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.

What does Love mean to you?

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!

Neglected Tropical Diseases Showcase

Cloud9Media have been working within global health for more than a decade. This showcase brings together dozens of films that raise awareness for NTDs from projects spanning the globe.

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!).

From Stats to Stories

Covid-19 might have hit us all pretty hard, but there are still many opportunities to keep growing and learning.

We love to share our expertise with other people, and Steve had the chance to do just that when he chatted with ISNTD during their online lecture series. Steve talks his journey as a storyteller, the importance of telling the stories of people affected by NTDs, and gives a roadmap of how the tell the most powerful story possible.

Connecting with people in on online forum is doubly important these days, as is the need for compassionate and respectful storytelling. For more details about the talks and lectures, check out the ISNTD Connect website.

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.

Pub in Peril

Vince Power, manager of the KPH (Kensington Park Hotel) pub, had been in an ongoing dispute with developers for the past three years, who want to close down this community asset and turn it into an estate agents and luxury flats.

This was a film to raise awareness for the plight of community pubs in peril like the KPH and dozens of other music venues around the UK which face closure on a daily basis due to aggressive development and are seeing the erosion of our history and culture.

Sadly after a drawn out battle, Vince lost his fight in court and had to close the pub on the 7th April 2016*.

*It has since been saved after a high-profile campaign to keep it open by Eddie Izzard and singer Cerys Matthews! 

Life in a Slum

An intimate insight into how life is lived in a slum, told through the story of Brian, a bright, articulate street-kid living in Kisenyi slum, Kampala, Uganda. This short film shows the grim realities that Brian faces on a daily basis, and wishes to leave.