Kristian Widmer: »Taking risks would be highly unprofessional!«

The newspaper Tageswoche has posed the question as to the significance action cams have for professional film production. videothink BLoG supplemented this interview on this topic with Kristian Widmer, producer at Condor Films, with an overview of the key data about the two currently most important action cams. Moreover, at the end of this article you will find an addition (as of February 9th 2016) with the first available information about the EagleCam that has been developed by the Fraunhofer-Institute. [...]

The perfect film and video briefing

This checklist is an exclusive compilation of documents from the advanced training workshop entitled "The Perfect Briefing" for clients of Condor Films AG. It cannot be taken to be universally applicable. Depending on the size, type and complexity of the planned film or video project, customised changes and adaptations may be required. For image films, product films, web videos and other moving image communication products for marketing purposes, formulating the initial situation and the task correctly and comprehensively is an important basis for successful collaboration with film production companies. [...]

Colour psychology in sponsored films and videos

It’s not without reason that colours and film have something important in common: neither can exist without light. Research on perception and psychology proves that the impact of colour in a film is much more than a physical niche phenomenon. The knowledge that the colouration of a film is much more than a question of fashion or personal taste is lacking. [...]

Commercial for an app

Four objectives are defined at the time of order assignment: The product itself, the App, is still in its early preparatory stage of development. The App’s testing stages and the time of its go-live cannot be determined at the start of the project. Various teams and different hierarchies have to be involved in the project on the client’s side. Announcements and rumours in Internet forums state that the technical specifications will be modified by the respective providers on all important download platforms, which may possibly also affect the optional integration of moving image elements. [...]

Checklist: Storytelling in Sponsored Films and Videos (Part 2)

Once the decision to tell a “real” story has been made, the creative struggle starts when working on the script. This contribution names the 10 most important items for successful storytelling in a commissioned film. They both help to improve the narrative quality and to support the evaluation of the appropriate agency. [...]

Image films are no chewing gum for the eyes!

Films per se cannot work without viewpoints and perspectives. It is all the more astonishing that customers and film productions again and again forget to define this perspective right at the briefing stage and properly unfold it on the basis of the story and genre. videothink blog shows a solution to this problem [...]

The image film which served as a product video

Admittedly, how you name a film does honestly not make a sponsored film better nor does the title disturb the audience. The crux of the matter is what the producer deduces from the term based on the film title when the project request is submitted and collaboration commences. [...]

Voodoo Accounting vs. True-Cost Prizing (Part 2)

The price for a marketing campaign with moving images is of course simple to find in the total calculation. But it becomes more difficult if a budget is understood not just as a necessary evil and simple costing factor, but rather as a blueprint for a film - and you, the client, want to take a look behind the scenes. We have taken it upon us to put together some brief instructions for beginners about calculating costs for film and video: [...]

The ABC of Project Work in Film and Video: Not sexy. But essential.

The French film pioneer Abel Gance (1889-1981) is said to have stated that the task of every filmmaker is placing a sun into every image. However, a director can only achieve this when he is able to rely on organisational support. Filmmaking is team work. And, frequently, a logistical nightmare. Not only image and product films, but even web videos are surprisingly often subject to prototype character. Commissioned films share this property with feature films. [...]

W. Boning about Creativity: You can only thrive if your mind is free!

Wigald Boning is a television presenter, musician, author, occasional actor and passionate shopping list collector. In his new TV show “Rock The Classic”, the well-known german TV presenter spontaneously takes up the flute and improvises with top acts such as the folk-metal band Eluveitie live on film. videothink BLoG wanted to find out what he thinks and feels about creativity. [...]

Leadership videos from A-Z, Part 3: Most Important Types, Recommendations included

The CEO leaves the audiovisual interpretation of their image in someone else’s hands. That’s where their self-image and public image may collide. For those collisions to work in your favour, the development of the CEO video’s format has to be approached systematically. Part 3 of this Videothink article series on leadership videos explains the pros and cons to the different approaches of CEO videos. [...]
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