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Science and Technology

Science and Technology

When you’re working at the cutting edge of innovation, communication gaps can open up between the work you’re doing and the general public.

Video is an excellent way of bridging that gap, turning complex and difficult concepts into simple, engaging and entertaining content.

Whether you’re a tech startup or an established brand in the science and technology sector, Preston Street Films can help you bring your story to a wider audience, position you as a brand leader and attract new customers or investors.

Building Brand Awareness and Thought Leadership

Video is an incredible tool for positioning the leaders in your company as leaders within the industry. Capitalise on the expertise you have within your organisation by sharing it with the world to boost brand awareness and attract new customers, investors or partners.

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Explain

Video is the best way of explaining what your product is and how it works. Through a variety of techniques including animation, live action filming, motion graphics, voiceover and interviews we can put together videos that are engaging and informative.

Case Study: New Motion Labs Enduo Drivetrain

New Motion Labs commisioned us to make a video that explains the nuance of how their Enduo product differs from traditional drivetrains.

Watch the video here

Social Media

We can create content specifically for social media to drive audience engagement. However, creating interesting content is all well and good, but what do you do with it once you have it ready to go?

We can offer a Social Media Strategy – a bespoke approach that will maximise the impact of your content once it is published.

We can also offer Social Media Management – executing your strategy according to a planned schedule and targets.

Find out more about our social media services here
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Get in touch to discuss how we can help you build brand awareness, generate leads and sales, educate and support customers, and communicate internally with employees and teams.



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Training

Every organisation is trying to tell its story. But sometimes finding the time, the budget and the resources to tell that story can be difficult. Having people within your team who can quickly and effectively produce high quality video can be a fantastic way of generating new social media content or capturing important moments.

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At Preston Street Films we offer bespoke training in video and photography, showing you how to get the most out of the equipment you have – including your mobile phone.

We will walk you through the steps of identifying what the story is you are trying to tell, how best to shoot it and then the technical aspects of getting the best image and sound. We will show you how to edit – turning your shots into a compelling video – and how to optimise the video for sharing across your social media platforms.

No matter what your level of experience is or what kind of films you want to make, we can create a course for you. Sessions can be run at your premises, here at the PSF Studios, or online.

We can tailor-make a package that works for you, providing ongoing support, advice and follow up sessions if required

Social Media Content

Having training in creating content for social media is an excellent way of ensuring your organisation is always sharing high quality and engaging material.

If handling the editing at your end is too time consuming, we can provide a regular Social Media Content Service – you send us the content you have filmed, and we will edit it and turn it into stunning, branded social media content. We can then either send this back to you, or upload it directly to your social media channels. Have a look at our Social Media page to see how we can help manage and grow your social media presence.

Find out more about our Social Media services
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Photography

We are all photographers with powerful cameras in our pockets. But when it comes to using these images for your company’s social media, website or the annual Christmas mug – often they are just not good enough.

This workshop (online or in person) is designed to teach you the basic skills of photography. Even when using your smart phone, by spending time on details like interesting composition, good lighting and being intentional, you can take your photography skills to the next level.

How to shoot yourself and survive
We all want to look good on camera. You might be presenting remotely, being interviewed from home or just recording a session for your team. What do you do when there is nobody to help you?
This one-hour session (in person or online) is designed to build your confidence and technical ability to create your own set-up for presenting to camera.
Whether you are using your own camera, your laptop or smart phone, in this session you will learn some of the tricks of lighting, framing and sound that will help you shoot high quality content – even when you’re home alone.

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Video Editing at Preston Street Films in Exeter

To cut a long story short… Video Editing

Video Editing is where your story comes together. We can teach you all aspects of editing, from organising rushes, colour grading, audio mixing and finally exporting your video in a range of formats.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner and just want to improve your Instagram Reels, or you have some skills and want to learn more, we can offer a bespoke course for you.

We can offer teaching on a range of software including Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and FCPX.



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Academic Partnerships

Within every department in every university there are countless fascinating stories waiting to be told, but few of them break out from the confines of academia.

At Preston Street Films we have extensive experience working with academics to tell their research stories not only through film, but also through audio, photography, graphic design and a range of other creative techniques. With this approach we can work with you to enhance your research, deepen its impact and reach a wider audience.

These creative outputs can be shared not only on the university’s own channels, but can also be developed with external partners including broadcasters such as the BBC. 

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Documentary Films

Within your department there are undoubtedly many fascinating projects and people with stories waiting to be shared. Documentary films can be a powerful way of sharing and promoting your research projects. As well as Research Stories, films can also include Faculty Profiles or Student Stories to raise the profile of your entire department.

Case Study: Bell House

A 10-minute branded documentary telling the story of Bellhouse, a playful, interactive sound sculpture translating non-verbal climate data into the chimes of 35 bells.

By bringing together all the people behind the project, at a time when climate data is more important than ever, Bellhouse challenges the ways in which scientists communicate critical pieces of information to the general public.

Watch the whole film here
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Training

Whether it is a remote location or a budget constraint, we understand that sometimes you cannot hire professional help to create the content you need. Building some basic creative capacity within your team will give you the confidence to capture interesting moments in high quality.

We can provide in-depth and bespoke training in a number of areas to help you and your team capture important moments as they happen. These include: shooting video, photography, video editing, sound recording, and audio editing. We can provide training on high end professional equipment, or help you make the most of the equipment you already have such as your mobile phone.

Creative Workshops

Having a creative professional in a room of academics can help facilitate a different way of thinking that is outside the academic box. We can arrange workshops in a range of creative disciplines including graphic design, collage, drama and more.

A recent example is a Poster Workshop for The Department of Archaeology and History at the University of Exeter. We ran a one day design workshop with academics into how they could approach creating research project posters in a different, more creative way. The results were fantastic; the posters they created have been exhibited in the university and the creative techniques they learned will inform their approach to academic future communication.

“it was great to see the conversations and creative process in action and we are very pleased with the result”
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Podcasts and Audio

A powerful way to generate impact is through audio productions. Whether it is an ongoing podcast or a one-off documentary story, audio is an effective way to engage audiences with interesting research projects and the people of your department. It’s also relatively easy, cheap and quick to produce.

Through a series of conversations, a podcast series can create a body of work that highlights interesting research stories/findings. The potential here is vast, for example: behind-the-scenes insight into a project, exchange of ideas between academics, cross-discipline exchanges with other departments and many other formats.

Case Study: Strandings

This is a one-off audio documentary for BBC Radio 4 inspired by the work of academic and author Peter Riley from the University of Exeter English Department.
When Peter was thirteen, a blue-haired woman asked him to lift a freshly-hacked sperm whale jaw into her Volvo 245. That night in Norfolk marked the beginning of his lifelong bond and obsession with whales. Twenty-five years later, we join a group where Peter is learning how to re-float a two-tonne life-sized model of a pilot whale. As we follow this rescue in real time, Peter narrates a very different story: what happens to whales and to us when they breach the boundaries of the human world and how whale strandings entice a bizarre subculture of mystics, fetishists and scavengers.

Strandings, Radio 4 documentary commission.
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Social Media

We can create content specifically for social media to drive audience engagement. However, creating interesting content is all well and good, but what do you do with it once you have it ready to go?

We can offer a Social Media Strategy – a bespoke approach that will maximise the impact of your content once it is published.

We can also offer Social Media Management – executing your strategy according to a planned schedule and targets.

Find out more about our social media services here

As you can see, the possibilities of academic collaboration with Preston Street Films are limitless. Do have a look around the website and get in touch to see how we can work together.



Social Media

The social media landscape is continually changing. New platforms, new algorithms, new trends. It can be hard to keep up when you’re also managing your other marketing channels.

At Preston Street Films we don’t just make stunning video, we can also create and maintain your entire social media output. We can help you come up with a complete social media strategy; work out your tone of voice, which platforms to use and how best to use them. We can help you create content, write copy and schedule posts. And then we can manage it all for you, responding to posts, community management, improving channel growth and freeing you up to get on with other things. We can seamlessly integrate with your team, managing as little or as much of the process as you like.

Get in touch to find out how we can help you get the most out of social media.

Our team can help you grow your presence across social media platforms including:

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • X
  • TikTok
  • YouTube

And if anything on that list looks baffling don’t worry, we can guide you through it and take on any aspects you don’t want to deal with yourself.

Every business is different.

We can help tailor a social media strategy that fits you and your needs, and reaches the right audience for you.

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Understanding Your Brand

Once we have a clear understanding of your brand, your objectives and your competition, we can start crafting a bespoke social media strategy for you. We will assess your current social media and come up with a plan that suits your specific needs.

We will draw up a comprehensive plan for scheduled and reactive posts, so we can ensure a regular output and maximise follower engagement.

We will develop strategies to grow your follower base, keep them engaged and push them towards your website. We will tend and support your social media channels, helping them grow and thrive.

Get in touch to find out how we can manage your Social Media.

Content is King

People love video. The internet loves video. Social media loves video. We can make video for social media that will help your brand stand out from the competition.

But we don’t just make video, we can also help you write copy, take photographs and create animations that will help elevate your content keeping it fresh, on-brand and engaging.

And we can help you create your own content, training your team to use their phones to shoot professional looking video and photographs.

Find out more about our training services
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Case Study: BBC Bitesize, Other Side of the Story

The BBC commissioned us to make a series on 3 short videos for their Other Side of the Story which aims to help young people make better choices about what they see and share online.

As well as the 3 videos for the website, we also made 3 Social Media videos on the same themes, that told the story in under a minute. These videos had to pack a lot of punch – giving the information in a funny, shareable and engaging way to encourage young people to watch. The videos all feature the YouTuber Eman Balogun, whose channel SV2 has over 3.2 million subscribers.

The social media videos were formatted for TikTok and Instagram and were shared widely.