Well it’s certainly been a busy 2016 here at Happy Hour. From fake snowmen to feature films, stuffed toys to stop-motion animation we’ve done it all. We’ve worked with long-term clients and welcomed brand new ones too. We’ve launched the first ever commercial campaigns for brands new to TV advertising, and we’ve even picked up a few awards along the way!
Here’s a quick snapshot of some of this year’s work…
This is just some of the work we’ve completed this year, have a flick through the blog to see behind the scenes on some of the productions and find out what else we’ve been up to.
Remember, if you like what you see and would like to find out more about how our animation and video production services can help boost your brand do get in touch.
Happy Hour are thrilled to announce the latest award win for our recent feature film Kicking Off. Last week it scooped up two prizes at the Oxford International Film Festival winning both the Best Production and Best UK Film award.
We are honoured to have been nominated alongside some fantastic productions, the full list of nominees and winners can be found here.
This marks the second time Kicking Off has been recognised by a film festival, with it winning Best British Feature Film at Raindance last year.
If you still haven’t seen it yet it’s available to rent or buy on iTunes and in major UK supermarkets, it’s also available on most Video on Demand services.
Last week saw one of Happy Hour’s most exciting projects come to fruition, our latest feature film Kicking Off had its London premiere and is now on limited theatrical release, DVD and video on demand. The premiere marks the culmination of years of collaborative work on the film which was shot in London and produced in Bristol at Happy Hour’s full-service production house.
Kicking Off, winner of Best British Feature at Raindance, starts with the most important game of the season. Loyal fans Wigsy and Cliff watch in trepidation as their football team score the goal that will save them from relegation. Victory is bliss as a chorus of supporters chant and cry with elation. However, this frenzy of happiness quickly turns ugly as the referee disallows the deciding goal. With their hearts and fists pumping, adrenalin charging and fury racing through their bloodstream, the fans take matters into their own hands and Cliff makes the fatal mistake of planning while pissed. Wigsy, a confirmed idiot, follows through with said plan and in the darkest hours of the night he commits a crime that will cause chaos and catastrophe for him and his best mate.
Starring Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat, The A Word), Warren Brown (Luther), Alistair Petrie (The Night Manager, Star Wars Rogue One) and Danielle Bux (Silent Witness). It also features cameo appearances from ex-footballers Robbie Savage, Mark Bright and Sir Geoff Hurst. It has been directed by National Theatre Director Matt Wilde, who more recently has been directing for The Kevin Spacey Foundation.
Kicking Off is cleverly filmed with split screen shots and slow motion montages. Fast-paced, witty dialogue from characters best described as lovable rogues who will leave you laughing and grimacing at their lack of common sense. Total Film mention in their review “there is a clear debt to Edgar Wright in this entertaining comedy…”
Want to watch it yourself?
Kicking Off is now available on Video on Demand services including iTunes, SkyStore, Virgin on Demand, Google Play and Microsoft, as well as on DVD in most supermarkets and retail outlets.
Check out our photo gallery from the premiere below:
Happy Hour are proud to announce our latest award acquisition, for feature film production KICKING OFF. The world premiere took place last week, Wednesday 30 September, in London as part of the Raindance International Film Festival (you can see the trailer here).
Kicking Off follows loyal football supporters Wigsy and Cliff as they embark on a frenzied journey to change the referee’s decision who disallows their team’s goal, which ultimately leads to their team going down. The film features British actors Warren Brown (Luther, By Any Means), Alistair Petrie (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) and Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat, Gary the Tank Commander). The film also features some famous faces in its supporting cast including football icon Sir Geoff Hurst.
KICKING OFF will be released across the UK in Q2 2016.
As well as being a leading provider of TV commercial’s production, Happy Hour has been developing and producing feature film projects over the last 7 years.
Happy Hour also works in a coproduction capacity, including providing post production services on feature films. Post Production facilities include full sound and picture post production, 5.1 surround sound studios and DiVinci 4k grading. This is further supported by our in-house VFX and animation studio, providing seamless compositing of any visual fx.
To find out more about the post production work we do here at Happy Hour check out our Post Production page or feel free to send us an email or give us a call on 0117 929 9797
This weekend the Happy Hour team headed up to Derby for the premiere of Allies, the Second World War action film on which we carried out all of the post-production work – from 172 VFX shots, to colour grading, to the full 5.1 sound mix.
The film was directed by Derby-born British Director Dominic Burns with most of the principal filming taking place in Derbyshire’s Peak District, so the East Midlands city was the obvious choice to kick off the Allies general release.
The Happy Hour team were joined at the premiere by the majority of the film’s cast and crew, including the Director and most of Allies lead actors, including Chris Reilly (Game Of Thrones, Silent Witness), Steve Hartley (The Bill, Ripper Street) and Edmund Kingsley (Hugo, The Borgias).
One cast member present who drew a fair share of the attention was Matt Willis who plays Private Billy Munns in the film. Willis is arguably most famous for being a member of supergroup McBusted and was accompanied to the showing by his wife, television and radio presenter Emma Willis.
Allies is a compelling story about putting aside differences, overcoming impossible odds and the intense friendships forged in the heat of battle. It was great to finally see all the hard work that went into producing the film pay off on the big screen and the whole gang here at Happy Hour are immensely proud of our first major UK feature release.
Allies is available from November 3rd on DVD from major retailers such as Amazon, HMV, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, iTunes, LoveFilm and Amazon Prime.
To find out more about the post production work we do here at Happy Hour check out our Post Production page or feel free to send us an email or give us a call on 0117 929 9797.
To celebrate the release of our upcoming film Allies, HMV are offering fans the chance to win two tickets to a special preview event in London on Thursday October 30th.
The lucky winners will get to see the film before it goes on general release, plus they will be able to attend a special Q&A event after the film with the director Dominic Burns and two of the film’s stars, Chris Reilly (Game of Thrones, Silent Witness) and Steve Hartley (The Bill, Ripper Street). To find out how to enter, head over to the PureHMV website.
Allies is a thrilling WW2 drama about a crack team of British troops lead by a US captain on a mission behind enemy lines that could significantly shorter the war and save thousands of lives. Taking inspiration from true events, Allies is a film about overcoming differences in order to survive and the friendships formed in the heat of battle.
The film’s premiere will be held in the director’s hometown of Derby on November 1st. Most of the principal photography for the film took place in Derbyshire’s Peak District, making this the perfect place to unveil Allies to the world. The event will be attended by the director and stars of the film, including Matt Willis of McBusted fame, and, of course, the team from Happy Hour!
A co-production between Happy Hour Productions, Hawthorn Productions, Parkland Pictures, Summerwood Media and Gaia Media, Allies will be distributed both in the UK and internationally by Entertainment One. Check out the trailer below. The film is a multi-platform release, so will be in cinemas from November 1st and then available on DVD and via Video on Demand services for November 3rd.
Post-production has begun on Kicking Off, a new feature film being produced by Happy Hour Productions and Red Card Media.
The comedy centres around football fans Wigsy and Cliff who plot to kidnap a referee after a questionable decision on the pitch assigns their team to the relegation zone. After a nightmare season, the referee’s intervention in the final moments of the pivotal match pushes the fans to take drastic action to avenge the fate of their beloved home team.
The film has attracted attention from the national newspapers for featuring real-life football stars, including World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst. Sir Geoff famously scored the hat-trick that secured England’s World Cup victory in 1966, and remains the only person to have scored a hat-trick in any World Cup final. Gary Lineker’s wife Danielle also stars in what the Daily Mail called a ‘stunning’ underwater dream sequence. Danielle overcame her fear of going underwater to create the scenes in which she sinks underwater in a bridal gown. The footballing cameos are a treat for dedicated football fans, but the comedy elements ensure that Kicking Off will also appeal to a wider audience. Actors Warren Brown and Greg McHugh also star as the kidnappers Wigsy and his reluctant accomplice Cliff.
Happy Hour is best known for its work on TV commercial production and animation production, but has been branching out to work on more feature length films. Kicking Off is the fourth film that Happy Hour has produced or co-produced, other feature films in progress include World War Two film Allies, Psychological thriller ‘The Haunting of Ellie Rose’ and ‘Feed the Devil’, a horror film shot in Canada, as well as several other films that are still in their pre-production stages. Animation sequences and commercials are still at the core of Happy Hour’s work, with new TV commercials being worked on such as the 666Bet.com commercials which star another football legend Harry Redknapp in a campaign which is well placed to take full advantage of this year’s World Cup.