We create on-demand training programs. In some situations, there is neither the time or often the budget, to to take the content for a classroom course and convert it into on-line training modules in Lectora or Camtasia.
If the classroom trainer has good camera presence and the content of the course is well-structured, it is possible to create a "rapid-deployment" training program directly from the classroom course. That is exactly what we did here.
Karen Lynch was a branch executive for Carlson/GMAC, a successful Realtor and an excellent trainer. Using only the notes on her clipboard, Karen presented her entire 75 minutes course on "Winning the Listing," as we videotaped her in a Carlson Meeting Room. It was completed in one long shooting day.
We then edited the video into convenient 8-10 minute chapters and made it available for deployment on DVD, and on-line via their corporate intranet. What I have posted is small, four-minute summary of the finished 75 minute course.
I produce quite a few "How-To" videos for a variety of corporations. This how-to video on the combined use of a rain barrel and drip irrigation just seems so sensible - using the rain from the sky, a simple storage device to irrigate a garden.
It was great fun to create the illusion of a incoming thunderstorm and subsequent rainfall by simply editing together a series of scenes and sounds. The rainfall is coming from a garden hose!
Installing a wooden floor in your home is possible for a "Do-it-Yourselfer," given clear step-by-step instructions, patience, and the right tools. This video was part of a series written and produced to guide a homeowner through the process of correctly installing a wooden floor.
When you are building videos for viral video distribution, the video needs to offer true value to the viewer. It has to be clear, concise and correct. We hope to have achieved that goal with this step-by-step video.
Produced for BobVila.com and used with permission.
I had the privilege of producing over 100 step-by-step videos for BobVila.com, the uncontested Master of Home Improvement.
The topic of Faux-painting was a particular challenge because we had to illustrate the steps of a sophisticated faux painting process without painting an entire room. The solution: I created two-foot square sample boards to illustrate each technique.
Working with a very talented faux-painting expert, we shot four complete techniques a day, resulting in a very high return on investment.
Traditional wooden shutters can add beauty and elegance to your home, but they require painting and maintenance over the years.
In this video, which I produced for BobVila.com, we illustrated how to install shutters with fine historical detail that were made of Permex, which does not have to be painted.
The challenge here was to illustrate the step-by-step process of install shutters, while keeping up with the pace of a professional contractor who intended to get a house-full of shutters up in one day!
On how-to projects such as this, I tend to "back-write" the script, arriving with an outline, but then asking questions and following along as the contractor works.
Later, I write a script to match the action while I am editing the video.
Whether it's corporate or consumer, these "how-to's" are fun projects to shoot, because you learn so much as you are producing them.