We are a people-first creative content agency. We create works that do what they set out to achieve, and more. We treat every brand, campaign, and story as if it’s our own. Our reputation as creatives, strategists, filmmakers, storytellers, and compassionate humans means the world to us. We thrive on collaboration and we value real partnerships.


A TRUE END-TO-END PARTNER

We truly are an end-to-end content agency offering partnerships and comprehensive services covering every aspect of content creation, commercial filmmaking, social media content and marketing. From creative strategy, conceptualisation and vision creation to execution and distribution, we handle all stages of content production including creative strategy, ideation, scriptwriting, storyboarding, art direction, production, post-production, motion design and animation, VFX and distribution across various platforms. We also offer graphic design, photography, social media management, and analytics to ensure a holistic approach to content creation and marketing.

 
 

Creative Strategy and Development
Creative and Art Direction
Pre-production and Management
Production and Direction
Picture Edit / Online Edit
Sound Mixing and Design
Animaton, Motion and VFX
Delivery and Distribution

 


MONSTER & BEAR FOUNDERS

Monster & Bear was founded by Sarah Hickey, Josh Mitchell-Frey and Ryan Bird in 2013, with a background (first and foremost) in filmmaking. The trio, at the time, liked to consider themselves the ghosts of Christmas pre, prod and post between their skillsets… with Sarah being a Director/Producer, Josh being a cinematographer, and Ryan being an editor. Over the years, their team and network has allowed Monster & Bear to grow and up-skill into a world of high-end commercial work, creative content ideation and putting important brands and messages on display!

Sarah, Josh and Ryan from back in the day. Circa 2014.

 
 

OUR CREATIVE TEAM

Our in-house team is composed of a diverse range of talents, including creative strategists, art directors, producers, film directors, production crew, post-production editors, animators, VFX artists, motion designers, colourists, and sound designers. Beyond their exceptional technical and creative skills, they’re also some of the most down-to-earth and coolest individuals you’ll ever meet!

 
 

OUR DIRECTORS

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Sarah Jane Woulahan
Kimberly Summer
Roxanne Halley
Sarah Hickey
Ben McNamara
Juzzy Kane
Jessie Richards

 
 

M&B HQ

Monster & Bear HQ is located in Brunswick. As part of our warehouse-based production office, we have 2 purpose-built studio spaces where we can create killer content. Studio 1 is our large and extremely flexible 100m2 white Cyclorama – perfect for staging TVCs, branded films, product shoots, interviews, social media content and more. It is literally a beautiful blank canvas ready to make some magic. Studio 2 is our smaller, sound-treated studio for more nimble shoots, product shoots, interviews, small set builds, instructional videos, and podcast episodes.

 
 
Monster & Bear HQ is located in Brunswick. As part of our warehouse-based production office, we have 2 purpose-built studio spaces where we can create killer content. Studio 1 is our large and extremely flexible 100m2 white Cyclorama – perfect for staging TVCs, branded films, product shoots, interviews, social media content and more. It is literally a beautiful blank canvas ready to make some magic. Studio 2 is our smaller, sound-treated studio for more nimble shoots, product shoots, interviews, small set builds, instructional videos, and podcast episodes.


Featured Work:

Gillette Venus – So Smooth
Kinder World
Peroni – Seize The Zest
FIFA – Women’s Word Cup 23
Nimble – Bill Shock TVC
Cool.org – ‘Miss Jones’ Campaign
MyConnect – A Really Smart Move
Visit Victoria – Stay Close, Go Further – GOR
AFLW – This is us

 

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OUR PROCESS

It’s one thing to make beautiful films and branded content. It’s another thing to make sure it works. In order to make engaging marketing content that looks good and reaches (and surpasses) client expectations, it takes just as much listening as it does telling.

Here’s how we work as a content agency, with our clients, to do just that!

STEP 1. NAIL THE BRIEF

Whether you’ve got every detail down already, or looking for a little bit of help, we recognise that talking through the brief and understanding all aspects of what we’re trying to achieve is a key part of kicking things off.

Our experienced team of creatives and producers can help you pin down exactly what story you are wanting to tell across your brand video, and then some.

 

STEP 2. ELEVATE THE CONCEPT

Once we understand the creative, and research our target audience’s personas and behaviours, we tackle the big question: “How can we make this the very best it can be?” and recognise that this requires work in terms of research, insights, creative development and strategy.

As a Melbourne content agency that’s been in the game for over 10 years, we’re familiar with when to push the boundaries of creativity and when to take a more classic approach to production.

 

STEP 3. MAKE IMPACTFUL CONTENT

Once we have the blueprint for our concept, we engage world-class directors and specialists to collaborate with our in-house video production team, to smoothly guide the project through pre-production, principal photography (or animation!), and the post-production timeline. Each of these stages requires immense attention to detail and we pride ourselves on being hyper invested in setting a very high creative benchmark, and we go all out to hit it.