Building the future with our apprentices

Apprenticeships are an incredible gateway to acquiring valuable skills and opportunities to learn in the work environment.

We’re so proud to be able to offer these things to our very own apprentices and we sat down with our three apprentices to find out what they have been up to, what they’ve learnt and their standout moments at 7video.

Animation and digital graphics apprentice – Callum

It’s great to be an apprentice within 7video. 

From talking first hand to clients, to dealing with full projects, everyone sees you as who you are rather than looking at job titles and judging ability from this, which gives me confidence to strive to do better. 

I have learnt more than I could have imagined, from editing software to learning how to lead animation projects. I feel like I am learning more every day.

For me the stand out moment has been the Christmas period at the office. Working to create our Christmas animation for our social media and creating festive content for our clients and friends, made the office a great place to work. 

Moreover, taking the lead on the 7video Christmas animation was a stand out moment for me, I’m proud of what I created with the support of my team.

 

Animation and digital graphics apprentice – Cherise

My apprenticeship is educational and fun! 

I’ve been able to work on many different projects, from going on film shoots one day to designing and animating characters the next – which is perfect for me as I want to absorb as many skills as possible.

I’ve learnt about working on different stages of animation, developing my skills in so many different types of software. 

Everyone has their own areas of expertise and experience, there’s so much I’ve learnt from everyone! 

One of the best parts is working on a live project from start to finish and being able to see my ideas, designs and animations being used by clients, as well as getting a really lovely review from them stands out for me! I’m really proud to have created some videos for The Movement Centre, based in the West Midlands, it’s a project I really enjoyed working on, alongside their team.
7video having the confidence in me to take on live projects is really encouraging.

I’m super grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given doing an apprenticeship with 7video, and can’t wait to see where it will take me!

 

Digital marketing apprentice – Adam

You are part of the team through and through, anything you need or want to learn is just a question away, that’s what I love about being an apprentice at 7video.

I’ve been able to put my own ideas forward for how we do things, allowing so much freedom to devise plans and create content – which is amazing! 

I’ve had so many opportunities to shadow the film and animation teams, which provides me with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the production process, which is useful for how I plan my digital content. 

I don’t think I could ever choose just one stand out moment because I’ve had so many great opportunities with the team. I’ve joined the crew on filming days, attended training courses and events – every single one of those has been incredible and I’ll never forget them! 

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Peter Sims

Big plans after winning best small business award

Winning a small business of the year award was a great ending to what has been a very difficult year for companies large and small.

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce crowned us during a virtual ceremony with judges citing our business plan, ability to adapt and flourish during Covid and the quality of our videos as being amongst the main reasons for winning.

Highlights over the last 12 months have included producing more high profile, TV-quality films than ever as well as widely-acclaimed animations.

Our animation services also grew to meet demand during the pandemic and further expansion plans have already been put in place for our other services – film, drone and timelapse.

We also have a strong focus on culture here at 7video, ensuring that the team is nurtured and everyone can be the best they can be.

On behalf of everyone, I want to say thank you for the award – what an achievement.

Thank you to the chamber, our clients, friends, family and everyone who has supported us this year.

It’s definitely been a challenging year but we’re really looking forward to what the next 12 months have to offer and where we’re going to go.

Richard Sheehan, Shropshire Chamber’s chief executive, said: “It has been an extraordinary 12 months. No-one could have foreseen the kind of changes we have all had to make to our lives.

“But in times of challenge, it is even more important to see the work of employees recognised, as well as the businesses themselves.

“This pandemic has proved that Shropshire businesses are resilient, creative and innovative – as the delivery of this event shows.”

You can watch more examples of our work this year here.

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Pete being interviewed on radio

Hitting the headlines and airwaves!

We were delighted to hit the headlines with news of our comeback from Coronavirus. So much hard work has gone into making sure we are in the strongest position possible.

We wouldn’t be where we are without all our customers, who are like our friends, as well as the brilliant team I work with. It was great for all of this to be recognised by the media with a lovely piece on Shropshire Live and a slot on BBC Shropshire Radio at breakfast and teatime. If you missed the radio interview, we’ve used our expertise to animate the audio above. As you’ll hear, the team has recently expanded with Lewis, who created the interview masterpiece, joining us an illustrator and character animator. You can contact Lewis if you are interested in this style of work.

Please have a watch and for more information you can read our press release below. Stay safe everyone.

Press release

Award-winning video company expands in comeback from Coronavirus

A Shropshire-based video and animation production company, who spent time during the pandemic supporting other local businesses, has now marked its return by expanding the team, launching a brand new website and winning a national award.

Just before the pandemic, 7video on the Shrewsbury Business Park, reported its most successful year ever but, like many companies, the Coronavirus pandemic meant it had to temporarily reduce some of its services.

One shining light was the increase in demand for animation work from those wanting to get messages out in a quick and engaging way.

And the team also volunteered their skills, including making a film for the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust to thank its staff during the crisis, and creating an animation to promote an ecommerce website www.supportshrewsbury.co.uk set up by Shrewsbury BID and MY Shrewsbury magazine to help local traders better cope with the pandemic.

7video has also spent time learning new skills and techniques as well as networking with local companies, including sharing knowledge with others in a webinar organised by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce.

The production company further ensured it would come back stronger by launching a brand new website www.7video.co.uk

In recent weeks, with an easing of lockdown, 7video has seen an increase in bookings for their film, animation, drone and timelapse services and they have even recruited a new illustrator and animator, Lewis Furber, to help cope with the demand. There was further good news when a film they made for housing association Aster Group won a national award.

7video director Pete Sims said: “ Like the vast majority of companies we were hit hard by Coronavirus. But thankfully, we started doing everything we could to keep occupied and help out where possible. 

“I’m delighted to say that we are open for business following appropriate safety advice. On top of this good news, it was great to welcome a fresh new face to the team, launch a website and win an award.”

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Team picture

Return of the team!

In a town not so far, far away there was a team, like many others, affected by Coronavirus! But we’re back, stronger than ever – and we’ve even had a galactic makeover too!

Before our return we’ve been busy adapting, changing and learning to equip ourselves with all the latest techniques so we can make even more blockbusters. And we’ve had some fun too, including giving ourselves a makeover in the Star Wars montage.

Here are just some of the things we’ve been up to:

As you hopefully know we make incredible films and we are also expert animators with a dedicated team producing amazingly-engaging and vibrant work for customers across the UK. To bolster this, members of the team, who would have usually been out filming, have been learning new animation skills. And this will be much needed as we’ve seen an increase in demand for this work over the last few months.

Other new skills we’ve gained have included continuously improving our own techniques across all services by listening to industry-renowned experts, and investing in the latest equipment so that we always offer the best possible service to our clients.

We have also been improving our digital offer by focusing more time on building relationships on social media.

New faces

Although we have been physically meeting less people, this hasn’t stopped us seeing new faces and sharing our own skills. Earlier this month, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce invited our director Pete Sims to host a webinar for local business about ‘Creating Video Content’. So many top tips were shared to the group showcasing the best ways of achieving semi-professional video content with the technology in your hand.

Pete was also on hand for a #bizbreakfast webinar discussing how creating content has changed over recent times.

So as you can tell, even though some parts of our business have been quieter during these times, we’ve been keeping ourselves busy so we come out of this in the best possible shape.

And now we are starting to see the green shoots that will enable the continuation of all our services. Following the latest Government guidelines and safety advice, we have been out filming, installing timelapse cameras and capturing drone footage.

We are now fully open for business so get in touch with all your film, animation, drone and timelapse needs.

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