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The Wait – From Gallery to Big Screen


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The Wait – Filmmakers follow young photography talent on the trail of wild bison In 2014, at just 22 years of age, the Belgian wildlife photographer Michel D’Oultremont made his name on the international scene by winning the ‘Rising Star’ award at the National History Museum’s annual ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year‘ exhibition. London based film

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Thoughts

Video Production for Brands


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An experienced, passionate, award winning, creative, commercial video production company… Winner: GOLD – Best Brand Communication, EVCOM Screen Awards 2016 “This industry makes some of the best film and digital content for marketing and communication and its work is perceived as among the strongest in the world. The 2016 EVCOM Screen Awards recognises excellence in corporate

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animation

i is for introducing


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Motion Graphic Design for the BBC. Motion Graphic Design for the BBC The fine folk over at BBC Introducing gave Contra a call. They asked us to use our motion graphic design skills for some of their up and coming talent. We were thrilled to hear that our first artist was the hugely talented Jack Garratt. Our animation was viewed

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animation

H is for HTML5


What the HTML? HTML is a markup based language that is used to create websites. Web browsers “render” HTML code into pretty web pages (like this one). HTML5, believe it or not, is version 5 of the HTML spec. What is so great about version 5? The cool thing about HTML5 is that it has

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animation, Crew

Contra Seeks Motion Graphics Designer


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If you are an experienced, passionate, creative, Motion Graphic Designer looking for a full time roll in an award winning video production company… Apply HERE!   We are looking for a full time Motion Graphic Designer to join our team of creative filmmakers! The role is perfect for anyone wanting to work on exciting and varied films in

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Behind the Scenes, Crew

G is for Grading


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  Why colour grading is crucial for all video production companies… What is colour grading? Since the birth of digital filmmaking the door to the possibilities of colour correction has been kicked wide open. Now with advanced colour correction software such as DaVinci Resolve – Contra’s software of choice – we can manipulate every pixel;

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animation, Crew

F is for Films


Video Production Company Contra love making films! Over the past 15 years, Contra have worked on a huge variety of projects. We’ve filmed super slow-motion mosquitos for Imperial College London, travelled to Bangladesh to capture some of the great work that Save the Children are performing and created documentaries about guitars, people and cars. Basically,

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Crew

E is for Education


Video Production Agency – ‘E is for Education’ Why does our video production agency care about education? Contra have always had a real heart for education. The video production agency was founded in university 17 years ago by directors John, Ben & Roberto. So, our passion for education has given us the chance to work with

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Camera, Crew

10 hours of footage to 3 minutes


Advice for documentary editors I work on so many different types of films at Contra, from charity documentaries to brand commercials, so when No Film School asked what my three most important tips to aspiring editors would be I didn’t really know where to begin. There’s no set rulebook on how to edit, no ‘one

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