“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” The familiar and famous Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet,” about two young lovers that ends in tragedy was created and written with great thought and an outline, or what we call in the video business a storyboard. Whether you are creating an animation, a mediation or settlement documentary, accident re-enactment, or a day in the life video to present in court, you must prepare a storyboard. Without an outline, Shakespeare would have flopped and the same holds true for any trial or pre-trial video. You must share your storyboard with your videographer who then gathers and documents the evidence, prepares the scenes, and builds a compelling and persuasive video that will enhance your presentation and settlement value of your case.
The elements of any storyboard will vary depending on the type of video and demonstrative evidence you are producing and whether it is for jury to view or for the other side, mediators and arbitrators to view, but should contain an outline these basic elements:
- Shot sheets and sequence of video. The video editor will need to be aware of the sequence and order of each video clip. The shooters will need to know what to shoot and how. The producers will need depositions, interrogatories and other case proof in order to effectively interview any expert witnesses, eyewitnesses and family members. Essential video deposition clips will also need to be indexed for the editor to include in the video.
- Sequence headings, graphics and keys. Crucial liability records and medical records will need to be highlighted and portrayed. A list of appearances on the video as well as their relationship to client or expertise will be needed by the editors.
- Production: Once the shot sheets are developed, then it's time for lites, camera & action! Interviews of experts, eyewitnesses, family and friends are shot. Footage of liability elements, both wide and closeups are shot (called b-roll), medical records, medical models, newscast footage, animations and anything else that will help dramatically tell the story of your case is captured for editing. A good editor will have envisioned already the final video and will put all these pieces together in order to create a compelling final video.
- Focus group. The first rough edit should be viewed by a similar demographic as your audience in order to fine tune the video and correct any misdirection, inappropriate sound bites and sequencing. After re-edit, the final video is ready for viewing.
Shakespeare did not create Romeo and Juliet in a day and neither should your videos take that short of time. Once you have enlisted the help of an experienced and successful video producer, detailed the sequencing and facts of your case in detail to them, then you can rest assured that you will much success in settling or forwarding your case to completion. How will you turn your tragedy into a victory?