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Stewart Macfarlane

Creative Director/Founder/ Adventure Advocate

Very much the action man, Stewart feels right at home operating the camera in any situation and his best work is a combination of his passion for film with extreme sports, including cycling, surfing and climbing. Stewart is constantly thinking about how to drive Soup forward and accomplishing our aspirations to work with the brands we love. With his many years of experience across all sectors of film production, directing a wide range of projects from TV commercials and programmes to Winter holiday films and global blue chip corporate films, Stewart’s artistic flair and knowledge is second to none.

Garan Rushton

Creative Director/Founder/ Surfer

Garan’s creativity spans across disciplines of brand and identity, print and web design; to motion design including video, graphics, 3D and compositing high-end films. Attention to detail is evident in everything he produces. When he’s not in his studio in Cardiff, Garan loves to be outdoors and comes from a remote area of Wales surrounded by beautiful mountains and beach scenery. A keen sportsman, his hobbies include mountain biking, snow boarding and surfing.

Emma Garland

Video Catalyst/ Yogi

Emma’s our go-to person for everything. She keeps Soup, its clients and all the projects organised, drawing upon her many years’ experience in corporate communications. Emma is an excellent project manager, as well as having a keen eye for detail, she ensures our clients keep to schedule and budget and loves to share her wealth of knowledge to get the best out of every project. And on top of all that she’s also a qualified yoga teacher.

Emily Roberts

Junior Creative/ Sharp Shooter

Emily graduated from Aberystwyth University with First Class Honours in Film + TV having been home-schooled from a young age. While at University she was elected Media Officer of the archery team and was selected to go on a 5 month exchange to Hong Kong where she learnt how to eat with chopsticks and picked up a grand total of two words. She has many strings to her bow (figuratively and literally) such as graphic design, web design, photography, filmmaking and editing and has won numerous awards for these skills. Emily is our right hand woman for all things creative, be it animating, illustration, graphics, editing or behind the camera.

Outside of the editing suite, Emily enjoys archery and traveling with her camera all over the world to get that perfect shot.

Emily Kench

Social Wave Caster/ Blog Lover

Emily is Soup's very own marketing queen, with a keen eye for digital marketing, she's responsible for all our client's Video Marketing campaigns. As well as looking after our client's social media, Emily also updates the world on all that is Soup. Emily enjoys swimming, Pinning and being involved with various projects for local charities.

BECOME A WAVEMAKER/ We're on the lookout for more talent

Whether you’re freelance or looking for something more permanent, we’d love to hear from you. Whilst we’re a tight team, we work with lots of specialists, like animators, camera operators, sound recordists, copywriters, models, actors and voiceover artists.

Our people are well looked after with flexible working hours, ‘feeding’ days to keep the creative ideas flowing and fun-filled action-packed days out. For a glimpse behind the scenes at Soup, check out our blog.

Interested in becoming a Wavemaker? Then send us a kick-ass email, why you’re the one for us.

The Waves & The Waters Beyond

A video production, motion design & animation studio creating waves in the industry
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Video Production

Utilising the latest filming and editing techniques, we produce highly-engaging video productions that are not only informative but entertaining too.

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Animation Production

Whether it’s 2D illustrations or high-end 3D modelling & computer graphics, we’ll bring your story and video production to life.

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Drone Filming

Think high-end, high-tech drone footage that gives your aerial video that extra wow factor and shows real-time footage in 4K with a creative touch.

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Video Marketing

Digital video marketing is at the centre of our creative thinking to ensure you deliver those measurable analytics that are vital for new business development.

Designed with Passion

We seek to learn about your vision and your story, so ours and yours can work hand in hand. Creating a visually compelling representation of your brand that reflects who you are and what you do. Because together we work better.

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The waves

Through the power of beautiful film, engaging motion graphics and clever animation production, we’ll tell your story. Or as we see it Making waves.

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The waters beyond

Don’t let your waves peter out to nothing. Put your videos in front of the right audience to make sure your business is driving forward.

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At every step of the process, from planning to mastering, quality is always our main focus, ensuring a unique feel to every video production we produce.

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Imagination meets the professional, creativity meets the technical, contemporary meets the traditional.

OUR vision tells the story, YOUR story.

Stewart, Creative Director, Soup Creative

Our Portfolio of Work

Video production and animation creation are at the forefront of the digital revolution, changing the way in which we communicate. Video conveys complex messages and concepts easily, quickly and succinctly, engaging and inspiring your audience.

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iApply
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Ellesmere College – International Promotional College Film
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Intilery – The Art of Engagement
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Oliver James Associates – Mission, Vision & Values Campaign Animation
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#GetCovered Commercial for Bikmo Plus, Straight Talking Cycle Insurance
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Foresight Recruitment Solutions Promo Video
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University of Chester, Careers and Employability Film
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Velotech – Mobile Bike Maintenance – Promo Film
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Thornton Science Park Promotional Video for the University of Chester
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Bikmo Plus – straight-talking cycle insurance, designed by cyclists
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Balfour Beatty ‘Involved’ Animation
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ICAS Annual Review Video/Animation
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Cottages4You, Homeowner Explainer Promo Video
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Soup Creative visits Surf Snowdonia, A film by Ben Hanratty
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University of Chester, Chester Difference Award, Explainer Animation
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Menai Holidays, Video Marketing Campaign, Can You Handle It?
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Balfour Beatty, Our Core Values, Animation Video
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Lakelovers, Promotional Holiday Lets Video in the Lakes
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Lakelovers, Holiday Let Owners Explainer Video
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Imtech – In people we trust
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University Centre Shrewsbury Explainer Video, in collaboration with the University of Chester and Shropshire Council
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Lakelovers Holiday-Let 30 Second Ad for Waternook
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Scottish Cottages – Promotional Holiday Video
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HCR Explainer Animation Video
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Avecto Defendpoint Explainer Animation
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Music Video for OMD ‘Metroland’
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Cottages 4 You Home Owners’ Testimonial Film
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Riverside Innovation Centre – Create, Collaborate & Accelerate
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North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Promotional Film – Think Big, It’s Your Future
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Lakelovers, 30-second property video for Rosewood Cottage in the Lake District
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Community Integrated Care – Awards Night Event Video
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JD Williams Fashion /Retail Video Test Shoot
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Riverside Innovation Centre Explainer Video
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Mid Cheshire College, Media Course Video
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Moneypenny Testimonials – Event in a Tent
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Bikmo Explainer Film
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Plas Coch Holiday Homes – Promo Film
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Flexicare Laryngoscope – Product Video
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Truro High School – A Warm Welcome
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Scottish Cottages, Owners’ Information Video
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Call Conferencing Explainer /Promo Video
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Blueleaf – digital agency – promo video
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Up and Under Group winner of the High Sheriff’s Award 2013, in partnership with the University of Chester
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Moneypenny Testimonials – Leesman
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High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise, in partnership with the University of Chester – B&S Group
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Truro High School – Interview with the Headmistress
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Yorkshire Cottages, Summer Holiday-let Film
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CartPal Infographic Animation
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Kate Williams – A selfless act of support! Charity Video
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University of Chester, Green Chester
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Make Complex Simple
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iApply

Soup created a video for iApply with the focus of bringing ideas to life, making them more dynamic, interesting and engaging. In order to do this, we animated, moved and brought objects to life to create the most engaging video possible.

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Ellesmere College – International Promotional College Film

Soup created an International Students’ promo video for the prestigious, independent co-educational day and boarding school, Ellesmere College, based in rural northern Shropshire.

This smart animation production was animated in under 2 weeks, to raise awareness of the college, promote key messages and generate interest from international students aged 14-16 years and their parents, driving traffic to their website.

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Intilery – The Art of Engagement

Intilery are a team of marketers and developers obsessed with customer experience, fueled by innovation and inspired by their clients. They keep you on track ensuring you continually challenge your data, helping you find the insights that drive change through every function available. Soup worked with Intilery to create a video that successfully explained who they were and what they do whilst combining clever graphics with beautifully edited filming. This was filmed over two days in the studio and also in and around Chester city centre.

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Oliver James Associates – Mission, Vision & Values Campaign Animation

The award-winning headhunting firm, Oliver James Associates approached Soup Creative for a short, smart, engaging corporate animated video which communicated and resonated their Mission, Values and Vision. Soup created a seamless animation that tells a story and communicates a key message in an engaging way. Part of a global Communications Campaign which launched at the beginning of April, it was important that the animation worked with and without sound.

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#GetCovered Commercial for Bikmo Plus, Straight Talking Cycle Insurance

We had a lot of fun filming this slick, cycling insurance commercial for Bikmo Plus. We spent the day in a very shiny white studio with the straight talking, avid cyclists, only to obliterate it with a lot of mud, water, twigs and leaves! Keith was the unfortunate cyclist who had mud thrown at him by the Bikmo team and on his second day in his new job too. We have to say there was not much complaining on his part!

Our Junior Filmmaker, Ben, produced a neat little behind-the-scenes vid too. Don’t forget to check out this sneak peek at the Bikmo Plus team in action.

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Foresight Recruitment Solutions Promo Video

Check out our latest video for Foresight Recruitment Solutions, in collaboration with Entyce Creative. It was a great day out filming and capturing the vivid colours of their offices and putting them on screen. In addition, we had our animation guru, Garan work his magic with his motion tracking and animation compositing. We always believe that when live action filming and motion graphics are used together properly, it will always make the video far more effective.

University of Chester, Careers and Employability Film

Working with the University of Chester, always brings fun and interesting projects and this one is certainly right on key. We made this video entirely out of images and used a very talented, local voice over artist to get the future students motivated for the years ahead of them and passionate about their developing careers.

Velotech – Mobile Bike Maintenance – Promo Film

Our Summer Junior Filmmaker Ben Hanratty, was responsible for the creation, production and direction of this nifty film for the knowlegable guys at local Bike and Maintnenance Service Company, Velotech.

Ben, along with his trustee camera assistant, Olly had a great day out with Stru, from Velotech, filming all over the place, showing the convenience of having a mobile bike mechanic at your fingertips. It’s always fun working with new startups, as they are always companies we believe will be successful and there is a great need for their service and knowledge.

Filming took place in Llandegla, Llangollen and Chester.

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Thornton Science Park Promotional Video for the University of Chester

Over £7 million of investment has gone into transforming this previously owned Shell R&D facility into a high-tech science and engineering campus for the University of Chester. Thornton Science Park will help students achieve degrees which focus on real life problem-solving that will ultimately enable them to gain and build careers in well-needed, local and international science and engineering roles.

One of our more technically challenging video projects, we used our Sony F5 camera to film in a studio environment. This enabled us to carefully light each scene and utilise green screening for indepth graphic compositing. High-end 2D and 3D motion graphics were used in conjunction with 3D motion tracking to realistically integrate the graphics with the video and give the futuristic look we wanted to achieve.

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Bikmo Plus – straight-talking cycle insurance, designed by cyclists

Our good friends Bikmo recently teamed up with trusted insurance specialists, Hiscox, to create a straight-talking cyclist insurance. Bike nuts tend to look after their bikes so their vision is for simple, good value insurance that’s as easy to purchase as say, Netflix.

We created this 2-minute explainer video to clearly show, not only the benefits of this specialist cyclist insurance but also the type of company behind it. Dave, the founder of Bikmo, is an avid cyclist himself and he and all his staff really relate with the customers, so it made sense for Dave to present the video himself. Check out the cheeky cameo from Stew too!

Filmed throughout North Wales, Cheshire and Chester City Centre.

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Balfour Beatty ‘Involved’ Animation

Balfour Beatty commissioned Soup to create this 3-4 minute explainer animated video of their community investment programme, which launched in January 2015. The video needed to show how the company is becoming a more sustainable business by engaging local communities and supporting UK businesses and in particular SMEs. This was a particularly quick turn-around time with more hands on deck to meet the speedy deadline and deliver on time to our highest quality standards.

 

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ICAS Annual Review Video/Animation

ICAS commissioned Soup Creative to produce their 2014 Annual Review, which celebrated their 160th year. One day was spent filming in Edinburgh at the ICAS offices, interviewing the President and Chief Executive and capturing general office footage for future use. The interviews create the intro and outro for the main film and animation was designed and produced for the remaining bulk of the film, using motion graphics to emphasise highlights and stats throughout. We wanted to create a friendly and approachable feel to the film, so captured a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the start of each interview.

Film footage filmed in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Cottages4You, Homeowner Explainer Promo Video

The first of two films for Cottages4You, this video focused on explaining the Homeowner process to potential cottage owners. This was featured on the website as a promotional video with a call to action at the end, highlighting the unrivalled service and fantastic levels of bookings this leading holiday-let agency delivers.

The second film we created which focuses on the homeowners’ testimonials and can be viewed on Vimeo.

This film was created in-house by Soup Creative, including concepting, scripting, storyboarding, filming, project managing, editing, motion graphics/animation, audio recording, sourcing music and a professional voiceover.

Soup Creative visits Surf Snowdonia, A film by Ben Hanratty

Stew and Garan from Soup Creative spent their Monday at the newly opened Surf Snowdonia. One of the first inland Surf Lagoons in the world! They may have been a bit rusty, but they still had some great fun which you can watch here in slow motion!

No doubt they will be back soon!

This film was produced and created by Ben Hanratty, Soup’s ever so talented Summer Junior Filmmaker. Watch this space as he’s coming to London to study a BA in Film & Television at University Arts London.

Film footage filmed in Dolgarrog, North Wales @Surf Snowdonia.

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University of Chester, Chester Difference Award, Explainer Animation

Our latest video animation for the University of Chester was created to promote the Chester Difference Award. An award designed to encourage students to undertake more activities in order to enhance their future employability. University of Chester students can be really industrious so it’s great to see them rewarded for their hard work.

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Menai Holidays, Video Marketing Campaign, Can You Handle It?

This fun and action-packed video was put together to create both, short and long version promotional videos for the friendly folk at holiday letting specialists, Menai Holidays. The brief was to produce a quirky and engaging video that would be marketed online through video marketing to increase their brand awareness and boost their conversions and click-throughs to the website. The focus was on the people and the adventures they can have on a Menai Holiday. It was great fun filming this at the beach, in the water and in particular, on the giant swing! (Extra camera insurance was needed for this one! Yikes!)

 

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Balfour Beatty, Our Core Values, Animation Video

The foundation of this video is based around a few core interviews with some of Balfour Beatty’s members of staff. The core values of Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence and Respect are spoken about throughout the interviews and are then highlighted throughout the film with effective motion graphics, along with cutaways of other team members.

Filming for the video footage took place in several locations, including the Midlands, Manchester and London.

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Lakelovers, Promotional Holiday Lets Video in the Lakes

Lakelovers approached us to create two main films; one key video to promote their holiday cottages and a second video to explain the advantages of marketing your own holiday home through Lakelovers. As part of this project, we also created six individual short films which focuses on five local businesses that are part of Lakelovers’ ‘Recommends’ scheme. These businesses are recommended to the company’s guests and include the oh so yummy cafe, Chesters by the River; the fun off-roading guys at Kankku; the lovely people at Ullswater Steamboats and the adventurous Tree-top Trek folk.

Film footage shot in Ambleside, Ullswater and Windermere, Lake District, United Kingdom.

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Lakelovers, Holiday Let Owners Explainer Video

Lakelovers approached us to create two main films; one key video to promote their holiday cottages and a second video to explain the advantages of marketing your own holiday home through Lakelovers. As part of this project, we also created six individual short films which focuses on five local businesses that are part of Lakelovers’ ‘Recommends’ scheme. These businesses are recommended to the company’s guests and include the oh so yummy cafe, Chesters by the River; the fun off-roading guys at Kankku; the lovely people at Ullswater Steamboats and the adventurous Tree-top Trek folk.

The Owner Explainer video was filmed in one of Lakelovers 5-star holiday lets, located in the heart of the Lakes. We feature an interview with one of its long-standing holiday let owners, along with edits from some of the amazing things to do and see in the Lakes.

All film footage shot in the Lake District, England, United Kingdom.

Imtech – In people we trust

We have done a lot of varied work for Imtech, including Motion Posters and several videos over the years. With offices all over the world, Imtech wanted an insightful video showing their hard-working and dedicated team. We interviewed several staff at various locations and talked to each about why they like working at Imtech.

University Centre Shrewsbury Explainer Video, in collaboration with the University of Chester and Shropshire Council

Another film for the University of Chester, Soup Creative produced this Summer, is this beautiful life-style promotional film for a new University Centre in Shrewsbury. The University of Chester and Shropshire Council are working in collaboration to deliver an exceptional higher education centre in Shrewsbury to encourage local students to stay in the area, gain their qualifications and go on to develop their career working with some of the fantastic local companies in Shropshire.

We wanted to make sure the stunning architecture in Shrewsbury, as well as the beautiful surrounding rural rolling hills were all included.

A special thanks to the smiley student faces at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Lindsay at Golden Kite Solutions and Liz at Morris Property.

Lakelovers Holiday-Let 30 Second Ad for Waternook

Lakelovers, a long-standing client of Soup’s, wanted a 30-second video to show one of thier more luxurious cottages, Waternook. A short video showing off the properties features is a great way to entice guests and really show the true potential of what a holiday in one of these cottages might be like, come rain or shine.
Film footage filmed in Ullswater, Lake District, England.

Scottish Cottages – Promotional Holiday Video

So many reasons to love Scotland. Wecertainly fell in love when we shot this short film. Our latest video produced for Regional Cottages, this feature on Scotland shows just a glimpse of what’s on offer when you stay with Scottish Cottages. Filmed on the Island of Skye and the Loch Lomond region, we hope it makes you want to jump in the car and head to Scotland. Every time we watch it, we have to hide Stew’s car keys other wise we would never see him again!

HCR Explainer Animation Video

HCR Group is one of the UK’s largest and most successful companies providing UK and International Employee Relocation, together with property related services. This short explainer video was put together to highlight their service excellence by focusing on the needs of the individual and how they tailor to each person’s specific circumstances.

Avecto Defendpoint Explainer Animation

Defendpoint is Avecto’s revolutionary endpoint security software that protects businesses from today’s advanced threats. By combining Privilege Management, Application Control and Sandboxing in one integrated solution, helping customers achieve simple yet holistic defense in depth.

 

Music Video for OMD ‘Metroland’

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), a new wave/synthpop group formed in 1978, from the Wirral Peninsula, North West England, wanted a music video for their song, Metroland…..This animated music video was created in collaboration with Dave Byrne at Chasing Light.

Cottages 4 You Home Owners’ Testimonial Film

Several home owner testimonials were filmed for this 3 minute, 44 second long video, highlighting the benefits of having such a great holiday cottage agency on board. Cottages 4 You deliver fantastic levels of bookings and unrivalled service to all their owners. This was the second film we created which focuses on the owners’ testimonials.

The first of two films for Cottages4You which focused on explaining the Homeowner process to potential cottage owners can be viewed here.

Riverside Innovation Centre – Create, Collaborate & Accelerate

For our second project for the Riverside Innovation Centre, Soup Creative were asked to create and produce a short film to promote the Venture 3 programme for budding entrepreneurs. The film takes a look at three individuals who are currently on the Venture 3 programme, running their own businesses.

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Promotional Film – Think Big, It’s Your Future

This fun and student-friendly video was filmed over two days, at two different campuses, following several students around the college glimpsing into their daily lives at the College. A super-organised project meant this project was wrapped up and complete within just two weeks of filming. We used our Sony F5 to capture beautiful slow-mo shots to express the students personality, highlighting a relaxed surrounding, that encourages students to grow and develop in an environment that is focused on their future goals and achievements.

Lakelovers, 30-second property video for Rosewood Cottage in the Lake District

Lakelovers, a long-standing client of Soup’s, wanted a 30-second video to show one of thier more luxurious cottages. A short video showing off the properties features is a great way to entice guests and really show the true potential of what a holiday in one of these cottages might be like, come rain or shine.
Film footage filmed in Ambleside, Lake District, England.

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Community Integrated Care – Awards Night Event Video

Making this video for CIC really gave our animation skills a good workout. It’s always great bringing our Animations to life by using a professional voice actor, like Criag Charles, it always helps to add a warm side to our CGI. Enjoy!

JD Williams Fashion /Retail Video Test Shoot

We had the chance to shoot this commercial in a studio in Manchester for JD Williams. We were really happy with the results we got by using some great LED lighting. Working with a professional model is always great fun and makes the process easier to get the shots we want.

Riverside Innovation Centre Explainer Video

A great example of what can be done in a very short period of time. Shoot to finished video only took 7 days!

A very creative and open approach from Saul Peake, who gave us the platform to create this ambitious video which shows a great overview of our new friends at the Riverside Innovation Centre.

Mid Cheshire College, Media Course Video

Here at Soup we always enjoy working with students and find it fascinating to see the potential of the future generation. Some of the technical skills at Mid Cheshire College were amazing, and was great to capture it all on camera. This short, 30 second video was part of a suite of 18 videos, which focused on a different core area for each video.

Filming this was interesting and slightly worrying considering they could be our future competition! But it’s always good seeing young people with a passion to create films, exactly how we were.

Voiced by the Students, this series gives a hint of the what the future has in stall for these talented students.

Moneypenny Testimonials – Event in a Tent

Moneypenny look after your telephone calls. That’s all they do and they do it superbly. One of several testimonial films for Moneypenny, this interview saw us chatting to the lovely folks at Event in a Tent. These Wrexham,-based guys specialise in luxury tipi hire for Weddings, Parties, Events & Festivals in Cheshire, Manchester, North Wales & nationwide.

Bikmo Explainer Film

A new tech-start-up, based in Chester, Bikmo wanted an explainer video to show quickly and easily just what their bike builder and comparison tool website can do for the cyclist enthusiast. So less surfing the net and more riding!

As well as the Explainer vid, there’s been films with some of their partners, including Starley Bikes and Primal Europe, as well as all their other marketing collateral, including interactive PDFs, exhibition material and photography.

Plas Coch Holiday Homes – Promo Film

This promotional film shows a breadth of facilities and activities on offer at Plas Coch Holiday Homes. This was filmed over several days, using models and stylists. We had good fun out on the water shooting the water sports. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed making it.

Flexicare Laryngoscope – Product Video

A short video for Flexicare, advertising their new product range of Laryngoscopes. A mixture of video footage and 2D and 3D graphics.

Truro High School – A Warm Welcome

This video for Truro High School is part of two films made for the independent all girls’ day and boarding school. This film focused on an interview with the Headmistress, who talks about why this prestigious School is such a special place where girls can achieve their dreams. Cutaways of classes and children taking part in the activites are shown to highlight the breadth of high-class facilities available. This film was a collaboration project with Jo Downie, who founded Wolf Rock Marketing.

Filmed in Falmouth, Cornwall.

 

Scottish Cottages, Owners’ Information Video

We always love to travel for shoots, especially when the location is the Scottish Highlands. Shooting this video was a great chance to capture the stunning scenery of Scotland. That, we could never turn down. A mix of film footage, motion graphics and animation makes up this owner explainer film.

Call Conferencing Explainer /Promo Video

This explainer video was created for Call Conferencing to show how simple and effective their service is. We used a model for this film to ensure a smooth look and feel to the film as well as ensuring a speedy process. Due to the large scale of locations filmed, we also hired a stylist to ensure that our model looked top notch and very different for each scene.

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Blueleaf – digital agency – promo video

London and Cheshire-based, digital agency Blueleaf wanted an overview demonstrating the services they offer to their clients, such as Redbull, 20th Century Fox, Next and Laura Ashley. This was filmed in one day and we shot everything as a rough image sequence rather than video, to give it a distinctive look. We used various screens and pictures in the studio as a mechanism of getting from scene to scene and to incorporate their work and its success in the video. The image sequences were tracked in 3D motion tracking software and incorporated with 2D motion graphics.

Music composed by Max Brodie at the Box Studio.

Up and Under Group winner of the High Sheriff’s Award 2013, in partnership with the University of Chester

Up and Under Group were the winner of the 2013 High Sheriff’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by the Bank of America. It’s always great to meet and film companies like Up and Under doing some great work with local communities, such as giving kids the opportunity to spend a week in the wilderness learning skills and valuable life experience.

Moneypenny Testimonials – Leesman

Tim Oldman, MD of Leesman talks about Moneypenny. This video is a from a series of client testimonial videos for Monypenny.

High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise, in partnership with the University of Chester – B&S Group

B&S Group Ltd was winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise in 2013, supported by Barclays.

Shooting this video was very inspiring to us. Interviewing the CEO of B&S and his story of when he started off in 1989 with nothing, and now he employs over 50 people. Meeting interesting and hardworking people and telling their story is always a great perk of the job!

 

Truro High School – Interview with the Headmistress

This video for Truro High School is part of two films made for the independent all girls’ day and boarding school. This film focused on an interview about the Headmistress and how her career led her to this prestigious and very special School, where girls can achieve their dreams. Cutaways of classes and children taking part in the activites are shown to highlight the breadth of high-class facilities available. This film was a collaboration project with Jo Downie, who founded Wolf Rock Marketing.

Filmed in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Yorkshire Cottages, Summer Holiday-let Film

During this shoot in Yorkshire, we realised how much we underestimated how good some of the holiday destinations are just a few hours drive away! Yorkshire has such great places to visit, as well as some tasty Yorkshire cheese than we had to bring back with us.

CartPal Infographic Animation

This was a great Infographic Animation we made for CartPal, showing off the potential benefits to clients by using their services; such as an increase in completed sales. We were really happy with how this turned out, and used sound man Max Brodie to give some clean sound design.

Kate Williams – A selfless act of support! Charity Video
Using our skills to help others to make a difference…In September, we launched Part 1: The Dreaded Shave. A short film we produced to help Luke Rushton raise money for Lymphoma Research, a charity close to all our hearts. Part 2, the final film, was completed just before Christmas and shows Kate shaving all those lovely dreads of Luke’s, clean off! We loved helping friends, by filming and producing this but most of all, we’re pleased that over £4,000 was raised for a very worthy cause. And we’re especially pleased to hear that Kate’s on the mend too and has been given the all clear! For the prequel, watch Part 1: The Dreaded Shave.To make a donation: http://www.justgiving.com/kate-luke


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University of Chester, Green Chester

At the University of Chester, their vision is of a just and sustainable world for present and future generations. Green Chester is a campaign to give staff and students, driven by shared values, the opportunity to transform the environmental impact of the way they work and learn together at the University of Chester. Soup were commissioned to develop a brand, website and short animation for Green Chester.

Make Complex Simple

Working in collaboration with our friends at Make Complex Simple. We produced a series of three animations, as part of a marketing campaign for them.

Cumbrian Cottages, Summer Holiday-let Film

The mountainous Lake District is such a fun place to film with its beautiful landscapes, there is never a boring shot. You never know what you’re going to get with the weather in the Lakes, but we were lucky enough to to have some crisp blue skies to point our camera at for this holiday-let Summer film for Cumbrian Cottages. Models, in a film like this, really help to give a sense of what to expect when booking a holiday with Cumbrian Cottages.

 

Sound design by Max Brodie

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Testimonials

95% of our business comes from recommendations. Here’s what some of our clients have to say about our video and animation projects:

Thanks Garan, Stewart and Emma. I think this video production is very impressive and your vision, from the start, has come through. A very impressive piece of technical creativity. It is already on our digital signage screens in readiness for tomorrow. Thanks again for all your efforts...

Brian Fitzpatrick, Director of Learning and Information Services at the University of Chester (Thornton Science Park - promotional video)

Many thanks for all the team’s work on our annual review video production – looks brilliant. We’re delighted.

Anne Farquharson, Director, Marketing & Communications, ICAS

Soup got a thorough understanding of our brief and used their creative flair to produce a video that really reflects our brand’s personality. We now have a really professional looking and engaging video – they even gave us advice on the best way to use it afterwards. Lovely people to work with too!

Amanda Rowland Jones, Marketing Officer - North Warwickshire and Hinckley College (College promotional film)

Soup have consistently delivered Moneypenny client testimonial videos of the highest quality. With no brief other than to encourage users to talk frankly about our service, the quality of the end product is consistently second to none. Nobody from Moneypenny accompanies Soup on location - we trust them implicitly to do the right thing, knowing that they will represent our brand perfectly. Thank you!

Joanna Swash, Moneypenny

As always, we rely on Soup as our go to company for videos, animation and websites. You never let us down and always exceed our expectations.

Natalie, Flexicare

Soup Creative impressed us with their dedication to our project, expertise throughout the process and creativity in delivery. They listened and understood the demands of the project, taking the time to produce imaginative solutions to a highly professional standard. Not only were they a pleasure to deal with, they delivered with excellence in a short timeframe. We would certainly recommend Soup and will be using the agency for future projects.

Oliver James Associates

We are delighted we met Soup Creative for our video production needs and have thoroughly enjoyed all involved, excellent customer service and more importantly the exact finished results we hoped for, thank you.

Paul Liddell, Lakelovers

Our Services

We pride ourselves on our high standard of work and we are video production specialists, that utilise the latest filming techniques and creative thinking, as well as the latest technology. We combine our immaculate edits with stylish high-end motion graphics and animation, ensuring every project we deliver meets the exacting standards of our clients and then some.

Filming
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Filming

We deliver highly engaging videos, that are not only informative but are also entertaining in their delivery. We have all the gear and plenty of ideas when it comes to shooting and editing film footage.

The skill not only comes down to what is filmed on the day but relentless pre-production planning and endless hours in the post-editing suite, as we seek perfection in all our films. We can handle every part of the production process for you, from prep through to post-production, to final delivery and beyond, offering our expert advice on all delivery platforms.

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Editing
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Editing

Editing is where the real talent lies and we take the utmost pride in all our video productions. It’s an art form in itself, making sure each and every shot stands out, giving your stories the life and colour they need to capture your target audience. With most videos being marketed online, we make sure every video delivers your key message and grabs the viewer within the first 5 seconds.

Using professional film studio software, we bring beautiful film footage together to create your masterpiece story, hat is akin to high-end film productions, whether that’s a corporate video, a brand or promo video, a TV commercial, or even a viral video or a music video.

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Sound Design
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Sound Design

Music, voiceovers and sound effects are essential to the success of any production, so time and effort is always taken to find the right music and effects. We have a wealth of talent in sound design, music composers, voice over artists/recordists and presenters. Providing much more of an immersive and multi-sensory experience for the user.

It’s important that the music brings the film or animation production to life and enforces the tone of the film, yet doesn’t distract the viewer from the key messages.

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Motion Design
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Motion Design

Slick, smart and engaging – no, that’s not a description of Stewart, but it’s how our clients describe our motion design work. Graphic animation can add another level of engagement to any video and, done well, it can be a strong way to communicate a complicated (or dull) message and become a very powerful sales tool.

We also work with many TV production companies to produce broadcast motion design and can apply animation treatment to any type of title graphics.

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2D & 3D Animation
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2D & 3D Animation

Struggling to sell or visualise a product, concept or business idea to people? Animate it. Through 2D or 3D animation, we can produce stunning, life-like animations to deliver your message to your target audience.

All of our animation is created and produced in-house, in our Chester and Cardiff studios. We insist on a high standard of quality for all of our animations, delivering above and beyond, no matter how tight the deadline.

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Drone Filming
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Drone Filming

With a wealth of filming knowledge and strong waves of creativity, Soup are now fully licensed CAA certified aerial drone specialists and flying high! We capture seamless aerial drone shots to make sure that your corporate and promotional videos are impressive, personal and smooth.

 

Our 4kg drone aircraft allows us to operate inside the heart of London and other congested areas to capture beautiful 4K aerial film footage, as well as stills for some stunning aerial drone photography.

 

Scripting
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Scripting

Can’t see the wood for the trees? Do you need an outside view to project your company in the best possible light? We believe that all good productions develop from a great initial concept. With vast experience across all types of media, including radio, TV and online, we can tell your story.

You tell us what messages you want to convey and with a little research and some not so daunting interviews, we’ll help you and your audiences see the bigger picture.

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Digital Marketing
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Digital Marketing

Sure, we’re designers and cinematographers (and not bad surfers), but ultimately it’s what you do with the films we produce that really makes the difference. To that end, we offer the full ride rather than the thrill of just catching the wave!

Video marketing is at the centre of our creative thinking to ensure that you can deliver those measurable results that are vital for developing your business. We’ll build your campaign for you and deliver a real ROI you’ll be bowled over with.

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Project Management
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Project Management

We work hard to understand your brief, business and target audience to produce a creative solution that fits with your brand, your identity and captures your audience. Our aim is to build a strong and long-lasting relationship and exceed your expectations.

We’re only as good as our last project. That’s why you can be sure you’re getting the best service from start to finish, each and every time.

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Meet the Wavemakers

Our people are passionate about all things film & design related, as well as the clever marketing of the stories they create. Aside from this, there’s nothing they love more than the great outdoors. Here’s the people that you can rely on to bring your story to life.

Stewart Macfarlane

Creative Director/Founder/ Adventure Advocate

Very much the action man, Stewart feels right at home operating the camera in any situation...

Garan Rushton

Creative Director/Founder/ Surfer

Garan’s creativity spans across disciplines of brand and identity, print and web design; to motion design including video, graphics, 3D and compositing high-end films...

Emma Garland

Video Catalyst/ Yogi

Emma’s our go-to person for everything. She keeps Soup, its clients and all the projects organised...

Emily Roberts

Junior Creative/ Sharp Shooter

Emily is our right hand woman for all things creative, be it animating, illustration, graphics, editing or behind the camera.

Emily Kench

Social Wave Caster/ Blog Lover

Emily is Soup's very own marketing queen, with a keen eye for digital marketing, she's responsible for all our client's Video Marketing campaigns.

BECOME A WAVEMAKER/ We're on the lookout for more talent

Whether you’re freelance or looking for something more permanent, we’d love to hear from you. Whilst we’re a tight team, we work with lots of specialists, like animators, camera operators, sound recordists, copywriters, models, actors and voiceover artists.

Many more in our network

As a well-knit collective, we often tap into our network of good friends to hone their expert skills and talents to make sure your project is above and beyond your expectations.

Interested in becoming a Wavemaker? We’re on the look-out for a new Junior Creative….Send us a kick-ass email explaining why you’re the one for us.

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Call Stew in Chester

07525 360 887

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Call Garan in Cardiff

07834 489 393

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We’re big enough to produce mind-blowing videos and small enough to care about each and every one of our clients. There’s already enough big conglomerates out there for our liking.

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