Erecting A Website For Riverside Marquees

We were recently asked by Bedford based bespoke event hire company, Riverside Marquees to design and build a website to compliment their new branding.  The business has been growing steadily over the last few years and they have built an ever evolving portfolio of new and existing clients, as well as a vast collection of marquees, tents and decorative flourishes and lighting.

The main aim was that they wanted a clean and informative site, filled with imagery. Obviously they needed the site to be responsive for mobile devices and easy to navigate, search engine friendly and a solid foundation they could build on as the business grew.

We created a site that is user updatable, so the client can adjust text, add images and post news without having to call us in, which saves on added expense. We implemented a secure SSL service, meaning that site is secure. This is a big issue for most new browsers as they detect insecure websites and some may even stop browsing of a site.  The website is also  GDPR compliant.

As the business grows and the additions become more complicated, we will be happy to come back in an update to their requirements, but until then the site is completely set for them to maintain on their own.

The clients were over the moon with the end product and we look forward to them moving up the Google ladder over the coming weeks.

 

Dead Squad Trailer Hits….

The trailer has now landed for ‘Dead Squad’, the throw back horror film we have been co-producing and working on for over a year now. Directed by our good friend Dominik Hauser and shot at Movie Studio Bali last year, we have been heavily involved in this low budget, old school horror movie since its very beginning.

Starring Conan Stevens ( Game of Thrones) and Amazon Eve ( American Horror Freak Show), a group of friends discover an old temple hidden in the depths of the jungle. Unknown to our heroes is that evil Nazi scientists were experimenting on prisoners in the hope of creating the ultimate solider. The only success was in creating a squad of deadly zombies…..

The movie is due for release on 23rd October 2018 and once it does we will be showcasing a lot of the behind the scenes work we completed to help make the movie as camptastic as possible.

Keep your eyes peeled!

 

Bug to the future….. The rejuvenation of an 80’s classic skateboard.

Occasionally a project comes to light that takes us away from the everyday tasks of designing cool toys, awesome films and the occasional groundbreaking illustration. A project that gives us time to not only reflect on our youth but also bring a part of that youth back to life.

Back in the summer of 1988, I (Jamie) had saved my hard earned paper round money to purchase my first, quality skateboard. I had been attempting to ride skateboards for a few years before but my measly teen budget had limited my buying skills to little more than a plank of wood with roller skate on the bottom, well near as damn it!

I knew exactly what I wanted purely based on the design, for me the aesthetic was everything. The fact it was huge, about as concave as an ironing board and almost impossible to ollie meant nothing to me. I was buying a Powell Peralta – the very best skateboard brand there was. I had chosen the Powell Peralta Bug, Tracker Ultra Light Trucks and a set of Santa Crux OJII wheels, this was going to set me ahead of my peers and obviously make me a far superior skater. In reality I was no better than I was before I had bought it, but I now had the gear to at least stand toe to toe, or deck to deck with my friends.

As the summer of 88 rolled past (pun intended) ‘Bug’ had taken many a bruise, a kerbing to the trucks, a scuff to the deck. The perfect graphics and artwork that had once adorned its perfect wooden body now looked back at me almost unrecognisable. Over the next year or so the artwork would be replaced with a myriad of sticky pop cultural reminders of yesteryear.

When skating had been replaced by a bike and then a car, Bug sat in my parents shed, destined for an unsatisfying death at the local rubbish dump. I had moved on with life, attempted to become a man and started a family. Bug on the other hand had been left to vegitate, a momento of a youth once gone and never savoured.

Many years later it caught my sons eye, and he asked if we could bring Bug home.

For ten years ‘Bug’ would be used to move heavy objects around the garden or through the house. He would hibernate in the shed through winter and then be rolled out to help with whatever homely duties were called upon him until this year, 2018.

I had begun to realise that ‘Bug’ had more than a special place in my history as well as my heart, he deserved to be bought back to his former glory and that is what I intended to do.

For two weeks across the summer of 2018, in my spare time I would work on Bug.  Once stripped of the trucks and wheels,  I realised that the deck was in pretty bad shape. It took quite a lot to patch the holes and the tail ended up being almost half filler, but he started to come back. As soon as the first primer coat went on, I could see his former shape in all its glory and what needed to be done.

I had already set John up with his extra curricula task of recreating the artwork, the hardest part was getting the shape of the deck correctly into the software so we could set the cutter guide. Many a sheet of paper was harmed in the making of the template but a worthy sacrifice it was.

John, once again beautifully crafted the artwork for both back and front of the deck from a collection of reference material and old photos. By this time I had rubbed down and filled up the deck more times than I could shake a can of soup at, but once the ultra blue paint started to go on I knew Bug would be ok again.

We went back to our trustworthy sticker printers ( http://www.grafitt.co.uk) who once again delivered the goods. They were responsible for the quality prints we used on the Back to the Future hoverboard and the Space Invaders arcade machine projects.

Both sets of artwork were applied, new grip tape was cut and fitted and I moved onto sanding the trucks down and re-spraying them. A few hours later and they were like new again.

New sets of bolts and wheel bearings and everything was ready to go back together; and together they did.

Bug, who only a couple for weeks earlier had sat on the worktop in a very sorry state was now back to new, almost 30 years to the day after I bought him.

If only now I was able to apply the same treatment to myself.

Bug now takes pride of place on the studio wall, a reminder of forgotten youth but one that has and will stand the test of time, welcome back Bug.

 

 

Bringing Dead Squad poster to life….

We have been working on Dead Squad for well over a year now and are really looking forward to sharing some of the behind the scenes adventures we have been having. In the meantime we have  the new poster for the movie which has a release date of October 23rd 2018.

We worked up quite a few posters for the movie, with the director and distributors going for a polish on one of our initial concept designs. David turned out a fantastic piece based on Joe’s concept work, my idea and John’s initial sketch, this really was a collaborative effort that really brings the elements to life and delivers a movie poster design that captures the mystery of the films narrative and the impending doom that awaits our heroes.

We hope you like!

 

Modest Exhibitioner….

We have worked with Endoline for many years, delivering a host of services from video content to website design as well as exhibition stand design. The hardest task when working with a long standing client is continuing to push the artistic boundaries, keep the designs fresh and engaging but also fully focused on the core brand ideals.

This year for the PPMA exhibition at the Birmingham NEC, the marketing head at Endoline wanted to keep the idea clean but modern, and so we built on the existing CAD artwork and created a minimalist design that felt organic as well as futuristic, but at the same time understated.

We think the design stands out well, was true to the brief and the client was very happy.

 

Big Screen Service For A Dark Night….

We produced this film for Uniled – a leading provider of digital signage service and repair in the UK.

An underlying narrative tells the story of a young boy who views a digital signage screen from his apartment building everyday until one evening the screen malfunctions. Through the animated medium, stylised to show the only colour on offer is that provided by the screens themselves, we show the vast numbers of repairs required throughout the city and how fast, capable and reliant Uniled are in their service. The film culminates in the young boy watching as the screen comes back to life and his obsession becomes apparent.

This film was a complicated piece as there was a narrative that had to flow under a driven corporate message. A lot of artwork was needed to create a parallax environment that kept the camera moving and a murky colour palette that is juxtaposed by the bright colours of the screens that continue to burn through the night with the help of Uniled’s exceptional services.

 

Duck Tales – Cutting the commercial.

Creative Bone worked with Director Alesandra Scherillo of Twinset films to create this commercial for Italian luggage designer Mandarina Duck. We spent two days cutting the commercial after an energetic shoot that tells the tale of a young girls adventure through London. An organic handheld vibe that follows our adventurer in an almost fly on the wall style, the finished result is a cute but punchy exploration of the city through the eyes of a young teen armed with all she needs in her trusty Mandarina Duck rucksack.

Take a look at the finished film here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EESrvxDbc78

Kraft Work

Creative Bone edited a short video production for the Bedford based company Vankraft. Vankraft specialise in unique products and modifications for Volkswagen T5 and T6 models. For the video we created a brief instruction user guide that illustrated the installation of one of their passenger seats.

http://www.vankraft.co.uk

 

Midnight At The Oasys

Creative Bone produced a range of promotional videos for the ISO Card manufacturers Oasys. Oasys produce innovative high performance machines for the production of ISO cards and other specialist ID products. For this particular brief we created  short films that illustrates the operating system of their machines and the processes involved in the manufacture of the products.

http://www.oasys.uk.com

 

The Science Of A Super Hero

Super Science Heroes Lab went on general release in 2017 and marked the second project we collaborated on with the toy company John Adams. Incorporating theme of a superhero comic book, ’Super Science’ provided us with the perfect opportunity to harness our inner Marvel graphic artist to the full.