“This is amazing, just plain amazing work. I can’t thank you enough. The narration is great, the animations work wonders, and it’s just an all-around first-rate product.” – Sean Blinn, President, Board of Trustees, Friends of the Vanderveer House
I gave them several design options, and transformed their Powerpoint into an engaging orientation video that’s been met with some rave reviews. One of the first guests to see it said it was “just like something you would see on PBS.” I call that a definite success!
By the way, I’ve been a tour guide in Gettysburg and a Civil War storyteller for more than ten years… but this is the first time my video work and my history work have crossed paths. I hope it’s not the last!
I’ve completed several video-editing projects for the Cadence Watch Company over the past few years.
But for their New York Skyscape watch, where each number on the watch face represents a famous building in Manhattan, they wanted for a photo slideshow featuring the actual buildings. So my role this time was to research the buildings, write the script, find public-domain photos, create the slideshow, doing the narration, and put it all together.
I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out–and so was Cadence.
I’ll freely admit, this one was a challenge. Ambassador Promotions and Events, a company that does one-on-one marketing (like street teams, trade show staffing, and in-store promotions), conducts on-the-street surveys, and so forth, waas just about to spin off from their parent company. All they really had for me to work with, were a few dozen photos of their teams (mostly from a distance), and a list of the clients their staff had worked with in the past.
I honestly wasn’t sure how to turn those materials into an effective video… until I noticed two of the photos in particular, obviously taken seconds apart. First, a member of the street team hands something to a passing pedestrian. And then that pedestrian stops dead in his tracks, turns back, and BEAMS.
I’ve already talked on this site about my love of telling stories. Well, that right there? That’s a story. I knew I had to make the video about that moment.