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Writing is one of those skills that seeps into almost every other creative pursuit—songs need lyrics, art needs critical interpretation, and videos need scripts. It’s no surprise then that good writing is powerful enough to salvage a mediocre project, or destroy an otherwise reasonable one.

Over the centuries some well-known ‘best practice’ tips have emerged to guide new and experienced writers in creating quality work. Though the tips were originally developed with creative writing in mind, today we’re taking a look at how they also apply to writing scripts for brand videos, corporate animation, and explainers.


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When the Department of Finance released a three-minute ad for their graduate program in late February, it made headlines. Unfortunately they weren’t the kind of headlines many government departments would want. Indeed, when the extreme awkwardness of The Game Changers spread virally around the interwebs, it left some of us wondering if the production company were in fact subversive comic geniuses, hell-bent on bringing down the finance department by revealing how truly mind-numbing it is to work there.

The biggest complaint was how wooden the whole thing was. Stilted actors speak unrealistic dialogue in tedious scenarios, and at the end all we’ve learnt is that financial sector employees love walking around empty corridors, holding empty coffee cups and having empty conversations about banana bread. It’s worthwhile asking: could anything have saved this video?

By taking a look at the biggest flaws in The Game Changers, we’ve determined some ways in which using animation could be a saving grace in future government ads.


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Animation is a visceral visual medium which demands you take control of it. There’s no passive visual elements: you can’t sit a camera down and film whatever happens in front of it. Every element you see on screen is intentionally created and placed.

If designers and animators choose their elements so carefully, then how can one explainer video feel inexplicably appealing while another just doesn’t sit right? It’s due to the way we use the 7 elements of design, and how we arrange them on screen using the 11 design principles. Today we’re giving a bite-sized lowdown on the elements and principles that help take an animation from bland to grand.



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Ahh, Sydney. Home of Luna Park, AC/DC, that one revolving restaurant we all deny having dropped a few hundred bucks to eat at, and 42 Wallaby Way. Well, maybe not the last one.

With so many recognisable landmarks Sydney is not only the tourism capital of Australia, but also sits among the top-fifteen most visited cities in the world. But what if we want to discover the residents who choose to make their permanent home in the harbour city?

Trying to pin down the best way to present your brand a localised audience can be tricky amongst a transient tourist city. That’s why today we’re taking a look at three aspects of Sydneysider culture to help mould your brand message, and how to best present that message through animation.


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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard if you’re considering taking up a new hobby is to Google, “Things I wish I’d known before trying [hobby]”. This is a quick way to scope out potential downsides you may not have previously considered. Likewise before undertaking a new project, whether creative or corporate, it’s wise to consider what questions you need to ask yourself to be prepared for the oncoming production.

Today we’re looking at six questions to ask yourself when considering getting an explainer video made for your brand, and why you need to be asking them.


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Whether it’s dodging the crowds at the night noodle markets, putting your hand on the water wall at the art gallery, or practicing your contained look of disgust for next time you have to travel to Sydney, there are a whole host of cultural phenomena that draw Melbourne-dwellers together. (Melbournians? Melbournites? Melbunnies? Yeah… let’s go with Melbournites.)

If you’re looking to create video content for your brand and you want to target a Melbourne audience, you’ll need to dive deep into the lifestyle and aesthetic of your viewership. After all, being one of the most liveable cities in the world, the sporting capital of the world, and the second-most fun city in the world (who knew, right?) takes a strong sense of ideals and standards.

Today we’ve got just the thing to get you started: we’re looking at three of the major social factors in the Melbournite way of life, and how we can use these things to better communicate with a Melbourne audience using animated video.


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Trying to find useful content on a topic you’re new to can be like finding a needle in a haystack. And when that topic is something as over-saturated as online video, suddenly the haystack becomes an overgrown hedge maze and the needle is a contact lens you lost three years ago which may or may not be entirely a figment of your imagination.

If you’ve ever considered getting an explainer video made for your brand you might find the amount of information available overwhelming. Luckily we’ve done the hard work already and compiled a handy list of seven video resources in three categories to get you started on your explainer video journey. You’re welcome!


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Every week some chump on the internet writes a new article about ‘why blank is the future of BLANK!’ and the 10 ways kale actually grants you the power of time travel. Well strap yourselves in, because today that chump is us. Minus the kale. Okay, maybe a little bit of kale.

We’re talking about advertising, the ever-increasing role animated video is playing in creating an effective campaign, and why the animation/advertising partnership is not only here to stay, but on track to be an increasingly major player in the future.


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There’s a quote from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche that goes, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” What’s interesting about this quote is how it can apply not just to our lives, our psychological state, and our most basic response to the human condition… but also to explainer videos.

Okay, hear me out. It might seem shallow at first to compare the very human psyche to something as deeply commercial as branded video content. But just like the way we interact with humans every day, the way consumers interact with your brand is an indicator of their understanding and trust of you. And building understanding and trust all comes back to having a clear purpose: a coherent bigger picture in which we can base our opinions and decisions. A hurtful action can be easier to forgive when understanding the purpose behind the action, and more trust can be placed in someone who is transparent about their purpose. Likewise, beyond visuals, sound, or style, an explainer video is most effective when it has a clear purpose.

To help build more trust and engagement around your brand, today we’re taking a look at five things to keep in mind to help make the purpose of your explainer video clear to your viewers.


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