At Tinker Taylor, we have an excellent relationship with the University of Birmingham. To date, we’ve given twelve UoB students from the Film and Television: Research and Production Masters internships over the last seven years, with two more joining us in 2022. We have given full-time employment to five of our interns, upon graduation, all of whom have thrived!
What We Offer
We really want those who do placements with us to feel like they've gained legitimate insight into the video production industry. We ensure that everyone who joins us for their 12 weeks becomes genuinely involved in making a difference to our company; helping with all stages of production; diving into social activities and joining crew on shoots whenever possible.
We know that valuable work experience is hugely advantageous to students. Whether you're freelance or full-time, actual experience is the most valuable tool you can have for building your career. Our connection to this Masters course has been a great way for us to help as many young people as we can to kick-start their careers, and we look forward to continuing with this productive collaboration!
We had to include this video because it holds a special place in our hearts - take a look at our 2021 Table Tennis Tournament, which our fantastic intern at the time, Sherif, joined in on!
In Birmingham, the number of street homeless people has increased by 53% in the last year, and by 588% since 2012.
Tackling Homelessness Documentary By Tinker Taylor and Birmingham City Council-
Homelessness and the increasing number of people in temporary accommodation is an issue that needs to be talked about.According to Shelter, there are more than 320,000 people in the UK sleeping rough. The majority of the general public struggle to understand how, in a country like UK, this could possibly be the case.
In Birmingham, there are 91 people sleeping rough and thousands more in temporary accommodation.
This film is an opportunity to explain how people become homeless, what is being done to combat this crisis and what we all, as human beings and citizens of Birmingham, can do to help.
We employed a small, experienced team to produce this film.Our Creative Director, Sam Taylor’s, passion as a filmmaker lies in producing high impact, emotive video content that generates meaningful social change – and that is ultimately what we wanted this film to do.We wanted to highlight the issue, focus the viewer’s mind, then educate, inspire and motivate people to take action.
It might be a donation, it might be a report, it might be an act of kindness, but we wanted our viewers to feel empowered to do something.Phil Pugh took on the role of Producer and Editor, so was fully immersed in the project from day one and was Sam’s right-hand man.
Sam and Phil have worked together at TINKER TAYLOR for over 8 years and have a very symbiotic working relationship, which was key to the success of this project.
Marlijn (researcher and writer), Fran (production coordinator), James and Ben (cinematographers) all live in Birmingham; all come to work on their bikes, on the bus, or walk; and all witness homelessness on a daily basis.
We shot the film on a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, which is known as the next generation handheld 4K digital film camera. It is discreet and less intrusive than the Sony FS7, which we typically shoot on.
It features a full size 4/3 sensor that gives 4096 x 2160 resolution with an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range for true digital film quality. It also has dual native ISO up to 25,600, so you get an incredible low light performance – great when we are filming outside ‘on the go’.
Tinker Taylor is based in Digbeth, where homelessness is an increasing issue. As such, we decided as a team this was something we all wanted to produce.
The film was launched at the Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox on the morning of 18th June 2019, to an audience of around 60 invited guests, including the media.
It was also featured on BBC News.
Tinker Taylor is a multi-award winning video content agency, based at Fazeley Studios, Digbeth – the heart of Birmingham’s Creative Quarter.
The agency produces high-end content for multiple platforms including TV, cinema, digital, events and video-books. Its focus is on generating an outstanding return on investment for a diverse range of clients including the NHS, Seven Capital, Aston University, Selco and Dermalogica.
Let’s chat about how our video marketing agency can help you raise awareness of your cause.
Gulp! Watch 'the Sam's' jump out of a plane at 18,000 feet!
This summer the TINKER TAYLOR Sam's took the ultimate challenge to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance! The experience was too good not to film, click the picture below to watch our hilarious rendition of the Red Devils!
Not only do we raise money for them, but we also produce films for them! We were commissioned to produce the event film for the 2016 Midlands Air Ambulance Recognition Awards, for the fourth year running.
Celebrating 25 years of saving lives, by saving time, the event was bigger and better than ever before, so we made a film which was, well, bigger and better than ever before!
If you think IT is dull.. think again!
Now this is how you film a conference! This vibrant, dynamic film establish's the itelligence Annual Conference as an event not to miss, in the world of SAP. Click the photo below to watch!.
If you have an event or conference coming up, and you want an impressive film to raise awareness, and generate a buzz for future events, then give us a call on 0121 224 7709.
We are proud sponsors of Camp Hill WRFC
I, Sam Taylor, am a self-confessed rugby fanatic- I was brought up on the sport- it's deep rooted in my blood. I’m a former player for Camp Hill WRFC, known locally as the chargers! My father went to Camp Hill School, as did my husband and my son starts in September - so there's only ever going to be one club for me!
I played contact for 10 years, now captain the CHRFC ladies touch team and I’m an RFU qualified coach (coaching my youngest son’s team).
The Camp Hill Ladies team is highly motivated, passionate about their rugby, and respected throughout the Midlands; the synergy between the TINKER TAYLOR team and the rugby team was too good to ignore. It's the ladies team’s 20th anniversary (and I was a founder player) this year, which is why I decided to sponsor them. It was the perfect symmetry.
The core rugby union values of teamwork, respect, integrity, and passion are the same values that deepen the TINKER TAYLOR brand, and that’s no coincidence.
I can tell you an anecdote or two but they involve too much cider and some are wholly inappropriate for a business website!
Tinker Taylor are proud to be a Midlands Air Ambulance community supporter
I have a personal connection with Midlands Air Ambulance. Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many children on rugby fields across the midlands being airlifted to A&Es.
As soon as I started working with them, producing videos to enhance and promote charity events, it only felt right to become a community supporter.
We were commissioned by Midlands Air Ambulance to produce a Bike 4 Life 2018 marketing video, the video has been used to promote future Bike 4 Life events.
Sam Taylor, Creative Director