Behind the scenes on a corporate video shoot

Behind the scenes on a corporate video shoot

It’s shoot day, and I want to give you a behind the scenes look at one our shoots. Watch the video below and travel with me into central London and meet the crew and take a look at processes we go through on each shoot. Preparation is the key to success.

As a video producer, there are essential things you need for a successful shoot.

  • The first is having a robust backpack.
  • You’ll need a laptop.
  • Also, need a dongle to connect a hard drive to back up all the footage.
  • A call sheet, so the crew know the timings, and the location, and what we’re doing on the shoot.
  • A risk assessment form for health and safety.
  • Release forms for all the people we’re interviewing today.
  • A trusty clipboard so to look official.
  • An umbrella because this is England.
  • And last but not least, an Osmo Pocket, so I can get some behind the scenes footage.

We often shoot in a board room, which is very typical of what we get to film in when we do corporate work. We always try to avoid blank walls and thankfully, today’s camera’s with a prime lens, and some subtle lighting can make any boardroom look good.

After the filming, it is essential to check and back-up the footage. The media cards we shoot on are out your average SD Card and cost hundreds of pounds. So the cards need to be resued. On location on a Tallboy production shoot, we always back up at least twice. Back at the office, the footage is then backed up again onto our editing drive really for us to start post-production. We can then tell the cameraperson that they can reuse the cards for their next shoot.

So that’s a wrap. Hope you’ve enjoyed the behind the scenes of our shoot day.

Recycling video content

Recycling video content

Video challenge is about to start…

I am a big believer in recycling. The same comes to video; I am amazed by how businesses spend lots of money on video and never think to reuse the footage or content. Here is a promo video that was made for my book launch and now re-purposed for my video challenge, which starts tomorrow. To recycle this video all I did was edited it shorter by 20 secs, updated the on-screen text, and made an end graphic (it’s a video wall, check it out) and recorded a new voice over.

Where you can follow me on the challenge:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonbanksvideo/

https://www.facebook.com/thevideoexpert/

https://www.instagram.com/simonbanksvideo/

https://www.youtube.com/c/SimonBanksTallboy

https://www.linkedin.com/company/tallboy-communications-ltd

https://www.facebook.com/tallboycomms

 

Leaving the year behind

Leaving the year behind

Tallboy is looking forward to 2017 – it’s the year of the Rooster. In Chinese mythology, roosters are more motivated than any other animals in the Chinese zodiac, and we see a lot of similarity with Tallboy. They’re hard working, multi-talented, and can deal with a variety of jobs. And while we’re looking forward to what 2017 will bring, we can’t help but have a quick look back at 2016. After all, the common name for a rooster is a cock. Enjoy the best of 2016 and in our best Chinese, Gong Hey Fat Choy!

 

Breaking bed

Breaking bed

The ideal attributes for a cameraman include strength (to carry the gear), a strong visual sense (to frame that perfect shot), a sense of humour (to see you through the long days) and stamina (see previous point).   (more…)

The sun, the city and Simon

The sun, the city and Simon

Tallboy’s MD Simon Banks has recently written a book. Called “How to Get Video Right”, the book is intended to as a guide to making video a key part of communications strategy. So as a key part of Simon’s communications strategy, the Tallboy team helped Simon make a promotion video. Filming took place on one of the last sunny days of summer, and the location was all around the City. Here’s what happened behind the scenes…. (more…)