How to create a video that makes your campaign tilt

Hello Crowdtilter!   Are you looking for help with your campaign video?
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The pitch video is a critical part of your crowdfunded project.   It gives you a chance not only to impress future backers, but also to relate to them on a personal level.   Making a video can be intimidating at first, but with a little preparation and our expert tips, you'll be on your way to crowdfunding greatness!

Put your best foot forward

Viewers decide in the first few seconds whether to continue watching. Kick things off with an evocative part of your project: a beautiful design, hands at work, a funny scene. Think about what is special about your project, and what embodies it best.

Lumio starts with shots of its beautifully designed lamp. In fact the whole video is a series of beautiful shots and how the lamp can be used.

Similarly, the creative geniuses behind makey-makey waste no time and immediately start showing us what their invention let's us do.

Keep it varied

Now that we have your viewers' attention, we need to keep them engaged by building pace and variety into your video. This is the part where video-making requires attention to details and prior planning.
Think about mini-stories within the main story. For example, show your product being manufactured, recount how you came up with the idea, interview a happy user, or show a team member being awesome. Done well this allows you to show multiple people on camera, film from many angles, and change location and backdrop.

We counted 80+ different shots in this awesome FormLabs video. There is one new visual every 3s on average.

Show character

Crowdfunded projects are personal. Backers want to know you. And your video needs to show your personality. So, be genuine in your tone and in your message. Show openness by inviting the audience into your life.
Being authentic while standing in front of a camera can be difficult, so try moving around the office or around the house as if giving a tour. Film yourself interacting with your team or with your family.

"Little Bee Pops" video is full of character and infused with Helen's and her mom's communicative energy.

There are many more great examples of authentic videos. In her crowdtilt video Holly Munoz visits her friends and has casual conversations with them about her projects. She comes across as someone you'd like to have as your friend.

In a more scripted way, but equally characterful, Brandon Grisworld plays the "manly-man" role and is instantly funny and engaging.

Articulate the value to backers

Campaign videos aren't infomercials, so go easy on the sales pitch. But you still need to articulate the value to backers. What are they getting? a cool product, a fun experience, bragging rights? Whatever it is, try to provide tangible benefits.

Double Fine launched one of the most successful crowdfunded projects of all times. They made it clear to backers that they would have a great experience following their game development adventure.


For best results and to save time, you'll want to plan ahead and prepare. You'll find it helpful to follow some standard steps:

1) Start with a Creative Brief: Take 30 minutes to articulate, on paper, your key messages, your objective for the campaign, the value to backers, the tone you are aiming for. It will clear up your mind, and it will make communications with collaborators a lot easier.

2) Brainstorm some Concepts: Come up with a few concepts for the video, get some feedback and progressively hone in on one as you complete the next steps. You have many options: film one long unedited sequence, interview various team members and cut to shots of the product, plan a number of funny skits, create a stop-motion animation...

3) Draft a Storyboard: Now is the time to draft your storyboard. Don't set the bar too high at first, just write down what happens in each sequence of your video. Detail both visuals and spoken text. Use this template for example.

4) Enrich and Tighten your Story: Once you have a rough structure, think about ways to make the story even better. For example, make sure that each sequence in your story has something new and interesting to show - as in the Lumio video, where the lamp is used in a different way every 5s or so. If applicable, try to end each sequence with a punchline - as in the Double Fine video. Or maybe you can find a recurring theme - like the marionettes in the Little Bee Pops video?

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Get help filming

It has become a lot easier to film good quality footage. And in some cases, when the natural light is good and there is no background noise, nor echo, a recent camera phone might be all you need! That said, for most projects, you'll probably want two HD cameras, some external mics and a few lights. This equipment is not easily operated alone, and having experienced people to help you, will make a huge difference. It depends on your project, but if visual quality matters, know that, for $500+, you can find professional videographers near you, who will bring their own equipment. Professional-grade videography made sense in the case of the Lumio video. The videographer was able to capture the subtle grainy details of the lamp, while amateurs would probably have over-exposed their shots. In the Manly Marks video, the crew managed to get beautiful images and impeccable sound. Most pros also have dollys/sliders and know how to operate them to get those traveling shots that immediately boost video quality - as with the FormLabs video.

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Bring it to life in post-production

The story comes to life in post-production (aka "editing"). Your editor will sequence and intertwine the shots to build pace into the video. Depending on the amount of footage and the rapidity of the cuts, this can be a big job. For your images to pop, you'll also want some color correction. And you may need some sound treatment, for example to attenuate static noise. The choice of a soundtrack is more important than most people think. It's often worth spending $20-$100 to license a great artist (sites like triplemusic offer crowdfunding licenses). Music makes a big difference. Finally consider adding motion graphics and animations to convey complex topics.

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We hope these tips serve you well. We'd love to hear about your project, or tips of your own that you'd like to share. Email us

Now, go on and make your campaign tilt! with an awesome video.

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