Books and Novels: What We’ve Been Reading

We've not really mentioned before about our love for all things book. We love a good read, and if you don't believe us, you should see our office collection! We all read lots of different kinds of things, so you could say we're very diverse in terms of reading habits. For that reason we've put together a few of our reading recommendations, so if you've got some free time and fancy diving into a good book, we've got you covered. Salem's Lot by Stephen King It wouldn't be a book recommendations list, or even the month of October, if we didn't add in a spooky book. What other author could write a scary book perfect for Halloween? Salem's Lot is one of Stephen King's most classic horror novels, set in the eponymous town where an author fights a group of evil vampires, who are taking over the town person by person. This book helped to bring vampires back into the mainstream after Bram Stoker's Dracula. If you've ever gotten bored over the masses of vampire media out there, this novel will change your mind completely, and make you scared of them once again! Sapiens: A Brief History Of Human Kind by Yuval Noah Harari If you're in the mood for something more educational and insightful, this book could be the perfect companion. Based on a series of lectures taught by the author, the book looks into the history of evolution and where we have ended up. Delving into everything that makes [...]

Books and Novels: What We’ve Been Reading2020-10-15T13:03:56+00:00

The Best Spotify Playlists for Working

Whether you're back working in the office or you're continuing to work from home, Spotify is everyone's best friend at the moment. Whether it be a podcast or audio book, Spotify has everything, and of course we can't forget it's biggest feature, music. Depending on how you work, you may listen to any of these things, or none at all. But at Shot Blast Media, we always listen to a range of different music to get us through the day. If you're wanting to listen to some new music, or even music you haven't heard in a long time, here are some of our top Spotify playlists you should listen to when you're working. Lo-Fi Beats to Study/Relax To This one is exactly what it says on the tin. It's a very famous playlist, amassing tons of views on YouTube and Spotify, and for good reason. If you need something chilled out and relaxing to listen to whilst you work, a calming playlist such as this can really get you in the working headspace. Film Scores and Soundtracks We're a corporate video production company, and with our love of video, comes our love of film. And with that love of film, comes our love of film scores. There's a lot of film score playlists on Spotify, but this one has to be our favourite. John Williams, Hans Zimmer... you name the film composer, they're in here. It's a very different and specific playlist but if you're looking for a [...]

The Best Spotify Playlists for Working2020-08-18T15:10:55+00:00

Our Favourite Podcasts

Looking for a new podcast to add to your listening habits? As well as our new podcast, we've been busy listening to plenty of different shows from a plethora of different hosts and figures. We thought we'd share our podcast passions with you and give you some suggestions if you're up for finding a new addiction. Last Podcast On The Left The Last Podcast on the Left features comedian and podcast host Ben Kissel, along with Marcus Parks and actor Henry Zebrowski, all of whom are longtime friends. They talk about a variety of topics, all rooted into horror, mostly real life horror. Serial killers, conspiracy theories and the like are looked at and talked about in a dark comedic type of way. It's very unique and the hosts are an absolute delight despite the interesting yet dark subject matter. Sardonicast Three YouTube personalities, YMS, I Hate Everything and Ralph Sepe present a fortnightly podcast where they turn on their complaining brains to talk about film and TV news, as well as having other YouTuber guests on to discuss their favourite movies of all time. If you like listening to a colourful group of hosts have a hilarious moan about the world of film, this could be the podcast for you. Real Crime Profile This award winning podcast presented by a group of criminal experts looks at profiling from a plethora of criminal cases. They've looked at a couple of high profile cases such as the Steven Avery case [...]

Our Favourite Podcasts2020-08-18T15:12:21+00:00

Virtual Exhibition Tours: An Online Experience Like No Other

With the COVID-19 lockdown easing gradually, companies are now looking to prepare themselves for a return to business as usual, and part of this will be the return of exhibitions and trade shows. However, it is clear that this return won't be as normal as it was. Organisers are now planning a safer and more innovative way of helping companies to market themselves to potential new clients. The Virtual Exhibition is the answer to this, an online method of 'visiting' trade shows. There are lots of organisers rushing to take advantage of this idea and it has the workings to be very popular - and some are already in motion. So, how do virtual exhibitions work exactly? In a similar sort of fashion to Google Maps, the exhibition lets you click around and zoom into areas you're interested in, all the while using the arrow keys on your keyboard to move yourself around the virtual hall. As you come to a stand, you can click on the company logos on the stands to get a closer and in depth look at the exhibitors stand. Just like real life. Doing so will let you have deeper conversations with these exhibitors by allowing you to e-mail or call them to have a deeper chat. Whilst this may not have the same personable aspect trade shows have, it is a lot safer. What are the advantages of a virtual exhibition? Well first things first, it's a lot cheaper. For exhibitors, and for [...]

Virtual Exhibition Tours: An Online Experience Like No Other2020-06-24T16:00:27+00:00

3D Animated Product Video for new client, Ethoss Regeneration

We are very happy to introduce our latest client, Ethoss Regeneration. For them we are producing a new type of 3D animated product video, within the medical industry. Medical animations are most commonly used as an instructional tool for medical professionals like dentists or their patients. Generally produced in a 3D format, this type of video content will allow you to convey your information in a deeply informative medium. 3D medical animations add a striking and insightful approach to your content, and they can really help get the message across, in a clear, quirky and concise fashion. Animation is the perfect type of video format for the medical industry. Of course, there are limits to what medical professionals can show you in these videos, with blood, gore and other unpleasant things in the same vain being undesirable to see in a filmed explainer video. Using animation to get around these issues will make your video a lot easier and more comfortable to watch. It will also make it compliant as generally client confidentiality can be an issue when showing a new medical techniques, processes or products in use. Medical methods and explanations can be complicated to understand, and like many other types of animation for business, an animated video can create an interesting, engaging and more understandable way of explaining methodology. This is perfect for new starters in the industry or to customers who don't fully understand the processes or products involved. Especially during the COVID-19 crisis, 3D animation [...]

3D Animated Product Video for new client, Ethoss Regeneration2020-08-18T15:13:31+00:00

Meet our corporate brand video client, La Romantica Beds

La Romantica Beds discovered us by coming across our own parody marketing skits that we had produced for ourselves. Our skits had been getting lots of new attention to our site and brand. They approached us with the task of creating a parody marketing video production that we hadn't done for any of clients before. A short and witty film that would help them to gain new customers with a laid back approach. With the purpose of selling beds and mattresses, we worked with La Romantica closely to infuse their slogan 'beds to fall in love with,' with a sharp and funny edge. With inspiration from the popular TV show First Dates, we created a parody clip of the show featuring a contestant named Amy, who was looking for the perfect relationship. You can see the film right here: Working with La Romantica was a delight, and for us to try something new with our filmmaking, they were the perfect collaborative partners. We made sure we listened to every concern the client had on how they wanted to approach the video, and in the end we couldn't be happier with how the project came together. From this, we are pleased to say we are very excited to work on more parody marketing in the future. Working in such a fun environment to create something we can look back on again and again for a chuckle brings us a lot of joy. We have lots of plans for our [...]

Meet our corporate brand video client, La Romantica Beds2020-01-22T09:39:57+00:00

Shot Blast Media’s Best Of 2019

As Christmas and New Year are around the corner, here at Shot Blast we've been thinking about the top moments of the year - more specifically, our own! We've had a great year, being given so many new opportunities with our clients and our new projects, but also some new things for us as a company. We're itching to get to them, so let's have a look at what 2019 had in store for us. The Rebrand By far the biggest thing that happened to us this year was our rebrand. We're sure you've seen it! With a brand new, sleek logo and a modern looking website, we had so much positive feedback on our new look. We're very proud of it! If you haven't explored our new website yet, go have a gander. You'll be surprised at what you might end up coming across! The Vlog Page As well as our exciting blog we love to post on, we are a video production company. So, it only makes sense that we create some video blogs of our own too! We've worked on a new studio in our office especially for our vlogs. If you follow our YouTube channel you may have seen some of them, covering social media strategies and types of videos you could utilise for your business. If you have any requests of content to cover in future vlogs, get in touch and we'd be happy to oblige. Our trip to Sweden Working with [...]

Shot Blast Media’s Best Of 20192019-12-19T15:13:20+00:00

Meet our drone video client, Highgrove

Highgrove approached us with the task of making regular progression videos of their newest industrial development site using our drones. Every few weeks our pilot shot the landscape of the site, focussing on areas that has been developed further from the week before. The sheer size of the site allowed our drones to get as much footage as needed and more. Each video made included not just updates to the site but also fresh dynamic shots and movement of our drone of various different points of interest and areas of activity. Whether that be overhead shots of the farm area, or quickly paced tracking shots of the roadside and the site's stream. It's a fantastic opportunity to have a project to work on continuously such as this one. Giving us the experience to do something different with out drones on each shoot, and to keep working with a remarkable client like Highgrove over and over. You can check out a sample of one of our Highgrove videos below! Your Industrial Story Starts Here Press the button. Make the call. Transform your media. +44 (0)113 288 3245 [email protected] Contact Us

Meet our drone video client, Highgrove2020-06-03T11:55:28+00:00

Meet our corporate brand video client, Pro-Sight

Pro-Sight approached us with the task of creating an exhibition video for the launch of their new app, a unique idea tailored towards monitoring and tracking glass bottle lines. The video production we made for them show's off the app's capabilities, including the way you can track each and every bottle that goes down the line - as well as being able to identify areas of lost production. There's so much more this app can do, a video was the best way to demonstrate how helpful it was. With the app being cloud powered, it's definitely a useful and unique idea. We were extremely excited to get to work on the video with Pro-Sight and tell their story. Pro-Sight deliver imaginative solutions and services to better their customers needs, just as we do, so it was a match made in heaven for us. idea of the app is to enhance the experience of those working with bottle lines and check line efficiencies, and just like the app, our video is straight to the point and displays the idea in it's full glory. Innovation at it's best! We're also very glad to say that Pro-Sight were really pleased with the finished product, it was produced to a very tight timescale in time for their latest exhibition. To see the video in full, follow the link below! Your Industrial Story Starts Here Press the button. Make the call. Transform your media. +44 (0)113 288 [...]

Meet our corporate brand video client, Pro-Sight2019-04-17T16:41:58+00:00

Meet our corporate brand video client, Pandrol Track Systems

We've been busy working with Pandrol Track Systems, who tasked us with the opportunity to create a suite of videos for a range of their products to showcase at exhibitions. They are a company that manufactures rail fastenings, which are used to fasten rails to railways sleepers. From the One Shot Crucible to the Nabla Evolution Fastening System, Pandrol have been making these products since 1937 and they continue to defy the industry standard and go above and beyond to make sure the maintaining of railways as efficient as ever. We made a number of video productions for them, showing off a range of their products being put to the test! Here's a couple of pictures to get your teeth stuck into, and a link to one of the corporate brand videos we made for them from our portfolio. Due to the various sizes of the products Pandrol isn't able to showcase their systems at exhibitions, this is where we came in. We made a video showing each of the products doing their job, after-all it's better to see them in action! Video was a great way to demonstrate what the fastenings could do and how they worked. They've been very well received with some brilliant feedback and the videos are in constant use - which we couldn't be more delighted to hear! Your Industrial Story Starts Here Press the button. Make the call. Transform your media. +44 (0)113 288 3245 [...]

Meet our corporate brand video client, Pandrol Track Systems2019-04-17T16:42:25+00:00