Award-Winning Project Video: Hauling Job Documentary Story

Omega Morgan, a provider of large-scale and industrial transportation and rigging services, knew they had an award-winning job in their pocket. They had completed a seemingly impossible job for a Portland-area technology company, and wanted to enter it into the 2019 SC&RA Hauling Job of the Year competition. They had a collection of great photos and a few drone video clips to cover their impressive story, and wanted to put it all together into video form for the contest entry. We were excited to tackle this fun project!

Pre-Production: Concepting, Scripting

For this project, we decided to tell the story documentary-style. We would interview key people, and cut their stories together with images from the job to tell what happened. Our client came up with the fun idea of giving it a “Mission Impossible” theme, and we made sure to incorporate that vision into the project.

We gathered contest entry information, and built out a list of the award-winning aspects of the story. From there, we put it into a script outline, and assigned portions to relevant speakers. To align with the raw, documentary feel we were aiming for, we made the script outline into a list of interview questions. We planned to ask our on-camera speakers the questions, and their answers would become the official script. Of course, we had phone interviews and email correspondence ahead of time. Knowing the story beforehand was key to pulling off this project.

Filming Interviews

We wanted the lighting to be slightly dramatic, to match the intensity of the story. With an office space as our available backdrop, we used lighting and shadows to communicate mood. 4×4 Kino Flo banks were our lighting fixtures of choice; they offered a large, soft source with enough control to add shape and depth.

two kino flo lights set up in a small office with a video camera set up to film interviews

Editing: Bringing the Story to Life

Finally, we pulled together all the pieces in the edit. The pre-production made for a smooth transition to the final product. In editing, we made sure the key points were covered in a way that accurately and clearly expressed why this job merited an award. And at the end of the day, we’re happy to say that the client won the contest. They deserved it, and we were grateful to help by being a part of bringing together with video.

Are you looking for help with a documentary-style or storytelling video? We’d be happy to help, contact us to learn more!

About the Author


Rachel Koehler

As the producer for VideoPro, Rachel coordinates all our client projects. Her background includes commercial video production, drone piloting, and chocolate making. She loves working with people and learning something new every day.