Cloud9Media: The Journey

In this fast-evolving world of digital, geo-political and environmental change, there’s never been a greater need to align ourselves, make better use our resources, and make changes in our lives for the most positive outcome for people, purpose and planet.

Our belief is that through the power of film and the creative experience, we can bring people together, find meaning, and shine a light forward so that we can be better at what we do, as individuals, and as a society.

By sharing common experiences, shared feelings and best practices through authentic storytelling, we can help each other toward a brighter future.

We’re here for the journey – and we invite you to join us.


Digital Indigestion: We Have The Cure

As experts in digital transformation, we wanted to highlight the feeling we all get when stuff doesn’t work the way we expect it to. Face it – haven’t you made those noises at times? That’s why we firmly believe connecting with the human behind the technology can help everything coalesce and provide a remedy to digital indigestion, like an alka-seltzer.

Setting up in our studio in Shepherd’s Bush, we asked our team to make the many frustrated noises we all make when digital tech just doesn’t work.

We drew on our own creative skills to create a chord of perfect harmony, much as we do with our productions.

Biodiversity: Levelling The Playing Field

Biodiversity and access & benefit sharing expert Bupe Mwambingu from Basecamp Research reached out just a few days before flying to the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15).

As a purpose-driven organisation in service of a thriving future for our planet, we jumped on the opportunity to satisfy our curiosity and better understand one of COP’s hottest issues.

With no brief but a fascinating interview, we decided to apply our formula of truth & magic to building a short story from Bupe’s best soundbites and relevant b-roll footage, plus some well-chosen music, to make it relatable and increase its emotional power.

These are the stories the world needs to hear now – and we’re here to tell them.

What does Love mean to you?

What does love really mean?

We wanted to hear from our neighbours and colleagues what they had to say about love, so we asked them to answer a simple question: “What does love mean to you?”.

Makes us tear up every time!

FICO Fireside: Behind the Scenes

With COVID-19 and social distancing, trying to film a fireside chat sounds like an impossible task. But when FICO came to us wanting to recreate the look and feel over a cosy two way chat via Zoom, we knew this was a challenge we could step to.

In collaboration with an agency in the US, we organised two remote shoots to happen simultaneously, one in San Diego and Michigan, all directed from our office here in London.

Look Great on Camera Filming At Home

Let’s face it, a lot of us are still working from home, and may be for a long time. This doesn’t mean we can’t be outputting engaging and interesting video content. However, filming in a home set up can be daunting, especially when you have little experience. This is where the Cloud9 Filming From Home guide is here to help.

Covering everything from how to light yourself, sound, and tips and tricks to look professional in front of the camera, this comprehensive guide should be all you need to start producing video content, and look great while you do it.

What Did You Have For Breakfast?

Don’t be fooled – being interviewed is never easy.

So the key to getting someone comfortable in an interview is to not dive in with the hard-hitting questions. If your interviewee is nervous or not used to being in front of a camera, asking them basic questions and getting them chatting is the perfect way to warm them up. Our go-to?: what did you have for breakfast.

As it turns out, we’ve asked this a lot so we thought it would be a fitting tribute to a well-trod question to make a compilation of some of our favourite answers (with a few familiar Cloud9 faces!).

Ikhaya Labantwana: The Story of a Rural Montessori Pre-School

In the UK a Montessori education is usually only accessible to those that can afford it. Thanks to Sustainable Coffee Bay, Ikhaya Labantwana offer free Montessori pre-school education to a remote community in Coffee Bay, South Africa.

This Cloud9Media passion project was a chance see life through the eyes of the local children, witnessing the amazing impact this very alternative education method can have, giving them confidence, independence and hope for the future.

Portugal By Drone

Portugal by drone is a stunning visual insight into one of Europe’s most picturesque countries as you’ve never seen it before. From this aerial perspective, it captures the elegance and sophistication of cities such as Lisbon and Porto, through the majestic contours of the Douro Valley to the agricultural symmetry of the winemaking region Quinta das Termas and beyond.

As well as providing a treat for the eyes, Portugal by drone is an incredible example of the power of drone-filming to shoot content from never-before- seen perspectives on a budget that is accessible to all. With its bird’s eye views and sweeping panoramic shots, it’s an arresting and evocative journey to capture the imagination.

The Most Remote Corner of the Earth

In 2015, we were commissioned by Sightsavers to make a last-minute film in three countries in Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Our brief: to look into the leadership built around the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases. With footage captured on a chest-mount GoPro, we shot a ten-day trip that took us across Africa, and into the most remote corner of the Earth.

This film gives an insight into the packing, passports, shots, challenges and effort that goes into every Cloud9Media international trip.