ISSOS Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Heehaw

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.”

ISSOS Classroom

For more information about ISSOS please visit: https://www.issos.com/

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Heehaw creates promotional film with Underbelly for Edinburgh Christmas

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.”

Edinburgh Christmas Family

Edinburgh’s Christmas runs until 7 January 2017.

Edinburgh Christmas Setting

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Prestigious award win for Create Edinburgh video campaign

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.

Heehaw Awards

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.


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StructureTone taking Time-Lapse to the next level with Heehaw

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.”


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Heehaw & Busabout Vloggers launch 2017 Campaign video

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.”

Amanda McCann, Senior Marketing Manager – Busabout Travel

For more information about Busabout Travel please visit: http://www.busabout.com/


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Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels appoints Heehaw as video partner

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.

Crieff Hydro - Main Entrance

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:


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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…