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Latest Work
    • Zoe Koperski joins Vision Artists.Vision Artists have completed the signing of Zoe Koperski to their production design roster.
    • A penchant for parody.Australian plonk makers McGuigan ease the tension with these Drama channel sponsorship bumpers directed by Laurence Dunmore.
    • Pulse Films sign Winston HackingPulse Films have expanded their music promo roster with the addition of director Winston Hacking.
    • Alexander Dunning joins Park VillageFormer Grey and McCann Erickson creative Alexander Dunning has joined the director roster at Park Village.
    • Freedom of MindThis intriguing film from Mat Hale paints an inspiring portrait of Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski - a former drug dealer, inmate, and current PhD candidate.
    • Every Little Detail This arresting take on Neil Hilborn's poem 'OCD' offers an intense look at how mental illness can impact relationships.
    • Dog days.Calum Macdiarmid’s atmospheric short film uses brooding animation to convey the monotony of lockdown.
    • Narghi moves to Missing Link Films.Kyrgyzstan-born director Narghi Dotieva has joined Missing Link Films for representation.
    • Next to NormalGeorge the Poet is in fine voice in this uplifting ad for Coca-Cola, which takes a lyrical look at lockdown.
    • No Place Like ItThis charming outing for Rightmove bids to make even the most trepidatious house hunter feel excited about their future home.
    • Klaas Diersmann joins Greatcoat FilmsGreatcoat Films have added YDA-winning director Klaas Diersmann to their roster.
    • La la land.Nike have a strong track record when it comes to tuning into local sensibilities, and they've done it beautifully in this smashing film celebrating Liverpool's counterculture instincts.
    • Rising TollsThere have been many reflections on lockdown, but this offering from director Charlie Watts has more bite than most.
    • Born to be wild.The launch of Sky Nature offers another chance to raid the butterfly house.
    • Dog Eat Dog sign Matthäus BussmannFollowing their signing of director Julian Marshall, Dog Eat Dog have grown their roster further with Matthäus Bussmann.
    • Modern MythThere's a fairytale sensibility to this sumptuous film from Dior, showcasing the fashion label's autumn/winter collection.

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Alexander Dunning joins Park Village

After more than a decade working as an art director, former Grey and McCann Erickson creative Alexander Dunning has joined Park Village's roster of directors.

Dunning's creative department experience is likely to prove invaluable as agencies and production companies work more closely than ever in their efforts to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic.


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BBC
"Prisoner to PhD"
4 mins
10 August 2020

While many have taken to learning new skills during lockdown, doing so in the comfort of one's own home is markedly different to attempting the same behind bars. This intriguing film from Mat Hale paints an inspiring portrait of Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski - a former drug dealer, inmate, and current PhD candidate.

The transformative power of education shines through the piece, as Akpabio-Klementowski talks passionately about his personal transformation with the help of the Open University. Stripped-back visuals compliment the proposal, emphasising the fact that the film's subject has succeeded not in spite of who he is, but because of it. It's motivational stuff in these trying times.


Short Films
"Eyelash"
9 mins 10s
10 August 2020

This arresting take on Neil Hilborn's poem 'OCD' offers an intense look at how mental illness can impact relationships. Directed by Jesse Lewis-Reece, the film dials down the intensity of Hilborn's viral performance and creates a quieter atmosphere - a more intimate representation of the daily struggle against behaviours which simply will not go away.

Lewis-Reece's restrained approach serves the material well, as the couple break down once the honeymoon period of finding obsessive tics endearing wanes. Most importantly, there's sympathy given to both sides, though the conclusion ("I leave the doors unlocked/ I leave the lights on") feels especially heartbreaking.


Short Films
"On Lockdown"
1 min 41s
11 August 2020

Calum Macdiarmid’s atmospheric short film uses brooding animation to convey the monotony of lockdown. As Macdiarmid flits between scenes of picturesque inertia, poet Todd Boss’s dour VO contemplates how lockdown has warped our concept of time and sharpened our awareness of inequalities across the globe.

Visually, ‘On Lockdown’ evokes Edward Hopper, but there are also traces of independent video games like ‘Earthworms’ and ‘Kentucky Route Zero’ throughout Macdiarmid's film. The result is a short but satisfying addition to the lockdown canon, though anyone desperate for escapism after months of soul-searching may want to look elsewhere.


Narghi moves to Missing Link Films.

Kyrgyzstan-born director Narghi Dotieva has joined Missing Link Films for representation.

The move coincides with the release of Narghi’s no-budget short film ‘Home Alone’, which focuses on a teenage boy confined to a dimly lit flat at the height of lockdown. Scored by How to Dress Well's 'When I Was in Trouble', the film is a study in quiet desperation.


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Recent Promos
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Nothing But Thieves
"Real Love Song"
3 mins 43s
10 Aug 2020
Nothing But Thieves' latest track 'Real Love Song' receives a dynamic part live-action, part animated promo courtesy of director Basak Erol. Combining eye-catching animation and often unsettling visual effects, Erol's film takes a surreal look at how modern romantic relationships are affected by social media.

Lola Young
"Woman"
2 mins 54s
11 Aug 2020
This promo for Lola Young's 'Woman' kicks off with a warning: "What you're about to see is women in all their glory and all their pain; unapologetic in their self-love and unashamed in this moment of vanity". It's a bold statement of intent, with the up-and-coming singer and director Olivia Rose delivering on the promise.

Ruby Black
"Lady Death"
3 mins 30s
10 Aug 2020
This Ruby Black promo offers an extra-bloody twist on the femme fatale trope. While 'soul-grime' artist Black lures an aging biker to his doom, a J-horror assassin - all warpaint and disturbing physical contortions - hunts for her target upstairs. However, only Black seems to be in control of her macabre surroundings.

Jack Garratt
"Better"
4 mins 16s
6 Aug 2020
One of eight - count ‘em - promos released to coincide with Jack Garratt’s ‘Love, Death, and Dancing’, this lively effort finds Garratt trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare-cum-strobe-light reverie. Think Kafka meets Nineties rave and you’re in the right ballpark, with both dimensions vividly drawn by co-director Tom Clarkson.

Glass Animals
"It's All So Incredibly Loud"
3 mins 46s
6 Aug 2020
This atmospheric promo for Glass Animals' 'It's All So Incredibly Loud' makes the most of Dave Bayley's ethereal vocals. A steamy swimming pool after dark provides the backdrop, while tension slowly ratchets up as Bayley teeters on the edge of a diving board. It's a simple concept which benefits from an impressively restrained execution.

Moby
"My Only Love"
3 mins 30s
6 Aug 2020
There's no happy ending in this poignant promo for Moby's latest track 'My Only Love', which only serves to hammer home the film's urgent environmental message. Animals and humans alike are shown experiencing the devastating impacts of deforestation - being poached, burned, and exterminated as their homes are destroyed.

DC
"Tears, Sweat, Blood"
3 mins 11s
28 Jul 2020
Rapper DC’s latest track ‘Tears, Sweat, Blood’ receives an artful promo courtesy of director LX, who knowingly blends realist grit with generic guile. While his entourage sport jumpers with the slogan ‘Only the Paranoid Survive’, the Londoner delivers a flowing yet grounded insight into life where “lames try to kill my buzz” and “white man thinks that I'm local dealing”.

Octavian
"Rari (ft. Future)"
2 mins 55s
3 Aug 2020
This, er, heartfelt promo for Octavian sees the Anglo-French rapper clutch said organ in his hands like a bare-chested surgeon. This and a stylised duel between two Ferraris demand attention, but the lyrics (“The bitches gon' follow, and wanna love me/The money gonna follow, they wanna love me”) are, for better or worse, stubbornly retrograde

Drama
"Forever and a Day"
3 mins 45s
4 Aug 2020
This striking promo for Drama's single 'Forever and a Day' muses on the impermanence of passing relationships. Directed by justfriends aka Scott Perry and Tucker Bliss, the film takes the form of short vignettes which give brief insights into characters' lives - a moment of calm during a commute, a walk through rainy city streets, the stillness of a routine long-turned stale, etc.

The Strokes
"Ode to the Mets"
6 mins 48s
30 Jul 2020
This era-spanning promo for the Strokes’ ‘Ode to the Mets’ traces the story of New York City through stylised animation and various cultural touchstones. Directed by Warren Fu, what begins as a slice of arcade game history morphs into a vivid city tour and ends up as a melancholic trip underwater and finally into outer space.

Ghetts
"Mozambique"
4 mins 12s
23 Jul 2020
Edgy animation and deliberately scrappy VFX propel this Ghetts promo from director RUFFMERCY. Boasting gonzo mask designs and judicious use of film grain, ‘Mozambique’ feels both gritty and mischievous at the same time. It's an ambitious return for the grime philosopher from Plaistow, and a fetching one at that.

Moses Sumney
"Me in 20 Years"
4 mins 14s
24 Jul 2020
One of the most common job interview questions is: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Try it on singer-songwriter Moses Sumney and you’ll get ‘Me In 20 Years’ - an emotionally wrought ballad set in “endless January” and haunted by the prospect of “milk turning to rot too soon”. Certainly beats the usual guff about professional growth, etc.

Bronson
"Keep Moving"
2 mins 54s
23 Jul 2020
To paraphrase Arrested Development’s Tobias Fünke, corporate videos are ripe for parody. Cue this excellent promo from Swedish directors StyleWar, who turn stock footage of boardroom meetings and forced smiles into an alternate dimension where the laws of physics and HR no longer apply.

The Rolling Stones
"Criss Cross"
4 mins 49s
21 Jul 2020
Director and photographer Diana Kunst teams up with model Marina Ontanaya for a Rolling Stones promo with a difference. An offcut from 1973’s ‘Goats Head Soup’ album, ‘Criss Cross’ is given a new lease of life in 2020 and some racy visuals to boot. Filmed across several locations including New York City and Ibiza, Kunst’s promo is flirty, restless, and uninhibited.

Travis
"Valentine"
2 mins 59s
20 Jul 2020
Travis frontman Fran Healy once observed that “the circle only has one side”. This promo for ‘Valentine’ further strengthens Healy’s theory, as he lies on the ground surrounded by a ring of pulsing lights. Perhaps invigorated by his new red boiler suit, it’s another fetching piece of work by Healy and a worthwhile follow-up to June’s ‘A Ghost’.

Disclosure
"My High (ft. Aminé, slowthai)"
4 mins 28s
10 Jul 2020
A trip to the emergency room takes an unexpected turn in this intriguing promo for Disclosure's latest single 'My High'. Opening with a car crash and then, well, becoming a car crash, the film sees an unfortunate bloke liberated from hospital while strapped to a gurney. He's quickly whisked off on a whirlwind tour of Mexico City, although not one many tourists would prefer.

Moses Boyd
"Stranger Than Fiction"
3 mins 48s
8 Jul 2020
This white-hot promo for South London-based musician Moses Boyd's latest track offers a dreamlike insight into the creative process. The film itself becomes an instrument as it develops its own rhythm alongside the music, with Boyd and company glowing against a dark background like spirits possessed by song.

Jorja Smith
"Rose Rouge"
5 mins 57s
6 Jul 2020
Samona Olanipekun’s well-curated promo uses footage of Black Lives Matter protests in order to keep the fire burning. As Jorja Smith elegantly covers ‘Rose Rouge’ by St Germain, Olanipekun highlights some of the defining moments of anti-racism marches past and present. One of the jazzier protest films you’re likely to see this year.

Little Dragon
"Where You Belong"
3 mins 36s
1 Jul 2020
This promo for Little Dragon's latest track 'Where You Belong' takes a visually dynamic approach to scrapbooking. Shots of gigs, tours, and musicians playing together and celebrating backstage feel like they're from another world now, which is only heightened by the liberal use of fizzy VFX. Nostalgic and forward-looking by turns.

Glass Animals
"Heat Waves"
3 mins 56s
2 Jul 2020
Director Colin Read and psychedelic pop band Glass Animals have enjoyed a busy lockdown together, so to speak. Following May’s 'film it yourself' promo for ‘Dreamland’, Read and frontman Dave Bayley hit the streets of Hackney with speakers in tow. How many concerned artists would do the same in order to play live once again?

Clap! Clap!
"Moving On (ft. Martha Da'ro)"
4 mins 13s
1 Jul 2020
Guest vocalist Martha Da’ro takes centre stage in this promo for Clap! Clap!’s new single ‘Moving On’. Despite lockdown restrictions, Belgium-based singer Da’ro runs with the track’s title and delivers a pleasingly assured groove. Meanwhile, director-stroke-animator RuffMercy opts for gold leaf and a scratchy, multicoloured outfit as window dressing.

Foxes
"Love Not Loving You"
3 mins 34s
30 Jun 2020
One wouldn’t normally associate bouncy electro-pop with art history, but Foxes thinks there’s crossover appeal. The singer, also known as Louisa Rose Allen, and director Rauri Cantelo present a moving collage to promote ‘Love Not Loving You’. Like a pair of cultural magpies, Foxes and Cantelo cut and paste pieces of classical art to their own beat.

Kodaline
"Say Something"
4 mins
26 Jun 2020
This whimsical promo for Kodaline's 'Say Something' takes a unique approach to going out during quarantine. Directed by Stevie Russell and starring his young daughter Willow, the film follows a would-be astronaut's journey to getting off this rock. The action unfolds in charming fashion as the pint-sized cosmonaut appears to construct a space ship from household materials.

Lewis del Mar
"The Ceiling"
2 mins 57s
22 Jun 2020
At times, lockdown has felt like an extended episode of MTV Cribs. Artists and directors alike have turned their homes into makeshift film sets, offering unexpected insights into A-list feng shui and interior design choices. Jason Sondock - one half of directing duo Rubberband - is the latest to show viewers around in the name of entertainment.

Celeste
"I Can See The Change"
3 mins 38s
24 Jun 2020
This sleek promo for Celeste's 'I Can See The Change' provides a beautiful example of what's possible under lockdown. Director Sophie Jones and DP Joel Honeywell conducted the shoot remotely, coaching both the singer and her housemate Holly Milk through each step of filming. The result is a charming blend of vintage TV aesthetics and black-and-white movie performances

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