"Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it."
Pssst. We’ll let you in on a secret - the truth is that 90% of our clients don’t truly understand the power of stories. It’s true that you don’t need to create a Hollywood blockbuster to tell the world about your social enterprise or charity aims, and yet, by telling a personal story - fictional or non-fiction - you engage your audience far more effectively. Rather than mention your issues, brand or corporate messaging upfront, some of the most powerful advertisements and viral videos have done completely the opposite. Sometimes less is oh-so-much-more. Narrative, rather than facts, is a far more compelling way to spread your message.
Fictional film is a direction that we are keen to expand into and explore. Our flagship project in this area was a short film we produced for NESTA about Derbyshire County Council and the unique work they are doing to change the lives of children in care. The entire film is fictional, but it still relays the facts without explicitly saying them: That Derbyshire Council are a pioneering organisation and are truly making deep impacts in the lives of children in their area.
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If you speak to CSR executives you will commonly find the following aspirations:
We want wider audiences to know and care about our CSR journey
We want to build a trusted relationship with our stakeholders
We want to get credit for the genuinely good work we’ve already done
In spite of these aspirations, the state of the current practice is to then proceed as though these aspirations didn’t exist, pushing out dull and data-heavy reports that may be useful to expert audiences, but not fit for purpose for the objectives above.
2017 was a year dominated by video content. It was the year that Instagram Stories exploded, that YouTube consolidated its position as storytelling platform of choice for creators across the globe, and that Facebook, Apple and Netflix doubled down on their investment in new video programming.
Most companies – even when they use powerful storytelling media such as video – fail to capture the attention or the imagination of their target audience with their CSR stories and attempt to confront and overcome problems of the world.
With lightening speed improvements in technology, particularly how most of us now have a high powered video camera on our smartphones, it has never been easier or more affordable to record high quality video.Thanks to social media, you can now share your story with a click of a button.
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The stories we tell have the power to make sense of - and shape - the world around us.
It’s time we looked beyond traditional heroic narratives for a more inclusive form of storytelling, a collective narrative that can bring us together to tackle the biggest challenges of our time.
Why is storytelling so important to us and how to best move your audience to action? Particularly when you want to make a positive social impact, how best to do that using video?
Recently there has been a noticeable trend for brand involvement in campaigns around social causes. Procter and Gamble’s International Women’s Day campaign was a hit back in March. Here’s why we like it...
Stakeholder voices are the most powerful vehicle if they exist, since they often have a direct and emotionally powerful story.
There are 3 elements to creating more compelling stories that companies can implement immediately in how they talk about their corporate social responsibility.