we believe in. It's even better when we get the opportunity to be really creative in producing it. That is what happened with this film for multinational consumer goods company RB. To give the project a real cherry on top we were over the moon to win a Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Film Awards.

THE BRIEF

Produce a video for social distribution about RB’s 'Reduce, Reuse, Replace and Recycle' commitment to plastics. Through that commitment they aim to remove or reduce plastic packaging wherever possible. They are also investing in research into alternative materials that can replace its use.

So the film should reinforce RB's commitment on plastics, in the framework of their purpose
- Generate interest on their commitment on plastics
- Drive behavioural change
- Create connections with stakeholders and boost conversations

It style is should reflect RB’s identity (confident, direct and simple). Have a human element and be factual, but emotive.

RB is inspired by a vision of the world where people are healthier and live better. RB invests in innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. "Everyone has a role to play. A cleaner world is everyone's responsibility.“

THE SOLUTION

RB: The Planet is Speaking: Are you Listening

A thought-provoking and emotive sound-design led film that compels the viewer to take action.

In this simple yet visually powerful film, we will capture moving tableaux of beautiful landscapes and evocative natural elements, and create matching soundscapes for each tableau, out of non-recycled plastic.

It is not until later in the film that we reveal that these ambient nature sounds have all been made out of plastic products - straws, water bottles, plastic bags - by Foley artists in a studio. The viewer is led by on screen text that sets up the story, challenges them to really listen to the plastics problem and join in the commitment for a cleaner world.

The emotive power of this film starts with the beautiful and evocative natural images we are seeing, and ultimately builds until the final reveal.

It’s time to listen to our Planet.

 

RESULTS

"Sometimes in corporate life you get to work on a project that can really make a difference and means a lot to you personally. Are you listening? The RB film we made with our friends at Casual Films is one of those projects. It outlines how we see the issue of plastics at RB, and encourages others to take action too. And all in 90 seconds! We’re very proud of it - and tonight have another reason to be, as we won a Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Film Awards. Watch the film, share the film, and most of all - let’s all do our bit to reduce plastics.

- Jo Osborn – VP Internal Communications & Corporate Brand, RB

“It seems I am already late sharing it, but I really want to say how proud I am of this film about plastics and how strongly I believe in it. Since the first meeting about the concept I have had goose bumps about its impact. Today we are celebrating it in Cannes with a Gold Dolphin Cannes Corporate Film Awards. It was a lot of work, but worth all the reviews and discussions!”

- Federica Di Persio – Corporate Brand Manager, RB

 

AWARDS

The Planet is Talking: Are you Listening also won a Gold Dolphin for Environmental Issues and Concerns at the 2019 Cannes Dolphins Corporate Film awards.

Cannes Dolphins RB Are You Listening Award Win


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