Efficient video storytelling through the Covid 19 crisis

A month ago we were talking about the use of bespoke videos as a way for organisations to keep track of, and stay connected to, customers and communities. Over March and April I ((Bill) spent time with two organisations looking to use video production as way of both informing and record-keeping in a time of massive uncertainty and upheaval. HireUp, a rapidly growing company with a distinct ‘tech start-up’ feel is in the disability support workers space. As the lockdown rapidly approached, they wanted a series of storytelling videos with clients and workers to communicate the action they were taking to ensure the smooth-running of events. With some social-distancing precautions, I took the ‘one day shoot, one day edit’ approach, letting the narrative and theme of the video production more or less develop during the shoot. I’m glad to have spent many years working as a journalist; I know many video production companies will storyboard and storyboard again with a large team; but for the customer, that works out to be very expensive, and frankly, often unnecessary. I find the treatment, and the theme, present themselves when you really start to spend time with someone, and interview them. Efficient, high-quality video production A similar approach was taken with Jigsaw Australia, in the disability employment space. They too acted decisively to move core elements of their business online, with great initial success. For them, the video works as an object of posterity as well as a way of informing clients that ‘we’re open for business – and thriving.’ Each video on this page was shot and edited in Sydney in...

Live streaming and update videos in a time of Covid lockdown

Let video help you through the lockdown from Bill Code on Vimeo. Timely communications videos The Coronavirus outbreak is a time of challenge and disruption for all of us. With people increasingly isolated from one another businesses – and society – need to keep ticking over. Timely videos can help your organisation stay on top of this communications challenge, internally and externally. With a long background in the news industry our small team can quickly produce great looking, sharp comms videos to help your organisation stay connected with staff, stakeholders and customers. Live streaming We’ve made live TV for some of the world’s biggest news brands and can offer you password-protected livestreams, or Facebook and Youtube streaming shot with our equipment, depending on the needs of your organisation. So there’s some good news; that presentation or event at risk of cancellation can go ahead thanks to live streaming, with our help. This is a time of real challenge;  keep your team engaged and informed with quality webcasts. Add quality to Zoom or Skype If you’re videoconferencing already with Zoom or Skype – we can also add a professional image to that service with our broadcast-ready cameras. Don’t let messy pictures and sound distract from your message. Drop us a line via email or phone today to talk about affordable – and fast – high quality video messaging from professional video producers. Email bill@billcodemedia.com or call (61) 0420 652...

Pacific video producer: Samoa’s lost ‘pyramid’ story for BBC Reel

Sometimes as a video producer there are fun jobs…and sometimes there are next level enjoyable productions, like trekking into rainforest in search of archaeological wonder, armed with drone and camera, accompanied by an archaeologist, in search of ‘the lost pyramid of Polynesia’. That type of thing. Pacific video producer Commissioned to travel to Samoa to produce a video for the entrepreneurial event Seedstars, BBC Reel asked if I could produce a piece on the Pulelmelei mound, renowned, yet shrouded in mystery for what it tells us, and what it leaves out, about the history of the Pacific. Speaking with archaeologist Greg Jackmond and colleagues at the Centre For Samoan studies about the practicality of producing such a video, it soon became apparent that the real ‘story’ was the uncovering of various other sites using LiDAR data across the country. Watch the video on the BBC site here. Without the Mavic Pro 2 drone’s range, GPS mapping – and its solid video capabilities too – this would have been a tough one to capture. But I think we got a special video production out of it. The local village is also uncovering one particular site to help get it on the map and onto the tourist trail. Hopefully the video production will go some way to aiding them! In a short visit to this part of the Pacific I was able to cover the original commission at the Seedstars event – video coming soon – as well as produce some enjoyable journalism which adds to the picture on the history of Polynesia (or more accurately shares some of the fantastic research...

Happiness in Vanuatu – BBC Pacific video

WATCH All video producer gigs are not equal –  sometimes those shot on a tropical island discussing happiness tend to be more memorable. C’est la vie. This was an enjoyable piece to shoot as video producer (camera, journalist, editor, travel-booker…) as a I look to become more of a Pacific video producer for hire (editorially and commercially), shot on Vanuatu’s main island of Efate. What makes us happy? Well, access to land and healthy soils, community, knowing where ‘home’ is and being connected to culture, if Vanuatu is anything to go by. Watch the full video here. Pacific video producer I was able to film and interview local artists, writers, chiefs, young people, shop holders – and basically ask everyone I met – what they thought the key’s were to Vanuatu’s consistently high ranking in the happy planet index. Working as a video journalist – a solo video producer with half a mind on editorial matters – can be a hard slog, not to mention in the tropics. But ni-Vanuatu people are amazingly friendly, welcoming, smart and chatty. And yes, I got a couple of Pacific island beach swims in at the end before returning to Sydney to get back to video production work. Over the last year I’ve strived to become recognised as a video producer for hire across the Pacific more generally – PNG, Vanuatu, Samoa and New Zealand have been on the list for both corporate and journalistic assignments. Get in touch if you’re a Pacific company or editor in need of video:...

A new take on conference video production

conference video productionAn exciting few days in Canberra with CEDA was had last month – that’s the Committee for Economic Development – where a colleague and I debuted what we think is a new concept in conference video production; fast filming, extremely fast video editing, and a finished video product available for the audience to view before they even sit down for lunch (or the afternoon sessions, dinner, whatever the case may be). Conference video production with speed and finesse Working with one video producer and one interviewer, a series of videos like the one below were created, each in less than two hours. From shooting the first frame to handing the finished file to AV crew at the back of the room, we pumped them out with accuracy and, we hope, style. We’re keen on developing this fresh new idea in conference video production, so let us know what you think via the contact...