As we crawl towards the end of lockdown, it’s unlikely that we’ll return to pre Covid-19 days overnight. Restrictions on social distancing will be commonplace for a while yet – and this will impact across businesses in how they protect staff, how they are run and how they will continue to work with external partners.

So what if you’ve got a story to tell or a product to sell and you want to do it with video? Filming in a busy office or a client testimonial is not on the cards, what other options do you have?

Like most businesses, filming at home with a basic camera has its limitations. Vlogs, community initiatives and live streaming educational videos are among the most commonly produced videos during the Covid-19 crisis. But if you’re yearning to roll out your message sooner through more professional means, animation might just be the answer.

People love watching animations, in fact one of yesterday’s distractions was the show-reel for anime streaming service, Crunchyroll, that doubled its subscribers last year and is now one of the top 10 streaming companies in the US.

At Skylark, we love anime too but it’s just one of the many styles of animation we offer. But what style would be right for you?

How about employing an illustrator to create original characters for your brand? They could be 2d vector people with stick arms all the way to photo-real characters or even a train that animates in your logo. One Big Circle had a complex story to tell about how their automated intelligent video review works on trains and they needed it explained in under two minutes to their audience of train operating companies. Here’s what we came up with:

Or if you want something a bit more minimal, how about this example for Brunel Insurance where we bring to life the two circles that make up their logo to tell the story of investment portfolios. I know, it doesn’t sound possible, but one you’ve got the visual analogy going I hope you’ll agree that the results are very pleasing and will resonate with their sophisticated, high-net-worth audience.

Animated explainers make up the bulk of our work here at Skylark. The compelling thing about this style is the way that text is given life which makes reading it so much more fun. Then when you add in animations of the icons you’ve used on your website you’ve got a winning formula for a social media campaign (see recruitment firm identifi’s social ad).

But for products or services with more complex ideas, animation has always been ingenious in that it takes viewers to the most abstract and far-reaching places. When Carbon Gold tasked us to create an explainer to inform viewers on its product – a biochar soil improver – there was only one way to go. Underground. Take a look for yourselves:

 

When you’re making an animation you start with a blank canvas which can be quite daunting. There’s no location footage to fill the frame. But it’ a challenge we love. Give us a call and we can help you to decide on the style to suit your brand and your budget whether it’s a social media campaign or a TV ad.

Other blogs you might like:

Why one promotional ‘hero video’ isn’t enough

Clever 3D techniques disrupting social video feeds

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Jo Apr 28th, 2020

About Jo Haywood

Jo is the Managing Director at Skylark Media. Before starting Skylark in 2005, Jo ran the BBC Lifestyle website and prior to that directed science documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. To switch off she can be found on the tennis court, at yoga, or planting trees in the forest garden.

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