Jeremy Good - Front of the Wilderness Generation
I was asked by Jeremy Good (www.jeremygood.co.uk) to create a short (30s) promotional video to be used for marketing and promotional purposes on social media at the release of his new novel, 'Front of the Wilderness Generation', out 6th June 2016.
The promo needed to take the title and some graphics inspiration from the book cover, and try to convey just a fraction of the enormity of the topic, that being around a holocaust survivor in the Second World War.
A mixture of real smoke footage, both blown and from fires, was layered with public archive footage of destroyed European cities, tanks on the move, and prisoners of war being marched to who-knows-where. Selected text provided by Jeremy was timed to appear with a single harrowing piano note repeating, as air-raid and bombing sounds gradually fade in building tension; a final explosion takes us to the book cover. Here's what Jeremy had to say:
“Anthony Stubbs at Funkimation, worked on a Promo video for my new book, Front of the Wilderness Generation. He worked closely with me on my ideas, letting me know what would work, what might not and problems around music copyright. I felt entirely confident that Anthony knew his stuff and was able to point the project in the right direction producing two finished promos. I shall certainly use Anthony again in the future.”
Jeremy Good, Author
PennWhite - Chemical & Print Solutions
I was asked to create three new videos for PennWhite's website relaunch, to show a company overview and then some specifics for two main product areas. I took their new logo and animated that for the videos, and then worked together with them to ensure the videos matched their company ethos and the new website branding. Here's what they had to say afterwards:
"We’re delighted with the videos Funkimation produced for our re-launched websites. Anthony had a challenging brief; make a manufacturing process that takes place inside a sealed vessel and whose end result is often a clear liquid, informative and entertaining! He more than met the brief and delivered three videos that explain our business and products using footage shot in our factory and on site with perfectly chosen stock footage.
Funkimation were a pleasure to work with, quick to respond and willing to put in the long hours. They delivered on time and on budget and I look forward to working with them on our next video project."
Business Systems Manager, PennWhite Ltd.
Oliver Valves & Oliver Valvetek - Training Videos
Oliver Valves are a multinational engineering company making high-performance valves for the petrochemical industry. They recently triumphed in the International Growth Business of the Year category at the National Business Awards, London.
I created a series of more than 25 "Understanding..." training videos highlighting key processes and engineering concepts in order to demystify the topics, for new apprentices, sales staff, and other roles within the company. Viewers are assisted with diagrammatic visual representations, video illustrations of assembly procedures and detailed images of parts, along with a friendly yet informative voiceover. The aim is to reduce reliance on supervisory staff, whilst increasing overall quality of product knowledge and assembly details. Benefits include increased understanding of the impact various processes have on finished products, and why these are so important both for employees and clients. The company reports increased motivation of staff, a reduction in errors and thus an increase in profitability and customer satisfaction.
Award-winning Valtra Tractor Modification
I was asked to create a video capturing a 2015 Valtra tractor, and it's owner Matthew Evans from North Wales. Matt is a farmer who, following a car accident in 2014, lost the use of the lower part of his body. Farmer and engineer Andrew Stubbs engineered a chairlift solution for Matt's new Valtra tractor, something that didn't exist previously, allowing him to access his own tractor unaided. Matt is keen to promote both the chairlift, and what is possible. I captured footage of the tractor itself, of the construction phase of the engineering project, of some testing, and of Matt and his father busy at work in the Welsh countryside.
Matt, and the tractor dealership, John Bownes in Cheshire, were delighted with the resultant short video. The video was submitted to enter Andrew Stubbs into the British Farming Awards 2015, where Andrew subsequently achieved 1st Prize for Machinery Innovator of the Year 2015. Andrew cites the video as being pivotal in winning the award, and believes that the raised awareness will help him and Matt go on to help other people in similar situations.