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Benefits of a Film Day: Team Focus.

Director's ChairYou’d think, with a camera on every phone, you could run your own Film Day (in fact, you can: check out our DIY option) but filmmaking is not about, ‘Lights… Camera… Action…’

It’s about working as a TEAM: sharing ideas, listening, compromising, delegating and supporting. You learn a lot about your colleagues in a short space of time, and have fun doing so.

It’s also about FOCUS. Scriptwriting offers delegates the chance to step back and consider the wider picture. It’s a perfect way to underline your message. Ideal for summing up a training course or highlighting a company philosophy.

Benefits: Team Focus.

Director's ChairYou’d think, with a camera on every phone, you could run your own Film Day (in fact, you can: check out our DIY option) but filmmaking is not about, ‘Lights… Camera… Action…’

It’s about working as a TEAM: sharing ideas, listening, compromising, delegating and supporting. You learn a lot about your colleagues in a short space of time, and have fun doing so.

It’s also about FOCUS. Scriptwriting offers delegates the chance to step back and consider the wider picture. It’s a perfect way to underline your message. Ideal for summing up a training course or highlighting a company philosophy.

Filmmaking is about working as a TEAM: sharing ideas, listening, compromising, delegating and supporting. You learn a lot, and have fun.

It’s also about FOCUS. The chance to step back and consider the wider picture. Ideal for summing up a training course or highlighting a company philosophy.

Ad Value

SpotlightWorking as a team, you are commissioned to make a commercial (for either a product or service).

You are given set times for pre-production, production and post-production. Planning is vital as is the attention to detail.

A commercial is perfect for a Film Day because of the time limitation. Ads can be 20 seconds to one minute long.

Options

Spotlight

Ad Value

Make a commercial in a set time. Planning is vital.

Perfect for a Film Day because of the time limitation. Ads can be 20-60 seconds long.

Frame by Frame

Single frame animation requires organisation. Working with Plasticine, paper or other material but be aware, animation requires time. Finished film length of between 15 – 60 seconds.

Premiere

The ‘Lights…Camera…Action’ event. Either DRESSING UP – Spoof Bond, Horror, Rom-Com, Gangster, etc. or the ‘Company Message’ approach. Tell your story. Make an original film.

Each team gets an operator but you can add a presenter, prizes, screens, themed gala, etc.

On-Line

Make a film for your company website.

Polished, proper filmmaking. The ‘prize’ really should be a promise the ‘best’ film is uploaded to the company website.

Red Carpet

Event Themeing: Paparazzi photographers, interviewers, Champagne reception, themed dining and large screen premiere presentation.

Big budget stuff, but remembered forever.

Surveillance Filming

Making the film is the objective, but a business facilitator oversees works with the team and reports on teamwork, strengths and weaknesses.

History

We were one of the first to offer Film Days and we’ve seen some changes – from VHS to iPads via S-VHS, DV, mini-DV and SD cards.

Telling the story is still the most important aspect.

We build the event around your budget and objective. Please contact us to discuss your event.

Fame-by-Frame

Single frame animation is another great team building event because this really does require organisation. It relies on each team member recognising and playing to their own talents, strengths and weaknesses.

Time-management is critical and you will need a strong producer. Your finest artists should be working on the models (be they Plasticine, paper or other material), your visionary on camera and lighting, and your finest voice and musicians on sound and voice-over.

Please be aware, animation requires time. You will be looking at a finished film length of between 15 – 60 seconds.

Premiere

OK. We do offer the ‘Lights…Camera…Action’ event.

There are plenty of options here and we can advise according to budget, location and timing. For example, you may want to opt for the FUN element: DRESSING UP – Spoof James Bond, Horror, Rom-Com, Gangster. All that.

But you may prefer the more serious ‘Company Message’ approach. Tell your story. Make an original film of which you can be truly proud.

How far you want to take it is entirely up to you (and your budget). Shoot on iPads or HD cams (each team gets an operator), add an event presenter, prizes, large screens, themed gala dinner, red carpets and paparazzi.

Let us know what you are looking for and we can put it all together. Suggested team sizes: 7-12.

On-Line

Make a film for your company website.

Now we really are talking polished, proper filmmaking. This one really does need some careful consideration (not to mention plenty of pre-event planning).

In order to really make this work, it is advisable that the prize really is a promise that the ‘best’ film will be uploaded to the company website.

Red Carpet Papps

Themeing your event can play a part in any of the above film days.

You may simply choose to screen your film on a TV set at the end of the day. Then again, you may want the entire red-carpet treatment with paparazzi photographers, interviewers, Champagne reception, themed dining and large screen premiere presentation.

This can be big budget stuff but it will be remembered forever. Literally forever – there are no nerves like the nerves you feel just before you first big-screen appearance.

Surveillance Filming.

Making the film is the objective, but each team gets a business facilitator to oversee their work (a bit like The Apprentice).

The facilitator will work closely with the team and report their findings on teamwork as well as individual strengths and weaknesses.

A different style of shooting.


We were one of the first to offer Film Days. It wasn’t easy to crew. There were few in the 1990’s who would or could turn a film around in a day.

Technology has changed.

From VHS to iPads via S-VHS, DV, mini-DV and SD cards. We don’t (can’t) use VHS, but we still offer a choice: HD cameras or iPads.

Cameras aside, it is telling the story is what’s important.

25 FRAMES PER SECOND


Ian Williams, co-founder of Accidental Productions, trained as an actor but
thanks to our Film Days, he learnt camerawork and video editing.
He now works as: actor, comedian, writer and filmmaker.
ALL THE VARIOUS FORMS OF STORYTELLING

25 FRAMES PER SECOND


Filmmaking is a great way for your team to discover their story

Performing & Shooting

Not so very different from Murder Mystery. The only real difference is that the client does the dressing up and acting.

These events are good fun; no doubt about that, but it took a while to see the true benefits.

Film making truly is a Team Building activity. Everyone has their own vision; so listening, delegating, compromising and supporting are all vital. On occasion, we bring in business facilitators to observe (it’s not unlike ‘The Apprentice).

Ironically, perhaps, it is often the cheapest part of the filmmaking process that offers the biggest benefit: the writing. Pre-production (the discussions, the planning, the thinking) provides an opportunity for the delegates to consider the wider picture.

We build the event around your budget and objective. Please contact us to discuss your event.

Film making truly is a Team Building activity. Listening, delegating, compromising and supporting are all vital. We sometimes bring in business facilitators to observe (as in ‘The Apprentice).

The cheapest part of the process offers the biggest benefit: writing. Pre-production (discussions, planning, thinking) provides an opportunity for delegates to consider the wider picture.

We build the event around your budget and objectives. Please contact us to discuss your event.

Cameras: HD or iPad

Much as we would love to show you some samples of past film days, we can’t. For two reasons:

1. Privacy. Cross-dressing (almost always happens), making a fool of yourself, saying things you’d rather your competitors didn’t hear.

We make a promise NOT to put your films on YouTube, Vimeo or anywhere else.

2. Quality. We’d love to claim the finished films could win awards in Cannes. They’re great for team-building but unless you were in that team, not so great to watch.

Perhaps not so surprising. If your team were great actors, they’d probably be…actors. Without lights, prime lenses and several years at film school, your D.O.P. is more likely a D.O.P.E.