What was the scope of their involvement?
Storyfarm has done around 30 videos for us, which are explainer style videos, as well as advertisements. For each of those videos, they made three to four edits, whether it was making it longer or shorter, changing content for us, or changing out opening and endings. I have well over 200 projects on my computer that they have created, edited and sent to me.
In the manufacturing business, we needed to explain our capabilities and how we can assist current and future clients. On the healthcare side, we developed ads through creative sessions, storyboarding and dialogue, as well as script writing. We merge what my group has thought of creatively with what their group has thought of creatively. Nine times out of 10, we end up using Storyfarm’s creative and script writing. From our side, we make edits to ensure that FDA and regulatory wording matches. They format the commercial so that they would play well, have a point of sale, and a call to action at the end of the commercials to drive people to retail.
For the OTC healthcare side, most of the videos have been live action featuring celebrities or talent that they have hired, in addition to creating animated videos for us as well. One, in particular, is phenomenal, and we went to national TV with it. They also created little sales videos we would present to retailers to help us get a product on the shelf. If we had a product we were pitching to a retailer, they would animate the product, and design it so that we could have a potential commercial allowing the retailer to see it before the product even hit the market. They have done a little bit of everything for us. They are wonderful partners.
We did a commercial for our Blue-Emu brand with two Hall of Famers, Johnny Bench and Mike Ditka. Storyfarm traveled to Chicago with me and we did the shoot there. Not only do they do all the script writing and shooting, they help me with the location spots and getting those secured, as well as design and clothing and all of those details for the shoot. When I show up at shoots now, I bring nothing but myself, and everything is ready to go when I show up. The sites are rented, they take care of the food and clothing for the actors; every aspect is taken care of.
How did you come to work with Storyfarm?
Our original factory, when we were in the contract manufacturing business, was in Baltimore, and we were trying to find a way to get a sales video created. I searched within Baltimore for a video group. I had all the groups in Baltimore that were up and coming or well-known fill out an RFP for how much it would cost. Storyfarm won the business.
How much have you invested in them?
Over the past seven years, we have invested over $1 million with them.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together seven years ago, and the relationship is ongoing with the most recent project completion in July 2017.