Benjamin Franklin famously stated that, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Only slightly less certain is the preponderance of political media that is produced for every election cycle. As with too much of our political system, money is the primary factor in determining outcome: candidates backed by wealthy donors or powerful lobbies can pay for high quality production and plenty of TV airtime. Independent candidates struggle to get enough publicity to make potential voters even vaguely aware of their existence.
However, the situation is far from hopeless. On the contrary, social media and low-cost production equipment has made it more feasible than ever for grassroots campaigns to get attention and build up steam. As an example, here is a video I recently did for Ginny Deerin, who is running for Secretary of State for South Carolina.
As you can see, the presentation is very simple, but highly effective. The location was Ginny’s living room. The scene was lit with a Genaray LED light kit. I filmed wide, medium and closeup shots of Ginny delivering her statement on a Canon 5D Mark II. In post, I cut between the different shots to add visual variety, and added photos that she provided. Finally, I added some simple text to the screen to emphasize her key points. Total crew: 2 people (myself and a hair/makeup stylist). Total production time, including editing: less than 7 hours.
The response has been outstanding. One of Ginny’s supporters told her, “If you can get enough people to watch that video, you will win.” Another simply stated, “EXCEPTIONALLY good video!!!!!!”
You don’t need a RED, a full crew, and a giant budget to help a regular person establish themselves as a viable candidate for elected office. If somebody has something powerful to say, keep the production clean and simple, and let them talk.