By Alvin Motilla
Knowing the elements in the production process empowers us to communicate and connect.
These elements make us feel we’re on the right road
to making videos.
Here's a simple (and humble) diagram of the Elements in the Production Process. (Sorry for my bad drawing. ;-) )
The elements I’m talking about are...
I subdivided “video content” into sub-elements...
The journey of creating a video from start to finish, can be scary and confusing. But with a road map in our hands, we have a clear direction for all our creative and production efforts.
My quick explanation for that diagram (or road map) is this...
Let’s zoom in on each basic element.
Communication through video starts with you.
Yes, it may be prompted by the video topic. (Is it wedding, birthday party or other event?)... But the ideas and materials you communicate will come from...
(I told you, we’ll zoom in on each element. ;-) )
The key to discovering what you will communicate in video, is to be honest about...
Earning money could be your intent. But try to dig deeper. For example, “Do you really care about producing an engaging video? Do you want to feel successful in doing so?”
Your fascination for the subject, will give you a deeper motive for pursuing it. For example, if it’s a wedding video, “How do you feel about the idea of marriage? Do you believe in it?”
Your intended viewer receives what you communicate via video.
She’s the one you want to connect with. So, always consider her in the production process. How?
Whatever you do in your video, needs to align with your viewer’s concerns and needs.
For example, if your project is a wedding video, your intended viewer is the couple. So, be sure to include moments that matter to them--even if those moments don’t matter to you a lot.
If the couple prefers a simple, yet touching video, over a highly-stylized one... give it to them.
Video content is what you communicate to your intended viewer.
It represents your ideas and feelings. It reflects your attitude about the subject. It shows your treatment of materials. In other words...
Video content is the expression of your exciting worldview.
There are sub-elements that help your content, speak to your viewer...
Type of video is some sort of “packaging”, that applies to your viewer’s concerns. Why?
Because that is what your intended viewer is looking for. Is it a family video that she wants? An event video? A corporate video? A documentary video? A music video?
Also, the type of video may have a certain “look”, that is associated with it. A kid’s birthday party video may have more saturated colors. A corporate video, on the other hand, may have more subdued colors.
Presentation is how your ideas flow... and how you arrange
your materials in video.
The flow of ideas and the arrangement of materials, need to appeal and make sense to your viewer. Why?
Because your presentation reflects her overall viewing experience.
Production tools are the gear... the equipment ...the software
that many are excited about! ;-) Tools enable us to produce videos.
But they need to serve the content of the video... not the other way around.
Switching the order will just throw you off, in the game of communication. In other words...
... will just result in a video, that looks magnificent, but fails to connect.
Feedback is your viewer’s reaction to your video content.
Her reaction indicates, if she felt engaged... and if you communicated well via video.
Whenever you have a project (big or small), make your life easier by looking at the road map.
The big picture insight it offers, keeps you on the right track. It compels you to focus on your biggest priorities, when making videos...
Do you wonder why many obsess with gear and software, when these tools are just sub-elements, that serve the video content?
You’re right! They lose sight of that big picture--or have no vision of it at all. They don’t know where to position and blow their efforts, to make compelling videos.
Worse, others seem to think, that having expensive gear will guarantee quality and success.
Yes, love your gear because it allows you to make videos, in
the same way, that oil and canvas allow a painter to paint pictures.
But, don’t fall into the trap of being so enamored of gear, that you lose sight of the big picture--what you need to do in the production process...
Your intended viewer is far
more important than your gear--however expensive it may be.
And the success of your video depends on how well you considered... and felt... the basic elements in the production process.