Case Studies, Marketing, Video Production

The Balance of Storytelling and Marketing

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A good story is crucial. Stories are a way we can connect with each other on an emotional level. In the same way, stories used in video connects the viewer with a brand or idea. It is also what compels us to keep watching. It develops a simple but captivating message that replays over and over again in our minds.

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As a business to business production agency, we work across a variety of industries to develop an engaging through line within the videos we produce. One of our key practices at Pendula is creating a strong connection between video marketing and storytelling – and we take this approach with almost all of our corporate clients. We are in the business of developing your video marketing needs, but we are passionate about defining a bold story tailored to you. When we’ve previously talked about The Power of Video, we focused on video content and its close tie to social media. This time we want to shift the attention to the storytelling that makes up that content and how the Pendula team work to balance this with marketing goals.

To create this style of visual storytelling we typically break down a number of factors.

1. The Nature of the Client’s Business

As we produce video for such a number of different enterprises, we at Pendula are privileged to challenge ourselves with a number of unique and varied approaches. This is usually dependant on the nature of our client’s business. What about you? Are you marketing a tangible product, an experience or an idea or perhaps even yourself? We love that we are able to work with our clients to define this and then begin crafting a unique and creative approach to highlight it.

2. Video Objective and The Narrative

The first step before any script has been written or any storyboard produced is to determine the overarching message of the video we’ve been engaged to create. Corporate video can sometimes stagnate by marketing stipulations and whilst these can prove to be restrictive at times, our aim is to incorporate them organically. To do so, we ensure that we centre the production around the fundamental objectives whilst linking it to highly engaging narrative and well executed creative. It’s no surprise that authentic narrative is a powerful force in our modern times. Some even believe that it’s a major reason why Walmart and GE are tanking yet Apple and Salesforce are seeing continued success. By collaborating with you to simplify and consolidate your objectives we then work hard to craft your story to support this. Authentic story truly benefits video marketing due to its ability to evoke a strong response. Whether that response is happy, excited, or one of intrigue is usually different for each of our clients, yet it is imperative as it creates emotional resonance within the viewer.

3. The Call to Action and Engagement

Crucial to the marketing potential of video productions is the call to action or CTA. It’s one of the most useful ways to track viewers engagement with the content as well as their receptiveness to the story and the overall return on the investment in a particular video. It leads the viewer to respond in a certain way, and gives them something to do after viewing our videos. Obviously, the CTA is vastly different depending on the objective of the client and this request for the viewer to take action can be offered in many different ways. Take vlogging content for example, it’s usually as simple as requesting viewers to like, subscribe, share and comment. This fosters a branded relationship with the client and their viewers. For corporate content a different approach is used, depending on the objective of the video and the client’s business, the CTA can range from signing up to a newsletter, clicking through to view a website for more context, or attending events and purchasing products. The narrative acts as an important vessel to deliver this request to the viewer. It’s through an emotional connection created by the storytelling narrative that engages with the viewer and compels them to follow through on the requests.

While some may think incorporating marketing objectives can affect the authenticity of a story, the team at Pendula work hard to balance the two in order to create a visually compelling narrative that promotes the client’s objective. Storytelling is an ancient pastime and it has taken on many forms through its continued evolution. Our goal is to adapt this tradition for the evolving video marketing practice and create a cohesive relationship between storytelling and marketing.

Gear, Video Production

Our Run And Gun Video Production Gear

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Every production studio needs a solid “run and gun” setup including all the right video production gear.  This is what we use for events where you are shooting video for long periods of time, basic interviews and even some higher production level stuff where tight budgets are a factor.  In this post i’ll be outlining the video production gear we use for majority of these types of productions, so stay tuned.



More often than not we use Canon DSLR’s and at times we push the boundaries of what’s possible by using piggyback firmware upgrades available from Magic Lantern.  Our go to run and gun video production gear workhorse is a Canon 5D Mark III.  What more can we say about this camera, it is beautiful.  For a DSLR it has a super solid image and for all but long form interviews it really performs exceptionally well.  Matched to some Canon L series glass and it’s hard to beat this camera for ease of use, form factor (especially nice for events) and cinema like image quality.  It is not without limitations, yet even on some bigger projects, with the right lighting, we have found it to really stand out from the rest.


The other camera in our video production gear run and gun kit that has been a real workhorse is the Canon 5D Mk II.  We often say about this camera, after I resurrected it from taking a quick dip in a river once, that the water must have done something to the sensor as the image on this old girl is absolutely stunning.  Yes it’s a little noisier in the blacks, generally has some moire in certain situations and has much more pronounced rolling shutter than the 5D Mk III. And it’s also a little harder to shoot with in dark scenarios, but honestly, there are so few that would pick the difference between this and the image of the Mk III, we even find it hard to notice ourselves sometimes.



We generally change between two different lenses on run and gun type shoots.  The ‘nifty fifty’ Canon 50mm 1.8f and the Tamron 70-200 f2.8.  Throw in an L series 17-40 f4 for all those wider shots and we consider this enough glass for just about any run and gun type scenario. We use vari ND filters and have stepper rings on all our lenses to suit the same size of vari ND threads.  This simplifies the process when switching out lenses and changing over the ND filter.  We have a stack more lenses in our kit for other shooting scenarios but would not leave home for an event without the three mentioned above.






We love our Benro S4 Monopod.  It’s really awesome.  We couldn’t do what we do on a run and gun setup without it.  It allows for great control of shots with fluid pan and tilt ability and an adjustable base to shoot off, it’s a must have item for budding event and short form story videographers.  For more interview style, story based productions, we use a Benro S8 tripod setup.  I can’t emphasise enough what a good tripod setup with a quality and stable fluid head can do for your production quality.  We love all our Benro gear.



Memory Cards

We pretty much exclusively use Leaxar CF cards and we have a 32GB Sandisk SD for the 5d mk iii.  We’ve had great success with the Lexar CF’s, have pushed them hard with ML RAW and never had one die on us yet. The size of the cards we use are some 32 and 64 GB and we often use ML RAW so we shoot that on Lexar 1066x.  These can shoot continuous 14 bit RAW on the 5D Mk iii (with Magic Lantern set to full HD and some settings tweaks) and close to it on the 5D Mk ii.



What are we adding next?


The next addition to this kit will be the 1D x Mk ii.  It shoots native 4K in camera and shoots 1080p up to a super slow 120 fps.  This is what we are saving for and we can’t wait till it becomes part of our “run and gun” arsenal.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and if you got this far, why not leave us a comment about your run and gun setup below?