The Sound of the Festive Season – Directors Cut

In the run up to Christmas, brands are always seeking new ways to send season’s greetings. Here’s how Big Communications and their client Harley-Davidson EMEA send theirs! Part of a Europe wide message, the film features a shiny new Harley-Davidson® and a rider with a rare musical talent.

Advertising Agency: Big Communications
Director: Paul Griffin
DOP: Ian Winstanley
Camera Assistant: John Palmer
Assistant: Andy Davies
Location: One Zero One The Studio Ltd

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This is Birmingham

In May of this year Blue Gecko Studios were commissioned by Cogent Elliott and Marketing Birmingham to shoot a 30 second commercial for Birmingham with accompanying still photography for wider campaign uses.

The aim of the film is to showcase Birmingham and everything it has to offer in tourism and culture in 30 seconds. The visual trick in itself has been visited by others previously to great effect but applying the technique to one city is fresh and really makes Birmingham look individual and distinctive. The ad has been broadcast as part of the ICC Champions Trophy beamed to cricket fans all over the world. The estimated reach being as high as 1 billion viewers.

The ad stars Chelsea Killarney of Alan Sharman Agency, who over 5 days / 60 hours filming; walked more than 7km across 43 locations, had 35 costume changes, and wore 10 different pairs of shoes.



Credits Advertising Agency: Cogent Elliott, Birmingham, UK
Starring: Chelsea Killarney
Director: Paul Griffin
Producer: Lucy Webb
Art Director: Jason Vinciguerra
DOP: Ian Winstanley
Camera Operator: Radford Nicholls
Camera Assistant: John Palmer
Make-up / Stylist: Danni Smith
Assistant Stylist: Casey Hennessy
Casting: Alan Sharman

Director: Paul Griffin
DOP: Ian Winstanley


The Manifesto

In December Blue Gecko Studios worked for McCann PR Birmingham on a project for Chevrolet FC. The film shows well known players from Manchester United and Liverpool FC talking about the greatness of their club, symbolising the club’s unity through Chevrolet’s sponsorship and their historic rivalry. The film is has been released on social platforms to publicise their derby match in 2013.

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Jaguar XF Reveal

In May we volunteered our services to Jaguar Land Rover and UK based charity Future Talent, a charity supporting and nurturing young musicians. JLR donated a brand new Jaguar XF for silent auction to help raise money for the charity.
The event could not physically accommodate the car so we were asked to provide a 60 second film unveiling the XF to bidders, plus photography for a flyer.

The car featured is an XF Portfolio in lunar grey.

Big thanks to Junction 11 for donating studio space.

Director: Paul Griffin
DOP: Ian Winstanley


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Ford Accident Repair

This is our first official project, commissioned by Palmer Hargreaves for Ford. Ford’s accident management service provides hassle free solutions to their customers in event of a car accident.

Our brief was to supply a 50” commercial spot with still photography to accompany the campaign. The shoot took place in Daventry and Birmingham over 2 days.

The creative features a customer relaxing at home whilst the dependable team at Ford take care of everything.




Director: Paul Griffin
DOP: Ian Winstanley