Luke Taylor & Gav Rowe
After graduating in 1999, Gav and Luke went on to found BAFTA-nominated Bigballs Films in 2005 and since then the company has gone from strength to strength. Bigballs have created, distributed and monetised some of the most pioneering social entertainment to date, alongside delivering ground-breaking and award-winning advertising campaigns with some of the world’s most forward thinking agencies and brands.
Luke: "I was looking at Bristol and Bournemouth universities but Royal Holloway was always my number one – it was the best place I came to visit. Also, the course was half academic and half creative and that was exactly what I was looking for.
Gav: "I was studying Fine Art at school and I had a number of offers from Fine Art institutions like the Slade. Film was my second love and quite last minute I decided that I wanted to study it. So I looked around and was really impressed by the course and Royal Holloway generally. I don’t think I actually applied anywhere else! The course offered lots of different options so I was able to utilise my art and design background. If you had passion for film and wanted to be artistic in some way this was the place to be."
Luke: "We actually got our first job at the College’s Summer Ball where we offered to do a music video for one of the acts – Dodgy. We then took the video to A-Z Films. At 21 years old we were the youngest signed Directors in London with Bullet Films. At Bullet we were producing music videos for the Ministry of Sound and produced two number 1 music videos. Then we were head hunted to Partizan where we worked as Directors. In 2005 we set up Bigballs Films. Now we are a company that make TV shows, run YouTube channels, work with brands direct, ad agencies and work for ourselves."
Gav: "We’ve worked with some incredible people; McFly, Elbow, Paolo Nutini, Lupe Fiasco, Bloc Party, Working Titles, Channel 4, Nokia, Vodafone, we also used the power of content to help launch Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris in the UK, and we’ve been BAFTA nominated twice (for Innovation in Broadcasting and Innovation in Content Creation). With the birth of YouTube we wanted to get involved in content creation not just music videos.
"The most important thing Royal Holloway taught us was to be able to work with other people. Working with others, listening and being willing to share your ideas was essential. It prepared you to go and work in an environment where you get paid for your creativity because if you don’t have the right attitude then you don’t get paid."