Meet The Shot Blast Media Team: Our Favourite Movies

The Shot Blast Media team are a small, experienced and captivated team who are incredibly passionate about bringing creativity to the video production industry. In this blog, you will learn about the team's favourite movies, why they enjoy working in the video production industry, and a little bit more about their career background! Lotty Wiltshaw, Director, formed Shot Blast Media in 2012 with one purpose in mind: to produce corporate videos that would go above and beyond a simple portrayal of what her clients do.  Lotty specialises in creative storytelling by using a multitude of skills acquired over a career which spans many years in video creation & production. Lotty’s previous years of experience working across Television Production for the BBC has also helped push her creative production skills forward as Director at Shot Blast Media. When she’s not working, she loves adventures. Lotty is always looking for a new city or country to explore, taking in the scenery, enjoying the food and getting involved with the local arts and music, as well as spending quality time with her family. What is your favourite film? My favourite film is Shawshank Redemption. It's a fantastic story. Very moving with compelling characters and sends out a message of hope.  Well written, well acted and well filmed too. All round perfect movie in my eyes. What do you like about working in the video production industry? We get to tell lots of stories, our own and other peoples whilst getting behind the [...]

Meet The Shot Blast Media Team: Our Favourite Movies2023-07-27T09:49:08+00:00

How AI Is Transforming Video Production

AI is transforming video production across the world. The film industry is being optimised with the use of artificial intelligence everyday. The new AI that has taken the world by storm is Chat GPT. Have you tested it out yet? We’ve been amazed at the variety of things it is able to do for people! We’ve been researching how AI might affect the video production industry in the near future, and how it has already come in handy to people within filmmaking. AI has been used within scriptwriting, pre-production, production and post-production in the film industry. Scriptwriting: On Chat GPT and other similar AI programs, all you have to do is type in what you want, and the artificial intelligence will create a script for you. It’s interesting to see that AI is already being used to assist the script writing process. It can generate unique character and intriguing plot ideas, as well as suggesting alternative storylines and sub-plots. We’ve tested this out with a few comedic ideas at Shot Blast Media and were amazed to see the precision that Chat GPT operates within this creative industry. Pre-production: AI has also been used to assist with tasks, such as location scouting, casting, and crew hiring in pre-production.  Artificial intelligence algorithms are able to analyse data on past successful productions and recommend locations that have similar characteristics.  Furthermore, AI can analyse the resumes of actors and crew members in order to suggest who would work best for a specific role. [...]

How AI Is Transforming Video Production2023-03-27T15:07:10+00:00

Why Should Businesses Utilise E-learning Video Production?

E-learning video production is an important tool for businesses to use, as it can help to improve employee engagement and increase knowledge retention.  By using e-learning videos, businesses can provide employees with engaging and informative content, which can be accessed at any time and from any device.  This makes it easier for employees to learn new skills or stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends.  An e-learning video is a type of educational video used to teach people about a particular subject or topic.  It can be used in various contexts, including online courses, corporate training programs, and school classrooms.  Videos for e-learning are often interactive and engaging, with visuals and audio that help to convey the material in an interesting way.  In today's digital age, businesses need to stay ahead of the competition by providing their employees with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills.  E-learning video production is an effective way to do this, as it allows businesses to create engaging and informative videos that can be used for employee training or other educational purposes. Video is quickly becoming a popular medium for e-learning. Creating videos is an effective way to engage learners, help them retain information, and provide them with a more immersive experience.  Businesses can also use e-learning videos to increase customer engagement by providing customers with educational content that is both engaging and informative. Additionally, e-learning videos are more cost effective than traditional methods of training as they require less time and resources to produce.  [...]

Why Should Businesses Utilise E-learning Video Production?2023-03-01T17:08:52+00:00

Why Should Businesses Consider Using 4D Animation Videos?

4D animation is a powerful tool for video production. It allows producers to create stunning visuals with a combination of 3D and 4D effects. This technology can be used to create realistic and immersive experiences, as well as to tell stories in an engaging and innovative way.  3D animated video is exactly what it says on the tin, an in depth, complex yet visually stunning way of demonstrating products, methods of safety and reconstruction videos. The three dimensional world of animation includes textures, lighting and camera movements to create an in depth immersive experience. 4D animation can be used for a variety of applications, from commercial advertising to feature films. With this technology, producers can bring their projects to life while keeping production costs low.  By utilising 4D animation, producers are able to produce high-quality videos that are both visually appealing and cost-effective, meaning that 4D animation video production is becoming increasingly popular in the entertainment industry. The process of 4D animation involves creating 3D objects and environments, and then adding a fourth dimension; time. This allows for more realistic animations that can be used for movies, television shows, and even video games. 4D animation videos can provide a unique experience for viewers by combining motion graphics with real-time effects such as smoke, fire, water, and wind.  You might have experienced similar 4D animation magic at attractions such as theme parks and cinemas. 4D animation video production is quickly becoming a popular choice for businesses looking to create dynamic [...]

Why Should Businesses Consider Using 4D Animation Videos?2023-03-14T11:14:39+00:00

Shot Blast Media Have Been Awarded Top 3 Videographers in Leeds!

Shot Blast Media received some fantastic news last week! We have been listed as one of the Top 3 Videographers in Leeds by Three Best Rated® during 2023. It's an honour to be recognised as experts in our industry, and this award means a lot to our team of creatives at Shot Blast Media. Three Best Rated® describes Shot Blast Media as a “team of creators that make fantastic content and infectious campaigns in collaboration with culture-defining brands”. Three Best Rated® chose us to be in their top 3 videographers in Leeds by testing us under a rigorous 50-point inspection, which includes local reviews, history, business standards, ratings, satisfaction, trust, price and their trading excellence. Our range of video services and creative expertise means that we can transform your vision from concept to reality with our world-class video campaigns.  At Shot Blast Media, we offer 2D and 3D animation services, corporate video production, drone videography, virtual reality videos, 360 videos and interactive video production to businesses across the globe. We specialise in industrial videography, and our health and safety videos and animations are always memorable and engaging for your audience. Our marketing and promotional video services provide an engaging way to communicate with your target audience, and promote your business, products, and services. We even offer a video production subscription service so that you can have regular, affordable content every month, and help with your digital marketing strategies! As our services and business grow, so does our expertise, so [...]

Shot Blast Media Have Been Awarded Top 3 Videographers in Leeds!2023-03-14T11:25:29+00:00

Digital Marketing in Video Production: An Interview with Maddy Goddard

Maddy Goddard joined Shot Blast Media in July 2022 as Digital Marketing Executive. She has worked for a few different firms in Leeds in the marketing industry and graduated from the University of Leeds with a Film, Photography and Media degree. How has your university course helped with your career? My course had a lot of practical elements, meaning that I got the opportunity to learn a lot about filmmaking, editing, photography, motion graphics, scriptwriting, directing and producing. Completing my university course meant that I developed creative copywriting skills as well as practical skills which has definitely helped my career so far, although marketing changes very frequently, meaning there is always new stuff to learn. Although my course was not traditionally marketing related, marketing in the modern day is a lot about the digital world, meaning there is a strong focus towards pictures and videos on social media platforms. My course also gave me the opportunity to do a placement year in industry which meant that I gathered a lot of useful skills from working as an intern in marketing, which definitely helped me get to where I am today. How did you get into the marketing industry? During university summers I worked various marketing internships which led me to do a placement year in marketing for a recruitment company. After this, I worked at a couple more recruitment companies in their marketing teams whilst finishing university. Once I graduated, I was taken on full time at one of [...]

Digital Marketing in Video Production: An Interview with Maddy Goddard2023-03-02T17:05:50+00:00

Celebrating International Women’s Day in the Film Industry

It is important to understand the context of International Women's Day in the film industry and its meaning within today’s society. International Women's Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on March 8th.  It is a day to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in all aspects of life, from politics to business, education and social activism.  This day serves as a reminder that there is still much work to be done in order for women to achieve true gender equality.  On this day, we are reminded of the importance of standing together and supporting each other in our fight for gender justice.  International Women’s Day is an important day in the film industry as it highlights the contributions of women in film and celebrates their achievements.  It is a day to recognise the unique talents and perspectives that women bring to the film industry, and to encourage more female filmmakers to pursue their dreams.  On this day, we celebrate the contributions of women in the industry, from directors, producers, writers, actors, cinematographers and more. International Women’s Day also serves as a reminder of how far we still have to go in achieving gender parity in the film industry, and encourages us all to continue striving for progress. This day also provides an opportunity for us to come together and support each other in our respective roles in order to create a more inclusive environment for everyone. Did you know that 41 of 2021’s top 100 [...]

Celebrating International Women’s Day in the Film Industry2023-03-06T16:34:42+00:00

Inspiring Video Production and Marketing Work Experience at Shot Blast Media

Evelyn, a college student completing her A-levels, joined the Shot Blast Media team for a week of video production and marketing work experience in February 2023. Here’s her take on how her week went! My week at Shot Blast Media as a work experience student. Since studying film at A Level, I had developed an interest in filmmaking, especially pre-production and scriptwriting. I was very keen to find work experience with a more hands-on approach to filmmaking than my lectures at college, which teach primarily theory. At Shot Blast Media, I have had a great time being able to experience the process behind making corporate films and the detail that goes into every aspect.  On my third day, the team set up a video call with one of their freelance scriptwriters, Deb Gilbert, which was incredibly insightful. I learnt about how both a creative mind and a logical point of view are needed when writing a concise and effective script for customers who only have a few seconds to get their words across.  Deb told me it's all about having the right words and how to use them to your advantage. I've had a lot of fun learning how to assemble a camera and tripod. We also set up microphones and equipment for a podcast episode, only to find an issue with the microphone.  Going back and forth across a set-up, talking gibberish into two microphones for a day to no avail wasn't quite how I imagined my day [...]

Inspiring Video Production and Marketing Work Experience at Shot Blast Media2023-02-13T12:11:45+00:00

How To Celebrate Global Movie Day 2023

Global Movie Day is celebrated the second Saturday of February and is a celebration of the power and beauty of cinema. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established Global Movie Day as a day for film fans around the world to celebrate their most favourite movies and engage with Academy members and filmmakers across social media channels. Global Movie Day strives to bring together people from diverse backgrounds who are united by their love for movies.  It is a day to appreciate the art form and its impact on our lives. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of movies in our culture and society. The event has grown significantly since it began, with millions of people participating in events all over the world. On Global Movie Day, movie fans come together to watch films from different countries, discuss their favourite films, share stories about how movies have impacted them personally, or simply enjoy watching a movie with friends or family.  Whether you're looking for a classic movie night or a more modern streaming experience, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your favourite films.  From streaming them online, to watching them in a cinema or even at home, there are many options available for you and your loved ones to enjoy a good film. Through this celebration of cinema, we can gain insight into different cultures and perspectives while also celebrating our shared love for film. It also provides an opportunity for filmmakers [...]

How To Celebrate Global Movie Day 20232023-02-08T11:19:18+00:00

The Significance of National Popcorn Day!

​​What and when is National Popcorn Day? National Popcorn Day is a celebration held on January 19th every year. It is a day dedicated to celebrating the delicious snack that has been around for centuries.  The holiday was created to recognise the history and cultural importance of popcorn and to encourage people to enjoy it in all its forms.  The history of popcorn is incredibly interesting. It dates back to ancient times, as early as 5,000 BC, and is believed to have originated in Mexico and Peru, where it was used as a food source by the indigenous people. Popcorn was also popular in Europe during the Middle Ages, and it eventually made its way across the world. Today, popcorn continues to be a popular snack enjoyed by people from all walks of life. From movie nights with friends, to family game night, popcorn can be enjoyed in many different ways.  What else do we associate popcorn with? Popcorn is often used as a metaphor for suspense or excitement, or even as a visual representation of the passage of time.  This snack has also become associated with nostalgia, reminding us of childhood memories spent at the movies with friends and family. Popcorn has been an integral part of the movie-going experience since the early days of cinema. Popcorn and movies have been linked together for over a century.  The history of popcorn in cinema dates back to the late 1800s, when it was first introduced as a snack for [...]

The Significance of National Popcorn Day!2023-01-11T11:36:17+00:00
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