2019 was the busiest year we’ve ever had at Rogue Robot.
We produced over 78 films for 36 clients, from major international companies to local councils, household names to local museums, working locally, nationally and internationally.
We’ve enjoyed producing all of these films and animation and working with some really great clients, but here are a few of our favourite jobs.
VISA – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019
This year saw the Women’s Football World Cup being held in France. Working for VISA through IMG we produced social media stings for every game, highlighting the player of the match.
At the end of every game, we would be sent images taken of the player of the match. These would be inserted into a pre-made AfterEffects template and outputted in square, protrait and widescreen formats before being sent back to VISA for inclusion on their social media channels. The challenge was to get these outputted within an hour of the end of the match.
In total we produced 52 films over the course of a month, sometimes numbering four a day. An exhausting timetable, but a great client who was hugely happy with the job and even called us ‘rock stars!’
Active Calderdale – Calderdale Council
All year we’ve been working with Calderdale Council to promote their ‘Active Calderdale’ programme, aimed at getting people from all over the area, whatever their ability, active and exercising.
We’ve made 15 films in an on-going series, visiting local activity groups and finding out what they do and how anyone can get involved.
This has been a really lovely project to work on that has taken us all over Calderdale interviewing passionate and dedicated people about bike libraries, running clubs, Asian women’s sports groups and dementia exercise classes.
All of the work is now available to watch on the Active Calderdale website, acting as a library of films for people to watch and discover the right activity for them.
Pulselovers – Castles in Space
Castles in Space is a small record label releasing some of the best electronic music around and to promote the release of the new ‘Pulselovers’ album we made a promo film for the track ‘Autumn Arrives Again.
We headed down to the local woods in October to capture the autumn light, trees and colour and created a hazy, VHS-soaked film that captures the bucolic yearnings of the music – with an added alien VFX twist at the end!
We’ve worked for Stephenson Harwood for a few years now, shooting conferences, creating presentations and making films.
They are an international law firm with offices across the globe, and this year we got to travel to London, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong to interview staff and find out what they really thought about the company.
Little Books – The Bronte Parsonage
In 1830, Charlotte Bronte created six miniature books for her brother Branwell’s toy soldiers. The Bronte Parsonage owns four of these, one has been lost and the sixth went up for auction in Paris in November. The Bronte Society ran a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to bid for the book, as we produced a series of short films to help with the fundraising.
We were privileged to get up close to the books, and see for ourselves just how exquisite they are. And the Parsonage raised enough money to win the auction and now own all of the existing collection.
BBC Teach – GCSE English Language
We often do work for BBC productions such as ‘The One Show’ and ‘Rip Off Britain’, creating motion graphic inserts for their reports and VTs.
This BBC Teach job was a little different. The programmes are aimed at GCSE students studying English Language and Rogue Robot created a series of inserts, titles and text animations to help explore text and language.
Across the four programmes, we created almost 100 motion graphics, all of which can be seen on the BBC Teach website.