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Old September 13th, 2005, 08:32 AM   #1
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Video Testimonial? - What do I need to know?

I have a meeting tonight with a potential client. They would like me to produce a video showing client testimonials for their product.
Seems pretty straight forward, but I was wondering if anybody has done productions like this before and have any extra information that might help me tonight in my meeting.
Was thinking of using a friend of mine's studio for shooting the testimonials, I have a wireless lav mic for audio, anything else equipment wise I might need?

Thanks for you help.
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Old September 13th, 2005, 09:37 AM   #2
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Jeff,

This sort of question opens up artistic and aesthetic desicions that differ from client to client, and from producer to producer.

Some issues to discuss;

Should all the testimonials look the same? In other words, do you gather the clients in the studio and shoot them in front of the same backdrop.

How much B-Roll goes behind the testimonial? This might be product specific. Are they talking about something that is not very visual, such as a economic/banking type of service? Or is the product something more physical and usefull... a lawn implement, heavy equipment, a vacation resort...

Is the client supplying b-roll or are you going to shoot it?

Can you shoot the testimonials in situ? On site, while they utilize the product?


You see how the approach can differ. These are the things you need to iron out.
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Old September 13th, 2005, 09:55 AM   #3
 
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Richard nailed it.

If it were me, I would strongly suggest they be shot in the client's "natural environment" where the product is being used. This not only adds visual variety and interest, but it gives more creedence than running them through the studio.

Just my opinion.

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Old September 13th, 2005, 10:22 AM   #4
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It is for a weight loss clinic, so not sure what the natural enviroment would be.
It is one of those "herbal" weight loss places.
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Old September 13th, 2005, 10:25 AM   #5
 
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It is for a weight loss clinic, so not sure what the natural enviroment would be.
It is one of those "herbal" weight loss places.
Then I would shoot it there, just use different backgrounds for each, if possible.

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