ABOUT THUNDERSTORM FX®

Freelance flexibility / Agency Capability

Thunderstorm FX® Ltd provide high-end visual communication & CG visualisation services to a diverse range of businesses in variety of different time zones and industries. Based in Macclesfield (Grt. Manchester), we’re a small but very capable digital boutique that operates with integrity and strong work ethics to ensure the very best results for our clients. Never content with simply meeting expectations, we look for ways to exceed them by delivering high-end visual content that will engage and excite.

Unbeatable Value

You won’t find us cutting corners, guaranteeing to beat written quotes or attempting to undercut our competitors. What you will find and should expect is a genuine passion to get the very best results possible View client feedback for your business and provide truly unbeatable value for money.

Premium Service

Thunderstorm FX® Ltd provide a premium level of service tailored to the individual needs of the modern day client in a variety of different time zones. When you work with us you will always receive maximum value for money and fast, efficient email responses typically within just one hour.

Collaborative Workflow

Collaborating with multi-departmental organisations and agencies is all in a days work for us and we know how to do it efficiently. We also frequently work with copywriters, design teams, storyboard artists, marketing executives and directors throughout the production process.

Constantly Evolving

When we’re not working on client projects you can be assured that we’ll be accessing the latest online training courses or experimenting with new technologies, software and plugins so that we can provide new and innovative solutions that will benefit our clients.

ENOUGH TALKING IN THE 3RD PERSON.

TIME TO FIND OUT WHO IS BEHIND THE COMPANY.

WHO DOES THE WORK.

WHO WORKS THE CRAZY HOURS.

That would be me. Jason Pickford. But you can just call me Jay!

It’s fair to say ‘I am Thunderstorm FX®’. When you talk to Thunderstorm FX®, you’ll talk to me. When you work with Thunderstorm FX®, it’ll be me who does all the top-end thinking and all the precision work. Because you only deal with me, you’ll always know that you’re getting a straight answer to your questions and that you’ve got the A Team working on your job. And I hit the deadlines I’ve agreed. Whatever timeline you’re working to or time zone you’re working in.

I always keep up to date with the most innovative ways of working and invest heavily in the very latest technologies. But I also don’t think you can beat good old-fashioned graft, hard work and straight-talking. You won’t find anyone more passionate about your products than me, so I guarantee that you’re in good hands.

LOCATION

Thunderstorm FX® is based in a very well equipped home studio on the outskirts of Macclesfield in Cheshire (Grt. Manchester). This allows me to be available during unsocial hours and is the only reason why you won’t see a complete address listed here on the website, just in case you were wondering. Hang on though. Before you go making assumptions you should know that I didn’t simply pull the phrase “Freelance flexibility, agency capability” out of thin air.  Continue reading to find out more.

HOW THIS BENEFITS YOU

  • NO FUSS, FREE PARKING AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY
  • I’M NEVER FAR AWAY FROM YOUR FILES AND THE PHONE
  • AVAILABLE AS REQUIRED TO GET THE JOB DONE. 
  • MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
  • Thunderstorm FX turned my basic concept into a highly professional, first rate end product. Highly recommended.

    Bruno Villa Irlanda di Barga
  • Jason was friendly and professional at all times, a true master of his craft, the filming and the post production editing were exceptional.

    Jennie Pureskin
  • His attention to detail, work ethic and responsiveness are outstanding. We are very happy with the results and will continue working with Jason in the future.

    Marco TENMAT
  • Really pleased with the work and the creative input provided. We have a really cool video now and I am confident that it will make a great impression.

    Steve i2i Pipelines
  • Jason's attention to detail is fantastic and nothing is too much trouble to get the right result for the client. The team was great fun to work with too. Thoroughly recommend the services of Thunderstorm FX.

    Mark Elderflower Legal
  • Thunderstorm FX went far above and beyond the call of duty spending far more time and effort than was quoted for. I will undoubtedly continue to use this company and can only be impressed by their commitment to customer service and attention to detail.

    Richard Phoenix Kitchens
  • The service from Thunderstorm was beyond my expectations. They interpreted our brief creatively to take it to another level, showed immense attention to detail and were super-helpful throughout. They're a real hidden gem.

    Susie Northern Light Marketing
  • The quality of the videos is exceptional and I would strongly recommend using Thunderstorm FX!

    Mark TENMAT
  • Jason is an amazingly talented video producer. He took our very vague brief and turned it into something which was a nothing short of a masterpiece!

    Dave Sequestration.net
  • Thunderstorm FX went the extra mile and produced a video that makes us proud to show it. I would recommend Thunderstorm FX to anyone who is thinking of a promotional video.

    Paul JA Harrison
  • Their ability to combine and integrate verbal, content & imagery makes them a strong marketing ally. We shall continue to work with Thunderstorm FX, as a key member of our marketing team and I am very happy to recommend them.

    Stuart Control Group International
  • I would thoroughly recommend Thunderstorm FX. In fact, the end results far outweighed my expectations and this is why I am happy to recommend them. Thanks.

    Julian Professional Pianist

EXPERIENCE

Over the past 12+ years, I’ve worked in many full time and freelance positions with job titles that included: Website designer, digital designer, flash animator, interactive designer, creative lead and 3D artist.

On projects for: Hewlett Packard, Square Enix, Swinton Insurance, Gratton, Freemans, Currys, PC World, Novartis, Janssen Cilag, Abbott, Carlton, Littlewoods Football Pools, O2 and many more well known brands.

In sectors such as: Tech, entertainment, engineering, finance, pharmaceuticals, games, retail & sports.

HOW THIS BENEFITS YOU

  • IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF WEB DESIGN, CGI & ANIMATION
  • FAMILIARITY WITH EVEN THE MOST STRINGENT OF BRAND GUIDELINES
  • EXPERIENCE WITH COLLABORATIVE WORKFLOWS: DESIGN TEAMS, COPYWRITERS & STORYBOARD ARTISTS
  • AGENCY CREATIVE CAPABILITY

GEEKY BUT RELEVANT

I invest heavily in the very latest and fastest hardware solutions to ensure the very best results possible for my clients. Here’s a brief summary of some of the kit I work with.

  • High-End Intel Xeon Renderfarm
  • Multiple Intel Core i7, Professionally Overclocked / Watercooled Workstations (4.2Ghz)
  • Intel Solid-State Hard Drives (NVMe PCIe)
  • NAS Server (RAID) & Multiple Offsite Backup Solutions
  • 34″ 10-bit IPS Professional Monitor (Primary)
  • Multiple IPS Professional Monitors (Secondary)
  • Monitor Calibrator
  • 200MB Broadband
  • Battery Backup (UPS)
  • Surround Sound Audio System
  • Canon DSLR Camera
  • Air Conditioning (A++ Energy Rating)
  • Nintendo NES + SNES Mini Entertainment System
  • 24Hr CCTV

HOW THIS BENEFITS YOU

  • MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
  • FASTER TURNAROUND TIMES
  • BETTER QUALITY RENDERINGS AS STANDARD
  • PERFECT COLOUR ACCURACY
  • FASTER REVISIONS
  • BETTER ROI
  • AGENCY+ CREATIVE CAPABILITY