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February 19, 2020No Comments

Fresh videos put healthy relationships in the spotlight

The venue Spark:York recently premiered a series of short films covering challenging subjects which impact young people, such as cyber bullying and revenge porn. The actors, film makers and location owners from York involved in creating the project for a leading youth charity were among those who attended this first screening.

“Our charity works with young people between 11 and 19,” says Kate Allen, director of the Polarized Youth Group. “Part of our work is to produce educational resources such as workshops and pop-up events related to Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship. There’s a lot of social stigma surrounding relationships and sexual health. We hope the And Cut… films will open up dialogue and help young people should they ever face these situations.”

The films follow characters faced with decisions and then reacting to what happens next. Viewers can test out the scenarios by selecting different actions which then leads to different consequences. The project uses the latest technology in storyboarding, scheduling and even a digital clapperboard app to keep it fresh.

“Because of the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we’ve worked closely with Polarized Youth, giving them all the necessary information to be able to approve everything in advance," explains Mike Leigh Cooper of InkBlot Films. His colleague Jay Sillence adds: “we’ve covered so many aspects of video production from scriptwriting to directing, animation to editing. The cast have been perfect to work with. They have really made our words come to life.”

Cast members see the films as being catalysts for discussion. The actor Liam French who plays Dan says “I hope that if they ever get into a similar situation, they would make the right decision.” The actor, Oscar (Tom) Kennedy who plays Mike says that “The way we’ve done it should encourage people to identify the signs and realise that they’re not alone.”

The And Cut… films will be available to schools and youth groups to support teaching about healthy relationships in PSHE education from spring 2020.

Healthy releationships in PHSE

Find out more about how schools are required to teach about healthy relationships in PHSE lessons in this National Curriculum section.

February 2, 2020No Comments

How did Dubsado end up being one of the most used words in my business?

I'm slightly obsessed with improving my work, reading about psychology and dreaming up a world where I'm kicking butt, making positive changes in the world and connecting people through a genuine brand that inspires my team and really helps our clients.

At the start of 2020, I would have said that sounded unrealistically optimistic (despite being in to positive thinking) and probably cycnically thought that software couldn't make that much of a difference to business. I've since interviewed clients of one of our customers and discovered that a business really can be inspiring, collaborative, bring huge benefits and have great rapport with it's clients by constantly striving and caring. (shout out to Lyn and the staff at Legend - what you do is amazing!)

In 2017, slightly overwhelmed by multiple apps, software applications and attempts at making the business "work", I was burnt out on finding a solution any time soon.

I'd considered myself knowledgable with software, at least more than most of my peers and I'd used CRMs built for multinationals, really slick systems for small business, Open Source software and really simple options that were meant to be less annoying (and called exactly that).

Despite trying so many software options over a number of yearsto improve our business, I still didn't feel any closer to the right solution to our business.

This is where Dubsado comes in

Enter Dubsado: one day, on of my wonderfully wild, fearless and adventurous friends, Richard MacCowan who runs BioMimicary UK, told me about a system he was looking at called Dubsado.

I was having one of those days which drive me forwards when I JUST GO FOR IT.

On this occasion, I signed up to a CRM that looked different in that it was designed for Creatives. I thought that if it's built for people like me, maybe it will stick, so I just signed up. I didn't think about it, I just did it.

Since then, Dubsado has become a word I use daily. Like when I say to Google something when I mean to search the internet using a search engine, when I say "have you checked Dubs" or "can we do it in Dubsado", I mean most of the core processes that run our business; from emails to projects, customer portals, invoices, payment processing, automations, questionnaires, proposals and probably much more I haven't yet figured out how to use (it can do so much).

Recently, Dubsado asked the user base some questions, so I thought we'd join in. They're giving away a lifetime license, after all and although I genuinely feel that the monthly fee is one of the best things we can spend our money on, a lifetime license wouldn't hurt at all.

Read on for our take on why we confidently fly the Dubsado flag.

Why we switched from another platform to Dubsado

Dubsado isn't just a CRM. It's a business manager, which we've never had before, so I don't have a comparison other than with a CRM and the last CRM we were using before Dubsado was the Less Annoying CRM, which we'd been introduced to through Mike's fleeting attempt at working with the hugely inspiring Utility Warehouse .

Less Annoying CRM - was really good for tracking interactions with individuals, which is why it makes such a good fit for a business such as Utility Warehouse depends on growing a large sales team to make a good living, so it makes sense. It wasn't for us - we actively lost clients as a business by mixing approaches, but it did teach us a lesson about what does work for us.
Less Annoying CRM didn't do almost everything else that Dubsado does, which really represented challenging me about my business and more importantly providing mechanisms to improve how the business functions and the processes we can run, so when I saw the potential of Dubsado, I couldn't not give it a go.

How Dubsado has helped our business

Dubsado helps us every single day. Most recently, the link with Stripe allowed us take payment for a project via a credit card, which was the only way we were getting paid for a project.

Don't get me wrong - it's not solved all our challenges, by any step - which is more on me than the software - but, I've also never felt more empowered by something I use ona computer that provides the opportunity to improve our systems and overcome the pains of growing in ways that make our efforts repeatable.

Whenever we have an issue, frustration or challenge, I feel extremely comfortable dropping the support team a line via chat to discuss or search The Facebook community.
If I feel stuck, I often refer to videos, so I never ever feel isolated. this week I spotted something new in the form of tutorials on how to perform common actions.

How we use Dubsado to manage our business.

Currently, the main benefit from Dubsado is that we have a reference for our packages and everything we sell, which are reflected in our proposals. Our proposals are templated and can be drawn up in minutes rather than hours, which it used to take.

We had one project which required an NDA signing before engagement, which I was able to do by using Workflows to automate the process starting with an email, continuing with a form which triggered a custom form. Once this was signed, it triggered the rest of the process - and if it wasn't, another set of actions was triggered until the form was signed and everyone was inducted with the same information. AMAZING!
Outside of Dubsado, even learning how to visualise this from th community, I've improved my ability to design workflows. I'm still testing and over-complicating, however, I'm constantly learning and I love it.

Try Dubsado yourself.

To give this a go yourself, you can sign up free trial at
Use our referral code of mike_and_jays_discount to lock in the price and get 20% off or click below.

If it works for you, it might change your business and your outlook in general (they're a lovely team).

December 18, 2019No Comments

Ebor360 becomes InkBlot360 and merges with InkBlot Films

Since 2013, Mike Leigh Cooper has been trading as Ebor360 in Yorkshire to shoot hundreds of 360 virtual tours for Google Maps and privately hosted tours. Having shot and published hundreds of projects, Ebor360 holds value for InkBlot Films as a trusted photography provider of nearly 6 years that can enhance the potential of a wider range of services for InkBlot Films, which was rebranded in 2019 and has incorporated InkBlot360 for 2020.

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October 25, 2019No Comments

Chainsaw wielding Granny dancing to Thriller made my night at Hallowscream

We experienced true horror in a visit to the best Scream Park in the UK (2018), that only runs once a year, until the 2nd November in 2019. As horror-fans, we couldn't turn down this opportunity on our doorstep. Armed with a camera to capture the vibe of this demented carnival, we had an absolute blast!

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