Released July 1st on Matador, this is the new video from Belle and Sebastian, for the single ‘Sister Buddha’. The video was directed by Stuart Murdoch who enlisted me as cinematographer. It was a terrific shoot - demanding but a lot of fun and the result is brilliant! The single is part of the soundtrack B&S have created for the forthcoming film ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’.
The Cost of Music project is complete at last and has been a resounding success! Matt Brennan’s Citizen Bravo album ‘Build a Thing of Beauty’ is available to buy as a download, or on Bandcamp and Spotify. Matt and Kyle Devine, Matt’s colleague and a professor at The University of Oslo, have been doing loads of work to promote The Cost of Music project on radio and in print - a couple of notables are Matt’s interview with The Skinny and Kyle’s interview with Rolling Stone.
The short documentary has been (and will continue to be) submitted to film festivals but all of the other video content - a music video for the song ‘Limbs and Bones’, an animation exploring the economic cost of music and an animation exploring the environmental cost of music (featuring illustrations by Anna Miles) - is available over on our Vimeo page and all three are well worth checking out.
Things are busy after a (very) long blog break.
After more than two years working with musician and academic Matt Brennan, things are finally coming to fruition. Matt’s project, ‘The Cost of Music’ has involved a lot of research but will culminate in three different releases. Firstly there’s Matt’s album ‘Build a Thing of Beauty’ which he is releasing under his musical nom de plume, Citizen Bravo in conjunction with Chemikal Underground Records. Secondly there is an interactive musical sculpture called ’The Sci Fi Hi Fi’ that will be appearing at various live events as the year progresses. And thirdly (with most relevance to this blog) there is a series of short films primed for release.
All three have been made by Bob’s Trainset: two of these films are animated and will be released online, the third is a short documentary covering the project. It will be submitted to film festivals over the next year but will eventually debut on the net. We also took charge of all promotional photography (such as the example above).
The official launch is on April 11th but there’s a trailer and website and other goodies en route before then.
It’s been a long process but an exciting one and we’re looking forward to the results going public!
I spent last week as cinematographer, working alongside Edinburgh based Media Education, to create some videos for NHS Scotland about British Sign Language. The shoot days were fantastic, collaborating with exceptionally gifted actors, learning to communicate with them both through basic signs and interpreters.
Launched this week, Space Ape is a stage show by Andy Cannon and produced by Red Bridge Arts. It's shaping up to be a terrific piece of work, exploring space travel for a younger audience. I created the trailer (which can be found on our Vimeo page) as well as some animated stings that are peppered through the performance.
We spent a day down in Sheffield last weekend filming something pretty special. As part of the shoot for a short documentary, we visited 'Vulcan', a company that manufactures and records wax cylinders. It was an incredible day, seeing new versions of such an old medium being created. The documentary should be completed towards the end of the year.
The new video for 'No More Love Songs' by To Kill A King premiered today on music website 'Nothing But Hope and Passion'. Designer Stuart Lonsdale gathered together lots of old typewriters which were then smashed to pieces by Edinburgh actress Christine Koudreiko. It was brilliant fun (even if cleaning up was a royal pain). Thanks go to Edinburgh gym Room To Move for providing us with a hefty concrete floor that we could batter without consequence.
We have another new music video on the way. Shot on December 23rd, it involved smashing up typewriters with a baseball bat. Just the thing to get us in the festive spirit.
The video will be out in January.
A complicated day on the 18th but great fun. There was a big teddy bear that danced... hence the complications! The results are on the way. Picture courtesy of Claire, our choreographer.