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Pannie Lun
Operations Director

Progress are hiring

2 days ago

We have two new leadership roles opening up at The Progress Film Company. We are looking for an Executive Producer and Head of Content to join our team. Please go to the Careers page of our website to find more information on both positions and to download the full job specs.

10 Years of Progress

4 weeks ago

Today, May 1st 2010, marks The Progress Film Company’s 10th birthday. Over the next month we’re going to be celebrating this milestone on our Instagram account with a bunch of Stories chronicling the history of the company and a series of Instagram Live discussions with key Progress collaborators. We’ve also put together this reel of highlights from the last 10 years. A massive thanks to all our clients, colleagues and partners for an incredible decade. Here’s to the next 10…

OFF SET – our growing Brighton filmmakers community and social event – has launched on Instagram with a series of IG Live discussions and Q&As. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be talking to a host of different filmmakers about their past and current experiences, with a particular focus on the balance between independent and commercial work. Follow along here.

Director Matt Hopkins creates a beautiful new ad for Kuoni, tapping into the feelings of longing and wanderlust the world is currently experiencing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The film was created out of footage shot by Matt and Progress over the past five years.

Director Matt Hopkins‘ ‘A Failure of the Imagination’ – made over a period of four years and part of Matt’s multi-award-winning short doc series England Your England – has won Best Short Documentary at the 2020 London Independent Film Festival.

Matt Hopkins recently spoke with The Atlantic about his short documentary, A Failure of the Imagination. Click here to read the article or see more episodes from the series.

‘A Failure of the Imagination’, the latest short documentary from director Matt Hopkins for his award-winning series England Your England, has been awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. Click here to see more episodes from the series.

England Your England, the award-winning short documentary series from director Matt Hopkins returns, sharing the story of Douglas McMaster and his efforts to change the country’s wasteful food systems through the UK’s first zero waste restaurant, Silo.

In new commercial work, director Stuart Hackshaw joins with Mazda to showcase the famous design principles, detail and expert craftsmanship behind the brand’s new Vision Coupe Concept model.

In the latest instalment of TAG Heuer’s ‘Break Tennis’ campaign, director Matt Hopkins shares the personal stories of the rising stars ready to overthrow the established elite and forge their own historic path. Click here to watch all the athlete films.

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be taking part in the upcoming Straight 8 Shootout. Click here to find out more about the competition and hear from Sam Widdows, our Creative Lead.

The Right Choice, our collaboration with Visualise, Don’t Panic and director Avril Furness for the International Red Cross has won bronze in the virtual reality category at The Lovie Awards. Click here to find out more about the world-first virtual reality.

We’re committed to joining with the wider creative industry as part of the Create and Strike movement, using our platform to help fight the global climate crisis. Yesterday, our team joined marchers in Brighton, filming and interviewing protesters we met along the way to showcase the new wave of young activists determined to provoke meaningful change.

Director Stuart Hackshaw reunites with Mazda to showcase the brand’s iconic design principles at work, focusing on the precision and expert craftsmanship behind their Mazda3.

In new travel work, director Matt Hopkins joins with BBC Storyworks and The Smalls to create a series of TVCs for Visit Dubai. The project’s empowering director’s cut mirrors the ever-rising cityscape with the personal journeys of self-discovery enjoyed by a set of female protagonists who call the city home.

Director Ben Lankester joins with TAG Heuer to disrupt the tennis landscape, introducing four rising stars who are ready to break the established order and forge their own historic path in the game. As the luxury watch brand’s inaugural tennis activation, our creative team devised a campaign to make a suitably big impact. #BreakTennis isn’t just a hashtag but a challenge. It is a generation defining moment, announcing four defiant up-and-comers who are ready to take the tennis world by storm.

Off Set Returns

10 months ago

We’re pleased to bring news of the second instalment of Off Set – the Brighton Filmmakers Social. The next event will take place on Wednesday 18th September at The Grand Central, Brighton. Click here to find out more about the screening filmmakers and to reserve your place on the guest list.

Director Ben Lankester releases ‘Love’, an adaptation of a poem by Polish writer Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, originally published in 1926. Visualising the poem for a contemporary audience, the film was shot in the spring across various locations in East London and Seven Sisters in East Sussex.

Progress Are Hiring

10 months ago

We’re looking for a Head of Production, Executive Producer and Treatment Designer to join our team. Visit our Careers page for full details on each role.

Earlier this year we journeyed to the Caribbean with Kuoni. Over a two week period, we travelled across St. Lucia, Barbados and Antigua, taking in the unique attributes that make the islands so unique.

In his fourth collaboration with Ferris & Sylvester, Sam Parish-Rookes joins the band to create the video for their latest single, ‘Flying Visit’.

We’re looking for an Executive Producer and Director’s Rep to join our team. If you’re based in London or Brighton and looking for a position that allows you to execute real change, we’d love to hear from you. Please send applications through to talent@progressfilm.co.uk.

We’re proud to have won four awards at Campaign & PRWeek’s Brand Film Festival. Small Talk Saves Lives, directed by Stuart Hackshaw for Samaritans, won three awards, selected in the Best of the Best category while also winning Gold for Craft and Creativity. Meanwhile, The Land of Land Rovers, directed by Matt Hopkins for Land Rover, also won Gold in the Creativity section.

We’re proud to announce that The Land of Land Rovers, our collaboration with Land Rover through Spark44, has won Best Video by a Lifestyle Brand at the Travel Video Awards. Click here to see the full list of winners from the event.

Entries are now open for the 2019 David Thomas Awards. The awards are a collection of prizes, screenings and workshops, hosted alongside the University of Brighton, providing emerging filmmakers with a platform on which to share their work and kick-start their careers in the industry. Click here for full details.

We’re looking for a Head of Production to join our team in Brighton. This is a new senior role at Progress and the ideal position for an ambitious individual looking to execute real change and help to develop and grow our talented production department. For more information and to receive a full application pack, please e-mail talent@progressfilm.co.uk


We’re proud to present the final episode of Lost But Not Forgotten. Director Stuart Hackshaw beautifully captures the story of the St Kildans, a remote community forced to leave their island home in 1930. Now in his old age, the last of the St Kildans laments the idyllic island, the only home he has ever known and the way of life that was lost all those years ago.

Progress have been shortlisted in five categories at Campaign and PR Week’s Brand Film Festival. Our work with Pegasus for both Network Rail and Samaritans are up for two awards each, while The Land of Land Rovers with Spark44 has been nominated in the Brand Documentary category. Click here for a breakdown of all the shortlisted films.

We’re looking for a Production Manager and Production Assistant to join our team. Click on both roles to find out more and send through applications to talent@progressfilm.co.uk.

Sam Rookes joins with Designate to create Kuoni’s 2019 TV commercial, recognised by Travel Weekly as “arguably the best travel TV advert for several years”. Click here for the full review.

We’re looking for a Filmmaker to join the team at our Brighton HQ. Click here to find out more about the role and how to get in touch.

Joining with Pegasus to create the second instalment of the Samaritans’ Small Talk Saves Lives campaign, director Stuart Hackshaw highlights how the everyday conversations are all the experience needed to make a massive difference to someone in need.

In new commercial work, director Ben Lankester travels across the Peak District and Swiss Alps, creating a stunning film to announce the new brand partnership between TAG Heuer and Aston Martin.

In new charity work with Love146 UK, director Stuart Hackshaw presents a UK survivor’s story, highlighting that with the right care, support and guidance, victims of child trafficking have the potential to truly thrive.

We’re pleased to announce that A Divorce Before Marriage will be screening at Left Bank Leeds on Wednesday 28th November, followed by a Q&A with director Ben Lankester. Click here to find out more and purchase tickets.

We’re proud to have won the Bite Size prize at The Smalls Film Festival for Small Talk Saves Lives, with the Samaritans and Pegasus. A massive thank you to all who voted.

We’re proud to announce that Small Talk Saves Lives, our campaign with Samaritans and Pegasus, has won Campaign of the Year at Campaign, PR Week & Third Sector’s inaugural Campaigns For Good Awards.

In new documentary work, Sam Parish-Rookes joins with TAG Heuer to capture watch customisation expert George Bamford and his unrivalled collection of timepieces, including the Monaco Heritage model.

Voting is now open for The Smalls Film Festival 2018. Click here to vote for Small Talk Saves Lives in the festival’s Bite Size category.

Following the release of his latest independent work More of the Same Tomorrow, director Ben Lankester writes for Little Black Book on his experiences making the film and the importance of undertaking such passion projects. Click here to see what he had to say.

Joining with Anglia Ruskin University, director Sam Rookes creates a suite of content for the university’s Plan ARU campaign, aiming to demystify the clearing process and position ARU as a first choice option for prospective students.

Director Ben Lankester has released an experimental short-film-music-video hybrid shot in Warsaw. More of the Same Tomorrow is an independent, self-funded, straight from the heart exercise in filmmaking. The film tells the story of a commuter’s desire to escape the routine and monotony of the everyday, and explores man’s relationship with time, progress and destiny. Find out more here.

In new documentary work with Spark44 as part of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations, director Matt Hopkins travels to Maneybhanjang, a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas, to showcase the vital role a fleet of 1950s Series One Land Rovers play in everyday village life.

You vs. Train is a rail-industry initiative spearheaded by Network Rail and the British Transport Police aimed at teenagers across the UK. For the campaign’s central film, director Ben Lankester creates a thrilling, moving account of Tom Hubbard, a 16-year-old boy who received life-changing injuries when he trespassed on the railway. Find out more about the campaign at youvstrain.co.uk

Director Ben Lankester has released two new music videos for Muariolanza X Clapton Fox. The projects represent an experiment in formats, with Love Time shot on digital in Iceland and Free Django on 16mm film in East London. Click here to see more of Ben’s work.


2 years ago

We’re looking for a Filmmaker and Production Assistant to join our team. Think you could be perfect for the role? Send your showreel/CV and cover letter to talent@progressfilm.co.uk

Our work for Samaritans’ #SmallTalkSavesLives campaign with Pegasus has been recognised with three silver awards at Campaign & PR Week’s Brand Film Festival. Click here for more on the film.

A Divorce Before Marriage, the feature length film from Matt Hopkins and Ben Lankester, is now available to stream online. A rite-of-passage documentary, the film covers fours years in the lives of Leeds band I Like Trains as they attempt to release music independently amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing music industry. Watch it here.



Our work with Pegasus for the Samaritans’ #SmallTalkSavesLives initiative has helped the campaign win two awards at the PRCA Digital Awards. Click here for more on the project.

Submissions are now open for this year’s David Thomas Awards. Now in it’s fifth year, the awards celebrate the finest local filmmaking talent with three prizes up for grabs. Click here to find out more.

We’re proud to have our work with Pegasus for the Samaritans’ #SmallTalkSavesLives campaign recgonised with three nominations in Campaign & PR Week’s Brand Film Festival. Click here to find out more about the project.

In his latest work with Mazda, Stuart Hackshaw travel to the company’s Hiroshima production plant, showcasing the unique design process behind every Mazda vehicle. Click here for more.

In our latest work through Gravity Thinking, we joined Hyundai as they undertook a unique experiment, using visual neuroscience to determine the colour that makes people most positive. The results would be used to create the world’s ‘most positive’ special edition IONIQ.

Director Sam Parish-Rookes channels feel good vibes in the new music video for Ferris and Sylvester’s ‘Better In Yellow’.

Director Matt Hopkins journeyed to the south of France with Designate to shoot two new TVCs for Brittany Ferries’ ‘For Anyone’ campaign. See both films here.

Our work with Southern Water for their campaign ‘The Unflushables’ has won gold at the CIPR PRide Awards. Click here for more on the initiative.

For every life lost on the railway, six are saved by the actions of those around them. Raising awareness of the help all commuters can provide to those in need, director Matt Hopkins joins with the Samaritans and Network Rail to highlight how small talk has the power to save lives. Find out more about the campaign here.

Launched into the public eye during his six-month spell on the International Space Station, we joined astronaut Tim Peake to discover the realities of life in space. The ad is appearing in cinemas nationwide ahead of the release of Tim’s new book Ask An Astronaut.

New Signing: WE

3 years ago

We are very pleased to announce the signing of WE to our directors roster. WE specialise in everything from animation and VFX to live action, mixed media and stop frame. WE is made up of East London duo Tim Wetherall & Jon Evans. Check out their reel here.

Progress Are Hiring

3 years ago

We’re looking for a Sales Rep and Treatment Designer to join our team. Think you could be the perfect person for the job? Send your CV and cover letter to talent@progressfilm.co.uk

Progress have joined the APA family. A proud moment for the company and the whole production team. See our profile here.

Our team have two films screening at Brighton Film Club this weekend, hosted by Pop-Up Brighton. ‘The Nature of Daylight’, directed by Stuart Hackshaw and Sam Rookes and ‘Creatures of the Deep’, directed by Ben Cox, will both be showing at the screening. Buy your tickets for the event here.

A Legendary Look Back

3 years ago

As Usain Bolt prepared to cross the finish line for the final time, our latest animation celebrated the countless achievements of the legendary Olympian.

We’re proud to have two films shortlisted at The Smalls Film Festival 2017. Our work with Spark44 for Land Rover’s Hibernot campaign and animation for International Women’s Day have both been nominated in the new Bite Size category. Click here to vote for your favourite.

In our latest work with Kuoni, director Matt Hopkins embarks on a country-long road trip across Italy, capturing the people, places and traditions that grant the country its distinct aura. Find out more about the project here.

We’re proud that our films with Southern Water have helped their campaign, ‘The Unflushables’, receive a nomination in the CIPR PRide Awards. Find out more about the project here.

In our latest travel project, director Stuart Hackshaw returns to the Maldives, hoping to encourage millennial families to ‘brave the world’ for Holiday Inn’s ‘The Joy of Travel’ campaign. Find out more about the project here.

Ahead of Pride in London, we joined with Omnicom and Redwood, creating an animation that celebrated the LGBT community and the city’s experiences of love in all its forms. Click here to find out more on the project.

Few people realise the complex process that goes into ensuring energy reaches our homes. We joined with British Gas and Ogilvy & Mather to change that. This is Energy’s Grand Journey.

In our latest charity work, we joined 40 GSK trekkers as they embarked on the journey of a lifetime, navigating Mount Kenya to raise money for Save The Children through their Trek For Kids initiative. Click here to see how we fared up Africa’s second highest peak.

We’re pleased to present the Progress Showreel 2017, a collection of our most memorable recent work. To find out more about what we do, get in touch at hello@progressfilm.co.uk

To celebrate World Cucumber Day, director Stuart Hackshaw captures a series of perilous experiments in the P.L.A.N.T laboratory with Hendrick’s Gin, in our latest work for Gravity Thinking. See all content from the campaign here.

We’re proud to have had our work for Kuoni’s ‘Find Your Amazing’ campaign feature in the ARRI Camera Showreel 2017. Check out the showreel and click here for more on our featured project.

Thank you to everyone who attended the David Thomas Award Evening yesterday – a special night celebrating Brighton’s finest filmmaking talent. The screening, hosted at our neighbours The Brighton Studio, saw the 2016 award winner, Maria Hanlon, premiere her short documentary, Parky. For more on the award, click here.

The 2017 David Thomas Award Evening is just two days away. Celebrating Brighton’s finest filmmaking talent, check out this year’s trailer for a preview of the films we’ll be screening. For more information on the event and to confirm you’ll be attending, click here.

Featuring the all-new Discovery and led by landscape photographer Julian Calverley, director Matt Hopkins captures the Isle of Skye beautifully in this stunning new film for Land Rover and Spark44.

Our home is Brighton’s largest film and photography studio and we’re pleased to now be able to open our doors to a wider pool of creative talent with our facilities available to hire. Whether you’re looking for suites to complete edit and colour grade or the perfect space for creative brainstorming, we can help. To see the spaces available and for more information, have a look at our 2017 prospectus here.

The David Thomas Award Evening 2017 will take place at 7pm on the 25th May at our Brighton studio. The film screening will showcase a selection of curated work from Brighton’s finest up-and-coming and established filmmaking talent, including a film from Maria Hanlon, the winner of the 2016 David Thomas Award. To find out more about the event and confirm you’ll be attending, click here.

Visiting the Maldives promises a truly exclusive, once in a lifetime holiday experience… until now. We joined with Kuoni to produce our latest 360º film, showcasing the Kuramathi Island Resort from every angle. For more on the project, click here.

Matt and Ben have been speaking all things A Divorce Before Marriage on the latest podcast from Directors Notes. Listen to what they had to say here.

The film is available to buy now. Head to the Progress Store to get your copy.

‘Wrapped With Love’, our Christmas campaign with Pan Macmillan, has been shortlisted for Mobile Strategy or Campaign Of The Year in The Drum Marketing Awards. Find out more about the project here.

We’re pleased to announce that our Account Director, Chris Herriott, has made it into the BIMA 100, a list, chosen by BIMA, that recognises the finest talent from the UK’s digital sector. For more on the list – and May’s event – click here.

We’re looking for a Sales Representative with a proven track record to promote and obtain work for our established brand. If you match the criteria, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with your CV at talent@progressfilm.co.uk.

We’re looking for a Business Development Executive to join our team. If you’re from a film and/or advertising background with industry knowledge and an established roster of contacts, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with your CV at talent@progressfilm.co.uk.

‘Living Under Spaghetti’, the latest instalment of our original series, Lost But Not Forgotten, is out now. Venturing below Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction, the film reveals what life is like for the people living below the city’s busiest transport route. Find out more about the series here.

‘Shell’, the short film from Joe Sampson, has been selected for the Unrestricted View Film Festival. You can catch the film at 6.30pm on the 30th April at The Hen and Chickens Theatre. For more on the festival, click here.

We’re pleased to announce that ‘Wrapped With Love’, our Christmas campaign with Pan Macmillan, has been nominated for the ‘Marketing Strategy of the Year’ award at the British Book Industry Awards. Find out more about the project here.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, our animation team got to work, creating this animated short celebrating some of the female figures who have inspired us. Find out more here.

We’re proud to present the second instalment of our original series, Lost But Not Forgotten. Directed by Ben Cox, ‘In The Shadow Of The Mountain’, shot across the awe-inspiring landscapes of Snowdonia, looks at the challenges faced by Welsh farmers in the region, championing the work of the National Trust and Wales YFC. Find out all about the project here.

Taking inspiration from Creature Comforts, we’ve joined with Southern Water and the Consumer Council for Water, creating a set of shorts designed to educate audiences on the issue of internal flooding. See more from the project here.

We’re on the look out for an experienced Production Manager to join our team. Are you highly driven with experience of working with the world’s leading brands? If so, it’d be great to hear from you. Get in touch with your CV at talent@progressfilm.co.uk

Are you adept in After Effects and Cinema 4D with experience creating both 2D and 3D animations? If so, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for an experienced Motion Designer to join our team. Check out the job spec above and if you think you fit the bill, send your CV through to talent@progressfilm.co.uk.

We’re looking for a Junior Designer to join our team. If you’ve got a flair for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign then we’d love to hear from you. Check out the job spec above and send your CV to talent@progressfilm.co.uk

We’re proud to present the first episode in our new original series, ‘Lost But Not Forgotten’. Directed by Matthew Green, ‘Forgotten Coast’ is a poetic exploration of the Isle of Wight’s South West coastline, where coastal erosion and constant landslips have left abandoned towns and decaying holiday villages. Accompanied by Nothing Will Die, a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the film serves to highlight the never-ending cycle of death and rebirth along the coast. Find out all about our latest ongoing series here.

A drive-through restaurant manned by one of Britain’s leading chefs is not something you experience every day. In our final film for Land Rover’s 2017 #Hibernot campaign, we joined two Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan in the middle of nowhere to capture Britain’s most remote drive-through experience. Fine dining at five below freezing. Read more about the project here.

We’re very pleased to announce that our series of travel films for Kuoni’s ‘Find Your Amazing’ campaign has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Use Of Film/Video’ award at the Travel Marketing Awards 2017. We travelled to Kenya, Sri Lanka and the Maldives with the travel company last year and now wait until March 14th to find out the result. Find out all about the project here.

Land Rover has a genuine appetite for winter. It is there not to be endured, but anticipated and experienced. Travelling to the Lake District with Michelin-star winning chef Simon Rogan, we created the film content for the latest series of Land Rover’s iconic #Hibernot campaign, challenging viewers to see winter differently and embrace the season. Find out all about the project here.

Our latest work with housing charity Shelter saw us create a promotional film for their Urban Rush event. We covered serious ground, following runners as they took part in the 2016 run, covering 15 miles and passing some of London’s most iconic sights along the way. Find out more about the film here.

Christmas shopping can be tricky, so we teamed with Barclaycard to help spread a little cheer during the frantic festive rush. Taking up residence in a busy shopping centre, we invited shoppers to relax and unwind in our log cabin. Little did they know the surprises we had in store. Watch the film here to see how it all unfolded.

Following successful festival showings earlier this year, Stuart Hackshaw and Sam Rookes have released their short film, ‘The Nature Of Daylight’, on Vimeo. Check the film out here.

Christmas is fast approaching and our first festive campaign of the season is here. We created a series of light-hearted spots for Dunelm’s ‘Christmas Proof Your Home’ campaign, solving the yuletide blips that we all encounter this time of year. Check out the full series here.

The future of e-mobility is here. We teamed with Hyundai Motor UK to showcase the IONIQ model, their offering in the competitive electric car market. Featuring English TV personality Jake Humphrey, we captured the supreme capabilities of the vehicle, all for the brand’s ‘Light The Way’ campaign. Check out the film to see what the car has to offer. Read more about the project here.

New Studio Opening

4 years ago

Months of hard work, countless tins of paint, bespoke hand crafted woodwork and a goal of making our new space a haven for creativity have combined to make the perfect production facility. Our new studio is up and running and tonight, alongside The Brighton Studio, we’re hosting our official opening party. If you’re in Brighton we’d love it if you could join us, from 6pm, to see our new space and meet the team.

Find us at: Units B-E, Level 2 South New England House Brighton, BN1 4GH, United Kingdom

Fresh from our run at the Warsaw International Film Festival, the time has come for A Divorce Before Marriage to return to the city where it all started. The film will screen as part of the 30th Leeds International Film Festival on November 6th at the Hyde Park Picture House. It promises to be a very special night and we’d love it if you could join us. Tickets are on sale now, get yours here.

We spent the summer on the South of England’s finest beaches, creating a film for Southern Water’s #BeautyOfTheBeach campaign. Aimed at improving the cleanliness of the South Coast, we travelled from the Isle of Wight’s sandy shores to Margate’s idyllic Joss Bay, educating viewers on what they can do to keep the region’s waters sparkling. Check out the film to see what you can do to help. Read more about the project here.

Following our screening at Brighton’s Duke of York’s cinema, attention now turns to A Divorce Before Marriage’s European Premiere. The film will be screening in competition at the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival between 7-16th October. Showing multiple times over the nine day festival, full details and tickets can be found here.

Fresh. Fast. Fair. Farmdrop are a food retailer with a difference. We teamed with the brand, along with creative agency Albion, on their mission to fix the food chain. Over five days we visited a host of local producers, shedding light on the processes that are helping Farmdrop deliver food five times quicker than their competitors. Providing a comprehensive look at their innovative “click to harvest” service, our film attempted to convert consumers to an environmentally friendlier way of food shopping. Take a look at the project here.

Following the World Premiere of A Divorce Before Marriage earlier this year, we’re pleased to report that the film is coming to Brighton, and is programmed as part of Doc’n Roll Festival at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse on October 1st. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Matt and Ben, and Ian from I Like Trains. We can’t wait to show the film at the UK’s oldest – and our favourite – cinema. We’d love it if you could join us. Tickets are available here.

We recently travelled to Nepal to create our latest virtual reality film in collaboration with WaterAid, as part of the HSBC Water Programme. In 2015, Nepal was devastated by two violent earthquakes. Our film takes up the story a year later, focusing on one man’s remarkable journey to restore normality to his village. This is Nepal’s untold water story.

Watch the trailer and order your VR headset – for the full 360º experience – by visiting: aftershock.wateraid.org.

We’re very pleased to announce that we have two films premiering at The Smalls Film Festival 2016, between September 2nd-7th at Hackney House in London. “Time In Hand”, a five track short film / music video by Ben Lankester will debut alongside Stuart Hackshaw and Sam Rookes’ “The Nature Of Daylight”. September 2nd can’t come soon enough.

For more on the festival and to book tickets, take a look at: http://www.thesmalls.com/festival 

Great productions are born out of great surroundings. We are very pleased to announce that work has begun on our new studio, located in the heart of Brighton’s creative district, alongside our friends The Brighton Studio. Our goal is simple: make the space a UK haven for the finest filmmakers, designers and artists. We have a long road ahead of us and we can’t wait to start the journey. Follow developments via our social media channels – @progressfilmco

Ahead of the October release of ‘Peggy and Me’, the latest literary work from Miranda Hart, we teamed with the British comedian to create a film announcing her #AndMe campaign. Joined by her four-legged pal Peggy, the campaign is a celebration of man’s best friend and the other special people and pets that we just can’t do without. Get the full lowdown on the #AndMe initiative by watching the film and be sure to look out for ‘Peggy and Me’, coming this autumn.

Four months and twenty films later, our Sound of Tomorrow project with Mazda has come to an end. We’ve been on a number of unforgettable trips around Europe capturing content for the #MazdaSounds online campaign. Featuring world renowned DJ Lost Frequencies, our films documented the entirety of the Sound of Tomorrow competition. Thousands of hopeful DJs entered and were soon narrowed down to six, with the winners granted the opportunity to play at the world famous Tomorrowland Music Festival. For more content from the project, take a look at our Vimeo page.

We joined forces with our friends at Hush Homewear to produce a series of films ahead of summer. Enlisting the help of a number of leading internet fashion bloggers, the series was created to advise viewers on a range of topics, from the essential items needed for an Ibiza weekend to what to bring on a family beach holiday. Want to see what’s in style this summer? Then take a look at the films here.

Crystal waters lapping the shore, white sands underfoot, blazing sun above. The Maldives is the ultimate island paradise. We visited five islands, each one granting us a different perspective on what makes this magical region so unique. This was part of a trilogy of films created for Kuoni’s Find Your Amazing series, a campaign aimed at capturing the heart and soul of a destination. Take a look at the full project here.

Construction leaders Crest Nicholson’s brief was to create a short film highlighting the positive impact the company has on communities around the UK. Visiting eight sites, all at various stages of development, we immersed ourselves in the entire house building process. Using a combination of drone, on-land footage and powerful editing, the film showcased the company’s impressive portfolio in epic fashion. Check out the project here.

Earlier this year we headed to Tower Bridge Studios in London, teaming up with British TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal and publisher Random House to create a promotional film for his autobiography The Life of Rylan. Going behind the scenes at the photoshoot for the front cover of the book, Rylan spoke of his reasons for writing as well as alluding to content that readers can expect in the autobiography. As energetic off screen as he is on it, it was a pleasure working with the TV star.

Four and a half years in the making, our feature A Divorce Before Marriage, a film about Leeds band I Like Trains, finally had its World Premiere on 25th June at Picturehouse Central in London as part of the 2016 Open City Documentary Festival. The film played to a sold-out crowd and the screening was followed by a Q&A with directors Matt and Ben and members of the band. It was a special night for all involved. Follow the film across social media @ILikeTrainsFilm for further updates.

The World Premiere of our feature documentary A Divorce Before Marriage has now sold out. The film, screening as part of Open City Documentary Festival at Picturehouse Central on the evening of June 25th, has seen a high demand for tickets. As a result, Open City have scheduled an additional screening, taking place the following day, June 26th, at 3.30pm. The film will be followed by a Q&A with directors Matt and Ben.

You can book tickets for this event here.

We headed to Twickenham to create a promotional film for Strawberry Hill House, the 18th century home of English politician and writer Horace Walpole. Internationally famous as Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture, the house recently underwent a costly refurbishment in an attempt to restore it to its former glory. We were there to capture the results.

Our latest collaboration with Pan Macmillan saw us create a promotional film for crime novelist Peter James’ new book Love You Dead. Shot over two days and filmed on location around some of Brighton’s most famous landmarks – including the luxurious Grand Hotel – the film contained all the quintessential characteristics of a suspenseful crime thriller. Working into the early hours two nights running, the piece captured the dark deception and mystery present in James’ work with the finished film appearing on 4oD.

Set up in memory of Brighton filmmaker David Thomas, we are hosting our annual evening in celebration of the David Thomas Award on Wednesday 25th May. Featuring films from Brighton’s finest young filmmaking talent, the evening will begin at 7pm and it would be great to see you there. For more information, click here.

In addition to this, on the same day we’ll be running a Mini Film School at the University of Brighton Media Centre for University of Brighton students, educating attendees on a wide range of filmmaking topics. Click here for more details.

The David Thomas Award Evening – 7-9.30pm – The Fuse Box, New England House, New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GH

Mini Film School – 2-4pm – University of Brighton Media Centre, Edward Street City Campus, Brighton, BN2 1ST

The time has finally come. We are very excited to announce that the World Premiere of our feature documentary A Divorce Before Marriage will take place on Saturday 25th June as part of the Open City Documentary Festival at Picturehouse Central in London. Tickets will go on sale soon, so make sure you keep an eye out.

For more on the Premiere and the host of other events that we’ll be taking part in on the day, click here.

We headed to the sun soaked city of Barcelona with our good friends at content agency Redwood to capture footage for Mazda’s Sound of Tomorrow campaign. Sampling the city’s famous culture by day, including a helicopter ride to view the many famous sights, we then got to experience the renowned Catalan nightlife, filming international DJ Lost Frequencies in his element at a packed Barcelona night club.

For the highlights from an unforgettable few days, check out the final film here.

Ever wondered what it’d be like to take the stage in front of hundreds of people? Well wonder no more with our latest 360º film. Partnering with our friends NCS, we headed to the Roundhouse in Camden, North London for their NCSYes Live event. Featuring performances from some of the UK’s biggest musical talents – including headliner Tinie Tempah – it was a memorable afternoon of live music, celebrating the hard work of all NCS volunteers.

Check out the full film here


4 years ago

Our filmmaking has taken us to come incredible places – from sub-zero survival in the Arctic to Kenya’s vast savannahs. Following the release of our Travel Showreel, this past week has seen us revisiting some of our most epic adventures as part of #ProgressTravelWeek.

Check out our social media accounts @progressfilmco for more.

Directors Matt Green and Luke De La Nougerede recently gave an interview to the Brighton Argus about their Zooppa award-winning short film for Canon called Bright(o)n, which showcased all that’s great about our seaside hometown. In the interview, the pair shed light on why they made the film, along with revealing the things they personally love about Brighton.

Check out the full interview here.

360º has arrived

4 years ago

360º filming is a new technique causing considerable commotion amongst the filmmaking community. The Virtual Reality technique breaks ground, handing total control to the viewer, allowing them to explore every angle of a given scene. Naturally, when this revolution began, we had to get involved. We are pleased to announce that we now offer full 360º kit solutions, including multiple 4K cameras, iPad multi-cam monitoring and on-set stitching software. Navigate your way around Brighton via our film below, and get a sense of what 360º is all about.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Progress drone…

We’re an ambitious bunch, so naturally we sometimes struggle to keep our feet (and filmmaking) on the ground. For times when a ground view just won’t cut it, we deploy the Progress drone, allowing us to capture the world’s most breathtaking landscapes from a truly unique angle. But don’t take our word for it – take a look at our brand new Aerial Showreel.

Think of the world’s surfing hotspots and what comes to mind? California’s sun-kissed seas, the Gold Coast of Queensland or Hawaii’s wave-ridden shores are all contenders. We ventured somewhere a little more left field. Working with Audi UK and creative agency Northstar, we headed to Surf Snowdonia, the UK’s first inland artificial wave machine, to capture content for Audi Magazine. Shot over two days, we competed against grey Welsh skies and dropping temperatures to capture professional surfers in their element, riding the man-made waves that Surf Snowdonia had to offer.

Stirring landscapes, abundant wildlife, snow capped mountains… Kenya creates wanderlust like no other. Kuoni’s Find Your Amazing campaign is all about capturing the heart and soul of a destination in just 90 seconds. We relished the opportunity to jump on a plane with all our gear and make a film for the Kenyan portion of their campaign.

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Directors Stuart Hackshaw and Sam Rookes have created this year’s Progress Christmas Card. From Somerset’s Cheddar Gorge to Brighton’s Devil’s Dyke, what unfolds is an epic journey sprinkled with festive magic. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at The Progress Film Company.

We partnered with The Smalls to create two 30 second films for Burton Menswear’s #ChristmasAtBurton campaign. Shooting in a studio in London, director Luke De La Nougerede used stop motion animation to get audiences into the festive spirit.

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It’s been 40 years since Brancott Estate pioneered Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. To honour this milestone, Genero TV commissioned Progress to travel to Stockholm to meet Jari Kuosma, creator of the first commercial wing suit. Director Sam Rookes’ inspirational film is testament to Jari, a true pioneer.

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More awards news for Progress! The Sustainable Cities Index, a collaboration with B2B marketing agency Man Bites Dog PR for global business Arcadis, has won Best International Campaign at the 2015 CorpComms Awards. The judges said, “This campaign had a clear strategy and objectives. It was an extremely innovative way of highlighting Arcadis’ work. It was truly international and has great future potential”.

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We are pleased to announce that Great British Weekends, our collaboration with Auto Trader and MINI UK, has won Best Online Campaign at IPA’s Media Owner Awards 2015. With competition from the likes of Instagram for Channel 4 and Facebook for McDonald’s, our winning series was described as “rich video content designed to bring MINI’s models to life”.

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We teamed up with London agency Redwood to shoot the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata cruising through five of the most famous mountain passes in Europe, including the legendary Stelvio Pass. Using drones alongside car mounted cameras, we captured the action for a large feature in Mazda’s latest issue of ZoomZoom Magazine.

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We are recruiting for four new positions at The Progress Film Company – Filmmaker, Animator, Production Manager and Social Media Planner. For more details on these exciting new opportunities, please see the full job descriptions below. All candidates must email their CV, appropriate showreels and cover letters to hello@progressfilm.co.uk

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It was our pleasure to join leading beer and soft drinks specialists SABMiller on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa to shoot new content for their Golden Moments campaign. Working predominantly in the hours around sunrise and sunset to ensure our content had that magic-hour look, this was a ten day cocktail of beaches, sunsets and social drinking.

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We’re excited to announce that our film Robert has been selected for The Smalls Film Festival 2015. Created as part of our ongoing documentary series England Your England, Robert is a portrait of a modern singer-songwriter’s life on the road, exploring the sacrifices faced by family men with career goals, of touring musicians attempting to make ends meet while simultaneously pursuing their dreams. The film will play alongside five other shorts in the festival’s documentary strand on September 8th.

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We’re proud to unveil a new documentary celebrating the fantasy genre and 20 years of HarperVoyager. Featuring interviews with writers including George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb, Voyagers of the Imagination shares the journey of this publishing giant, and is a great reminder of the beautiful, dangerous and magical qualities of fantasy literature.

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Zooppa Prize Winners

5 years ago

We are pleased to announce that our directors Luke De La Nougerede and Matt Green have won second prize in a filmmaking competition through Zooppa, a creative community for leading brands. “Canon – Your City: Unique Perspectives” required creatives to make a short film about their city of choice. And Luke and Matt’s choice was our beloved Brighton.

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Filmmakers Eduardo Sampedro Diaz and Sam Chapman have been hard at work on a new animation. Progress: Who We Are & What We Do uses our sky blue branding and seaside setting to demonstrate just that.

We joined London agency Northstar in the South of France to test the Audi Sport Bike for the latest issue of Audi Magazine. BBC F1 journalist Tom Clarkson and Audi DTM driver Jamie Green were attempting to climb two of the most legendary mountains in the Alpes Maritimes, whilst simultaneously putting the new bike through its paces.

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We are recruiting for a video kit technician to join our team in Brighton. This person will be in charge of our growing collection of camera equipment at Progress. For more details on this role, please see the full job description below.

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Progress Turns 5!

5 years ago

On Friday 1st May we celebrated our 5th Birthday. The Tempest Inn on Brighton seafront was the venue for what was an amazing evening of celebrations with Progress friends past and present. With a birthday cake and a very special screening, we saw in our 6th year in style. We want to extend a special thank you to everyone who came along and made the night possible. Here’s to the next 5 years!

Last night we celebrated the first David Thomas Award, in memory of Brighton filmmaker and University of Brighton alumni David Thomas. A series of films from Brighton filmmakers were screened, culminating in Beth Sabey’s Sunny. Beth was the first recipient of the award and her moving film can be seen here.

Welcome to our brand new website. Working closely with the exceptional team at Asketic, we have rebranded to celebrate our 5th birthday as a company.

In time for this summer’s General Election, we produced an online commercial for UK charity Shelter, asking the public to demand politicians to build homes we can afford. Working with cinematographer Rina Yang, the ad was shot over two days in Walthamstow, East London.

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Kicking off the festival season, Progress are once again supporting the fantastic people behind Love Your Tent. This campaign raises awareness for the UK’s annual mass campsite waste due to festivals, asking festival goers to #JustTakeItHome Our wonderful animation department loved working on this one!

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We joined forces with Redwood for Old Mutual Wealth’s retirement campaign, Life2. From motor cycling to scuba diving, we met some of Old Mutual Wealth’s customers to see how they were approaching retirement. Retirement should be a chance to explore new opportunities. What are you going to do with Life2?

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Working With Childnet

5 years ago

We produced two films for the wonderful team at Childnet. The first of which was #Up2Us, where 150 school children discuss their online experiences during Safer Internet Day. Launched at Microsoft, the film’s purpose was to inspire young people across the UK to do something kind online.

The second project has been making an animation for their current film competition, featuring Monster, a character which we brought to life through animation.

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We were fortunate enough to work with London City Selection, a consortium of some of the finest venues our capital has to offer. The film highlights over 20 truly magnificent event spaces including Sadler’s Wells, the Barbican, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London.