We open on small budgets...
Words and bastardised concepts by Divya Singh
A reimagining of the first draft of presentations of the big ideas that have won our admiration. Could they be as effective with a more conservative budget… and approach?
Most creatives will never be given million dollar briefs during their career, but what they will receive are small budgets with high expectations.
Just as we are expected to meet our short deadlines, it’s increasingly becoming part of our job to stay very much inside the allocated budget. And I am often reminded to keep this in mind as part of the thinking process.
I felt a bit stifled the first time I was told to do so. But that was eons ago. Now I tell myself that our clients are working hard for their KPIs. Meeting their numbers is crucial for them. Unfortunately for creatives, our KPIs just happen to be different. Ours live on shelves.
There have been many brilliant creations that never required a client to bleed money to meet their targets.
But does that mean we stop dreaming big when we are presented with a budget that’s half the salary of a Jnr Creative?
Mostly, yes. There’s nothing’s worse than a big idea not crafted well, which is the first part of the budget to go. Replacing amazing locations with a green screen and using our family and friends as talent? Let’s go back to our cubicle, clear the wall and start again.
Otherwise we risk seeing our big idea on a small budget—and more so less courage—end up as a digital banner. And that’s the kicker: brilliant work is never about budget alone—when you do have something big going on in that nugget of yours, you better make sure you have a strong leader (and client) to back it.
Div Singh is a freelance art director. You can see more of her real life work here (all within budget, naturally).