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What We Do

thewholebuffalo® is an independent London based production company run by a team of experienced and award-winning film-makers, artists and writers. We offer a comprehensive film-making service: from script to screen, and everything in between. Collectively we’ve worked on visual effects for blockbusters including The Dark Knight, Gravity, Avatar, and the Harry Potter films. And we’ve created multi award-winning scripts for Cartoon Network, the BBC and UKTV. You'll find a buffalo hoof-print in pretty much every corner of the industry.

Whatever your vision might be, our crack team of professionals will expertly take your idea from concept to execution. Have a good browse of the site, check out our showreel & portfolio below, then like/stalk us via social media. Or not! These are simply suggestions, not orders.

FILM PRODUCTION

Need a top-tier team to create your short or feature? Look no further… 

COMMERCIALS & CORPORATE VIDEOS

Looking to impress a client with a slick, polished promo? Come to the experts (that’s us). 

VFX & ANIMATION

Let our VFX-perts composite your way to pure pixel-based perfection.

MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN

Sounding good can be even more important than looking good. We’ll make sure you do both.

SCREENPLAYS & COPYWRITING

Need a writer? Ours are highly trained, multi award winning and handsome.

CONCEPT ART & ILLUSTRATION

Our artists are top drawer… at, well, drawing.

PRE-VIS & STORYBOARDS

The planning stages of any production are crucial. Let us make sure you don’t trip up on the first step.

Portfolio

"Here's one I made earlier"

Casual Violence Illustrations

  • Casual Violence logo design: Julie Blackett
  • House of Nostril stage graphics: James Roberts & Jon Bosley

Illustration has always been a key element of Casual Violence’s creative partnership with thewholebuffalo®. Ranging from the distinctive Ralph Steadman-esque artwork of Monika Bereza, to the elaborate CGI-enhanced scenery and film content of 2013’s ambitious Gothic stage extravaganza – House of Nostril. More recently, the prodigious Alexandra Bye (alexandrabye.com) has turned her unique eye to a pair of ambitious in-development projects, House of Nostril (adapted for the screen) and Shoddy The Zombie.

Look For The Logo – ITV Commercial

  • Client: naea.co.uk
  • Agency: Picturebook Films

Along with our friends at Picturebook Films, we devised and created this 30 second “Look For The Logo” commercial (ITV). It was shot at 4K resolution on RED Mysterium X, mounted to a MoVI rig. James Roberts & Jon Bosley supervised the VFX on set, as well as handling the entire post-production pipeline. With the notable exception of 3D tracking handled by Framestore’s Diego Pastor.

“The CGI work and expertise was of an exceptionally high standard. The interpretation and execution of the storyboard is first rate. In addition the CGI team were easy to work with, able to offer brilliant suggestions”
– Brian Schubert, NFOPP Head of Communications

Directed by James Johnson
VFX Supervisors James Roberts & Jon Bosley
Director of Photography Ian Martin

Original Treatment by James Roberts & James Johnson
Storyboard & Previs by James Roberts, Monika Bereza & Jon Bosley

Editing by James Roberts
Compositing & Grading by James Roberts
CGI by Jon Bosley
3D Tracking by Diego Pastor
Sound Design & Mix by Dan McRae

Unseen: Karin Slaughter – TV Commercial

  • Client: Random House
  • Agency: HYPvideo

“Po-lice, Po-lice!”… SWAT teams, guns, drugs & death. All lensed via Canon C300, and our awesome new toy, the MOVI stabiliser rig. This POV perspective promo also features an intricate VFX shot, revealing the female protagonist as she catches her own reflection in a mirror. This moment is explored closely during the accompanying making of.

Written & Directed by James Roberts
DOP Ian Martin
MOVI operator Marcus Samperi
Makeup FX by Nina Igbino
Costumes & Props by Monika Bereza & Foxtrot Productions
Camera & Rigs supplied by Decode

VFX Supervisor Jon Bosley
Editing, Grading & Compositing by James Roberts
Score, Sound Design & Mixing by Dan McRae

The Blood Crows – Cinema Commercial

  • Client: Hodder Headline
  • Agency: HYPvideo

Testosterone and pixels cranked up to 11… it’s basically 300 via Game Of Thrones. This VFX-packed promo for Simon Scarrow’s popular Cato & Macro novel effectively utilised a greenscreen treadmill, HFR footage and intricate sound design.

Written & Directed by James Roberts
Lighting & Camera Ian Martin
Hair & Makeup by Natalie Harman
Costumes by Monika Bereza

VFX Supervision, Tracking & CGI by Jon Bosley
Compositing & Grading by James Roberts
Music & Sound Design by Dan McRae

Storyboards & Concept Art

  • Client: Various

A selection of pre-production artwork, commissioned by thewholebuffalo® in collaboration with various artists around the world.

A Taste of Casual Violence

  • Client: CasualViolenceComedy.co.uk

A series of twisted sketches for nasty people. Expect gangsters, sinister charities, alien invasion, dead dogs, cruel barbers, kidnapping, misery… and laughs!

“Whatever you’re doing right now, stop it… Go and Google ‘Casual Violence,’ watch their sketches and enjoy… Dark, twisted and superb”
– The Skinny

Directed by James Roberts
Written by James Hamilton

View The Series

The 26 Letters
The Poppyman
Major Tom
Barberism
Help The Homeless
Lost In The Post
The Poppyman II

Our Team

thewholewhat-now? Well, it’s an expression which sums up the efficiency and convenience of having all your resources in one place.

“For generations, Native Americans hunted bison (aka - buffalo) They saw it as a four legged, living, breathing supermarket. After the meat was consumed, everything else was put to good use, heating the home and making leather”. Using this philosophy for the creative process, thewholebuffalo® use every available resource to create stunning ideas and imagery for our clients. Individually we focus on our strengths, but together we represent thewholebuffalo®. We can (and frequently do) also tap into our vast network of film industry contacts whenever needed, to make sure your requirements are met to the highest possible standard.

(To clarify: we’re not encouraging you to eat or skin us. Just use our creative input). Meet our core creative team...

James Roberts

James Roberts

Director, Editor & VFX Artist

Founder of thewholebuffalo®, James Roberts is a versatile freelance director editor and VFX artist, experienced in creating TV & cinema commercials, title sequences, promos and short films. Drawing upon his past experiences contributing to Oscar & BAFTA winning visual effects at Framestore (on films including The Dark Knight, Where The Wild Things Are, Australia, Quantum of Solace and the Harry Potter series), he is adept working with live-action and CGI, often blending the two extensively.

When he’s not working (hypothetically speaking) James has a keen interest in film, natural history and photography. But even then, he’s probably also doing research for a new project. James graduated from Portsmouth University with a B.A. 1st in Animation. Look, nobody cares anymore. But **** it, where else can you mention it?!

James Hamilton

James Hamilton

Screenwriter, Producer & A.D.

James is a multi award winning (and multi award losing) screenwriter and producer. His expertise in creating comedy – most notably via his renowned sketch troupe Casual Violence – has provided him with a knack for developing bold, imaginative and intelligent content for stage & screen. He recently became a staff writer on Cartoon Network’s BAFTA nominated “The Amazing World of Gumball”.

Before joining thewholebuffalo®, James independently produced a formidable portfolio of his own critically acclaimed creative work. James also has a (Royal CSSD) Distinction-grade M.A. in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media. His work has been funded by various prestigious organisations, including the Kevin Spacey Foundation and The Lowry. When he’s not drumming up new ideas, he’s usually fretting about not drumming up new ideas.

Adam Dahrouge

Adam Dahrouge

COPYWRITER, PRODUCER & MARKETING

Adam’s way with words has led him to work in a variety of roles across film, television, publishing and events. He’s a multi-disciplined writer with the ability to craft texts for any media, whether creative or commercial. His knack for merging these considerable skills with graphic design has won him the favour of clients across the travel, fashion, tech and property sectors.

As a producer Adam has built a wide range of contacts in the industry, having gained nationwide press and acclaim for leading a resurgence of sketch comedy as the founder of the London Sketch Comedy Festival. He knows what it takes to discover great talent and can usually be found plotting with the next best thing. In his spare time he’s researching and producing reports (because, deep down, he’s a total geek).

Dan McRae

Dan McRae

Musician & Sound Designer

Dan’s musical composition niche lies in his ability to move between genres effortlessly. Ranging from full cinematic orchestration to electronic soundscapes and grooves. This versatility is a powerful weapon in our arsenal, providing clients with much needed scope for bespoke audio. In addition, Dan specialises in foley recording and other sound design techniques, producing all the final mixes for project delivery.

Perpetually upbeat, thoughtful, and inventive, collaborating with Dan is always a pleasure. With a growing back catalogue and the ability to pluck new tracks seemingly from thin air, he always meets demanding project schedules and surpasses expectations.

James Roberts

James Roberts

Director, Editor & VFX Artist

Founder of thewholebuffalo®, James Roberts is a versatile freelance director editor and VFX artist, experienced in creating TV & cinema commercials, title sequences, promos and short films. Drawing upon his past experiences contributing to Oscar & BAFTA winning visual effects at Framestore (on films including The Dark Knight, Where The Wild Things Are, Australia, Quantum of Solace and the Harry Potter series), he is adept working with live-action and CGI, often blending the two extensively.

When he’s not working (hypothetically speaking) James has a keen interest in film, natural history and photography. But even then, he’s probably also doing research for a new project. James graduated from Portsmouth University with a B.A. 1st in Animation. Look, nobody cares anymore. But **** it, where else can you mention it?!

James Hamilton

James Hamilton

Screenwriter, Producer & A.D.

James is a multi award winning (and multi award losing) screenwriter and producer. His expertise in creating comedy – most notably via his renowned sketch troupe Casual Violence – has provided him with a knack for developing bold, imaginative and intelligent content for stage & screen. He recently became a staff writer on Cartoon Network’s BAFTA nominated “The Amazing World of Gumball”.

Before joining thewholebuffalo®, James independently produced a formidable portfolio of his own critically acclaimed creative work. James also has a (Royal CSSD) Distinction-grade M.A. in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media. His work has been funded by various prestigious organisations, including the Kevin Spacey Foundation and The Lowry. When he’s not drumming up new ideas, he’s usually fretting about not drumming up new ideas.

Adam Dahrouge

Adam Dahrouge

COPYWRITER, PRODUCER & MARKETING

Adam’s way with words has led him to work in a variety of roles across film, television, publishing and events. He’s a multi-disciplined writer with the ability to craft texts for any media, whether creative or commercial. His knack for merging these considerable skills with graphic design has won him the favour of clients across the travel, fashion, tech and property sectors.

As a producer Adam has built a wide range of contacts in the industry, having gained nationwide press and acclaim for leading a resurgence of sketch comedy as the founder of the London Sketch Comedy Festival. He knows what it takes to discover great talent and can usually be found plotting with the next best thing. In his spare time he’s researching and producing reports (because, deep down, he’s a total geek).

Dan McRae

Dan McRae

Musician & Sound Designer

Dan’s musical composition niche lies in his ability to move between genres effortlessly. Ranging from full cinematic orchestration to electronic soundscapes and grooves. This versatility is a powerful weapon in our arsenal, providing clients with much needed scope for bespoke audio. In addition, Dan specialises in foley recording and other sound design techniques, producing all the final mixes for project delivery.

Perpetually upbeat, thoughtful, and inventive, collaborating with Dan is always a pleasure. With a growing back catalogue and the ability to pluck new tracks seemingly from thin air, he always meets demanding project schedules and surpasses expectations.

The quality of the production surpasses anything we’ve seen in the marketplace. We are thrilled with the results

Random House, Client

Client Feedback

  • “the whole buffalo® come with creative ideas in spades, they’re also some of the most reliable and professional people we work with. Add a can-do attitude, attention to detail and an ability to deliver projects on challenging schedules, it’s no wonder their work is so highly valued.”

    - Bob Palmer, Creative Director HYPvideo
  • “Working to a very intense schedule, the team not only met but massively exceeded our expectations. The quality of the work blew us and the agency away. We can’t wait to collaborate with the whole buffalo® again very soon.”

    - Dan Cleland, Head of Content Feelfilms
  • “Its well shot, very well crafted. They’re very good film-makers.”

    - Noel Clarke, Actor, Director & BAFTA Winner
  • “the whole buffalo® are a superbly talented team. It’s always a pleasure to have anything to do with this professional band of young talent.”

    - Dominic Sutherland, MD NextShoot
  • “I’m stunned; it’s a lovely piece of work, and very true to my mental image of the characters and their world. Magnificent! The effort and imagination that has gone into this is definitely appreciated.”

    - Alastair Reynolds, Author of Blue Remembered Earth
  • “We commissioned our most ambitious trailer to date. It’s awesome.”

    - Jennifer McMenemy, Orion Publishing
  • “I love it, from conception to presentation. These guys rock!”

    - Karen Marie Moning, Author of Iced
  • “A-Mazing. Total hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-my-neck stuff.”

    - Gemma Malley, Author of The Killables
  • “James Roberts showed great initiative in making excellent short films with colleagues, which I enjoyed for his wit and skill. Hard-working and reliable with a good level of technical ability. We would not hesitate to recommend him.”

    - Sir William Sargent, Framestore CEO

  • “the whole buffalo® come with creative ideas in spades, they’re also some of the most reliable and professional people we work with. Add a can-do attitude, attention to detail and an ability to deliver projects on challenging schedules, it’s no wonder their work is so highly valued.”

    - Bob Palmer, Creative Director HYPvideo
  • “Working to a very intense schedule, the team not only met but massively exceeded our expectations. The quality of the work blew us and the agency away. We can’t wait to collaborate with the whole buffalo® again very soon.”

    - Dan Cleland, Head of Content Feelfilms
  • “Its well shot, very well crafted. They’re very good film-makers.”

    - Noel Clarke, Actor, Director & BAFTA Winner
  • “the whole buffalo® are a superbly talented team. It’s always a pleasure to have anything to do with this professional band of young talent.”

    - Dominic Sutherland, MD NextShoot
  • “I’m stunned; it’s a lovely piece of work, and very true to my mental image of the characters and their world. Magnificent! The effort and imagination that has gone into this is definitely appreciated.”

    - Alastair Reynolds, Author of Blue Remembered Earth
  • “We commissioned our most ambitious trailer to date. It’s awesome.”

    - Jennifer McMenemy, Orion Publishing
  • “I love it, from conception to presentation. These guys rock!”

    - Karen Marie Moning, Author of Iced
  • “A-Mazing. Total hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-my-neck stuff.”

    - Gemma Malley, Author of The Killables
  • “James Roberts showed great initiative in making excellent short films with colleagues, which I enjoyed for his wit and skill. Hard-working and reliable with a good level of technical ability. We would not hesitate to recommend him.”

    - Sir William Sargent, Framestore CEO

So, you need a digital production service?

Better call Saul! ...no wait, thewholebuffalo®