Serpini Films was established in 1987 by Antonio Serpini.
Having initially joined Rank Xerox as a 16 year old on a YTS scheme, Antonio worked at their UK corporate video production studios in Newport Pagnell from 1982 to 1987.
Antonio was originally trained as a video editor but with his love of photography he then studied to become a lighting cameraman, and later also worked as a producer and director producing over 100 corporate films for Rank Xerox.
In May 1987 Antonio decided to leave Rank Xerox and start his own production company. Having made many contacts through the clients who used to use the Rank Xerox facility, Serpini Films initially worked in corporate film making for many international clients all over the world, such as:
Audi / VW, Aventis, Boots, Biogel, BP, Butler Media, Camelot, Ciba Giegy, Colin Barratt Associates, Granada, GSK, Hoesch, Hoechst Pharmaceuticals, Hogan Shoes, IBM, INP (International News Productions), Kodak, Kleenex, Kronos GmbH, Lynton Cooper, Lloyds Bank, Janssen Cilag, John Paul Michell Systems, L’Oreal, Longines, Max Mara, MAN Trucks, Mercedes Benz, Millbank Studios, Mothercare, MSD, Neon Broadcast, News International, Nissan UK, Nokia, Pasinet, Pepsi, Pharmacia Upjohn, Photosound Communications, Pitney Bowes, Press Association, Procentive Productions, Rank Xerox, Sensia Hair Products, Prudential, Santander, Schindler-Digitron, Shell, Skoda, Sunfly Media, Surridge Films GmbH, Terrence Renati Ltd, Tesco, Tim Kent Associates, TNR Communications, TVR Cars, Verovision, Vidal Sassoon, Vodafone, Walkers Snack Foods, Xerox
From 1993 Serpini Films gradually started to work more and more in broadcast television, and has since worked for many international broadcasters in the fields of News, sport, entertainment, politics, documentary and live broadcast. They include:
BBC, Deutche Welle (Germany), ITV, ITN, LA7 (Italy) RTI Mediaset (Italy), ProSieben (Germany), RAI (Italy) RTL (Germany), SAT1 (Germany) Sky Travel, Sky Sport Italia, SVT (Sweden), TG5 (Italy) TGCom24 (Italy), TV2 (Denmark), ORF (Austia).
Over the past 25 years, Serpini Films have covered almost every major event in the UK from: Royal births, marriages, birthdays, Jubilee’s and funerals, to major sporting events, such as Euro 96, Champions League inc. 2013 Final at Wembley, Premiership Football, Formula 1, motor racing, London 2012 Olympics, Royal Ascot Horse Racing, Moto GP, SBK Superbikes, Wimbledon Tennis, We have covered every Elections since 1992, State Visits, Terrorist attacks, interviewed UK and foreign Prime Ministers, filmed hundreds of Fashion Shows, attended countless Film Premiers, interviewed every major politician, rock star, sportsman, celebrity, premiership footballer movie star and even shot around 200 Karaoke music videos!!!!
Serpini Films primary aim is to offer a complete film and television production service from consulting and the conception of an idea through to marketing and distribution. This would include, scripting, pre-production, casting, crewing, set design, location finding, film production and post-production.
We use the very best freelancers in each specialist area making sure that we have the right person for the job and work to pre-agreed timetables and budgets to help our clients achieve their goals.
SERVICES ON OFFER INCLUDE:
Serpini Films can supply film and broadcast professional such as; DOP’s, Camera Operators, Sound Recordists, Film Editors, Producers and Directors to broadcasters from all over the World, especially when they need someone in the United Kingdom.
They can supply a whole crew ready to shoot, in SD, HD or 4K or even shoot on “Real” film 16 / Super 16 mm or 35mm.
Also specialist filming like arial photography, high-speed slo-mo, time-lapse, drones, macro photography and animation etc. can be supplied.
They'll even shoot in on an iPhone!! – It can be done!!
Serpini Films can also cater for live broadcast, whether you require a multi camera satellite truck or a single camera mobile LiveU cellular backpack.
For a competitive quote please e-mail:
At Serpini Films we have access to an incredible pool of talent to meet all the crewing requirements of any production, whether it be for a one or two man news crew or a full feature film or documentary crew. From renowned DOP’s, and top Sound Engineers to Make-up Artists and Production Assistants, we have the right person for every job.
We can cater to all requirements and budgets.
Directors of Photography (DOP)
Digital Imaging Technicians (DIT)
Sound Engineers / Recordists
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Antonio Serpini is a British born Italian and was born in Northampton on 2nd September 1965, although he has lived all his life in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, which is famous as the home of the “Code Breakers” of Bletchley Park during the Second World War. (You make well of heard of Alan Turing and the Enigma machine).
Antonio’s interests include: Architecture, Art, Cars, Cinema, Cooking, Modern History, Photography and Politics.
As a critic of the European Union and its bureaucracy, he is a committed remainer and very Anti-Brexit and believes we are stronger in Europe and that change comes from within.
The fact that Antonio Serpini was born in Northampton does sometimes irk him in an ironic and humorous way. (See story below)
As a complete petrol head and lover of all things automotive, especially classic cars Antonio was scheduled to be born at the Newport Pagnell maternity hospital, but when it was discovered that he was a breech birth (Legs first) he was sent to Northampton general hospital as in those days they used to specialise in these types of births.
So instead of being born where they build Aston Martin’s (Newport Pagnell) he was born here they make DOCTOR MARTINS!!! (Northampton) He would have been an early DB6 model.
As a child Antonio was totally besotted with watching films and from the age of 8 years old he had already decided that he wanted to be a filmmaker. Although Antonio was by his own admission a reluctant academic who could not learn anything that did not interest him. He was self-taught in photography (after being inspired by a cousin from Italy who was a military photographer) and would have passed any photography exam at his school had they taught it there.
Antonio left school aged 16 with no qualifications whatsoever, except a First Holy Communion certificate (Which as a confirmed atheist is totally useless) and a determination to become a filmmaker.
He also wanted to become a car designer, but lacked the talent and qualifications in every area required to become one.
Antonio takes his work and his professionalism very seriously, but realises that its not the most important job in the world, not like being a child surgeon or a nurse etc. and that having a good sense of humour, cherishing every day and being able to laugh at yourself and make people around you happy are the real riches of life.
Antonio is very proud of his Italian roots, but equally proud of being born in Great Britain and sees himself as a genuine 50/50 Anglo-Italian (Except when it comes to football)
Some images of Serpini Films in action over the years since 1987
“Tony brings a wide range of experience and insight to all his work, which means he adds value to any project. He can adapt to any style of filming or budget, and is always pragmatic. When involved in media training, he shares the perspective of camera and technical crew in a way that enables clients to gain a much deeper insight into the whole tv process; he is widely respected by my clients for his combination of technical skill and personal coaching.”
Rob Butler - former TV news anchor, communications advisor and media trainer
“I have worked with Tony Serpini for more than 30 years. He is an excellent film and video cameraman and producer. Tony is particularly good at adapting to all kinds and conditions and all kinds of clients. I would trust him with any programme I am
producing - in the UK or overseas.”
John Hemson - Cranfield Scientific Films
“I have had the pleasure of working with Tony on a host of different news stories, magazine stories and charity related films for more than 25 years. Not only is he a first-class cameraman and editor, he also has a unique ability to put people at their ease. It wouldn’t matter what situation you put him in, he would cope and more than that, he would thrive and at the end of the day everyone would leave in a good mood. He has a warm and generous personality which causes everyone he works with to like him. Doing the “bit extra” is his standard practice. His can-do attitude is infectious. I have no hesitation in recommending him. I have been in this business for 35 years and Tony is the best cameraman I ever worked with”
Sean Curtis-Ward, CEO Goodwork, former Head of Broadcasting at The Press Association and News Operations Manager for Worldwide Television News (WTN).
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Working with the very best media trainers in the business, Serpini Films are able to offer tailor-made training programs to deal with press conferences, product launches, crisis management, damage limitation, public speaking and personal presentation skills for all media outlets, including: television, radio, newspaper, web and live audiences.
Our media trainers have extensive professional backgrounds in television and radio news, print journalism, investigative journalism, politics, script writing, marketing and security.
This service is very discrete and in the past we have media trained, CEO's of International Companies, Politicians, Actors, Sportsmen and Women, Press Officers and have even dealt with and prepared for crisis management.
Due to the sensitive nature of Media Training and NDA's we are unable to disclose previously undertaken work..
In the field of television news Serpini Films have over 25 years experience and we have covered or been present at every major UK news event since the early 1990’s. We have covered general elections, royal births, weddings and funerals, film premiers, celebrity events, political celebrity and royal scandals, Olympic Games, football finals, motorsports, rugby, tennis, breaking news, terrorist attacks, legal trials and everything from mad cow disease to the Brexit referendum.
We have all types of news freelances and technical facilities available to cover any breaking news story with instant response and minimal delay.
Whether it is a one person crew or a team of camera operators, editors technicians or satellite trucks, we have them all waiting and ready to go.
With the technical back up of our sister company and technical partner PASINET UK, we are ready to broadcast live to anywhere in the world at the drop of a hat using the latest cellular broadcasting technology.
We can supply:
Camera operator / video editors
LiveU and Comrex operators
Multi-lingual freelance journalists
Past and present News clients:
BBC, ITN/ITV Millbank, Sky Italia, TG5 (Italy). TGCom24 (Italy) RTL (Germany), SAT1 (Germany), N24 (Germany), ORF (Austria) CNBC (Italy) BBC, Deutche Welle (Germany), LA7 (Italy) RTI Mediaset (Italy), ProSieben (Germany), RAI (Italy) SVT (Sweden), TV2 (Denmark),