@smudgethis

We are Smudgethis

What we do

Hello

We are a London born creative agency, now located in the beautifully sunny town of Zaragoza, Spain. We specialise in motion graphics and animation and have a wealth of experience in creating all kinds of content for a whole heap of happy clients.
From low budget Youtube promos to massive fantastical West End theatrical visuals, there isn't much we can't do.

Web Promos

We have worked with some fantastic clients to produce highly engaging web promos for a wide range of products, websites and apps.

Music Videos

With over 12.5 million youtube views for our Nero Innocence video, we ain’t too shabby at putting together a little music promo from time to time.

Video Templates

We like to offer creative, polished videos to suit all budgets and our video templates offer a great solution without breaking the bank.

  • He always impresses us with his creativity and he has added substantial value to our brand!.

    Kevin Matthews - Simon Holdings ltd.
  • So pleased with the outstanding quality and top-notch customer service. I will be back for more!

    Jennifer Eberhardy - Etiqit
  • James really understands the clarity of meaning that comes with good motion design.

    Kim-Leigh Pontin - Schematic
  • You are definitely the top of the game Smudgethis. Your work and style is simply brilliant.

    Adequay - via Envato
  • It’s perfectly aligned with our goals and the message we wanted to convey to our users.

    Muneer Nawab - Crowd Linker

Work

We believe our work speaks for itself. Browse our most recent projects below.

Tradeweb

Client: Tradeweb
Studio: Fathom

Fathom asked us to work with them to create an animated promo for the new stock trading platform, Tradeweb. The client wanted a dynamic product promo that could be shown to a wide range of audiences both on and offline.

We worked closely with the UI team to ensure the demo was accurate and showcased the best features of the product, whilst the focus element of the video stopped it from being a simple animated slideshow.

Promocraft

Studio: Smudgethis
Purchase Link: Promocraft

Promocraft is a modular promo kit for After Effects bundled with everything you need to get started creating awesome, dynamic, tailored promo videos.

Build scenes quickly and easily with an extensive library of pre-animated elements and seamless looping drag and drop clips.

Choose from a HUGE range of hair styles, accessories, facial features, clothing and much much more for thousands of possible character combinations.. Quickly create your own set of characters with just a few clicks.

Short of time, need help customising the template or want some custom clothing designs or animated icons that aren’t already included in Promocraft? Just let us know, we would be happy to help with the customisation or to add in some new elements to the template for you and everybody else to play around with.

Triggers

Client: Experian
Studio: Smudgethis

We were approached by Experian to create a short fun promo animation to help explain the benefits of their new product, ‘Triggers’. The key words in the brief were ‘fun, clear, concise and friendly’. A clean illustration style was developed with a few style frames initially designed with characters as the starting point.

The video was to be paired with a more in-depth website and infographic (which we were also commissioned to create) and this was to be more of a teaser than a full explanation of the product Experian are offering. As well as being featured on the product microsite, this video will also be used by their sales teams in presentations.

This was our first foray into character rigging in After Effects using the Duik tools plugin and we all fell in love with it. Expect to see a lot more of this style of animation from us in the future.

My Character

Client: Birmingham University/Jubilee Centre
Studio: Smudgethis

In 2012/13 the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues ran an eight month consultation with the aim of developing a new framework for character education in British schools.

Experts from a variety of fields, including education, policy, business and the voluntary sector, as well as young people themselves, attended a series of meetings in Birmingham, Windsor and Oxford to explore the case for a national framework for character education and the question of what it should contain.

Part of this project was a hands on diary keeping project undertaken by students from various schools designed to teach the value of forward thinking and character values.

We were approached by the Jubilee Centre at Birmingham University to create a short animation to describe the project and its aims to a younger audience. We love this project and the client was very happy too!

Kove

Client: Kove/MTA Records
Studio: Smudgethis

This was one of those awesome briefs every designer dreams of… “can you create some awesome DJ-set visuals for a new up-and-coming artist?” Ok!

This was a really quick turnaround project and Kove was keen to use the geometric forms of the logo in organic surroundings. We snapped up some nice stock footage and smashed it into beautiful geometric forms that slowly morphed and bloomed.

All 3D elements were created using Videocopilot’s Element 3D and allowed for the very quick creation of a large library of moving elements that could then be stacked together to work to the audio provided. In this case a teaser for ‘Gobble’, the new single from Kove.

The total layer count for this project was close to 4 figures but was an incredibly fun one to work to. Here’s hoping the visuals go down a storm on the tour and we get to do some more!

Thank You Film Awards

Client: Birmingham University
Studio: Smudgethis

We were very fortunate to be asked to be on the voting panel of the inaugural 2013 Thank You Film Awards, an award program designed to get children and young teenagers into film making by creating a short piece focussed on the theme of gratitude.

For the 2014 awards, Birmingham University wanted to create a short informative film that could be sent out to everyone looking to compete with some useful tips on how to, and how not to, create a successful film.

Our approach was to deliver a series of 8 short, fun animations with a couple of characterful, animated robots called ‘do’ and ‘don’t’ as the protagonists. A series of 8 numbered chalkboard style holding cards, which could be delivered separately as a pdf document, introduce the clips, which we hope will prove to be engaging and informative to our younger audience.

I guess the proof will be in the quality of this years entries. Roll on award season!

If you are under 16 and want to see a film you’ve made screened at the cinema?  Then enter the Thank You Film Awards 2014!  For more information, please see www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/thankyouawards

Our Company Timeline

Studio: Smudgethis
Purchase Link: Our Company Timeline

Share your company history from the ground up with your clients and colleagues with this excellent new template from Smudgethis.

‘Our Company Timeline’ is an incredibly cost effective way to get a dynamic, engaging video out to the masses. The template is incredibly easy to customise with a complete video walk-through included. Even a novice will be able to create a company promo that will shine on your website and social media channels whilst keeping even the toughest of account directors happy.

2 Checkout

Client: 2Checkout
Studio: Smudgethis

We were tasked with the challenge of creating a short web promo to feature on the homepage of 2Checkout.com, a web payment processing service focussed on delivering a clean, simple, yet secure payment solution to a global client base.

Our flat design illustrative approach helps keep the key messaging clear and on point without drowning the viewer in too much visual information.

The result is a clean, informative video that has helped 2Checkout grow their client base rapidly and effectively via a wide range of sources and social network platforms.

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Our Awesome Team

We couldn't use 'The A-Team' as it's already apparently a thing, so instead just substitute A for Awesome and say hello to the talented folks who make all the awesome work you see here.

James May

James May

Creative Director

Not to be confused with Captain Slow from Top Gear fame (as he frequently is), James set up Smudgethis whilst at Uni in 2005 and has the lifelong goal of setting up shop in an office with a slide leading down to the canteen.

Mark Winter

Mark Winter

Designer

Our resident Northerner who lives in constant danger of being crushed by the stacks of design books flanking his desk. Mark is an incredibly talented and passionate designer, illustrator and digital media savvy creative.

Mat Steiner

Mat Steiner

Audio Designer

Mat has been creating awesome audio for over 20 years now and he always has a million and one tasks open at the same time. He’s also a passionate photographer and loves to melt audio and images.

James May

James May

Creative Director

Not to be confused with Captain Slow from Top Gear fame (as he frequently is), James set up Smudgethis whilst at Uni in 2005 and has the lifelong goal of setting up shop in an office with a slide leading down to the canteen.

Mark Winter

Mark Winter

Designer

Our resident Northerner who lives in constant danger of being crushed by the stacks of design books flanking his desk. Mark is an incredibly talented and passionate designer, illustrator and digital media savvy creative.

Mat Steiner

Mat Steiner

Audio Designer

Mat has been creating awesome audio for over 20 years now and he always has a million and one tasks open at the same time. He’s also a passionate photographer and loves to melt audio and images.

101

happy clients, and counting

4000

Templates Sold

10

Years Experience

12045

Cups of Tea Drunk

Our Services

We offer a wide range of creative services and aim to provide a creative solution to any brief no matter the budget. If you have a project you would like to run past us then please do get in touch via our contact form at the bottom of this page.

Start to Finish video solutions

From storyboarding to video compression and storage we can help.

Template Customisation

Working to a tight budget? Talk to us about our video template options.

Video Compression

Looking to upload to Youtube or Vimeo or simply trying to compress a large sales presentation? We offer the perfect video compression service.

and Much More

We very rarely turn away work so if you have anything you want to run by us, please use our contact form at the bottom of the page.

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