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Introduction to Sketch
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  • Contributors must be allowed to be spontaneous and natural (with gentle prodding) Your branding is not important - the audience already know what they are watching
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    • 1. Sketch - A check list A check list for making better films and leaving your audience refreshed, entertained and informed
    • 2. Contents
      • About Sketch
      • How we work
      • Where are we today?
      • The audience
      • What does this mean?
      • How to be ‘audience led’
      • What are you filming and why?
      • The check list
      • Common mistakes
      • The wish list x10
      • A brief summary
    • 3. About Sketch
      • Sketch produces film content for companies, charities and NGOs
      • Our clients include: British Council, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, The London Library, Romsey Mill, Penguin UK, Safestore, Kind Consumer, Reprieve, Open Cinema and The Boston Consulting Group
      • We make documentaries for Channel 4 and Current TV
      • We recently won the Britdoc Co-operative ‘It’s good to know’ award
      • We work with award winning documentary makers
      • Focused on an organic investigative documentary approach
      • Our aim is to make a film that responds to the brief and draws in a captive or fresh audience
      • We are flexible and passionate about film’s potential across new media
    • 4. How we work
      • We talk to clients as early as possible
      • We clarify budget and resources available
      • We pinpoint the visual content of the film and the tone required
      • We encourage clients not to use scripts
      • We let the event or people or company speak for itself
      • We urge clients to resist heavily branding their film
      • By letting contributors speak for themselves in a natural style - we create transparency and build trust
      • We encourage a two way conversation with the audience- generating comments, calls to action, ratings, sharing
    • 5. Trends in online content
    • 6. Where are we today?
      • How we consume content is rapidly changing - we have to ensure that the films we produce catch up
      • The collective ‘personalised’ voice is gaining strength - we listen to our friends and like-minded people more and more - rather than searching through media
      • The media’s power is decreasing/changing - they are being cut out of the loop e.g. UK election
      • People who share similar interests are able to find each other far more easily than before
      • Your audience should be able to find or discover more about your organisation or event very quickly
      • Twitter - the pulse of the planet or a just a fashion
      • Facebook - about to make the web very social with the ubiquitous facebook like button and the Open Graph project
    • 7. The audience’s attention span is very short
    • 8. What does this mean?
      • The context in which people are introduced to media (facebook, twitter, email) is alsmot more important than the source itself. CONTEXT is now king
      • There is a huge amount of content online - your shared audience acts as your first filter and your first referee
      • People don’t like to be lectured or told what to think
      • Look at us and what we do is no longer enough
      • You need to surprise and move people - only connect
      • The audience is smart and you need to earn their trust
    • 9. How to be ‘audience led’
      • Keep a film short. If you make a long film - cut it down and release the film as a series
      • Ensure that the film can be shared and rated (where appropriate)
      • Make it easy for the viewer to find out more through related content
      • Produce text and comment to accompany the film
      • Package the film in the right category - don’t push everything into one folder and assume that your audience is interested in everything
      • Tag your film
      • Use multiple platforms e.g. vimeo, youtube. Ensure that all content on these channels is relevant and fresh.
      • Link to the film on your own blogs
    • 10. The Filming Process
    • 11. What are you filming and why?
      • Ask yourself a series of questions:
      • What are you filming and why?
      • How will people react to being filmed?
      • Is it visual?
      • Is this unusual and why?
      • Will something happen/develop over time?
      • Where is it happening? Any implications for filming?
      • Who is involved?
      • Are the people likely to be changed by their experience?
      • Are there any stakeholder issues? Who has final cut?
      • Who is the target audience? How do they consume media?
      • How will this film be distributed online?
    • 12. The check list
      • A film needs to be VISUAL
      • Pinpoint the ACTION
        • Think about when the exciting things will happen and make sure that we are there to film them
      • Choose carefully WHO we will focus on and select only a few contributors
        • Big Brother type casting vs. dull but safe casting
      • Allow contributors to be NATURAL and HONEST (with gentle prodding)
        • Keep the camera crew small and give ‘contributors’ cameras to film or do video diaries
      • Create the structure for a JOURNEY
        • Think of it as stops along a tube line - at each stop something is going to change
      • PREPARE PEOPLE - let everyone know that a film crew will be present
      • SHOW the action, don’t report it or TELL us what just happened
      • THINK FIRST about distribution…ask yourself why the audience will watch, why the film will generate positive word of mouth
      • What would the headline of a review of the film be? Think about linking print to the film and generating media coverage
      • Overt branding is not important
    • 13. Common mistakes
      • Planning late
      • Poor communications with partners and people on the ground
      • Looking inwards - pleasing the boss but not the audience
      • Not knowing whom to please (Who is the boss? Who is the audience?)
      • Going over budget - by not knowing what you want before you start
      • Uploading content online simply to have something up there
      • Not promoting your films online with text and tags
      • A series of people talking at camera telling us what they have just done
      • Overly obvious enthusiasm - ‘Everything is great’ is a bit boring
      • Filming events that are great LIVE but not so great on screen as ‘you had to be there’
      • Letting people get nervous and stilted on camera
    • 14. The wish list x 10
      • Define your objective
      • Define your audience
      • Segment the audience (different films/channels for each audience)
      • Prepare and plan
      • Know what you want - develop a result orientated strategy
      • Let people know what you are doing and what you are trying to do
      • Communicate constantly with us
      • Show human relationships at work or human stories/journeys
      • Refine your film - get feedback from outsiders and make changes
      • Get a high impact still image and ensure the film has clean sound
    • 15. A quick summary
      • Prepare and Plan
      • Audience, Audience, Audience
      • Surprise people - don’t use the same old, same old approach
      • Do something different this time
      • Make it snappy, make it simple
      • Allocate resources sensibly
      • Commission investigative films rather than event coverage
      • Think about distribution first
      • Obtain objective feedback
    • 16.
      • 7 Denmark Street
      • London WC2H 8LZ
      • Tel: +44 207 240 0457
      • Mob: +44 778 213 2146
      • Email:
      • Web:
      Questions? If you want to meet to discuss any filming requirements you may have please get in touch. Thank you.