What a year it’s been for Bullet, growing faster than ever before, expanding the team and looking forward to lots of exciting plans for 2019! As it’s the time of year for traditional ‘round robins’, we thought we’d highlight a few things we’ve been up to over the past 12 months and the variety of work we’ve enjoyed. A massive thank you to all our wonderful clients and partners and we look forward to working with you all over the next 12 months too!
First up, at the beginning of the year, was David Philpott's music video we created for his charity single to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. What an emotional shoot that was and a great cause to be part of.
We then followed the incredible work that Saints Foundation do in the community and filmed their relationship with the Big Issue, which went on to scoop a Gold award at the Sports Business Awards. Needless to say, we were very proud to be part of that journey! We also filmed a variety of other campaigns for the Foundation, including their ‘Saints Together Week’, ‘Soccer Schools’ and the ‘Big Sleep Out 2018’, designed to raise awareness of homelessness in the city.
As one of our major clients, Southampton Football Club has continued to be a pleasure to work with. Particular highlights for us this year include the partnership work with sponsor Sure, the Corporate Hospitality promotion and, of course, the recent recreation of the iconic goal with Rickie Lambert as part of the SportPesa Kits for Africa campaign.
We were thrilled to be asked to work on a mini documentary with Southampton FC for etoro, talking about the best transfers over the years, and we got to interview some Saints legends!
Whilst on the subject of football, we were delighted to work with AFC Totton to help launch the ‘Football Family’, with a video telling the story of two individuals who have been helped massively by the organisation, which supports football players who don’t quite make the cut into the professional world. What an insight into these youngsters and the opportunities that the Football Family can give them.
For something a bit different, we enabled a new musical project to achieve their dream by harnessing the power of video! From an initial film to launch a crowd-funding campaign, they secured enough funds to put on a trial show in London. We then produced multiple social media videos during rehearsals to raise the profile of the project in the run up to the one-off July performance. The event was a sell-out, and, on the back of this performance, we’re pleased to hear that ‘The 43 Club’ is now securing a slot in a major London theatre. What a great success story and lovely to be able to have been there from the very start!
Now onto washing machines and Miele, one of our long-term clients, have kept us busy behind the scenes, touring round all the dealers in the country to make individual testimonial videos for each. We were honoured to join the company on a trip to Germany at the beginning of the year, as one of their partners, to ensure we were all working off the same page and very much part of the ‘Miele team’. We’ve also enjoyed working with local Miele dealer, SLS, on a number of projects, and have seen them grow from strength to strength over the last few years.
Other interesting jobs we’ve worked on include the corporate culture film for Highfield Professional Solutions, promoting the fact that it is such a great place to work (and having seen it first hand, we believe it is too!).
And then, possibly the most fun we’ve had this year is filming for JaJa - a new mobile credit card company that wanted to show some ‘extreme user testing’ of how easy it was to access the credit. We filmed real-life people using the app in extreme situations, which included being shot at by paintballs, speeding down the River Thames and free falling in a sky diving simulator!
Not forgetting of course, our celebrity friend, Iwan Thomas, who asked us to create a different take on his ‘baby reveal’ video. His exciting arrival is coming early next year so we send him lots of best wishes for fatherhood.
As for next year at the Bullet studio, we’re having a bit of a refit, including new carpets throughout (but Rusty the dog is not allowed to christen them!) and we are very excited about a new member of the filming and editing team, who will be joining us in January!
We have a bunch of varied projects lined up to reveal in the new year - watch this space for more from Saints and Miele and some interesting launch films for a new dating website. We have some lovely promos for a chiropractor, children’s entertainer and a bridal studio and some great social media content for a new personal trainer launch. We also have the release of a new short film we’ve been working on.
For now, it’s on to the big responsibility of filming the Christmas production for Matt's children’s school - featuring reindeer, baby Jesus and of course a few carrots and broccolis thrown in for good measure! This won’t be for public release sadly (and unlikely to feature on our big budget show reel!) but a great memory for parents to keep and a good deed done for the school...Santa, we hope you’re reading this!
On behalf of the team at Bullet we wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019.