Video

The Death of Desktop

It may be too soon to declare the desktop dead, but for marketers it may as well be. If you are still building digital marketing creative primarily for desktop, you’re likely either irritating your customers or failing to reach them entirely. There is one caveat: if you are a B2B company and you are primarily selling…

Advertainment: How Brands are Using Stories to Engage Audiences

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a fun and memorable Christmas song. But, it’s easy to forget that the story was created by Montgomery Ward department stores. The idea of using stories to draw customers is not new. Stories have a way of engendering affection, and affection is a coveted asset. But if you’ve paid attention…

Video Trends for 2018

There was a time not so long ago that quality video production was only for the major players in entertainment and advertising. Like so many other industries, technology has dramatically shrunk filmmaking costs across the board. Simultaneously, increases in data processing allow us to engage with motion-based graphics in a way that simply wasn’t possible…

More Video, Same Budget

Online video content has exploded in recent years, with more platforms than ever offering new ways for users to share and enjoy video. Recent statistics from Nielsen show that the highly coveted 18- to 34-year-old market spends more time watching YouTube videos than they do watching cable television. By itself, YouTube reaches more 18-49 year…

Shooting high quality video with a smartphone

We aim to produce the highest quality content in everything we do, whether we’re developing content for a brand or shooting a short film. That’s why we often hire the best people in the industry to do the work and make sure they have the best tools for the job. But sometimes, budgets don’t quite…

Discovering Martin Luther

Former Polymathlete Stephen McCaskell recently directed a spectacular documentary about the historic reformer Martin Luther. We sat down with McCaskell to talk about the techniques, trials, and achievements of telling the story of the man who sparked a 500-year schism in the global church. Polymath (PM): Stephen, can you share a bit about how and…

The Science of Storytelling

Storytelling is at the heart of what we do at Polymath. Whether we’re developing content for a book, building a presidential campaign, or making a commercial, it all starts with a story. But why stories? You don’t have to tell a story to market something…do you? As a filmmaker, I could be accused of bias, but I contend the…

Got Camera Fever? Get Back to Telling Stories

Hi, my name is Chris, and I’m a camera addict. It’s been 6 months since my last camera purchase, but even that feels like too long. I’ve purchased over 10 cameras since 2008. I have my eye on a new camera that captures the light field in any given scene and allows me to choose…