A little bit about us
2011 was an eventful year, in general.
There was the Royal Wedding, as Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge. There was British success at the Oscars, as ‘The King’s Speech’ landed the Best Picture award. And there was sadness, as we said goodbye to Amy Winehouse, Steve Jobs, and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst others.
It was an eventful year for us too, however, as 2011 was when the Stone’s Throw Media journey began.
Founded by university students Matt Weston and Mike Chinn, Stone’s Throw Media was born with two goals in mind:
- To make the world of corporate video more exciting, interesting, and visually stimulating for businesses in a manner befitting the 21st century, whilst keeping their messages simple and hard hitting in the process
- To make video content an integral part of a company’s internal communications and external marketing strategy
Since then, there have been tears, laughter, numerous offices, and a heap of ups and downs – but through it all our ethos has never changed.
Five years on, we’re proud to say that we’re still creating fantastic video content which can really make a business stand out from the crowd – whatever the sector, whatever the provided service.
Whether it’s a standard video production, an animation, a 360 video, or an aerial video, we know our creations get results!
Finally, we live by our values and by our fantastic team – which is why you can read all about both of those things below…
MikeCo-founder and co-director of the company, Mike is the man who makes Stone’s Throw tick and provides a link between the fun stuff (“making the videos”) and the boring stuff (“anything involving paper”). Away from work, Mike likes video games, snooker, and – no, we couldn’t believe this either – baking. When he’s not pretending to be Mary Berry, Mike boasts a Level 2 ice skating certificate, which means that he put his skates on and walked onto the ice without having to hold anyone’s hand. He’d like to remind everybody that his surname is Chinn, with two “n”’s.
MattThe greatest thing to come out of Newton Abbot, Matt is co-founder and co-director of the company, and describes his role as “responsible for driving the growth of the business”. Thankfully, he isn’t just into business speak. Away from work, Matt loves football, travelling, the works of author Khaled Hosseini, and smashing any pretenders to his Rocket League crown. He likes mint ice cream and mint sauce, leading even his harshest critics to acknowledge that his breath is tremendous.
TomTom may be the quiet man of the Stone’s Throw team, but he’s also the “all round video guru” (according to Matt) and “a legend” (according to Patrick). Filming, editing, uploading – you name it, Tom can do it, as efficiently, calmly and promptly as possible. Away from work, Tom likes playing The Sims, watching classic TV sitcoms, and eating biscuits. The “organised chaos” of his work computer’s desktop is a constant source of bemusement to the rest of the team, but deep down we know it’s a vital part of his magic.
JamieJamie is our lead animator – or, as he likes to put it, professional doodler. No matter what’s thrown at him, Jamie can bring out the best in a project thanks to his artistic flair, imagination, and – in the case of the whiteboard animation videos he does – a strong wrist. Away from work, Jamie loves noodles, cartoons, Lee Evans and graphic novels. He has a vendetta against socks – memorably describing them as “feet prisons” – and wasps. His views on wasps in socks, however, remain unclear.
BenEvery team needs a good looking one who looks like he should be in One Direction, and our filming wizard Ben fills that position nicely. Unable to sit still for more than five minutes, Ben is the team member Stone’s Throw let out into the wider world, armed with only a camera and a smile, for filming jobs he tackles with admirable ease. A self-confessed “camera nerd”, his knowledge of all things camera related does tend to leave him at odds with the company’s accountants from time to time regarding what a “reasonable equipment upgrade” actually is, but we still love him all the same. Away from work, Ben likes Game of Thrones, playing the computer game Rocket League, and making a mean banoffee pie. Yum.
PatrickWith a degree in English with Professional & Creative Writing, Patrick is our resident writer. Scripts, web copy, newsletters – you name it, he’ll write it! Patrick loves making people laugh through his writing, although he wants to point out that’s in the “laughing with him”, not “laughing at him”, sense. Away from work, Patrick likes watching the TV programme Peep Show and live sport – particularly Chicago Cubs baseball – as well as walking his dog Cody, eating taramasalata, and playing golf badly. Not all at the same time, however. That would be stupid.
DanHaving been creating music for nearly 20 years now, Dan was the obvious choice when Stone’s Throw cast their net for an Audio Engineer and Composer. Whether it’s by playing multiple instruments (not at the same time, we’re assuming) or creating sound effects using complicated software which we can’t make head nor tail of, Dan is the man who gives Stone’s Throw videos that extra flourish. Away from work, Dan assures us that he requires tea to function, and in his spare time enjoys cooking. Presumably after he’s had a cuppa or two.