The British Academy required a video for an evening event to be played out on screens. Only trouble was, it was last minute. With 3 weeks to go, we came up with a simple idea: a scrolling timeline created with treated screengrabs from Academy event videos plus animated text. We spent one week meeting and brainstorming. A storyboard was created and one week later we handed in the first draft. This was approved, a few additions were made, and the film was completed 2 days before the event. It is now the first film you see on the Academy's youtube channel as it was thought to be strong enough to introduce the channel to viewers.
The AHRC wanted a 5 minute film about the work of noted professor Santanu Das in highlighting the role of Commonwealth soldiers during WW1. We shot in England and Belgium and gathered so much good material, that we offered to give the AHRC a longer version too. The film here is the 17 minute version which goes into the issue in some detail. Like many of our films, the soundtrack was composed and performed by Des Burkinshaw, our director, who also composes music, both solo and for his 14 piece band, theghostorchestra.
Highways England asked magnificent! to create a training film for their staff - briefing them on changes to Health and Safety regulations. We jointly decided to combine new footage from the teams that work on the motorway with bespoke animations that told the complex story quickly and clearly. Shot in 4k with film lenses across various areas of England, the film is still being used today to train Highways England officers.
We were asked by Leprosy Mission International to make a film about a fund-raising cricket tour of southern India. The tour took us to several missions, hospitals and Delhi's Village of Hope, the world's largest leper colony. Using just a small Sony camera and some radio mics, the resulting film was broadcast 10 times on the Community Channel and has tens of thousands of views on youtube. It also lead directly to a government official giving funds to one of the charities we featured.
We were based in the BBC Live Events team when London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The head of BBC Live Events, Bill Morris, was made Director of Culture, Ceremonies and Education and we began making films for them - more than 100 in total, including their launch film. During the Games themselves, we were commissioned to make 6 short animated films advertising the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The films were shown on the Big Screens in the Park and were seen by millions of people during the Games.
This film, and its companion piece on fostering, were commissioned via Camden Council. Elias Koronis, from Camden Council, said: "Des and his team worked really hard to produce an excellent adoption video to help us raise awareness of the need for more adopters to come forward. Des was very patient, hardworking and professional at all times, despite numerous changes in the brief. The end result was exactly how we envisaged it to be (and better) and Des did a brilliant job getting to know the adopters and letting their views and personalities shine through. This video is already proving to be a very useful recruitment tool for Adoption North London."
We have had a very fruitful relationship with the London Legacy Development Corporation - the team charged with making a success of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This film involved getting to know three of the young people who consult on the future of the park, representing their local communities. Combining bespoke animation and fun filming in 3k using film lenses, the resulting movie was a huge success and was launched with press coverage at the Stratford Picturehouse. We are still in touch with all 3 of the young people in the film. It is also worth checking out another film we did for the LLDC about apprenticeships, which has a similar mix of techniques.
The British Academy holds many public events and for the past four years, we have been filming many of these. This film, featuring the author Laura Bate talking about her book Girl Up, was filmed by us using audio from the venue. We edited in the slides later and also uploaded the film to youtube (with metadata) on behalf of the Academy. We have recorded events like this everywhere from Cornwall to Edinburgh, Cardiff to Norwich. Often, we have made shortform promo films to advertise the events up front too. This means we have also interviewed many of the guests - Terry Jones, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Noam Chomsky etc.
We claim to be able to work within any budget. This film was made for free to help a local business in Hackney through its first steps. Shot in 3 hours and edited the same day, here you can see our ability to tell a story quickly and illustrate it well.
Engineering giants Atkins were responsible for building large parts of the Olympic Park. As the Games began, they were keen to make a film that made use of their 6 years of self-shot footage. It was of variable quality and needed supplementing with new footage of visitors using the park during Games time. We proposed a fun film in which objects that Atkins had installed in the park told the story of the park's transformation from industrial wasteland to the success it is today. Atkins were so pleased with the end film that they entered it into a corporate film Awards held at BAFTA where it won Best Film.