We are videographers, editors and animators. We are writers, designers and visionaries. We are storytellers. And we work side by side with you, as a virtual extension of your team.
Collaboration for the Win
But most of all, we are team-minded professionals who love solving problems, whether it’s helping get the word out about a new product or service, or developing a whole brand and messaging strategy. We Knights are happiest when we are sitting around our version of the “round table” – brainstorming creative solutions for our clients, and then strategizing a plan to implement those solutions.
Maximize Your Impact
We’re experts at making videos that tell your brand story, sell your product, and explain what you do. But beyond just making the videos, we know how and where to place them for maximum impact. We will guide you through every step of the process.
And if we don’t have the expertise to help you in-house, we can almost guarantee that within our extensive network are the experts you need to connect with to get the job done right, whether you’re looking for website development, SEO work, digital marketing, public relations, social media management, or any number of other services.
The White Knight Story
People often ask about the White Knight story – where did we get the name, anyway? The truth is, Knights embody the very qualities that we like to bring to the table when we work with our clients. This short video gives you an overview of the Knightly advantage.
What Makes Us Different?
We like to start by seeing the big picture, and then taking an approach that is collaboratively team-oriented, both internally and with our clients. We believe strongly in the collective creative genius of many minds working together on one common goal. We know a lot about video, but we also come from a broader marketing perspective, and that informs the work we do and helps us to work harder and better for our clients.
A Nationwide Network of Resources
We are connectors, with an incredible network of experts from across the United States, and this means that we are uniquely positioned to customize a team for your videography needs. But it goes well beyond that. We have a well-vetted and highly trusted network of service providers, offering almost anything your business may need assistance with, from website development and SEO audits and management, impactful digital marketing, to creative promotional products and gifts, app development, and much, much more.
If you are looking for services outside of video production, please reach out to us and ask. We have access to the best of the best and absolutely stand by our referrals and strategic partners.
Elin Barton, CEO & President
With over 20 years of experience in all aspects of video production, project management and strategic planning and business development, Elin integrates her skills to help clients make informed decisions, both creatively and strategically. At the helm of White Knight Productions, she has helped to shape branding decisions and has developed integrated campaigns for credit unions and financial planners. She’s also consulted with companies in the energy sector, higher education, non-profits, as well as several statewide agencies. She is pleased to work directly with clients to help them navigate the complex world of marketing and advertising so that they can achieve their goals with smart and strategic decisions. Proud to be named a 2020 Enterprising Women Champion, Elin has also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. In addition, she is the co-founder of I.C. Genius and founder of The Boardroom – both national programs for entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tell me about working with White Knight. Do I get to be involved?
While we always prefer the option to collaborate with our clients, we're happy to accommodate your needs. We frequently work successfully with clients who work closely with our team as we bring your vision to life. But other times clients are happy to explain their goals, then let our team take the lead with what they do best – creative problem solving and messaging that connects with the target audience.
What are the advantages of partnering with White Knight?
We have established a team of professionals who comprise the "best of the best" in their respective fields. You'll get the ease of "one stop shopping" and the peace of mind that your advertising dollars are maximized and you're getting top quality work, every step of the way.
What's the big deal about brand and culture?
Brand is a lot more than your logo. It is the essence of your company – and is how people see you, relate to you and feel about you. We believe it is extremely important to know your brand and to consciously develop and grow that brand across the gamut of any messaging you do. Brand should be reflected in the style of your videos, the language that you're using in your Twitter feed and everywhere in between.
What do you need from me to get started?
If you are providing your logo and style guide we'll set up a link for you to upload those elements. If you can provide your logo in a vector file (.ai or .eps, for example) that is ideal, but if not then please provide us with the highest quality file possible and any variations your designer provided you with, as well as your preferred fonts and colors.
The other thing we may need from you to get started is an investment of time. We typically will go through a discovery session with new clients, analyzing their current brand, their aspirational position in the market and all of their marketing and advertising materials.
Who owns the material after my job is complete?
Our work is considered work-for-hire under the copyright law taking effect January 1, 1978. All concepts, ideas, copy, sketches, artwork, electronic files, video, and other materials related to it will become property of the client upon settlement of any outstanding invoices. The client may use any and all materials generated as it sees fit without any additional compensation; however the client is not under any obligation to use such materials.
Pricing & Billing
How do you determine your pricing?
After talking with you we will estimate how much time your project is anticipated to take and will give you a set price or a price range, if there are many unknown variables. Prices that we quote are usually valid for up to a month of the day of the quote. After that we reserve the right to revise the quote if it is deemed necessary.
Why would I want to be a retainer client?
This is a great question! If you have ongoing work, rather than a one-off job, it makes sense for us to enter into a longer-term relationship. In that way we will get to know your company better, and will be able to assist you with strategic development and placement of advertising and marketing initiatives. Our retainer clients also get priority scheduling whenever possible.
How does the retainer billing work?
Together with you we determine how much work is likely to be needed on a project over the course of a year. An amount is determined, and monthly payments are calculated. You essentially are pre-buying a set number of hours of service over the course of the year. You will receive updates as to how many hours you have remaining every year, and if necessary, adjustments can be made during the course of the year to the monthly fee.
I've never been in front of the camera before, what do I do?
Today's audiences generally prefer content that is short and succinct and for most people, being able to speak in a clear and concise way takes a little bit of practice. Write down what you would like to be the topic of each of your videos and the 2 or 3 main points you'd like to make in each one. Practice speaking in front of a mirror about each topic or have a friend record a run through with you on their cell phone and help you critique your performance. Our producer will help prompt and direct you on the big day, but a little bit of practice does go a long way.
Should I use a teleprompter?
When determining what the content of your video is going to be, one question to consider is whether you prefer to write out your message and read it from a teleprompter, or whether you'd prefer to be interviewed by our producer for what may be a more relaxed and natural delivery. Some people prefer to talk "off the cuff" which can work well too, especially when you're teaching the audience about something you're an expert on or using client testimonials or success stories. All of these styles can work well, and require different amounts of preparation and practice. Please remember to get your scripts to the studio 48 hours before your shoot if you'd like to use the teleprompter.
In general you want you clothing to not distract from what is being said, or the message of the video.
No large logos, t-shirts with words or pictures on the front, or loud patterns. No neon colors. Avoid solid white or solid black shirts, as they can both be difficult to light. Also avoid bright red if possible. Avoid jewelry that might have a tendency to jangle and cause distractions.
Men: no distracting ties.
Good choices are solid colors; pastels or jewel tones work well. No thin lines on clothing or high-contrast / busy patterns. Women: avoid plunging necklines.
Hair and makeup should be neat and tidy. For makeup, think business setting. When in doubt bring an alternative outfit.
Relax and have fun – this is the most important guideline to remember, always!
What does digital advertising mean, exactly?
In a nutshell, when we talk about digital campaigns we are referring to all paid advertising that takes place online. We can also talk about search engine marketing (SEM), blogging, landing pages and social media campaigns as part of a digital strategy.
Should I consider running an online campaign for my company?
In most cases, the answer is a resounding yes. Today, most companies are dedicating at least 30% of their marketing and advertising resources to digital marketing and advertising, and this number will grow to 75% or more in the coming years. Your customers are online, and you need to be there, too.
Can you help me with my social media?
Absolutely. We run full campaigns on social media for our clients, including paid advertising and content creation, which is designed to engage your audience. A good social media campaign will use both paid and organic content.
Can you help me create an online campaign?
Of course! We have helped many clients navigate through the myriad of choices around digital advertising. Our campaigns are customized depending on your individual needs and requirements but will often include digital placement, AdWords or SEM, social media presence, landing pages, etc.
I did a video shoot with you. Can we just take images out of the video for our print ads?
Unfortunately, in most cases, the answer is no. Although the video is shot in high definition, the images do not have the same resolution as those that are taken with a high quality stills camera. In order for a printed piece to look good, the images normally must come from a photograph, not from a video. If you just want images for displaying online it may be possible to take those out of a HD video, however.
Why do you recommend taking the time to review a physical print piece, rather than just checking it over on my computer screen?
There are a million factors that can affect how something appears once it's printed. The type of paper you're printing on, the particular press you're using, the brand of ink being used… Add to all of those factors that oftentimes computer monitors are not calibrated correctly, and it's easy to see why what you see on a physical printed piece is frequently different from what you think it's going to look like. Whenever possible we recommend looking at an actual proof before approving a print run.