Video Production Portfolio

Promo Video for Chicago Earth Day Event

Sue Baugh and book cover for Echoes of Eart

This is a very quick promo video utilizing a PDF flyer produced for a 2017 Earth Day event held at “Let Them Eat Chocolate” in Chicago and co-sponsored by AuthorsBroadCast.com. A good example of how we can help you create quick cost effective social media video for event promotion or other business promotion. *Graphics and…

Karawane | Music Performance With Artistic Video Enhancement

This music video production was another enjoyable opportunity to work with flutist, composer and performance artist Janice Misurell-Mitchell. The piece is based on the poem, “Karawane” (or Caravan), written and originally performed by Da Da poet Hugo Ball in February, 1916 at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich; it is considered one of the first sound poems. Janice…

Public Speaker Promotional Video Production

If you are a public speaker or presenter this is an example of how we can take a few excerpts from your live presentation together with your PowerPoint slides (if applicable) and combine it with a prepared voice over to create a nice promotional video production that will provide meeting planners and other potential prospects with an idea of the material you will cover as well as a taste of your presentation style. A video  like any of these is a must have for every professional public speaker.

The public relations director for speaker and former NFL player Dr. Robert Watts provided me with a number of video clips that I edited and assembled in to the promo video below.

In the sample below the speaker provided us with a few clips and his biographical information to produce this promotional video.

In this sample we used excerpts from a keynote address to sample the speaker’s message.

Professional Speaker / Trainer Video Production

The PR director for this California based author and leadership coach provided me with a number of video clips and DVDs. It was my task to utilize these assets to fashion a story, write a script and use my voice-over to present Dr. Watts as speaker and trainer. In this case the segment of him dancing…

Music Video | “Liberation” | Reggae | Chicago

I shot this Reggae band music video for Tony Aiken and Future at the Wild Hare in Chicago. This is an overdub performance shot multiple times from various angles then edited with some posterization and other lighting effects.

Text Only Video Production With Voice Over

This is a video for an actual real live workshop of mine. But it is also a sample of text only video with a voice-over. You will be able to guess pretty quick what I am explaining if you just look at a few seconds of the video. This kind of video production uses — you guessed it –text only — no graphics — no pictures — just text, only.

Some reasons to use this style of video is firstly rapid production. These are pretty quick to do compared to other kinds of video but not necessarily easy. There are a few steps involved and may be more involved than some of you might want to do on your own. But I’ll explain that next. Another reason to do a video that only uses text is to re-purpose articles or other written material into a video product in order to make that content available on video platforms like youtube or to make it available to people who prefer to consume their information via video.

Also they are oddly compelling because the viewer is actively engaged on the process. It is less passive than a typical video. It is not for every purpose but it is fairly ideal when you are faced with putting a lot of text on a web page where you risk having your visitors simply skim the material when you really need them to read it all and understand the content being presented. When you add the voice over it is even easier to consume because you can listen while you read along.

Now some people don’t like this kind of video because they prefer to read at their own pace or skim the material. But many people including me are both visual and auditory learners and for us the reinforcement of reading and listening is a win-win situation for better comprehension of the information on the first pass.

Traditional video with colorful graphics and visuals that aid comprehension is also good, but it can be a little more costly to produce, takes a little more planning and typically requires that you look “ready for company” if you plan to appear on camera.

To make a text only video you will need to have your script typed up in Word. Next you will need to format it so that it can be exported to PowerPoint with just a sentence or two per slide. This is a bit time consuming but easier once you know how to do it. Then you export each slide as individual jpgs and finally assemble them as a video using your favorite video editing software. This is where you can also add the the voice over that you have pre-recorded and any music or sound effects you want to include.

If you want assistance we provide that service at any step in the process. If you need help with writing, production, voice-over or the whole project just let me know. That’s why we’re here. Oh! And if you’re in the Chicago area and want to attend the Grow Your Business workshop that’s good too. Let me know how we can help. We provide a variety of marketing services for growing businesses.