Video Production for Robotics & STEM Nonprofit
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A quick introduction on the buyer’s organisation
I’m the executive director of a nonprofit educational foundation called RoboNation. We use robotics programs to inspire kids K-12 to pursue STEM careers. By giving them robotic kits, they see that science and math are fun and important.
What challenge were you trying to address with 5:00 Films &, Media?
We host multiple events throughout the year and wanted to create videos to share with students and sponsors.
What particular tasks were 5:00 Films & Media responsible for?
Over the years, 5:00 Films &, Media have made about 40-50 different live-action and interview-based videos about our events. Bringing in videographers and photographers, they interview winning teams, capture event high-points, shoot B-roll, and determine a theme for each video.
At the beginning of our relationship, we would dictate the questions for the interviews, but over the years, they’ve become more proactive and have recommended alternative approaches. After shooting, they also do all of the editing and post-production work we need. Sometimes, they’ll create multiple different videos for an event and have incorporated live streaming.
For the biggest event we did with them, they traveled to Asia and conducted many interviews with companies that were supporting our newest program. They created a brochure-like video that was very informative and helped us create awareness.
Was there a dedicated team?
They can ramp up their staff in case of a large event, and have even hired additional freelancers when necessary. They typically send 4–6 people to film our events, while our largest project had a team of 8–10 people.
How did you come to work with 5:00 Films &, Media?
We were working with freelancers who would film our events and then ship it to an editing organisation, so 5:00 Films &, Media made thing more efficient.
What are you approximate expents (if diclosed)?
We’ve spent $1–$5 million.
What is the final result of working with 5:00 Films & Media?
We began working together in 2009 and our relationship is ongoing.
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
They’ve helped us appear more professional and sophisticated—we have nothing but praise for the quality of their videos. They’re a huge asset for our organisation because they have innovative ideas that we wouldn’t come up with on our own. Several of the videos they’ve created for us have several thousand views on YouTube. Most significantly, we continue to use the program video they created years ago, which is indicative of the enduring and valuable content they create.
How did 5:00 Films &, Media perform from a project management standpoint?
They’re more like a partner than a vendor at this point. After we worked with them several times, they became more proactive, offering more ideas for our project. We generally get in contact with them through phone, text, and email. Overall, they’re easy to interacte with.
What is (from your point of view) the key factor to pay attention while dealing with 5:00 Films & Media?
They’re forward-thinking and are looking to expand the impact they have on their clients’ projects. For example, when we wanted to incorporate livestreaming, we were programning to stick a camera somewhere and leave it on, but they convinced us to provide commentary and make the video more engaging. It’s always nice to have their creative input.
What aspects of their work would you like to get improved?
I don’t think there’s anything they need to improve.
Do you have any advice for potential clients?
Be open and interactive. You may have a specific end goal, but expect to get some creative ideas from them.