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Blueforest Gives Back – 2nd Annual Triangle Nonprofit Video Giveaway 2016

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Capturing compelling stories through videos is what we do best! From the community, to economics, & the environment we know there are many nonprofits in the Triangle that have life changing stories. These stories take you on a path of how they were founded, to the people they serve, and the lasting impact they are making in the community.

That’s just one of the reasons we love working with nonprofit organizations. Last year ,in 2015, we launched the Blueforest Gives Back initiative to support the community by doing what we do best, creating videos! Due to our huge success & collaboration with CASA Housing we are bring our giveaway back for local nonprofits who contribute service to the community, environment, and economics.Our criteria won’t just be who can get the most likes, although social media will play a small part. It will be a holistic view of the agency – who has the story that will get the most traction – who can benefit most from a great video!

Interested in being apart of our giveaway? We will produce a free video ($5,000 – $10,000 value) in 2016 for one amazing local nonprofit organization. All other nonprofits are eligible for a 10% discount and all applicants will get free basic YouTube Optimization on a project purchased from Blueforest Studios by the end of 2015! We are an Integrated Video Production company after all and we want to make sure that your target audience can find your video online! Learn more HERE

Check out last year’s winner, CASA video!

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Meet Me at the Addys

In the spirit of award season, the Triangle Ad Fed introduces a brand new Addy to the American Advertising Awards that is sure to soar to new heights. With the theatrics of a glass-shattering surprise and the slick gunmetal award, the addy represents the bold, timeless, and innovative creations individuals and agencies have promoted throughout the Triangle. When we were selected to shoot their promotional video for the launch of the new Addy we were thrilled!

Our team worked with our new Kino lights and natural sunlight while crashing numerous crystal trophies to get just the right shot. Then we added custom music composed by our very own, Dustin Painter to make the perfect impression.

Interested in showing off your wings or captivating the audience with your message? Take a look at our production with Triangle Ad Fed below & submit your entries for the 2016 AAAwards and the Silver Medal Award before the show happening on February 18, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Cotton Room in Durham, NC. Dress code: black-tie optional.

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Want to go behind the scenes with us? Check out the creators of our glass-shattering moment.

Dropping the glass award to get the perfect fall-twist combo - kudos to Aaron and team for going the extra mile to catch just the right shot. They managed to capture everything we needed with just three (3) heroes. Amazing!

Dropping the glass award to get the perfect fall-twist combo – kudos to Aaron and team for going the extra mile to catch just the right shot. They managed to capture everything we needed with just three (3) heroes. Amazing!

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YouTube Thumbnails & Social Media Placement

There are so many facets to think about when creating and marketing a video. Sometimes you don’t think of minor details that might not seem important but actually have a huge impact on your audience – including how the thumbnail looks on various channels.  We produced an amazing video for our client yet LinkedIN insists on grabbing one of the ‘standard’ thumbnail options from the video itself rather than the custom thumbnail that we’ve created.

This is a good thumbnail because it has a human face and a name and title.  However, we don’t like the windblown look for our still images.

 

 

Facebook on the other hand grabs an image anywhere within the real thumbnail.  We think this might be because they want everyone to use their native video feature.  So we are having to ‘game’ the system by creating a thumbnail that will look great on Facebook if a large amount of traffic is through Facebook.  However, does that look good on the other channels?


There also happen to be dogs on paddle boards in the video – which is a great image to get large audiences to click. But is the rest of the content relevant?

 

Our client has a very specific target for this video and is in a very competitive environment where a “Win” or a “View” by the right person can make a big difference for them.  So it’s important that the video is shared on social and found through search while looking interesting enough to click.  It’s a challenge that we face everyday and if you’re using videos in your marketing, it’s time to consider the thumbnail!  It’s like the subject line of an email or the title of the book – the right thumbnail can get people to view the video – the wrong thumbnail might make people snub your video and potentially your brand.

Watch this beautiful video and learn about Perquimans Marine Industrial Park – 

Have questions or comments? Post below!

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Add ANIMATION INSPIRATION to your life!

Check out one of our latest projects! We used animation to tell local nonprofit CASA’s story for this year’s Blueforest Gives Back project.

 

Animation has endless possibilities. Think about it. You can utilize any style and customize until it’s just right. That is why animation can be an essential part of your arsenal.

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Using animation in your video marketing allows you to convey important messages and stories that you may not be able to do with live action. Even if live action storytelling is possible, animation stands out and can be personalized to fit your business.

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Animation’s limitless scope makes it a highly effective tool. You can use everything from simplistic drawing to intense special effects to capture your story.

We have a monthly Animation Inspiration newsletter that highlights the various forms of animation we use here at Blueforest Studios. Sign up today to receive monthly animation inspiration and ideas you can use for your business marketing! Click below.

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Contact us today for your animation needs!

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Blueforest Gives Back – CASA Video Debut July 21st

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The moment we’ve all be waiting for – the winner of Blueforest Gives Back CASA’s Video Reveal! We had our First Annual Blueforest Gives Back for local nonprofits and we’re proud to announce that we will debut the final product July 21st at The Cary Theater.

CASA is a Raleigh-based nonprofit housing developer and property manager. They focus primarily on multi-family rental properties for people living with disabilities and veterans who have experienced homelessness. CASA’s housing model ends homelessness for people in great need by offering safe, permanent places to live. CASA manages more than 340 apartments and homes across the Triangle (Wake, Durham and Orange counties) and has 22 more currently under construction.

We’ve really enjoyed this exciting collaboration, learning more about what CASA does and how they positively impact our local community. Together we’ve creating an amazing animated video that embodies CASA and their message. We can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Come learn about Blueforest Studios, CASA, and the importance of animation! See how Blueforest tells CASA’s amazing story and learn more about the annual Blueforest Gives Back for local nonprofits. Open to everyone!

 

When: Tuesday July 21st

Time: 3:30pm- 5:30pm (2 showings of the debut video, no excuse to miss it!)

Where: The Cary Theater 

Who: Open to everyone!

Tickets : FREE! And choice to donate to CASA.

Reserve your tickets HERE.

You don’t want to miss this!

 

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Do Great Things! Durham Tech Video Project

What’s Your Great Thing? Durham Tech can help you discover that.

Blueforest Studios worked alongside Engine Brandmakers and Durham Tech to create this great video project. Blueforest Studios focused on capturing the energy of the students as they found their “great thing” at Durham Tech among downtown Durham. These videos capture how students gain diverse experiences through their peers and the different opportunities available to them at Durham Tech.

 


This message of finding your “great thing” is the important central message in Durham Tech’s mission. They help students find their passion and career goals through their many classes and programs. Blueforest Studios focused on embodying that message in these videos through the vibrant background of downtown Durham and strong student interviewees who are eager to learn.

 


The purpose of these videos is to promote Durham Tech and encourage new students to enroll. These videos show the connection between Durham Tech and downtown Durham, how they go hand in hand in the students lifestyle when attending Durham Tech. The message conveyed in the videos is how students gain real world experience in the diverse and energetic environment as a student at Durham Tech and as a resident in downtown Durham.

Like this video or want something to embody your company message? Let us know what you think!

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Welcome to the Team!!!

Kimberly Corrigan has joined our team to further develop our growing portfolio of regional and national accounts.  Kimberly Corrigan comes with a wealth of experience within the Industry, having spent the last 8 years in creative agencies, including Centerline Digital and Wildfire. Previously, at Sandhills TV 3, Kimberly was instrumental in setting up the station’s first live feed for the 2005 U.S. Open, and still contributes today to local businesses as a voiceover artist.  Joining in advance of the launch of the first Blueforest Gives Back Triangle Nonprofit Video Giveaway event, Kimberly can continue her success.

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Kimberly joins Blueforest as Executive Account Manager to continue our recent success providing integrated video services to brands, nonprofits and agencies. Kimberly comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge within Blueforest and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive integrated video approach. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service.”

On another note – we are in the process of developing Kimberly’s Alter Ego.  We all have one at Blueforest – what do you think her’s should be?

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My Week at Blueforest Studios

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My name is Bailey Ham and I am a senior at Saint Mary’s School. Through my school’s internship program, I set up a week to visit Blueforest Studios. My previous interest in video editing led me to be a great match for Blueforest Studios, but coming in, I did not know what to expect.

I spent Monday through Thursday at the office, shadowing different members of the team. I even got to create my own radio spot to take with me when I left.

On Monday, I helped update a google form on the website and then got started on writing a script for my radio spot. I used Bailey’s Fine Jewelry as my company to promote through this fake ad, and had three different voices written in the script.

The next day, I spent most of my time shadowing Vann and Bryan, learning about video editing and filming. I had a great lesson on filming. Filming was never my strong suit in the videos I had made at home, so this was one of the most helpful things I learned throughout the week. I learned about placing the subject of the video in the best place to draw attention to them. I also picked out items in videos that could be distracting, such as background noise or movement. All of these tips will benefit me as I start to look at filming and video through a different lense. In addition, I learned a lot of cool tricks on the program that they use for editing that I can take with me as I continue shooting my own film.

On Wednesday, I sat in on a recording session to see the system used for creating on hold messages. I also watched some of the staff successfully troubleshoot an on hold message that was not working correctly.

Finally, I voiced the practice radio spot I wrote myself. I also got other members of the office to voice the other characters while I recorded. From there, we edited the voices and added music that matched the ad. It was really cool to see the process. When listening to the radio, it is hard to imagine that people write the scripts and organize the setup of the commercial. It was interesting to see the process all the way from the beginning to the end.

Thursday, I was able to see the earliest steps to all of the projects worked on at Blueforest Studios. I learned about the organization of the many companies that have on hold messages, as well as the initial meetings set up with clients. I discovered more about how scripts were created and how demos were sent out to show their work.

Going off to college next year, I always thought I wanted to be involved in a marketing or communication major. After spending this week at Blueforest Studios, I am sure that I would like to pursue something in this field. From radio to video, my skillset has been expanded and my interest level has risen!

-Bailey Ham

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Appearing on camera? Here are 5 tips!

About to appear on camera? Got a case of the heebie jeebies? We’ve got you covered. Here are 5 tips that the pros use to make sure you look and sound great.

#1 Sit on your coat.

If you are wearing a coat or blazer, sit in your coat to avoid the dreaded ‘coat bunch’. This will keep you looking neat and slim.

#2 Wear the right clothes.

Here are a few general tips on clothes. Avoid white clothes if possible. Some cameras will not be able to handle the white fabric well and you will look like a glowing orb. If you are appearing in front of a green screen, don’t wear green. Avoid tight checked patterns and thin stripes. These can also throw some cameras for a look and give you a weird Moire effect.

#3 Know how to do an interview.

Repeat the question. Most interviews don’t include the interviewer in the final edit. So if they ask you if you if you like your job, don’t say, “yes.” They can’t use that. Rather, say “I love my job! I get to do what I love every day.” or “I hate my job, I’m so miserable and depressed.” Whichever one is true.

Only answer the question you are asked. If you are asked about where you work, just tell them where you work. You don’t need to tell them everything you do at work, they are probably going to ask you that in a moment.

If you have a bad interviewer, they may ask you more than one question at once. Not to worry. Just answer the first question, then ask them to repeat the 2nd question.

#4 Don’t try to memorize things.

Lot’s of people make the mistake of trying to memorize what they want to say. If you do that, 9 times out of 10 you will come across as scripted and mechanical. You are probably being interviewed because you are a passionate expert in your field. Just answer the questions in the way you would in a casual conversation and you will sound much better.

#5 Relax and Amplify.

You may be a bit intimidated by the bright lights and strangers standing around. Just take a deep breath and speak slowly. But you also have to remember that you will come across on cameras lower energy than you think you are. Smile and amplify your energy level just past where you think is too much. That will sound just right on camera!

So there you go. And last but not least, don’t forget to break a leg!

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TriFilm Panel Discussion UPDATE: March 19th!

Here at Blueforest Studios we are very excited to be hosting the TriFilm Society Panel Discussion: Logistics of A Project. It will focus on how to get started with your subjects and ideas all the way to the finishing the end film product!

The panelists will share their insights and expertise in regards to filmmaking.

Tripp Green is a cinematographer and photographer who specializes in RED and DSLR acquisition for commercial, narrative, and industrial projects. His wide spectrum of work ranges from documentaries, TV spots, feature films, and many more.

Sean Riddle is our very own project manager, overseeing our productions and providing guidance. His extensive experience as project and production coordinator makes him the go to guy. He has been production coordinator on many Warner Bros Television productions such as The West Wing.

June Sadler is a filmmaker with many specialized skills with a unique style in photography, short films, documentaries, music production, performance and writing. She’s worked on many documentaries and is currently working on The Future People, bringing together children of diverse backgrounds to empower them to become peacemakers.

Camden Watts, filmmaker and founder of the TriFilm Society, will be moderating the panel. She is a producer, director, and writer. She is currently working on Brewconomy, a documentary about North Carolina craft beer.

UPDATE: This event takes place at Blueforest Studios in Raleigh, NC on March 19th at 4pm to 5:30 pm. There will be time for networking and questions afterwords.

Get your ticket here! We look forward to seeing you there!