Well, a lot has happened with Brother Hipster as a company in the past couple of months…
I can officially say company now because probably the most exciting news is we are now a registered limited company in England & Wales.
When I started this blog in May 2014, I had one of those feelings. You know the one. When you think something is just destined to be good. I’m not getting ahead of myself – I’m not saying that this is the best thing ever – but in the past year I think we’ve done pretty damn good!
You see, I’ve always liked to write, and I had a string of blogs in the past that I just left to rot in the darkest part of the internet. My one blog might now even be getting a million hits, but I wouldn’t know. So it was natural to want to go back to blogging.
I’ll admit, I kinda just saw it as a way to pass the time. I even thought after a few months I would be giving up on it. I haven’t given it my full attention – because I’m always so busy with work – but I’ll come back to it when and if I can. So Brother Hipster the blog is still here.
Back in February, however, I had the idea to develop Brother Hipster as a brand, if you will. Perez Hilton said to me once through a tweet that Brother Hipster was a great name, and it was! A few of people were enjoying the blog and I had a lot of creative ideas.
I wanted to start a production company up. Somewhere where I could make documentaries, short films, etc and have them screened in film festivals and broadcast on TV. Something I could turn into a business and possibly a worldwide business one day.
I’m very ambitious so I really am aiming for the top.
So I started out by making a promotional video for a veterinary practice in my hometown. It was free work, but the first work by Brother Hipster Productions.
When I met my boyfriend, it was only natural to discuss this stuff with him. And I was glad when he said he would like to be a part of it. I owe a lot to him, because if I hadn’t have met him I think Brother Hipster wouldn’t be at the stage it’s at now. We give each other good ideas, and work together and seem to feed off each other. We both strive to get Brother Hipster a well recognised company.
So we set out to create our first documentary, again free, for an animal sanctuary. We spent a week filming it, and we were aiming for TV but thought we would just try and hope for the best at film festivals. It was more of a way for us to show what we could do, a way to build the Brother Hipster brand.
It was amazing creating this documentary. It was freeing, fun, and we met some great characters and people. It also brought me and my boyfriend closer together. And as I was filming the documentary, I couldn’t help but think we were on to something. I had that feeling again. That feeling that Brother Hipster could be something good.
We finished the documentary and a few weeks later we were pleased when we secured it a TV broadcast. We’re aiming for a Christmas release of this documentary, and we couldn’t be happier! It’s a great audience and channel for us to show what we can do, and it really helps us build as a brand and a company. It gives us legitimacy, and it proves that we’re actually serious about what we do. We’re not two kids fresh out of college with a plan that will one day be forgotten about. We’re young men setting out on our career and lifestyle.
Then, we were approached by our first client! That’s right. We were offered some paid work. I can’t go into this much, but it’s exciting, and we’ve got a second client on the books, too. Right now, it’s unstable work. We could go a few months without anyone approaching us again. But this is a start, and one we can build on.
Then, we registered Brother Hipster as a company. It was always our plan to do that. We wanted to make sure Brother Hipster was taken seriously, and that we weren’t breaking any laws. So officially we are known as ‘Brother Hipster Productions LTD’. A production company that is registered in England and Wales, and offers services in video production.
Above, at the top of this article, you saw our new logo. The BH on the white background got a little boring and frankly looked a bit amateur.
But we have a lot of plans in mind for Brother Hipster, and we know none of it will come without hard work.
We’d love to be working not just in the UK, but Europe and America. We’d love to be making countless TV productions – TV series, documentaries, short films – that will broadcast on TV. We’d like to be working with clients, making friends and business connections, and developing and growing Brother Hipster. We’d like to be making our logo more interactive. We’d love to have a national magazine, reporting on what this blog reports on. We’d like to have our own shop front. We’d even like our own TV channel!
We’d like to be employing people, travelling to amazing locations to make amazing films.
All of this is years away from us, but with hard work it can happen.
I really would like to thank everyone that’s supporting and supported Brother Hipster so far. Because without any interest, we wouldn’t have got this far!