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Animation Film for IOD Guernsey Debate

8 months ago
Posted by Warren Mauger

IOD Guernsey debate event opening film from Spike Productions on Vimeo.

IOD Guernsey Animation Film

We were commissioned by the IOD to produce an animation that would grab the attention of the audience and set the tone for the event and debate that they were about to experience.

The events debate in the past had often been negative and the IOD team were trying to make this years more positive and upbeat.

How we made the film?

We decided that using animation gave us the ability to be more creative than a standard commercial film. Sub consciously the audience would have been expecting a positive start to the event. So to grab their attention we decided to start off very negative and looking at everything through a very negative lens.

We created a script that when read from the start would be all doom and gloom but when read backwards the same words made the story very positive. Its an idea we have seen before but challenging in terms of script writing and then executing visually.

One of the key details to get right is finding the right voice actor to deliver the script then combine this with the right music. There are many levels of voice over artist to work with. We needed to use a professionally trained actor as the delivery was vital to get right.

Back to the drawing board

We spent 4 days on the film before scrapping the direction it was taking and starting again. The speed of text scrolling was also tricky as the lines of text on screen had to be displayed in a way that worked going up and down. To create the right atmosphere we added sound effects to the animation. At the start thunder and rain effects to enhance the feeling of everything being bleak. This changed at the half way point of the animation to make things more positive and light.

You can judge the animation for yourselves. It was a challenge but we enjoyed tackling it and think it set the right mood for a lively evening of debate and looking into the future.

Filming with Sir Kenneth Branagh

1 year ago
Posted by Warren Mauger
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Going through our files this morning I realised it was four years ago yesterday (25th January 2012) that we had the pleasure of filming with actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Sir Kenneth Branagh.

It was awful weather and we were filming on the Pleinmont headland in Guernsey, at points we could barely keep the camera steady on the tripod. Myself (Warren Mauger) and our cameraman were fairly apprehensive of working with such an experienced and successful film maker but were put at ease straight away.

Our task was to film a number of pieces with Ken Branagh talking to the camera.

We only worked together for that morning and the footage was edited together for the film studios which they seemed to be happy with. Later that morning we were just finishing off and I was taking the mic off Sir Ken when he got the news that he was nominated for an Oscar for my week with Marilyn. Its probably the closest i’d get to an Oscar but i resisted the temptation to ruffle his hair and say “well done you”

 

 

 

Heather Watson when Serena was her Idol

1 year ago
Posted by Warren Mauger

Heather Watson, where it all began from Spike Productions on Vimeo.

Today Heather Watson will walk out on court to face world number one and one of the greatest players of all time. This journey started around ten years ago when at the age of eleven she left her home in Guernsey to swop the relaxed lifestyle and sandy beaches for the dedicated training regime at the Nick Bollettieri tennis academy in Florida

We followed her on those first steps recording her thoughts on leaving her island home and in this short film she talks about how she wants to be like her hero Serena Williams. Today she will try and beat her.

Good Luck Heather

Warren Mauger shortlisted for three CIM Marketing awards

2 years ago
Posted by Spike Admin

Guernsey Awards For Achievement 2014 - Organised by The Guernsey Event Company

Hot off the back of winning the Healthspan excellence in marketing award at the Guernsey Awards for achievement, Warren Mauger and running partner Philip Smith have been short listed for no fewer than three CIM awards in the high profile Channel Island event.

The categories they are shortlisted in are;

  1. Best Brand Campaign
  2. Best Integrated Marketing Campaign
  3. Marketing achievement on a small budget

Warren Mauger said – “we are both blown away by being shortlisted. To be up alongside so many top company’s when we had almost no budget to work with is amazing”. It also shows with clever strategy in place you don’t need to throw money at every campaign.”

Unfortunately the pair can’t attend the ceremony as they are running a 32 mile cliff run starting the next morning which is part of their preparation for a 48 hour continuous run on treadmills later this year as they attempt to take on the World Record. They will be following it on Twitter though!!

Spike MD wins Marketing Award

2 years ago
Posted by Spike Admin

Warren Mauger, founder of Spike Productions, and more recently known for long distance running has won the coveted Healthspan Excellence in Marketing

Guernsey Awards For Achievement 2014 - Organised by The Guernsey Event Company

Award with running partner Philip Smith, for their campaign promoting the 7 marathons in 7 days challenge they took on in August 2014

The Judges were impressed with “how in a very short time the 7in7 brand has gained island-wide recognition and admiration through the clever use of Twitter and local public relations.”

The 7in7 Challenge, running seven marathons in seven days, was created to raise £20,000, split between two charities, which would change lives and raise awareness of those charities.

The challenge was to do something that would cut through the noise of a busy charity sector by doing something that had never been done in Guernsey before.

The strategy was to create awareness and momentum in the lead-up to the event and to transfer this into action during the week –  the main period in which we expected to raise funds.

This was achieved through the use of digital platforms, primarily Twitter, driving the campaign, supported by traditional marketing collateral such as posters, fliers and wristbands.

The event also engaged with the running community, many of whom participated and became ambassadors for the cause.

Early in the process we met with all the mainstream media to discuss how we could help them cover this effectively; this dialogue was essential in gaining widespread coverage, enabling us to get a significant cut-through rate.

The challenge succeeded by exceeding the fundraising target of £20,000, with over £2,000 of this total being handed directly to Philip and Warren as they ran.

The campaign had to be bold enough to capture the community’s imagination and to convert awareness into donations.  Using a highly integrated digital and traditional campaign, we were able to effectively engage all age ranges and demographics.

The strategy included:

  • • Social media
  • • Community engagement
  • • Blogging
  • • PR
  • • Poster sites.

 

End of Seafood Sunday treadmill marathon

End of Seafood Sunday treadmill marathon

We regularly updated social media whilst running the marathons and responded to those engaging with us. A GPS tracking platform enabled our progress to be tracked live.

Our Twitter stats from 11th-25th August included over 588,000 impressions, over 1000 interactions, 528 mentions and 499 retweets.

We sent out a blog regularly pre-event and daily during the event.

We engaged with the community running a marathon on treadmills during Seafront Sunday and using the OSA Pop-Up Shop. On both occasions we spoke to people about the Challenge and handed out branded collateral.

The relationship with the print and broadcast media was also essential. Prior to, and during, the event we received extensive coverage from:

  • • Island FM
  • • Guernsey Press
  • • BBC Radio
  • • CTV

The start and finish locations of all seven marathons were chosen to maximise exposure. Finishing with the Guernsey Marathon was also key in ensuring our event stood out in the community.

10 steps to a #DigitalGreenhouse

2 years ago
Posted by Spike Admin

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I thought about writing something that was very high brow and had lots of complicated intelligent sentences, but when it comes down to it in my mind its pretty simple. So for what its worth here goes my view.

Find a decent size room(s) to rent

Make it an attractive place to hang out, meet and work from

Put in bloody fast broadband – upload and download

Sweat the hell out of the space for education, training and events.

Engage with the business community and groups and make it a place for them to use

Don’t think too hard about what it will become, it will evolve so fast you wont know whats going on. What it is at the start will be very different in 2 years time.

Don’t obsess with it being better than Jersey. Its the people who will make it work not the fixtures and fittings etc.

Don’t let Civil Servants run it, (apologies to those i know and like 😉 ) they are not at the coal face and don’t operate in the same way as people at the coalface of business.

Just get on with it, we don’t need another year discussing what it will or wont be like.

Don’t spend a fortune at the outset just start and see where it goes, treat it as a lean startup not a flag waving exercise to get one up on another Island!

This is not totally idealistic but comes from experience of setting up things in the past and mistakes made as well as successes. One thing though is to keep an open communication with everyone using the free tools available – DIGITALLY

 

 

 

Glorious Guernsey

2 years ago
Posted by Warren Mauger

I was going through some archive films we have produced when i came across a film we made of Guernsey in the summer. I don’t think its ever been shown in public but as I sat shivering in my office it made me feel a bit warmer and looking forward to when in a few months the sun shines again and thermal verists make way for shorts and t shirts.

I Hope this warms you up on a cold day and a reminder of how awesome Guernsey is.

Why we are running instead of sleeping?

2 years ago
Posted by Warren Mauger
Philip and Warren with Robert Young at Guernsey Marathon
Philip and Warren with Marathon Man Robert Young

 

A few months ago a good friend and I were lucky enough to complete what was a big challenge for both of us by running 7 marathons in 7 days in Guernsey. The challenge was beyond anything we could have imagined in so many ways.

The Guernsey community was amazing in helping raise almost £23,000 for two charities, This is EPIC and The Hub.

Philip and I weren’t prepared for the dramatic impact doing this would have on our lives. This will evolve into firm action in the coming months and years.

We were fortunate to meet an amazing man on this journey. Robert Young is aiming to break the world record for the number of marathons run in one year!!!

This is a phenomenal challenge but when you hear his story and why he is doing it you will understand why. Make sure you have a tissue to hand.

http://www.marathonmanuk.com/more-about-rob/

What is amazing is not only how Robert has turned his life around but how he has gone further and through this challenge raising money but also engaging with people and inspiring them to be better people themselves.

In the early hours of Friday 5th December (2am) Philip and I, along with around 30 other runners, will run a marathon (13 doing it all, 17 joining along the way) to stand shoulder to shoulder with Robert in support of his efforts.

We are running at this time because in order to fit in with his job and family this is when Robert has been running the majority of his marathons.

If you are touched and inspired by this like we both were and can spare any change before the Christmas presents are all bought you can donate at the link below.

Donations will be spilt 50:50 between Robert’s cause and This is EPIC which helps to end poverty in the most extreme places through village savings and loans.

Thanks for reading and I hope on some level you find it inspiring.

 

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On the move – new contact details

2 years ago
Posted by Spike Admin

moving office

We wanted to let you know of a change in Guernsey. We are currently moving out of our office and have a month or two before we are in new premises. In the meantime its business as usual flying around filming and producing our usual menagerie of films.

You can contact us on 07781 126 708 or via email warren@spikeproductions.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Are we there yet?

2 years ago
Posted by Warren Mauger

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“We’ve come a long way. But we’ re not too sure where we’ve been….”

Take That (Never Forget)

Watch the short film to find out why we are determined to succeed in this challenge. 

It feels like we have been doing this for a very long time but there’s now less than two weeks of serious training left before we have two easy weeks and the big day arrives. It’s now close enough to feel very real and daunting. We are fine-tuning our refuelling strategies as they are very different from running just one marathon. It takes a body 20 hours to recharge its glycogen stores. We are likely to only have around 19 hours to do this so, even if we get our nutrition right each day, we will be starting without a full battery.

This past week has been the biggest in terms of mileage, I hit 80 miles and Philip made 94.

It has taken months and months of sustained consistent training to even reach this point. For the past two or three months we have regularly been running 50 to 60 miles a week. One of the strange things when training for an event like this is that you never do anything like the mileage of the actual event. It’s vital to get your body used to running regular mileage but it’s equally about training the mind. So much of the success will be down to mental strength.

We are both in a good place with our fitness and feel we have got ourselves to a point where we can really do ourselves justice. It has been a roller-coaster though. The worst point came two weeks ago when we both hit our biggest low point on the same day. For me it was a Sunday morning; I had got up at 5.45am to do a 20-mile run, having just completed a 60-mile week. As I left the house to meet up with Philip I felt really, really tired – far more than normal. I ran a mile to where we were meeting and just felt terrible, I was already mentally shortening the morning run. I was early and as I stopped to wait for Philip (secretly hoping he’d overslept and wasn’t coming so I could just go home) I could barely keep my eyes open. Unfortunately he arrived and we started running but I had a flat battery. I kept going but 7 miles in decided my body was shouting at me for a reason and I should listen. I wasn’t going to be helping myself by still going for the 20 miles. I reluctantly cut the session short and ran the three miles home, completing just 10 miles. I felt terrible and angry with myself for not finishing the run I set out to do. I decided to have a rest and took the next two days off from running. Since that day I have felt great, one week later Philip and I ran a marathon on treadmills in public at Seafront Sunday, it was really good and helped make more than £500 for the charities we are raising funds for.

Some of the things I’ve experienced:

  • Blisters on all toes, sometimes blisters on top of blisters
  • Friction sores to the inner thigh
  • Cut nipples
  • Dead legs
  • A huge food bill
  • Self doubt and fear
  • Occasional mental and physical exhaustion

Bigger than the running challenge is our aim to raise £20,000 for The Hub and ThisisEPIC. Take a look at this short video clip to find out how your donation will have a direct impact on someone’s life. Both charities change lives.

If you are one of the many kind people who have already donated we thank you so much, we have been humbled by your generosity.

We have been kept injury free and in training thanks to;

Stuart Hardie from Primal Running (Chi Running)

Paul Gosling from Equilibrium Massage

The thank-you list is growing – thank you to everyone who has helped so far.

Warren

 

 Watch this video to see how you will change lives 

 

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