How To

How to make it in the video world – Advice to students

We’re honoured that so many students get in touch with us and ask whether they can get some experience or work with us. Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests and type of work we do, there are only a few shoots a year where we need an extra pair of hands. We’ll be sure…

We’re honoured that so many students get in touch with us and ask whether they can get some experience or work with us. Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests and type of work we do, there are only a few shoots a year where we need an extra pair of hands. We’ll be sure to put out a post on our social channels when we require some extra help with filming.

In the meantime, we wanted to give something back and provide to give some tips. We hope that these are helpful in following your goal to becoming full time filmmakers or working in a video production company.

  • Tip 1 – Experience

Experience is second to none. You’ll probably need to create your own projects outside of your course by approaching people you know or local charities and offer your services free. Whilst this isn’t sustainable long term, it’s a great way to learn and offer something back to people that might be able to afford video.

Skills such as client, budget and project management will prove that you understand every step of the process. Time management is a crucial part of the job, so start to estimate how long things will take and stick to your deadlines as this will be useful throughout your career.

  • Tip 2 – Mistakes are ok

It’s not a matter of if, it’s when. And when you do, learn from it. There are often things we get wrong, so we’ll chat about it as a team, test things out, watch some training videos, create checklists, so that we’re constantly improving. It could be a technical mistake, a communication issue, or budget issue. Whatever it is, make sure that you learn for next time so you’re raising the bar.

  • Tip 3 – Be passionate

Having a degree in filmmaking is a great step towards a career in video production, but as employers we want to see that you are truly passionate about what you do. For us, it’s often what people get up to outside of their studies that shows us what a person is truly passionate about. If you’re constantly thinking about video, and can’t put down a camera, this shows us a real dedication and passion.

  • Tip 4 – Get a showreel

A showreel is incredibly important in showing the variety of work that you’ve been involved in. Make sure it’s the best of the best that you have, make it short and memorable. This is one of the most crucial bits of work that’ll grab people’s attention and make them want to work with you.

  • Tip 5 – Be creative  in your approach

We get hundreds of emails every year, that can sometimes feel like it’s been copied and pasted. Our advice would be to be creative in your approach and to stand out. Add us on LinkedIn, send us a bag of coffee, Tweet us….use your creativity to grab people’s attention, it will be much more memorable than a standard email.

 

We hope that these tips have been useful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

 

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Trials and tribulations of 2020

With the dust of 2020 finally beginning to settle, we can certainly afford a moment to sit back, take a sip of coffee and reflect on the challenges we faced throughout this historic stinker of a year. I for one am so proud of the team I work with and what we have been able…

With the dust of 2020 finally beginning to settle, we can certainly afford a moment to sit back, take a sip of coffee and reflect on the challenges we faced throughout this historic stinker of a year. I for one am so proud of the team I work with and what we have been able to accomplish in these last 12 months. As a relatively small video production company based in Leeds, I think the odds have been stacked against us – particularly as many of our clients have had to scale back their marketing budgets. Nevertheless, we’re still going strong and ready to turn our attention to 2021.

 

When the first lockdown was announced we needed to adapt quickly. Not only were we split up as a team having to work from home, but we had a number of projects at various stages of production that faced uncertainty. Our priority was communication and providing reassurance to our clients that we would work things out. We take real pride in our business relationships at Manto Films and I like to think we helped ease some of the noise and confusion around that time. As months passed, it became clear that we would need to change our approach to video production and think of new ways to keep ahead of the game and keep work rolling in.

 

Providing Post-production and animation are great ways to remain at home and socially distanced, so as 2020 progressed it became clear that we would need to shout about these services a little louder. We took the opportunity to learn new skills during downtime and further build our knowledge of the equipment we use. A highlight for me personally was when we directed a series of short cooking films for one of our clients over everyone’s favourite video communication app of the year – Zoom. This meant getting the most out of camera phones, basic sound gear, and clever lighting techniques to ensure the end results looked professional and high quality. Certainly, this wouldn’t be the preferred approach going forward but proved we were capable of adapting.

 

Upon being given the green light to shoot again we had a series of precautions in place to ensure both clients and our team were kept as safe as possible. Equipment was wiped down, social distancing was observed and crew kept to a minimum. Looking back, we actually ended up shooting some of my all-time favourite projects. Between getting Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United to do kick-ups with a Yorkshire Pudding to trying to tame a 12-week old puppy to sit still long enough to get the shot we needed, we certainly have some fond memories to look back on that don’t feel as if they were affected too much by the limitations around us.

 

I believe we have set ourselves up nicely as we head into this year. We’ve shown we’re able to adapt to constantly changing situations and our client’s confidence in us to achieve their vision is higher than ever. Sure, there’s still a lot of horrible uncertainty surrounding us, but I have faith that between us at Manto Films we will be able to take on anything that is thrown our way.

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2021 Showreel

This past year has been… well we all know what it has been. As a team we have certainly had our low points and we’re not going to pretend it’s been fun. But through everything there have been some incredible moments of light. From being overwhelmed by some incredible shows of support from our clients,…

This past year has been… well we all know what it has been. As a team we have certainly had our low points and we’re not going to pretend it’s been fun.

But through everything there have been some incredible moments of light. From being overwhelmed by some incredible shows of support from our clients, to some exciting and creative film projects, to brilliant big new client wins. Our work ranged from filming an England football star to a line-up of canine hereos. We filmed from Bournemouth to Belfast. We worked with brand new clients and some we’ve worked with for over a decade. So we’re heading into 2021 with our heads held high, excited for what’s in store and ready to tackle anything that’s thrown at us.

And it’s in that spirit that we present our brand new 2021 showreel, showcasing some of the best of our work from the past few years. It’s been exciting for us to look back over the past year and see that, even through the carnage, we’ve done some of our best work, and made some striking, impactful videos.

So grab some popcorn, have a watch and let us know what you think! And if you have an idea for a video project then please get in touch, we’d love to here from you.

www.mantofilms.com/showreel

How To

Home Video Recording

With the government lockdown in place, more and more people have been asking us for tips on recording videos at home, using phones. Matt, our Head of Production, has put together these two videos, giving you some brilliant tips for getting the best possible results from home recording. If you have any questions or need…

With the government lockdown in place, more and more people have been asking us for tips on recording videos at home, using phones. Matt, our Head of Production, has put together these two videos, giving you some brilliant tips for getting the best possible results from home recording. If you have any questions or need any more hints, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

How To

Live Streaming – Beginner to Pro

Live Streaming – Beginner to Pro In this unprecedented time, companies, brands, religious gatherings and charities all suddenly have a need to live stream. We thought we’d share some recommendations on where to start. What and Why? The first step is work out what you’re communicating and why. Each different option will work for different…

Live Streaming – Beginner to Pro

In this unprecedented time, companies, brands, religious gatherings and charities all suddenly have a need to live stream. We thought we’d share some recommendations on where to start.

What and Why?

The first step is work out what you’re communicating and why. Each different option will work for different budgets and knowledge, but will also depend on whether you’re a company or an individual. Decide best how you want yourself or the brand to come across, then move forward accordingly.

Platform:

Think about where your audience already is, or where is accessible, as this will be the best place for them.

Periscope

Twitch

YouTube Live

Facebook Live

Twitter Live

For those not sure, we’d recommend using YouTube, as it is very familiar to people. Once you have an account, you need to get it verified before you can LiveStream, and this can take up to 24 hours.

Simplest setup:

Requirements: Phone.

Knowledge Level: I watch cat videos daily.

You can LiveStream straight from your phone to one or many platforms. It’s best to use the native app to live stream, such as the YouTube app itself. Alternatively, there are third party services that are able to stream to many platforms at once.

Mobcam: Mobcam iOS Link 

Make sure you have a speedy Wifi connection, or plenty of mobile data. Secondly, you probably want to plug in the power cable. Well, says the guy with a Rose Gold iPhone whose battery lasts 5 minutes. 

Medium set-up

Requirements: Camera with HDMI output.

Knowledge Level: IcanfigureitoutwithGoogle.

HardWare: Elgato Link

Software: None

For this option, you’ll need a DSLR, mirrorless or another camera, which will help boost your production value. Make sure that the camera supports a clean HDMI output and unlimited runtime. You’ll also want to step-up your audio game. There are two ways of doing this

On-board Shotgun Microphone

Lavalier Microphone

At this stage, you might also want to look at what you can do with lighting.

Pro set-up

Ok, now you’re talking. 

Requirements: Multiple cameras with HDMI output, microphones, lighting.

Knowledge Level: Knows how to decode the matrix.

Hardware:

BlackMagic Design Atem Mini

Roland – VR-1HD

Software: VMix, OBS Studio

This set-up is going to be great if you’re needing to use several different inputs of cameras, and want to mix several sources for your livestream. OBS Studio is a great free option for mixing cameras, and VMix is great for running pre-recorded video, screen sharing and inputting from external sources such as Skype.

You’re going to need to think carefully as to what hardware you’ll need. If you’re happy to be switching the cameras and inputs using the software, and still want multiple cameras, you could use one or two Elgato HDMI sticks. For a more robust method of switching multiple cameras, you’ll need a hardware device capable of this, hence the BlackMagic Atem Mini and the Roland VR-1HD suggestions.

We hope that this has served as a starter for Live Streaming. Do let us know if you have any questions. As always with recommendations, please read the specification of each product to see if it is compatible with your requirements before purchasing.

 

Behind the Scenes

Manto International – an exciting trip filming in Tanzania & Rwanda

Recently our MD, Paul and I had the opportunity to film in Africa for one of our clients, The Wood Foundation. They are philanthropists who create opportunities for smallholder farmers in the tea industry for a fair, sustainable and equitable economy in fields and factories. Our adventure took us over several regions of both Tanzania…

Recently our MD, Paul and I had the opportunity to film in Africa for one of our clients, The Wood Foundation. They are philanthropists who create opportunities for smallholder farmers in the tea industry for a fair, sustainable and equitable economy in fields and factories.

Our adventure took us over several regions of both Tanzania and Rwanda and had us covering thousands of miles by both car and plane. While Paul has filmed in Africa on a number of occasions, it was completely new to me so I was keen to record some of our challenges and accomplishments, and the weird and wonderful things we got to see whilst working in this completely new environment.

Monday 22nd April

After a dark and quiet drive across the Pennines to Manchester airport, our first stop was Amsterdam, where we would wait for our connecting flight to Tanzania.

(In-flight entertainment)

Ten or so hours later we arrived in the bustling capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam. Our taxi driver Allan was waiting outside and the muggy 30-degree climate hit us instantly. The hoodie was off and the insect repellent slapped on. Upon getting to the hotel we were both very hungry boys so got straight onto room service for some chips and spring rolls. Hey, we’d been travelling all day so needed comfort food alright?!

Tuesday 23rd April

After a good night’s rest and some hotel brekkie, we were on our way to our first shoot. We interviewed the CEO of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), a charming chap named Geoffrey. Everything went smoothly and, as our second shoot was pushed back, we had the chance to try the local beer before heading out for a nice seafood dinner. How lovely!


(The first of many interviews)

 (Got to stay hydrated)

Wednesday 24th April

Our stay in Dar was short-lived as we soon had to be on our way to Mbeya. After nearly missing our flight because we were at the wrong gate (oops), we set off on a short journey across the beautiful terrain of Tanzania.

(Sat at the wrong departure gate)      

(Pretty views help me forget that I hate flying)

Our stay in Mbeya was fleeting as we were soon on the road to Njombe. After a quick four hour drive, we arrived and met Filbert – the CEO of Njombe Outgrowers Service Company (NOSC). He discussed the plan for the next couple of days and we had some delicious frozen pizzas.

(Pizza makes Manto happy)

Thursday 25th April

After a late-night battle trying to kill a mosquito, strong coffee was needed as we had a full day ahead. We began by interviewing Filbert in his office before we hit the bumpy roads to some of the local tea farms. 

This was my favourite day from the trip as it came with so many memorable highlights. Not only was it fascinating learning about the ways in which the project helps smallholder farmers but we were treated to a song and dance from the student farmers in the local farmer field school.

(It was great to meet so many happy folk)     

(Loving the camera)

A productive day was topped off by being gifted eggs and corn by one of the local farmers. This helped me get over coming face to face with this beast earlier in the day!

 (A dangerous encounter)

Friday 26th April

Friday was another busy day as we began by filming the Unilever factory built specifically for smallholder farmers.

(Steve looking super fly)

That afternoon, we drove for four and a half hours to grab a quick interview before an additional four hours to back to Mbeya where we had first landed! The journey back was long and tiring and we could only imagine how knackered our driver Alex must have been! Luckily, he had his 90’s love ballad CDs to keep up entertained (there’s only so many times you can listen to the same Celine Dion track though). When we finally arrived, the hotel was a surreal place covered in neon lights. We had some late food and a couple of celebratory beers for Paul’s birthday whilst watching some local football on the tele. A nice reward after a long day.

(Happy Birthday, Paul!)    

 (Our Celine Dion loving driver Alex. What a legend)

Saturday 27th April

Today was a travelling logistics nightmare! We had to fly back to the capital Dar, to interview the UK commissioner of Tanzania, then jump on a flight to Rwanda. Luckily, the interview went smoothly, as we only had about 15 minutes (due to flight delays) to set up, interview and put the kit away before heading back to the airport. It’s a good thing we’re such an efficient and professional production crew (just to add that we waited in the right part of the airport this time!)

(Interviewing the UK High Commissioner of Tanzania)

We finally got to our hotel in the Rwandan capital Kigali and we were blown away by how nice it was! Before supper, we took advantage of the late open pool and treated ourselves to something new – a couple of delicious cold beers.

(Ah beer. Lovely beer)

Sunday 28th April

Sunday was our day off on the trip so we took it upon ourselves to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It was heartbreaking to learn more about what happened but great to see how far the country has come in only 25 years since it happened.

For lunch, we met Sanjay, the head of The Wood Foundation’s Rwanda operations, and he chatted over our work for the next few days. That afternoon, we were back on the road to our next destination – Kibeho, Nyaruguru.

(The remote region of Nyaruguru)

Monday 29th April

We travelled around with Vincent, the CEO of Services Company Outgrowers Nyaruguru (SCON), and he introduced us to some of the farmers benefiting from the help of The Wood Foundation and its partners. When it came to his interview, the Sony A7Sii we had with us (renowned for being very good in the low light) was our saviour as a thunderstorm had knocked out all the power from the lights!

(The A7Sii – A low light BEAST!)

Tuesday 30th April

That morning we jumped back into the car and headed to Rugabano. We met Frank, the CEO of Rugabano Outgrowers Services, and documented more of the tea growing happening across Rwanda. We were excited to learn that our hotel for the evening was on the coast of Lake Kivu – a beautiful part of Rwanda and definitely worth visiting.

(Steve flexin’ the DJI Ronin M and A7Sii combo)

(Relaxing by Lake Kivu)

Wednesday 1st May

Our final day was spent visiting a factory being built in Rugabano by Luxmi Tea (similar to the one in Njombe, Tanzania) and further documenting some of the farmers and locals that are part of the tea production there.

We travelled back to Kigali where we got to meet and interview some of the members of The Wood Foundation and its partners. We finished shooting and it was finally time to head home to the UK.

It may have been tiring at times but overall the trip was a huge success. We got to meet so many interesting people and see so many naturally beautiful areas. I’m so grateful for having the opportunity to explore parts of Africa that I wouldn’t typically visit! 

Until next time, Africa! 

Behind the Scenes

Manto and the Giant Easter Egg

We are proud to partner with Bettys to celebrate their special centenary year. One hundred years ago, Bettys’ founder, Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft skills. He opened his first Café Tea Room in Harrogate in 1919. Today, there are six Bettys Tea…

We are proud to partner with Bettys to celebrate their special centenary year.

One hundred years ago, Bettys’ founder, Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft skills. He opened his first Café Tea Room in Harrogate in 1919. Today, there are six Bettys Tea Rooms across Yorkshire.

Bettys briefed us to create a Facebook video about the making of their annual Imperial Easter egg.  Weighing in at five kilos – the egg inside a giant egg – is handmade by one of Bettys’ master chocolatiers, Kirsty and one of their highly skilled cake decorators, Emma.  

The egg was hand moulded from pink coloured white chocolate, and decorated with intricate sugar wild roses and golden leaves made from royal icing – it truly is a work of art. Bettys are renowned for doing things beautifully, so we set out to show this craftsmanship through film.

We shot the film over two days at Bettys HQ (where you’d mostly find us by the Eccles cake). The original idea was to use solely timelapse to film the skill and attention to detail in the egg making process – but in practice, we learnt that we needed some in motion shots to vary the pace.

The challenge was that we only had one egg to shoot with. So we had to rehearse lots and work closely with the chocolatiers on timings.

We hired a motorised slider (see photos) combined with our gimbal, to create a motion timelapse rig which we were able to control with our phones. This helped to show the skill and craft of how the egg was built over time and enabled us to showcase the art of creating Bettys’ Imperial Centenary Egg.

The result?  The Facebook video  alone has over 1 million views, 1,000 comments, and 1,400 shares. We’ll take that (and some of the egg!).

If you need some content making for social media or about your company in general then get in touch info@mantofilms.com or call 0113 2692 814.

Inspiration

Core Values – Who We Are

Our company values define Manto at its core. They represent the principles we hold. They shape what we do as a company and explain our motivations behind our staff team, and also stay true to the way we do business and help with our decision making. What are your values? Relationships are at the heart…

Our company values define Manto at its core. They represent the principles we hold. They shape what we do as a company and explain our motivations behind our staff team, and also stay true to the way we do business and help with our decision making.

What are your values?

Relationships are at the heart of what we do, both the strong relationships we look to build with our clients and the relationships we build within our team. So here are our values. We hope that you share our beliefs.

Be kind

Building strong relationships with our clients and within our team is key. To do this we strive to be trustworthy, to act with integrity, to display professionalism, to be present, to ask for and offer help, and to create a great experience for our clients.

Be brave
We are driven by creativity and a genuine love for what we do. We are risk-takers; we produce work that is innovative and daring. We have the courage to try new things and are not afraid to make mistakes.

Be humble

We have confidence that we produce fantastic work but we have the humility to recognise our imperfections, and so are always striving to learn and improve. We are inspired by other companies and their work, not driven by negative or competitive comparison.

Do you need some compelling content creating? We make high-quality online films for social media, brands, products, companies and also, just for fun!

We’d love to help bring your business to life.

Get in touch by email info@mantofilms.com or call 0113 269 2814

Behind the Scenes

New year, new Manto.

Here at Manto Films, we are thrilled to share the news that our group of expert filmmakers has grown, bringing our team up to six. We welcome a new team member – Olly – and our current crew – Steve, Matt and Lizzy – are stepping up their games. These new roles will ensure that…

Here at Manto Films, we are thrilled to share the news that our group of expert filmmakers has grown, bringing our team up to six. We welcome a new team member – Olly – and our current crew – Steve, Matt and Lizzy – are stepping up their games. These new roles will ensure that we can keep pushing the quality of our work, and keep on delivering better and better results for our clients.

We’re always looking to break new ground, that’s why Manto hires creative people with differing perspectives and a passion for their work.  

Olly
(Shooter/Editor)

Our newest team member brings originality and flair. He comes from a science background and brings a combination of tremendous attention to detail and a real visual elan to his filmmaking work. We are excited to bring this new dimension to our clients’ projects.

Lizzy
(Shooter/Editor)

Lizzy is a self-taught filmmaker with an extraordinary knack for storytelling. The stellar work she has produced over the past year sees her progressing into a wider role where she has more scope to flex her creativity and push the boundaries of our work.

Matt
(Head of Production)

Matt has invested a huge amount of time and effort over the past few years honing his cinematography skills, so 2019 sees him step into the role of Head of Production. His editing prowess remains invaluable and in addition, he is heading up the production side of our work, honing the team’s skills and breaking new ground behind the camera.

Steve
(Head of Post Production)

Steve has delivered some of our best work over the past year and has cemented his reputation as a really remarkable editor. He will continue to work as an all rounder – directing, shooting and editing – and he will take on the responsibility for overseeing our post-production, delivering stunning edits and pushing the rest of the team to do their best work in the cutting room.

Charlotte
(Operations Director)

Since taking up her current role Charlotte has transformed our backend processes, ensuring that as well as being a creative business, Manto is a robust, efficient and professional organisation, providing peace of mind to our clients and a strong base on which to grow.

Our Managing Director Paul will continue to drive the company forward and support the team to do their best work. Paul says:

“We have had an exceptional year at Manto and this is down to our talented team and our fantastic client base who constantly inspire us. This year we are focusing on driving new business whilst continuing to deliver high quality and innovative work”.

If you want to bring your business to life, or  just shoot the breeze contact info@mantofilms.com or call 0113 2692 814

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Manto+ (Team Manto’s YouTube Channel)

Here at Manto HQ, we are always pushing ourselves that little bit more. That’s why we have launched Manto+, our YouTube channel showing the team’s personal test projects.  Don’t get us wrong, we love making videos for our clients; but this channel is to show you even more of our creativity and flair. A little…

Here at Manto HQ, we are always pushing ourselves that little bit more. That’s why we have launched Manto+, our YouTube channel showing the team’s personal test projects.  Don’t get us wrong, we love making videos for our clients; but this channel is to show you even more of our creativity and flair. A little extra, if you like.

Our team philosophy is simple: if you’ve got a good idea, let’s make it.  

This gives us the freedom to try out new ideas, experiment and learn from one another. It gives us the opportunity to amplify awareness about issues we feel deeply passionate about such as the refugee crisis, mental health, and animal cruelty. We make these videos to make you stop. And think.

Did you know…

  • Viewers retain 95 per cent of a message when they watch it in a video, compared to 10 per cent when reading it in text
  • By 2020 online videos will make up more than 80 per cent of all consumer Internet traffic
  • In an average month, 8 out of 10 18-49 year-olds watch YouTube

YouTube has over a billion users and is a great way to tell your brand’s story and drive sales. Manto Films can help your business engage and move your audience. Subscribe to our Manto+ channel as we will be uploading fresh content.

Our friendly team of experts can work with you to build video into your marketing strategy. We’ve worked alongside some of the big brands like Bettys, TPP, and Schweppes. We create compelling content that people remember that you can use across all of your digital channels – website, social and e-marketing.

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We’re hiring

MANTO FILMS -­ EDITOR/CAMERA OPERATOR JOB OPPORTUNITY What we’re looking for: This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and enthusiastic individual with a real passion for the filmmaking process and a head for business, to come in and help the company continue to grow. The role will primarily be split between post ­production (editing,…

MANTO FILMS -­ EDITOR/CAMERA OPERATOR JOB OPPORTUNITY

What we’re looking for:
This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and enthusiastic individual with a real passion for the filmmaking process and a head for business, to come in and help the company continue to grow. The role will primarily be split between post ­production (editing, grading, motion graphics) and production (camera operating, camera assisting, sound recording). But beyond that we want someone who can contribute creatively to our projects; who can work closely with our clients; who can help out on shoots when the need arises; who can help with the day to day running of the company where required. We work as a team and everyone is given the opportunity to contribute ideas, and to bring their ideas to fruition.
For us ability wins out over qualifications every time. If you can show us that you have a real gift for filmmaking and that you’re hardworking and enterprising, then don’t worry about not having the right qualification.

About Manto Films:
We’re a team of experienced filmmakers who craft compelling stories for brands you’ve heard of. We’re creative, responsive and genuinely in love with film – and with a background in television, we make content that people remember. Our work is hugely varied; we work with organisations ranging from Bettys Tea Rooms and Yorkshire Tea to Age UK and The Refugee Council, from G4S to Schweppes.

How we work is based around our values. They are:
Be kind
Building strong relationships with our clients and within our team is key. To do this we strive to be trustworthy, to act with integrity, to display professionalism, to be present, to ask for and offer help, and to create a great experience for our clients.

Be brave
We are driven by creativity and a genuine love for what we do. We are risk-takers; we produce work that is innovative and daring. We have the courage to try new things and are not afraid to make mistakes.

Be humble
We have confidence that we produce fantastic work but we have the humility to recognise our imperfections, and so are always striving to learn and improve. We are inspired by other companies and their work, not driven by negative or competitive comparison.

Required Skills:
– Strong working knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects
– Camera/sound/lighting training or experience, incorporating a range of equipment.­
– Familiarity with working on Macs
– Good understanding of the online film and video market

Salary:
Basic Salary £18 -­ £20k (depending on experience)

How do I apply?
Drop us an email to info@mantofilms.com, which must include the following:
– Full CV ­
– Showreel link (video files not accepted so please upload to YouTube/Vimeo)­
– The following information: Driving Licence Y/N, Own Car Y/N, Availability to start ­
– A video of yourself answering the following questions:
– Why are you suitable for the role?
– Why do you want the job?
– What is your favourite film and why?

**PLEASE NOTE, APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT THIS VIDEO**

Closing date for applications 5pm Friday 30th November 2018

Inspiration

The Refugee Crisis

We all need refuge. Who will be theirs? Imagine being forced to leave your home to escape war, rape and torture. Imagine leaving your loved ones behind in search for a ‘safe’ place. Imagine arriving in a new country. Alone. For most of us, this sounds unimaginable. That’s why Lizzy, our producer/director, made the film…

We all need refuge. Who will be theirs?

Imagine being forced to leave your home to escape war, rape and torture.
Imagine leaving your loved ones behind in search for a ‘safe’ place.
Imagine arriving in a new country. Alone.

For most of us, this sounds unimaginable.

That’s why Lizzy, our producer/director, made the film ‘Refuge’ as her personal test project.

Lizzy says “The current refugee crisis is the worst of our generation – we are at a point of having more displaced people around the world than in the aftermath of the Second World War.

I think it is really easy to remove ourselves from the reality of this. We can become numb to the images we see, it can feel too much to comprehend. However, for so many people around the world the fear of persecution, torture and death is their reality; one they have no choice but to live in every day.

I wanted to create something that helped people engage with this reality. I particularly wanted to communicate that these people fleeing their homes are no different to you and me, they just find themselves living in a different situation. I’m sure we can all relate to the emotions of fear, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, panic.

This film draws upon common human emotions that we have all experienced and asks the question ‘how are you going to respond?’.

The process of making this film was really great. It led to a lot of great conversations with lots of different people and even in the making of it got people thinking about the part we can all play in responding to the refugee crisis.

My favourite scene to film was the one with the den. Who doesn’t love building a den? We should do this more as adults! The kids loved being involved and it was a great opportunity to shoot some really nice, considered shots.

Filming in the wind, rain and snow was definitely a challenge and the actors were absolute troopers. A huge thank you to those guys – the cold was very painful at times.”

Manto Films was proud to gain support from The Refugee Council – the leading charity in the UK working directly with refugees and asylum seekers. They Tweeted our video to their 50k followers with this powerful message:

“A staggering 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced in 2017. Of these 25.4 million were forced to flee home & become #refugees & 3.1 million people still wait to be granted #refuge.”

We are currently working with the Refugee Council and the United Nations on a project about preparing Syrian refugees for life in the UK. Visit our Manto+ YouTube channel to view ‘Refuge’ and to watch more of the team’s test projects.

Behind the Scenes

“If it’s mouldable, we’ll make it”

With Leeds Manufacturing Festival taking place this October, we wanted to share the making of their recent videos that we produced for them. Not only that, we want to shout about the amazing work that they do: bringing greater awareness of the thriving manufacturing industry in Leeds and the range of career opportunities within manufacturing…

With Leeds Manufacturing Festival taking place this October, we wanted to share the making of their recent videos that we produced for them. Not only that, we want to shout about the amazing work that they do: bringing greater awareness of the thriving manufacturing industry in Leeds and the range of career opportunities within manufacturing that this offers.

They aim to inspire the next generation to not sit at a desk all day and get busy making.  From moulding fibreglass to building jukeboxes, these young people are given an opportunity to grow their confidence and shine.

The Brief

To make a series of videos aimed at young people, to promote the brilliant career opportunities within Leeds’ vibrant manufacturing scene.

The Pitch

The key element in developing our pitch was the target audience. These videos were to be aimed at 12 to 16-year-olds who are just starting to think about careers. This age group is very video savvy (they live on YouTube) so we knew that a standard format corporate video was never going to reach them. These were the key elements that we pitched to the LMF:

  1. Fast-paced, energetic videos
  2. Clear and simple messaging
  3. Visual flamboyance to the filming and editing style to grab the audience’s attention

The filmmaking

In order to show the range of manufacturing businesses in Leeds we filmed in six different companies whose products range from fibreglass sewage tanks to surgical equipment and from fish and chip fryers to vinyl jukeboxes. It really was a privilege to get to visit these fantastic businesses and meet the people inside them. Watching the mind-blowing processes that go into making these products gave us so much visual material to work with.

The Challenge

The biggest hurdle was also our biggest opportunity; preconceptions. People think of manufacturing as being about heavy, grimy work in dark, dirty places. The reality is often a million miles away from this, and we loved being able to bring this to life through film.

The Takeaway

The biggest thing we learned from this project was that manufacturing in Leeds really is alive and kicking. There are over 1800 manufacturing companies in Leeds, and the job opportunities they offer young people are exciting and diverse. We are so glad to have had the chance to bring this message to young people. I showed the first video to my 12-year-old son and his response was “that looks like a cool job”. Job done!

The Testimonials

“The team at Manto took time to understand our requirements and were great guys to work with. As we all know, planning is fine, but without action it is useless. When the filming started Manto put everyone at ease and the results were fantastic; a finished film appealing to different generations, that was sharp, professional and fun. I would highly recommend their services and having benchmarked their costs getting initial quotes, we know how happy we are with the finished results and the value they delivered.”

Ben Wilson – MD of MPM Bradford Ltd

“I was part of the team that commissioned Manto Films to produce a series of videos supporting the Leeds Manufacturing Festival. I could not be happier with the outcome. Their professionalism and energy during the filming and their subsequent editing skills mean we now have a set of videos that are not only better than we envisaged, they have been met with universal acclaim by those who have seen them.”

Graham Cooper – Site Manager, Agfa Graphics

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