Articles by Kristian Widmer

About Kristian Widmer
Kristian Widmer (49) is Executive Producer and CEO of Condor Films Ltd. He has been advising customers on film and video for 23 years.

Storytelling in sponsored films (Part 1)

Sponsored films time and again decide to tell a story. This four-part series will shed light on the most important motivating factors and decision-making points underlying this decision. Part 1 explains when storytelling should be applied. [...]

Virtual Reality: Storytelling between fantasy and reality

At the current level of research and knowledge, virtual reality has to master three major challenges before it can become a mega trend. Like all big challenges, these three obstacles may at first glance seem banal. The developers of Oculus and other leading innovators in the VR sector see that differently. They are fighting with 3 big challenges. [...]

Trends Audiovisual Storytelling in 2016: Six Important Observations

In 2016 the following topics will become more important: video formats for mobile devices, dynamic storytelling, authenticity, virtual reality, genre and wearable computing. The significance of film and video on digital channels, mobile devices and tablets will continue to increase dramatically. Visual communication is demoting online, text-based platforms more and more to the lower ranks. Moving image communications combine the swiftly increasing amount of information with relevance and emotions like no other medium. [...]

How much does a video cost?

Your car dealer knowns how much a film or a video costs. Namely, exactly the same as a car! That’s why you should ask the representative of your preferred dealership. You will be faced with the same problem as in film: a Rolls Royce Ghost does not cost the same as the tiny Nissan Micra. Because not all cars are the same. And not all films are alike. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Cinemagraph: discrete musclemen on the move!

The triumph and the power of cinemagraphs is based on the fact that they are not perceived as a blatant advertising means. Videothink explains why cinemagraphs appear pleasantly calming in the digital cry for attention and sometimes develop an almost hypnotic effect. [...]

Authenticity: Why good films should shine and even hurt a little

How to best deal with the areas of conflict that arise when striving for authenticity in image film or authentic product films. In this articles, Videothink shines a light on the complex, but just as alluring areas of conflict that often come about when trying to achieve authentic communication with moving image, authenticity in image films or authentic product videos. [...]

The phenomenon of invisible cuts in film and video

Invisible cuts are no secret. They are not only implemented in big Hollywood productions, but are also THE standard in professional and effect-oriented film and video production. Invisible cuts are called invisible, because even though they are clearly visible and recognisable for both the eye and the brain (in contrast to hidden cuts), they do however go by unperceived by the viewer. In this article Videothink shows how invisible cuts work and how an invisible cut can be successfully implemented for communication in film and video. [...]

The competence to recognise incompetence in film and video

There are no less than 1'354'000 businesses floating around the Internet today that profess themselves to be professional film and video production companies – and that’s in Europe alone. So how can you be sure to find the best possible competence partner for your image film or web video? Here’s a few tried and tested tips and tricks, based on the author’s 23 years of experience in communication and film and video. [...]
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