How I Can Help You Accomplish Your Marketing Goals Through Presentation And Explainer Videos
My name is Patrick Doody and I’m an animator.
I’ve been to school, I’ve put in the time and I’ve mastered most of the tools that animators use.
My rough awakening was that to serve my clients, I had to understand not only how to create great work, but also how these pieces, (mostly videos), would serve their goals.
This is now my main focus.
I may be an expert in Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, and animation and design principles, but the primary reason to work with me is that I’ll create a video that aims to help you accomplish your marketing goals. I understand this is an investment, and want to make it work for you.
Experience vs. Inexperience
I am very honest in my approach with potential clients and am eager to help solve your creative challenges. With that said, if your very first (or only) question when approaching an animator is “how much”, and not about the idea or concept, then I may not be the right fit for you. In this case, I can probably guess how this story will end. You may go through something like Fiverr and pay less, but more than likely you’ll get what you paid for, and end up unhappy with the final product. I only know, because I’ve heard this first-hand from my own clients.
If you want someone to work with who can help you find a creative solution that will help with engagement while remaining on-brand, I’m your guy.
You’ll receive a custom animation or video that you had a hand in creating, not just a file and a waive.
And this is why a true animator is a better choice from the drag and drop “specialists” on sites where you can select from the lowest bidder.
Who Should You Hire?
Once I have a good idea of direction, I will be able to give you a more accurate quote and timeline.
Pricing will vary based on scope and makeup of the project, but like many creatives, I use the TQM triangle as a simple guide: Time, Quality, Money. Choose 2.
Here’s how this relationship works:
Hight quality, but done fast (less time) = higher cost
Less time + low cost, = lower quality.
Cheap cost + high quality = more time.
In my experience, there really is no substitute for quality. When we work together, we’ll both ask great questions, and review your goals and direction. We will go back and forth between versions to refine the creative. In the end, I want to be proud of my work and for you to feel satisfied with the end product.
My Background & Experience
I’m a freelance animator, both self-taught and I’ve completed formal training.
I have real-life experience, and I love what I do.
I’ve worked locally through Kellett Communications to create work for Dominion Diamond Corporation and with Mikey McBryan of Ice Pilots to help create his first ever film he’s directed.
Here’s one example of my work:
I was born in Toronto, Ontario, and moved up to Northern Canada when I was 6.
I first discovered how to animate when I was a little kid with flipbooks, and I was always making comics. I found out how to make computer animation when I was 11 years old by making frames in Windows Paint and squishing them down to a millisecond in length as a slideshow in Windows Movie Maker, synchronizing them to Christian rap music.
I can’t make this up.
This experience lit a fire somewhere down deep. I’ve always wanted to create graphic novels and online animation series, (which these days would be called “webtoons”). And who knows what the future holds? But after high school I found out I was stronger with animation. Writing, good writing and storytelling is a separate skill set, but I have some great partners who can assist me.
I still wanted to make amazing things, so I decided to attend design school, and which has led to a growing body of animation work.
In terms of how I solve creative problems, I have a proven process that I follow. Once we’ve had an initial consultation, there are about 4 or 5 steps we’ll work through together to reach a first version of the animation:
First, I give out a moodboard to gauge how the client wants that project to look like.
Next, I will create a storyboard and I may create sketches which I show to the client if there is character design involved.
I create a completed frame of how the animated film will look.
Lastly, I refine a version of the animated sequence.
Based on client feedback, usually a couple of rounds for edits and timing, transitions etc.
During that process and especially for multiple animated sequences, behind the scenes I may also break down a concept further using mind mapping and keywords who’ll could expand into categories.
All of this really helps give me a roadmap to follow.
Sometimes people want me to show a little bit of progress earlier. Sometimes a moodboard isn’t necessary. That’s okay. Occasionally a client has a short project or very clear vision, and we can nail the concept early.
Here’s What You’ll Get When Working With Me
Your video will be delivered on time, based on a timeframe we decide upon at the beginning of the project.
You will get a competitive price, based on my level of experience I can bring to the project.
You’ll get the video in all the formats you need. You will have full control over how you use it, including any source files you need.
You will get a video that fits your brand guidelines so it can help you have a cohesive image and story for your company.
Am I The Right Animator For You?
If you want a video that gets likes, shares, and comments on Facebook, then you need this.
If you want your video to convert towards a sale or an opt-in, then my animation skills can help you.
If you want to spend as little time hand-holding and let me find what works and adapt it to your unique vision for this project, then you need me.
If you are tired of working with amateurs that never deliver what you expect and you’re willing to pay a little extra but get a quality product you can use and get results with, then you need this.
If you’re looking for Fiverr budgets, you’re in the wrong place.
If you already have an animation team, you may not really need me unless they are already working at full capacity.
And last but not least, if you don’t have a clear strategy of how the video will fill into your marketing, then I may not be able to help you. Without proper copy and a proper funnel, videos rarely get any results.
Let’s Talk About Your Needs
So here’s how I see it.
You can go to Fiverr and hire a cheap animator.
And yes, you’ll save on costs.
But, you’ll pay with your time. You must ask a lot of revisions. You’ll be frustrated that he doesn’t get you, especially if he’s not a native English speaker. You’ll feel like everything is moving too slow and that you’re creating the video yourself instead of having your animator doing it.
Or you can work with me.
If you want to get it right, the first time and have a video that will engage your audience, get your idea across and make your sales, let’s talk.
Let’s have a 30-minute call in which we discuss your needs and see how we can work together. You get started by clicking the link below.
This call is free.
We will get to know each other and see if I'm the right person for you.