I’m Chloe and I was the lucky candidate that got the Internship at Heehaw for summer 2017. I met Heehaw at the Move Summit conference in February where the internship was announced. Heehaw had sponsored my universities full day tickets which gave my classmates and I a more in-depth look at the industry. The first week has been great, full of fun and learning curves. The team has been very welcoming and helpful. I feel really involved in the projects that Heehaw has coming up and I’m ecstatic to be a part of the process. Thanks to the opportunities Heehaw has given me I have finally been able to see a little more of the beautiful Edinburgh while working in a great environment. I will be working on the social media pages and some live projects for the duration of my internship. I’m loving the experience so far and I’m very glad to get to know the fabulous team here.
This is me in the middle surrounded by Heehaw’s post production team!
Delighted to announce we won an EVCOM Clarion Award for the animation series we production for the World Health Organisation’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative. We’re very proud and delighted our content is making a real difference to people’s lives.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for a prestigious EVCOM Clarion Award for our work with the World Health Organization on the Polio eradication campaign. The EVCOM awards are the leading awards for the video production industries, and the Clarions recognize the very best in projects working in health and welfare, charity initiatives, ethics and sustainability.
The global effort to eradicate polio is drawing ever closer to reality. It will be a historic achievement: polio could be the second human disease to be eradicated throughout history. It’s a drive that has been taken up on the ground in metropolitan cities, barren deserts, snow-capped mountainsides and conflict affected areas as well as by governments, NGOs and private partnerships the world over.
In an effort to outline the major steps taken to bring polio the brink, the World Health Organization–a spearheading partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative–commissioned Edinburgh based production company Heehaw to produce a series of three animations, each focused on different steps in the eradication process. The animations detail the extensive polio surveillance system, the efforts made to reach every last child, and the steps taken to during a response to a polio outbreak.
Anytime a child is paralysed by polio in any country, the World Health Organization moves fast to stop the virus. From gathering information to coordinating vaccination campaigns to delivering two drops of polio vaccine into the mouth of every child, the outbreak response protects children against this paralysing disease.
Some children live in places that are harder to reach with polio vaccines than others. In every vulnerable country, the World Health Organization helps make sure that every child receives polio vaccines; even those who are on the move, living in conflict zones or in remote communities.
The search for the polio virus is triggered when any child is found with acute flaccid paralysis. From the most remote communities to the laboratory, the World Health Oranization makes sure that the pieces of the surveillance system work together so that if the poliovirus is circulating anywhere in the world it will be found – and stopped.
Michael Welsh, Heehaw’s Senior Producer:
“It has been a real honour working on this series with the World Health Organization. I think animation was a great route for the project, and we have enjoyed the challenge of developing universal, bold imagery from often complex processes, and helping to distil the eradication process for a general audience. The global effort to eradicate polio has involved a staggering amount of people across countless countries. To be able to contribute, in our modest way, has been hugely rewarding.”
More information can be found about the effort to eradicate polio via Polio Global Eradication Initiative: www.polioeradication.org
To celebrate their 3rd Year Anniversary of operations, Edinburgh Trams have just released a video titled ‘A Journey to Success’ which has been produced by Edinburgh based production company Heehaw. The video showcases the success of the trams, highlighting how this public transport operator has gone from strength to strength and is now playing a crucial role at the heart of the city’s transport network.
Heehaw has been working with Transport for Edinburgh for a number of years and in the last 12 months has started working on various projects for Edinburgh Trams. A Journey to Success was filmed over the last 6 months and features a combination of footage, timelapes, motion graphics and interviews with Edinburgh’s transport, education, tourism and business leaders.
Mally Graveson, Heehaw’s Managing Director said:
“Everyone at Edinburgh Trams is brilliant to work with, from the guys at the depot to the Executive and Management teams. Their enthusiasm and dedication to providing a brilliant service is infectious and this, as well as other video projects, is a joy to work on. Edinburgh Trams have gone from strength to strength and it’s been a real privilege to tell their story of success. They are now an integral part of the transport fabric of our city! Happy #tramiversary!”
Lea Harrison, Managing Director of Edinburgh Trams said:
“Working with a talented and local team such as heehaw was the obvious choice in creating a unique way to celebrate the success of the last 3 years. Our staff had great fun getting involved and I’m sure our customers will enjoy watching the short film.”
For more information about Edinburgh Trams and the 3rd year Anniversary:
We’re looking for a talented, creative producer director to join our growing production team on a full time basis. The ideal candidate will have a few years experience working within the corporate & promo world, used to taking a project from conception to completion. You’ll be a keen creative writer, having worked on many proposals, treatments and scripts, and you’ll enjoy coming up with fresh ideas and new ways to tackle client briefs.
You’ll have a good understanding of all aspects of the production process for both video and animation, and you’ll be used to directing a shoot, including interviews, all the while keeping your client informed of what you’re doing. You’ll be adept at time management and able to stick to deadlines under pressure, even if it means pulling the occasional all nighter. You’ll be able to drive and you’ll enjoy travelling to a wide variety of locations, including international shoots.
In return you’ll get the full support of a close knit and collaborative production team, you’ll work on a huge variety of projects and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts, from extra holidays to afternoons off for cocktails and burgers.
To coincide with the 2017 Chinese New Year, Heehaw partnered with Swiss agency MEO and Chinese agency Possible to create a new film for Nestle’s premium Swiss chocolate brand, Cailler. The film tells the story of the collaboration between Swiss decoupage artist Marianne Dubuis and Chinese paper-cut master Hongchuan Wang, as they work together to create an artwork that will be included as an insert in the high-end chocolate selection boxes and promoted as a premium gift across China during Chinese New Year.
The Heehaw film crew spent four days capturing the collaboration as the artisans worked from Marianne’s studio in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, touring the region, visiting the hill farms where the milk is produced and the legendary chocolate factory itself, all sources of inspiration for the traditional Swiss artwork.
Toby Trueman, Heehaw’s Creative Director, said “On every front, the Nestle film was a truly international collaboration between Edinburgh, Geneva and Beijing. During filming it was a pleasure to watch these master artists at work, pushing past language barriers to create something truly unique and special, while also giving a glimpse into how premium chocolate is made at the same time.”
Managing Director of MEO design & communication Graham Smith said “We recommended Heehaw for this project on the basis of our previous work together. Their flexibility, enthusiasm and dedication to producing a quality product were key factors in the decision, and their ability to capture the magical moments of our two artists working together ensured that the underlying message of the Cailler brand came through clearly in the final edit.”
Heehaw are proud to announce we are the Emerging Talent Sponsor of Move Summit – Scotland’s largest dedicated commercial animation event. Our involvement has enabled 22 students to attend Move Summit for the whole day – providing them with the opportunity to hear talks from leading industry figures as well as gain valuable feedback on their work. Other special announcements will be made on the day. For more information about Move Summit check out: http://www.movesummit.co.uk/
On the day, Heehaw’s Mally Graveson will be doing a talk during the Emerging Talent session about entrepreneurship, setting up a business, the importance of attitude, and how Heehaw have moved into the international market with their animation, motion graphics and video work. Drew Gibson, Heehaw’s Senior Editor will be providing students with valuable Creative Reviews of their work.
Mally Graveson, Heehaw’s MD said “We are delighted to be associated with this event. As soon as we heard about it we knew we wanted to be involved. Animation and motion graphics are a massive part of our business and Move Summit is such a great idea. Being the Emerging Talent sponsor fits in perfectly with our company ethos of making sure emerging talent gets a chance to shine and prosper”
We’ve made it through January and we’ve booked our next holiday. Seems only right. If you’re still thinking about where to go for yours, have a look at one of our latest projects first! Towards the end of last year, Heehaw were working closely with the Crieff Hydro resort to create a series of wallpaper videos that sit on the newly developed website, including the landing screen of the homepage.
In making the films, we were careful to avoid the pitfalls of contrived tracking shots down carefully lit hallways or beautiful Californian models emerging from jacuzzis with glasses of champagne. Instead we focused on the real character of the resort, showing its playful personality and capturing what it really feels like to be there; whether floating on your back in the Victorian Spa, or clambering around on a net 50 feet above the ground in Action Glen.
The films sit proudly on the new website, beautifully re-designed for an enhanced user experience and structured around the main sections Stay, Play, Eat, Work (for conferences, team building and events), and Love (for weddings). The site brings the viewer further into the Hydro experience, promoting its many attractions in the best possible light. We may be a bit biased but we thoroughly recommend them!
Got the January blues? Lets talk about summer!! ISSOS International Summer Schools operate unique summer schools from three campuses at St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale. 2016 was a Calendar year for the organisation – its 10 year anniversary. To mark the occasion ISSOS commissioned Heehaw to produce a celebratory video, alongside an updated corporate short showcasing the wide range of activities on offer across the school’s three stunning locations. ISSOS, like us, are very much looking forward to the summer of 2017.
Michael Welsh, Heehaw’s Senior Producer said:
“It’s been a pleasure to work with ISSOS on this project and to film in their beautiful campuses. The variety of students they have really is amazing – and brings whole new perspectives to each class. From the get-go ISSOS were keen to do something different with our videos – to best reflect the passion, drive and enthusiasm of their students and teachers. I’m really happy with the end result.”
Jen Munro, ISSOS Founder and Managing Director said:
“We loved working with Heehaw, they knew exactly what we wanted to achieve and how to go about it, they spent time getting to know our company and our brand and were clear as to what had to be communicated in the film. Heehaw spent time at our St Andrews and Cambridge campuses interviewing students and staff and produced an amazing amount of footage that we will be able to use for a while to come. They made three great films that set us apart from others on the market and clearly demonstrate and communicate the professionalism, safety and quality we asked them to highlight.”
Underbelly, the producers of the successful and spectacular Edinburgh’s Christmas season of festive entertainment, which runs in the heart of the city, approached Heehaw to produce this year’s online promotional film.
Heehaw, working in partnership with the Edinburgh’s Christmas marketing team, developed the creative which features a local family and a cool couple enjoying the many attractions and events the festival has to offer, including trips on the Big Wheel, a visit to Santa, the Star Flyer, the Street of Light and the hit show Five Guys Named Moe.
The video has been promoted on social media and has so far had almost 100,000 views on Facebook.
Mally Graveson, Managing Director of Heehaw said “Christmas is such a magical time and no one does Christmas better than Edinburgh. It was such a pleasure working on this project. I love Edinburgh and getting the opportunity to promote this city is just brilliant. Working with Underbelly was great, we bounced ideas of each other really well.”
Nicki Marsh, Head of Marketing of Underbelly Limited said: “It was fantastic to work with the Heehaw team. We wanted to show a real local family and friends enjoying Edinburgh and all that it has to offer at this wonderful time of year, and we’re delighted with the end result.”
We were delighted to win a prestigious award at the recent Drum Network Awards hosted at the Marriot Grosvenor Hotel in central Mayfair. The award ceremony was attended by over 400 of Britain’s top creative talent.
Mally Graveson, Heehaw’s Managing Director said “What made the award extra special for us was the fact it was in recognition for our involvement in the recent Create Britain campaign which has just been launched to tell the world that Britain, in the light of Brexit, is still a creative powerhouse and very much open for business. For the campaign, the team at Heehaw focussed on one of our favourite subjects – Edinburgh!”
The online video we produced told the world that Edinburgh is a hotbed of innovation and talent, which features companies and organisations that are constantly pushing the boundaries in terms of creative output which benefits the local and national economy. The video has so far had over 10,000 views on Facebook.
Structure Tone UK has just completed one of their most challenging new build construction projects ever undertaken – The Dock.
To mark this occasion they commissioned Heehaw to produce a short film that followed the journey of this highly complex Mission Critical new build project over a former graving dry dock adjacent to the River Thames in London.
Heehaw worked in partnership with James Reid Photography, editing over 100,000 photos, GoPro footage and architectural plans to create a time-lapse film that told the story of this amazing project. On screen motion graphics and an emotive soundtrack helps guide the viewer from the groundworks and excavation in September 2014 through to the final critical engineering installation, completed in July 2016.
Mally Graveson, Managing Director of Heehaw said “We loved working on this project. What a challenge it was taking two years of data and images and turning them into the story of a building. The final film for me is quite emotional. I cannot believe I have this much affection for a single building. It was a joy working with a client who allowed us a complete free reign on the creative. And amazing working with James Reid, whose photography is superb and his passion for construction projects is very infectious.”
Richard Brandon, Director of Mission Critical at StructureTone said: “It was so important we chose the right film company to tell the story of this very complex construction and engineering project, and to really raise the bar in time-lapse film making. Mally and his team at Heehaw have produced an amazing body of work that certainly exceeded our expectations and those of our ultimate client – a global mass media and information company.”
This summer at Heehaw we were delighted to be working with our longest standing client, Busabout.
Busabout are a UK based travel operator offering trips throughout Europe and focus primarily at the youth market. They were Heehaw’s first ever client back in 2000 and we’ve enjoyed a prosperous relationship with them ever since. Busabout are all about giving its customers the choice and flexibility to create their own adventure and this is something we wanted to reflect in their launch video for their 2017 campaign. Working closely with dozens of vloggers, we collated hundreds of hours of footage from travellers out on the road enjoying the Busabout experience to craft a video which gave potential customers a first-hand look at the real Busabout adventure.
Busabout offer a huge variety of tours, from hop-on hop-off experiences around central Europe to a burgeoning international music festival scene. Busabout’s brand is constantly evolving to remain fresh and contemporary. Their image is full of energy and adventure and we always love collaborating with them to create a video that does their amazing brand justice. By creating a dynamic video which gives a first hand perspective on the busabout experience we worked to ensure our collaboration on this campaign fitted seamlessly into their brand for the 2016/2017 season.
Mally Graveson, Heehaw’s Managing Director said “Busabout was out first ever customer. We love the company and we love their brand of travel and adventure. Working with their marketing team and their amazing network of vloggers is just brilliant.”
“It has been a pleasure working with Heehaw over the years. Always providing a professional piece of content that sums up our brand perfectly, whilst being easy to work with and delivering within deadlines, Heehaw have always ‘got’ our brand and the content objectives.”
The month of September saw Heehaw win a new client in Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, the Perthshire based hotel company, who have recently become a family of eight hotels. Pre-production has begun on producing video content for Crieff Hydro, the leisure resort and spa hotel famed for its stunning 900 acre setting and huge range of activities. The team at the resort are currently developing a new website, and have commissioned Heehaw to work with them in creating a set of films to sit on the homepage and throughout – as well as for their social media channels.
Toby Trueman, Heehaw’s Creative Director said:
“Coming on board with Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has been a great win for us. Currently we don’t have another hotel chain on our books and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can create in this space. The client team have an excellent idea of what they want, and judging from what the resort has to offer its guests, the films should be a lot of fun to make!”
Sarah Nicolson, Marketing Manager at Crieff Hydro said:
“We’re really looking forward to working with the guys from Heehaw and together we aim to raise our video content to a level that sets us apart from the competition. We were won over by the creativity of their previous work with other clients and the fact that they saw this as an opportunity for a long term partnership rather than a one off project. Having Heehaw on board is going to add a yet another tool to our marketing toolbox.”
For more information about Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels please visit:
Penny Cobham is one of our star producers. We can’t quite believe it but she’s been here for a year already. Time flies when you’re having fun. Anyway, we asked her to sum up her thoughts of her first 365 days at Heehaw:
It has been a whole year since I officially started working at Heehaw – and what an amazing year it has been! Since last September I have been promoted to Producer, been out to Switzerland twice and worked on so many incredible projects. My time at Heehaw so far has been invaluable and I have learnt so much about the industry, film production and general life skills along the way.
I joined Heehaw last year, straight from studying Film Production at The Arts University Bournemouth and looking for my first proper job in the industry. As everyone does when they leave film school, I was ready to become a runner, with little or no wage and pay my dues. I never thought I would walk into a full-time job straight away. I was so lucky to be given a chance by the team at Heehaw – everyone was incredibly supportive and welcoming from the start and I absolutely love coming into work everyday.
A personal highlight of working here has definitely been travelling to Switzerland. Over the past few years, Heehaw have built up somewhat of a client base over there and I was lucky enough to be asked to go out with the team for filming not once, but twice. Switzerland is probably the most beautiful place I have ever seen and I would recommend it to anyone – and not just for the chocolate!
A lot has changed at Heehaw since last September; we have many new additions to the team and a lot of new and exciting clients. The end of the year rush is fast approaching and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring for Heehaw!
We’re delighted to blog about our latest animation that we’ve just produced for Scotland’s Innovation Centre programme. The video was launched at the recent TedX Glasgow event where the Innovation Centres were a key partner and the theme was “A Disruptive World”.
The animation explains to the viewer how the different Centres, with their in-depth knowledge of innovation, can take an idea or work process to the next level and how their network can help connect with academics, funders and other businesses.
The development of the animation was a true collaborative project with all eight centres having a key input into the development of the film. An engaging voiceover and a unique sound design helped add to the production values and show off the animation and illustrations – illustrations which also influenced the new web design.
Stephen Crowe, Assistant Director of Communications at the Scottish Funding Council, said: “We’re investing over £120m in creating innovation centres as catalysts to make exciting new things happen between industry and university research here in Scotland. We needed an animation that got across all the ambition and all the opportunity that innovation centres contain. It also had to communicate complicated things very simply and powerfully. It’s been a great piece of collaborative commissioning by the innovation centres and a fantastic execution of the brief by Heehaw”
For more information about the the £120m Innovation Centre programme please visit: http://www.innovationcentres.scot/
Our latest collaboration with the Advertising Standards Authority has gone live; a light hearted animation project taking a look at ASA statistics from 2015. The video is in support of their annual review which, for those interested or involved in the world of advertising and media, is available from their website. Check out our video below:
We thought we’d give you a quick update on the production of our latest documentary project; The African Witchfinder. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were out in Namibia, but we’re keeping things moving forward slowly but surely! We’re in the process of getting a project website up and running that will be the go to source of information and updates on the film, but for now we thought we’d share just a couple of teaser images of some of the sights we encountered along the road. We’re also updating our banner image on our social channels in keeping with the production.
The open vastness of the Namib Desert, central Namibia
At 55 million years old, it’s the oldest desert on Earth
Some of the largest sand dunes in the world are found here. We climbed one.
We weren’t the only folk to use the roads
A completely non-threatening massive wild killer lion
Epupa Falls, separating northern Namibia with southern Angola, just over the water there
7th of April is World Health Day. A day set to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and looking at current issues affecting people’s health around the globe. The focus in 2016 is diabetes. Once again we were delighted to find ourselves working with the WHO team and Swiss agency MEO to create the video content for this important campaign, a colourful comic book concept revolving around a superhero with the tagline ‘Stay super’ and ‘Let’s beat diabetes’. The print and online campaign developed by WHO and MEO revolved around a series of posters designed to look like comic book covers. From this we created animations and video content to bring the posters to life.
Heehaw’s MD Mally Graveson said: It was a brilliant collaborative project working with Swiss based communication company MEO and the team at WHO. We hope our videos will make a difference and we’re really proud of our involvement with World Health Day 2016.
Our feature documentary Do You Own The Dancefloor? is coming to Glasgow! The Glasgow Film Theatre is screening the film at 1pm on Saturday 23rd April as the perfect hangover cure to the Hacienda Classical event at the SSE Hydro the night before. Rumour has it a Hacienda legend or two may be in the audience, and director Chris Hughes will be giving a Q&A after the film. If you’re going to the Hydro, complete your weekend by checking this out! Grab tickets for the screening here.
The film is also showing as part of the Derby Film Festival, playing at The Quad, 7pm on 30th April. Chris will be answering more of your questions in a Q&A, and there will be Hacienda themed tunes spinning in the bar afterwards. You can grab tickets and check out the rest of the festival line up here.
As ever, keep an eye on the website or follow @owndancefloor on twitter for updates
Toby Trueman, our Creative Director, won Young Business Person of the Year for his outstanding work in helping build the business, as well as taking on a Directorship role and becoming a partner in the company.
Heehaw also won the award for International Trade, which was a great recognition for our global filming projects, our established and growing relationship with the United Nations, our partnerships with European agencies and our new ventures in mainland Europe and Africa.
Michael and Penny collect the International Trade Award
Managing Director Mally Graveson was understandably delighted: “I received a call at 2am from our Senior Producer Michael, whilst I was away filming in Namibia with Toby, who said we’d won both awards! We are just so happy. It’s a great recognition for our team, who are working so hard to create amazing content, which hopefully make a difference and leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. I’m so proud of them all”
The Annual Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards are firmly recognised as the Awards for the Edinburgh business community and allows members to gain recognition and celebrate success. We celebrated success with over 450 guests at theSheraton Grand Hotel and Spa on Monday 29th February 2016.
Michael and Penny collect the aawad on behalf of Toby Trueman
Following on the success of last years “Do You Own The Dancefloor?” documentary feature, we’re continuing to develop our slate of original content with our latest project created under our Heehaw Films label. “The African Witchfinder” is an exploration of witchcraft, mental illness and one man’s crusade for change in Africa. The production sees the Heehaw film crew flying to Namibia for a 2 ½ week shoot, travelling some 8000km around the country and visiting many communities along the way. Here is the films synopsis:
65yr old Berrie is a pastor in Namibia. A self taught specialist in African witchcraft, he travels to a bush community where a woman, believed possessed, has been chained to a tree for 25 years. Diagnosing her with dementia, he begins a campaign for the freedom of the mentally ill and to prevent more people from being drugged, chained or murdered. Yet Berrie is facing a deadly mix of ancient culture, superstition, and a lack of education that reaches across the African continent. With the odds stacked against him Berrie begins a 8000km journey to raise awareness and fight for change.
The film will be produced by Heehaw’s in-house team, including Director/DoP Toby Trueman & Director/Producer Mally Graveson, who travel to Namibia in March to complete a large circuit of the northern territories. The film will enter the festival circuit later in the year.
This year promises to be a big one for Heehaw, and this project will be a part of that. With our Heehaw Films arm we’re striking a balance between our client work and our original content, and projects such as this allow us to expand on our skills as filmmakers and storytellers, which in turn flows back to what we can offer our clients.
Keep an eye out for developments on the documentary via the blog and social!
We can’t believe that’s another year gone! We’ll soon be searching through our projects to collect footage for our 2016 reel, and thought we’d take the chance to highlight some key moments from the last 12 months. The year started for us with a film shoot in Hong Kong. As a film crew it was our first experience of the Far East and it set the tone for what would be an epic 2015! From moving office to developing new international clients to producing our first feature film, the last year has been a landmark for us.
#1 Heehaw went through some major changes as a business at the end of last year, and 2015 was the first year as video production specialists. The team moved to lovely new offices on Great King Street in the art centre of Edinburgh, and keeping our spiritual home in the New Town.
#2 Do You Own the Dancefloor? Ok so we’ve probably banged on about this enough already, but the coproduction of this feature documentary was the team’s first venture into original content, and saw the unofficial launch of Heehaw Films, so it was fairly landmark for us!
#3 Over the course of the year we’ve been working closely with a number of major companies from the Geneva area of Switzerland. We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with the World Health Organisation and design agency MEO, and recently welcomed the International Labour Organisation as clients. Here’s the promo’s we created for the WHO World Health Day 2015.
#4 SSE continued to be an amazing client over the course of 2015. We produced a wide variety of content for the sponsorship arm of the company, here’s a promo we created to support their hugely successful Live Awards competition; this one for the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
#5 The ILFS (Independent Living Fund Scotland) were another new client for us this year. They came to us with a great brief for their promotional video, and we had fun designing and animating the characters for this vector based animation.
#6 Working with Edinburgh’s oldest tailors, Stewart Christie, to create a promo in celebration of their archive collection. Some of these suits were over 200 years old, and the event was a wonderful meeting of Edinburgh’s creative sector in one of it’s newest spaces; the Biscuit Factory.
#7 We started the year in Hong Kong and we ended it in snowy Switzerland, filming a promo for the little town of Chateaux-d’Oex in the Swiss Alps. The film documents the day the town got together to write 5000 postcards to be delivered to the Geneva region via hot air balloon. Naturally, it really got us excited about Christmas!
And that about wraps it up! We’ve some more big announcements coming up in 2016, so keep an eye out for those. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, we’re looking forward to what 2016 has in store for us all!
Heehaw and Shiny Brick Films have got some pretty exciting updates on our feature film, Do you own the dancefloor? We’re proud to announce that the film will be screening as part of the 2015 Leeds International Film Festival on 15th November. We’re even more chuffed to see we’ve made the front cover of the programme, check us out below Johnny Depp:
If you can’t make Leeds, we’ve some more screenings happening around the country too, and we’ll announce them really soon! Keep your eye on the blog and social for more info.
Hey all! It’s that time again; we’ve swapped out our banner image across social, this time we’re going for fireworks!
The reason for the image is twofold. The Edinburgh Festival has just finished, and after setting record figures it’s going out as it always does with an awesome fireworks display above the castle. The still is from a film we made for Transport for Edinburgh, in celebration of their 1st year of operation. There’s a scene in the film where a father and daughter look wide-eyed at the explosions, the highlight of their Edinburgh visit (filmed during last years display), and we thought it fitting to use that moment as our banner. Even more so seeing as the film has been nominated for a Drum Scottish Creative Award! Thought we should drop that in at the end there. Anyway, here’s the shorter edit of the film for your perusal, hope you like it:
News of our first feature documentary, Do You Own The Dancefoor?, has gone UK wide after the BBC picked up the story. Director Chris Hughes was interviewed on the BBC One Breakfast show, bringing the film to a few million viewers.
Following that, North West Tonight ran a piece on the film, interviewing Chris, DJ Dave Haslam and several other cast. You can check the report here (skip to 15:12): http://bbc.in/1MrqxjW
Rounding off the coverage, BBC Radio 6 also aired a piece on the film, in addition to the interviews from Glastonbury festival last month. You can listen to the radio show here (skip to 47:00): http://t.co/ujB8phpNTw
We’ve been blown away by the amount of coverage the documentary has been receiving on both national and regional news, as well as the many many reports creeping their way across the web. The Manchester premiere is tomorrow and there’s only a few tickets left (http://bit.ly/1KksACH ), but if you can’t make that keep an eye on the blog and social for more screenings, including the Edinburgh Premiere.
Our documentary feature has been picking up a bit of traction in social circles recently, mainly due to an excellent article on the film with director Chris Hughes by the Manchester Evening News. The timing is important. On the 15th of August we’re showing the film at the Royal Northern College of Music, in their big shiny concert hall. It’s a fitting venue for a film about one of the key legacies from Manchester’s musical history. We’ve a Q&A set up and a few of the more well known cast members will be on hand to introduce the film. Tickets can be bought from the RNCM for £16.50 plus booking. In keeping with the film, all profits go to charity and it promises to be a big night, so if you do happen to be in the North West of England that weekend, you know what you’ll be doing!
So as you may already know, Heehaw has taken on some big changes in the past 6 months – including going back to our roots of video production and changing location to our lovely Great King Street offices. It’s taken quite a bit of work, but it’s been worth it!
Another change we have been making is updating our online presence; particularly our social media channels. You might have noticed an update to the cover photo you see at the top of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube channel, and our Google+ page! Each month or two, we will change the cover photo to display a screenshot from one of the projects we have been working on. We like to keep things fresh, and by doing this we can keep you in the loop about what we are up to!
SSE Entertainment Firsts – Photo of the Month July 2015
The Image of the Month for July is a still from our filming for SSE’s Entertainment Firsts campaign, where we asked members of the public to tell us about their memories of their first ever gig!
If you spot a still in one of our videos which you particularly like, and reckon we should use as an Image of the Month, let us know by commenting below, or get in touch by following the links on our website! In the meantime, here is the SSE Entertainment Firsts still (above) which we used as our Image of the Month, and remember – the door’s always open if you fancy a chat!
Yup…it’s a real thing! Mashable launched an official day back in 2010 to celebrate and recognise the impact social media has had on global communication. The way social media has evolved over the years means that it is now easier than ever to stay connected with others around the globe, all in one place. It has also encouraged further individual expression and creativity as people have a myriad of platforms on which to blog, share memories and discover things they never knew before. As well as this, social media provides another outlet for news – both global and local – for everybody to stay informed. The rapid generation of new information (and the speed and efficiency of which it can be shared) means that we are becoming a much more well-informed and engaged society.
As for our clients, we find that videos play a large part in successful social media campaigning. Videos of this kind are recommended to be short, to the point, and eye-catching – so that’s what we set out to do! A recent example is our client SSE’s Live Awards Campaign, where we created a series of pop-up videos urging people to vote for their favourite act to have attended the SSE Hydro, and to be in with a chance to win tickets to a gig of their choice!
If you are planning to run a social media campaign, videos could be the key to getting you the traffic you’re aiming for… That’s where we can help! So come in and visit us at our lovely office in Edinburgh’s New Town – we’ll stick the kettle on, and we can have a chat!
The documentary feature film we’ve been working on with Shiny Brick Films is playing at Glastonbury this weekend! The screening will be at 6pm at the Groovy Movie Cinema tent. If you’re at the the festival try and make it along. In fact, it’s the number 5 thing to to do on the ’45 things to do at Glastonbury’ list…
Top 45 things to do at Glastonbury
You might also get a chance to meet the Director Chris Hughes. here he is being interviewed by BBC6 Music about the documentary…
Director Chris Hughes being interviewed at Glastonbury about Do you own the dancefloor? by BBC6 Music
Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the Official Trailer for our first ever feature film, a documentary produced in collaboration with Manchester based Shiny Brick Films; Do You Own The Dancefloor?
The film looks at the legendary Hacienda nightclub, covering the charity auction that was held after the club was closed and torn down, and tracks down the variety of bits and pieces that were sold off and subsequently spread around the world.
The film is a study of a unique collective experience so great that it changed the lives of those who were there; forever altering their perceptions, opinions and personalities. So much so that they would come to throw their money into a shard of stained wood or a chipped brick, just to keep the memory alive.
Keep an eye out on the blog and on social for updates and screenings, starting in Glastonbury Festival this Saturday, 6pm @ Groovy Movie Cinema Tent
So the Edinburgh International Film Festival is well underway, and the buzz is generating around the city! Filmmakers and critics alike are traveling from all over the world to come to Auld Reekie to share their common interest – the wonder and amazement of the silver screen!
What we love about films is how a small idea can grow into something bigger, and maybe even capture the attention and imagination of an audience. This is no different for what we aim to achieve at Heehaw – we aim to create memorable films that can grab the audience’s attention and imagination, and generate a buzz around the work we do for you. Whatever content we create, we dedicate our attention and focus to delivering a high quality product that we are proud of – and we hope you will be too!
We do this for one, simple reason: we love the moving image, and we thrive on creativity!
Great news, we have been signed up to produce three videos about the awesome courses the Field Studies Council provide at their Kindrogan and Millport centres. Looking forward to getting out into the great outdoors and learning a thing or two in the process! Filming starts today in beautiful Perthshire!
Field Studies Council are a registered charity who predominantly provides “field trip” style courses for schools (High School and Primary) – though their centers do also host other events. The three videos that we are making are about their Biology and Geography Fieldwork courses which they deliver in over two centers – one in Kindrogan and another in the Isle of Cumbrae – Millport.
Heehaw have teamed up with Manchester based director Chris Hughes to produce our first feature, a documentary about the legendary Hacienda nightclub. After closing its doors in 1996, the club was ripped down and pieces were sold off at a charity auction. Bricks, floorboards, girders, bollards and steel urinals were taken away by DJs, Hacienda regulars and fans alike, Do You Own the Dance Floor? tracks these people down in order to tell the complete story of the Hacienda experience from those that were there (and who remember)!
Currently in post, the film is slated for completion in May, and after its premiere in Manchester, it’s being lined up to play many major film festivals around the world. The project has also attracted interest from some unusual but exciting places! Keep an eye out for updates on the project via the blog or social.
Really looking forward to working on a new marketing promo video for Destination Stirling. We’ll be shooting new footage and using some really cool existing footage from organisation such as University of Stirling (which we shot), Historic Scotland and Visit Scotland. For more information about Destination Stirling and to find out more about what to do in the brave heart of Scotland check out their awesome website www.destinationstirling.com
Global anti-virus software giant AVG, with a customer base of over 144 million users, signed Heehaw on as their preferred video supplier in 2014 and we kicked things off with a promo for their Cleaner software for Android. Smart and to the point, the motion graphics promo quickly shows the benefits of the software against an every day scenario. Once it got out there onto YouTube, it quickly racked up views and its now been watched almost 150,000 times, helping to increase app downloads.
Over the last few months Standard Life have been preparing a massive re-launch of both their UK business site, launched at the end of 2014, and their global brand website due for launch in 2015. We’ve been involved with creating some great content for both home pages, resulting in a series of videos that tell the story of this global business and increase brand awarness at the same time.
The projects have involved several animations and three films, seeing us experimenting with minimalist style and design, creating engaging timelapse sequences and shooting 19 interviews in four separate countries.
The films will be due for release in early 2015, but here is the animation video we produced which sits on the homepage of the StandardLife.co.uk site:
We’re going to be supplying them with an asset package of building blocks so Standard Life can create their own content using footage from Edinburgh, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong, enabling their internal teams to take control of the narrative and provide future content for the website.
We’re also producing product videos for Standard Life but we’ll save that for another blog!