Reel Curious has made over fifty short films for clients in the design, interiors, luxury and travel sectors.

Constantly curious, every project provides opportunities to make discoveries and to tell a story. Reel Curious approaches video making with a combination of the extensive film-industry expertise of the various members of the team, with the vision and experience of the founder, Mel Yates (who has worked internationally for many years shooting interiors, as well as celebrity and lifestyle portraits). Each completed film is usually between one and five minutes long, and we also edit a range of social media cutdowns. Most of all, each film we deliver is to the highest quality standard – on budget, on brief and on time.

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Who we are
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ME Hotels
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We are

We are a video director, an editor, a sound engineer, and more.

Depending on the brief, we build a team to best achieve what’s needed. Sometimes it’s just two or three of us, sometimes it ranges from pre-production to post-production, and from scriptwriter to set designer. Being able to create high quality content with a small team helps us be both efficient and cost-effective, and our à la carte approach allows you to select and tailor the disciplines needed for each particular project.

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Why use video?

It is predicted that 82% of internet traffic will come from video streaming by 2023. If you’re not publishing video, you’ll only be targeting 18% of web users.

Video is the most powerful form of media; its ability to capture attention and engage the viewer is unique. A well-crafted video enables you to establish an emotional connection and clearly communicate your message, allowing the viewer to ‘meet you’, to build trust, to understand your approach, your brand and its values. If creating a considered, relevant and beautiful set of images, why not create a short film made to the same aesthetic quality?

Meet some of our team:

Glenn Aitken

Drone pilot

Glenn is our aerial media specialist and what he doesn’t know about flying drones isn’t worth knowing. He’s a licensed PfCO operator, having flown multi-rotor hexacopter and quadcopter configurations for the best part of a decade. Glenn first worked with Mel and Reel Curious in The Maldives, and has filmed worldwide for a host of top-tier luxury resort brands as well as providing content for clients such as the BBC and Conde Nast Traveller.

Tom Middleton

Music composer

Tom is an award winning sound designer, composer, and musical storyteller. He has toured the world and performed to millions observing the positive affects of sound, and has shared the stage with Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. His mission is to positively benefit our well-being by rescoring the soundtrack to life with beautiful music. Informed by the neuroscience and psychology of sound to reduce stress and anxiety and improve focus, one of his many current projects is creating content for apps such as Calm.

Mel Yates

Founder & Video Director

Mel already had formidable experience as a photographer, with commercial clients from Alfred Dunhill to ZSL and editorial from Architectural Digest to Vogue, when he started making commercial videos. At Reel Curious he manages the entire filmmaking process, from the initial script meeting to overseeing the grading of the final edit... and ultimate client approval. For him, there is nothing better than taking on a new project and steering it through to completion, always with a clear intention: “This’ll be our best film yet!”

Mark Popple

Technical & post-production

Mark works closely with Mel on almost all Reel Curious projects. With nearly 20 years experience in the TV & film industry, Mark has held positions of Creative Director at a top London advertising agency and Head of AV at a leading film post-production company. Bringing creativity, technical excellence, and a practical and commercially-minded understanding of production and post-production, Mark has worked for a wide range of high profile clients such as Vodafone, Heathrow, Microsoft, Disney and Marvel Studios.

Julian Willson

Sound engineer

Julian is a phenomenally experienced sound technician, and if he’s not working for the BBC or on a film in one of the 46 countries he’s worked in so far, he’s always our first choice. Julian sets the bar high and if unavailable will source another engineer that meets his standards. Great fun on the team, on a recent Reel Curious shoot in Asia when Julian left with the sound element complete there was still a couple days of B-roll filming remaining and Mel was continually responding to the question: “where’s Julian?”

Kate Ewing


Kate, originally from Canada, came to London to work as a professional performer for 8 years before moving into photography and production. She’s worked with Mel for the past few years alongside clients on many projects of all sizes. From the initial pre-production stages right though to final delivery Kate loves managing logistics, budgets and briefs with the goal of producing an end result everyone involved is happy with, and is always looking forward to the next new and exciting project!

Laide Pitan


Laide gets things done, whilst remaining very popular with everyone on the project. She was a Senior Producer at Harrods and worked at the company for over 5 years, constantly planning and managing multiple shoots, both motion and stills, in fashion, beauty, interiors, food, portraits; and worked with Mel there on numerous projects. In 2019 Laide became a freelance producer, and she currently produces unique, creative content for various companies.

Zoë Langston-Blass

Production assistant

Zoë has been working in video since studying English & Creative Writing. After university she worked on writing scripts for educational films and quickly moved to production. She’s both produced and assisted with creating films across many sectors including retail and luxury goods, hospitality, tech, finance, and more. Zoë has been working with Reel Curious for well over a year, and loves nothing more than getting deep into production processes to deliver a well told-story to a happy client.