A review of Andrew Kötting‘s film By Our Selves, now on limited general release, features in the November 2015 edition of Sight and Sound magazine. Andrew asked us to contribute to the film in a number of ways and shared some of the early cuts of the film with us, we did the initial titles/ 30 seconds of comping/ a triptych portrait of Andrew as a Straw Bear for an installation presentation of the film and contributed prints to the Kickstarter campaign, all tiny pieces of the bigger picture but we’re very proud to have played a small part in such a stunningly beautiful thing. This review also gives us our first BFI Filmography listing.
We were once again asked to create the opening event for, Hastings and St.Leonards Arts Festival, Coastal Currents this year and set out to change the communities thinking on a unique public walk way that bridges the two districts called Bottle Alley. We created a half a kilometre long exhibition featuring commissioned works by 16 local artists on 4 sided columns that frame the view of the sea from the shoreline. On August 29th we held a two hour event which opened the festival, and exhibition, with a champagne reception featuring live music from The Rayner Hess Trio and a colour wash down the length down the length of the space with over 1.5k people in attendance, tripling last years audience. More info here..
In late August we started a month long R&D project with Cardboard Citizens, a London based theatre company working with and for homeless people. We were brought on board by Project Manager Tony McBride as Visual Designers for a verbatim theatre piece entitled Street/Life. After 3 week of devising the piece with Director Terry O’Leary, Designer Joanna Layla and Sound Designer Tom Yardley we did a 3 night sell out run with a cast of 8. We went predominantly analogue for the project using slide projectors to present character motifs. More info here
The second GhostChant single we’ve created artwork for is released this month, in keeping with the whole campaign, it’s another smokey image to complement the hazy sounds of the soon to released debut album, on BBE Records.
Since the recording of their first album, which they recorded in our shared studio 12 years ago, through ‘The Hungry Years’ and during their 7 year hiatus we have always maintained a close relationship with the band Chungking. This week sees the release of their 4th album ‘Defender’, the first on their own label Black Volta. We did a little post work on the albums cover and created the video for the album’s lead single ‘Beautiful World’. The video was created using layers of VHS footage from the NASA archive and it’s being premiered by MUZU on June 1st.
View more info and the video here.
We worked with director/ choreographer Shelly Love on her latest film, ‘The Fallen Circus’, through winter into spring. The project was funded by the Arts Council and Shelly devised the piece with performers from The National School of Circus Arts. Shelly came to us with an edit of the green screen filmed footage and we were tasked with keying, compositing and creating the background artwork for the first chapter of what will eventually be an hour long film.
View more details and stills from the film here.
With the announcement on the delay of the opening of the Pier in Hastings being made public and the Pier charity’s first AGM, with public shareholders, imminent we were asked to rethink the Pier hoardings again. We discussed the prospect with CEO Simon Opie, creating new artwork for the 24 metres of frontage, and decided to work on the 3 themes of ‘Work in Progress’, ‘Public Engagement’ and ‘Future Vision’. We also created 3 simple animations of the hoardings for presentation at the AGM which can be viewed on the Pier Charity’s You Tube channel.
See the full panel designs here.
French music producer Madeon is currently touring the global festival circuit in support of his debut album ‘Adventure’ and producer/ director Bob Jaroc asked us to make 6 videos for Madeon to live mix on stage for the show’s climax, the track ‘Home’. We created a series of low polygon environments with fly-through camera work and fast cut edits to ride the song’s anthemic melody.
Read more and view an edit + stills here.
View fan footage of ‘Home’.