"Give me seven years and I'll show you the man..." We made it to five but unfortunately as of 1st November 2014 we will no longer be trading as a video/media company. Thanks to everyone who we worked with but it's time to move on to other things. Particular thanks to my business partners, it was fun, I could not have done it without you.
Allan Keen, Director, muse4media Ltd.
muse4media was formed in 2009 with the aim to build a media company that can be a one stop solution for media content including video production, photography, web design and music. Pooling the combined talents of film-makers, photographers, designers and composers to create the whole or several strands to enhance any creative project.
Based in the south of England, muse4media worked with national and regional clients from London and as far down as Cornwall. Our aim was to not only create the best media production, but to be the best production company you'll ever work with.
Tess and the Tellers - Life Jacket 2013
Tess and the Tellers are an upcoming band featuring Tessa Bickers. In September 2013 they perfomed a concert at the Union Chapel in London which was also filmed by muse4media.
Here is the official video of Life Jacket from their 2013 EP Sea of Strangers. Directed and produced by Jo Pilbeam (now Jo Davidson!) here at muse4media.
Portsmouth Dragon Boat Race 2011 with Securitas UK
This is a film of the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Fareham near Portsmouth. Securitas UK along with many other companies take part in the event to raise money for local and national UK charities. As well as the Dragon Boat racing, there were activities and stalls for all the employees and their families.
muse4media were invited along by Securitas to produce a film of their day. Filming, editing and post production were completed within 4 days, in plenty of time for delivery and its screening at a regional business meeting and seminar 10 days later.
High Tech Family
Made with funding from Innovation Exchange in London and commissioned by Brandon Trust, High Tech Family is a film that explores the benefits of using Assistive Technology with parents with learning disabilities; the use of media, software and adapted hardware to enable them to achieve complex or simple tasks without assistance.
Filming took place over several weeks and we worked closely with project coordinators and secured interviews with other external groups to add to the film. Committed research was carried out by our team including document requests from the Parliamentary Archives so we had a full understanding of the issues before editing the film together.
Want music or sound recording for your project? We write, record and produce the music and soundtracks for most of our productions. Allan Keen is our in-house composer with professional experience in sound and music production, from recording studios, live theatre and across diverse musical genres such as pop, rock, trip-hop to electronic voice and classical music.
Whether it's for a film with us or for an external product, we can help you create a unique signature sound. We can record you live for your music video productions or remaster existing tracks to place in your official music videos.
Here's an audio file of some original compositions for films and other projects. Click to play. You can drag the progress bar to skip ahead or back. If you like you can still browse any other page while the music plays.
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We have two experienced in-house photographers. Using professional Canon equipment and the latest photographic editing software. We can photograph anythng needed to get your message across.
Portrait or product photography. For website or publication use or if needed, we can even produce fine art quality prints using the latest Epson and Permajet K3 ink printers.
Click on the samples below to see some of our work.
One of a series for actor, Louise Wright. We provided A4 portfolio prints as well as internet ready sizes for posting on a website.
Eye of the Beholder
An experimental shot. Black and white layering and leaving the saturated eye colour of the model.
Taken at a conference. Sometimes the best images of people are when they are not posing for the camera. We try to capture our subjects formally and informally if we cam.
The celebration of a £80,000 Big Lottery win. The money went to rebuild a community play area in a park.
Published shot for the Bristol Evening Post.
Shot for a newsletter. The new owner of a cafe who collects community art and paintings and uses his cafe to display them.
Looks like a studio shot but actually taken at the family's home.
We have a mobile lighting rig and screens to be able to get a more relaxed picture in a familiar environment.
Hasselblad Style 1
Portrait shot using Canon DSLR camera then printed in a 'Hasselblad' style square format with Sepia toning.
Hasselblad Style 2
Second of series of portraits.
Calligraphy and Champagne
One of a series for a calligraphy writng business. This advertising shot designed to show name card products on champagne glasses.
The 'champagne' is actually fizzy elderflower cordial, retinted in photo software and an expensive champagne label superimposed on the rear of one of the glasses.
The tricks of the trade!
Loch Avich 1999
Looks like a vintage plate photograph but was originally a really bad processing mistake by an external film lab. Scanned the negative, layered in photo software on a blank vintage plate, then a distressed border added to complete the effect. Mistakes can be sources of inspiration!
Dragon Boat Festival!
One the many photographs taken while we also filmed the Portmouth Dragon Boat Festival, 2011.
Portrait for a regular contributer to the Pergamano Crafts magazine.
Commissioned by the subject.
Before and After
We can use advanced editing techniques to improve shots.
Here three different exposures are used to bring out the shadows and maintain the highlights, the dull grey sky is replaced and the distraction of the parked car is removed by cloning techniques.
One the many shots we took during filming of the Brandon Trust Summenr Camp in 2010. The assualt course proved to be one of the most popular events that week.
It was truely amazing and humbling to see young people with learning disabilities, and some with physical disabilites too, tackling this course.
A panorama shot of the camp fire at the Summer Camp.
Behind the Scenes
A shot from behind the mixing desk during a conference at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The name appeared via the desk's laptop screensaver.
Timelapse photography can show the development of a few hours, a day or an entire project in one short film made from thousands of still images. Like our film projects we can add graphics, music, or a professional voiceover to complete the style and look of the production.
Using our high quality lenses and cameras we can create any short film from a panoramic view of a building, the movement of people or the opening of a flower.
Check out an example of our timelapse work for BROADWALK SHOPPING CENTRE on our YouTube channel.
Need a website designed and built? We build websites incorporating the latest web standards like HTML5 and CSS3. Our web developers can call on our photographers and graphic designer to handle all the images and graphics, and don't forget we can add video too, making a complete experience for your visitors and customers.
Naturally we built the site you are looking at... and if your browser is HTML5 ready then you should be able to see the crossfades between pages, however these 'pages' are built on one single page of code. Simple to navigate and small enough to save on our costs with web hosting.
The TRESAcic site linked here was originally designed for a Residents Community Interest Company(CIC). The banner graphics were photographic stills montaged and converted into vector graphics to reflect their own original logo design. Recently the site was upgraded to use a Content Management System (CMS).
The Park Centre is a community centre based in Kingswood, Bristol.
They needed a website that they could manage themselves so we built them a site using the Joomla! Content Management System to give them the freedom to post their own content. The system also allows the site to expand as required like adding the calendar to track forthcoming events and education courses that take place there.The site also has room to grow so other organisations or teaching groups could use the site. For instance, the Cafe at the Park Centre has it's own dedicated page that only they can edit and post content on.
Finally, instead of just photographing the rooms available for hire, we filmed them and embedded them onto a video page so prospective customers and groups can get a good look and hire exactly the space they need.
Need a publication? From a leaflet to a whole book, you write it, we design it, photograph it, prepare the layout for printing and can even put you in touch with a publisher to market the finished product.
"Step up to the Plate!" The picture on the left is from a cookbook, muse4media photographed the meals, and the chefs! We designed the layout based on our client's ideas and formatted the finished product ready for digital printing with a professional printer. And yes, we recommended a publisher. The book is now on sale; click on the picture to visit the Tangent Books website.