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About The Light Side

We're filmmakers to the core and back in 2005 we moved into a little office in sunny Bournemouth with the hope of being enthused by a growing creative community… but that's not to say a beach didn’t influence that decision as well.

Shortly after, a steady flow of knocks on the door came from local businesses looking to tell their stories and showcase their brands to the world. We couldn't resist! So we formed The Light Side, a company dedicated to telling those stories in a cool, professional and engaging way.

Since then, we're still the filmmakers we always were but we've just grown a little… and moved closer to the beach. Now, with our 12-strong team of dedicated production and post-production professionals, we think we're more equipped than ever before to tell your stories. Just check out some of the content we've produced for brands such as Mizuno, JP Morgan, Kraft, The Ritz, The RNLI and Wyke Farms.

Give us a ring on 01202 297009 and let’s get the ball rolling… or the camera… sorry :-)

Services

Whilst we often work with brands directly, we also fully understand the agency/client relationship and subsequently pride ourselves on producing cutting edge content with total peace of mind for all involved. We appreciate that moving image content quite often plays a small role in a much larger campaign and at a time when you need all the supplier support you can get, our team goes to great lengths to ensure your creative is adhered to and delivered with minimal fuss.

We love the moving image and can create anything from live action to bespoke style animation. As creative innovators, with roots in television and feature-film production, we endeavour to apply our experience, contacts and passion to everything we produce whether its viral video, corporate doc or promo film.

Check out our sister company White Lantern Film for references to our work for broadcast and film.

Facilities

We're a full service commercial production company in the heart of Bournemouth, with our own wholesome post-production facilities on site including:

  • » On-line broadcast edit suite
  • » 3 x Off-line editing suites
  • » Animation and Motion Graphic Studio
  • » Screening Room

The majority of post-production jobs can be completed internally by our experienced team of editors, digital designers, visual effects supervisors and animators. Our clients are also welcome to sit in with the editor throughout the project assembly process.

Alongside our post-production facilities, is our in-house production management and administration team, vastly knowledgeable in all things production-related like location management, casting, contracting, licensing and all other things less visually exciting but equally important.

But more important than all that, we've got a fantastic kitchen so why not pop along for a cuppa and check it all out!

  • Adam J Merrifield
    Founder & Senior Producer

    With a strong independent film and theatre background I created The Light Side with Dan to bring our experience of producing creative content to businesses and brands. I am a passionate producer and enjoy telling stories which capture our imagination and inspire audiences. I love exploring new techniques and enjoy working with talented individuals to explore content creation and new technologies.

    Fave Film: There’s a lot out there, finding one is hard so I default to Alien, Elephant, Transamerica and a little Australian film called Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
    Fave TV: I’m a big fan of US comedy and drama, currently watching The Big C, House and 30 Rock alongside BBC and C4 documentaries from True Stories to Horizon.
    Fave promo/viral: Two adverts stand out, BA “To Fly. To Serve” and at Christmas the John Lewis commercial “Gifts” great stories which reinforce two great British brands.

  • Dan Pringle
    Founder & Creative Director

    I started off working as a script development officer with BBC writer Jonathan Harvey on various comedy series before moving on to set up The Light Side in 2008 alongside developing independent feature film. I'm a lover of classic style and solid storytelling and these two principles are normally found at the core of everything we produce for our clients.

    Fave Film: Dead Man’s Shoes, Considine delivers the greatest leading performance in modern day cinema…no understatement.
    Fave TV: The office, just pure genius and the defining programme of a generation.
    Fave Promo/viral: Probably our viral for Mizuno with FC Porto's Hulk…I share his anticipation in my non-league changing room!

  • Elaine Davey
    Office Manager

    Prior to joining the team at The Light Side I was an Events Manager and Music Promoter. I am lucky enough to have organised events and gigs working with musicians from Pink Floyd, Wings, Oasis and the Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck Bands. Joining The Light Side was a really exciting opportunity for me, being in such a creative environment with such talented people is an amazing experience and makes everyday different.

    Fave Film: Monty Python Holy Grail is brilliant, Dirty Dancing a girlie fav, Spinal Tap of course and anything with Johnny Depp in it, I think he’s great.
    Fave TV: I liked Extras, Ricky Gervais is brilliant and I am partial to a bit of Diagnosis Murder or Murder She Wrote!
    Fave promo/viral: I like the Meerkat ads, they are just fab, really clever advertising. I have been known to compare the odd meerkat or two on-line myself.

  • Will Shutt
    Production Manager

    I was lucky enough to have numerous opportunities working and taking part in various film and media based community projects as I was growing up and haven't looked back. Recently graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production I have become a regular fixture at all things White. My passion lies in creating content that leaves a lasting impression whether it's an artistic or entertainment endeavour.

    Fave Film: From a producers/production stance it has to be the little Irish Film 'Once' that went beyond everyone's expectations.
    Fave TV: "I'm Garth Marenghi. Author. Dreamweaver. Visionary. Plus actor. You're about to enter the world of my imagination. You are entering my Darkplace." - If you know this then we will get along.
    Fave promo/viral: Not so much a viral but surely James Bonds entry with the Queen for LDN 2012 Olympics was marketing gold.

  • Doug Brown
    Animator

    Originally from Leicester, I came to Bournemouth to attend Bournemouth University. I graduated in November 2013, receiving a 2:1 for 3D CGI Modelling and Animation. After graduation I worked on a university project for Boots Pharmacy creating animations and compositing videos promoting health improvement for people, a project that I found really interesting. In my spare time I have been known to play the odd game of tennis and have even done a bit of DJ’ing. I joined the Light Side in October 2013 as an Animator. I really enjoy working with everyone at the Light Side and I particularly enjoy collaborating with them on new projects. Exciting times ahead!

    Fave Film: Léon: The Professional
    Fave TV: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
    Fave promo/viral: “What Barry Says” by Simon Robson at Knife Party - highly recommend!

  • Kristian Berg
    New Business Development Manager

    I graduated university in 2012, with a degree in Film Production, from the Arts University Bournemouth. For the next year and a half I worked within sales and marketing in Bergen, Norway specialising in prospecting and cold calling new business, a role that taught me a lot about the B2B world. This experience prepared me perfectly for the job I started at the Light Side in January 2014 as New Business Development Manager where I have the opportunity to combine my love of film and my sales experience. It’s a perfect fit for me.

    Fave Film: Lost Highway (1997) Being a huge David Lynch fan.
    Fave TV: Doctor Who.
    Fave promo/viral: Old Spice: I’m on a horse! He’s on a horse!

  • Laura Johnson
    Junior Editor

    I come from Puddletown (don’t worry, no one else has heard of it either). After making promotional videos for bands and festivals whilst at school I developed an interest in animation and experimental uses of film. Six years later The Light Side took me on as part of their post-production team, hopefully they’ll have me for a bit longer yet.

    Fave Film: A Beautiful Mind for the stunning storytelling; Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who for its delicious silliness.
    Fave TV: Miranda. Fantastically written. Such a simple concept that leaves me grinning like a loon to myself for days.
    Fave Promo/viral: The banking one with the big waterslide around the city. I’d like to swap commutes, please.

  • Jethro Lent
    Apprentice Office Manager

    Prior to coming to the Light Side I had tried my hand at a number of different types of work, from sales and retail to being a carer in a care home and working with children in a day care centre. I joined the Light side in October 2013 on a Business Apprenticeship and I love it! Joining the Light Side team has been a really exciting experience and opportunity for me. I have a love for the performing arts and a keen interest in how movies are made. I feel right at home in the company.

    Fave Film: Napoleon Dynamite.
    Fave TV: Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Top Boy.
    Fave Promo/viral: It’s got to be Three’s - The Pony #DancePonyDance viral vids.

White Lantern Film

Our sister company, White Lantern Film, has a wealth of knowledge from feature film, documentary and broadcast production. White Lantern Film is also part of the BFI Film Academy, inspiring talented young film makers and supporting the local film industry in our home town Bournemouth through B-Reel, a regular film networking and screening event. For more info check out www.getinsidemovies.co.uk.

The two companies are strategically aligned and with a broad range of experience we can help you with more than just video content... so just talk to us about your business needs.

  • South West Museums

    Project

    Video Podcast Series

    The brief

    To create a series of informative advocacy videos presenting the museums of the South West and the various exhibits that have been displayed for the public.

    The result

    The podcast series was able to successfully promote the activity of the museums and raise awareness of the importance of ongoing funding from both the commercial and public sectors.

    Behind the scenes

    Filming with museums opens the doors to a thousand and one fascinating insights, but none more so than the restoration of an Egyptian sarcophagus in the Royal Cornwall Museum.

  • Kraft

    Project

    Philadelphia Young Chef Competition promotional film

    The brief

    To engage audiences by successfully capturing the essence of the Kraft Philadelphia competition and encourage further engagement with the brand online.

    The result

    Through a successfully integrated marketing campaign within the culinary industries, the promotional film was able to significantly increase visitor traffic and dwell time on the Kraft Professional site.

    Behind the scenes

    We also facilitated a live broadcast of the final of the competition on the day of the event, which combined insight into the behind the scenes kitchen environment and the reaction from the judges.

  • SONY - PULSE

    Project

    Pulse Brand Film

    The brief

    To produce a slick portfolio based film highlighting various features of the Sony owned company's interactive live sports offering.

    The result

    The pulse team were delighted with the completed film and went about integrating with all their internal and external communications.

    Behind the scenes

    The showreel was first screened as part of Sony's unveiling at the prestigious digital industry conference NAB in Las Vegas.

  • Wyke Farms

    Project

    12 Days of Christmas social video campaign

    The brief

    We were approached by Creative Agency Thinking Juice to create 12 x 1 minute episodes showcasing Wyke Farm’s 150 year old family-run business, to be released in the run up to Christmas.

    The result

    The videos assisted in significantly raising Wyke Farm’s profile on Facebook.

    Behind the scenes

    Whilst driving around the Brue Valley, we found our production vehicle helplessly stuck in the Wiltshire mud forcing the crew to march up several hills with all the kit!

  • The Staff Canteen

    Project

    Featured Chef, monthly branded entertainment series

    The brief

    To produce a highly entertaining branded entertainment series presenting the behind the scenes environments of the world’s finest Michelin-starred kitchens, to engage the culinary industries and promote the online social network the Staff Canteen.

    The result

    Over the course of two years the Featured Chef series was able to develop an online following of over 10,000 regular viewers from around the world.

    Behind the scenes

    Of all the dishes trailed, nothing left a more lasting impression than Raymond Blanc's own Pigeon baked in a pastry crust.

  • Farrow and Ball

    Project

    The Fable of The Painted Door

    The brief

    To create an inspiring and engaging 'do it yourself' film for prestigious lifestyle brand Farrow & Ball.

    The result

    Following it's YouTube Launch, the film went on to notch up plus 8,000 natural views in under 5 days.

    Behind the scenes

    The film was actually shot on one of the dullest drizzly winter days but thanks to the superb camera and lighting team, a bright and sunny setting was magically manifested.

  • Courtney Thorne/Samsung

    Project

    Courtney Thorne System Demo film

    The brief

    We were approached by design agency Make Studio to facilitate their post production requirements on a slick and contemporary demonstration film. This included the bringing to life of all creative motion graphic elements.

    The result

    Used initially as a visual draw in for potential clients at trade exhibitions attended by Courtney Thorne and Samsung, the film was responsible for hooking in sizable crowds to gain a greater understanding of the featured system.

    Behind the scenes

    Working to an incredibly tight delivery schedule, the team were actually able to lock down certain sequences in post before filming had even completed.

  • Brands

    Creating award-winning content for brands is what we do every day, we just love it! Check out a handful of some of our most successful projects by clicking left or right on our rotating case study wheel of visuals.

  • GARMIN

    Project

    The Ride

    The brief

    We were approached by creative agency Make Studios to conceive and produce a film that captured the beauty and tranquillity of an amateur cycle ride. The film needed to feature the Edge 500 a sophisticated sat-nav for bikes allowing for real time social networking.

    The result

    Combining a simple yet endearing narrative with slick motion graphics, the finished film was successfully used as part of an online product launch campaign.

    Behind the scenes

    Filmed over several days in Southern England, the crew experienced nearly every available weather type over the course of the shoot including a snap hail storm that made cycling near on impossible.

  • Mizuno

    Project

    Mizuno Swimwear film

    The brief

    We were approached by Creative Agency Thinking Juice to create a film lead by Mizuno brand ambassadors Fred Bousquet and Will Meynard presenting the loneliness of competitive training and preparation.

    The result

    A highly stylised and emotive micro-documentary format which received acclaim for its insightful portrayal of the lives of professional sportsmen.

    Behind the scenes

    Whilst both Fred and Will comprise the French swimming team, the viral was actually shot on location entirely in Manchester.

  • Mizuno

    Project

    Supersonic II Football Boot viral

    The brief

    We were approached by creative agency Thinking Juice to create a highly stylised video showcasing the feather touch system of the Supersonic boot with a medical science theme.

    The result

    Ranked as the most watched sports video on YouTube within a week of its release.

    Behind the scenes

    A very fun viral to develop and deliver. Nevertheless the team just couldn't help but have a kick about when all was wrapped even if they were still in the studio!.

  • Drying for Freedom

    Project

    2D animated documentary sequence

    The brief

    To produce a concise animated sequence showcasing the way in which Housing Associations impose laws and restrictions upon home owners in the US.

    The result

    A highly engaging sequence that captured the attention of the documentary’s audience, and was acknowledged as being amongst other animations a highlight of the film.

    Behind the scenes

    The editing team always enjoy making a good video, especially self-developed project such as this one.

  • Westover Group

    Project

    Twin Sails Bridge Viral

    The brief

    To create a viral video for The Westover Group featuring their fleet of vehicles crossing the south's iconic twin sails bridge.

    The result

    Capitalising on an experiential PR event for the Westover Group, the viral was able to generate significant sales interest in the group online in tandem with the unveiling of the bridge itself.

    Behind the scenes

    The day following the viral shoot, it was revealed that the bridge itself actually had a major structural fault that would prevent it being open to the public for several weeks to come as it was deemed dangerously unsafe!

  • Bournemouth University

    Project

    Nessa the Camel

    The brief

    To produce a short character based animation for Bournemouth Universities NSS campaign.

    The result

    The video helped to significantly raise awareness of the NSS survey amongst students and increase early completion rates.

    Behind the scenes

    Nessa The Camel went through an abundance of names changes in an early conceptual phase, Boris and Colin being two that were destined not to stick.

  • SONY - HAWKEYE

    Project

    Hawkeye Brand Film

    The brief

    To produce a dynamic and engaging brand film using existing sports footage of Hawkeye's tracking technology for the Sony owned company.

    The result

    With a fairly open brief we went about creating a showreel that whilst on brand, delivered a high impact insight into the various uses of the Hawkeye system.

    The showreel was first screened as part of Sony's unveiling at the prestigious digital industry conference NAB in Las Vegas.

Contact

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info@lightsideproductions.co.uk
01202 297 009

The Light Side
The Corner House
1 – 3 Poole Hill
Bournemouth BH2 5PW

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