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Photography for added value

Posted 17th November 2017
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Bellyflop press photography
On almost every film shoot we do, we also take photographs- of people, places, and products. We use photos in the video edit if we need a close-up static shot of an object for example, but we also do photography as an extra added value for customers. Quite often the filming location (such as an office or shop) has been tidied up for the video session, so it's a chance to catch it looking well presented on photography as well. Above: A typical example of a range of images sent o a customer after a film shoot. Also, as we...
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Are you too ugly for video?

Posted 13th November 2017
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Virtually every film we make features people - from call centre staff talking about their work, to the patients of healthcare professionals giving testimonials. On a film shoot we can usually tell who is willing to appear on video from their body language when they spot the camera in close proximity. Most people we approach agree, but if there is one reaction that happens far too often, it's people putting themselves down on their appearance and believing they are not 'good enough' to be in a film. The phrase 'the camera adds ten pounds' is rubbish... Firstly, the key reason...
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Social Media Vanity V Sanity

Posted 23rd October 2017
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Chocolate Coins
Just as turnover is vanity but profit is sanity, the same goes for your online presence. Doing lots of stuff online through social media and having many connections means nothing if it doesn't actually help your business in any way - in fact it could do the opposite if you have confusing messages. There is this misleading view that as you are always on Twitter or have lots of likes for a LinkedIn post it's good for business, but it actually may not be. You can feel you are working productively by being busy on social media, just like delivering...
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It’s How You Make People Feel.

Posted 9th October 2017
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Stockport Homes
People don't necessarily recall what you say, but certainly do remember how you made them feel when you said it. This belief I have comes from a quote by civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou, which is 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel'. Despite being a virtual one way communication, video can work really well in creating feelings about a person or business. When it comes to building trust the spoken word is important face to face, but without social senses...
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Taking Instagram Seriously

Posted 27th September 2017
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Instagram Images
Recently I've noticed an increase of business friends saying they are now focussing on Instagram more. We've been on Instagram as Bellyfloptv since 2012. I just had a quick look at my early feed and admittedly it started off as more personal than professional (very personal in some photos- maybe I'll delete those), but these days it's really work based. I do believe posting the odd personal social media post (such as cats, family etc) is not a bad thing as it helps build relationships with business friends- it gives them something to talk to you about or find a...
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Our Apprentice Gets Creative with a Camera

Posted 21st August 2017
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Barbershop tools
Although video production is the majority of our work, we do photography too, including Google Street View virtual tours. With photography in mind we have given Josh our apprentice camera operator a weekly task of creating a gallery of photos based on just one word, such as 'reflections', 'wheels', or 'sky'. The reason for the task is to build Josh's ability to tell a story just by pictures. So each gallery of images needs to be a different situation, all of the photos need to be visually engaging, and each image must stay with the given theme. The photos are...
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What is the ‘Automated Economy’?

Posted 7th August 2017
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Factory production line
My job prior to Bellyflop was a Producer / Director making broadcast TV. Mainly entertainment, reality, and lifestyle programmes. I had a theory that by around now all television would be on demand and we would not have TV schedules. I suspected the kind of shows I was making would not be in demand and we would just select what we wanted to watch like we do on Netflix, and I would potentially struggle for work. So, it's not yet the case, but I believe we are not far away from television all being on demand (it's started already with...
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What’s so special about Love Island?

Posted 21st July 2017
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As Love Island is coming to an end of it’s 3rd series, it’s time to answer the question what’s so special about Love Island that it kept us hooked up for so many weeks, including Liam Gallagher and Stormzy? The show is a reboot of Celebrity Love Island which aired in 2005 and 2006. Few years ago producers got a brilliant idea of refreshing the format by replacing celebs with real people and introducing Caroline Flack as a new host. For past 7 weeks Flack and the squad were entertaining us, making us laugh and cry and sometimes almost giving...
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It takes video to show heart and soul.

Posted 15th June 2017
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Only video can show off the heart and soul of a business. Take away your logo, brand guidelines, corporate colour scheme, and your catchy three word brand statement. Forget the branding on the side of your office, cleverly written blog posts with the key keywords, your vital SEO statistics that keep you at the top of Google. Behind the scenes of a good company are people that have heart and soul in what they believe, positive attitude, sincerity and passion.  If there's one thing that could show this off to the world it's video.  A film that features the people behind...
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Drones: The Film Industry’s game changer?

Posted 1st June 2017
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UAV drone
Hello, it's Josh here and I'm the apprentice at Bellyflop TV. Whenever there's a new piece of kit on the market, we're researching it to keep up to date, after all, we want to give our clients the best. Drones are the newest trend in the video industry and it seems they are worth every penny. There are multiple videos on YouTube showcasing the astonishing visuals you can get through these cameras. We are moving into a new chapter of film tech and it's only going up from here. You can really tell why they are an upcoming trend; they...
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