We created this set of four videos for the Environmental Voter Project, a non-profit organization that’s working to encourage people who care about the environment to get out and vote. The videos will be deployed on YouTube and social media to target relevant voting districts. Designing simple, easily recognizable landmarks for each city was a fun way to personalize all of the fifteen-second spots.
Planet Nutshell seeks a talented Motion Graphics Animator to join our team full time. Founded in 2008, we’re an independent producer of short-form educational and explanatory animation.
Our team focuses on creating purpose-driven media for non-profits, educational broadcasters, and healthcare organizations. Recent clients include The World Wildlife Fund, athenahealth, and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Our ideal candidate will integrate with our team to design, animate, and composite work that informs, educates, and inspires. Our work is primarily 2D, but we occasionally work with 3D elements.
Above all, our ideal candidate is highly creative and passionate. Other requirements include:
• Strong interpersonal/communication skills. Must be able to collaborate work with others in a fast-paced environment.
• Strong problem solving skills and the ability to think both conceptually and technically on projects from conception to execution and delivery
• Familiarity with latest trends and techniques in motion design. You’re always looking for the latest approaches, filters, and expressions that help keep our work world-class
• Demonstrated experience in a studio environment or as a freelancer
• Demonstrated ability to consistently meet project deadlines without compromising artistic vision
• Ability to multitask and juggle projects
• Openness to feedback and ability to give and receive constructive criticism
• A background in graphic design and illustration is a plus
Required technical skills:
• Advanced experience in Adobe After Effects
• Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Animate with ability to prep assets from both for use in animation.
Preferred technical skills:
• Adobe Premiere
• Adobe Photoshop
• Maxon Cinema 4D
This is a full time position ideally on-site, but for the right candidate we’d be open to the possibility of off site or part time.
Please submit your reel, resume, and a brief statement about why you’d be great for this position to jobs (at) planetnutshell (dot) com.
We’re super excited to welcome Jennifer Sanchez to the family as our staff animator.
Jen has a love and passion for anything art and animation related. She finds beauty in simple everyday things and tries to incorporate that beauty into her own artwork. Her love of food and cooking has no bounds, which isn’t that surprising considering the fact that she practically grew up in her parent’s bakery in East Boston.
Jen holds a BFA in Animation and a minor in Storyboarding from Savannah College of Art and Design. During her time at SCAD she worked on a total of thirteen senior films. Several of them have already debuted in film festivals around the country. You can check out her senior film right here, which will be screening at the Blue Plum Animation Festival in September!
Claire is a rising senior at Hamilton College with a double major in economics and art, with a focus in oil painting and animation. She just returned from a semester abroad at Tyler School of Art in Rome where she studied Italian, fresco painting, and figure modeling. She is excited to transition from the classical to the digital art world at Planet Nutshell this summer.
When she isn’t at Hamilton, Claire works as a children’s figure skating coach at the Skating Club at Dartmouth, and as an art teacher at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She is a Vermont native, and often goes on backpacking and backcountry skiing adventures in the Green and White Mountains in her free time. She can also often be found on the water, between training with Hamilton’s rowing team and ocean sailing in the coastal waters of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
If you’re not thinking about making a nonprofit fundraising video, you’re missing the boat. Consider these astounding numbers from Indiegogo: Crowdfunding campaigns that feature a pitch video get a 114 percent boost in funding over campaigns that don’t. On top of that, funders open their wallets wider for campaigns with a video. The average contribution is 12 percent higher when a video is present.
Video should absolutely be a part of your next fundraising effort, but how do you craft a fantastic nonprofit fundraising video, a video that will offer an amazing return on investment and get funders excited about your cause? Here are some tips:
1. Your Nonprofit Fundraising Video Should Tell a Great Story
It’s not enough to explain what your organization is doing, and why it’s great. As I mentioned in a previous post, you have to tell a story about your organization, and about how real people’s lives and/or places are impacted by your work. In many cases, that can mean telling a story about a single person or place.
When we brainstorm story approaches with our nonprofit clients, they’re often reluctant to focus on just one or two people or places. The fear is that this won’t impart the full scope and complexity of what they do. But by keeping it simple, your audience stays focused on a narrative that has emotional and intellectual impact. And a simple story that’s well told can stand in for your entire operation if you trust your audience to universalize the story.
Here’s an example we recently completed for Roca. On its face, it’s just a story about one woman, but her experience stands in for so much more.
2. Produce your Nonprofit Fundraising Video for Maximum Engagement
A recent study from Microsoft found that the average attention span of humans in 2013 was eight seconds, down from 12 seconds in 2000. The average attention span of a goldfish? Nine seconds. So, when it comes to your audience, you’re essentially dealing with goldfish. That’s why videos must be short. They must grab attention right away and never let go.
At Planet Nutshell, we commonly produce videos between one and two minutes long, and only occasionally longer. We also focus on creating a visually interesting opening that draws a viewer into a story.
There’s that word again, story. Story has the unique ability to wrap less interesting information in a welcoming and engaging exterior that keeps people watching. Story is the sugar that helps the explanatory content, the “medicine,” go down.
Here’s an example: To drive donations, Shriners Hospitals asked us to explain how their new fundraising platform, which is powered by Classy, works. Let’s be honest, explaining a bunch of user interface functions can be a bit boring, but we wove the UI overview into a story about Amanda, a former Shriners patient.
3. Your Nonprofit Fundraising Video Should Focus on Impact
Nonprofits are under ceaseless pressure to demonstrate and prove impact. Funders at every level are looking for that, too. A strong nonprofit fundraising video should demonstrate impact and, where appropriate, a simple assertion of impact should be integrated into the larger story of the video. While many viewers will be motivated to give by the emotional, character-based components of your video, the video must address the intellect, as well. Good stories target the head and the heart, and they make it clear in the call to action that your continued impact depends on the viewer’s support.
Here’s a screen shot from another video for Roca that shows the impact of their program for at-risk young men.
Storytelling, engagement, and impact. Those are the three key elements of a strong nonprofit fundraising video. How will you put those concepts to work for your next video project? Let me know in the comments, and always feel free to reach out and chat with me. I love to talk about this stuff!
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