Animated Explainer Video Production
Powerful and memorable, an animated video explainer packs a graphic punch. They are a great way to show complex ideas to the world.
Some of our completed projects.
Ancestry DNA Animated Explainer
Toast has produced many different types of explainer videos over the last few years. Ancestry, the family tree website, asked us to create an explainer to help with sign-ups to their DNA service. DNA was seen by the public as too crime scene, too CSI. We worked with Ancestry to design a character “little Jack” who would be the star of their animated explainer video production. Using a mix between hand-drawn elements and simple 2D animation we devised an explainer which shows how easy the Ancestry DNA service is to use. The videos went out as TV adverts and on social media.
Wired Magazine Animation
Animated Videos are a fun and energetic way to show off products or services in a simple flowing animation style. They are a slick combination of animated graphics, on-screen text, live action and voice-over or music track. An explainer can describe even the most complex subjects in a manner that pulls in your target audience. A well-crafted explainer film encourages engagement with your marketing video. They can also help increase conversions on a landing page.
Why explainervideos work so well.
If a picture is worth 1000 words an explainer video is probably worth about 102,000. Using video as part of your marketing strategy or on your website is a great way to promote your core message. Specifically, adding video to your website can improve how many of your users convert into customers, it definitely will boost the time users spend on your site. Google uses these metrics when deciding which website to show at the top of the natural listings allowing you to leapfrog your competition.
Showing a product using high-quality video content on a website can give a user real insight into the product, features can be displayed in detail and described with onscreen text. Because explainers are memorable, they help cement your brand in the mind of the customer. If you have a service to promote which involves barriers to sign-up an explainer can often be used to break down the processes involved, easing users into signing up.
Some of our clients
How to make an explainer video?
Start by researching the subject of the video, then produce a script and animate to that script. Keep the motion upbeat and any characters fun and interesting. Pick a great soundtrack and polish until the explainer shines.
A more detailed look at our approach
We can produce an explainer video from a clients script or have a specialist writer develop a script for your project. Editing the voice-over text for an explainer takes skill, the information needed must all be there, but the flow of the piece is also essential. Often ideas derived from a Powerpoint presentation need the most work. Powerpoint slides naturally sit for seconds at a time on a vast expanse of text, something that doesn’t work in explainer types of video.
The next stage in the video process is storyboarding. Often we’ll produce a few keyframes and some test animations to show the style of animation we envisage. We agree with the client a look and animation style and proceed with the project. We build flexibility into our workflow by regularly showing work in progress.
If there is a voice-over needed for the project we will record the VO track in a professional studio and build the animation to the voice-over. We can produce many different animation styles ranging from hand-drawn animation to full 3D animation. Often a flat 2D method is chosen as it’s a great way to convey information in an uncluttered manner. Character animation is a specific area of explainers that does require more planning, getting the characters to look just right is a process of viewing some character styles and refining the look.
Once all the client feedback has been addressed, and everyone is ecstatic with the new video we can produce final versions in many different formats for use in your video marketing output.