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Nylon Films and the Rambert Dance Company

Nylon Films are always working on interesting and unusual projects, their latest was to team up with the Rambert Dance Company to produce a short film about choreography:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/18629620[/vimeo]

From Nylon Films:

We dangled cameras from I-beams, “surfed” them on skate boards and even developed a dance or two of our own (albeit minus the grace and beauty ) while covering bits of the rehearsals with a steady cam…and then Dan Finnerty made all this fabulous footage come alive in post.

For those of you interested in the technical bits — we shot on Canon 5D’s, the Sony EX3, Flips, and Go Pros, the combination of which added to some dramatic moments in the edit, which was done with FCP, After Effects and Twixtor.

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Welcome to 2011

2010 was very busy for us – with the redesign and updates of Pressitt, the success of our “101 Best” sites and continuing to build relationships with new clients and customers. We certainly needed a break for Christmas!

But, now we’re back and raring to go. We have lots of new ideas for improvements to the “101 Best” sites and we’ve started growing the group already with 101 Best Board Games (please submit your favourite game) – there’s lots more to come this year! One of our surprise hits was the 101 Best HTML5 Sites showcase that we set up last summer, it’s become one of the top showcases for the new web standard HTML5. We’re hoping for another year of growth in 2011.

We’re also putting the finishing touches to a few updates for Pressitt, lots more about that coming soon.

Our client list is always growing and hopefully we have a few more names for our portfolio arriving in the next couple of months. Our latest site, for Willow Primary School in Slough, is now live and the team at the school are adding content all the time. Towards the end of last year we also had the opportunity to work on a redesign and update of the Party Times blog – part of the well known Party Pieces website.

Please let us know if you need any web design or development work on your site – we specialise in WordPress sites and have created fully bespoke themes for clients.

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Rooney Electrical

We’ve recently launched a new site for a local electrician in Langford, Bedfordshire: Rooney Electrical. They are a small, family run commerical and domestic electrical company.

Rooney Electrical are experienced in electrical testing and certificating, generally known as Landlord certificates. Our qualified testing electricians can help with all the electrical paperwork required by law. Installation of new consumer units (fuse boards) and lamp replacement (as needed or as part of planned maintenance).

They can also manage all the usual commercial and domestic electrical requirements: Work space relocation or installation of moving floor sockets, data points, lighting. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing) and Periodic Inspection Report (PIR). Dado trunking for sockets, data points & telephone points. Emergency lighting systems and display lighting as well as outside lighting.

We are a family run, Part P registered, Government approved, commercial and domestic electrical company. Working in and around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Over the years we have helped many homes and businesses with all their electrical requirements by listening to customers needs and then carrying out what they asked for in a professional, economical and practical way.

View the Rooney Electrical site here

Follow the latest news from Rooney Electrical

The site is built in WordPress using a Woo Themes template that we heavily edited and added a full e-Commerce platform to.

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CK Clinical is a finalist at the NORAs

We’re very happy to announce that CK Clinical has been entered as a finalist of the National Online Recruitment Awards (NORA) 2010. We have worked with CK Clinical closely over the last few years and we’re very pleased that our hard work has paid off. The nomination also shows the amount of time and effort that CK Clinical have given to adding high quality content and regular news updates to the website.

The awards take place on the 4th November and we’ll be cheering on CK Clinical and hoping for the best.

From CK:

CK Clinical is pleased to have been shortlisted for the Best Newcomer in Online Recruitment Award. It really is a great recognition of all hard work and passion that has been invested into ensuring the CK Clinical website is the best that it can be.

This year, a massive 28,000 nominations were made for 592 separate recruitment websites. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those who took the time to nominate the CK Clinical website, it is greatly appreciated.

Speaking of the Finalists, Founder of the NORAs, Stephen O’Donnell said, “We are proud to announce the most diverse shortlist of Finalists in the history of the NORAs. The standard this year, particular amongst UK employers, has greatly impressed, and shows a marked advancement in progressive and sophisticated recruitment methods via the Internet.”

Find out more about the NORAs 2010

CK Clinical – Clinical and Pharmaceutical Jobs in the UK

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The Concrete Jungle Book

Nylon Films has recently produced a new video trailer for a graphic novel “The Concrete Jungle Book”.

Using a variety of techniques, london based Nylon Films has created a video that brings to life the strange, compelling reality of the new graphic novel, The Concrete Jungle Book.

Original artwork from the book was animated and blended with newly shot video and stills of urban landscapes and scrapbook making. Live animal archive was rotoscoped, then transformed with the software program ToonIt before being added to the video mix and choreographed to a hard-driving, original music track.

It’s made us look twice as we drive past billboards and office towers — is that a leopard leaping out at us…or a bear on its hind legs. As the video says, the city is, after all “just the jungle in disguise.”

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/12641512[/vimeo]

Nylon films helps clients tell their unique stories through film, video, stills photography and other multimedia formats. Whether it’s corporate films or documentary films, training videos or music videos, viral ads or internet ads – we think the end product should always make for compelling viewing.

View the Nylon Films website

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East and North Herts NHS Trust

Over the last 3 months we’ve been working with the East and North Herts NHS Trust to re-design and update their website. We kept to their brief for a clean, simple and easy to use website that would allow visitors from across Hertfordshire to easily find out more about the local NHS Trust.

View the new East and North Herts NHS Trust website

From start to finish we worked closely with the content team at the trust to ensure that the information needed by most visitors was easy to find and navigate to. Using a very accessible layout and strict xHTML and CSS standards of code we believe the new site to be one of the most up to date NHS Trust websites.

Over the next few months we will continue to work with the web team to make sure that the site continues to be updated and managed to the highest standard and ensure that we keep the site running smoothly.

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Anchor House and Pressitt

Two sites that we talk a lot about on here are Pressitt.com and Anchor House. They have joined forces to create a social media news room for all new Anchor House online press releases.

We built the Anchor House website at the end of 2009 to replace the previous homeless charity website and last week we helped them set up and use their own Pressitt newsroom to centralise their social network marketing campaign and online press releases.

View the Anchor House newsroom

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Dioni – Holiday cottages in Snowdonia.

Here’s another site that we completed for a client recently: Dioni – Self catering accommodation in Snowdonia. We built the site using a theme for WordPress that we bought specifically for the site. Originally an estate agent theme we modified it and added several new plugins to make it work seamlessly for the Dioni cottage site.

Although not one of our bespoke designs we are very happy with how this site has worked out. It’s been part of our special offer that we created for this exact type of project – a small business that needed a professional website but without the high costs associated with a full website design and development.

Here’s something about Dioni:

We’ve set up a small business to help friends and neighbours advertise and book their self catering properties here in Snowdonia. We’ve been quite choosey about the properties that we’ve taken on, so hopefully you’ll agree that they are all very nice and with a bit of luck you’ll find some great accommodation in what we think is a fantastic little corner of North Wales.

Our original plans for the special offer was to help out local businesses in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, which is why we came up with the idea in the first place. We realised that there are lots of small businesses that need a web presence but haven’t got the knowledge to get online themselves or the money to pay for a large scale website. Using WordPress and a pre-built theme that we edit and set up for small companies in the area we are hoping to get businesses in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire area online with a professional site, coded to high standards for SEO and Accessibility with a full Content Management System (CMS) for just a fraction of the price.

Although we started out with the aim of keeping the special offer targetted to local businesses we are happy to work remotely with clients from all over the UK or abroad to get a WordPress site up and running. Please let us know if you have an idea for a site and would like to get online, especially if you’re in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire – we can meet you and talk you through your requirements and how we can set you up with a CMS based website for less than you think!

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Nylon Films is live

That’s right, another new site designed and developed by Best Served Cold! The site is for a London video and stills production company: Nylon Films.

Nylon films helps clients tell their unique stories through film, video, stills photography and other multimedia formats. Whether it’s corporate films or documentary films, training videos or music videos, viral ads or internet ads – we think the end product should always make for compelling viewing. Therefore, at the heart of all of our productions, you’ll find good storytelling and high production values; and, using state of the art technologies, we are able to provide these multimedia solutions cost effectively.

You can find out more about Nylon on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

We created the new site using WordPress for the CMS and also spent time talking to Nylon Films about setting up Social Media profiles on the best sites to show off their work: Vimeo and Flickr. By getting started early with Social Media they are already generating interest from users on Flickr and Vimeo.

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Anchor House goes live

We’ve recently put a new site live for Anchor House, a homeless charity in East London. We met the people at Anchor House during the summer and realised that we could offer a lot to them to boost their online presence.

We worked with them to create a new look site and build up a strategy for using social media to promote the charity.

Anchor House

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