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What is a "Present Tense" Video?
It's when your video appears as if it is "live" and unfolding as you watch.
An Investment Bank needs to create series of
"White Paper Videos".
In the past their subject experts have read off
a teleprompter..straight to camera.
The videos have important info, but they drag and tend to bore viewers, who in fact could benefit .
How do you create a present tense video out of that?
Turn it into a "Present Tense" business tv-talk show style. The same subject expert sits with a knowledgeable host/business journalist.
They are on high stools, with the firm's trading floor in the background.
Both are having a lively, unscripted discussion about the same material, even bringing in power point slides.
The video emulates a "live Bloomberg News" segment. It's easily digestible by the firm's clients because the info has been molded into a presentation style they would watch on TV.
The background is very important. We are not filming in a conference room. We chose a backdrop that adds credibility to our message.
Think how you could morph some of your informational videos into a more dynamic approach using "Present Tense" filmmaking.
Present Tense for Corporate Video
I use this "Present Tense" approach in both my documentaries and corporate videos.
Tasked with creating a series of videos that examine state of the art Data Centers.
I turned the material into a TV style video, walking the host and expert thru the actual data center. Instead of a boring talking head in front of a green screen. They are in the actual space, pointing our details (similar to the PBS TV Show "This Old House")
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VANITY FAIR GO PRESENT TENSE
It's not just me that's using this
technique...check out this Vanity Fair video made in collaboration with Vogue.
Instead of the typical DSLR talking head shot (out of focus soft background), this is a hand-held camera shooting POV.
If it was produced in a standard sit down interview..with B-roll laid on top ..it would seem dead compared with this. Click here to watch the video
Next time you have to create a video...think about using "Present Tense" filmmaking to engage your viewer for a longer period of time.
Creating a "Live" show is much better with at least two camera angles.
The Switcher Studio App, (which ranges from $29 to $49 per month-per device) is a great solution for business communicators that don't want to spend $20K on new gear and training to produce Present Tense Videos.
It acts like a mini tv studio, you use the iPad as a camera and "camera- switcher". This will allow you to choose which camera & graphics you want to display to your viewer. The other iPhones act as cameras, and can easily be mounted on a tripod.
In theory one-person could shoot and "switch" the entire episode, pre- placing other cameras before the show.
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