Who, where and what?
Lost Marble is an animation studio. We hire scriptwriters, voice-over talents and whoever else as needed. We’ve been creating animated video content since 2004 for businesses of all sizes. We put our superpowers to good use by utilising the Adobe Creative Cloud apps and by fuelling ourselves with an abundance of caffeine.
We’re based in County Durham in the north-east of England. The best way to describe the north is to liken it to the area in Game of Thrones where the Wildlings live. Up here, you will often hear people mutter absurd nonsensical phrases such as ‘Bubblin’ bairn’s booler’s brokken’ or ‘That gadgie’s gannin’ propa radgie, lyke’.
It sounds overly simple but that's how we like to work. We won't try to get as much money out of you as possible or promise anything we can't deliver. We'll be honest and friendly throughout the project. We see a working relationship with our clients as an equal sided agreement (we offer you our services for a fee) so we're not working for you, we're working with you.
All that’s great, but really…
who are you?
My name is Lee
I’m the one who does most of the production work, designing, animating and rendering. And if you’re emailing us, I’m probably the one you’re talking to.
I’m a husband to an awesome wife and father to two amazingly mad boys. I work from my home office in a house full of books, musical instruments and lego with a noisy black cat named Jake in County Durham…if you’re not sure exactly where that is, it’s somewhere far above London.
I have a beard and am often found writing lists in a small notebook with a pencil. I like to draw and paint strange things. I’m a baker and I make nice sourdough loaves and fairly decent baguettes. I love cooking Italian food and reading old books. I’m a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, Edgar Allen Poe and Hunter S. Thompson. I love music and I’ve been a faithful follower of Pearl Jam since the early ’90s. Sometimes I try to play the guitar.
An average day for me is waking up, moving a few feet to the coffee machine, then another few feet to my office. Sometimes I write scripts, sketch ideas, draw storyboards, write things on lists, cross things off lists, animate things, eat lunch and send lots of emails.
My name is Jemimah
‘Behind every great man…’
I’m the other half of the Lost Marble team, you won’t find me communicating directly with you very often, but I’m usually involved in what’s being said.
I’m the wife of a very awesome husband, and no, I haven’t been paid to say that! I also had something to do with the two amazing boys we share. A few years ago I left my job as a teacher to spend more time with the family and help out more with the business. We also home educate our boys, so our weeks are filled with museum trips, French lessons and scientific experiments, with lots of baking, drawing and reading thrown into the mix.
Lee and I share a love of reading and of anything artistic, so downtime is a good book with a side of chocolate, or sketching with my Kuretake drawing pens. We moved into our old Victorian terraced house last year, and much of my spare time is spent renovating and decorating at the moment.
My background is in English literature, and my pedantic nature along with my experience as a teacher makes me an annoying but necessary addition to the business. I am usually the one who will write the base script, and/or will edit and proofread existing scripts or text being used in the video. I am also Lee’s first editor, as we will go through scenes and storyboards together, coming up with ideas for styles and stories as well as the research behind what the client wants and what their product or service is or does.
We love working together and make a good team.
In a nutshell, we cover everything from start to finish – full production. Below is a more detailed breakdown of what we deliver per project.
- Concept work
- Script writing
- Style frames
- Voice-over recording
- Sound editing
- Video file in MP4 format – full HD (other file formats and dimensions can be arranged)
- Custom thumbnail image
We make it simple
A big difference between Lost Marble and many other animation studios is that we make the process simple. We take on as much of the responsibility as possible and allow you to be as involved as you’re comfortable with.
We’re structured in a way that lets us charge for what we offer and nothing more. We don’t have huge bills to cover from excessive luxury studio spaces and surplus employees so we can afford to be affordable.
“It was a blessing to work with Lee and Lost Marble Media. We came with little to no idea with how we wanted to proceed in terms of an animated video. Lee was able to put together an animated video that differs from our competition. We gave them a free license to create a video to grab peoples attention, be fun to watch but also educational on our companies history. By not having this fear of committing to a style, they were able to produce a masterclass of a video that will be used for years. I hope this video is the first of many that lost marble will produce.”Step Teachers
“Working with the team at Lost Marble has been amazing. From start to finish the process has been professional and easy, and most importantly the end product was exactly what we hoped for, and more.”Imburse PaymentsMichael Sharp - Head of Marketing at Imburse
“We had a clear vision of what we wanted our explainer to be like, both in terms of visual style and content. Then came the arduous task of finding an animation company that would be able to deliver.
As it turned out, the search wasn't arduous at all, because early on we came across Lost Marble. Their previous portfolio of work showed the kind of humour and style we were looking for. We were determined early on to make sure it was Lost Marble that produced our explainer.
Now, at the end of our project, we know we made the right choice. Everyone we've shown the explainer to has laughed and enjoyed it, even though boilers are not the most engaging subject matter. We're a very particular team of perfectionists here at WarmZilla, and the fact that we had three sets of revisions for our explainer and only needed to use one speaks volumes about the quality of work from Lost Marble.
Deadlines were stuck too, the price was very reasonable for the quality, communication was quick and down-to-earth, Lost Marble understood the brief from the start and made the whole process very easy.
We've found our animation company, give them a try and we're sure you'll find yours too.”Dan Bayliss- Warmzilla
“BLOODY HELL! That’s INCREDIBLE!!!!! Totally LOVE IT!!!”UbamarketWill Broome - Ubamarket CEO
“I have been engaged in Lost Marbles’ services for the last two years. Lee is able to swiftly turnaround video drafts, and implement any of my requested changes quickly and accurately.
Lee is also able to handle unexpected situations. For example, one of our projects had a tight timeline during the year-end holiday season. Instead of having the client wait for a full video draft, Lee sent video stills while production was still in progress – so our client was kept abreast of the progress and we were able to avoid any unnecessary delays.
I haven’t had to wait too long for a reply to an email even though we are based in Asia which is 7-8 hours ahead of the UK.”Mercer Hong KongHaida Esa - Visual Communications Specialist
“Working with Lee to produce our explainer video has been a joy from start to finish. He is a consummate professional, kept us in the loop with regular progress updates and struck a great balance between following our vision but guiding us with his expertise. Needless to say we're delighted with the result!”SignkickAnna Hedley - Marketing Manager
“I can’t necessarily say that we were easy clients but Lost Marble couldn't have been more accommodating. They gave us enough control over the project to make us feel like we were steering the ship, but in reality they pretty much did everything.”MedicaidFastSteve Etheridge - Editor at ClickHole
“Wonderful...A Show with Ze FrankZe Frank - Animated Dreams
“Lost Marble have created more than thirty videos with us, and have adapted to our edits. Communication has been good throughout the projects, and we've always been extremely pleased with the final result!”ETS PLCEmployee survey videos and animated explainers
“The service and advice we received was outstanding. Lee was very helpful giving us guidance on the best direction for the animation to take, the target audience and what should be included. The video was beyond our expectations and exactly what we needed. Amazing!”Jam & JellyAnimated explainer video
“They produced a top class animation that required no alterations or improvements. They nailed it in the first draft. An excellent company that I hope to use again in the future.”iFlowAnimated ident
“Very professional (in fact the provider wanted to re-shoot scenes because they felt it wasn't up to their delivery standards-whereas I felt it was fine!). High quality, professional and fast. I can think of 3-4 projects now where i can use them”DealivoreAnimated explainer video
“Lee is the best provider I have ever worked with! Always happy to make changes, extremely responsive.”IKO SystemsPaper cut-outs animation
“Lost Marble are amazing to work with. They make the process of creating great handcrafted video so easy. They go above and beyond the call of duty.”Team ImplementHandcrafted video shoots
“Having worked with pricey agencies in the past on similar projects, I’d come to expect a certain element of condescension and an eagerness to compromise vision. But Lost Marble served us attentively and encouragingly.”MedicaidFastWhiteboard/scribe animated video
“We had a great experience working with Lost Marble, the project was turned around on budget and on time with just the right kind of visual creativity to bring our ideas to life.”Honeydew HealthAnimated promotional cartoon
“We're pretty awesome. I like us very much. You should definitely hire us!”Lost MarbleLee Hall - Boss