Documentary Video Production | San Francisco
Here we are shooting at the 30th anniversary of the opening of Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode V. Awesome to re-experience this on the big screen with great sound and a pristine, “wet” print. We’re working on a documentary for the Mill Valley Film Festival.
A corporate video documentary is a film or video production that provides an in-depth and often chronological exploration of a specific topic related to a company or its activities. It aims to inform, educate, and engage the audience while conveying the brand’s message. Here are the steps to take to complete a corporate video documentary:
Clearly outline the purpose of the documentary
Identify the key message or story you want to convey about the company, its history, achievements, or a specific project.
Research and Planning:
Conduct thorough research on the chosen topic. Outline the key milestones, events, and individuals that should be featured. Create a detailed plan that includes the documentary’s structure, timeline, and budget.
Develop a script that serves as a guide for the documentary. Outline the narrative, interview questions, and key points. Ensure the script aligns with the overall objectives and message.
Create a visual representation of key scenes and shots.
Identify suitable filming locations.
If interviews or reenactments are involved, select suitable participants.
Arrange cameras, lighting, and audio equipment.
Conduct interviews with key personnel, stakeholders, or relevant individuals.
Capture additional footage to complement interviews, such as workplace activities, events, or historical footage.
Recreate scenes or events to enhance storytelling.
Compile and arrange footage according to the script. Add music, graphics, and other visual elements.
Color Correction and Grading:
Enhance visual aesthetics through color correction.
Ensure high-quality audio, including voiceovers and background music.
Review and Feedback:
Share drafts with stakeholders for feedback and revisions.
Fine-Tuning: Make final adjustments based on feedback.
Rendering and Export: Prepare the documentary for distribution in the desired formats.
Online Platforms: Upload the documentary to relevant online platforms, such as the company’s website, YouTube, or Vimeo.
Organize screenings for internal or external audiences.
Develop a promotional strategy to increase viewership.
Feedback and Evaluation:
Gather feedback from the audience and stakeholders. Evaluate the documentary’s impact on the intended message and goals.
Keep records of the documentary production process, including scripts, shooting schedules, and post-production notes. This documentation can be valuable for future projects.
By following these steps, a corporate video documentary can effectively communicate the company’s story, values, and achievements while engaging and resonating with the target audience.