Southern Enterprise Awards 2022

Southern Enterprise Awards 2022 | 52 Aug22414 Best Promotional Film Production Company – South East & Filmmaker of the Year 2022 (South East): Colin Skevington Known for covering a wide range of diverse topics, MoonWatcher Media works closely with clients to uncover their story and convey the key messages to an engaged audience. We find out more in the wake of the firm being recognised in the Southern Enterprise Awards 2022. Set up in 2007 by Colin Skevington, Moon Watcher Media is a film production company with a large range of clients, including charities, corporate clients, local authorities, and other government organisations. Clients include the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, the Bank of Montreal, Network Rail, the Cordelia Film Fund, Central Bedfordshire Council, and the BLMK Integrated Care System. The firm’s films include promotional and training videos, social issue dramas and films to inspire change. Colin, as the driving force behind Moon Watcher Media, has had a diverse career in film, starting professionally as a runner and third assistant director on a series of horror feature films in Sydney, Australia, for David Hannay Productions. Back in the UK he worked for HTV in Bristol on a number of television dramas, becoming interested in the business side of film making. He then took on the role of distributor for the RSPB Film and Video Unit, eventually becoming head of the unit. Upon leaving this role, Colin became a freelancer and created several television formats including ‘In the Dark’ hosted by Julian Clary, which piloted with ITV in the UK and sold to 39 territories. He also wrote scripts for the BBC2 entertainment show ‘Full House’ with Francine Stock, Simon Callow, and John Sessions. “Having such a diverse experience has meant that Moon Watcher Media is able to produce many different type of films,” Colin explains. “We are a small team but we also tap into a pool of other creative personnel, depending on the project. “We see all film making as storytelling so that the films we produce fully engage with the intended audience. Our role is to guide our clients to ensure they achieve the best outcome for their intentions.” Many of the films produced are often about helping to bring about positive change in organisations and in people’s lives both personally and professionally. Most recently, Moon Watcher Media produced ‘Civility Matters’, a film about civility in the workplace for the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. “As an organisation the Trust is very aware of the need to promote a supportive and caring culture in the workplace,” Colin elaborates. “They chose us to make the film because of our reputation for connecting with audiences.” The company interviewed staff members talking about their experiences where incivility caused negative outcomes in work situations but also how positive feedback and even a smile can make someone’s workday a better and more productive experience. The film is now being used internally in the Trust but also externally to inspire other organisations. “We have become known for making films that inspire people but also to make them think deeper about the subject,” Colin continues. “Some of the social issue dramas we have produced include one called ‘Our Secret World’ funded by the Government’s Children’s Fund, which showed the effects of domestic abuse on children. Producing the film as a drama meant we were able to evoke an emotional response and give the target audience an insight behind closed doors.” The film has not only helped teachers to understand and be more empathic of the challenges these children face, but has also given courage to those adults being abused to seek discreet help and support. Beyond its corporate work for clients, Moon Watcher Media has recently produced ‘The Lossen’ – a 30 minute supernatural drama about living your dreams, starring Linda Marlowe (House of Mirth, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) Sean Knopp (Dr Who, Replace, The Bible, 24: Live Another Day), and Albert Welling (Dr Who, Taboo, Outlander, HBO’s Succession and Catherine The Great). The film was written, produced, and directed by Colin and has won many awards around the world including the Grand Prize for Best Fantasy Short at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short at the Silver State Film Festival in Las Vegas and Jury Awards for Best Narrative Short and Best Director at the New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania , USA and the Global Non-Violent Film Festival based in Canada. Colin is currently developing ‘The Lossen’ into a six-part series for streaming. Another two prestigious accolades to add to the trophy cabinet are the titles of Best Promotional Film Production Company – South East, and Filmmaker of the Year 2022 (South East): Colin Skevington, as recognised in the Southern Enterprise Awards 2022. Understandably, Colin is delighted to be the recipient of these awards and is geared to continue his good work moving forward. “Being involved in a range of creative projects enhances our offering to clients as we can bring a breadth of creativity to everything that we produce,” he states. “We are passionate about making films and taking the seed of an idea and bringing our clients’ visions to reality.” Contact: Colin Skevington Company: Moon Watcher Media Web Address: Moon Watcher Media