Creating a promotional film with a difference featuring Mike Osman as Donald Trump

I recently had the pleasure of creating a promotional video with a difference featuring none other that President Donald Trump! It wasn’t the real U.S President of course but was in fact the brilliant impressionist Mike Osman. It was the first time I had met and worked with Mike and what a brilliant and funny experience it was. The promo film was for waste management company L&S Waste who have depots in Southampton, Fareham and Portsmouth. They are a big operation who obviously have a company ethos of working hard but having a sense of humour and having a laugh at work at the same time. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.


It was an all day shoot at the company’s three different locations with ‘Mr President‘ meeting staff at each location to find out what they do. The weather was good for filming. In fact a bit too good as it was such a sunny day and a little windy too. Huge thanks to Abbie Jones who helped me on the shoot. Abbie worked the Ronin-S gimble mounted camera on the opening shot and was sound boom operator for the rest of the shoot. Abbie was my student at Solent Uni when I worked there and as I write this is starting her third year in Media Production.

Abbie ready to film from the back of my ‘camera car‘

Abbie ready to film from the back of my ‘camera car‘

There was a fair bit of pre-production planning that went in to the shoot and that helped make it a great success. Great fun too was the edit where I used some sound effects and a bit of comedic timing to add to the humour of the piece. There are some laugh out loud moments for sure. Have a look at the video and see for yourself:

I stitched together an out-takes reel that is very funny as we see Mike kidding with the staff as they fluff their lines (as does Mike!). Worth a watch for more laughs for sure:

All in all it was a great experience for all involved. Thanks to Mike for his comedy genius and to all the team at L&S Waste for putting up with a film crew during their working day.

Special thanks to Matt Trace at Defero Communications who asked me to do the shoot and who wrote the script. Matt had this to say about the project:

“Steve and his Cosmic team filmed a spoof video for a client which could have gone one of two ways. Fortunately, and thanks largely to the expert way in which the film was put together, the end result was great. Steve went the extra mile with site visits and script adjustments to make sure we got the shots required on the day. We managed to film the whole thing in a single day, (despite having to work with some decidedly dodgy cast!) and Steve turned out the final cut, including shorter clips and outtakes, in double quick time.

"I would definitely recommend Steve and his Cosmic Egg team to anyone looking to produce great quality video at a really reasonable rates.”

Matt Trace, Director, Defero Communications.

I hope you enjoyed the films and if you need any video created give me a shout via the contact form here on the website or email me on

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Written and published by:

Steve Hogg