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Photography and cinematography firm reaches new peaks

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 17 October 2017 11:55

Photography and cinematography firm reaches new peaks

Staff at Cheltenham-based photography and cinematography company Still Moving Media might tell you their two recent European trips were all about hard work, but we’re not so sure.

The team from the Spa town business were abroad photographing and filming products for Gloucester-based, winter sports equipment company Ruroc and start-up drinks brand, Neptune Rum.

Founder Spencer McPherson, 35, head of cinematography Dale Campbell, 35, and their staff’s ordeal began with photographic and video shoots of Olympic-hopeful snow boarder Max Parrot on a glacier in Austria for Ruroc.

From there it was straight on to Cannes, South of France, to film models on a £40m super yacht for the launch of start-up drinks brand, Neptune Rum.

Mr Campbell, Cinematographer, tried to help us overcome our jealousy and convince us it was all work, work, work in the Austrian mountains. We’ll let you make your own mind up.

“When you’re transporting 45kg of kit per person up and down a mountain every day it takes a huge amount of planning.

“We take the first lift up at 7am and come back on the last lift at 4-5pm; with everyone spending nine hours a day in the elements, it is important we pack plenty of food, water and of course, wear plenty of sun cream." (Editor: See what we mean?)

“Safety of the crew is also important especially when we’re riding skidoos to reach the freshest snow for the best shots.

“Bad weather can come in very quickly on the mountain and can close down a shoot almost instantly; at one point on our last trip, high winds left us stranded on the mountain, unable to descend in the cable car for a few hours, but it’s all part of the fun. The shots we got were incredible and the client was happy so it’s all good.”

Still Moving Media were asked to film and photograph Rum-brand Neptune’s launch party at the recent Cannes Yacht Show and were able to secure the use of a £40m, 83m Omega super yacht and local models, for an exclusive photo shoot for the new brand, owned by ex-Cheltenham 21 Club owner Rich Davies.

Dan Rees, managing director of Ruroc said: “The guys at Still Moving Media have massively helped us improve our brand image over the past four years of working together. They are extremely adaptable and their photography and cinematography are second to none.”

Mr McPherson said: “I’m so proud of everything Still Moving Media has achieved and these recent shoots, both of which came through recommendations, are testament to the hard work and professionalism of the whole team.

“We may be a relatively small Gloucestershire firm but we are 100 per cent competing and winning against larger city agencies.

In the six years since its launch Still Moving Media has built up an impressive portfolio of local and international clients including Cheltenham Festivals, Caffé Nero, Cheltenham College, Dubarry of Ireland and The Raging Bull Clothing Company.

Based in Formal House, Cheltenham, the business employs four people including an apprentice through Creative Alliance in Birmingham. A summer intern has just been taken on full-time.

Fitting its name, from 2015 – 2017 Still Moving Media moved offices and doubled its staff numbers and, in the last financial year, recorded a 51.5 per cent increase in turnover.

“We have worked hard to build a reputation for delivering inspirational, creative work, on time and on budget and as such our clients regularly recommend us to their contacts, which is the best testimonial any company could ask for,” said Mr McPherson.

“Our vision for the future is to increase our portfolio of local and national brands, to continue to employ more talented young people and to support the county of which we are so proud to work in.”

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