A busy (and depressingly rainy) September

8 Oct 2008

Personally I have little or no idea what happened to September. One minute I was looking forward to it because some optimistic newsreader promised me an Indian summer, and the next minute I was looking back on it pulling on my thermal underwear. I just hope October takes a bit longer because otherwise I may have to start hunting out my hot water bottle.

Slurpy were busy in September. We created an entire brand identity for Unibutler, including their web site, logo, graphics and animation. If you want to hear a funky tune you wont be able to get out of your head, feel free to check them out at www.unibutler.com. They were a great company to work with; two guys just out of University with an idea, who were totally passionate about their business and who, we think, have a great future ahead of them. If their web analytics are anything to go by they will anyway!

Unibutler intro from Slurpy Studios on Vimeo.

Slurpy won a competition a few months ago on ITV to create a 10 second title sequence for them, and from that came a commission for three short films, two of which we have now finished. These films will be broadcast later this year, but here's a sneek peek for anyone who has read this far:

ITV Fixers - hoodie scares Gran from Slurpy Studios on Vimeo.

We've spent a lot of time recently on the promotional side of the business. Although we've managed to get as far as we have with just word of mouth, combined with the power of social networking (and people who don't believe in social networking should know that we met our first Client through Facebook and our third through Myspace). We felt that now we were a lot more confident in ourselves and our abilities as animators, we were ready to face the big bad world and start actually promoting ourselves.

With this in mind, we spent this morning at a BNI (British Networking Institute) meeting. BNI are an organisation which groups different businesses together and encourage them to be mutually helpful, with the idea that the better you know other businesses, the more likely you are to refer them to family and friends (and they you). We had a lovely morning (and we're not naturally morning people), collected a ridiculous number of business cards, and met some thoroughly nice people. So we joined. We'll let you know how it goes!

In other news, we're currently working on some ecards (which we love doing because we get to be in the Christmas spirit two months early and before all but the most organised of shops), as well as an advert for a weight loss diet, a website for a property developer and a whole host of other little projects to keep us bent over our lightboxes.

Speaking of which, I should probably get back to mine!