BlogPaws/PetSmart Build A Biz Blog Contest – PuppyInTraining.com Video Entry

About 2 months ago we entered the BlogPaws/PetSmart Build A Business Blog Contest. Our original entry was just an application with some basic information about our Puppy In Training Blog along with a bit of information about why we wanted to build a business blog.  We ended up as 1 of 10 finalists for the Build A Biz Blog Contest (congratulations to all the finalists) and our second step in the competition was to submit a 2 minute video that brings to life the reasons we want to build a business blog – enhancing and elaborating on our written entry.

We were given a couple weeks to work on our video entries and after some hard work prepping a script, shooting, and editing video here’s what we produced.

Why We Want To Build A Business Blog Video Edition

Our Entry into the Build A Biz Blog Contest:

Did you guys like the video?  Guess what? We ended up being 1 of the 2 grand prize winners for the Build A Biz Blog Competition along with Snoopys Blog (Congratulations Snoopy and Annette)!

We were a bit surprised because we really aren’t video gurus.  Besides our Puppy In Training TV series and a few product video reviews we really don’t know too much about video production.  Obviously Linus took the the reigns and guided us to victory.  Thanks Linus!

A Few Notes On How We Produced Our Video

Equipment

  • Google Docs – I used Google Docs as text editor to write my script.
  • Macbook Pro 2008 – my computer.
  • iMovie 2009 – my video editor.  Comes free with iLife and your Mac.
  • Flip MinoHD Video Camera (affililate link) – I like the little handhelds better then using my phone.
  • Gorillapod Video Tripod (affiliate link) – The gorillapods are tiny tripods with flexible legs that allow you to attach the gorillapod and camera to many different things like walls, trees, bushes, etc. and are great for shooting video of yourself.  This model has magnets in the legs.
Linus Working

I'm glad Linus likes to work on these technical issues.

The Process

I’m no video expert, but here’s a little step-by-step of my process creating the video.

  1. Brainstorm Ideas – This took the most time as I tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do in the video and jotted down notes.
  2. Write The Script – My script is a 2 column table.  The left column I write what I want to say.  The right column I describe the video clip I want to shoot.
  3. Shoot The Video – After I write the script I have an idea of all the clips I want.  I work with my talent (the doggies), get them ready for their roles, and finally shoot the video using my flip and trusty Gorillapod.
  4. Edit The Video – I upload the clips to iMovie then edit the videos using my MacBook Pro and iMovie.
  5. Re-Shoot Video – After editing I re-shot a couple clips to get them exactly as I wanted them.
  6. Re-Edit Video – I add the new clips and finish up the editing
  7. Final Review – After I’m totally done with everything I gave myself 1 additional day to take a second look at the video and made some minor edits.
  8. Upload Video – Final step was to upload the video to the FTP site so the judges could review them.

A Couple More Small Notes

I added music to my original video that had a royalty free license through iMovie, but after reviewing the Build A Biz Contest rules I decided adding music may have been in violation of contest rules so I pulled all the music.

I made sure to blur over any logos.  Again I wanted to make sure and stay within the rules of the competition.

Overall I wanted to make a video that brought to life the reasons I wanted to build a business blog.  I wanted to make it somewhat humorous and entertaining.  Finally, I decided to put it in the voice of one of my dogs (who sounds curiously like me).

I was very happy with the final results and especially happy after hearing that we were 1 of the 2 grand prize winners!

By the way I did see a couple other of the contest finalists posted their entries on their blogs.  Take a look:

Do you have any video hints or tips for us novice video producers?  If so, tell us your tips and tricks in the comment section below.

Comments

  1. says

    Sorry, I have no tricks about video production. I haven’t done anything with it. However, my husband got his first degree in radio, tv, and film so I must plan for it in the future.

    Just wanted to congratulate you on being a finalist and for producing such a great video.

    I was commenting to Jodi Stone recently that making a success of blogging requires hustle and talent. You seem to have plenty of both. I know you’ll take your blog far.

    • says

      Hi Pamela!

      That’s awesome that you’re husband has a degree in radio, tv, and film. That will be great when you venture into the world of video.

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked the video. I’m not sure about the hustle and talent (we try to do our best), but thank you so much for the compliment.

      By the way, I’m going to have to agree with everyone from your Monday post I don’t think anyone would freak out if you somehow showed up at their door. If it was my door we could work on our K9 Nosework training! :)

      I hope you have a great week!

      Colby

  2. says

    Hey Colby,

    I really loved your video – it was also cool to see your information on how you did it as well :)

    You were great in it, but I have to say the Doggies stole the show – such stars!! I loved the bit where Dublin is messing about on the grass – what a great Mischief Maker!! :)

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

    • says

      Hi Snoopy!

      Linus took charge of that one. Thank goodness for him, Apache, Dublin, and Stetson. I just had to do the short 10 second clip at the end.

      Take care,
      Colby

  3. says

    How cool is this!? Congratulations!!!

    I don’t have any video related tips to offer but do have a few friends who are gadget and video savvy. I will pick their brains and let you know of any insight they may have to offer.

    Congratulations again!

    • says

      Hi Sherri!

      Thank you! We’re definitely not video gurus so any help from your friends would be great. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Take care,
      Colby

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