Holland & Barrett - A Year in the Life

Starting a new career in retail can be a daunting experience. Holland and Barrett commissioned a short film to show how new starter Meg developed over her first year from newbie to confident expert.

We worked with Employer Brand agency SMRS to create this short film to show to new starters at Holland and Barrett. The brief was to follow someone starting and show a year in their life with a contrast from their beginnings to their current confident role.

We wanted to make this story feel highly polished but also have much more of a short story feel than an information film. Through recounting the experiences of Meg in the first person we were able to personalise the story to view from her point of view. Adding in timelapses to show time passing between past recollections and present day meant that the film had an interesting narrative structure.

The film was shot over a couple of days on location and utilised real people from within the business rather than actors.


We love the moving image. In fact, we have a passion for it. Big or small screen and wherever your viewers watch, it is an irresistible opportunity to fill a space with colourful pictures and words, to make a statement and say something.

We have the knowledge and expertise to produce film, video, motion graphics and animation for all mediums: broadcast or non-broadcast television, events or commercial film. Whether it is internal or external communication, we can help you say what you need to say in a memorable way.

There is no point in making a program that nobody wants to watch. We want to make things interesting. Very interesting. We are Thunder and Lightning. The electrifying film company.

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Paul Morricone, Creative Director

Ed Marks, Senior Producer

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