3 Nods from UKMVA for Spike Morris5 | 10 | 20
Well deserved - Spike has 3 of his videos shortlisted at this year's UKVMA.
BEST ALTERNATIVE - Moses Boyd directed by In and Out for Riff Raff
BEST R&B SOUL - Berwyn 'Trap Phone' directed by Brock for Agile
BEST SPECIAL VIDEO - Smokers Delight for Nightmare on Wax directed by Jamie Whitby for Agile and OB
Ann Evelin Lawford also has a nomination:
BEST ROCK - Sam Fender directed by Thomas James for OB
Awards take place remotely on the 29th of October.
Welsh BAFTA Nomination for Benedict Spence's In My Skin10 | 09 | 20
The nominations keep coming for the Dream Team that is Benedict Spence and Lucy Forbes!
IN MY SKIN is nominated for four categories: Best Drama, Best Actress for Gabrielle Creevy, Best Director for Lucy and Best Writer for Kay Llwewellyn.
Awards take place on the 25th October.
Cinematographer Nikita Popkov Signs10 | 09 | 20
Thrilled to sign cinematographer Nikita Popkov.
Studying Camera Art in Latvia and lighting in both Latvia and Moscow, Popkov is now shooting striking commercial and music vid across Europe. A super strong addition our Emerging Artists Roster and Vision Artists Family.
We are so looking forward to introducing him to London with these super strong visuals!!
View Nikita's work HERE https://nikitapopkov.com/
TEOTFW WINS Best Drama at BAFTA6 | 08 | 20
A super exciting week for Benedict Spence.
Following on from his EMMY nomination, 'The End of The F***ing World' WINS Best Drama at BAFTA. Naomi Ackie also won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Bonnie in this just brilliant dark Netflix Comedy.
We are just so thrilled for all the cast and crew.. with special mention to the director Lucy Forbes who directed Benedict's epsidoes.
We welcome Production Designer Zoe Koperski6 | 08 | 20
Vision welcome Production Designer Zoe Koperski to the family.
Zoe's journey to Designer began at art school in Falmouth where she specialised in installations, one of which got shortlisted for an art prize and exhibitions across the whole of the UK followed.
Koperski intially was torn between art and psychology and after some training in counselling and working in mental health, eventually fell in love with set design whilst working part time at a burlesque bar - and got taken in by the design team helping to design their events. After a stint in more immersive events and theatre and becoming part of the Young Vic director and designers programme, Zoe went on to collobarate with Secret Cinema and designed immersiveshows and events for Les Enfants Terribles.
Today, Zoe designs mainly commercials, music video and short film, peppered with stills and live events. Working with the likes of Partizan, Iconoclast, BBC, Caviar, Stink and Friend amoung many others, we are thrilled at this new addition to our Designer roster.
Check out her work https://www.visionartists.co.uk/production-designers/zoe-koperski
Benedict Spence Nominated for an EMMY!30 | 07 | 20
We are super thrilled and super proud to announce that our Benedict Spence has been nominated for an EMMY for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY for his accomplished work on The End Of The F***ing World, Episode 2 for single camera series / half hour episode.
This coal black comedy drama through Netflix and Clarkenwell Films, directed by frequent collaborator Lucy Forbes has also recently been nominated for a BAFTA.
The EMMY Awards take place on 21st September.
TEOTFW is nominated for Best Drama Series at BAFTA21 | 06 | 20
BENEDICT SPENCE'S "The End Of The F***** World" has been nominated for Best Drama Series at The Bafta Television Awards 2020. This coal-black comedy drama directed by Lucy Forbes has also been nominated for Best Writer (Charlie Covell) and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Naomi Ackie. This is Benedict and Lucy's 3rd BAFTA nod in recent years.
Marie Lanna's NHS "We Will Meet Again"29 | 05 | 20
Marie Lanna created this powerful and poignant non profit and non commercial film as a thank you and to give something back to her local community of Richmond. With cinematography from Vision's Jaime Feliu-Torres, this wonderful personal project including NHS workers, London Fire Brigade, Royal Mail and various shops in Kew, was made during lock-down and has been picked up by NHS, TFL and Sadia Khan! Grade by Jason Wallis at Electric Theatre.
Olan Collardy's "No More Wings" Wins Best Narrative Short at Tribeca29 | 05 | 20
A great win for director Abraham Adeyemi at Tribeca with light from Olan Collardy. At a divergent point in their lives, two lifelong friends (Ivanno Jeremiah, Parys Jordon) meet at their favourite South London fried chicken shop....
Another Production Designer Nod for Olly Williams' Virgin Trains29 | 05 | 20
Thrilled to announce yet another nod to Olly Williams and his crazy Virgin Trains spot shortlisted for Best Production Design at Creative Circle. Directed by Keith Schofield for Caviar, the concept art is widely admired with Olly hosting a "Caviar Connects" on the secrets behind his design and build.
Olan Collardy nominated for Best Cinematography at Berlin Music Video Awards29 | 05 | 20
Olan Collardy's DJ Regard "Ride It" has been nominated at the Berlin Music Video Awards, scheduled to live stream on the 30th May. Director Meji Alabi out of Black Dog takes us on a drug fuelled, dark yet stylish underworld journey. Impressive light from Collardy as always..
Mr. Ben's "Skeleton" Film is released online29 | 05 | 20
This darkly funny short film is delicious blend of murder, northern soul and sex lines, coupled with a touching performance from Carrie Cohen. Directed by frequent collaborator Richard Hunter, Mr. Ben's design and rich styling is super strong and spot on.
Eoin Mcloughlin's "Lea" 16mm Film29 | 05 | 20
Directed by James and James, this delicate and beautifully short film visualises emotional struggles, moving far from home surrounded by strangers and missing friends and family. Eoin Mcloughlin says "It's always a pleasure shooting with James&James, as they put so much into their personal projects, this was no exception. The lads had very specific ideas about the images they wanted to create and with a solid crew it came together seamlessly. There were challenges for sure - lighting a dark set at 4am, expecting the sun to break at dawn - framing in next to darkness hoping the pushed film (2stops) would render images! But ultimately we made a film that was really close to what we initially set out to do. And that doesn't happen often!
Studio Augmenta Sign29 | 05 | 20
Super excited to welcome Production Designer duo Studio Augmenta to the Vision Roster. Girl Team Hatty Ellis-Coward and Stephanie Kevers join the roster ready to deliver inspired and original work across fashion, music, commercial, installation and experimental design. Working with Object and Animal, Black Dog, Somesuch and Pulse on projects including Jorja Smith, Popcaan, Kenzo, Dior, Hermes they are an incredible addition to the Vision Family.
Hatty studied English at Sussex University - her interest always lying within story telling, world building and characters. After a short stint as a costume designer, Hatty decided this was not for her and subsequently began assisting for pioneering set designer and creative Shona Heath for a good 5 years followed by stage designer Es Devlin.
Stephanie as a child was massively influenced by Pop culture, and her idea was to work in animation or interior design. After interning on a Belgian animation called "A Town Called Panic" a two year Scenography degree followed, but when an opportunity to work as art director assistant on a film in Paris directed by Tsai Min Liang arose she jumped at the chance!
The duo met when they shared a studio together and realised they had a strong connection over music and cultural references. Hatty and Stephanie also share a love of music, they both produce, put on parties and DJ. Stephanie played in various festivals and other parties in Belgium. The club scene in Belgium was saturated with techno and male promoters. She really wanted to give a new platform to showcase all our favourite DJs and PDA nights were a big inspiration. Being involved in the music scene has given the duo access to a lot of opportunity for press picture album covers and music videos and has aided them in building their portfolio and aesthetic.
Hatty and Steph say "The backbone of Augmenta’s visual style has always had something quite tripped out about it. We are both interested in quite a DIY, hand touched aesthetic. But also simultaneously the idea of The Impossible and optical illusions. We are always trying to find a middle ground between these two different influences. I think its what marks our collaboration out – so much is possible with digital rendering these days but we always want it to happen in reality. Sometimes we have the motto – why make it easy when it could be difficult".
2020 Nominees at British Craft Awards14 | 02 | 20
This year Vision Artists have 3 Production Designers nominations at the British Craft Awards!
MIKEY HOLLYWOOD has two - both out of Academy Films - for the epic Playstation "Tear" directed by Frederic Planchon and Adidas x Prada for his fabulous miniature work with Lernet and Sander.
OLLY WILLIAMS is shortlisted for his bonkers design on his Virgin Train contraption. This was directed by Keith Schofield our of Caviar.
GOOD LUCK GUYS !!
Goldfish is nominated for a BAFTA16 | 01 | 20
Thrilled for DEEPA KESVALA and her Short Film "GOLDFISH" that has been nominated for a BAFTA.
Directed by frequent collaborator Hector Dockrill, and produced by Benedict Turnbull out of Pulse and BFI.
This brilliant short is a social realist drama based on the true story of knife crime in London.
The ceremony is on the 2nd February.
Production Designer Mr. Ben15 | 01 | 20
Introducing the wonderful Mr. Ben (Vicente Ben) for fashion, print, installation, short film and commercial work.
Originally from a tiny fisherman costal village located in Galicia, Mr Ben. studied in Media communication in Santiago de Compostela, before moving to Madrid for his final year. After a call from a design school in Madrid he completed his masters in Production Design. Mr. Ben promptly landed an internship in the art department of a TV drama, was offered a job just two weeks later and spent the next 4 years working in TV dramas and doing some small and more creative side projects. However, he wanted to spread his wings outside Madrid and the Spanish industry. London was calling....
After a move to the U.K, he design, interior and fashion projects developed in number and size, and now boasts an impressive collection of high end fashion, installation, set build and commercial work, peppered with some really interesting short films. His style is Spanish grandeur to Poundshop chic, demonstrating both a rich and pastel palate and tone.
Also worth mentioning his his Saudi Adventure. In 2017, due to his profile in Spain, experience in period drama and bi-lingual abilities, Mr. Ben was headhunted to join the art department of the 1st film ever produced and filmed in Saudi Arabia. Moving to Saudi for 3 months, he became the 1st ever art department buyer in Saudi History.
We will leave you with a link to his work including Glamour Italia, Marie Claire, Sloggi, Puma, Dunkin, EE, One Plus and the most recent of his short film releases "Skeletons" directed by Richard Hunter.
The End Of The F***ing World22 | 11 | 19
Brilliant tone and light from Vision Artist' BENEDICT SPENCE as he shoots the first 4 episodes The End Of The Fucking World Season 2. Spence is a regular collaborator with Forbes, but this is some of their finest work together starring the brilliant Craig Roberts and Jessica Barden.
Check out Benedict's Narrative page for more...HERE
Ryan Eddleston7 | 11 | 19
RYAN EDDLESTON is a fabulous new addition to Vision Artists' narrative division in particular, bringing with him award winning and nominated Feature Films, including premiere at Tribeca Film Festival – Dolly Wells’ GOOD POSTURE, BFI London Film Festival – Jessica Hynes’ THE FIGHT and two films at the Edinburgh Film Festival – Jamie Adams’ BALANCE NOT SYMMETRY and BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY. Ryan is also nominated for the BAFTA Cymru for his cinematography for THE FIGHT.
After graduating from Cardiff University in Journalism & Film, Ryan began his career shooting documentaries, and in 2014 was double nominated for his cinematography for AMERICAN INTERIOR and THE POET WHO LOVED THE WAR: IVOR GURNEY, winning the BAFTA Cymru for the latter. Ryan is adept at capturing unapologetically strong performances in often intimate and vulnerable environments, particularly with leading women. A talent that was evident in his work on Alice Lowe's directorial debut PREVENGE.
To view more of Ryan's work including his commercial work, click HERE
Nike7 | 11 | 19
Our Spike shoots another stunner .. this time for Nike.
"Our A cam spent it’s day on a Movi M15, rigged in a team effort with the help of AC heros Raúl Menéndez and loader Klára Rychtarčiková, and Ali & I shot a few 100’ 16mm rolls on my Bolex across the day. Keeping the B camera as something simple you can quickly grab is always a great shout, and the Bolex was perfect to nip off with on a project like this filled with unit moves and transport time. A good few of the shots on film that made the cut were squeezed in during packdown times & lens changes :)
Trying to squeeze in four locations and unit moves across one day isn’t without it’s compromises of course and we did have to pick our battles on which scenes we could light properly, but gaffer Jazz Bhalla made a much appreciated effort in the schedule we had. Inside the gym we were in a real pinch and only had time to unscrew some of the more frontal overhead house lights - we decided to cover the scene just on the Bolex, loaded 500T to contrast our white balance against the daylight balanced practicals for effect, dragged in a flag, and made the most of it"
To check out this spot and more of Spikes work click here http://spikemorr.is/
Michael Kiwanuka "You Ain't The Problem"17 | 09 | 19
Deepa Keshavla's latest striking music vid is for Michael Kiwanuka's "You Ain't The Problem" directed by frequent collaborator Leonn Ward. Keshvala achieves these visuals with ARRI 416 + ultra primes. Grade is by Jack McGinty.
To view this video and more of Deepa's promos CLICK HERE
Underwired Festival17 | 09 | 19
Vision have a total of 6 cinematographers nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the Underwired Festival. Anna, Deepa and Evelin the best of luck!!
Dir. Christian Kinde. DP. Anna MacDonald (NOMINATED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY)
Dir. Jessica Bishopp. DP. Anna MacDonald (NOMINATED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY)
Dir. Faye Jackson. DP. Ann Evelin Lawford (NOMINATED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY)
Dir. Paul Frankl. DP. Ann Evelin Lawford (NOMINATED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY)
Dir. Deepa Kesvhala. DP. Deepa Keshvala (NOMINATED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY)
Dir. Nadia Latif. DP. Deepa Keshvala (NOMINATED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY)
Also in the festival are the following films..
The Bris of Michael Moshe Solomon
Dir. Coral Amiga, DP. Anna MacDonald
Oats and Barley
Dir. Charlotte Regan. DP. Jim Jolliffe
Dir. Raine Allen Miller. DP. James Blann
Underwired Nominees19 | 08 | 19
Stafford Clark is nominated for Cinematography for his light on Ketones "Model Man" at Berlin Commercial. This promo was directed by Rob Brandon for Kode Media.
Meanwhile at Underwired Ann Evelin Lawford has 2 films nominated for Best Cinematography - "Changeling" directed by Faye Jackson and "Gold Star" directed by Paul Frankl. Deepa Keshvala's film "Kara" which she wrote, directed and shot is also nominated for Best Cinematography.
Production Designer Kelly Sinclair Smith16 | 08 | 19
Canadian born Kelly Sinclair Smith was raised in Hong Kong and then finally made the move to London after completing the International Baccalaureate, graduating with a 7 in both higher-level Film studies and Arts. She then went on to train at The London Met Film School where she graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Practical Filmmaking. With Terry Ackland-Snow as her mentor at Film Design International at Pinewood she completed the Art Direction course, certifying her in draughting for film and television.
All of her experience has put in her good stead to straddle all genres and Kelly is now working on commercials, music videos and shorts, most notably with a range of directors from Academy Films including Billy Boyd Cape and Luke Davies.
Kelly makes a fab addition to our Emerging Talent Team....
Check out more of her work HERE
Arthur Loveday22 | 07 | 19
We are thrilled to welcome cinematographer ARTHUR LOVEDAY to the Vision roster, who brings with him striking content, promo and in particular fashion and beauty work.
Loveday developed his fascination for filmmaking through skateboarding and was obsessed with making skate films as a kid and teen, experimenting with cameras, lenses and shooting hand held. His passion is shooting stills, especially 35mm and medium format film. After graduating from film school at LCC, Arthur earned his stripes and worked his way through the ranks as a trainee, AC and spark before lighting full time.
Working with fashion giants Vogue, Chanel, River Island , Matches and Reiss, Arthur's distinguished tones and palate run through his light. His content work includes brands for Adidas, Nike, Timberland and we eagerly await his latest piece with Dan Emmerson and Somesuch for NHS.
Ann Evelin Lawford "Visercal Artist"30 | 05 | 19
Check out this "Visceral Artist" article featuring our own ANN EVELIN LAWFORD in this month's British Cinematographer...
A candid, authentic and open view of life on and off set.
Take a read HERE
Gucci "Second Summer of Love NYC"30 | 05 | 19
We are thrilled to welcome emerging cinematographer IGOR SMITKA to the Vision roster, who draws major inspiration from his background in Fine Arts, particularly photography. In his work, he strives to achieve a balance between authentic storytelling and a timeless visual language.
He loves to create an everlasting aesthetic for his audience which can’t be assigned to a certain period of time. Short films that Igor lensed were screened at many international film festivals and won multiple awards.
In his personal projects, he likes to use film as a tool of empowerment that gives him the possibility to tell the stories of interesting characters or minorities who otherwise would remain unheard/unseen.
SMITKA has since worked on some stunning and highly creative projects with director Adam Coska Keller of Stink. Igor initially met with Adam when the director was one half of duo with Evelyn Bencicova - but so far only in Photography field. Adam was at the time experimenting with video but after they met things organically transitioned into the pair collaborating mostly on video projects. This became the start of the most extraordinary and exciting collaboration!. It was thanks to their personal projects and short films that the offers became flooding in - the first bigger one being Gucci sneaker campaign in 2016.
The eagerly awaited "Rite Of Spring" shot at the Royal Opera House has also just been released. This is a powerful and graceful Nowness film which features and extraordinary group of dancers with Down's Syndrome who have captured the revolutionary spirit of the riot-inciting ballet. Another Smitka-Keller treat!
Find out more and watch the full film HERE
To see Igor's work including Gucci click HERE
Spike Morris' "Horrors" is shortlisted at Berlin MVA4 | 04 | 19
Emerging Talent SPIKE MORRIS' eerie promo is nominated for BEST EXPERIMENTAL at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Spike says "We shot the Horrors promo on the oddly named FLIR Systems A8303SC MWIR. We were kindly supported by FLIR themselves who flew out an engineer for a prep day in London, as the camera was pretty much just a raw sensor designed for science laboratories; the camera can't record internally or be powered from any battery solution, continually auto-exposes, and requires a bulky windows laptop connected via ethernet to access the menus of the camera. It also cruelly recalibrates, abruptly losing picture without warning every 30 mins.
After what resembled more of a science lesson rather than a camera prep day, complete with textbooks on infrared light, Rudd (FLIR) and I learnt a lot from each others industries' demands and I went back to Thom & JP (in/out) with our limitations. It was hardly an ideal setup, but as with all filmmaking you're forced to adapt around the things you can't change, and in the end we worked out that a dolly & track in the coldest London studio we could find would suit us best.
Capturing light that you can't see with the human eye is obviously a really unusual way to shoot.. and great fun too. Inbetween takes the crew found it hard to resist putting different objects infront of the camera to see what they looked like, and I eventually got the hang of controlling the exposure using hairdryers, fans, water and air conditioning units.
Finally, the in/out guys are exactly the kind of directors I love to shoot with since they're such After Effects experts. A lot of the footage you offer them ends up remixed, distorted and taken even further, which I've always found really inspiring".
Thanks for that Spike!
Hollywood is nominated at UK MVA4 | 04 | 19
Thrilled that MIKEY HOLLYWOOD is nominated for his technical build and design on JACK WHITE'S "OVER AND OVER AND OVER". Previously shortlisted at the UK MVA, this is a well deserved nomination. Directed by US for Academy Films. We are rooting for you Mikey! Awards take place on the 29th May.
Lanna wins Best Production Design4 | 04 | 19
So very thrilled for MARIE LANNA who won BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN at the 2019 British Arrows for her incredible design on Kim Gehrig's ground breaking Viva La Vulva... A great night was had by all!
Anais "Lost My Faith"24 | 03 | 19
Emerging Talent OLAN COLLARDY lights this striking Anais "Lost My Faith" music video for Dumas Haddad out of Partizan. Collardy chooses 35mm Kodak stock with Cooke panchros, 250D exteriors and 500T for the interiors to achieve these striking visuals. On location in a corn field in Kent.
To view this future star's work click below for commercial, music video and narrative work
Olly Williams signs22 | 02 | 19
So very thrilled to welcome OLLY WILLIAMS to Vision's Production Designer roster....
After studying Film and Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art, Olly went onto spend a number of years in the design teams of various stage projects, including The Donmar Warehouse under Sam Mendes, The National Theatre and Royal Opera House alongside various dance projects with Matthew Bourne.
The following years saw him building two simultaneous careers; one as a sought after Production Designer (more to come on this) and another as one half of the Directing Duo Diamond Dogs, creating some iconic vids for the likes of Robbie Williams, Maximo Park and The Cribs.Olly has gone on to have a successful solo career within directing at HSI and then onto Another, but this is complemented with Production Designer work.
Olly's design is highly technical, big build design work, with a niche in scale model and miniatures. His incredible design on MONEY SUPERMARKET "Dirty Dancing" featuring He-Man and Skeletor won an Arrow for BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN at the British Arrow Craft Awards 2018. This was directed out of Blink with regular collaborators The Bobbsey Twins. Olly works with other high end directors at Blink including Nick Ball, Phillipe Templeman and Dougal Wilson. Williams has also recently worked with Tom Kuntz and Ian Pons-Jewell at MJZ and Academy.
Keshvala and Lanna are nominated at British Arrows!21 | 02 | 19
DEEPA KESHVALA and MARIE LANNA are nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN for their superb work on Libresse "VIVA LA VULVA" at British Arrow Crafts Awards 2019
Directed by Kim Gehrig for Someusch, this wonderful "girl team" have collaborated to create this groundbreaking and innovative film for Libresse.
Awards take place on 27th March!
"Mothering"25 | 01 | 19
Super thrilled to announce that NICK MORRIS' delicate and beautiful short film "Mothering" has won at the London Short Film Festival 2019. Written and directed by Lucy Bridger and produced by Ailsa Vanessa Tapping this short tells the story of a young girl Mia, arriving at her new foster home where she unexpectedly has her first period.
"Mothering" is just another example of Morris' accomplished lighting and this film has been given the nod at many festivals in both 2018 and this year including Best British Short.
Do take a look at this exquisite film and Nick's other award winning narrative work HERE
Close25 | 01 | 19
Cinematographer MALTE ROSENFELD lights Noomi Rapace action-thriller feature film CLOSE which has just been released on Netflix. Directed by Vicky Jewson Malte shot on location in Morocco on Alexa XT / Mini & 27mm Cooke S4 to achieve these slick and impressive cinematic visuals. Close takes us on a journey following a female bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert protecting a rich young heiress which involves a violent kidnap.
Writer and director Vicky Jewson worked closely with Jacquie Davis, who is the inspiration for the storyline. One of the leading female bodyguards in the world, Davis helped to bring a badass character to life and to quickly teach Rapace how to breathe and think like a walking war-machine. The aim was to revise the stereotyped idea of male-dominated security services and deliver a female protagonist who is strong and violent, but in the words of Rapace, her portrayal “doesn’t need to be sexy, it just needs to be real”.
This film adds to the exciting wave in cinema of female film makers. Take a look at the stunning, action packed trailer HERE