This year’s stills campaign closely follows the moving and already legendary TV ad, it had over eight million views on You Tube in less than a week, and uses the same cast of animated characters created by the brilliant people at Mackinnon and Saunders in Manchester.
It was a marathon complex shoot but the magnificent results more than repay all the effort. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Agency: AMV BBDO
Art Directors: Andy Clough and Sonny Adjoran @ AMV BBDO
Photographer: Myles New @ Refresh
Home Economist/Food Stylist: Susie Theodorou
Puppets: Mackinnon and Saunders with sets by Clockwork Frog
Line Producer: Lola Paprocka @ Shoot
Producer: Adele Rider @ Shoot
The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.
Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style. Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.
ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.
Jay Brooks shot Lenny Henry in a gangster style for the forthcoming Donmar Warehouse production of ‘The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.
Sir Lenny will play the eponymous Arturo in the play by Bertolt Brecht, a satire on the rise of Hitler set in the gangster world of 1930s Chicago where the dictator collides and coalesces with Al Capone.
With its savage critique of demagoguery and the corruption and manipulation of power it has a message for our times:
If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.
Katie has a very ‘holistic’ approach to her work. It is understandable as her CV includes both design and food blogging, as well as photography. As you can see from the behind the scenes pictures, she also art directed and styled all the images for the campaign.
The campaign has rolled out across Irish billboards this week.
The brewers Marstons hired Gavin Watson to create the story for their “From Burton With Love” ad campaign and product launch. The idea was to get back their roots in their home town of Burton on Trent with a cast of employees, their friends and families; an ideal vehicle for Gavin’s blend of reportage and high energy realism.
Marstons, one of the great names in British beer – their Pedigree ale is an all time classic – have decided to update both their profile and their product range for the age of craft beers and microbreweries. The campaign goes back to the very roots of the business in the home town of British brewing and aligns Marstons with what their marketing director Lee Williams described as “the authenticity and simplicity of the new beer scene.”
Given the brief, Gavin’s style was the perfect fit and, as it says in the foreword of his book ‘Skins and Punks’, he has the ability to make ‘ordinary’ people look like legends. The campaign characters were all street cast either from the Marstons workforce, including head brewer Pat McGinty, or the general population of Burton and the story was shot in various locations in the brewery and the town.
“I wanted places that people would recognise,” Gavin said, talking about the choices of key locations and local landmarks, “I wanted to capture the spirit of a place – making it look as dramatic but as real as possible – about what it is to live and breathe in this town. The ‘secondary town’ thing resonates with me. Burton still has its industry and it filled me with joy when I came to a town that still means something.
It’s in the blood; in the water. If you’re going to live, grow and die in this town you’re going to be connected to brewing in some way. You can sense it as soon as you get off the train.”
Art direction and the ideas that inspired the campaign come from Big Al’s Creative Emporium.
Creative direction was by Ruth Bewsey @ Daisy London, with styling by Dan May @ CLM and grooming by Tim Pateman @ Fox Represents. The model is Oli Lacey @ Next.
The National Theatre hired Jay Brooks to shoot these powerful black and white portraits of the key cast members of The Red Barn, the new play by David Hare. Based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, the play is a tense psychological thriller set in a farmhouse in a frozen New England and the cast features Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki who starred with Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’.
The Cronut lands in London. Dominque Ansel, baker extraordinaire and the inventor of the Cronut, a delicious cross of croissant and doughnut, opened his London bakery last week and Scott Grummett was there to record the event. Dominique already has New York and Tokyo sites, and such is his fame among the cake cognoscente that hundreds queued, some from as early as five am, for the opening.
London highlights (see above) include the Banoffee Paella, “After The Rain” Mousse Cake (with flavours of pear, ginger, and jasmine, jasmine “raindrops” gelée and praliné feuilletine base), Salted Honey Tart, Eton Mess Lunchbox, and the Welsh Rarebit Croissant.
As something of a lover of the Burger in all its forms, Scott Grummett was excited to be invited to shoot some Byron Burgers. Along with their beef regulars they are also now offering some chicken specials too including the Clucky Balboa (see below) to take on their bovine counterparts. And there are of course, some incredible over the top and magnificently messy milkshakes to boot.
Liam Arthur shot High Content magazine’s story featuring the new range of bags by Swedish designers Sandqvist. The online magazine partnered the launch of the Sandqvist Women’s AW16 range at London Fashion week at their flagship store in Soho.
Make up and hair: Mary-Jane Gotidoc using Black Opal Cosmetics / Bumble & Bumble
Styling: Nathan Klein
Model: Raine @ Leni’s Models
Last week Scott Grummett was back with one of his regular clients, All Star Lanes, tasked with shooting Sean Soon, head of all things bar related and mixologist supreme, making some of their brand new cocktails.
As Scott puts it, ‘I strapped on the macro lens and got into the details of Sean’s process, aiming to capture some of the drama around his creations.’
Scott has had to wait a while for the campaign to take off. “As far back as January I was invited by Mr Jonathan Warburton to give his Thins and Thins bagels a fresh, tasty and appetising approach in a series of adverts and instore images. We wanted to stay true to the product but inspire mild levels of gluttony and a real sense of hunger.
What are you having for lunch?”
Disclaimer: this post may induce hunger
To celebrate the epicurean delight that is National Burger Day we present the six best looking burgers captured by our own ‘burger king’ Mr Scott Grummett in the last twelve months. The burgers themselves are the work of the very great folk at Honest Burgers.
Judges decisions are final, however we wish to point out that they do not reflect Honest Burgers company policy or any kind of burger favouritism inside the organisation.
But what can you say about butter? It’s lovely on fresh bread, it’s the making of toast and without it jacket potatoes are not edible are three things you can say. Another thing is, as the Lurpak campaign says, that it never has more than three ingredients and they are all natural.
Set in 1920s New York, Bugsy Malone is not your typical gangster story because the musical’s cast is made up entirely of kids. Three sets of under-16s share the seven lead roles, accompanied by a 14-strong ensemble aged between 16 and 22 who perform every night. As you’d expect there are plenty of gangland shootings, but the youthful gangsters wield splurge guns, which shoot custard pie foam instead of bullets. During the shoot Jay was ‘lucky’ enough to experience this first hand, getting ‘pied’ by the cast.
Based on the film of the same name, Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and a washed up yet well-meaning boxer named Bugsy Malone. It has been over 10 years since Bugsy Malone was seen on stage and so Lyric have focused on updating the show. For example, director Sean Holmes has decided to let the children sing their own songs. In the film, adult actors’ voices were dubbed over top.
“What’s interesting about the film is that it’s not cute or sentimental,” says Holmes. “It’s really witty and ironic. It values the energies of the kids and it doesn’t patronise them. It felt like the perfect fit for the Lyric.”
Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Music Revival, Bugsy Malone is not to be missed. Closing on September 4th, there is not much time left to see the smash stage hit. Tickets are on sale now for both evening and matinee shows. Get in quick.
Ricky Gervais’ character David Brent gained notoriety as the general manager of the Slough branch of Wernham-Hogg paper merchants in the critically acclaimed series The Office. The show ran from 2001 – 2003.
David Brent: Life On The Road follows Brent 15 years later as he travels up and down the country living his dream of being a rock star, or at least attempting to. In true David Brent style, things don’t go quite to plan. “He thinks it’ll be like [Martin] Scorsese filming The Rolling Stones, but it turns out to be a ‘where are they now’ documentary,” Gervais has said.
“I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies,” Gervais continues. “This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.” Gervais wrote, directed and stars in the film.
Ray has a long history with Ricky Gervais – previously photographing the star for many of his comedy DVDs and TV shows. These include Extras, An Idiot Abroad, Life’s Too Short and Derek.
David Brent: Life On The Road has received positive reviews from critics. The Telegraph has declared it as ‘Ricky Gervais at his toe-twistingly funny and poignant best’. It will be released in cinemas nationwide on August 19.
‘The plan for the Eat Well campaign,’ according to Scott, ‘was to shoot some lovely bloggers cooking using M&S pre prepared ingredients. Some shoots can provide a real challenge, balancing a film crew with stills for one. But the biggest was shooting a bbq during a tropical monsoon (of sorts) and keeping the whole thing bright, vibrant and sunny in it’s appearance. Keep an eye out in The Times for more images coming soon.’
Jay Brooks created the joyously hair raising images for the campaign to promote The Slide, the new thrill ride at the Orbit tower at the QE Olympic Park. It is the ultimate helter-skelter twisting and turning around the tower, dropping 178 meters in 40 seconds. Time Out has already named it as their number one thing to do this year!
Here’s some more stuff about The Slide:
Visitors will descend the world’s highest and, at 178m, the world’s longest tunnel slide, as they travel down the UK’s tallest public artwork, they’ll pass through light and dark sections with London’s dramatic skyscape whizzing by!
In the 40-second trip, visitors will circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times as they weave their way through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure, including a tight corkscrew section names the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – and end with a 50m straight run back down to earth!
The ArcelorMittal Orbit has been enthralling visitors since the London 2012 Games with it’s spectacular views of the London skyline and we know that you’ll love the new hair-raising slide experience so much that you’ll want to relive it, and you can! For just an additional £5 you can head straight back to the top and calm your nerves with the spectacular London skyline, before taking position and riding the slide once again! To be sure of your repeat descent, you can book an extra slide in advance once you’ve bought your initial combined ticket by calling 0333 800 8099 with your booking reference number.
The Slide was created by Belgian artist Carsten Höller at the invitation of Sir Anish Kapoor, designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. It is a unique collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists and a major new art installation for London, as well as yet another reason to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – fast becoming London’s most exciting playground!
As we said in a previous post, the shoot took place in the Painted Hall of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, which with its gold and mural encrusted walls provided a suitably opulent background. A dozen presenters, including Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry, and around one hundred of extras were all clad in period costume featuring fabulous frocks, powdered wigs and acres of brocade.
It was major feat for the costume and hair make up departments to create so many different looks. Though some of them may not have been completely based on history. ‘Have you seen the lady the pink and blue wig? She looks like a lollipop,” asked head make-up designer Wakana Yoshihara. “That was my inspiration!’
The BBC launched their coverage of the Euros 2016, which start on June 10th, with an extravaganza of a ‘marketing trail’ – an ad to you and me – starring their TV presenters robed in 18th Century finery, and Ray Burmiston was commissioned to capture the moment.
The shoot took place in the Painted Hall of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, which with its gold and mural encrusted walls provided a suitably opulent background. The presenters, including Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry, and a host of extras were all clad in period costume featuring fabulous frocks, powdered wigs and acres of brocade.
Some of the pundits enjoyed it more than others. Alan Shearer made it clear he wasn’t keen to repeat the experience but Gary Lineker took it in his stride. “I’ve spent 20 years dressing up for Walkers commercials, so I’m kind of used to this strangeness,” he said. While, by general consensus, Rio Ferdinand turned most heads in his outfit, “he can carry anything off,” said Lineker.
In the clip the cast march forth led by the real Euros 2016 trophy unleashing their slogan ‘Liberté, Egalité, Footé!’
Euros 2016, the ‘marketing trail’, and Ray’s pictures will be on your screens throughout June and into July.
Allez les rosbifs!
The show’s website promises that it contains immoral behaviour and filthy language. It follows the adventures of the evil MacHeath, Mack the Knife, played by Rory Kinnear, through the low life of 18th Century London. Originally based on John Gay’s The Beggars Opera it was translated into German by Elizabeth Hauptmann, adapted for the German stage by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and now has been newly translated into English again by Simon Stephens for the NT.
The poster echos the photomontages created in the 1930s by the German dadaist and anti-Nazi campaigner John Heartfield.
Ferrari Magazine (TOFM) flew Pip and crew to Valencia to shoot the fashion story for their spring edition. They were drawn there by the location, the dramatic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, a cultural centre opened in 2005, which gives the shoot its futuristic backdrop.
The styling, including pieces from Ferrari’s own range, was by Jess Punter with hair and make up by Annabel McCrory. The models were Alissandre Martines at Milk Management and David Pascual from Mad Models in Madrid. The shoot was overseen and art directed by Official Ferrari Magazine creative director Warren Jackson and the all important car is a California T.
Kestin Hare hails from Edinburgh the home of the original store, although the empire has grown quickly to encompass Glasgow as well as Soho and Shoreditch. The style is sharp but understated with an emphasis on carefully sourced materials, attention to detail and a quality finish.
Pip shot the story in the conservatory at the Barbican in London. Kestin Hare art directed with Angela McBride, the stylist was Daniel Carey and the groomer was Tim Pateman.
Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with his girlfriend Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out.
But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to kids trying to raise the number of views of their online videos, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?
Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into urban London. It’s provocative and very funny, bringing live music and fast-paced humour to the Lyttelton.
Javone Prince (E4’s PhoneShop, BBC Two’s The Javone Prince Show, Statement of Regret at the NT) plays Sam.
He shot some of their most handsome dishes, sharers, milkshakes and cocktails for their new website (coming soon) and social media channels. Along with Exec Chef Ashley Clarke they aimed to create some tantalising visuals of heart stopping gluttonous feasts.