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7 January, 2016 - 13:09 By Kate Sweeney

Norwich film company moves forward with rebrand

Tom Martin on location in Malta

Norwich filmmaker, Tom Martin is celebrating his most successful year in business just five years after graduating, with a re-launch of his brand and website.

It comes at the end of a year in which Tom has captured the Prime Minister on camera, had his work screened at the House of Commons and secured a £9,000 contract to film in Malta.

Forward is the new name for Fast Forward Media, a video production agency which started life in 2010 and has gone on to produce cinematic quality videos for commercial brands worldwide.

A graduate from the UEA’s world-respected Film and TV school, Martin launched his business straight out of university.  Quickly earning a reputation as one of the region’s most talented visual storytellers, he has produced work for clients including UEA and Broom Boats.

The rebrand followed his most successful year, with turnover and profits both up 35 per cent on 2014. The past 12 months have also seen Tom clock up more than 8,000 miles, flying to Malta and Portugal, shooting in challenging locations and in sweltering heat. 
 
A recent commission closer to home was for Aventa Capital Partners, producing a short film to make the case for a new £300 million Centre for Advanced Knowledge Engineering in Downham Market. Screened at a House of Commons reception, Tom’s work was watched by MPs including West Norfolk’s Liz Truss. The centre could potentially train the UK’s next generation of skilled data engineers in data science, cyber security and bioinformatics.

Keen to future-proof his equipment in a fast-paced industry, Tom has just invested £14,000 in the latest 4K camera technology, has taken virtual office space at Epic Studios, Norwich, and plans to recruit. He says: “The rise of video marketing continues. And I’m focused on making sure Forward stays true to its values and storytelling style – delivering strong narratives through cinematic quality content. Anyone can point and shoot, but our skill is in crafting an interesting, captivating story which anyone will want to watch.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Director of Forward, Tom Martin, on location in Malta for EuRA

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