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Shoot Production is very proud to have once again produced the stills for the Sainsburys Christmas food billboard and print campaign for AMV BBDO.

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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

 

Shoot Production is very proud to have once again produced the stills for the Sainsburys Christmas food billboard and print campaign for AMV BBDO.

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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 Dublin agency Rothco commissioned Katie Quinn Davies to shoot the finest and most delicious of all possible Christmases for Tesco Ireland.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jay Brooks has shot ‘A Kind of Love Story’,  brilliantly evocative ‘backstage’ pictures for chef Tom Sellers‘ book about the story behind his restaurant Story.

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Tom Sellers has quickly risen through the ranks to become a luminary of the British culinary scene.

Story opened its doors in April 2013; its innovative literary-inspired menu, taking diners on ‘a personal journey through food’, has won him huge critical and public acclaim. Story was awarded its first Michelin star just five months after opening.

Jay found the assignment challenging and exciting, “Initially stripping it down to just a hand held camera, a small flash gun and a laptop was quite daunting. No big lighting set ups, no glam squad, no studio… nowhere to hide!  And once service began the kitchen erupted into action. It seemed like madness at first but somehow I soon seemed to settle into the chaotic rhythm of it all. The food they served was so delicate and so perfect it seemed hard to believe it was produced by this whirling mass of tattoos and shouting.  It actually reminded me a lot of my rave days shooting on dancefloors, move fast, keep your elbows in and go with the flow!”

‘A Kind of Love Story’ has just been published by Orion and is, as they say, in the shops now.

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.

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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.’

Job done.

Imbibe, the beverage bible and ultimate drinks magazine, asked Scott Grummett again to shoot some more cocktails for them.ImbibeImbibeImbibeImbibe

“This time around it was Cocktails at Home, a feature written by the lovely Laura Foster focusing on one spirit at a time to use whilst entertaining guests in your own house. This time around it was all about whisky or as the Americans may know it SCOTCH.”

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What Katie Ate at the Weekend, Katie Quinn Davies second cook book, has won the award for the best food photography from America’s IACP at their annual conference in Hollywood.

What Katie Ate at the Weekend is the second project to spin off from Katie’s very successful food blog and, as in her first book, she cooked, styled and photographed every dish herself.  A major feat!

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House and Garden commissioned Katie Quinn Davies to shoot Easter recipes in the KQD style for their April 2016 edition.  It all looks fabulous but under pressure we’d probably go for the hay baked lamb with mint and capers.

Photographs and Art Direction: Katie Quinn Davies

Recipes: Caroline Barty

Food Preparation and Styling: Lizzie Kamenetzky

Table Styling: Jo Harris

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At the start of February, Scott Grummett was once again invited back to shoot for the Bowling come Karaoke come Diner come all round party venue that is All Star Lanes.

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.

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At the end of 2015 Scott Grummett was invited by Grey Goose vodka to shoot some brand new cocktails created for the BAFTA awards. The stars enjoyed this cocktail collection created by Grey Goose Master Mixologist Joe McCanta.

Try them at home, you can find the recipes here.

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‘I love Christmas,’ said Katie, ‘ so I was utterly delighted to be involved in the Sainsburys Christmas campaign.

Katie and her crew embraced the challenge of creating festive cheer on an industrial scale in July in a studio in Shoreditch with energy and determination, cooking, styling and shooting scores of dishes.  They produced an amazing set of images that put a twist on the more traditional shots of Christmas fayre – all about food that has been enjoyed!

‘I was blessed to have a great team of people to work with,’ Katie added,’ my old friend David Morgan and my assistant Lou, who came over from Sydney for the first part of the shoot, and then Jo Harris and Julia Azzarello who took over for part two.’

See more of the Sainsburys Christmas campaign and Kate’s other work here.

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We are delighted to announce that Katie Quinn Davies, the award winning photographer, author and food blogger, has joined Shoot.

Originally from Dublin, Katie has been living in Australia for the last few years working as a photographer specialising in food, travel and lifestyle.  Her acclaimed food blog ‘What Katie Ate’, for which she develops, cooks, styles and shoots every recipe, is hugely successful with over 250,000 followers worldwide.  In 2012 the first ‘What Katie Ate’ cookbook was published and became an immediate bestseller around the world.  And in 2013 Katie won the prestigious John Beard Awards for best photography and best general cookbook and published a follow up ‘What Katie Ate At The Weekend’.

As you can see her pictures are beautiful, with a rich textured style that has won her a lot of followers and plenty of clients including a major British supermarket that hired her to shoot their 2015 Christmas food campaign.  But more of that later..

See more of Katie’s work on the Shoot website here.

 

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For this All Hallows Eve Scott Grummett has posted ideas for suitable seasonal fayre on his blog.  Though as a man of sophistication and taste he’s avoided all things dark and ghoulish, vampire burgers and anything drizzled with fake blood.

Instead he’s gone with a Mexican twist – Halloween, or as it is called in Spanish El Dia de Muertos, is big in Mexico – and come up with a frankly fantastic jalapeno margharita.

He also has a recipe for a delicious roast pumpkin dish that solves the perennial problem of what to do with the inside of the pumpkin when you have made the outside into a lamp.

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Scott Grummett shot Belvedere Vodka‘s resident mixologist, the eminent Liam Cotter, for Shortlist Magazines’s Bond Issue.  Liam has at Shortlist’s request invented a new take on James Bond’s classic tipple, the dry Martini.  The shoot took place in the appropriately paneled surroundings of Hawksmoor in Spitalfields.

Ingredients

60ml Belvedere Unfiltered, 10ml dry Dolin Vermouth, A dash of peach bitters, a dash of Ardbeg, Green Olive.

The Method

Combine the ingredients and shake, don’t stir.

Scott’s verdict: A great crisp martini with a wonderful whiff of smoke from the Ardbeg. A proper man martini, drink enough and you will think you’re James Bond, Just don’t take the Aston home.

 

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Scott Grummett collaborated once again with the incredible Mr Matt Whiley, legendary mixologist , otherwise known as The Talented Mr Fox, who has recently opened a new bar to run alongside The Town Hall Hotel’s Peg + Patriot.  Showdown opened on the 5th of August below Marylebone’s The Lockhart restaurant.

Matt has created cocktails to complement the Lockhart’s Brad McDonalds’s Southern American food menu such as the toasted marshmallow infused fizzy Pina Colada. Honestly it tastes like Alcoholic Disneyland.  The ones in the pictures are, clockwise from top left

— yellow door: 1235 vanilla donut, finlandia, absinthe, benedictine, vanilla bitters, egg yolk

— campside colada: bacardi, bbq pineapple, lime, toasted coconut, house marshmallow soda

— bottle aged sazerac: rye whiskey, sugar,  bitters, absinthe

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Scott Grummett‘s latest piece for Esquire’s Style section features ‘four far-flung exotic cocktails for adventurous barflies, each discovered by a master British mixologist.’

The cocktails all contain at least one unusual and esoteric key ingredient: soju from South Korea, baijiu from China, aquavit from Norway and arrack from Sri Lanka.

If you’re thirsty and desperate to find out more, go to Scott’s blog where you can find the recipes