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Three Motion celebrates impressive year of growth as it prepares to re-launch acclaimed video series

The Newcastle-based video production and animation company recently picked up a prestigious award at the North East International Film Festival.

Three Motion Media is set to relaunch ‘unlikeNEwhere’, a series of videos that celebrate the North East and aim to encourage investment into the region.

Despite two years of uncertainty and turbulence for the creative industries, the award-winning video production company Three Motion ended 2021 with a prestigious win at the inaugural Northeast International Film Festival. The company took home an award for a heartwarming film about a group of cold water swimmers from Tyneside – the Tynemouth Outdoor Swimmers, or ‘TOSers’, as they like to be known.

“Trading through the pandemic was extremely challenging like it was for most businesses in the creative sector,” said Gavin Knights, commercial director at Three Motion Media.

“We simply weren’t able to film. During this time, however, we were able to support a number of organisations facing their own challenges in the grips of Covid-19.

“It was very gratifying to receive an award for our story about the TOSers; it was a fascinating story that we really wanted to share with the region. To have our efforts recognised at the first Northeast International Film Festival was very touching.

“We’re huge fans of the area and it’s great to be able to add this film to our library of North East-centric films.”

In 2022, Three Motion will re-launch its acclaimed unlikeNEwhere channel, a regional initiative designed to shine a spotlight on the North East, both the individuals and organisations that make a real difference to the lives of others.

The project initially launched in 2020 – just months before the pandemic hit – with the sold-out premiere of ‘Angel’ at Tyneside Cinema. The film featured many unsung heroes of the region, including 95-year-old WWII RAF veteran Wilson Taylor, World Transplant Games gold medallist Kaylee-Ann Davidson-Olley, the RNLI and the Sick Children’s Trust charity.

The initiative will be accompanied by a new podcast series featuring a range of inspirational people from the area.

Although video production has faced massive barriers during the pandemic, Three Motion Media has worked on some of its biggest projects to date and extended its team to 14 with the recruitment of a new Business Manager Jo Elliot and numerous video production experts from across Europe.

The construction and mining manufacturer Caterpillar is amongst the company’s largest new clients. Three Motion worked with Caterpillar Skinningrove to create a film that documents the iconic company’s incredible story and celebrates the region’s rich history of manufacturing.

In addition, the firm created a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign for Dragon’s Den sensation ‘Super U’. The film helped the startup raise over £750,000 during its online fundraise.

Three Motion has also remained rooted in the local community, producing films for Durham County Care to assist in its efforts to recruit staff when they were needed most.

Thanks in part to Three Motion’s successful campaigns, Durham Council Council recruited more than 200 new starters into care roles during the most demanding period of the crisis.

Three Motion and the Council now have a number of live projects in production for 2022 across various different departments.

Neil Wood-Mitchell, Three Motion Media’s creative director, said: “Durham County Council is an extremely important partner because of the diversity of work we deliver for them, ranging from sector-specific film and animation to social media campaigns which reach many hundreds of thousands of viewers on a regular basis and make a tangible difference. We always love working on projects that have a real impact.”

Another of the company’s films helped the North East homeless charity CEO Sleep Out raise the most money it ever has in a single year.

Neil added: “As soon as we heard about the charity, we knew it was a cause we wanted to support.

“Bianca and her team work tirelessly in the fight against homelessness and arming her with emotive video content has made such a difference for them.”