Penny’s first year at Heehaw!

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!


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Scotland’s Innovation Centres new animation

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/

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New animation for Advertising Standards Authority

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:


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The African Witchfinder: Film Project Update

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

Much more to follow, keep an eye out for updates…



World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

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.

Details on World Heath Day, including the global report on diabetes by the WHO, campaign posters, case studies, videos and info on how to promote World Health Day in your area are available here.

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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.

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#owndancefloor comes to Glasgow & Derby Film Festival

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.

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As ever, keep an eye on the website or follow @owndancefloor on twitter for updates

Do You Own The Dancefloor – Official trailer from Do You Own The Dancefloor? on Vimeo.

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We won two Awards! Young Businessperson of the Year & International Trade!

Heehaw was delighted to win two awards at the prestigious Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

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

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”

Additional Information:

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

Michael and Penny collect the aawad on behalf of Toby Trueman

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We’re up for awards!

Proud to announce that Heehaw have been nominated for two awards at this years Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards!

The team have been nominated for:

International Trade, sponsored by Forth Ports

Young Businessperson of the Year, sponsored by University of Edinburgh
Business School & Edinburgh Research and Innovation, for our Creative Director, Toby Trueman

Ironically, Toby and Mally won’t be there, because they are away on an international filming trip, but Michael and Penny will be there representing the crew!

Best of luck to all the other nominees and what will surely be an excellent evening.


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Big announcement from Heehaw Films: The African Witchfinder

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!


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All the best for 2016!

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!

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