The ever-changing digital world and our target audiences' engagement with video content has increased demand to produce, curate and share top-quality video content.
Videos are valuable marketing and communications tools which can be used across the University’s online channels, including the website and social media.
Academic departments may want to create a video to promote a course, to showcase graduate profiles or promote an event, etc. Other departments may want to create content to inform students and staff about services, initiatives and policies. Please bear in mind that video production may need to be funded by the department.
Alternatively, if you want a quicker, more reactive video to be pushed out quickly on social media, we recommend asking students (particularly Frontrunners) to create videos for you. These are known as 'Essex Raw' videos and will need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to have a branded Essex Raw end-slide added.
Whilst we accept that the production of these videos will not be as high quality as the Media Centre or Videographers, students should still aim to follow the video production guidelines as much as possible.
If you’re thinking of creating a video, you should first complete this video brief (.docx). Preparing a brief helps you think through your plan and is an important first step for any video production. Please send your completed brief to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will use your brief to work out which team is best placed to support you in creating your video.
An initial meeting will be organised with the production team, the client requesting the video and relevant marketing staff. A storyboard, script, timeline and cinematography will be discussed to create a completion plan.
There are various teams at the University which produce video content and by reviewing your brief, the Digital Marketing Officer can pass you onto the right team. These teams are:
The University's videographers work to deliver projects that directly impact student recruitment or contribute to key strategic priorities. Their workload and priorities are managed by CER.
The Media Centre is perfect for filming events on campus, simple interviews and other studio-based content. This service carries a charge.
The Communications Team concentrates on creating content which connects with the news agenda. The team also supports the development of content which promotes the University's research strengths and highlights business engagement/knowledge transfer.
If you send a video brief to the Digital Marketing Officer that fits this brief, they will direct you to the Communications Office.
Peer-to-peer, user-generated content is highly valued by many of the the University's key audiences and is a core way of ensuring our communications are authentic. CER use user-generated content for a number of campaigns.
If you would like to publish any user-generated content, please contact the Digital Marketing Officer in relation to this. They will be able to give you tips and advise you about your content and channels for publishing.
If budget allows (and internal resources is not available), you can work with an external video provider.
The University has a range of preferred external providers who have been used previously and who are familiar with the University's brand guidelines. Information on these providers is available by contacting the Digital Marketing Officer.
However your video is created, it's important that it follows the guidance on this page and our video style information. By doing this, all the University's video content will be consistent in style, ensuring a seamless experience for our audiences regardless of who produces the videos.
Videos which don't meet our guidelines cannot be uploaded to the University's channels, including the website so please take the time to read them thoroughly. It is much easier to make sure you are doing things in the right way from the start, instead of having to make changes at the end of the process.