The Battle of The Christmas Adverts


It’s Christmas – so it must be time for copious Christmas adverts from your favourite retailers, right?

The battle of the Christmas advertisements hotted up in 2015 with the biggest UK based retailers serving up huge budgets and, in some cases epic storyboards, to win the nation’s hearts in time for Christmas. Which do you like and which do you feel aren’t hitting the spot?

What’s hot and what’s not!

John Lewis

The advert that’s perhaps received the most attention is the John Lewis advert featuring the Man on the Moon.

John Lewis – Parody (by The Poke)

However our personal favourite is the Star Wars parody of the Man on the Moon John Lewis advert, which adds an element of humour to the original piece.


But it wasn’t just Star Wars that were getting in on the act.  Aldi also decided they would add a degree of humour and showcase their low prices in this version.


Not to be outdone, Curry’s used Jeff Goldblum in this pretty amusing effort. We’ve all been there when someone gives you a complete stinker of a gift, but Jeff adds a twist to the story!


Duracell responded with what seems like a pretty epic sized budget with a truly epic Star Wars advertisement.


And Waitrose delivered the meaning of Christmas.


Asda lit up the show with a relatively bright and snappy advert.


Lidl went for the slightly amusing ‘Lidl school of Christmas’

And Lidl went for another Christmas film too – why just have one Christmas film, when you can litter the market!

Marks & Spencer

And Marks & Spencer went for a musical journey

Speak to your local video production company in Hertfordshire, and see how Energise Media can deliver a corporate film for your business for any occasion.

The Future of Story Telling


Whilst some cities, including Antwerp, have introduced texting lanes for those glued to their mobile screens as they wander the streets, it still seems a way off before we’re walking round cities with virtual reality headsets on, interacting in different worlds from those we’re accustomed to.  However this has become a reality for world famous animator, Glen Cane, responsible for such characters as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Disney’s Tarzan – to name but a few.

The latest virtual reality technology literally allows Glen to step into his drawings and visualise them in a way that was inconceivable when he was using traditional paper drawings.  The technology allows him to wander through his imagination and interact with the characters and connect to the emotion far more than before.

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This technology, which was showcased at The Future of Story Telling (FoST) in New York, is a sign of things to come.

Watch the film below to see the emotion behind the drawings and the software in action:



Videos we like


We love videos that utilise the best styles and techniques to capture footage that makes you sit up and take notice – so with that in mind, have a look at the latest videos from across the globe that have made us take notice!

Hyperzooming in Hallstatt, Austria.  You may of been there before, but not like this.

A quirky short film following Ava.  She’s desperate to find the guy of her dreams and this short film uses plenty of really interesting styles to take the viewer on a pretty cool journey.

You’ve been to the Little Chef, right?  Well Petit Chef (yes, he is very small) takes it to a whole new level, serving up a really quirky meal for his lucky guests.  Who needs the Fat Duck, right?

Some of us have been unlucky enough to have to watch other people’s holiday footage for hours – reliving every movement in a normally slightly drab Brit resort whilst feigning interest.  But this quirky and pretty cool honeymoon film shot across Italy is actually worth sharing with friends and family.

Talk to us and see how we can produce stunning corporate videos for your business that make customers sit up and take notice.  From our location in St Albans, Hertfordshire we produce company films for clients across the UK.

Emotional Video Production


Emotive video production


The story of James and Suzanne


We’ve been busy creating a film for Access Legal highlighting what it was like for Suzanne Adams after her son was left with cerebral palsy after negligence by NHS Lincolnshire, which has resulted in what could be the highest negligence payout in medical history.

Emotive corporate video hertfordshire

Watch the moving story here:

Suzanne, the inspirational mother of James commented:

‘The award will help James realise his potential.’

‘But no amount of money can ever make up for the mistakes that have condemned my amazing son to a lifetime of dependency on others.’


St Albans Film Festival


St Albans Film Festival 2015

Energise Media are proud to be part of the 2015 St Albans Film Festival.

We’ll be at the event showcasing a short film, entitled Next World.  Watch the short teaser of this futuristic sci fi film only at St Albans film festival.

St Albans Film Festival

Have you booked tickets yet for the event? If not, sign up now here.

Dare to be different


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Have you ever seen a film that seemed so memorable you can recall almost every frame, a film that stirred the senses or deserved applaud for the bold approach taken and the uniqueness of the style?  That’s not uncommon, perhaps.  But what could be considered uncommon is if that film was used to promote a corporate environment.

We love to showcase new styles and bold approaches here at Energise Media.  We love video production that pushes boundaries, that tries new styles and techniques and ultimately dares to be different, especially in a corporate landscape.

Every film should tell a story, so that’s not a rarity.  What is rare in videography is when that story is delivered beautifully through a new and innovative style, whilst serving to seamlessly promote anything from music to computer software, holiday destinations and so much more besides.

Knock knock.  Tell a different story…

Here in the music video by Brunettes shoot blondes entitled ‘knock knock’ we see a romantic love story delivered with so much thought and coordination that it really becomes a work of art.

Dubai.  Seen it all before?

This beautifully crafted video depicts Dubai with a series of stunning timelapses and intelligent and seamless shot choices that interlink to give a snapshot of humans and Dubai interacting in fascinating style.

Shrink my scenes

We’re big fans of tilt shift and other editing tricks that result in stunning effects applied to otherwise standard (but beautiful) scenes, as this gives the shots and footage an almost magical appearance which can soften even the grittiest shots.

Have you seen stunning and unique video that caught your eye?  Share it with us on Twitter or email