Nice work

Ross Phillips’ video for Coleen by The Heavy
To help you while away the final hours of the working week, here is some of the splendid work that we’ve been looking at in CR towers recently. First up is the Radar Music Video awards, the festival promoting up-and-coming promos directors, now in its second year. Entrants were given a list of tracks to create videos for, from bands including The Good, The Bad and The Queen and Kylie, and with prizes including mentorships with production companies Black Dog, Draw and the Directors Bureau on offer, competition was tough.


Ross Phillips’ video for Coleen by The Heavy

To help you while away the final hours of the working week, here is some of the splendid work that we’ve been looking at in CR towers recently. First up is the Radar Music Video awards, the festival promoting up-and-coming promos directors, now in its second year. Entrants were given a list of tracks to create videos for, from bands including The Good, The Bad and The Queen and Kylie, and with prizes including mentorships with production companies Black Dog, Draw and the Directors Bureau on offer, competition was tough.

Taking the biggest awards were directing team Trey Hock, Kevin Philips and Terry Duthu, who picked up the Draw Pictures mentorship, a £1000 prize from Parlophone and also won the Popular Vote, which included £1000 worth of post work at Abbey Road. Not bad. Unfortunately their video for Kylie’s Slow is not online yet however, so instead we give you the winner of the Qoob TV Student Award – Ross Phillips’ animated video for The Heavy’s track, Coleen. More on the Radar Festival is at radarfestival.com.


A&E, Goldfrapp, directed by Dougal Wilson

Sticking with music videos, here’s Dougal Wilson‘s latest, for Goldfrapp track, A & E.


Goldfish ad, Agency: Grey London, Art director: Jimmy Blom, Copywriter: Jay Marlow, Director: Foreign Office, Production company: Stink

Onto advertising now, and first up is this beautifully animated ad for credit card company, Goldfish. The ad, animated by Foreign Office, is part of a campaign where various famous folks have concocted short stories around the theme ‘Me and my Goldfish’. This one features Sir Ranulph Fiennes telling a story of he and his goldfish going for a stroll in the North Pole.

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Poster from Goldfish campaign

Accompanying the TV spots are a series of posters, containing extracts from the stories. Shown here is Rik Mayall’s tale.

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Vodafone outdoor ad, Agency: BBH London, Creative team: Richard McGrann, Andy Clough

Next is a nice piece of outdoor advertising for Vodafone from BBH London. Based on the theme ‘Make the Most of Now’, this giant fridge, covered with magnets depicting travel destinations (plus a relatively subtle one for Vodafone), is positioned on a long-term outdoor site in front of Heathrow Terminal One.


AMF commercial, Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors, Stockholm, Production company: Social Club, Stockholm, Director: Jesper Ericstam

If ever you feel that your life is just whizzing by, this ad for AMF Pensions is probably not the one for you. Created by Forsman & Bodenfors agency in Stockholm, it skips quickly through a man’s life, with the changing decades illustrated by different alarm clocks, all of which go off at 7am.


These New Puritans, Elvis, Director: Saam, Production company: Partizan

Saam has shot this intense video for These New Puritans’ track Elvis, which demonstrates how keeping things simple can still prove powerful. He has also recently shot this video for Janet Jackson’s new single, Feedback, which has, perhaps unsurprisingly, a rather less simplistic premise.

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China Quarries #8, Xiamen, Fujian Province 2004, Edward Burynsky

To finish, here is some stunning photography from Edward Burtynsky, currently on show at Flowers Central in London. Burtynsky’s photos aim to explore the impact that industry has upon nature, with the Quarries series focusing on mining operations around the world. The exhibition continues until February 2.

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Iberia Quarries #3, Bencatel, Portugal 2006, Edward Burtynsky

More from CR

Schweppes Short Film Festival

Still from Consequence, directed by Noah Marshall. Click through to main story to see full film
CR has stumbled upon this rather fine selection of short films a little late but thought we’d put them up on the blog in case you’d missed them too. Created by New Zealand agency Publicis Mojo for Schweppes towards the end of last year, the films are part of a new campaign to reposition Schweppes as a soft drink for adults.
Perhaps with the success of the branded content BMW films in mind, the agency devised the concept of a Schweppes Short Film Festival, with five directors from The Sweet Shop asked to create films aimed at ‘a mature audience’. The resulting shorts are a mixture of the darkly comic and the provocative, and are shot in a variety of styles from noir to horror to retro. Unusually, Publicis Mojo and The Sweet Shop were given a free rein in terms of creative content by Schweppes, as long as each film contains a ‘Schhh Moment’. Consequently all the shorts make reference to Schweppes at some point, however this product placement is thankfully subtle and clever.

Leslie Ali’s Sundance Diary

Partizan director Leslie Ali travelled to the Sundance Film Festival this week, after her darkly humorous short film The Object (shown above) was selected from thousands of submissions to be entered in the official competition. Ali’s trip to Sundance is the latest development in a career that has seen her move from working as an agency creative to directing full-time for commercial clients including Nivea, 3 Mobile, and Sony, alongside making short films.
Ali kept a diary about her experiences in Utah for CR, which included meeting with a talent scout from William Morris, watching The Object shown on the big screen at the Egyptian Theatre, and gossiping with an ex of Jack Black’s at a screening of Michel Gondry’s latest feature Be Kind Rewind. Read on for Ali’s full account of the events…

Pursuit of Fiction

Studio F, 2006, 127x160cm, C-type print mounted under diasec, framed © Kathrin Kur 2008
We included one of Kathrin Kur’s images of film and television production spaces in our latest issue but thought we should share some of the other photographs from her series (currently showing at Photofusion in Brixton, London) on the blog. Kur focuses on the hidden machinery behind the creation of contemporary news, entertainment programmes and cinema. These are spaces for “mythmaking” as Kur has it and, while responsible for the creation of much of what we see on TV everyday, they are places rarely seen by viewers.

Joe Biel

Detail from Joe Biel’s graphite on paper work, Pistol, which forms part of a new group
show at Nettie Horn in London
The Nettie Horn gallery in London has just launched a group show entitled The Clearing. Featuring the work of four different artists, the exhibition includes the bleak graphite offerings of LA-based artist Joe Biel. Clearly a master with a pencil, Biel’s work doesn’t simply exude technical ability but, rather, hints at deeper, more sinister themes: skulls, guns and, er, rabbits with their backs turned (spooky!) all feature in his intruiging drawings, on show at the gallery.

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