Neonn videos article

Neonn Videos is a new Video Production company looking to do great things in the City.

Started by two Hull graduates, Ben Underwood and Jack Waller have got off to a great start in the run up to the City of Culture 2017.

Neonn Videos, originally named Neon Avenue started in May 2013. Ben said “Myself and Jack have always worked really well with each other in university; it was just a shame that they never sat directly next to each other in the first place.”

His passion for film began when he was just 14 years old, producing a short comedy film back in the days when he used Windows Movie Maker. “I really enjoy making people laugh through video. It’s sort of emotional because it’s your work and people’s reactions make you really proud that you created that particular video.”

But the desire to make films didn’t quite happen as simple as that for graduate Jack. “Initially I got a job to pay the bills but my dad always wanted to be a mechanic, it was his dream for me.” Jack decided to join the army as his means to make a living for himself.

“I always look back to when someone made a video of me and other individuals in the army for our regiments, I remember thinking, I don’t want to do this, I want to do what that guy does!”

Jack then left the army in pursuit of his new dream of creating videos. “I never did too well at Wyke College when I studied film and media studies.” But after attending university at The Hull School of Art and Design I did much better. He continued to study media, where he met his new co-worker Ben.

Ben also mentioned that he didn’t do too well at college but they both worked together whilst in higher education and created the Neonn Video brand. The idea to develop the business whilst in university worked much quicker than they ever imagined.

Having no training in business but expertise in video production they both agreed they needed help planning. Jack said “We used Net 315 a business start-up company to help us with things like finances and for a lot of useful hints and tips on how to run a successful business.”

Currently they are working for local businesses such as Fellowes Packaging and Ideal Heating. Ben said “We love to work and focus on clients and people from Hull as we feel like we have a huge connection with our home town.”

“Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of work for people in the media industry here and we felt like we had to create our own opportunity to fulfil our dreams. The idea of creating opportunities through our company for others is great.”

As Hull won the award for The City of Culture, 2017, the two graduates are producing content to promote the city. “We think it’s great that Hull won The City of Culture and I hope it creates a lot more jobs and video opportunities for people like us.” said Jack.



Wildlife park

Students studying Fine Art at The Hull School of Art and Design have been invited to a Wildlife Park close to the heart of the city. The students want to see if they can make a uninhabited part of the wildlife garden entertaining for people to enjoy during the summer period.


The wildlife park is located in Pearson Park, Princess Avenue, Pearson Park happens to be the first public park opened in Hull.


The visitors at the wildlife park describe Hull as a prestigious city, particularly when wildlife is involved. The students believe that they can bring the garden to life again.


The Wildlife Park is a host to families of creepy crawlies; flowers that are getting ready to bloom and a whole range of activities aimed at families, specifically children.


Harriet Linfoot, employee at The Wildlife Park has expressed her excitement about the parks potential and can’t wait to see what the students think can be done with the space currently vacant there.


Harriet says, “The new curriculum, which will run through the summer, has a lot about exploration, outdoors, wildlife and even simple things such as seasonal changes.


Considering that this wildlife garden is in the middle of the city, it is probably under used. We want to find new ways to encourage people to come to the site, and really experience the site”


The project that has been handed to the Fine Art students is to see if they can help to regenerate a deserted area using their individual ideas. They explored the park to come up with what they think will ‘revitalize it’


One Hull student, Ryan Tuton reminisces about their child hood experiences of the park “The last time I was here I was quite young, so I can easily relate back to my childhood.  Seeing the animals, seeing the plants and how I interacted with them growing up, and how could I improve the place. I’ve always been very arty so it’s quite easy to say oh, we could have a mosaic out here or we could have some mini sculptures in the trees.”


Another student, Shauna Marshall thinks that the park needs to incorporate the adults into the fun to. “They have got herbs growing which people are allowed to harvest for themselves, so mainly for the adults more than the kids but, if they had tickets in the ground, like a trail which have recipes on that they can use the herbs in. That might be quite a nice idea.”


During the summer there are workshops running from the middle of April until the end of June, for the public to explore.


The student’s projects to enhance the garden will be completed by June ; the Wildlife Park, although open all year round, is highlighted best when nature peaks in the summer, which is when their completed projects will be in full effect.” extended version of video short version without piece to camera short version with piece to camera

creative 1 night

Creative one night


At the beginning of every month Paul is the proud owner of a creative night. In which creative people come along and express ideas of what they want to do. If anyone has attended that wants to take up the opportunities that people present they can.


For instance, on one occasion a man called ‘Rob’ came to the January creative one meeting with an idea for a theatre performance. (I have filmed him). Members of the audiences, although wasn’t interested in investing gave Rob some useful hints and tips which they had picked up through working in the industry.


Having turned up to a few of the meetings, Paul had asked me if I would like to film one of the sessions for him. This video would be used as a promotional device for the creative one meetings.


Having agreed to create a promotional video for him, I turned up to the January event and commenced filming. I have raw footage and the video that I edited together I will include in my submission.


The video is a brief summary of what the nights are about and have a few speakers to explain what happens at the night for people who have not attended before. Including several journalists, Paul Dennis Graphic designer and a theatre script writer.


Joey Aitchison article


Joey Aitchison owner of JWA creations is a local photographer of Hull, specialising in band and glamour photography.


From a young age, Joey found his passion for photography through the medium of cherished copies of David Bailey and David La Chappelle photographical works from a beloved Uncle.


”When I was younger, my uncle gave me a book of David Bailey’s greatest works, the fascination started from there really.”


 At this time, Joey acquired disposable cameras and tried his artistic hand at capturing some of his own evocative images. While having limited access to transportation, he utilized his immediate surroundings of Hull which tended to be popular attractions such as the Humber Bridge and the Humber Marina.


Purchasing his treasured Canon 7D camera he began focusing on specific fields of photography. From the architectural works, he progressed on to creative accentuations of the subtle beauty within the female form. Employing the assistance of a close friend, Joey explored the crucial points of his budding style in glamorous photo shoots, which can be viewed via Flickr. His close friend, Chloe Hill, commented on his professional prowess as follows:


“I’ve modelled more than once for JWA and have loved it every time. With how professional yet laid back he can be at the same time, he’s made me more confident. I also hired him for my wedding and was over the moon with how the pictures turned out and the album he made me. I would highly recommended Joey’s skill from a model’s and a customer’s perspective. ” 


Joey was fascinated with the art of strategically placed items within a photo and found himself amidst the grips of an urge to discover his own dexterity within said industry.  He quickly gained a keen eye for lens based photography and pursued his interest and developed his skill through university.


 “I always found the way that things where strategically placed within photography amazing and it made me want to try myself.”


Personality wise, Joey appears to always be up for a challenge. Recently, local Hull bands have approached him to produce candid photos of their performances. The first band ‘The Colour Line’ wanted to hire him to produce promotional images. They wanted him to design album covers and concert posters.


Eventually Joey attended their live performances and documented them through photography, which kick started his line of band and music based photography.  Two other indigenous bands closely followed. ‘An Act of Treason’ and ‘The Shed Club’, his freelancing career is now progressing well.


Joey commented on his current strain of photography amidst Hull as follows:

“Part of living in Hull that I really like is the music scene; it has so much to offer in terms of night life and locations. I find O’Rileys and Fruit to be excellent places to produce band photography.” ‘

Luv Ull express

Luv Ull express


On the 14.11.2013 I received a phone call from Paul asking if I knew anybody that could film in Paragon Interchange for him.


Unfortunately, I couldn’t because I was already conducting interviews and creating a video of the Platform Expos 2013 on the weekend he needed it.


After asking around to see if anybody wanted a filming opportunity, I decided that I would film for him on the Saturday and visit Platform Expos 2013 on the Friday as I couldn’t find anybody to film for him.


The filming needed was to promote a new book that has just been published and is Luv Ull’s first book publication.


Author John Brien has published a booked entitled ‘Me Sannies Are Brannies!’  Meaning my sand shoes are brand new using the Hull dialect. The book explores John’s accounts and fascination with the Hull dialect and he wanted to capture how people from Hull speak.


How John and Paul wanted to capture the Hull dialect was to ask people to make up a poem, tell them a story or write down some words that are commonly used in Hull.


So I borrowed a Panasonic video camera and Tripod from The Hull School of Art and Design and went down to the Paragon Interchange with them to get people to perform in front of me and my video camera.


If people took part they were presented with a Luv Ull badge and a free signed copy of the book!


I felt that this was a fantastic opportunity to start getting involved with the Luv Ull project.


After the full day of filming (9am- 5pm) we had a lot of footage and dead batteries, the idea is to use the people speaking for a promotional video for the book and Hull itself.


Underneath are the comments that people wrote down before being filmed.


Me mam says if I burn pikelets again she’s going to chow at me. But, I got some tinnies from beer off and fell asleep for an hour, you see. My mam wouldn’t have known but our kid spragged on me and I’m glad he did because if the house burnt down it’d be a tragedy.

Scott Mansell


I’m Joe and my mum is from Winchester. WE have an age old argument about the Bus and Bath.

Joe Brodie


I remember as a kid getting a croggy from my big sister. Down tenfoot as we headed home for our tea, in them days the summers were mafting because we were often in late for tea me mam used to chow at us. If we were good we could go to the beer to buy some goodies.


I love patty and chips, especially with chip spice!

Bethany Clarke


My didlum brings me happiness, my didlum brings me grief but when it comes to Christmas I breathe a sigh of relief.

Julie Rymer


I will chow at anybody who calls Hull ‘ull.

Sue Brown


Are you out tonight, if you can I can give you a croggy, don’t be late or your mam will bray you.

Mrs. Marlene Adamson



Bains are coming to tea.



The fost book I read was about a bain.

Ben Andrew


Riding around Greatfield, my mates giving me a croggy.

Harry Walkington


Im nither’d but I’m not mafting.

Andy Butler


My boyfriend calls crumpets pikelets and I don’t so we have discussions about what they are called each time we have them.

Kayleigh Green


I’ll take the bains to shop to get some goodies.

Lucy and sophie


I’m feeling nesh (cold)



We went swimming down barny drain and my hair was so taffled up that me mam had to pull the lugs out.

Hannah Barker


Batter, to hurt someone.

Mark Farell


Be myself huh? Is there anyone else I could be? Surly if there was u would still be me? This is what we are told. We are told to be ourselves. We are ourselves no matter how we act, we are a city of diversity and we are not afraid to be ourselves.


I’m going to bray ya mate.

Lorey Camplnglo


I was telling my friend from London about the Philip Larking toads but my accent made him think I said turds.

Peter Connington


Our lass made my packing up which tasted like hell, what she put in it I really couldn’t tell because there was a different smell. I wish she had done me fish and chips, with chip spice as well.

Dane Sanderson


We bought a new tamsad for our baby boy. But our pride and pleasure soon turned sour. We had gone into hammends and left it in the entrance near the lift along with several others. We came back to find it wasn’t there, we searched and searched. But it was gone. We were very angry and upset.

Rose Turner.


I will cast a spell that will make you go to hell. In my finger there’s a spell and my finger hurts like hell.

Stephen Burns


Donkeys years ago, my dad’s kid bro got spragged on for twagging. He got home and his mam brayed him.

Sophie, Jade, Jessica and Patrick Wool.



Give us a croggy or I’ll sprag on you.

Nicola Coates



I’m a Hessle roader born and bred. ‘Ull’ is my city it’s where I was wed. Fish was our mainstay it was part of our life, but we’ll still carry on through trouble and strife.

Sheila Lee


Everyday, I go back home from school through some many tenfoots.

Giuoshu pei


Going away on a train, hopefully it won’t rain, I’m going to Ull however, so dull WTF! I’m going to my mum who chows and rows, going to my dog what a hog, scratches and claws with the gigantic paws, I love my dog. Going to a party getting drunk and having fun!

Lauren Skannan


Me dad wur a minster, grandfather to, I tried it for a while but fer me it wunt do. So I packed up me things and went off to the sea, this often got blotto on river side quay.


I was born in March 1941 in Hull and my mother has ten children and she had to cook and wash the pots, she had to do the laundry and use a flat iron in a scullery which is now known as a kitchen. She had to put the lat iron on the gas while it heated up and then spit on it to see if it was hot enough.


I visited York the other day and asked for patty and chips. This request was met with total confusion. I eventually settled for battered sausage.

Ms. Jennifer Gale.


I went to Scunthorpe and wanted Dinner, fish, patty and chips.  They game me fish patty and I said no fish, patty and chips. They said we have given you that, fish patty with chips.

Paul sargeant.

I always used to chow at the kids.

Patricia Sargeant.


I love Pikelets I used to have them every Sunday morning in the back Kitchen.

Josie Kay.

There once was a numpty from ‘ull, who’d been to Maccys and was full, his wife would smack her, face full of bacca and then he died from industrial poisoning.

Brad Hill


I remember when I came home from work in Brekkis. Fish house and dock and strip off in he sculley. Either for a strip wash and if we had money for the gas, a bath, in a tin bath, happy days.


Our kid came down the tenfoot with his bains, all carrying pack ups and a Kayliee each ready for school. Wearing their brannie sannies and becoming taffled in their mittens, scarves and ruckies. Chowing at each other and rowing over the last pikelet brought from home on a Baltic winter morning. Balling to be allowed to have a croggy off a mate instead of walking with the old man. Yet there he is, taffling with hats to cover the tin lids lugs and keep them toasty until it’s home tome and they’re hard on in bed on a radily darkening evening. He gets nowt but a sleepy smile and a snuggle for his hard grafting, Being dad.

Naomi Myers


Giz a croggie on yer bike, we can go anywhere you like, so long as it’s somewhere in Ull to keep our hearts brimming full.

Mai Ganland.




I love to go to Hull fair and eat patty and chips since I was a child. Patty’s are such a part of Hull life.



Ull is the pace to be, to have a didlum just you and me, come as often as you like, to share and welcome out delight. Ull is a sight to see with places and culture for all to be, you’ll never find a town so varied with life, friendliness, power and positive sight, remember ‘Ull born and bred, to help others gain knowledge of a wonderful city, always cheerful and never frown.

Ms. Lesley Ann Wilson



My grandchildren do not know that a spell means a splinter. – They live down South.



I was a G.P.O telephonist and were taught to say the number five and nine properly. My grandchildren say naine and fiave


I’m just off down beer off to pick up a bottle of stout, and if your good, I’ll bring you some goodies and if you’re not you’ll get nowt.



Speaking to my sister from Wales and asked her if she was larking out and she did not know what I was talking about, so I had to explain to hear what larking out was.

Eleanor Boughen.


In Hull there is a large amount of males who always refer to their partner as ‘our lass’ or ‘my mrs’.

David Treacher


I went to Scunthorper a few years ago and I went into a chip shop and asked for a pattie and chips they asked me what a pattie was because they only sell fish cakes.

Ronald Jackson


I walk down the tenfoot and saw out kid and you should or saw what he did.

Daisy Holmes.


Someone from Hull – A celebrity, can remember going to the fish shop and asking for chips and I forgot what they called them. I think they are called scraps, I shouted at the tele.

I was brought up on Hessle road, I was walking to work when someone said to me can you tell me where gilet street is? He was stood in it, he was looking for a factory.

Dorothy Mckie.


(St John’s Pub, Queens Road, Thursday evening- mid 70’s.) In the back room having a social evening, a friend, from Lancashire with his own accent saw a pie in a cabinet behind the counter. He asked for the pie with his pint of ‘Ull mild. There was a long pause and the bar tender said “ oh ness, them pies aren’t while Friday’.

Steve Clali (Originally a Leeds man)


Hull is full of childhood memories. Our house was an old Victorian house. We had a front room, middle room, back kitchen and scullery leading into the back yard.

The front that I have heard mostly used amongst young children is ‘I’ll bray you!’

I’ve travelled far and wide as I am a truck driver and no-one has heard of Patties, they always give you fish cakes.

John Sargerson



I decided to offer to type up all the comments from the day for Paul. He was very happy that I did this and we now hold an electronic version of all the quotes which is good for future reference when we come to making the video.

Paul said that we are going to visit The Hull Daily Mail to look at their archives to incorporate into a video that we are going to be making.  Therefore I am waiting to create the video with him; I think that using old footage or photographs from Hull’s older days could be a fantastic combination.

The day gave me a sense of working in the journalism industry, because I met and interviewed over 70 people I got a feel for what it is like to meet many strangers and chat to them about their lives on and off camera. I thought it was brilliant!

Communicating with clients

Recently, I have been to see my client Paul Dennis at the 1gallery. Having spoken about the website

The website is split into three categories. The Art of Hull, The History of Hull and The People of Hull.  I have set about starting the project through talking to a few people i find particularly interesting who live and benefit the arts of Hull.

Neonn Video Production is the first client i have spoken to. This is their Facebook page. Basically i am interesting in speaking to Ben Underwood and Jack Waller about their company and their creative visions.

Secondly, Joey Aitchison who is a professional photographer owner of JWA Creations, based in Hull. Who would love to have an interview with me and speak all about his passion for his photography and love for what Hull has to offer. I think that this will be great for the website.

Last but no least, a lady named Tracy Charlton, specialising in Haberdashery, her range of skills and talents learnt through years of experience leave her with a lot to offer for her business and Hull.

The start of the project

During this module I intend to work with Graphic Designer Paul Dennis. I already have Paul’s contact information as I have worked with Paul in another module that I conducted in my second year of journalism.


During last year’s module Paul mentioned that he was setting up a website that will explore The Arts, The History and The People of Hull. So I took this Creative Contexts as an opportunity to pursue Paul’s ambitions of creating a Hull based website.


The Website is called Luv Ull, to get involved with the website I simply emailed Paul.


Paul wanted to look at my blog before we arranged to meet, I guess to judge what sort of writing I did.


After submitting my blog link to him and gathering some work I have produced to take to him we arranged to meet at 12pm on the 23.10.2013 at The 1 gallery located on The Hull Marina.


The meeting with Paul went incredibly well. We discussed what we both wanted out of this opportunity.


After showing him my work that I have produced he had a keen interest to find out what I wanted to write about and what I found interesting about Hull.  Together we decided that I would produce content which I thought highlighted Hull’s qualities and Paul would monitor the content and publish it if he liked it.


Alongside submitting content to him Paul felt that his Facebook page for The Luv Ull project needed to be broader and take off properly. He asked if I would like to be given admin rights to update and run the Facebook page on his behalf. I agreed to do this as I think that it is a great opportunity if I ever get into the media industry.


Knowing how to successfully run a Facebook or Twitter page is great for media companies who want promoting through social media and want to get involved with Users.


I am currently waiting for admin access to the Facebook page.


I feel like although I am working for a client I have free rein over my project and can take the project in any direction that I want to explore as long as Paul likes the ideas. Therefore I think it could be a good idea to pitch every article idea I have to Paul before conducting them.