Perfectly tender

We are often invited to competitively tender for work. A typical scenario is that an organisation gets in touch with an outline brief for the work they want doing, and a loose scoring system whereby cost, experience and quality will be the criteria.  The problem for us comes if no-one says what the weighting will be […]

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Back to Ours

Running away and documenting the circus might not quite fully conjure the romance of the original phrase, but it’s not a bad way to spend a week… Back To Ours was established by Hull 2017 as a programme of world-class cultural events taking place in community venues across the city – and they chose Nova […]

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Jolly Japes

When you gaze in the window of Dinsdales Joke Shop, which has been in Hepworths Arcade since the 1930s, you can easily feel as if you’ve slipped into a time warp. Graham Williams, who has managed the shop for longer than he’d care to remember, can rake through drawers and pull out gags and tricks […]

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Thank you

Hopefully it doesn’t happen too often, but if ever you’ve had cause to dial 999 then a whole system kicks in to get to you the help and support you need. It’s one of those things that we take for granted and yet, when you think about it, it’s one of the wonders of the […]

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Nova and Sierra Leone

Nova Studios has been working regularly in Sierra Leone since 2006.  Our first visits helped to build a network of British Council supported school links between Freetown and Hull. Over that time we have built a strong relationship with Freetown-based youth media collective WeOwnTV which is led by our good friend and collaborator Lansana Mansaray […]

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The Big Picture Project

The City of Culture volunteers are an emblem of 2017 and all that it has meant for the city. They are one of the forces which have propelled the year to success. Always there, always smiling, ambassadors of Hull, rooting the year in the city that most of them call home. At Nova we had […]

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Keeping the viewer switched on to the end

Some of the films we make have a kind-of epic quality – like the City of Culture bid-winning film This City Belongs to Everyone or the Spencer Tunick Sea of Hull film, others are more personal story-telling films like our How Do You Have a Happy Life series for 2017. Either way, what we always […]

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Pretty lights - Merry Christmas :)

It’s been a great year for Hull – and for Nova too

It’s Christmas so let’s say nice things and be grateful… If you can judge a person by the company they keep then at Nova Studios we’re very pleased to have such excellent friends, colleagues, clients, partners and associates. We hope that their wonderfulness reflects on us and that they continue to rub off on us […]

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Matt and Al on the Made in Hull opening artwork

We’re proud to have been part of the Made in Hull team

In 2016 Nova producer Harriet Jones was charged with researching and supplying all of the archive for the Made In Hull opening artworks – here she reflects on a job that kicked off 2017 with pride. Hull always had a great story to tell and 2017 has proved that Hull’s story is one of triumph […]

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What has 2017 meant to Bobby Mandrell?

Our 2017 project How Do You Have A Happy Life focusses on 12 counterparts in Hull and our sister city Freetown. Hull’s own Ray Millington, and his glitzy stage alter-ego Bobby Mandrell, brought some glamour to the proceedings. Here he reflects on what 2017 meant to him. How did you feel about being filmed for […]

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