I’m proud of the work, as it’s one of the best videos I’ve created to date. Why is it successful? Several reasons:
1. Authenticity: The shoot had a relaxed atmosphere and this allowed Meghan’s personality to come through. She’s clearly at ease in the video, as she can be seen smiling and laughing and enjoying herself. Meghan’s passion for photography and her love of capturing people is also reflected. You’re seeing Meghan as she actually is, and the people to whom I’ve shown the video have responded to her genuineness. “She’s great!” one individual said. “If I was trying to decide between Meghan and another photographer and I saw this… I’d hire her!” I took that as a high complement because my goal was to create something that would set Meghan apart from her competitors.
2. Preparation: I like to have a good understanding of my subjects before work begins on a project, and so I reviewed Meghan’s information before filming. This included her website, her photos, her blog, and her social media presence. I had a good idea of Meghan’s photographic style, her background, her motivations, and this became the basis of the interview questions. When she and I sat down, we had a thoughtful and thorough conversation, and this was critical as her responses drove the video’s narrative.
3. Editing: Meghan’s business is photography, so, of course, I wanted to showcase her work. I put care into integrating the pictures she took during the styled shoot with the video I shot of her crafting these images. At times, I even matched footage and photography to show the exact moment the photos were captured. This allows the viewer to see the artist at work and to watch as the creative process unfolds.
5. Length: I knew early on that the piece should be no longer than three minutes and the end result came in just under that mark. My experience has been that for a work of this nature, three minutes is an appropriate length – a shorter video doesn’t always allow enough time to tell a story and people might lose interest at some point if the video ran too long. A great deal of information can be conveyed in a few minutes, and here the viewer comes away with a good overview of Meghan’s personality, her work, what drives her, and the way in which she crafts her images.
In summary: I advise that you first determine the tone of the piece before beginning a creative project. In addition, make sure to go in having done some research and pay close attention to detail. Further, be sure to choose the appropriate materials and consider the time and length. This was a video project, but this guidance can be applied in the some way to almost any art form.
I'm Eli Natinsky and I'm a communication specialist. This blog explores my work and professional interests. I also delve into other topics, including media, marketing, pop culture, and technology.