Most small and medium scale businesses are already using movies or videos as a marketing tool as it’s an important part of their marketing strategies. Movies also help you build customer loyalty and retention and can be used in social media posts, emails, marketing sites, and advertisements.
To make your video creation procedure quicker and smoother, you need to have the right plan, strategy, and tools. There’s a basic format every movie follows, from the first idea to the final cut. Here we will discuss the various stages that are required to follow to make an inspirational, entertaining interactive, and perfect promotional movie or video.
Stages of Movie Making
Stage 1 – Outline Your Objective/Goal
Start your movie creation with a clear goal, channelizing your efforts into reaching it. Some of the objectives of making promotional videos could be to target potential leads, enhance brand awareness, generate better sales, boost traffic, or simply educate your audience.
Stage 2 – Figure Out the Type of Movie You Want to Create
Now that you know the objective you want to achieve through your video, the next step is to ascertain the type of movie you want to create. Your videos could be:
- Introductory Videos: Introduce your brand, mission, team, etc.
- Explainer Videos that talk about how your brand/company or products/services function
- Entertaining movies with no other objective than to make your viewers derive pleasure, amusement, or plain entertainment from your movies.
- Action-Based Videos that prompt your audience to take a particular action.
- Review-based or Testimonial Videos to get instant feedback about your services or products.
- Informational videos like FAQ based, or interviews based to educate your viewers
- Solution-based videos that can resolve queries
Stage 3: Choose a Direction
After ascertaining a combination of several directions, you want to choose for your video, you must think of how to place your video. You must decide if your movie should be narrative, characterized, explanatory, music-based, comical, action-drive, product-focussed, or a plain endorsement. You must set the right tone for the video and further refine your approach.
Stage 4 – How the Tone of the Video Should be
Your movie represents you and your brand – so it must align well with the overall one, and it’s a crucial factor to take into consideration. You can use the following tones:
- A formal and clear to the point tone
- A casual or a conversational tone
- A humorous tone with creative elements
- A quirky tone that makes an outstanding video.
- An urgent tone that requires your audience to take a prompt action
- An inspirational tone to drive action
- A luxurious one to lure viewers and so many more
Stage 5 – Determine the Duration
It is imperative to determine the length of your movie as the script should flow within the prescribed time frame. The length of the movie depends on the platform you would post it, your budget, and your objective. Be careful when you think of creating a long movie, as it gets very difficult to engage your viewers for such a long time. Shorter videos are more engaging and focused.
Stage 6 – Decide the Format of the Movie
This is the correct time to assess the appearance of the video. You can use a professional online movie maker to help you with your movies’ formatting, creation, editing, and promotion. Your scriptwriting should be based on the format, and you have a myriad of choices to pick from:
- An Animated Video which could be cartoon-styled involving 2D and 3D animations
- B-roll videos like supplemental or alternative used as an action, background, or flashback-style scenes
- Stock-based videos
- People, Staff, or you can be a part of your video giving instructions or educating your audience
- Screencast Video is a recording of a computer or mobile screen.
- Live-action videos with real-life footage or special effects.
- Whiteboard showcasing a hand holding a marker as it writes on a whiteboard
You can use various combinations of the above-mentioned styles in your movies and finally make influential movies with the perfect visual style.
Stage 7 – Create an Overview and Outline the Idea
You must frame the exact idea of how you want your movie to be prepared, like how many scenes you want to create, what locations should be used, the kind of characters you want to involve in the video, the right text, audio, or video graphics to be used, the product & props to be used and finally the CTA that should be applied to your online movies.
Stage 8 – Frame a Script
You must create a format based on the whole narration and script of your video. It should encompass a scene-by-scene format, a timestamp which means what should happen at each second of the video, and the final voice, text, and dialogue that needs to be used in the movie.
Your script must have a clear description of the scene, special props, location, list of characters, expressions or movements, and other minute details. Try and use various online movie-making templates that are available on the web.
You must involve other people like technicians, actors, or directions in your script, the kind of equipment to be used as lighting, props, etc, and to include locations, etc.
This segment involves:
- Hiring a producer and/or production company
- Finalizing Locations
- Post-production along with Post-production editing
- Finding the right Voice Over talent
- Using the appropriate audio
- Text overlays
Stage 9 – Movie Creation and Editing
There are several online movie makers available on the web, and you must select the most trusted of them to frame, produce, create, edit and finally promote yours. InVideo is a thriving online movie-making professional tool that will help you with all the above stages and ultimately make the best advertising strategy through videos for your brand and business.
Video creation and final editing are super important for the actors, artists, and directors, and for the audience to make a good sense of the visuals created and recreated by using the right editing tools.
You must consider the following elements while creating and editing your movies.
- Visuals play a crucial role in attracting the attention of your audience and engaging them.
- Audio and top-notch audio quality with clarity to deliver the right message to your audience with ease.
- Text with captions or transcriptions, which should be grammatically correct.
Stage 10 – Uploading and Posting Your Online Movies
The final step to finding the result of all your efforts – is the reaction of your audience through the platforms that you have used to upload, advertise, market and promote your movies. You can use YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, your Website, Blogs, TikTok, Twitter, and so many other platforms to circulate your movies and garner the right kind of attention as expected. After all, the aim of creating movies is to achieve the end goal (as referred to in stage 1)
This will help you get smarter at creating your movie without having the technical expertise and the professional know-how of movie-making. Your content, equipment, promotional platform, your movies, and your style of promoting them will build your brand and business. So, go ahead and start making mind-blowing movies for your business and promote them in the best possible manner.