We are honored to have been given the task of creating the closing event for the Root1066 Contemporary Arts Festival in Hastings on Oct 16th. We are in the process of creating something unique to end the month long series of events marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, our only brief was to present something ‘forward looking’. We decided to use one of Hasting’s newest buildings, one which will have a major impact on the town over the coming years, the largest underground Skate and BMX park in the world, Source Park. The park is 65m in length, was once a Victorian Baths and not without its challenges but we have assembled an amazing group of musicians, artists, technicians and engineers to collaborate with us in a sequence of experiments utilizing the space in distinctive ways. This will be a ‘Work in Progress’. Tickets are FREE but LIMITED you can get yours HERE.
Our work with Cardboard Citizens continued throughout the Spring with a very special one- off re-staging of Ken Loach’s iconic TV play ‘Cathy Come Home’ at the Barbican on July 5th. We were Digital Designers on the project which involved us creating the storyboard, design, animation and presentation of Joanna Layla‘s elegant illustrations. The performance was streamed live and received a 4 star review on The Guardian‘s website. The production was commissioned by the Institute of Fundraising on the 50th anniversary of the TV plays initial airing and in the year of Cardboard Citizens 25th anniversary. You can watch the performance HERE which is followed by a panel discussion chaired by BBC journalist Samira Ahmed featuring Ken Loach.
We’ve just completed work on a short documentary about the ‘META’ project we did with Cardboard Citizens from January through to March. The short film details how the project came about and its effects on the audience and cast members. You can view further info and watch both the documentary and our visual work for the project HERE.
EduFlicks ‘Hollywood Classroom Project’, working closely with Hollywood action director David Lane and film/ fx producer Michele Fabian Jones we were tasked with the role of design, conceptualisation and visualisation of an educational app for use by secondary education students.
We were given a simple storyboard which we developed and re-designed resulting in a learning concept app that uses work groups/ smart phones and social media platforms to engage students with creative film challenges orientated around curriculum based subject matter, rather like a ‘digital exercise book’. We also worked on green screen compositing work for the pre-loaded content, the example being the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The app is currently in further development based on our supplied user journey examples, design and compositing.
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’.