Films made with passion, insight & artistry

Vermillion Films is an award-winning creative film production company that sits comfortably between being a creative comms consultancy and a film production agency.  We make films for clients across a range of sectors including sport, agriculture, the arts, defence, construction, energy, FMCG, professional services, rail and FTSE250 clients, as well as the advertising, marketing and digital agencies that support them.

 
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2 - 9
 Founded
2011
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • Unit 1, Newhall Place, 16-17 Newhall Hill
    Birmingham, WMD B1 3JH
    United Kingdom
other locations
  • 13 Bayley Street
    London, LND WC1B 3HD
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

AGCO, JCB, Polar, Jaguar Land Rover, MTR Crossrail, Overground, Govia Thameslink Railway, Glide, Javelin Block, Cisco, Jacobs, Gensler, Team Sky, Chivas Regal, Mailbox.

JCB Customer Support

This film was created to sit on JCB's huge stand at the 2019 Agritechnica Show in Germany. The screen had been designed to be incredibly wide. We decided to make the very wide aspect ratio a feature of the film.

Fullers London Pride - #RunWithPride Rugby

Fuller's London Prider was the official beer of the London Marathon. This is a particularly creative approach to the idea that even if you're not drinking much during the marathon, your supporters will be.

**WINNER** Royal Television Society - Best Promotional Film

As featured on the front page of www.adsoftheworld.com

This film, Holy Ground, was created for Javelin Block, the company leading Birmingham's rampaging renaissance, recycling corners of Birmingham's proud industrial heritage into authentic yet modern industrial property.

We're

proud of all of our work, but every now and again a project comes along that reinforces all the reasons we got into making films in the first place.

Stuart Holt, principal of Javelin Block, gave us great freedom to create a film that celebrates the history of the original Comet Works buildings whilst retaining the spirit and ambition of a company that recently featured in a Wall Street Journal piece.

The buildings were previously a metal works, motorcycle factory then a munitions factory during WW2. The film features an original 1920s motorcycle that was actually manufactured in the building and genuine .303 calibre ammunition from the war. The cast included an owl called Alan and actor John Marquez bringing serious gravitas to the role of Narrator that's a world away from his PC Penhale in TV's Doc Martin.

Shot on Red Epic with Lomo Anamorphic lenses this was a real passion project and we're incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew.

Producer: Emily Stubbs
Director: Lee Kemp
DoP: Karl Poyzer
1st AC: Bart Bazazz
2nd AC: Nina Baillie, Fatosh Olgacher
Gaffer: Jordan Dubash
Sparks: John O'Gara, Plum Moss
1st AD: Alex Withers
Runner: Reuben Carey
Post-Production Editor: Matthew Needler
Sound Recording: Ben Lewis
Sound Design and Post Production Sound: Pete Styles
Colourist: Si Cox
Photography: Verity Milligan, Nina Baillie, Reuben Carey
Cast: John Marquez, Sylvia Robson, Michael Muyunda, Anthony Burrows

Mailbox Autumn Campaign

A lovely little promo we did for The Mailbox, Birmingham's premiere shopping centre full of high end fashion and lifestyle brands. One of the most enjoyable shoots we've done in a long time.

Agency: Riley Raven
Producer: Lee Kemp / Daz Spencer-Lovesey
Director: Lee Kemp
Creative Director: Mike Raven
DoP: Karl Poyzer
Focus Puller: Bart Bazazz
2nd AC: Reuben Carey
Gaffer: Dave Bird


Art Director: Gabriella Mossa
Editor/VFX: Kraig Winterbottom
Tracking: Ashleigh Wright
Colourist: Ashleigh Wright/Simon Cox
Cast: Boss Models, Manchester.
Unit Stills: Gemma O'Brien

Glide - Typical Student

A promotional film for Glide Utilities that explores the differences between outdated stereotypes of students and the modern reality of higher education.

This was a really fun shoot that we conceived in early December 2018, shot on 3rd/4th January and signed off on Thursday 10th January 2019. We're really happy with the result and grateful to the cast and crew for helping us turn this one around in double quick

time.

Shot on Arri Alexa Mini with Ultraprimes care of Media Dog Manchester.

Producers: Lee Kemp / Alan Green
Director: Darren Suffolk
DoP: Karl Poyzer
Focus Puller: Matt Choules
2nd AC: Seb Hawkins
Steadicam: Andrew Bainbridge
Sound: Ben Hawkins
1st AD: Laura Roe
Production Assistant: Aresa Foster
Runners: Callum Hodgkinson, Jacob Dolman
DIT/Post: Tom Perrigo
Cast: Bethany Clarke, Ryan Gilmartin, Bex Holland.
Extras provided by Celex and Facebook shouting.

Polar M400 Product Launch Film

Shot in San Francisco so promote the launch of the new Polar M400.

Reviews

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Annual Video Campaigns for Shared Utilities Company

"We’re consistently impressed with Vermillion Film’s ability to take our concepts and bring them to life."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Vermillion Films creates and produces videos for a utilities provider. The team shoots yearly promotional videos after a storyboarding and scriptwriting process. They handle post-production as well.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tara Graham
Marketing Manager, Glide Utilities
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vermillion Films consistently produces high-quality videos that impress internal stakeholders. Their most recent has earned over 1,000,000 total view rates since January, and each deliverable receives high engagement from viewers. Along the way, the team has been personable and professional.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the marketing manager at Glide Utilities. We are a utility company that provides utilities for houses of multiple occupancies. We’ve been operating for around 13 years now and are one of the leaders in what we do.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vermillion Films?

We needed to create videos for our B2C promotional campaign. Throughout the year, we run integrated campaigns through both an awareness and conversion phase depending on the time of year.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When Vermillion Films starts a project, we give the team a brief idea of what we’re looking for, and what the theme of the campaign will be. They then create a few ideas of how we can best portray our message through that theme and bring them back to us for discussion. Each of our videos is scripted, and they include animation work. Their concepts match the theme of the current campaign. When the filming is complete, Vermillion Films handles all of the post-production work, including editing and formatting. In the end, each main video is around roughly two minutes long, and we get small clips taken from the main video. 

What is the team composition?

We have two main contacts, though we interact with many people. Generally, we work with Alan (Creative Producer) who is our point person. We also work with Lee (Managing Director). The size of the rest of the team varies depending on what part of the project we’re in, though during shoots there are runners, cameramen, scriptwriters, and sound people involved.

How did you come to work with Vermillion Films?

One of our colleagues had worked with them in a previous role, and they referred Vermillion Films to us. After meeting with a few other production companies, we decided they were the best fit for us. 

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent about £100,000 (approximately $124,000 USD) so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in 2017, and our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

After our first campaign went extremely well, we decided to continue our relationship with Vermillion Films. The team was professional and easy to work with, and they produced an end result that was exactly what we wanted, which made the decision to continue collaborating easy. 

All of the videos Vermillion Films produce receive excellent feedback. One of the videos, that we launched in January, has over 1,000,000 100% video views, which means people are watching it from start to end. Generally speaking, we see high engagement rates, which speaks volumes to the concept and audience interacting with it. We’re really pleased with the results we see from the team’s work. We’re consistently impressed with Vermillion Film’s ability to take our concepts and bring them to life.

How did Vermillion Films perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re always really clear. Having worked with them for the third year, they understand us, how we work, and what we want. They’re also really quick in terms of how quickly they come back with their proposal and, in turn, bring that proposal to fruition. I guess they have a good team behind the scenes.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have clear communication, quick turnaround, and deliver quality work. We also appreciate that Vermillion Films allows us to get as involved as we want and invites us to the shoots so we can be there on production day.

In general, we’re really pleased with the quality and end result, and we’ve really enjoyed working with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any feedback on what they can do to improve because they have been really good for us.  

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would definitely recommend Vermillion Films, and I have recommended them to other companies. They’re easy to work with and are extremely personable. They can talk to you on your level without having to talk about all the technical jargon behind video production.

Be really clear with the brief. The clearer you are, the better the proposal, and the better the interpretation that Vermillion Films can deliver.

5.0
Overall Score I am very happy with them.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Ads for Distillery

"The videos are exactly what we were looking for."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Mar. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Vermillion Films produced multiple short videos to promote products for a distillery. The team provides end-to-end production services. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Stourton, United Kingdom
Daniel Szor
Founder & CEO, Cotswolds Distillery
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is very happy with Vermillion Films’ work. Their work is unique and fun, allowing the client to distinguish themselves from others in the industry. Customers can expect an excellent turnaround time and a longterm partner. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of a distillery that makes single malt whiskey and gin.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vermillion Films?

I had been looking for someone to be the video voice of our company. We were doing great print and social media work, but we didn’t have enough video content to support our marketing efforts.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve produced several videos for us so far, but we’re working on forming a long term partnership with them. I shared my ideas with them and they came back with several fun and unique video concepts. 

He’s produced three videos. One for our single malt whiskey, one for our gin, and one for a new product we haven’t launched yet. Our producer filmed the videos at his home since it was done during the COVID-19 shelter in place period. 

What is the team composition?

Lee (Director) was my main point of contact. He has a larger team including voiceover artists, filmers, and editors. 

How did you come to work with Vermillion Films?

I found them online and saw that they were located in the same area as us. I liked the idea of working with another local business. 

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve invested several thousand British pounds. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We began our ongoing engagement with them at the end of March 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

It’s really important that we drive up online sales since our distilleries and brick-and-mortar stores are closed. We don’t have any specific success metrics yet, but we’re really happy with their work. The videos are exactly what we were looking for. I’m happy that I found the right team for me and I’m excited to continue our relationship. 

How did Vermillion Films perform from a project management standpoint?

They have an excellent turnaround time. It took them less than a week to produce our first video. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're the answer to what we were lacking as a firm. I feel that we’re going to have a great relationship with them for years to come. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

I haven’t found anything that’s been lacking in the slightest. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

I would tell other people not to settle for less when it comes to finding a vendor. This team is proof that there are amazing vendors out there.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Short Film for Recent University Applicants

“They listened to who we are and understood the message we wanted to get across.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Vermillion Films produced a two-minute video for a university in order to attract new students. Working closely with students, they created a video that accurately represents the institution’s culture.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Former Head of School, University
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The film resonates with the school and was well-received by viewers. Vermillion Films collaborated with the students without bumps, and managed the project effectively. They communicated throughout production and were easily able to implement feedback.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the head of a university.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vermillion Films?

It was around trying to engage with students that were applying to University but hadn’t made their minds up about which institution they wanted to go to. We wanted to engage with those students by selling them on the experience through a video.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We focused on what our mission and vision. We have strong beliefs, and we knew exactly what we wanted our students to be like. We do things differently, we break things and put them together in a new way, we’re unique, and the film was about capturing that experience.

We took that to Vermillion Films, and they created an experience. It was all live action, and it was about two minutes long. They also handled all the post-production.

Some of our media students were able to help as well , which was a great experience for them. That was a big positive.

What is the team composition?

From Vermillion Films, there were about 5–6 team members.

How did you come to work with Vermillion Films?

I’ve been in media for a while, and I’ve always known good teams in the area.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent just under 10,000

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in January 2019 and we got the final product in March that year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

I’ve been working in universities for about ten years now, and the first time I shared a film at an opening day and the audience clapped afterwards. I was a little bit shocked by that, but obviously it resonates with the message we were trying to sell. So, it went quite well.  

How did Vermillion Films perform from a project management standpoint?

It was very smooth. We had no major problems. The team worked really well with the students—of course, that can pose challenges, but the arrangement went smoothly. We had a lot to do, but they got it all done.

We initially communicated over email throughout production, but then we had a viewing and we gave them a few comments. Then they did a final edit.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They listened to who we are and understood the message we wanted to get across. That was quite important. We had a clear view of what we wanted, and they knew that. The results were authentic, and I think that’s why the project was so well-received.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The one day of filming was very long. We just had so much to do. I could have said that we could leave things here and there, but I didn’t want to compromise on anything. So, I guess we can’t change too much.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Get them in really early at the start of that process. Communicate who you are, so if you can work with them, you can ensure that the film is authentic. That’s a great bonus.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for Agricultural Machinery Manufacturer

"The amount of effort they go through to get the job done professionally, accurately, and within budget is impressive."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. - May 2019
Project summary: 

Working from a project brief, Vermillion Films produced a film that highlights the after-sales journey and created a presentation to accompany it. Their work included location scouting and project management.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
Gavin Doughty
Manager of After-Sales Digital Marketing, AGCO
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vermillion Films went above and beyond to deliver a high-quality film and presentation, which both received positive internal and external feedback. Despite being under pressure, the team worked hard, flexibly, and quickly to deliver. Their partnership was essential to the success of the project.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am responsible for the digital marketing of after-sales for AGCO, a global manufacturer of agricultural machinery, in the Europe and Middle East regions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vermillion Films?

The central marketing team for one of our tractor brands is going around Europe for one to two weeks at a time where they will invite customers and dealers to try the machines. This will hopefully convert some of the competitor’s customers.

After-sales, as it is in the car industry, is very important to the customer when they are purchasing a machine. The backup and support they receive after making their purchase are incredibly important. It’s our job to get the message across to the customer about the services they will receive once they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on new machinery.

I was tasked with coming up with a 20-minute presentation that will be presented to a relatively small group of customers, four times a day, five days a week across Europe in multiple languages in the middle of a field. We needed help with creating the video and presentation, which is why we hired Vermillion Films.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After giving them a brief, Vermillion Films came up with some great ideas for the project. They then filmed the entire service offering from after-sales in one journey. I gave the team a list of 2–3 farms that they could visit, and they contacted the farm managers themselves and organized the visits. Sometimes I accompanied them and other times, I didn’t. That’s because they had a very good understanding of what they needed from a visual point of view, whereas I have expertise in the brand.

On top of coming up with a great location, they liaised with our local dealers and organized the machinery, film crew, and scenery. They also recruited people to come and build elements when needed. The video covered the training of our apprentices and our technicians, extended warranty contracts and renovation of slightly older machines. The team also included information such as the dispatch, availability, and delivery of parts, as well as logistical aspects such as overnight delivery across Europe. 

They split the film up into segments so that it would fit well into the PowerPoint presentation. In addition to creating the live-action film, Vermillion designed the presentation. They were able to develop a script and a storyboard because they knew our business very well. Our team then reviewed the materials and made suggestions, tweaking them to our liking it a little bit. 

What is the team composition?

In addition to Lee (Managing Director), we worked with other directors, set builders, sound engineers, makeup artists, wardrobe specialists, editors, designers, and actors. All in all, there were about 40 people.

How did you come to work with Vermillion Films?

I’ve been working with them for so long that I can’t even remember. We’ve used Vermillion Films for quite a few years now for a multitude of projects. 

How much have you invested in them?

We spent about $77,750 on this project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them on this project from March–May 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Vermillion Films conveyed everything we needed to get across to potential customers in the film they created, and we've received great verbal feedback. Our local, German, and French sales teams, who’ve all presented the video to customers, have all been really appreciative of the material because it has made their job so much easier. 

They have all come back and said that it was very good. The quality of both the presentation and film is fantastic, and the information contained within the film is second to none. Our team has given presentations several times each day over the course of a week without any negative feedback whatsoever.

How did Vermillion Films perform from a project management standpoint?

Lee and I have a very good working relationship. We’ve traveled and filmed together, and he’s a practical guy. He is commanding and runs the team well. They are all very friendly and approachable. I know I can be difficult to work with sometimes, but they never let it show. Vermillion Films is a team of very professional people. After this year, we can all go down into a bar and have a beer together and have a good laugh. It’s a kind of “work hard, play hard” relationship.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The amount of effort they go through to get the job done professionally, accurately, and within budget is impressive. Unlike other agencies who are concerned with money, Vermillion Films’ main focus is quality. They are always willing to charge me a reasonable price 

We had a shoot in France a couple of years ago where the camera equipment got stolen out of the back of the car the morning of the shoot. Lee spent hours on the phone and ran around for miles, picking up gear and making sure the shoot went on as if nothing had happened. The team’s flexibility and the way they react to incidents just makes them stand out from a lot of other companies that I have dealt with.

There was another occasion where I wasn’t getting on personally with one of their directors. We were working on a project and we had a bit of a clash because he wanted to do things one way, whereas I would've preferred to do them another way. We weren’t gelling so Lee stepped in, adjusted the process, and sorted the problem out for me. I couldn’t have asked for more than that.

This project was so last-minute because we didn’t have the budget signed off. They had to work very quickly to get everything organized, find the location, work on the script — everything that goes into making this type of project happen with very little notice. In spite of this, Lee and his team really pulled out all the stops. They worked overnight and on weekends, doing whatever needed to be done to complete the project on time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there’s nothing I can think of. We’ve worked together for a long time, and when there have been issues, we’ve talked about it. I’ve always been able to go to them and voice my opinion. Right now, there really isn’t anything to improve on because we’ve already been through that process over time. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice to anyone considering Vermillion Films is to not even consider them; just work with them because they’re great.

5.0
Overall Score Overall, working with them has been really fun. We got a great product in the end; what more could you want?
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They haven’t let me down yet.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve provided me with fantastic services.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer