Feb '18 | Low Budget Doesn’t Mean Low Quality
Low Budget Video Production Means Savvy Scoping
And that’s exactly what we did when producing a website launch video for professional chef Tori Richie. We got creative. Not on the page, or on screen, but in excel.
Our budget was less than $1,500, and yet our goal was to make Tori, and her foodie following, happy as marinated clams.
Tips for Marketers Who Skim
If your budget is low, try these suggestions:
- Rehearse with the talent before production day.
- Get a great looking location with natural light. (Hint: these do come free, they’re called favors.)
- Spend a little money on art direction (we’re talking $50 bucks).
“K’Dee is a total pro — I’ve worked with a lot of video producers and few are as fun, efficient, and as good at directing as K’Dee is.”
~ Chef Tori Ritchie
Rehearse Before Cameras Roll
When possible, pull the talent or executives aside and rehearse the talking points prior to filming. Because once you start filming, those flubs and retakes become costly when you factor in the price of crew labor. Patina will always– regardless of budget– volunteer to rehearse with the talent before production day. Why? Because a great performance makes a fantastic video. And we’re in the business of delivering fantastic videos.
Location, Location, Location
The first way to increase production value is to find a great location with natural light. But we’re not talking sun beams streaming through windows, we’re talking soft, indirect light. In the case of Tori, we used her home. Patina’s producer scouted the location prior to filming to see when and where the light came in, and then we scheduled our production day accordingly. We also took note of the kitchen’s color scheme and with that knowledge, planned our wardrobe and set design.
A Pop of Color Goes a Long Way
Check out those flowers in the background, and the way they match the bowl of apples. Or the bench cushion we turned on its side so instead of white, we saw more orange and yellow. That’s no coincidence friends, that’s called set design! And it cost no more than $25.
Now, let’s talk wardrobe. Ever notice how actors in films always seem to match nicely with their environment? That’s the collaborative work of the costume designer and art director. But when you don’t have money for those two designers, just take 20 minutes prior to filming to discuss wardrobe with your talent.
Notice how Tori’s shirt brings out the color in her eyes. It also matches nicely with the pot and pans in the background. When choosing wardrobe, solid colors work best, and we suggest staying away from patterns, stripes, or distracting logos.
Thinking about these simple, low cost workarounds prior to filming can help you increase your production value, even when working on a tight budget.
Categorized under: Video Production Case Studies