We made this ‘colourwash’ film for Unite the Union. Sometimes unions can be viewed as quite conservative (with a small), so we made this film to give the union a buzzfeed buzz!
This was a branding film, with the key message ‘by your side’. We sourced some playful images to illustrate the message, including the couple on the motor bike with side car. The overall message is that unions are by the side of their members.
We love the colour overlays, I think that they work really well, giving a very contemporary feel to the piece.
The animation elements add dynamism, with scandalous newspaper headlines spinning into view, and company logos flipping over to reveal Unite logos.
The music fits the film well. We chose an upbeat soul song with the line ‘people can you hear me’. This is what democratic unions are all about the people. With a funky bass line & belting brass section, this song makes you want to get up and dance all the way, hopefully to your union branch. The film was used as their conference opener last year.
For those film buffs and union organising officiandos’ at 00:37 there is moving wallpaper, behind the logos, of a famous scene from the labour film Norma Rae (watch here – apparently one of the best films about union organising ever to be told).
Nye Bevan was the son of a coal miner and a campaigner for social justice. He became a labour politician and minister of health in the Attlee post-war government and spearheaded the establishment of the national health service. A service free at the point of need. Now, 70 years on, the NHS as a service is being slowly dismantled, run to the ground and sold off to the highest bidder. Nye Bevan would be appalled. We all should be appalled.
All that good will and honest values that created the service are being eroded and replaced with a dog eat dog mentality, where profit is the main driving force, and everyone is a commodity. It seems that society is being taught the price of everything, but the value of nothing.
We must fight to save our NHS. This is more than just about the NHS it’s about what kind of world we want to live in.
Hospitals, GPs, mental health, ambulance and community services are all on their knees.
Private companies are gaining an ever greater foothold within the NHS. Years of pay restraint has seen the value of NHS staff salaries reduce by 14% since 2010.
The government’s Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are a smokescreen for a massive programme of hospital and community service closures, and its latest instrument for privatisation.
Privatisation far from saving the taxpayer money will cost us more money, as profits line the pockets of corporate millionaires. You can see similar examples in the prison and rail services, none of which have benefitted from privatisation, quite the opposite.
Join national demonstration. 4 March – Assemble 12pm Tavistock Square, London WC1. March through London to Parliament.
This film resource will be launched in parliament today by the excellent charity Maternity Action with the Legal Education Foundation. MP’s from across the UK will attend. The resource will reach out to young women, helping them to tackle discrimination in the workplace.
The target audience for this group of films are women working in low-income jobs. This demographic are mostly likely to suffer from discrimination at work and to be unaware of their rights. Participants from focus groups suggested that these women would be responsive to scenario-based films that inform them of their rights.
Based on this, we scripted and produced three scenario-based films (built around workers in three low-income workplaces: care worker, supermarket worker and restaurant worker) that inform women of their rights.
An important part of our scripting process was to put women in positions where they were challenging discrimination. So, in active rather than passive roles.
You can watch the films here
Pursuing a grievance: Next steps for dealing with an unfair boss
Summary: Jasmine works as a care worker in an aged care home and has informed her employer about her pregnancy. After arranging an informal meeting with her employer to discuss the heavy physical duties that are a risk to her pregnancy, Jasmine’s employer does not do anything. The video explores the process of pursuing a grievance with the support of Maternity Action.
Arranging an informal meeting: First steps to dealing with a pregnancy-related problem at work
Summary: Eve works in a supermarket and has just notified her boss, in writing, that she is pregnant. Her boss does not respond well and starts to treat Eve negatively. The video explores some of the discriminatory treatment women experience at work during pregnancy and how to discuss issues with employers in an informal meeting.
What are my health and safety rights at work during pregnancy?
Summary: Aisha is a waitress at a restaurant and has just found out she is pregnant. She is worried about how her boss will respond so she searches on the Maternity Action website for advice. The video explores what health and safety rights pregnant woman are entitled to at work and what an employer should do.
Actors were sought from Nic Knight mgt. These included Aimee (supermarket worker), Leslie (care worker) and Komal (restaurant worker), as well as Melanie BEFFTA award winning comedian (@melanieTgayle), Amy B, Graham B, Lizzie, Ceza and Gilly D.
With the help and generosity of the proprietors of various locations (care home, Italian restaurant, supermarket etc..) we filmed the whole shoot in 3 days.
Working within the charity sector, NGO, not for profit sector, low budgets productions are a challenge, but we think that we do a good job.
A bit thanks to our crew at Neontetra films (Chris, Katie & me). We know a lot more about prosthetic tummies than we did before we started!
Also, to Procam for various bits of kit and greenkit.london for their energy efficient lighting solutions.
Building the legal capability of pregnant women is essential. With 54,000 women a year being forced out of their job for being pregnant or taking maternity leave. Please watch and share this resource.
We spent the day filming in Liverpool with Len McCluskey, Unite’s general secretary. Working class heroes like Len were shaped by their background by their stories. Len was a child of the 1960’s when revolution was in the air. This short film offers an insight into the real Len, and his journey from dock worker to general secretary of one of the largest trade unions in the country.
In our film, Len reflects on his humble background, brought up in a poor neighbourhood in the backstreets of Liverpool in a two-up two-down. There were lots of jobs back then. Len chose to work on the docks. On his first day, he was told, ‘you join the union here, son’. The docks were alive and vibrant and this is where Len’s politics took shape. These were the beginning of his ascent to union leader, representing the interests of 1.42 million members.
We were recently asked to make a short film about Polyanna for Elizabeth’s Legacy of a hope, a charity that helps child amputees. Pollyanna is an extraordinary ballerina for she has one foot, following a tragic accident. This makes her dancing even more remarkable. She is a beautiful dancer, but the ballet examiners still score dancers like Pollyanna down, making no reasonable adjustments to the examinations to take into account her disability. She scores low marks on footwork (as she only has one foot). This is a form of institutional discrimination. For our film we asked Amber Doyle to choreograph a piece with Pollyanna at the fabulous Pineapple studios. We asked Amber to use the music of Massenet and for Pollyanna to dress as in a painting of Edgar Degas . The rest of the film was shot at the family home with Pollyanna, sister Saphire and brother Barnaby, along with parents Chris and Sarah Hope. We hope that you enjoy the film. Please watch and share and support the great work of Elizabeth’s legacy of Hope.
We hope that you like our new look. After five years we decided that it was time for a refresh. This includes our new logo designed by James (check out his other work by following the link) We love our new logo and website design. Thanks for designing this for us. Also thanks to Ike and Elke at Fenton’s in Washington DC, for their kind pep talk and suggesting that we incorporate the fish into our brand logo, we took this onboard. Are we a swan yet? Lastly not forgetting the web team at Evil Donkey.
The name Neontetra comes from the fish, as the logo suggests, these are small fish that like to live in communities (just like us – we are all about team) and are quite bright and flash on and off (a bit like film). The Neon tetra being small fish often get eaten by big fish, so based on this we’ve done remarkably well 🙂 Happy 5th anniversary to Neontetra films, swimming happily into the next 5 years….