Ensure Compelling Awards Presentations With Honoree Videos
Does this sound familiar? You’re excited that the gala you’ve been working on for months is finally here, but you’re a little worried about the speeches that your honorees are going to make. Sure, they assured you they wouldn’t go over three minutes, but there’s that one person who has a tendency to lose track of time. And the others? Just looking at them, you sense their sweaty palms, racing hearts, stomachs in knots. So cut the stress! Preparing videos in advance of the event can not only put them (and you) at ease, but also help ensure that the event goes off smoothly.
At Denver Film & Digital, we help businesses, nonprofits, foundations and other organizations by creating tribute videos for their galas and award ceremonies. It’s both a practical solution for gala logistics and a way to make the all-important emotional connection with the audience.
Share Only the Best Information
You’ve probably listened to an award speech that was way too long or unfocused, or where time was wasted as honorees prepared to speak. Producing a video in advance by interviewing the honoree means that we can keep the remarks to an optimal time and make sure that only the most compelling and relevant comments are heard, and any awkward pauses or tangents are eliminated.
An example is this video of Cal Beyer of Lakeside Industries, who was named The Carson J Spencer Foundation’s (http://www.carsonjspencer.org) Shining Lights of Hope Volunteer of the Year. In just two minutes, we learn about Beyer’s initial involvement with the cause of suicide prevention, his accomplishments surrounding that, what drives him, and how the issue has personally impacted him. There are enough details for the audience to connect with him to learn why the cause is so important to Beyer and understand why he earned the Volunteer of the Year distinction, yet there is nothing extraneous.
Shooting the video also allows the honoree to be more at ease than they’d typically be speaking live in front of an audience. This means that the audience gets to see them speaking more naturally and comfortably. It also gives the speaker the opportunity to focus comments, stories and answers to our questions calmly and fully, saying exactly what they want to say.
Simply put, video helps award recipients and nominees present their best selves.
Keep the Event Moving
Many events, like the Shining Lights of Hope Gala, feature multiple honorees. Producing a brief video for each person helps each honoree’s remarks have a cohesive feel. As an added bonus, shooting video for each person also means that even honorees who may be out of town can get the same presence as those who are local.
Particularly when there are multiple honorees, videos are helpful in running the event efficiently, because they reduce time spent on people getting to the stage and other aspects of transitioning between speakers that can make the program feel drawn out. To ensure that everything has a cohesive feel, we can write the spoken intros for the emcee so that the following video is properly teed up.
All of these factors combine to help the award program be impressive while staying on a pace that means it doesn’t overstay its welcome and gets people back to mingling and enjoying the other aspects of your event in a timely manner.
To learn more about how Denver Film & Digital can help you make the most of your award presentation, email ssealy@denverfilmdigital or call 303-274-9319.