How did you select this vendor?
My search for a video production company began online via Google, Youtube, and Vimeo, where I searched key phrases like “explainer video” and “whiteboard video." It is not an exaggeration to say I watched clips from hundreds of videos as I sought to narrow the field. As I watched, I focused on whether each company’s videos held my interest for longer than 15 or 20 seconds. (The vast majority of them lost my interest quickly). Then, I focused on whether the quality of content was consistent across multiple videos in a company’s portfolio. Once I started making phone calls, I learned that when it comes to video production, there are a lot of variables. Some whiteboard companies don’t actually draw objects, some companies have a completely different team for sales vs. project management/design, some don’t return phone calls, and some made me feel like a very small fish in a big pond. And then there was Marc Strong from Wienot Films. From the first time I stumbled onto Wienot’s channel, I was impressed. I found the company name to be witty and creative, and I found myself watching their videos from beginning to end, across topics and industries. For me, these videos stood out from the pack and were no comparison to the 35+ other companies in my notes. When I called, Marc answered and was very helpful, anticipating my questions and providing informative answers. My notes from that day to my husband/work partner: “Dedicated writing team, focus on the importance of script to make a successful video, which is so important to us... Sounded really easy to work with.”
Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.
That first impression note was quite accurate foreshadowing! Marc and his team at Wienot were an absolute delight to work with, and their dedication to writing a great script and execute it visually went above and beyond our expectations. We even learned a few things that have helped our own business workflow, as Marc introduced us to Google Docs through the scriptwriting process, and it makes for such an organized back and forth process.
There were a few times in the process when I got hung up in the details (pitfalls of a type-A personality), and yet they weren’t phased by it and even offered helpful suggestions and solutions to ease any concerns. Then came even more magic; they immediately “got” our concept for branding and message, and nailed the look and feel of the characters, storyboard, and animation. And they thought through all the little details, things we didn’t even think to ask.
What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?
In each step of the process, communication was clear and the project was extremely well-managed by Marc from beginning to end.