Kindness and Business


Really looking forward to speaking at this (sold out) 51.6 event in Swansea next week put on by the excellent and forward thinking people Urban Foundry.

I’ll be talking about my adventures on ‘Sparking the joy of human #kindness’ with We Make Good Happen, the heroes that have gone on to spread compassion to others and the incredible domino effect of doing acts of kindness.

I’ll be discussing how we as humans, businesses, entrepreneurs, communities can help create a happier and kinder world.

Also on the agenda will be running a business with a purpose and how my side project of We Make Good Happen (Facebook group) has directly influenced how I run my video production company in Cardiff We Make Film Happen and the impact it’s made.

Come say hello if you’re coming along!


We Make Good Happen

I’m on the front cover of a (best selling!) book!

Made Beautiful by Scars: Transformation Stories by Veronica Farmer
Was very exciting to open a package this afternoon to see that I’m on the front of my 1st book cover (and it’s an Amazon Best Seller!)

Soon after #Tenner4Good I was approached by Australian author, therapist and amazing human Veronica Farmer who runs Made Beautiful By Scars and asked if I was willing to tell my story.

Across 8 pages I talk about the loss of my dad and friend to cancer, a breakup and taking life for granted.

Made Beautiful by Scars: Transformation Stories by Veronica Farmer

After hiding in a man cave to recover (as many men do) I came out the other side, became a dad and started to look at life a bit differently.

Then there was a few lucky dominoes put my way – which led to the start of #WeMakeGoodHappen

Read my story of how We Make Good Happen (my #kindness project) started and some other incredible stories of brave humans coping with what life throws at them.

There are some incredible stories of humans overcoming what life throws at you. Veronica has an amazing story too!

Big thanks to Veronica for having me in her book

Thanks for reading.

Matt Callanan

You can buy the book here:

Made Beautiful By Scars – Veronica Farmer (Amazon UK)

Made Beautiful By Scars – Veronica Farmer (Wordery UK)

Made Beautiful By Scars – Veronica Farmer (Amazon US)


Made Beautiful by Scars: Transformation Stories by Veronica Farmer

#WeMakeGoodHappen #Tenner4Good #MadeBeautifulByScars







We Must Be Doing Something Right If This Happens

Porsche Dick Lovett We Make Film Happen

Recently we found out we were winners in an international Porsche competition (well we came 3rd – but it says winners on the certificate so we’ll take that). That’s great news.

It was this Facebook post which made me even more happy.

Porsche We Make Film Happen

Why- because it shows the storytelling and emotion we try to include in each video,  via my video production company We Make Film Happen  surpasses the object and brand. It connects with people.

She says “Never thought I’d share a car video”

We’ve gone beyond what we wanted to achieve. We’ve connected emotionally with a person (female too) who previously may have had no connection to luxury cars like Porsche.

For me that is an EVEN bigger win.


Want us to work with you on a video project?

Big kudos to Liam Dowler and Joe Sullivan from We Make Film Happen for creating this masterpiece of a film!

Thanks to Lucy Hawkins and Elliot Newton from Dick Lovett and Porsche Centre Swindon

Porsche We Make Film Happen

Porsche We Make Film Happen


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Why we had to change our name

We Make Film Happen

When I decided to leave the BBC in London 8 years ago to start working for myself, some people called me crazy.

Why? Because I’d recently been offered a full time contract to work for the mighty Beeb, based at the infamous Television Centre. It was safe. It was cosy. There was a great atmosphere there. There were some super lovely people that worked there (and I’m still friends with many of them) And there was an ace bar in TVC that many of us would hit on Friday evening.

BBC - Television Centre

Who leaves a full time contract on the table, with a great company behind it and a guaranteed salary every month?  And decide to go it all alone?

Someone that needed to push further, faster. Plus I’d always wanted to work for myself.

It was a risk sure. And that risk payed off BIG time. Yes there’s been the obvious ups and downs of running your own business, but the opportunities and experiences I’ve had since working for myself have been incredible.

When I first went freelance I traded under the very snappy and easy to spell .com Matt Callanan Productions. It wasn’t easy to spell. is very hard to spell down a telephone line to a potential client. Plus most people think my surname is spelt Callaghan. Wonder how many potential clients I lost as the email bounced back to them as they misspelt my email address?

One of early wins was winning a music video competition for Royksopp. How to win a music video competition with a £99 bike and next door neighbour might be another blog post.


We Make Film Happen - Royksopp - Matt Callanan

As my business got established and I took on my 1st employee I changed my name to Callapro Films (a cut down of Matt Callanan Productions). was slightly easier to spell!

One of my favourite films during the Callapro phase was creating this documentary for my friend Emma:



and this one with Red Bull Adventurer Matt Prior

Then there was filming a documentary with George Clooney! for US TV

Filming a band on top of igloo in Lapland for a drinks company


Then a little while ago we changed our name to The Makers.

Working with my kindness project We Make Good Happen we did emotive films like this (filming and editing for free) for Hope For Children, filming out in Uganda and Ghana which helped the children’s charity raise half a million pounds (£500,000)


and making people cry with films like this for Ty Hafan


And then we got a letter. A super well know company got in touch, A multi billionaire company had a website with a close name to ourselves (but in a different sector) and wanted us to change our name.

We spoke to IP lawyers. We spoke to other owners of businesses that have had their brand challenged. We remembered a lovely person we’d filmed on a trip to Mexico, who run a brewery and took on Pepsi in the courts. Did he win? Have a read

Basically it was going to cost £20-£30k just to start the process of going though the courts to try and establish we had different customers and the similarity in the names wouldn’t confuse customers.

So wanting to just get on a run and business, be creative and help others tell their story – I really did’t fancy several years of solicitor letters.

We’ve now settled on We Make Film Happen which ties in nicely with We Make Good Happen, We Make Success Happen podcast and the other projects I’m releasing under the We Make X Happen brand.

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We’ve been recently working on some great video projects such as Porsche with Dick Lovett (we came 3rd in an international Porsche competition) and filming adventures around Scotland. News soon!

Here’s the updated showreel:


The winning Porsche video we produced as We Make Film Happen


Until the next time. With the blog. Not another name change.

Want us to make an incredible film for you?






Best Way to Spend an Hour Ever?

Anyone can do it.

It increases the  “love hormone” oxytocin.

It reduces stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate.

Once a day may fight infections, boost your immune system, ease depression and lessen fatigue.

I’ve filmed it before and got partially involved before, but never fully got integrated with it . So on this occasion I wanted to properly experience it and left my camera at home.

Free Hugs Cardiff

I’m talking about Free Hugs. I went along to the ace Free Hugs Cardiff which takes part in the city centre.

Once you get over any awkwardness and any fear of rejection – you’ll find it really brings a smile to your face, you inwardly feel warm and can visibly see the difference it makes to a lot of the people who accept a hug.

Free Hugs - Matt Callanan - We Make Good Happen

Though who accepts a hug from a stranger? Where did this all start?

Juan Mann on June 30, 2004, started giving out hugs in central Sydney. In the months prior to this, Mann had been feeling depressed and lonely as a result of numerous personal difficulties. However, a random hug from a stranger made an enormous difference, with Mann stating that “…I went out to a party one night and a completely random person came up to me and gave me a hug. I felt like a king! It was greatest thing that ever happened.”

The idea went viral helped by a music video which used footage of Mann giving out #FreeHugs



There are now groups around the world that give out free hugs.

I actually heard about Free Hugs Cardiff from the lovely Sri at an Ignite Talk (and you can actually see me right at the end of the talk run up on to the stage and give the amazing Sri a hug – this was before I knew him and thought of the We Make Good Happen idea)

Free Hugs - Matt Callanan - We Make Good Happen

I got a lot out of the hour and a bit giving out Free Hugs to random people in the city centre. I went away feeling buzzing and smiling to myself. I lost count of the amount of people I’d hugged and smiles I’d seen. It really did feel like a made a brief connection with these people.

Free Hugs Cardiff

And you never know – it might just make someone’s day. I’ve heard some great stories of individuals being really moved after receiving a hug.

Have a search in your area / city and see if there’s one happening. If not why not think of starting your own group?

I really do think that was one of the best hours I’ve ever spent…



Free Hugs - Matt Callanan - We Make Good Happen

(All photos courtesy of Free Hugs Cardiff)

#FreeHugs #WeMakeGoodHappen #Tenner4Good

George Clooney inspired my TEDx Talk

Here’s my 1st ever #TEDx talking about how the #WeMakeGoodHappen journey started with #GeorgeClooney and resulted in #Tenner4Good

Will do a longer post – including some tips and techniques I used – that you could apply if you need to do a big presentation or #TED talk.

Big thanks to the TEDxCanton team for inviting me and being all round awesome on the day.

#MattCallanan #BillMurray #TheBigIssue #Cardiff #Kindness #Compassion


The Sunday Times Alternative Rich List

The Sunday Times Alternative Rich List Matt Callanan We Make Good Happen Tenner4Good

“30 incredible people, all living inspirational and enriched lives in the UK right now.”

It’s an absolute honour to be included in the Alternative Rich List 2018 published by The Sunday Times.

“The playful samaritan who started good deeds trending”


It’s the 2nd year it’s run, which is included in the annual Rich List that they produce.

It was completely out of the blue when they got in touch with me and you never really believe it’s going to happen until it’s published.

“We wish to include you for your mission to spread happiness through We Make Good Happen.”

The Sunday Times Alternative Rich List Matt Callanan We Make Good Happen Tenner4Good


Want to thank everyone involved with We Make Good Happen and #Tenner4Good as it’s your kindness and involvement with Good deeds for other people that have helped me get to this point. It’s appreciated.

There are some amazing names and people making a massive positive difference in the world go check them out:

I’m dedicating this one to my Dad. The awesome Morgan Callanan x

#WeMakeGoodHappen #AltRichList #Tenner4Good #AlternativeRichList #Kindness #Happiness

Sparking The Joy Of Human Kindness

This is still one of my favourite #GoodDeeds #ActsOfKindness we’ve done.

We heard about a lovely lady called Marjorie who was turning 100 in a care home, but she had no immediate family. So as We Make Good Happen (Cardiff/Newport/Wales) we went and put on a big party for her…

And there was an extra surprise for her too

Join us in helping to make the world a happier and kinder place:



#WeMakeGoodHappen #1MillionDeedsOfGood #Cardiff #Newport #Wales #Kindness

2018 Showreel – The Makers Films

I am super proud of Liam and Joe who work for me in putting together this super amazing showreel for 2018 with our newly rebranded video production company The Makers.

We’re based here in sunny Cardiff (ahem) – and as you can see we get to travel around the world filming and creating amazing visuals for awesome people, companies and brands.

Featured countries include Indonesia, Uganda & Ghana (Africa), Ireland, Lapland, Wales (obviously) and an extra special appearance from George Clooney! (who we filmed for a US TV documentary)

Let us know what you think.


Have a look at other work or get in touch if you want some awesome video production in Cardiff (Wales), Bristol or anywhere around the world if the project is interesting enough.

The Makers Films

The Makers

Very happy to announce that my video production agency has had a rebrand – so we’re now called The Makers.

We’re based in Cardiff (at the amazing Tramshed Tech ) though we produce video all around the Uk and regularly travel the world.

Let us know what you think. It’s a one pager website at the moment while the main site is built. Massive bigs up to creative agency Blue Stag who have created the magic!

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