01 5 / 2013
About a year ago, Warren and Dan decided it would be a ‘great idea’ to sign up to an event billed as ‘Probably the toughest event on the planet’!
It’s called Tough Mudder
A 12 mile cross country run, interspersed with obstacles that include the aptly named, kiss of mud, artic enema, underwater tunnels, walk the plank, fire walker and electroshock therapy, where contestants ‘Sprint through a field of live wires – some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock!’ Have a watch of the video on their home page…
Now, alongside a team of 7 other fellow ‘mudders’, the time has come to enter the final stages of their preparation. As on the 4th of May, in Kettering Northampton this team of brave/stupid Channel Islanders will be battling through their first Tough Mudder.
This event is not just for people to pit their strength against the gruelling course but is also a fund raising event for the charity Help for Hero’s, a charity that is close to Warren after he met Afghanistan veteran Chris Kirk last year.
‘Last year we tried to make a program on Chris Kirk, a British soldier who had recently returned from Afghanistan. Just 19 years old, he lost his leg after stepping on a roadside IED whilst leading a patrol in Helmand province. 18 months later, and about to be discharged from the Army he was heading out to Kosovo to begin training for a new career, as a civilian bomb disposal expert.
This courageous young man told me stories of his tour and how he had fought the Taliban, one time talking with a Taliban leader who minutes later shot at him with a rocket propelled grenade, just missing him! His story was inspirational, and despite losing his leg, he still wanted to re-train and go back into service in some of the most hostile places on earth. We hear the stories every day on the news, but when I sat down and heard first-hand what these guys do day in day out and the risks they take you can’t help but be in awe of them, I know I couldn’t do what they do.‘
If you feel inclined it would be great to make a small donation, which will help people like Chris when they are re-building their lives.
P.S Wish us luck, and May the 4th be with us!
22 3 / 2013
20 3 / 2013
The creative video team at Spike Productions is pleased to have retained their place in Televisual Magazine’s Corporate Top 50.
The Channel Islands production company has moved up by one space in the list that includes heavyweight corporate producers like London based Imagination and The Edge Picture Company.
Operating in such a competitive marketplace during the current economic climate creates some exciting challenges for Corporate Producers. The Magazine’s survey and subsequent ranking of the top 50 reveals some interesting statistics:
- The average budget for a ‘moving image content’ project in the UK is - £23k
- Average number of staff employed – 31
Spike employs six highly skilled staff across Jersey and Guernsey in a variety of production roles including producer/presenters, cameraman/editors and creative motion graphics artists.
The Televisual magazine survey includes questions about the state of the sector, how businesses are faring and what the main issues affecting companies are.
Spike’s Managing Director, Warren Mauger is quoted in the industry publication, “In the middle market where we do most of our work we do see clients going for cheap one man operators although they often come back after a bad experience. As a result we are more creative in our approach in terms of the added value we can offer to win the work.”
Commenting on the latest ranking, Jersey Director, Phil Bouchard said, “It is nice to be up there in the top 50 with the best in the UK. Being Channel Island’s based has never stopped us from working internationally. We film all over the world for clients in different sectors like Finance, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Mining and Renewables. Our local client base can rest assured we strive to offer the very best creative solutions with real marketing purpose at the heart of every production.”
Spike is a production company that has for many years understood and employed social media technologies to leverage results for targeted video communications. Our team don’t just make engaging films, we understand what each client needs to achieve and work with them on how to distribute content and get as much value out of it as possible. It is after all the most powerful communication medium available.
For more information or to discuss production requirements contact:
Phil Bouchard, Tel: +44 (0) 1534 738263 Email: email@example.com
Warren Mauger, Tel: +44 (0) 1481 749033 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
25 1 / 2013
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11 12 / 2012
In late November our crew was once again in Italy working with long standing Spike clients and global brand leader,LMA , to film one of the most critical medical procedures - the Awake Craniotomy (open brain surgery) to remove a brain tumor (click here to watch the film).
This procedure involves the patient being put to sleep with a general anaesthetic while the surgeons gain access to the brain, then the patient is brought back to a conscious state while the delicate removal of the tumor is carried out. Throughout the procedure speech specialists communicate with the patient to monitor any deterioration of speech patterns which would signal potential damage to the brain. This film explains why the LMA Supreme(TM) is the tool of choice for this type of complex procedure, and how the anaesthesia team manage the patient’s conscious state and pain control.
Before we started filming I was very nervous about how I would react to seeing a live brain - but as soon as the patient was wheeled in I swung into action and there was no time for feeling nervous. During the seven hour procedure there were about twenty people in the room performing various essential tasks - and one Australian cameraman trying to stay out the way whilst capturing all the action! The Italian Neuro-surgery team were absolute professionals and it was a career highlight for me to see them in action.
But be warned - this film is a medical case study and contains some graphic surgical footage.
05 12 / 2012
23 11 / 2012
23 10 / 2012
Padua (or Padova) is an ancient walled city about 60km inland from Venice in Italy which is famous for being the home of Donatello (the artist not Ninja Turtle…) and Galileo’s observatory where he studied astronomy in the 15th century. There is also a large hospital/university complex where our longstanding clients LMA have a state of the art training facility.
As well as filming a travelogue program to show prospective students about the town we were there to film the latest batch of students (all of whom are qualified and practicing anesthetist doctors) honing their skills in a mock operating room (OR). The training OR is equipped with two of the most advanced medical manikins available which the students have to keep alive during a series of very intense ‘real life’ emergencies.
We had a very surreal experience on the way home when sitting in Venice airport a huge electrical storm knocked out the power to the entire complex. It took about 30 seconds for the backup generators to kick in and sitting there in the dark it was easy to think things could get quite a bit more serious than just cold pizza for dinner!
The travel program is in the final stages of approval at the moment and when it is online I will upload the link here.