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Rainbow Trout Films wins Best Corporate Film Company – UK

27th AUG 2016

TMT Title AUG 2016

Winner in the 2016 TMT Media Awards. To read more click here:

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The Documentary

The Inflight Food Trip- It's not just plane food! ✈

21st July 2016

Indiegogo Campaign launch:
Indigogo - The Inflight Food Trip

After a successful trip to Japan with SAS Scandinavian Airlines we are putting the final touches to our Indiegogo campaign.

Follow @flightfoodtrip on Twitter for all the latest updates on this.

The Documentary

The Inflight Food Trip- It's not just plane food! ✈

04th April 2016

This project will be a 90-minute, feature-length documentary on the backstory of airline food, including the history of the first meals (served in 1919!) and how technology and tastes have evolved to make the meals you eat today. The stars will be airlines, inflight caterers, cabin crew, frequent flyers, and the general public. Nik Loukas from Inflight Feed and I recently flew out to Riga, Latvia to visit Air Baltic and to film the initial video.


“When Nik came to me with the initial idea for The Inflight Food Trip, I saw this project had great potential, from its scope and ambition, I love the challenge of making what seems like the impossible, possible. The shear scope of covering such a wide variety of airlines across the globe, with all the heritage and traditions of the different countries around the world, really excites me.”

“I’ve been passionate about films and filmmaking all my life, and I’ve pushed my career in that direction. I love Niks’ passion for airline food and everything to do with it and I’m looking forward to share that journey with him as we make this feature documentary. My aim is to both inform and entertain our audience, whom I hope will come away with a fresh perspective on the world of inflight food.”

James Mellor, Director & Producer, The Inflight Food Trip

Rainbow Trout Films Inflight Feed

Rainbow Trout Films Succeeds again!

14th September 2015

At this year’s Videographer Awards, Rainbow Trout Films takes home 2 awards.

Videographer award for Excellence in the Animation category for the filming we completed for Ocean Learning as a series of web idents.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/129685836 - Ocean Learning

Videographer award of Distinction in the Recruitment category for Primark employer brand video, which was filmed in the Netherlands and the UK. Working alongside international Agency Cielo Talent, London team we put together a recruitment film for the launch of Primark into the USA, which takes place later this year.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/nFqOmZcwJTw - Primark

We are thrilled to be recognized among our peers on the international level and hope to continue to succeed in the years to come.

Here is the link to the Videography Awards winners 2015:



The Videographer Awards is one of the most coveted awards in the video industry. Over the past 19 years, thousands of production and communication professionals from throughout the world have entered their best and most creative work.

Rainbow Trout Films wins Videographer Awards 2015

The Videographer Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (www.amcpros.com). The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and free-lance professionals who have entered AMCP programs. The Advisory Board oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards of excellence.

There were about 1,300 entries from the United States and 13 other countries in the Videographer Awards 2015 competition. Your work was judged to be deserving of industry-wide recognition.

The Award of Excellence was awarded to those projects the judges deemed were written, produced, shot and edited in an exceptional manner. Approximately 13 percent of the entries won this award.

The Award of Distinction was awarded for projects that exceeded industry standards. Approximately 14 percent of the entries won this award.

Honorable Mention designation was awarded to about 6 percent of the entries.

Rainbow Trout Films wins Videographer Awards 2015

Rainbow Trout Films Swimming in Success
(Halifax Courier, Tuesday 19 May 2015)

Rainbow Trout Films of Ripponden has become the first UK firm to win a prestigious German Agency Award for their work on a local business website.

Director James Mellor was contracted to create video animations for local business Ocean Learning Ltd, also based in Ripponden.

The animations took the prize in the film category of the German Agency Awards, which recognise creative excellence from all over Europe.

James has been in the film and television industry for more than 15 years and has worked on numerous film and TV productions including Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Last of The Summer Wine, London’s Burning, Doctors, Rocket Man, Wheeler Dealers, Car of the Year and The Real Holiday Show.

The company has also worked on corporate films, event filming, documentaries, feature films, TV drama, promo spots and trailers.

James said “I entered the German Agency Award at the recommendation of a client I have worked with in Berlin.

“I thought it was a great way to showcase UK talent within the European arena.

“I am thrilled we were successful, and have been able to share this award with our partners on this project.”

Paul Kenny, MD of Ocean Learning, said “When we relaunched our website we were looking for new ways to communicate our brand and our courses. We worked closely with Halifax based Prime Creative to create the new site and had the idea of using short animated films as a fresh and engaging way to communicate our message.”

“James, an experienced film-maker, worked really well with the team at Prime Creative and with local illustrator Kate Taylor to produce a series of short animations, that we thought captured the spirit of our business perfectly.”

Sue Fearnsides, director at Prime Creative, said: “We are delighted that the awards highlight the wealth of talent available here in Calderdale.

“James’s award demonstrates that our creative talents can compete with any in Europe.”

Halifax Courier: www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/business/business-news/rainbow-trout-films-swimming-in-success-1-7262909
Creative Calderdale: http://www.creativecalderdale.co.uk/Latest-News/three-of-calderdales-businesses-collaberation-wins-award.html?flag=1

Rainbow Trout Films Swimming in SuccessRainbow Trout Films Creative Calderdale

Rainbow Trout Films Wins Deutscher Agenturpreis Award for Film
(German Agency Award)

Rainbow Trout Films has become the first UK Company to win this award in the film category.

The award highlights how well bringing together of client, web design and film can really deliver great results.

I was recommended to enter, because we do some work with Berlin Design Agency MXM Design.

I had recently completed some filming for Ocean Learning of short web videos for the website. We worked collectively with Paul Kenny at Ocean Learning and the web team at Prime Creative in Halifax. This collaboration achieved some great results for all concerned and the winning of this award is icing on the cake. We will certainly enter again next year and look forward to continue to work on creative films with our clients both old and new.

Link to Award site: http://www.deutscher-agenturpreis.de/winner.html
Link to Ocean Learning: http://www.oceanlearning.co.uk
Link to Prime Creative: http://www.primecreative.com

Rainbow Trout Films wins Deutscher Agenturpreis 2014

Halifax Film Society Short Film Night 2014

We produced a promo for the Halifax Film Society Short Film Night in November, which showcased some local filmmakers, including our very own James Mellor, whose short film, Wheeling Dealing, starring Jane Horrocks was shown.

Rainbow Trout Films wins 2 Videographer Awards 2014

Yorkshire filmmaker James Mellor wins on the international stage in two categories at the prestigious Videographer Awards in the USA.

Rainbow Trout Films entered two films for the Videographer Awards competition with content produced for two separate international events for Yahoo!

Winning an Award of Distinction for the Yahoo! European Hack Event in London and an Honorable Mention for the Yahoo! Israel Event in Tel Aviv.

Watch the Videographer Awards 2014 winning videos here.

Videographer Awards Winners 2014

Rainbow Trout Films wins Videographer Awards 2014

Latest Events

Cannes Film Festival May 2014

Rainbow Trout Films, Producer James Mellor be attended Cannes film Festival, Marche Du Film in May. Pushing forward our development slate of features.

Sheffield Documentary Festival June 2014

Rainbow Trout Films, Producer/Director James Mellor attended the Doc Fest, taking meetings and promoting our documentaries in development. 7th – 12th June.

Corporate Filming News 2014

Our portfolio of corporate work is steadily growing, with clients including Yahoo!, Eon Energy, UBM Live, MXM Design and Bskyb. We have covered events, training days and corporate films in London, Manchester, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv. Please get in touch is you are looking for filming for your latest event or product launch.

London Film Festival 2013

London Film Festival 2013 James Mellor

October 2013

Rainbow Trout Films attended the London Film Festival 2013.

Sheffield Doc Fest 2013

sheffield doc festival 2013 James Mellor

12th – 16th June 2013

Rainbow Trout Films attended Sheffield Doc Fest 2013

Cannes Film Festival 2013

Cannes Film Festival 2013 James Mellor, Rainbowtrout Films

15th May - 21th May 2013

Producer James Mellor attended the Cannes Film Festival.

Rainbow Trout Films at the Berlinale 2013

Berlinale Film Festival & Market 2013 James Mellor

7th Feb - 17th Feb 2013

This is our first visit to the Berlinale Film Festival and European Film Market. Many meetings are taking place and our projects are moving forward. We are networking with many potential European and worldwide partners, and will keep you updated over the coming months.

Berlinale Film Festival & Market 2013 James Mellor

Rainbow Trout Films Previous Events

March - June 2012

In June we attended the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 13th – 17th June 2012.

sheffield doc festival 2012 James Mellor

James Mellor helps with WOP Films with Icalcianti, an Italian feature film set in Florence, shooting this summer.

Wop films 2012 James Mellor

Feature Film Producing Course completed

February - March 2012

James recently completed the First Feature Film Producing Course with Imaginox. A highly recommended course for anyone wishing to produce feature films. Check out:

Imaginox feature film producing course 2012 James Mellor

Rainbow Trout Films January - February 2012

2012 is proving to be an interesting year, with projects at various stages of development. We attended The Breakthrough Event looking at international sales agents and distribution at Bafta in January, which is leading to some interesting developments. We also shot a taster video for an upcoming project with the Actor Chris Jarman.

February has so far been a busy month, with visits to the BSCexpo at Elstree Film Studios, The BVE at Earl’s Court and more glamorous attending The Bafta Film Awards 2012 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden then onto the Grosvenor House in Mayfair, which was a fun night for all involved.

Bafta Film Awards 2012 James Mellor

BSC London 2012

BVE North 2011 www.bvenorth.co.uk

Wednesday-Thursday, November 16-17 2011

Visited BVE North show in Manchester

Had an interesting time at BVE North in Manchester, including seminars on 3D and factual programming. Added production music to our library with thanks to AKM Music, Got demo from Avid on their latest software upgrade with Media composer 6. Also thanks to Creative England on their advice at the show.

BVE North 2011

Halifax Courier www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Thursday September 1 2011, Halifax Courier

Could Buffalo Bill really be my grandfather?


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Anthony’s son, James, a director and producer with his own film company, is now determined to make a documentary about the family mystery.
l Buffalo Bill was born William Frederick Cody. He was a United States soldier, bison hunter and showman, receiving the Medal of Honor for his service to the US Army as a scout. One of the most colourful figures of the American Old West, he became famous for the shows he organised with cowboy themes.

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Pforzheimer Zeitung, Germany www.pz-news.de

March 4 2010, Pforzheimer Zeitung

Gefluester - drin ist wer "in" ist

translation = Whispers - if you're in, you're 'in'

"... the German fashion designer Daniela Scheil (blog.dumboandgerald.com) was delighted to create a dress for the Bafta Awards 2010 www.bafta.org, which was worn by the partner of the English film producer and actor James Mellor..."

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Halifax Courier www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Friday February 9 2007, Evening Courier

"Harry Potter and the quest for news"

A FORMER Ryburn Valley pupil, now actor and director, returned to his old high school to be quizzed by students.
James Mellor, who has worked on Love Actually, Harry Potter and the TV commedy Extras, was interviewed by pupils as part of a BBC news project.
The school will be one of 100 in the country taking part in BB School Report News Day on March 22.(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/school_report) It gives 12 and 13-year-olds the chance to make their own news and broadcast live via internet.
Deputy head teacher Honor Byford said:"The students asked James all kinds of questions about why he had become a film-maker and he told them how he was inspired to go into the media after the BBC visited his fathers's trout farm in Ripponden. The students worked on the skills of asking open questions and they wrote it as a news story.
"It is all about improving literacy skills through news," she said.

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