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That’s A Wrap – Week 7

Week 7 Unites Artists From Atlanta, NYC, Richmond, and Liberia!

From Light to Music

One day, while we were shooting a throne made of light, an idea occurred to us: what if we could create a recording studio that brought together artists from all over the world? We could have musicians from Atlanta, Richmond, VA, and Liberia representing their respective scenes, and the result would be an explosive new sound.

So that’s exactly what we did. We reached out to our contacts in the music industry, and before long, we had assembled a team of talented engineers and producers. We then set up shop in a warehouse in Delaware, and the rest is history.

Goodwill, Renewed!

We’re thrilled to announce that Goodwill of Delaware has signed a new annual contract with our Employee Engagement section! This means that we will be able to continue doing the great work that we do in the community and making a difference in the lives of those we serve. This is a huge victory for the Fun Department, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our team. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Goodwill and making a positive impact in our community. 

Talks & Vocals

We’re excited to announce that Esther Graham’s TEDx Talk has been approved and will be presented at TEDx Trinidad. DoMore24DE has been hard at work promoting and developing material for the campaign, and we’re grateful for your support. Backtrack Vocals, we appreciate your time and effort. We hope you’ll join us for the event and continue to support our work in the future. Thank you!

Thanks for sitting down with us, Backtrack Vocals, and sharing your story and talents.

Another fun, motivating, and productive week! Until then, be awesome!

Stay Awesome and Stay Tuned!

That’s A Wrap – Week 6

Week 6: Shooting The Pilot of The Frozen Farmer and Preparing For DoMore24DE

Real Problems, Real Solutions

We began the week in the studio, capturing video for Delaware’s Boys & Girls Clubs, featuring its youth champions discussing real-world concerns and offering real-world solutions. The results were incredibly powerful, and it was amazing to see the kids so engaged and articulate on such important topics. It was a great reminder of the vital role that organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs play in our communities. They provide a safe and fun place for the youth to spend their time, but they also help develop leadership skills and instill a sense of civic responsibility. We’re proud to have been able to work with such an outstanding organization, and we’re looking forward to sharing the finished material with everyone.

Prep Department

At The Fun Dept, we believe in the power of preparation. That’s why we set aside time for our staff, the fun department, and our clients to prepare and strategize. We want to make sure that everyone is on the same page and that everyone has a chance to contribute. That way, when it comes time to execute, we can all move forward together with confidence. 

So whether we’re Back in the studio, assisting Esther Graham with the recording of a new TEDX talk, or getting ready to host Do’s forthcoming 24-hour live webcast, we always take the time to prepare. And that’s why we’re able to consistently produce great work that you’ll surely love.

The #MILLSUMMIT Podcast had us out on-location shooting and recording their pilot episode at The Frozen Farmer down in Bridgeville, DE. It was great to see Blake the Brain in action and hear Katey Jo Evans’ story firsthand.

Back in the studio at our home base we helped Esther Graham record and produce a new talk for an upcoming TEDx Trinidad event.

DoMore4DEL

Is your non-profit organization registered on DoMore4DEL yet? It is hard not to get excited to host the upcoming 24-hour live stream for #DoMore24DE on March 3 and 4, 2022. Last year we raised 1.9 million dollars for nonprofits throughout the State of Delaware. This year we are looking to break that number and help even more – will we break $2 million? 

Looking back, it was a week of productivity, creativity, and inspiration.

Stay Awesome and Stay Tuned!

That’s A Wrap – Week 5

Punxsutawney Phil Says Six More Weeks of Winter- We’re Calling for 47 More Weeks of Awesome!

Virtual Fun

Week 5 kept us creative in this virtual world producing and recording some sessions for a company presentation with team members from around the US. It is amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it. We’re getting creative in our virtual environment by running and recording some sessions for a company presentation with team members from all around the United States. Even though we’re not in the same physical space, we’re still finding ways to connect and have some fun. It’s all about being witty and thinking outside the box in this virtual workspace. So far, so good!

Building Bardea

Yesterday, we stopped by Bardea Steak for a documentary when they were working on their buildout. It was great to see everyone working together and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process. And of course, it’s always nice to have a little something to eat while we’re working!

Nature in Winter

According to my calendar, it appears that winter is almost over. This is hard to believe, as it feels like only yesterday that I was shooting a greenscreen section for a client’s internal training needs. As I start preparing for a new shot, I can’t help but reflect on the amazing footage I captured during the autumn months. 

Olympic Spirit

The crew got into the Olympic spirit by bonding over tater tots on a more lighthearted note. We were all rooting for the home team, and it was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of the Games. 

A Great Guy

To close things out, we were honored to join in and celebrate a truly great man and the entire Shadd family for a historic marker dedication. This was years in the making and long overdue. It was a truly special moment to be part of the ceremony for the Abraham Shadd family historical marker. Abraham was a notable abolitionist and civil rights advocate in the early 1800s. He was an amazing man who accomplished so much in his life, and it was an honor to be able to pay tribute to him. It was a fun and lighthearted moment in what was otherwise a very solemn and moving event.

The lighting test and initial setup for the upcoming Boys and Girls Clubs of DE shoot is looking great. Just wait until you see it all come together! It is always great to see the studio alive and buzzing as we shot a green screen segment for a client’s internal training needs. Whether your audience is internal or external, we are here to tell your story.

Sometimes you have to pause and take a moment, to appreciate and capture some of nature’s beauty. The snow really is pretty but… REALLY… 6 more weeks, huh? Thanks, Phil! On the plus side, According to the Stormfax Almanac, that works out to a 39% accuracy rate. It’s been a hundred and twenty years – get it right! #bringonspring

You guessed it… it was another creative, inspiring, and productive week.

Stay Awesome and Stay Tuned!

That’s A Wrap – Week 4

Week 4: Fun With Plants and Steaks

This week we were honored to have an artist fly in to create some new music. It is a song KC owner, Christopher Bruce, wrote featuring a powerful message we all need to hear. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have our guy, Herb Middleton doing his thing on the controls. We see ya, Herb!

It is official…People are looking for fun at work in 2022. Lucky for them, the fun dept and The Godfather of Fun have plenty of options to engage their teams either in person or virtually. A special thanks to Goodwill for trusting in the fun dept to bring fun to their teams!

Just like that, our first wave of production for Dinner at 8 Live! is in the can. The journey is just getting started, but we are up for the challenge to see it through.

Another virtual event is blossoming for our friends at Plant Development Services – they work closely with the nation’s top growers and breeders, helping spread new and established plants all over the country.

Things keep heating up with Bardea Steak to close out the week as they nudge closer and closer to opening. Executive Chef Antimo DiMeo is included as one of the 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Semi-finalists. Vogue includes them as one of America’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2022!
Mmm… tasty!

Thanks for another creative, inspiring, and productive week.

Stay Awesome and Stay Tuned!

That’s A Wrap – Week 3

Lighting It Up in Week 3

Lights & Sounds

It’s no secret that good lighting is essential to any successful production. After all, even the best actors can’t perform if they can’t be seen! That’s why it’s so important to take the time to choose the right lighting equipment for your project. Whether you’re shooting a big-budget film or a small independent production, making sure your scenes are properly lit will go a long way towards ensuring your project’s success.

Of course, lighting is just one element of a successful production. Another important aspect is music. Adding a great soundtrack can really make the project shine and help it stand out from the crowd. So we’re not afraid to experiment with different musical options until we find the perfect fit for your scene!

Dinner at 8 Live!

It’s also a busy week here at Dinner at 8 Live! We’ve been hard at work on our new initiative, and there’s a lot to do to get everything up and running. But we’re making great progress, and we have an amazing team who are all working together to make this happen. We have a great crew!

Calling on Harriet

We’re particularly excited about our upcoming production of Calling on Harriet. It’s an honor to be a part of such an important project that celebrates the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. We’re still in the early stages of production, but we can’t wait to share more details with you soon.

Love our home base and staying creative. Stay tuned for more updates!

Stay Awesome and Stay Tuned!

That’s A Wrap – Week 2

Hungry For Projects In The Second Wek Of January

Behind the Scenes

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the Fun Department. We’re deep in the throes of setting up our new project, Dinner at 8 Live. It’s a new way of producing food that has us all salivating. We’ve gathered some fantastic content and we’re excited to get started. And as always, post-production is busy and the studio is full of laughter!

Monique & Harriet

Missy is also developing a communication module for Monique Helstrom, an Executive Coach. You may find out more about her at www.moniquehelstrom.com.

Meanwhile, Calling On Harriet continues to work on exciting new episodes and we can’t wait to share them with you all!

Welcome, Gia!

In other news, our team is growing! We’re thrilled to welcome Gia as our new Graphic Designer and 2D/3D Animator. She comes to us with a wealth of experience and we’re confident she’ll be a valuable addition to the team. 

Gia is using her skills in animation and graphic design. She’s already been hard at work creating some stunning graphics for the project, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! We are excited to see what new projects she will bring to life!

Are we imagining a light bulb? We’ll have to see. You and Aman the puppet will have to wait.

So keep awesome and stay tuned!

That’s A Wrap – Week 1

Looking Back

As we look back on the year, we’re so grateful for all of the amazing opportunities we had to connect with our clients and help them tell their stories. From educational programming to music videos, we had the chance to work on a wide range of projects with some truly incredible people. We’re especially proud of the work we did with the Boys and Girls Clubs and the #Millsummit – virtual events that helped bring people together and make a difference in the lives of others. We can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us, and we’re excited to continue helping our clients connect with their audiences in new and innovative ways. Thank you for making 2021 such an incredible year!

Looking Forward

The King Creative team is excited to kick off 2022 and grateful for all the opportunities we had to help our clients connect with their audiences and tell their stories in 2021. The year behind us was filled with great projects ranging from educational programming for the Delaware Estuary, Admissions Videos for Saint Mark’s High School, original music production, music videos, virtual events for groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs and the #Millsummit, interviews with the likes of Jimmie Allen and Herb Middleton and plenty more in between.

New Start, New Gears

We take pride in our work here at King Creative. We strive to deliver the best possible experience for both our clients and their audience. And we know that part of providing that experience is continuing to invest in new gear and technology. We do so to help push ourselves to be better and better!

Each week, we will be posting a new video giving you an inside look into some of the projects we are working on. We’ll also be highlighting some of our clients and partners along the way. So be sure to check back often.

We also continue to invest in new gear to help push ourselves to be better and better and have a lot to look forward to in the year ahead. Each week, we will be posting a new video giving you an inside look into some of the projects we are working on and highlighting OUR PRIDE (Our Clients and Partners) along the way.

We closed the year with the release of BirthWright’s Brand New Day

Stay Awesome and Stay Tuned!

Wilmtoday - Chris Bruce

#PeopleOfWilmDE: Chris Bruce

#WilmToday | Wilmington, DE – December 10, 2020

Chris Bruce is the owner of the video and audio production studio King Creative, located on Market Street. Because of his passion for the Wilmington community, and his work with the non-profit Mascots for a Cure, he is this week’s #PeopleOfWilmDE.

#PeopleOfWilmDE: Chris Bruce

Small Talk

Small Talk Made Smarter: The Secret to a Successful Connection

Sarah Thomas

Small talk is a necessary evil – after all, we can’t just start conversations with strangers asking them about their deepest, darkest secrets. If you do start your conversations that way, let us know how it works out for you!

If you start your conversations by asking “How are you?” then you may want to rethink your small talk strategy, according to Harvard researchers in a CNBC article. In the course of their research, the Harvard researchers discovered that asking meaningful questions during small talk makes you appear more likable and interesting to others. There are several tactics you can use to turn your small talk into successful, meaningful connections with other humans, instead of meaningless drivel.

Be You

There’s no other YOU in the world – so embrace it and be you in every conversation. When you’re fully yourself, you’re acting authentically, and that authenticity will shine through in your conversation. True connection with others is dependent on a foundation of authenticity – after all, you can’t build a connection with a façade of someone.

Chris - Ideas Are Not The Problem

Be Personal and Personable

When you’re making small talk, particularly with someone you’ve never met before, be sure to introduce yourself and say your name clearly. While introducing yourself, Huffpost suggests providing a personal detail about yourself. This not only makes you more personable and approachable but also gives the other person a potential conversation starter to begin a deeper discussion.

Cell Phone Behind The Scenes

Listen

Listen – really listen to the other person. Active listening goes beyond just hearing what the other person is saying and acknowledging that they’re speaking. Maintain eye contact when appropriate and give them your full attention. Leave your cell phone in your pocket. When you’re actively listening to the other person, you can engage in the conversation and connect beyond small talk – pick up on the cues in their conversation and their context and carry the conversation deeper than the surface.

Bear and Chris

Go Beyond Listening

Take it one step further and go beyond listening – be observant. Look carefully at the person you’re speaking to. Watch their body language, observe the words that they choose, the inflection in their voice. Pay attention to the story that they’re telling behind the words. By monitoring the way a person is speaking, you can change topics if you notice that they are uncomfortable, or you can deflect the conversation if they appear to be nervous. As an observant participant, you can make the other person you’re speaking to feel at ease – which increases the odds that you’ll have a deeper connection with each other and go beyond the small talk. Also, pay attention to your surroundings – if there is something interesting or notable going on in your surroundings, it can serve as an opportunity to connect with another person via a shared experience.

Chris and Lady

Be Confident

Primer Magazine suggests that confidence breeds confidence – so be confident in your small talk. Start by dressing confidently and acting confidently. Make eye contact and speak clearly. When you’re confident in your own actions, you’ll inspire confidence in others as well – and as a bonus, they’ll feel more comfortable talking to you.

Power Pose

Try out these tips the next time you’re stuck making small talk during your day and let us know if they help you forge a deeper connection. Some of the greatest stories and relationships have sparked from a chance encounter! We love telling stories, and if you’ve got a story for us to tell, we want to hear it – contact us at kingcreative.com and we’ll help you find the best way to tell your story.

No-Nos of Marketing featured

5 No-No’s to Avoid in Video Marketing

Facebook is logging over 8 billion video views by its users per day—even more than the population of earth—and it’s one of the most effective marketing-to-sales conversion methods ever. If you have something to sell, video production should be high on your list of marketing tools. That said… I have to tell you, there are some huge no-no’s when it comes to video marketing that you absolutely must avoid:

  1. Trying too hard to go “viral”

    I know. We all love those tear-jerker Olympic moms ads and share them like there’s no tomorrow. Viral videos are an ever-changing-magic-voodoo mix of emotion, timeliness, tastefulness, and humor. Videos that try too hard almost always end up horrifying. Like the Kia video with the human hamsters. Shudder.
    No-Nos of Marketing

  2. Making videos too long

    Attention spans are getting shorter! 5 minutes is just way too long for most video projects. People get bored easily and move on to the next thing. We aim for the current sweet spot between 2-3 minutes.Wristwatch

  3. Unclear branding

    Ever watch a video ad and come away wondering what the point was? In the quest for “viral” content, marketers sometimes lose sight of the goal: making the sale. Don’t let your central brand message get lost in a herd of Internet cats. Be sure that your audience is also aware of your company and your logo as well.Brand Confusion

  4. No call to action

    Leaving out the call to action (giving the audience clear instructions about how to contact you and buy all the things) is so sad. Even if you have the best viral video ever, if your audience has no idea what to do next, all that hard work is more or less wasted.Call to Action

  5. Not addressing a specific target audience

    You know the old saying about trying to please everyone and not pleasing anyone? That’s truer than ever with today’s consumer. Before you even think about viral anything, focus on your target audience’s problems, needs, and desires; your video should answer those problems for them. You should also tailor your video to the platform – videos read differently on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.Smartphone screen

One last thing: another huge mistake people make is not choosing the right video production team for their project. You need a partner who will communicate openly with you, understand your needs, and narrow-in on your marketing strategy and target audience from the get-go. That’s something we excel at here, and I’m not just tooting my own tuba. Contact Us and we’ll help you avoid these pitfalls while engaging and enchanting your target audience!

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