The Future of the Video Experience – Part I: Drones

March 18th, 2015

14012085485_239fe5c66aIn 2014, Primeau Productions began a blog series about how video creates an ‘experience’ for viewers. It is cleverly titled “The Video Experience”.  We have an update for that series, “What does the future have in store for video and the video experience with regard to Drone Video?” In this next series of blog posts, we’ll be discussing technologies, their functionality, and what these advancements will do to the way we ‘experience’ video.

In this first installment, we’ll be covering a technology that is growing in popularity every day:  Drones that record video. 

What are Drones?

Otherwise known as “Quadra-copters,” drones are similar to that of a remote controlled (RC) Helicopter. A drone has propellers, a remote control, and is operated just like other RC Helicopters. The biggest difference lies in its capabilities.

Essentially, drones have successfully taken the concept of an RC Helicopter and applied it to film making and cinematography. They now record video, some as high as 4k quality. Some drones have built in high quality cameras, and the ones that don’t have the ability to incorporate Go-Pros, mobile video devices, and, in some cases, even HDSLR cameras. Some drones can even be controlled from a smartphone!

Drone technology has been growing exponentially over the past few years. Now that Quadra-copters and the like are commercially available, filmmakers are finding new ways to utilize the technology every day.

The first time we were introduced to drone technology at Primeau Productions was when CNN paid us a visit during the 50th Anniversary of The Assassination of John F Kennedy. The camera operator, Mark Biello, a veteran camera operator from CNN, whose resume spans from Hurricane Katrina to the Middle East, showed us some footage of the new Quadra-copter drones they’d just received. The test footage showed the drone starting in a field in Washington, D.C. and propelling itself so high that you could see the top of the Washington Monument (that’s 555’!). 5 years ago, you’d need a helicopter to capture a shot like that. However, this technology is changing what is possible every day very affordably so more users can incorporate this high value experience into their video productions.

How could I use Drone Video? 

Drones are changing video technology in many ways. First, as it grows it will become more affordable. Imagine an over head or aerial video recording of your business. How much perceived value will that have on your companies reputation? Drones are putting out shots that use to cost in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Drones are creating $100.000.00 film shots for budgets in the thousands. Not only is this due to a drone’s capability in height, but also their capabilities in stability. Drone technology is also allowing users to create ‘indoor moving shots’ that, before, could only be accomplished with a crane. This allows users to record ‘high perceived’ 4k video that a slider or steady-cam just can’t replicate. Drones are raising the bar and lowering the prices for your business use.

There are some models of Quadra-copters that are capable of holding HDSLR cameras, and even Sony RED cameras. These little copters are changing the horizon of video production, making high value video shots easier and more affordable.

Drone updates

These bad boys are already commercially available. We have seen them for sale at Costco! However, there has been some recent controversy over regulating these machines. As of now, it’s illegal to fly over 400 feet, along with flying over major highways, understandably. Due to the fact that drone technology is still so new, this is only the beginning of regulations regarding their use.

However, while the drone is consistently facing new regulations, the film community is heavily embracing it. Earlier this month, NYC had its first “Drone Film Festival,” a festival based solely on drone technology. Drone operators from all over the world had the opportunity to share their work from experimenting with drones. This included Taylor Chien, the drone operator responsible for the famous “Superman with a Go-Pro” video, which you can view below.

Though we can’t confirm what the future holds regarding regulations on these devices, we can assume that filmmakers will continue to find new, inventive ways to operate and utilize this sophisticated piece of equipment. The sky is (literally) the limit!

Check out what drone technology is capable of in the short film, “Superman with a Go-Pro,” embedded below. Also keep your eyes peeled for the next installment of our “Future of The Video Experience” series right here at


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The Story Line vs. Video Production

December 19th, 2014

6819858446_f69c2caa52In previous blog posts we wrote about the video experience, the value of video and video production in general. Primeau Productions has always been open with sharing our successes and experiences with video. We always get great feedback from our readers and our clients rave about our work.

In this post I want to share a concept about the ‘story’, which in our opinion is more important to the success of the video than the production.

Every business thinking about producing video content to support their Internet marketing efforts has a story to tell. However, many businesses insist on producing resume style video content instead of telling their story. At the root of people’s motivation to view video is their desire to hear a story. Paul Harvey, legendary radio announcer told stories in his broadcasts. Then at the end of his story, he would deliver his legendary line ‘and now the rest of the story’.

Think about documentaries that tell stories, like the award winning documentary of 2013 Searching for Sugar Man. Even though the video production value is not great, it still won awards for best documentary because of the story! People love to watch video production about stories. Even professional speakers use stories to communicate their message. From the beginning of recorded time orators used storytelling to captivate their audiences.

Dave Grohl, drummer, singer and songwriter extraordinaire from the Foo Fighters and Nirvana created a HBO series, Sonic Highways, which has excellent stories about how music changed the landscape of America. He also used high end video production but kept it simple during the story telling portions of the show.

What can you communicate to your audience about your story? Think about how you can use stories about the history of your industry or family to make your video compelling. We believe that if you have a great story to tell and it is produced using professional video production, then video will help you gain attention from interested viewers on the Internet.

Even businesses like pawn shops have used storytelling to build their audiences. If you are having trouble determining your story to tell, give Primeau Productions a call and we will be glad to help you share your story with the world.


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Three Tips on Getting the Best Video Recording of your Speech

November 20th, 2014

By: Lauren Primeau

15203734160_398bc7bd41Picture this. You’ve spent countless hours rehearsing until you’ve mastered your material. You’ve polished every intricate detail and solidified your informative, yet captivating, outline. You’ve pressed your outfit and you’ve got unstoppable confidence. You’re ready to rock this upcoming speaking engagement that is being video recorded. Your new footage will be part of your new demo video and video marketing campaign.

However, we’re willing to bet that there’s just one thing that’s missing from your oh-so-important to-do list. It’s something that almost never crosses the mind of most keynote speakers; but nevertheless should. It’s the format and method of acquiring your video recording after your speaking engagement.

Obviously, this detail only pertains to those speakers who are having their speaking engagement video recorded. So, if this is the case for you, then there are some simple tips that we believe are worth the time and effort to bring to the attention of the videographer(s) recording your event.

Now, for those of you who are not technology savvy, there’s no need to cringe. The good news is that many of the following points are very easy to digest and can make a huge difference in the quality of the video being recorded and turned over to you. These three tips will add a much higher perceived value for your demo video and your video marketing strategy as a professional speaker.

Once your speaking engagement is all said and done (and let’s face it, you pretty much nailed it) most videographers will hand you a burned DVD of your speaking engagement. This is good for you to watch but not good enough for the editing process. The reason it is not good enough for the editing process is that when a DVD is formatted, the original digital video recording is compressed. Compressing your video makes the file sizes much smaller so that it can fit on the DVD. This compression process compromises the quality of the video.  You see, when you compress video, it makes it quicker and easier to send to someone, but unfortunately the quality of the video is compromised, and that is something we absolutely don’t recommend doing.

So, what are your options? Well, what we’ve found to be extremely successful with our efforts in editing video is asking your professional videographer to take the video footage of your speaking engagement and simply drag and drop the files (preferably in .mp4 or a .mov format) onto an external hard drive or thumb drive. The key when asking for these files is to make sure that they are uncompressed. Granted the file sizes will be much larger because they are uncompressed (which is why you will need either an external hard drive or a thumb drive to receive the files) but the quality is far superior to either a compressed DVD or compressed files uploaded to DropBox.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with DropBox, it’s basically a way to share video files over the Internet with simply a click of the mouse that allows you to immediately download the video. Although it sounds pretty great, it does have its drawbacks. Mainly, the files that you wish to download via DropBox (YouSendIt / HighTail, or any other Internet file sharing) are often times also compressed. Granted, it’s much easier to use DropBox due to the ease of downloading digital video files. However, the reason why it’s so easy is because the files are compressed and smaller than the full resolution uncompressed version which is best for editing. This is much like the DVD situation we mentioned earlier and something you really don’t want when it comes to your video files. Not only does it reduce the quality of your video recording, it takes a long time to upload and download the video.

Last but not least, there is one other small detail that we believe is worth bringing up when it comes to your final video product; PowerPoint slides. Often times when we sit down to review footage we receive from a client speaker, it has slides that periodically occur throughout the speech. These have most likely been edited into the video after the video has been recorded or filmed during your speech. If you wish to re-use this video footage for a demo video or for video marketing, we’ve found it difficult to edit your message and content around these slides. It’s much easier to add the slides in later, during the demo video editing process, rather than to take them away and edit them out of a video. One final word about slides, besides making video footage difficult to edit; we have seen video recordings where the slides are the star of the show. On the stage is a huge bright screen with slides that mostly reiterate words that are spoken and a dark room with the speaker off to the side. This reduces the perceived value of your message and ruins the quality of your video recording. Sure slides can add value for your audience but consider the consequences on video.

We recommend carrying a couple 64 GIG thumb drives around with you. That way, the production company or videographer can format the thumb drive to their preferred format, MAC or PC, and transfer your full resolution uncompressed video immediately after your speech. You can avoid compression and DropBox hassles as a result and can get started editing sooner rather than later. 

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Video Production Company Calls Rochester, Michigan Home

November 11th, 2014

michigan-av-897298-mNeighboring cities Rochester and Rochester Hills, Michigan go together like peas and carrots (as Forrest Gump would say). From the incredible trails like Paint Creek, to downtown Rochester’s gorgeous Christmas light display, to the many breweries like Rochester Mills, Rochester and Rochester Hills have so much to offer… including being the world headquarters of Primeau Productions.

Formerly located in Ferndale, Southfield and Clawson, Primeau Productions loves our new home on Star Batt Drive in Rochester Hills. We have met and worked with several Rochester businesses and will continue to grow our local relationships.

Rochester thrives on its community, and it really shows in organizations like the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, which Primeau Productions recently joined. We are among the hundreds of businesses in Rochester – great places to eat like The Home Bakery, Dessert Oasis Coffee Shop and Roasters, gathering places like The School of Rock, Callahan’s and The Red Ox Tavern and plenty of family-friendly entertainment. Rochester is a community that has so much to offer.

As a video production company based in Rochester Hills, the Primeau team loves to film within the natural sets that Rochester and Rochester Hills, Michigan provide. We recently did an explainer video for Directed Sensing, a company that develops technology to read cellular waves in a given area. This allows law enforcement to find runaway criminals based on where their cell phone reception is coming from.
One of the locations we filmed in was Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills. Though it was a rainy spring day, the park still provided us a beautiful space to film and the location fee was very reasonable. We used the pavilion to set up shots that fit our customer’s vision perfectly and produce a video that represented their business (which is located in Knoxville, Tennessee).

Every year we bring on interns to help mentor them into the video production business. Last December, one of our best ever interns (who is now a full time editor with Primeau Productions) shot and edited a film showing the Holiday side of Downtown Rochester and the elegant Christmas display. She did an amazing job which is why we are proud to reprise her video in this blog post. She even captured a couple’s wedding right in the middle of Main Street.

There are many beautiful places and wonderful businesses we plan to interact with in 2015. Businesses within Rochester and Rochester Hills will benefit from Primeau Productions explainer videos. In fact, we plan to roll out a special promotion for Rochester Chamber of Commerce members. A community that fosters this much opportunity deserves to be seen by the entire world on video 24|7.

The citizens and business owners of these cities have really created something special, and it’s our job as a local business within this community to show how great the community is.

Watch our film on the Rochester Christmas Display 2013 below:


Apple Feels The Guilt from “Songs of Innocence”

October 6th, 2014

9243849984_e55bc33e62Along with the announcement of the iPhone 6 came another announcement that Apple thought would excite its customers, when in fact, it did exactly the opposite.

Apple released the new U2 album, “Songs of Innocence,” for free to all iTunes and iPhone users.

In theory, this is a great idea! It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved! Apple wins by tacking its sales onto a profitable source of human entertainment. U2 wins because, well, money, and the consumers win because they get a new U2 album absolutely free of charge (not to mention legal, considering the pirating landscape of the Internet now).

Sounds great, right? Look at how well it turned out for Jay-Z and Samsung! The phone company partnered with businessman/rapper Shawn Carter, AKA Jay-Z, with the release of their Galaxy 6 phone. The deal basically stated that Samsung would offer one million Samsung users the opportunity to download the album for free to their Samsung smartphone.

This technique is similar to what Tom Petty recently took on with his new album, Hypnotic Eye, and it seemed to work really well for him! So what went wrong with U2 and Apple?

The key difference between this tactic and U2’s route can be defined in one word: offered.

In Tom Petty’s case, the consumer could choose to not opt in, as opposed to requiring you to opt out.  Apple’s big mistake with this project is that the sense of opting in was not an option. Holding an Apple account automatically opts you in to get the album. On a certain level, this is more of an issue of digital privacy than content of music (not to say that’s not a factor either, but I’ll get back to that later).

Digital privacy is a huge controversy. This action of offering a free album and giving it to all iTunes users made some users angry. You could argue that iTunes is Apple’s jurisdiction and they did nothing wrong. iTunes is completely run by Apple, and the iTunes store is their domain to do what they please with. However, the issue arises when Apple has the ability to modify the digital contents of your personal phone.

The notification within the phone indicated that you have the opportunity to download the album from your Cloud. Apple put the album in the user’s Cloud storage. However, with the controversy regarding privacy within the Cloud, including the leaking of naked photos from hacked celebrity iCloud accounts back in August, to the controversial security potential of Apple Pay, a breach of digital “privacy” like this only scares consumers more.

This issue flared up to the point that Apple has created a mini-site dedicated to removing the U2 album. iPhone users were calling Apple support nonstop trying to figure out how to get this U2 album off of their phone. Even though it was free to them, they didn’t want it.

This came as a surprise to Apple. With a technique so apt to go viral and the beautiful promotional videos that came along with it as TV advertising, they thought it would be a smash hit. Obviously, their theory did not correspond to their execution.

This begs the question: What about U2 made users so angry to have this free album on their phone? Why not just listen to it and move on? Had a more relevant or popular artist (Frank Ocean, for example, whose highly anticipated follow-up to his debut Channel Orange is expected this year) released a free album for us to enjoy, would users be so angry?

Over the past few years amongst social sites online, such as Reddit, a trend of hate has occurred amongst certain artists. This is the reason for Nickelback’s universal disdain on the internet. This is the reason why “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the most detested television shows shows amongst the social web. There’s a trend on the Internet to hate, and unfortunately, Bono is one of those targets.

Not to mention that a big demographic of iPhone users would not even be slightly familiar with U2 and other artists of that generation. The millennials aren’t learning about older forms of rock like they used to, and it’s a risky demographic decision considering the audience of iPhone users.

Fortunately, this does not harm Bono in any way. This album, regardless of what people think of it, will go platinum. Why? Let’s go back to Jay-Z. Jay’s album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, went platinum before it even came out. This is because to offer a free album to the 213,000+ that hold Samsung Galaxy phones, they’d have to buy well over the amount of copies it takes to go platinum. The same applies to U2. This album is platinum status regardless of the outrage.

There’s no definite reason this all happened. Maybe it’s due to privacy issues. Maybe they’re marketing to a generation who isn’t familiar enough with Bono to understand why his album is suddenly next to the new Pharrell album in their phone. I think the true issue is that no one asked for this. Having the album forced upon us like this is naturally going to cause opposition, and I personally think U2 was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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The Video Experience: Part Five – Promotion

October 3rd, 2014

9389117488_3133407f4dEvery business should have a niche. Here at the Primeau companies, our niche is professional speaking and explainer videos. Our main business activities are video production and video marketing. Most likely your company also has a niche. It is our belief that businesses have to recognize their niche and position their strength and passion toward that niche.

If you are marketing your business to the world, which you should be, no matter how large or small your niche might be, you have to keep in mind the vast differences in the cultures and populations of the world. The differences in culture translate into the differences in interests.

Now, just because your niche corresponds to an audience doesn’t mean they’ll react. Audiences need to be engaged by content. Your content has to be attention grabbing, unique, and most of all, entertaining. This circles back with the concept that your video must be creative, which will attract more attention than a bland video.

If your video is recorded with a smart phone camera, with poor audio and shaky shots, unless it is brilliantly creative, no one is going to engage. The shaky shots can cause people to become too dizzy to continue, and your audio may cause viewers to search elsewhere for the professionalism they’re looking for. You must make sure your content is clean, crisp, and visually appealing for your audience. In other words, creative!

Above all, the information communicated must be valuable. If your audience does not find value in your content, they’ll never respond to it. It’s important to keep in mind what people can learn from your business, and to cater to that with your content. The Internet is a never ending universe of useful information, and most audiences won’t waste their time if there’s not value to be taken from it. Create content that is beneficial for those who want to learn more about your niche.

Social Media Promotion

Social media provides endless opportunities for promoting your body of work. Within the past few years, social media has become a crucial part of online marketing for any industry – music, film, video, and business. Its universal platform has pushed companies like Dollar Shave Club into the spotlight.

Each social media site has its own set of characteristics, and learning those characteristics can be a great way to strategize how to utilize social media. Let’s look at the 6 biggest social media networks.

Facebook can provide the biggest reach for your content. With over 500 million users on Facebook, this platform can help push your content to the widest possible audience. Not only that, but Facebook has great advertising services/opportunities that coincide with niche audiences.

YouTube: Although we mentioned YouTube in our last post, we figured it needs an honorable mention in this section as well. Aside from being the #2 search engine in the world beneath Google, YouTube is also one of the strongest social environments there is. With its vast community of commenters, subscribers and likers, YouTube is a great way to build a social following, especially when relying on video.

Twitter: The beauty and the beast of Twitter is it’s instantaneous nature. Its speedy nature requires content creators to remain consistent in posting and browsing/interacting, but also creates a platform for the most recent news and stories. The name of the game with Twitter is persistence. Building your business on Twitter may take more time, but its immediacy also allows for speedy notification of an urgent product, service, or promotion.

Instagram: Instagram’s success follows the logic of blog sites such as Tumblr and Pinterest: a picture is worth a thousand words. People would rather be visually stimulated than read, and that’s where Instagram shines. Not only are you able to upload photos, but Instagram allows content creators to upload 15 second video clips. This creates another channel for video sharing, but on a more social platform. Regardless, this is another opportunity for sharing your video content.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn provides a professional network for those in any niche. Above all, LinkedIn is for making professional connections, and finding clients who are looking for your services. Though this platform may not be the best for sharing content, that doesn’t mean it can’t. Just make sure your content can conform to the business-like, professional atmosphere that LinkedIn emphasizes.

Google+: Though Google+ is the underdog in the social media world, that doesn’t mean it lacks value. The real value of Google+ lies in what it can do for SEO authoring. Those who connect their blogs/content with Google+ have the ability to be shown as the author in Google Search Results. This lends credibility to those searching, as they’re able to take a look at your content and build some sense of trust with a real mind behind it. Though it’s a little behind in the race for the top, Google+ is a very valuable social tool that still has potential to take over the market (Facebook’s reputation wasn’t built overnight; many were stubborn to join after so many years with MySpace.)

There are plenty of social media sites that can offer a platform for promotion, and new ones pop up every day, so don’t limit yourself to just a few platforms. The success of the big six, four of which started independently, shows that the right platform at the right time can do wonders for a business of any kind. Keep your options open, but also remain conscious that each of these sites offers a new opportunity for your content to gain exposure. So learn the proper techniques behind using each particular social media site, and you’ll benefit in the end from your strategy.

If you’ve made it this far and read all five parts to this Video Experience blog series, congratulations! You’ve picked up the basics of what it takes to create a successful video and video marketing campaign!

We truly hope that this blog series was useful, and that you put this knowledge to good use when designing your video marketing campaign.

If you have any questions, feedback, concerns, or further interest in video production and video marketing, feel free to give us a call, drop us an email, tweet, or Facebook post, and we’d be happy to discuss anything you’d like to learn about video marketing beyond the content in this blog series. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of the page.

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The Video Experience: Part Four – Publishing

October 2nd, 2014

image1Now that you’ve produced your video and have a vision of what your video marketing strategy will be, what do you do next? There are so many options and strategies available for your video marketing campaigns. Primeau Productions begins by publishing video content on several different platforms, such as social media and article based marketing sites, as well as video-friendly websites.

There are plenty of sites that can offer a solid platform for Video Production. From the world’s second biggest search engine, YouTube, to social video sites such as Vine and Instagram.

For now, let’s focus on the big two: Vimeo and YouTube.

Vimeo and YouTube have been around for a while now. Both are great platforms for exposure, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Here are some evaluations between the two.

For more exposure and advertising, YouTube is your best bet. For embedding video content in blogs and web pages, post your video content on Vimeo.

The best way I’ve heard the comparison described is by setting. YouTube is like New York City; a huge sample of our entire population covered in advertisements, where an individual can get lost amongst the chaos and lights of Times Square.

Vimeo is more like a college town. It’s much smaller, the streets aren’t as busy, and it’s much easier to find what you’re looking for. It’s harder to get lost amongst the crowd because the community is supportive and appreciative of it’s artists. Making this decision is just a matter of understanding what you are looking for.

Homepage Video

One placement strategy for your video marketing campaign is to post your video on your company’s website. Placing video content on your website homepage makes it easy for prospects to understand your company very quickly which is much easier than reading a lot of text. Homepage video can be a great way to introduce people to your products or services. Many businesses utilize these videos at the top of their homepage so that people can have a proper understanding of the benefits of doing business with your company.

Here’s an example of a home page video produced by Primeau Productions for Filsorb:

Filsorb XP80 – Oil Purifying Reagent from Primeau Productions on Vimeo.

Another content idea for home page video is client testimonials. Testimonials inform your prospects what customers and clients have received and learned from your company.

The best testimonials are sincere, genuine and honest. If the message seems forced or staged, then the connection a testimonial can make with a potential client can be severed. People like seeing raw, human emotion. You want to capture sincere honesty and genuine words about what your company has done, because people will respond to that.

Here’s an example of a testimonial from Bob Danzig about working with Primeau Productions:

Bob Danzig Primeau Productions Testimonial from Primeau Productions on Vimeo.

There are plenty of places online to publish your content. With YouTube and Vimeo’s accessibility for embedding, these videos can be distributed to virtually any platform, including Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit, and other social sites. This allows you to spread your message practically anywhere on the Internet, which allows almost anyone to pick it up. This can lead to article based sites, such as digital newspaper publications or blog sites, picking up your content.

Similarly, the ability to upload video to specific social platforms is always expanding. Social image sites such as Vine and Instagram now allow users to upload video to their easy to use platforms. Facebook is allowing direct video upload now, as well. These opportunities offer even more exposure potential for spreading your message.

So during the publishing phase of your video marketing is where the video experience begins for your company. Prospects are looking for an experience when shopping for companies to do business with. By now, you should have a basic understanding of what we mean when we use the term ‘video experience’ and have some thoughts on how you can create that for your company. If you feel stuck or lost with ideas for video content and video marketing strategy, give us a call. We would be happy to help.

The Video Experience: Part Three – Your Body of Work

October 1st, 2014

6084906969_28848e6a89Determining what you will record can be a challenge. Primeau Productions likes to ask our clients about their “body of work.” Your Body of Work can be defined as the published and non published knowledge and experience you and your company have gleaned over the years and the various forms of content around those experiences. Content can be in the form of articles, journals, video, film, reports, white papers and any other documentation of industry experience.

Everyone and every business has a body of work. We have helped our clients identify their body of work and applied it to their business marketing strategies. For example, if a steel manufacturing company that was founded three generations ago has information about processing steel based on their experiences; that is a piece of their body of work. There are people out there who will be interested in learning what you have learned. This learning is communicated in a video because videos are easy to share and people like to easily learn from video.

If you are a printer and have a knowledge base of experience to share, this is a valuable body of work. Those experiences are valuable to people wanting to learn about printing. This experience translates very well into a video series and video marketing strategy. Prospective customers will be interested in reading and learning about your experiences which in turn gains you visibility. That content also adds value to your business and increases your friends and fan followers in social media.

Your business may have been interviewed in the news, published an anniversary magazine and have several internal communication newsletters. Gather this information and review content for a video series. You can also have it ready for your professional video production team to help you with the video production creative process.

During the creative process, we are able to identify marketing videos for your website and video marketing based on that body of work. For example, once the creative team begins to understand the steel business, we then help create a series of videos that will be useful to potential prospects and help you successfully grow your business.

The most successful companies in the world have taken their body of work and applied it to their business, creating video content and video marketing campaigns. The idea is to identify the things that make your company shine, and then develop a video marketing campaign that supports your strengths and expertise in your video productions.

For example, Primeau client Steve Rizzo spent the first 18 years of his professional career working to become a stand-up comic, and he was very successful at it. Rizzo had Eddie Murphy, Tim Allen and Drew Carey opening for his comedy shows.

Rizzo’s body of work revolves around laughter. He has said that even early on in life, making people laugh was what he wanted to do with his life. The joy and the feeling that he felt from hearing people laugh was the reason he did what he did, and it became his passion; his body of work developed from there.

Today, Steve Rizzo is still performing, but on a different platform. Rizzo used the experience he received in standup comedy to become a professional speaker.  He took the experience and strength he acquired from being a standup comic and applied it to a medium to teach people that laughter is the key to living a stress-reduced life.

Don’t Let The Laughter Fool You – Steve Rizzo – Video Resume from Primeau Productions on Vimeo.

Now, how can you identify your body of work and develop your Internet presence using video? What makes your company really stand out? What is the strongest part of your business that you feel people could benefit and learn from? Maybe it’s the friendly, supportive, and creative environment of your workplace. Maybe it’s a product or process that can help people live better lives. Maybe it’s a source of entertainment to help people wind down from their stressful lives. You want to showcase whatever it is about your company that you think will do the most good for the audience you hope consumes it.

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The Video Experience: Part Two – Three Phases of Video Production

September 30th, 2014

7166002682_9a1054ea27Where do you start when creating a video? First and foremost, you’ll need something to talk about in your video.  In the last post, part one of this blog series, it was discussed that in order for your content to really stand out amongst the competition you’ll need to share something your business does better than anyone else. We believe every company does something better than their competitors. You have to identify what that is with your company. This will help your professional video production company create a successful video for you.

Write down all your ideas on a sheet of paper. There is something about the power of pen and paper that really helps the creative process.

Next, is there anyone on your team who has some acting background and would make a great spokesperson? We know from experience that people buy people. That is why you see companies like American Express with Tommy Lee Jones acting in their television commercials. If you decide to create what is called a ‘talking head’ video, you will need an on-camera spokesperson.

Years ago we consulted with a local Metro Detroit area window replacement company and advised retaining a local celebrity as its spokesperson. That person is still the face of that company and all their marketing and advertising video, which is growing every year.

Three Phases of Video Production

Pre-Production is the process of planning every step of your video production and beginning to think about your video marketing campaign. With the assistance of your professional video production company, begin by collaborating on a concept or creative design for your video and a strategy for the video marketing campaign.

The beginning portion of this blog post touched on some pre-production steps and activity to take when beginning your video production process. Conception and creativity are the focus of the pre-production phase of ‘The Video Experience’.

A script and/or storyboard will help you develop your creative design for your video or series of videos.

This aspect of pre-production seems to intimidate some. Time and time again, I have heard people approach storyboarding and scriptwriting with one of the following mindsets:

A. “I’m not a writer! I can’t write a script! Screenwriting takes years of experience I don’t have!”


B. “I can’t draw! I’d never be able to create an accurate storyboard.”

It’s okay! This process is all about throwing creative ideas out on the table. Just because you’re not an experienced writer or an excellent artist doesn’t mean you can’t have creative ideas! A script/storyboard is as simple or as difficult as you perceive it. Try drafting out bullet points for messages you want to convey in your script. Utilize stick figures or basic shapes to convey your message on a storyboard. You don’t have to be an expert writer or visually artistic to accomplish this, you just have to be creative.

The key is to start with a creative core, and expand that idea as far as you can go. If you still don’t feel confident in your abilities, an established production company such as Primeau Productions can assist with making your creative ideas come to life. If you come up with some ideas, a creative team will be able to collaborate with you and get to the message that you’re trying to convey with your campaign.

The production phase is when you record video content for use in your video production. This involves video recording at your location, in studio, or at another location. This is also when you design the look and feel of your images and other graphics. By now you probably know what tools you need for successful video production.

Post-Production: This phase is all about editing, motion graphics, recording any narration or voice overs and mixing music into your video and audio post production. This is the phase where your creativity, content and conception all come together.

So, now that you have an understanding about the three phases of video production, start to think about how these phases apply to your business. Continue to develop your creative muscles and write down all your creative ideas. Give us a call if you have any questions about any aspect of production.

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The Video Experience: Part One – Three Ingredients of a Successful Video

September 29th, 2014

2381055837_f8b9ef79baSo what is ‘The Video Experience’?  It is a passive 24|7 vehicle for your prospects and customers to experience the essence of your business. Video is a tool to help your prospects and customers ‘feel’ your business. I believe feeling helps motivate people more than logic. When businesses can provide a feeling or experience for their prospects and customers, they increase their chances of earning their business. 

Video is one of the most valuable tools for Internet marketing. Thousands of businesses all over the world create video content to represent their company, and with the viral nature of today’s cyber culture, video is the most effective way to generate prospects.

We have noticed over the last 30 years in the video production business that the main reason companies do not create video or implement a video marketing campaign is that they simply don’t know where to begin. They either don’t understand the process or they don’t have a relationship with a professional video production company. They may also lack the creative vision necessary to design a video campaign to position their business online through video.

At Primeau Productions, we take our clients’ video marketing campaigns seriously. We know what it takes to promote your brand through video. We want to share some of that knowledge, because we truly believe in the power of creativity. Learning how to creatively convey your message is the single most important ingredient in a successful video. That is the purpose of this five part blog series: to help you understand where to begin with a video marketing campaign.

From time to time, with the help of my team, I create video of me speaking about some aspect of audio and video production.  I am about to record the second iteration of videos that reinforce our brand we like to call ‘The Three Ps of video marketing,’ Produce, Publish, and Promote. The Three Please help our clients begin to visualize the video marketing process. At Primeau Productions, we live by these three steps and guide our clients through each one, taking their businesses to heights that basic Internet marketing cannot accomplish.

Where to Begin?

It is a proven fact that video is the most powerful marketing tool available for businesses today. Video is the best method of sharing information about your company.  But how do you get started creating video content and creating a video marketing campaign?

Have you looked around on the Internet to learn what your competitors are doing with video? This can always be a helpful step. We advise our clients to review if or how their competitors are utilizing video before the creative process begins.

We suggest you think about creating video that helps your viewers solve a problem. Try to stay away from video that is self-serving and over the top, bragging about the success of your company. Rather, share useful information that will position your company as an expert in your field.

Three Ingredients in Successful Video

Professional video production companies who possess the three ingredients are worth their weight in gold. They charge accordingly for their services based on three components: creativity, equipment, and talent. The first and most important ingredient is creativity. Creativity is the invaluable ingredient responsible for the success of any video.

I polled my team regarding where they felt creativity came from. Some said that they have to be in a creative ‘mood.’ When you work with a professional production company like Primeau Productions, plan on 30 to 60 days production time to complete your video and marketing strategy. Creativity cannot be rushed.

My creative team also said that location can impact a creative flow. For example, some said that they get ideas in the shower. I suspect many of you reading this can relate. Personally, I believe that one of the controllable ingredients in creativity is to quiet your mind in order to let creative thoughts in.

My team will also use different websites to aid them in their creative process. Stumble Upon or Pinterest are great sites to generate ideas from.

Another comment was that creativity cannot be quantified. Simply put, creativity cannot be measured.

I feel that the following video makes a statement about creativity. It is very motivating and a great example of how creativity ‘works.’ This man started a business and is very creative in his designs and this video.

Ugmonk by Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk on Vimeo.

The second ingredient of a successful video is modern equipment. Professional video production companies keep their equipment well maintained and up to date. It’s nearly impossible for amateur video content creators to keep up with the trends in video technology, nor for them to have the capital to invest in the equipment necessary to produce professional video.

There are cameras, lighting instruments, green screens, microphones, monitors, headphones, speakers and software programs that must be state-of-the-art in order to produce professional video.

For those that create video with their smart phone – there is no comparison between such a video and a professionally produced video.

Do not use your smart phone to create company video content. It will not help your company at all! What you could use your smart phone for would be client testimonials or brief video clips to use in conjunction with professionally recorded video content.

If you were to buy all the equipment you need to create professional video, then you have to learn how to operate it. Ask yourself this question, “Do we want to make money doing what we do best or do we want to get into the video production business?”

Let’s say you decide to get into the video production business and buy all the right gear to get started. You take the time to learn how to use that gear. What guarantee will you have that you will create a video that builds your fans and followers and eventually prospects? We have learned through 30 years of experience that it’s a good idea to bring in an outside company to help develop your video marketing content rather than do it yourself. An outside professional can identify strengths and benefits about your company that you may overlook.

As for the equipment that you decide to purchase, make sure that it is from a reputable company and that it has features that will benefit your business. Primeau Productions uses Canon DSLR cameras.

DSLR HD video cameras are sleek and portable, making them easy to transport for remote location video recording, as well as quick to set up for in-studio video recording.

Also, the relatively small size of the DSLR camera is much less intimidating to clients who may be a little camera shy. We find that many people confronted with a big camera feel uncomfortable and nervous. The DSLR’s diminutive design can really put your on-camera talent at ease.

However, the camera alone cannot make a shot look great during production. Each shot must be expertly lit using professional lighting instruments. You’ll never know what a modern DSLR camera can really do until you see it used with professional lighting. And lighting means more than illumination; surrounding the subject with bright lights is just as bad as no lighting at all. Key lights, fill lights, soft lights, back lights and spot lights are used to create a mood with light that complements your message and brings out the best features of the subject or products on camera.

An established video production company like Primeau Productions not only has all the equipment necessary to create professional quality video, we will also collaborate with you on a creative design for your video, as well as take you through the three phases of production that we have outlined as Produce, Publish and Promote.

The third ingredient in successful video is talent. Professional video production companies have people on their teams who are very talented. Talent is both learned and developed. Talented people have a passion for their work, and they work hard to build their creative muscles. Talented teams create amazing videos that generate interest and are viewed by a lot of people. Talent is not learned by gaining proficiency with video editing programs. Talent is developed after software programs are mastered. Talent comes from experience.

So where do you begin your video marketing campaign? Begin with a great video production strategy. Think about the ways you can flex your creativity muscles. Also, think about the one thing that differentiates your company from all the other companies considered to be your competitors.

Write down some ideas and then join us for part two of this five part blog series, ‘The Video Experience.’

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