We won Silver!

I'm chuffed to announce that Egg Media won the Silver award for the use of Video For Business category at the Sussex Digital Awards 2017. Brilliant evening and great to be amongst some of the best digital marketing companies in Sussex.

Our submission was our showreel which you can view on our homepage. I chose to submit this because it shows a variety of different work, from company videos, to product demos (and a few celebs thrown in for good measure). Thank you to the Egg Media creative team for all your hard work! Let's go for Gold next year. 

3 tips for filming 'Talking Heads' differently.

To be very clear, there's still a place for “talking heads” videos. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that the vast majority are boring. If you've seen one, you’ve seen them all. But It doesn't have to be like this. First, let's take a look at a bog standard talking head set-up.
 

BOG STANDARD SET-UP  

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  • Subject is either standing or seated

  • Shot in both close-up and medium close-up

  • Facing and talking to an off-camera Interviewee whose questions will be edited out

 

 

LET'S SWITCH THINGS UP...

 

SET-UP 1 | 'THE WALK AND TALK' 

Rather than sit or stand, ask the subject to move towards (or with) a moving camera.

What you’ll need: 

  • A clear route without photo-bombing idiots.

  • A subject willing to move their lips and their legs at the same time

What you’ll get:

  • Dynamism

  • A shifting background

  • A more engaging video



     

SET-UP 2 | 'BEHIND THE SCENES

Rather than striving to keep all elements of filmmaking out of the frame, here we include shots of the process itself – the crew, the lighting and the equipment.  We both see and hear the interviewer.

What you’ll need:

  • Two-camera Set-up 

What you’ll get:

  • An informal tone

  • A sense of immediacy and presence of the interview itself 

  • A broader range of shots and subject matter


     

SET-UP 3 | 'B-ROLL BONANZA'

“B-roll” is non-interview footage. It's typically edited in to provide context, break up the interview and keep things punchy.

Sometimes, the b-roll is more interesting than the interview.

What you’ll need:

  • A plan for lots of B-roll footage and room to explore - the subject at work, in situ

What you’ll get:

  • A focus on the words themselves

  • Context, reinforcing what’s being said

  • Colour and detail