Don't Blend In - Use Film to Stand Out 

The creative, organisational and business needs should all be considered in the filmmaking process. The correct balance is needed to produce an eye-catching film delivered on time and on budget whilst fulfilling business objectives. 

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"We've now used the shortstories' team on a number of projects and they've been nothing short of exceptional. They took the time to truly understand our objectives and this is reflected in the results their work has produced."
Tara Dillon
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Frequently Asked Questions

These are just a few of our most common FAQs. For a much deeper dive into our experience, why not take a look at our Knowledge Base?

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How much does film (and animation) production cost?

The budgets we have worked with have ranged from between £500 and £41,000. Once we know the parameters of the project, we create a proposal with a defined budget. We have never gone over budget on a project. There are a number of variable factors a client needs to consider when deciding on their budget level: how many shoot days and locations there will be, the duration of the film, the complexity of the edit, etc. We explain more here.

How large is your crew for filming?

We keep crew sizes as small as possible in order to improve communication and to get the most from a client’s budget. We usually supply a 2 person crew but this may become 3 or 4 if the job requires any specialist kit such as a drone or an autocue. We make sure that the Producer/Director and Camera Operator bring years of industry experience.

In these roles in particular, we find that a high level of expertise is invaluable to ensure a high quality end product delivered on budget and on schedule. We explain more here.

What does the film production process involve?

Every project is different, but broadly speaking the production process can be broken down into three phases:

Pre-production: We work with you to learn all about your business and together define what it is you need from film. Some of the questions we might explore are: who is your target audience? What platforms do you want to publish on? What are the key messages you want to communicate? From there we’ll create an outline and/or detailed script, confirm budgets and arrange any filming dates with you.

Production: AKA ‘filming’. This is the bit most people think of when they talk about creating films. Our crew will capture all the required footage – such as interviews, event footage or product demonstrations. We might film at your premises, at our studio or at some other locations relevant to the films messages.

Post-production: Once we’ve captured all the footage we’ll get to work on the edit, crafting the footage into a coherent narrative and adding graphics, titles and music as appropriate. You’ll have a chance to review one or more drafts and give feedback before everything is finalised. Check out our post on Film production for Business to see these stages put into action.

How much input do you require from us?

At the outset, we’ll arrange a meeting and/or ask you to complete a short questionnaire to help us understand the project requirements from a predominantly business point of view. From there we will provide options for a creative approach for you to approve. We then consult you on scripting, filming and editing.

We’ll keep you informed at every step of the video production process. The stages for animation production are very similar. In the early stages we will also create style frames for you to choose from.  Once again, we keep in close contact with you so that you feel assured the project is meeting (and hopefully exceeding)  your requirements.

What about graphics and branding?

We know the importance of working within your brand guidelines. We will ask you to supply all the logos and assets we may need at an early stage. We will double check with you to ensure compliance. We want to ensure you are happy with the look and feel of all graphics, motion graphics and branding.

Many Happy Customers

Elise Black, PwC
"Phil at shortstories' worked on the PwC account for over three years on a range of high profile film projects and animations. The content we need to communicate is often complex and technical and requires exceptional creative minds to bring our messages to life in an engaging and impactful way. Our strategic objectives were met. The process was done smoothly and enjoyably and the outputs were innovative and effective - I can not recommend him highly enough."
Leigh Matty , Founder of Just Voices
"We decided to make a short film of our business which we could promote and share on social media platforms. We didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a great experience! shortstories filmed us in our office, and brought out the right ethos and atmosphere of our staff and place of work. We are so happy with the end result! The film perfectly represents us with the personality that we wanted. I highly recommend them."
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We want the client to get a film that will be of greatest use to them. We create films that leave your audience thinking and feeling the way you want them to, using a style and technique appropriate for them.
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Sarah Wall
Director LeadEQ
"We've never made a film like this before we were nervous and set out to find a partner we could work with who had expert knowledge, patience, experience and great ideas.  shortstories delivered this and more..."
Mike Arthur
Director Design MAD Ltd
"I have never been in front of a camera I don’t really like to hear or see myself, but for years my business advisor nagged me to get a video. I couldn’t believe that I was looking at us, our team, our work and that it had me in it! is a million times better than I can ever have imagined. Just amazing..."
Harriet Barnett
Founder of Maddox
"We approached shortstories' to help us create an engaging video to communicate our marketing agency name change. They got the brief perfectly, worked efficiently and turned around the filming and editing in a short space of time. What a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend them."
Neil Williams
Captain - British Army
"I was the lead for the British Army on two film projects we completed with shortstories. On each occasion, shortstories proved themselves professional, creative and resourceful. The films made complicated ideas accessible, understandable and relevant to a broad audience and have helped the British Army improve its training procedures and recruit retention rate. I would wholeheartedly recommend shortstories'."
Kris Radlinski
CEO - Wigan Warriors
"May I firstly start by congratulating you on a marvellous piece of work. I must have watched it 50 times over the last 48 hours. It is a timeless piece of work that is a gift to our town. The weight of responsibility of 150 years of Wigan history is on us. That may scare some folk, but not us. Wiganers were born to thrive under this pressure."
Liz Keeble
Chief Operating Officer
"...Phil, it’s amazing. It actually brought me to tears. It’s so dynamic and rich and really reflects what we do. Absolutely love it!! Top job!!!"
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We like to help our clients squeeze as much value from their budgets as possible. A small, expert crew that knows each other well and has the client’s interests at heart, is a great way of doing this.
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