Animation Production

Creating an engaging animation on a budget comes with its challenges, but if done successfully, you can have a great end product that really drives home the results you are looking to achieve.

Here are some tried and true tips to help you make the most of your animation budget – complete with a case study, featuring a video produced by Voices.com for placement with Adweek.

Case Study: What was the Creative Process Behind this Video Campaign with AdWeek

One of the most common struggles that Voices.com clients experience, is a pressure to complete great work on a tight-turnaround.

When an opportunity to place a video advertisement in one of the industries most respected publications, Adweek, presented itself – Voices.com found itself in that familiar position. The animated video needed to be completed in just a few weeks. This meant that scripting, storyboarding, animation and voice over had to come together fast and on budget.

Learn how all of the components came together in this short time frame – and how any producer – can take these same steps in order to meet their animation project objectives too!

Voices.com’s Animated Ad for Adweek

Animation on a Budget Production Schedule

The creative process for Voices.com’s Adweek ad video began with scripting, which homed in on the core messaging and statements that needed to be showcased and brought to life with visuals.

Since Voices.com has many product offerings, a writer helped zero in on the main message and break the main messages down into key components. For this particular ad, the messages were distilled into 3 key words: fast, easy, professional.

After the key messaging was established, a metaphor needed to be established for what the Voices.com product does. Since the Voices.com product doesn’t immediately lend itself to visuals, a brainstorming concept took place in order to establish a suitable and relevant metaphor – this is how the ‘machine mechanism’ shown in the video was born. The machine mechanism isn’t a true mechanism of what happens – there is no actual machine on site! But it does demonstrate how a number of challenges and specifications can be added into the journey of your project creation with Voices.com. Some of these specifications can include dialect, gender, language, accent etc. (you can explore how these specifications come into play with different voice over qualities too).

It was also important to showcase some of the diverse voices that are offered.   

Once the number of voices and how they should sound was established, then the next step was to hire the voice actors. All of the voice actors were hired from Voices.com. Keep in mind that choosing the voice actors is an important step, especially if you plan to distribute your ad globally

Then the concept was taken to a freelance animator who brought the original vision and idea to life.

What Were the Challenges Surrounding this Animation Production?

With every project comes its own unique set of challenges. For this one, the main challenges around the project involved the tight turnaround, while sticking to a set budget and ensuring that all talent were paid competitively.

Accurately showcasing what it is that Voices.com does was also a challenge. While the concepts of fast, easy and professional service needed to be presented, the ad was not intended to function as an explainer video that showed the process exactly as it occurs. For instance, there is a section in the video when the voice over demos come out of the machine, and only one is selected – in fact a client will either get a wealth of auditions to choose from (if they choose a self-service route) and/or a shortlist of candidates from their Account Managers.

If your intention is to create an ad that showcases your product, considering the use of a metaphor that speaks to your brand values and mission can be a great way to engage your audience.

The Voices.com budget included fair payment to a freelance animator and to 6 different voice talent. While the actual payment to each individual cannot be disclosed, the Voices.com team was able to create this ad within a reasonable budget – it helped that there is an in-house writer and producer already, so sourcing freelance talent for the other roles were the only major costs associated with the end product.

Animation on a Budget is Possible for Those Who Structure Workflow Creatively

Creating compelling animation can be affordable and completed within the budget you set aside for your company. Whether it’s for an ad campaign, learning course or other platforms, it is possible to create animation that resembles the big production animations that cost millions of dollars.

The key to creating animation on a budget is to stick closely to the budget, and see where you can cut costs without compromising the quality of your finished product and messaging.

Animation is a great way to tell a story or illustrate a product concept. There are affordable options that will give you the benefits of animated content for a fraction of the cost.

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