This year marks dance sensation, Diversity’s seventh UK Tour and also our eighth year of working with the team since they won Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009. Like all successful tours that return year on year, we know that the key is to continually bring something fresh and new to the stage. So with the creative mind of Diversity’s founder, Ashley Banjo and our team of creatives we got to work to help create something magical.
With an early start to the shoot at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, our crew got to work setting up for the day ahead. Like so many stage productions, there wouldn’t be a great story to tell without a good and a bad guy and this year’s show certainly did not disappoint. The familiar faces of Diversity stepped up as the show’s ‘Protectors’ whilst the newest member of the team played the part of the evil ‘Destroyer’.
The day’s filming began with pint sized Theo fashioning a white coat and dickie to play the part of the ‘Inventor’. With the perfect setting of a power station, we followed Theo around the warehouse as he worked on his latest inventions whilst also helping the ‘Protectors’ teleport back onto stage during one of the scenes. Playing the part of Ashley’s love interest, we captured various scenes with Ava on our green screen as well as the ‘Destroyer’ to help simulate the scary dreams being displayed on the screens. Then to finish the day off, we captured various clips of the ‘Protectors’ showcasing their superpowers. Once wrapped up, it was then the job of our talented team to help Diversity tell the story on stage. With the help of special effects, the performers were transformed into their characters with a mixture of frightening scenes and superpower displays.
CS Media Creative Director, David Baird said “Of all the projects we work on throughout the year this is always one of the ones I look forward to. Not just because we love working with Diversity but because they help push us out of our comfort zone year on year. Just like the audiences expectations, Ashley is always looking to excel from previous years and we love to help him achieve that. Once pre-production is complete, I have to say that the shoot is always one of my favourites stages. It the first time I really get to see how everything is going to piece together and later be brought alive on stage. Seven years on, their performances still bring a smile to not only my family’s faces but thousands of people around the world and I truly hope their success lives on for years to come!”
If you could imagine the perfect networking event, it would probably be located on a canary island, in a five-star hotel with clear blue skies, poolside dinners and presentations from some of the industry’s best. Well, KMS and Goldwell did just that when they hosted The Hub Networking event at the Melia Palacio de Isora, Tenerife resort back in June.
Welcoming everyone to the resort, Mark Giannandrea, UK General Manager for KAO Salon Division started proceedings with an insight into the industry, stating that “Hairdressing is the 5th most popular start-up business.” He added that 12 new salons opened every week in 2016 and 48% of those working in the industry were self employed.
Emil McMahon shared his knowledge with salon owners and helped them understand retail and customer service in the digital world. Guests were given key legal advice from Head of the National Hairdressers Federation, Laura Chalkley. Other speakers included Creative Director of Media, Maggie Nordon from the London College of Fashion who took a creative look at trends and Digital & Mobile Strategist, Neil Ballinger from Nimbletank took the audience through the A-Z of Digital and how these will impact their businesses in the future.
The event’s key speaker was ‘Queen of Shops’ Mary Portas who spoke about her journey to where she is today, as well as her business manifesto to ensure she gets the most from her team, how best to treat team members and how to achieve success at all levels. She stressed “It’s all about we, not me!”
Bringing the event to a close were a panel of award winning Goldwell Guest Artists – Mark Leeson, Beverly C MBE, Shane Bennett and Neil Barton – who discussed hot industry topics, along with competition work and the value to salons.
Business Development Manager, Bradley Lever said “It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to capture this event. The CS Media team worked hard to film and photograph all of the presentations whilst the guests made it easy for us to showcase how much fun they had over the two days. In addition to creating a teaser video leading up to the event, we also had the pleasure of making the launch video for next year’s destination. Which, if this year is anything to go by, will mean guests will already be queuing up to reserve their places.”
Find out more about what went on at the event by viewing the series of photos above.
Earlier this Summer, we teamed up with logistics giants, Newgistics, to start on a brand new project in the USA.
Visiting three different cities, we began filming at Newgistics’ largest warehouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Measuring a mammoth 500,000 sq/ft inside the warehouse, we had just 24 hrs to capture every aspect of the operation. Staff, new and old, worked alongside us to help create us some engaging footage. From mounting rigs to forklifts, setting up time-lapses on cherry pickers, capturing 360 degree footage and riding electric carts through the warehouse we certainly walked away a happy crew.
Before we could shout the word ‘Yeee-hah’ we were back on a plane to the beautiful city of Dallas, Texas to visit Newgistics’ newest facility. Here, Newgistics wanted us to focus on how efficient and effective the facility’s processing was, with particular focus on its new semi-automated systems.
After a whirlwind few days, the team headed back across the pond to begin working on post-production, with the video to be showcased on the Newgistics stand at the annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. The edit was technically challenging; utilising 3D tracking text and rotoscoping to make it appear as though key messages were actually floating within the warehouses. Adding to this challenge, the final product would be broadcast over 46 LED screens, from four different video feeds. Ultimately, this meant our team were producing four different videos with over 100 vfx shots in total, all of which needed to run seamlessly in-sync with each other.
Four weeks later, we were back on the plane to the beautiful city of Chicago, Illinois to start on the build. Marketing Director, Jane Bergos said “The Internet Retailer Conference and Expo is one of the world’s largest events focused on e-commerce, so it’s an important venue for us to showcase how Newgistics helps online retailers deliver an exceptional shopping experience, from device to doorstep. It’s a very busy event, so creating a strategy to make sure Newgistics stands out is essential, and teaming with CS Media was a big part of our success. They’ve helped us create stands that truly set us apart, including video footage that really brings our presence alive. We can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for our next project.”
Since launching in Europe in 2016, Hot Tools Professional have certainly made their mark in the hairdressing industry with the launch of the innovative 90 degree angle CurlBar and the unveiling of European Brand Ambassador, Robert Eaton.
In addition to supporting the brand with their London launch, we are extremely proud to have created a wide range of digital content for Hot Tools over the past eighteen months. Last month took us to Leeds where we filmed a series of step-by-step videos with the extremely talented Robert Eaton. The team captured four breathtaking looks that Robert had created using the Hot Tools products, whilst the models also demonstrated how the looks could be recreated by viewers at home.
Michelle Wilson, EMEA Brand Manager said “In the 21st century it is becoming more and more apparent how powerful digital content is for any brand. There isn’t a day that you don’t see companies, big and small, publishing videos on why you need their latest innovation. So with this in mind, we knew how key it was to create high quality, engaging videos that will help improve brand awareness, create product desire amongst the creative hairstyling world and in return increase sales. Since launching in Europe, CS Media have not only helped us produce an unforgettable launch event in the heart of London but also created content that is viewed by thousands of people. With lots of new exciting projects on the horizon, we cannot wait to team up with CS Media again and produce something that I’m sure will WOW our audience”
In 2017, statistics now show that 64% of customers are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video about it. So, if you think your company could benefit from creating step-by-step videos, contact us here today to see how we can help you.
Like so many companies, the evolution of technology has helped us to develop and grow in our industry. Long gone are the days of huge crews to operate heavy equipment, the expensive hire of helicopters to capture high-quality aerial video and excessive hours spent in linear tape-to-tape edit suites. The last few years has seen video production evolve faster than ever before, allowing us to create 4k cinema-standard footage at the fraction of the price.
With this in mind, we are excited to announce the launch of our brand new aerial drone service in 2017. Our highly skilled team have a combined experience of over 20 years piloting drones as well as a long career in filming. Our pilots are also CAA approved, fully insured and will complete flight assessments prior to each project. Which means they are able to capture high quality 4K footage from the air whilst maintaining the highest level of safety.
Our customers are able to take advantage of a new perspective in capturing video. So whether you require a 10 second clip to use as an introduction, a high resolution aerial photo for a press release or a full production for a televised campaign, we believe we will be able to help you.
Our fleet comprises of some of DJI’s highest range of drones to include the Phantom 4, Inspire 1, Inspire 2 and Matrice 600; each with the ability to capture 4K video. With every drone offering a unique set of features, we are confident we can tailor-make a solution specific to the requirements of your project. Our drones have the ability to fly indoors and outdoors and reach heights of 400ft above ground level to ensure we capture footage to emote, inspire and excite your audience.
Contact us today to find out how we can take your video production to new heights.
Hosted at the stunning Design Museum in London, The Tomorrow Talks event kickstarted the first in a series of expert seminars on future technology, trends and innovations that soon may sculpt the world we live in.
Guests were welcomed into the huge open foyer where they were enticed with a variety of surprisingly tasty cricket-based canapés and cocktails. Before the amazing line up of speakers began, guests had the opportunity to tryout some of the latest pieces of tech soon to hit the market.
The team at Ooho! encouraged guests to tryout their edible and dissolvable water bottles that they hope will soon put an end to the waste created by the billions of plastic containers thrown away each year. Award winners, Pavegen lit the way with their smart flooring solution that generates power from pedestrian footsteps. The team hope that someday their solution will help generate enough power to light our streets without the use of today’s standard power sources. Other companies included MysteryVibe, Virtual Awakening, NAO Robots continued to get guests techy juices flowing with a host of interactive experiences until they made the way down to the auditorium for the main event of the night.
Wired Editor, Greg Williams was the first of five speakers and began the talks with his take on cyber security. PwC’s in-house virtual reality guru Jeremy Dalton discussed the possible applications of virtual worlds within the business sector and Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani from the Institute of Cancer Research shared how she hopes the future of technology and medicine will help reduce the number of lives lost to cancer. Ross Bailey, founder of Appear Here enlightened guests on the power of pop-up shops whilst Arthur Kay from bio-bean told us about his revolutionary company that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels.
When the team at The Tomorrow Fair contacted us to help cover their first event, our nerdy heads almost exploded with excitement. Throughout the evening the team captured a mixture of interviews, time-lapses, b-roll footage and photos that would later help us create a series of videos and imagery that could be used for PR and marketing material. To find out what we created from the night simply take a look at the gallery above or click here to view our highlights video.
As employees, many of us have started new jobs and been given the tedious task of reading a never ending induction document to help familiarise us with our new company. However, the UK’s largest litigation law firm, Stewarts Law wanted to create something a little more engaging and informative for their new starters. Working on the project over the period of a few months, we filmed a large number of senior staff from Managing Partner, John Cahill to Head of Commercial Litigation, Clive Zietman to help their new starters find out more about their new company, the various litigation departments within the firm, and the key players within those teams.
Three months into the launch, we are happy to hear that the programme has been greatly received and that we will be supporting Stewarts Law on a new project later this year.
Video has become one of the world’s most powerful forms of communication for companies to engage with their consumers, clients and staff. Whether it be John Lewis broadcasting their latest Christmas advert on television, L’Oréal promoting their most popular products with step by step YouTube videos or HSBC updating their partners on the latest predictions in the FTSE 500, companies big and small, are increasingly seeing the benefits of using video. So if you’d like to find out how creating a video could help benefit your business then contact us today.
Early one morning in August our team arrived in the heart of Shoreditch, London at White Rabbit Studios to capture behind the scenes footage of the Redken heat styling range in action. Regis & Supercuts Creative Director, Kieron Fowles was quick to get to work on the three models he had to style but took some time to explain how adaptable the range is to create different looks without having to reapply product. Once each of the ladies were hot-to-trot, it was the job of top fashion photographer, Jack Eames to capture each of the stunning model’s final looks.
Take a look at the behind the scenes the video we created for Redken and Regis Salons above or visit our Facebook page to view the photos from throughout the day.
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This year has seen a significant increase in companies, big and small, realising the benefits of live-streaming; from corporate events to hot-off-the-press business news. But how can live-streaming benefit your company?
The rapid increase in use of smartphones, tablets, laptops and digital billboards, has seen video become an increasingly powerful tool. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 75% of all current internet traffic is video-based. So it’s no wonder that companies are investing in high-end media to advertise their products and services, and ultimately, increase their revenue.
As humans, we are naturally inquisitive creatures and love finding out the latest news, gossip and information before the next person. In 2016, companies are now able to capitalise on this, by live broadcasting to millions with the simple press of a button. Launched earlier this year, Facebook Live now offers its users the ability to live stream by simply pulling their phones from their pockets and pointing them in the right direction. And with statistics showing that an average viewer watches a live video three-times longer than a standard video, it’s no wonder companies are taking advantage of this latest innovation.
Now, as effective as this feature is proving, our only criticism is that Facebook Live dramatically reduces the quality of the video that we can stream and we believe that this could negatively impact how an audience perceives the quality of a brand. Companies spend large proportions of their marketing budgets on creating high quality material but are then let down by one of the latest developments in technology.
In response to this, CS Media have recently invested in a new piece of hardware that allows us to film with multiple professional cameras and live-stream the output in high-definition direct to our client’s websites, Facebook and YouTube pages. One of our most recent broadcasts was during a live hair demonstration, “An Evening with Sam Burnett”, which can be viewed by visiting the KMS California Facebook page here.
If you think you could benefit from our services in Live Web Broadcast, Facebook Live or YouTube Live, feel free to contact us for more information by clicking here.
When you receive a call from Jo Robertson, ghd Global Head of Education saying the words “Adam Reed” and “Live Streaming” you can’t help but say “Yes!”. So last month, we headed to ghd HQ in Soho, to setup for an evening of inspiration, innovation and reflection with the hairdressing wizard that is Adam Reed.
The lovely Jo Robertson introduced Adam onto stage to talk through the various looks that he has created throughout his career, along with some of the highlights during his 30 years in the industry. The duo discussed who inspired him, what it has been like working on over 420 shows, how he started his career and how it is working with the brand ghd, testing and launching the very latest in hair technology innovation.
Offering camera feeds from three different angles, our teams were able to give a real feel for the event and allow not only the guests in the room but also viewers worldwide to become fully immersed in the 6 different models Adam had to present.
Jo commented: “The Briefing is a fantastic opportunity for those that love hairdressing to come together and be inspired by someone like Adam Reed. The fact that we were able to share this with everyone via live-streaming was really special and having been such a huge success we’ll certainly be teaming up with CS Media to do it again”
Do you have an event coming up that could benefit from live steaming? Contact us today to discuss our services in live web broadcast, Facebook Live HD and 360 degree filming.
Missed out on the event? Fear not, we have a selection of photos above and you can view the full length video by clicking here.
Photo Credit: www.ashleymartin-photography.com
When someone mentions the city of Milan, your mind instantly thinks of hair, beauty, fashion (and let’s not forget Gelato!). So what better place to showcase and celebrate the achievements of hair specialists, Aveda, than with their Master Jam 2016 show.
With alarm clocks going off before you could even smell the first espresso of the day, our two trucks arrived from the UK to start rigging the huge 443sq metre space at Palazzo Del Ghiaccio. Comprising of over 300ft of truss, 5 tonnes of elevated equipment, 8,000 metres of cables, a 6 million pixel video screen, one or two nuts ‘n’ bolts and 18 hours later, the stage was set for the big event.
On show day, the doors to the venue opened early once again to allow for the global Aveda artists and their teams to start working their magic on the beautiful models that would later grace the catwalks. At 7pm sharp, queues of over 1200 guests flooded in with excitement at what was sure to be a stunning display of beauty and innovation. Supported with a range of powerful VTs and tracks, the Aveda teams took to the stage to demonstrate how a number of their hairstyles could be achieved with live cutting and colour. Ranging from a collection of up-cycled gowns, intricate headpieces, sharp suits and hairstyles to include updos, slick barbering, classic chignons and more. Not forgetting the show stopping, 90’s pop-chic inspired presentation from Aveda Global Creative Director, Antionette Beenders. The show didn’t stop there though, with International Vice president Amanda Le Roux and Vice President of Aveda Global Education, Kevin Molin presenting a selection of Fashionista awards to 25 talented finalists and announcing the Global Winner, Svetlana Kononova from Russia. All topped perfectly off with Beats (ALR Music) keeping the party going into the early hours with their live performance on stage.
Aveda Education Director, Gill Pope said “When we began organising the event, we knew that every element of the show had to WOW and that we needed an amazing location and production company to help us do just that. Over the years, I have organised a number of large events and knew that CS Media could once again help us create our vision. As hoped, we have had nothing but praise from all our guests about what a fantastic success the show was. From the show production to video and photo coverage, the CS team exceeded our expectations once again and we can’t thank you enough for all your hard work.”
To see more about our build and show day, be sure to take a look at the series of our photos above or click here to view our video coverage.
Earlier this year, we were invited to work with the amazing Goldwell team on their annual ColorZoom Summer Party. Hosted at the stunning Guildhall, London this event did not disappoint! The venue boasted historic features in the main hall and beautiful arched crypts in the basement. Add bold lighting, talented hair artists, stunning models, mouthwatering food, kick-ass music and 450 rather good looking guests and you’re bound to be in for a good night!
Guests were welcomed into the main hall by the new General Manager of Kao Salon Division UK, Mark Giannandrea and Goldwell’s Head of Education, Irene Meikle. Celebrating their 40th birthday, KMS California staged a beautiful show from Hare & Bone’s Sam Burnett, member of the KMS Global Style Council, followed by a spectacular presentation from Shane Bennett Artistic Team.
Filming footage in the lead up to the event, we produced all of the screen content for the show as well capturing video and photography throughout the day and night. To view the photos from the night simply visit our Facebook page or click play on the video above to watch all the highlights.
A HUGE congratulations to all of the winners from the night and the Goldwell Team for making it an event to remember!
Where do we even start!? This year has been a Breakthrough whirlwind and we still have more to come. At the start of 2016, we began capturing twelve talented hairdressers that make up the TONI&GUY/L’Oréal Professionnel Breakthrough Team on their journey towards the Grand Final in November. The team have been lucky enough to work with and be mentored by some of the best professionals this industry has to offer. From TONI&GUY International Art Directors to Professional Photographer, Jack Eames, the team members have experienced and learned skills that most aspiring hairdressers could only dream of.
In February, we began filming the team at the beautiful location of Freemasons Hall for London Fashion Week. Supporting the annual FAD show, the team prepped over 32 models hair to make sure they WOW’d the crowd whilst strutting their stuff on the catwalk.
Knowing that inspiration is a key factor in any creative industry, Bev Rowe – Creative & Partnerships Manager for L’Oréal Professionnel Products, took the team to the National Portrait Gallery to visit the ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’ exhibition to feed their minds. Showcasing over 280 images from publications dating back to 1916, the team got to see how fashion has evolved over an entire century. Serena Hill, Senior Stylist at Toni&Guy Telford said “Walking through the exhibition, I was completely in awe of all the stunning images. Seeing all the elements together like film, fashion and the cinematography has only but inspired me to push my creativity even further. One of the key findings that stood out for me in the exhibition was the use of polaroids. They gave such a raw finish to the final images. This and so many other elements of the year have given me a true thirst to push me out of my comfort zone and I cannot wait to get up on that stage for the Grand Final“
In May, we visited the TONI&GUY Academy in London, to capture behind the scenes at a photoshoot with the talented Jack Eames. The teams got the opportunity to put their skills to the test by creating editorial hairstyles with an emphasis on contrasting textures. With priceless feedback from both Jack and the TONI&GUY mentors the teams created hair that any of the top publications would be proud to showcase.
More recently, we travelled over 500 miles to visit each of the Breakthrough Team member’s salons. Here we were able to capture each of the team members, a little more relaxed, in their own environments. These candid interviews allowed us to learn a little more about each team member, whilst they also gave us an update on how they felt they had developed throughout the year so far.
Bev Rowe said “This year’s team is made up of some amazingly talented individuals, but they also work great as a team. With so many creative ideas starting to develop, this year’s Grand Final promises to be a fantastic showcase of everyone’s skill and exceptional talent.”
Being able to follow the team over 10 months has been invaluable for CS Media. It allows us to create content that gives a true feel for the journey the team members have been on and for the audience at the Grand Final to witness it. With just 3 months to go, we can’t wait to see what this team will have in store for us on stage in November. WATCH THIS SPACE PEOPLE!!!!!
Back in January, we were approached by Austin, Texas-based technology solutions company, Newgistics to create an eye-catching stand at the Internet Retailer Conference & Expo 2016, Chicago. The installation needed to turn heads and draw the crowds for the launch of their brand new ncommerce service which is a fully pre-integrated commerce platform using SAP Hybris at the core. As a creative company, we are always keen to take on new challenges and to be pushed out of our comfort zone, so naturally we jumped at the opportunity to work on this demanding brief.
With over 4000 miles between us and the client, all of the pre-production was communicated remotely, until we flew over to help oversee the build of the stand for the IRCE event on 6th-9th June. Rolling a number of the objectives into one solution, we created a 360-degree digital roundabout that flew 16ft above the Newgistics stand. The roundabout comprised of 32 screens, ranging from 32 to 62 inches. Displaying video content that we created, the roundabout took visitors through a free-flowing ncommerce journey, tracking the progress of a package from “device to doorstep.” After viewing the video, visitors were then given the opportunity to meet the Newgistics teams who explained their ground-breaking e-commerce solution in greater depth.
Stuart Spiegel, now an independent consultant at Spiegel Partners LLC, has worked with CS Media over the years, most recently when Stuart was the CMO at ghd in London. Spiegel said he chose CS Media because “we needed solid expertise in both video production as well as creating heart-stopping trade show installations. As predicted, we received great feedback over the 3-day event on how amazing the stand looked and a large percentage of the interactions led to new leads for Newgistics.” Spiegel added, “Clive and his team never stopped exceeding our expectations and I look forward to the next time that we collaborate.”
Take a sneak peak at just some of the video content we created for the digital round-about by clicking here
Earlier this week, we headed over to L’Oréal Professionel HQ to film some the industry’s elite colourists, who plan to develop the professional colour industry of the future: 20:20 Colour. As always, the team’s passion was infectious and innovative ideas were thrown across the room all day. Take a look at what the team got upto with a selection of our behind the scenes from the day
We are extremely excited to announce a brand new partnership with the UK’s leading Customer Experience and Training provider cp2 Experience. Established over 8 years ago, cp2 Experience have helped develop customer service with some of the world’s largest companies, including O2, Primark, Dixons Retail, British Airways, Sainsburys, HSBC and Symantec. Offering a service which includes; insight research, customer experience design, communications and training to engage employees and measurement to track success, cp2 Experience have helped clients implement a differentiated experience which has driven profitable growth.
Offering creative support in design, video production and print we have recently helped cp2 Experience and its client successfully engage a large, distributed workforce operating across 11 countries, 300 plus locations and in 7 different languages. The combination of creative training design, blended delivery methods and involvement of all levels within the company has inspired people to deliver a new and different experience for customers. We have found the imaginative use of video to be very powerful in helping build commitment to the new direction and in shaping employee behaviour.
With new projects already on the horizon, we are extremely excited about the promising future we have with cp2 Experience.
For more information about cp2 Experience visit – www.cp2experience.com
In 2016 we will be working with the TONI&GUY and L’Oréal Professionnel Breakthrough Team for the eleventh year running. CS Media will once again be following twelve new Breakthrough members on their journey throughout 2016. The team will be mentored by the best talent TONI&GUY and L’Oréal Professionnel have to offer, where they will develop and showcase their skills in various hairdressing disciplines.
This year kicked off in style, when we captured the Breakthrough Team styling hair at the renowned London Fashion Week. The team supported FAD in their annual runway show at the beautiful Freemason’s Hall, London and they certainly wow’d the crowds with their skills.
Stay tuned for all our updates, as we follow the team throughout the year but for now take a look at some behind the scenes from last month’s show.
Earlier this year, we joined US giants, Hot Tools to capture behind the scenes footage of their two day photo-shoot. Behind the camera was the extremely talented photographer, Jack Eames with Jo Martin as Art Director, Tracey Devine-Smith on hair and Desiree Lederer on threads.
The team styled and captured four stunning models to create a series of beautiful images and videos that will be used to launch their European campaign at Cosmoprof, Bolgna this month.
We are extremely excited to announce our newest client, Goldwell and to be working with them on their Color Zoom D!SRUPT UK Tour in 2016. The tour will take us across the UK to London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester to showcase colour and cutting techniques from the best in the industry, along with creative hair presentations, stunning catwalks and insightful interviews.
Presented by Global Technical Training Manager William Wilson and the Goldwell Education Team, Goldwell will be showcasing their top guest artists including: Mark Leeson, Shane Bennett and Neil Barton.
Take a look at the video we put together above and check out our Facebook page for all the latest updates on the tour.
The great thing about our industry, is that one day you can be filming an interview with the CEO of one of the world’s largest investment companies and the next day be pouring 40 litres of syrup over a male model!
This February, we had the pleasure of filming a music video for international singer/songwriter, Stacey Jackson. The day started with an early morning trip to the beautiful district of Chelsea, London to setup for what was certain to be an eventful day. With a track titled, ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ it was inevitable that things were going to get messy. The team got to it, to ‘sugar proof’ Stacey’s stunning kitchen, ready for the start of filming.
Filming most of the scenes in slow motion, we progressively captured food sensually being whisked, poured and sieved. The crew got their hands dirty, launching every form of sugar based confectionary you could dream of in the air and the morning’s filming culminated in two very brave models covering every centimetre of their bodies in the 40 litres of syrup that was poured over them. The afternoon took us downstairs where we captured Stacey belting it out for the video, along with a series of work-out scenes in the gym. The team will soon be heading back to the studio to piece together what we know will be an excellent production.
Why not take a look at our behind the scenes photos above to see what happened on the day?
This November crowned an amazing year for The TONI&GUY & L’Oréal Professionnel Breakthrough Team with a spectacular grand final held in the iconic Porchester Hall, London. CS Media have been following the twelve Breakthrough Team members throughout the year as they were mentored by the best talent TONI&GUY and L’Oréal Professionnel has to offer. The grand final represented a culmination of eleven months of hard work, as the young hairdressers took to the stage to showcase their talent in one amazing night.
The show took the format of a competition with the team members split into three groups of four. Each team needed to present four models under the banner of an original theme created by themselves. To say that all the teams went for ‘dark’ inspirations would be an understatement; with models representing asylum patients, suicidal rock stars and deadly oil spills! However, as artists such as Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst have proven, sometimes the most beautiful art can come for the darkest of places. These models were no exception, with the hugely excitable crowd cheering and whooping their approval throughout the night.
The presentations were judged by a host of esteemed hair experts, from the TONI&GUY International Artistic Team including Siobhan Golden, Jim Shaw, Indira Schauwecker and Cos Sakkas. Prizes were handed out for best Cut & Colour, Mens look, Avant-Garde and most creative media… before the coveted main award ‘Breakthrough Team Winner’ was announced.
Bev Rowe, Creative & Artisitics Partnership Manager for L’Oréal Professionnel said: “Each year, I think to myself that the show can never be beaten but yet again this year blew me away. The combination of a gorgeous venue, talented hairdressers, an amazing crowd and the magic work of CS Media created a night that will certainly be spoken about for a long time. Next year’s candidates have already been chosen and I cannot wait to see what they and CS Media bring to the table.”
Arriving first-thing on show day, The CS Team got to work rigging for the evening’s event, building the stage, 180-inch screen, lighting and audio. Screens were filled with interviews, cutaways and animation captured throughout the year to help introduce and support each team and category. Our production team kept things running smoothly throughout the night covering all elements of staging, screen, lighting and sound. Get a behind the scenes look at our team rig and rehearsal by clicking here
Clive Silver, CS Media Managing Director said “In the past decade of working with The TONI&GUY & L’Oréal Professionnel Breakthrough Team, I can definitely say this has been one of the greatest! The candidates, mentors and CS team have worked endlessly throughout the year and the grand final was the perfect opportunity to watch all those efforts showcased and celebrated. We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this year a success and look forward to 2016.”
Photo Credit: Charlotte Medlicott
This Autumn, we returned to Salon International at Excel, London for a third year to build and manage a stand for hair giants ghd. Arriving on site on the Wednesday, our crew got to work building the exhibition’s largest stand, ready for the 3 day event at the weekend. We custom built staging, seating, work stations, a sales area and rigged top-of-the-range lighting, audio and visual equipment to ensure the stand wasn’t missed in the huge 100,000 sq/ft exhibition space.
Presenting on stage were some of the UK’s top hairdressers, including ghd ambassadors Ken Picton and Zoe Irwin and the ghd art team, as well as guest artists Skyler McDonald and Sophia Hilton. These talented hairdressers presented 25 shows in just 3 days to thousands of people; demonstrating techniques, tips and tricks on how to create outstanding hair with ghd’s top products. The ghd stand also brought a little science to the weekend with their team of scientists from Cambridge demonstrating what, why and how their products create such amazing results. The creative education team also gave visitors the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with all of their products including their latest release of Platinum hair stylers to create catwalk-inspired trends and stunning hair in every day life.
Helping the crowds pour in, our creative team ensured presenters and models were supported with animated lighting, killer soundtracks and live footage to be seen from all across the exhibition hall with our 120-inch LED screens, positioned thirty foot above the stand.
See some of the weekend’s highlights by watching our video above.
Being in a creative industry, we are lucky enough to work with a huge amount of extremely talented individuals and Diversity are certainly up there with some of the greats. They are able to develop an idea that starts as a scribble on a notepad and then flourishes into a production that entertains hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world. They are living proof that anything is possible and certainly embody their motto of “Dream, Believe, Achieve.”
Starting back in 2009 on Britain’s Got Talent, they blew the judges and crowds away with their mind-blowing performances and have grown, both as a group and a brand ever since. Six years on, with this being their sixth national tour, they are still raising the bar so high that no other street-dance troupe has even come close to matching their success. Working closely with the group over the years, we’ve seen that this success doesn’t come easy. Crammed into the 90-minute production that an audience sees are hundreds of hours of preparation; brainstorming, creating, rehearsing, tweaking, promoting, more rehearsing…..the list goes on!
Their ‘Up Close and Personal’ tour does what it says on the tin; merging the boys’ iconic moves, charm and skills with an insight into their lives to date. We’ve now watched the show numerous times and can confirm that this is certainly our favourite Diversity tour yet. They took the audience through a journey of emotions, from their jaw-dropping dance tricks and comical moments to fan interaction and a touching dedication to the Banjo brothers’ late Nan. They had the audience gripped from start to finish and we loved every second of it!
Like Diversity, the CS team worked hard to help make the performance a success. Earlier in October, we filmed footage and interviews with the boys, to help document their story from flat-footed youngsters to arena-filling megastars. These interviews were later fused with our 3D graphics and animations to create the show’s screen content. We are proud to say that we’ve worked and witnessed the boys develop since 2009 and we want to wish them all the luck on tour and look forward to the next project.
‘Dream. Believe. Achieve’
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Earlier this Summer we realised our staff photos were so dated that Clive was captured in sepia and Ruth still dressed like Vicky Pollard. So we thought it was a great excuse to drag the whole team into the studio with the very talented Ben Mark Photography and update our photos.
So early one sunny morning, the team arrived at Square One Studio in Leigh, Surrey with freshly cut hair, slightly powered faces and smiles that could break the toughest of mirrors. Avoiding the inevitable awkward family photos, we decided to have a little fun with the shoot and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to work on the stunning stage production, Seasons of Love at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The production boasts a mixture of talented singers, musicians and dancers to create an exhilarating performance that is sure to thrill any audience.
Working closely with Producer, Martin Flitton and Director, Gareth Walker we created a selection of colourful and immersive screen graphics that help tell a love story through the changing seasons of the year. On opening night we captured photographs and video that were later used in a huge range of online blogs and national press to help the promoters secure a UK and European tour throughout 2016.
The Breakthrough Team is a collaboration between hair giants L’Oréal Professionnel and TONI&GUY, which have been discovering and developing young hairdressers for over a decade. CS Media are very proud to have been involved since the very start… and 2015 has been no exception!
We have now been filming every month since the start of the year, following the candidates progress as they were trained by the very best mentors TONI&GUY and L’Oréal Professionnel have to offer. The whole year climaxes in November with a spectacular Grand Final show; where teams of four will face off against each other and present a catwalk collection in the hope of being crowned Breakthrough Champions for 2015.
In addition to months of filming and editing, CS Media are also involved in putting this showcase event together. In previous years, the show has been hosted by prestigious venues such as BBC Studios, Riverside Studios, The Ministry of Sound and Central St Martins College of Art and Design. This year sees us relocating to Porchester Hall, an iconic building in the centre of London. From staging and AV, to show management and live camera, CS Media will be there every step of the way to ensure the show is a fitting end to a fantastic year.
We are very excited to be launching our brand new showreel, showcasing some of our work from this past year. We are extremely lucky to work with so many great clients, big and small, in a wide range of different industries and we value every new project that we’re involved in.
If you have a project that you think we might be able to help you with, simply contact our office on 01306 646335 or email us at email@example.com.
This year’s ghd tour, took us to stunning locations all over the UK, to include Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and ending on the iconic Lindley Hall in London. The tour hosted almost 1000 stylists and starred ghd UK education ambassador Ken Picton.
Photos by Ashley Martin