Nova’s 2023 – new team members, new clients and a new look

It’s been a busy year for everyone at Nova – both personally and professionally – and we’re really looking forward to 2024.

As a result of our ever growing workload, in 2023 we’ve really geared up for bigger things…

Lydia joins the team

The first big investment has been in our excellent new team-member Lydia Shearsmith. Lydia joined as trainee camera operative, under the wing of our lead shooter Mr Callum Mitchell. Pre-armed with a degree in photography, Lydia was already well-qualified for the role. For the last six months she’s been learning the Nova way, honing her skills and in 2024 she’ll be fully let loose on client work. We’re over the moon to have Lydia as a member of our diverse and talented team.

Check out this film she made for the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage project.


A new look for Nova

We also redesigned our website – a far bigger and longer job than we’d initially anticipated – but we’re delighted with the results which includes more of the content we’ve produced in the last 15 years and reflects more of our style and values.

Read more about our spruce up here.

Investing in data storage

The next big investment was in a bigtime Network Attached Storage (NAS) system linked to Amazon Glacier storage. Shooting huge amounts of footage in 4K is a massive amount of data. For years we’ve been buying hard drives and passing them around the office at different stages of our post-production process. The new (and rather expensive) NAS means we can share projects and access footage much more easily, making for a smoother, quicker and more efficient production process as we take on more contracts.

And there’s plenty of those…

Clients across Hull, East Yorkshire and the UK

Big commercial projects in 2023: As ever, lots and lots of projects for major local businesses and organisations including KCOM, Beal Homes, Wykeland, Future Humber, Spencer Engineering, Freedom, Consortium Academy Trust, Absolutely Cultured, many films for Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire Museums, a big budget 40 minute documentary for the Devonshire Group (owners of Chatsworth, Bolton Abbey and Lismore Castle in Ireland), continuing work for Maritime Hull documenting the restoration of the Spurn Lightship and the Arctic Corsair, projects for the University of Hull and Hull York Medical School promoting their molecular imaging and skincare research centres, social media films for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority – and much more…

View more of our films here.

Creative projects

On the documentary front, back in Autumn, Mind On The Run: The Basil Kirchin Story, was made available on pay-per-view on Vimeo.

We’re in the final post-production stages of a feature length documentary ‘Over The Edge’ telling the story of the life and untimely death of avant garde artist Paul Burwell – already booked into venues in London during 2024 (more on that next year).

We’ve also started in post-production on our 14 year-long documentary feature #TheBestIsYetToCome which tells the rags-to-riches story of Sierra Leonean footballer Alhassan ‘Crespo’ Kamara. With BAFTA winning documentary director Daniel Gordon as executive producer, we’re hoping for a complete first cut and (fingers crossed) a major streamer or broadcaster next year…

View more of our documentaries here.

Last but not least, the early part of 2024 will also see us involved in an exciting collaboration with a major publication – more on that soon…

On the personal front

And…it’s been a big year on the personal front too… Barney got married in August to his partner Becky, Matt became a (step) Grandad for the first time, Cal won an award a short film he made and moved house twice, our editor Lina moved house once, Lydia moved in with her fella and got a cat – and Al discovered electrically heated socks.

So, to round up, from everyone at Nova we wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, greener, fairer, more equal and tolerant 2024.

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