PR professionals are increasingly aiming to reach beyond their traditional audience in the media, interacting directly with consumers and businesses through social networks. The traditional press release can’t always provide the detailed information – or entertainment – that consumers demand and many PRs are turning to video press releases to help.
Designer and entrepreneur Phil Pauley, founder of digital content specialist Pauley Media, has produced a video and 10-point checklist to help PR professionals understand the options video offers their campaigns.
Many options are available to PR professionals producing a video press release. Budget, deadline, and the desired quality of the final film will inform your choices along the way. Areas that should be considered when making those choices include:
1) Camera equipment – there is a huge range of options here including standard definition video cameras or high definition DSLRs
2) What type of video would you like to produce? Short and simple with a single shot, or using a range of shots and a narrative? What is the ideal duration for your film?
3) Sound recording – Quality sound is essential. Are you going to use the camera’s on-board microphone, or record sound separately?
4) What background would you like to use? A live background with depth and activity or a clean backdrop with a company logo? Perhaps a “green screen” and its flexibility is more suitable?
5) How are you going to light your shoot? Is there sufficient natural light at your chosen location or do you need to hire a lighting rig?
6) Should you storyboard? If using a range of material or shots, this can help to plan your shoot and save you time. It will allow you in identify when and where you could incorporate additional visualisation to help delivery your story in a more dynamic way.
7) Narration – Who will present the press release and what qualities would you like them to have? Will you read it yourself or ask another member of staff, your client or another professional?
8) Will you make use of a voice-over or soundtrack? Both are brilliant tools for adding texture, delivering information, and adding fluidity.
9) Will you use graphics? Animation can illustrate points, additional video clips add value, whilst company logos and contact details can be used for marketing and highlighting your call to action.
10) Finally, post-production – this can include keying, colour grading, titles, and after effects – a great deal of thought should go into how to take advantage of all that it can offer.
Considering all of the above areas and options, and making decisions regarding each one, will, in the end, make the production of your video press release run as smoothly as possible. You’ll be better placed to decide what you can do in-house and where you should outsource services, products and people to help you make a success of your video press release and reach your new audiences most effectively.
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