Festival of Slaps wins Best British Short at BIFA!5 | 12 | 23
Big congratulations to Vision's Anna MacDonald and Paix Robinson for their win at BIFA! Anna shot and Paix deisgned for Festival of Slaps, an action packed short straight from the palms of a Nigerian mother, who on one fateful night serves her son a set of slaps so powerful that it will change his life forever. Festival of Slaps explores the 'misconceptions of Pan African parenting and the clash of modern life'.
Abdou Cissé, the writer and director, told Directors Notes 'I wanted to challenge the lack of representation of our biggest unsung heroes, creating an authentic space for my mum to be seen on the big screen. Like to truly see her, in all her glory and stripping away the misunderstood to make way for the truth. Where she, like many black women, don’t fit this Western archetype of a hero, but the truth is they are superheroes in the purest sense'.
Well done to the whole team behind this fantastic short, which you can watch here!
BIFA Best British Short Longlist24 | 10 | 23
A few members of Vision have work on the BIFA Best British Short Longlist:
LIONS written and directed by Beru Tessema, with costume and production design by Paix Robinson.
Good luck to all! Watch this space for the nominations...
Luke Harper and Anna MacDonald at the Iris Prize13 | 10 | 23
Vision's Luke Harper and Anna MacDonald both have work at this year's Iris Prize, in the Best British Short category.
Goodbye Python, written and directed by Frankie Fox and shot by Luke Harper, follows the story of a computer scientist Kai. When the funding is cut from their grief healing program Kai is ordered to shut down Python, a conscious computing system. Guiding the computer to sleep Python runs the simulation on Kai against protocol, and they are forced to confront the person they need let go of the most.
You can also watch The Talent at this year's festival, written and directed by Thomas May Bailey and shot by Anna MacDonald. On the set of a luxury car commercial, an overlooked assistant seizes his chance to get noticed by the star....Filmed entirely on a Virtual Production Stage, The Talent is a lyrical meditation on masculinity and becoming.
Congratulations and good luck to both!
Vision at the UKMVAs 20236 | 10 | 23
We're excited to announce a few members of Vision have nominations for work at this year’s UKMVAs. Cinematographers Spike Morris, James Blann, Eoin Mcloughlin and Courtney Bennett all have work heading to the awards, as well as Production Designer Jade Adeyemi. See below for the list of our nominees. Congratulations and Good luck to all!
BEST DOP – Spike Morris
With ‘Forget Me’ by Lewis Capaldi and ‘It’s Crazy’ by J Hus nominated in their respective genre categories, it’s been a big year for Spike - whose work on Wesley Joseph’s ‘Sugar Dive’ and Arlo Park’s ‘Impurities’ have also been highlighted as stand out pieces.
Best Rock Video UK – Squid ‘The Blades’ shot by James Blann. Directed by Kasper Haggstrom and featuring Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts, Feel Good).
Best Alt Video UK – Hak Baker ‘Doolally’ shot by Eoin McLoughlin and directed by Hugh Mulhern.
Best Pop Video UK – Lewis Capaldi ‘Forget Me’ shot by Spike Morris and directed by Louis Bhose.
Best R&B Video UK – Ezra Collective ft. Kojey Radical ‘No Confusion’ designed by Jade Adeyemi and directed by Douglas Bernardt.
Best Hip Hop/Grime Video UK – J Hus ‘It’s Crazy’ shot by Spike Morris and directed by Taz Tron Delix.
The beautiful 'Mobay/Stay Close' by Jords and shot by Vision’s Courtney Bennett is also up for Best Production Design in a video.
Vision at London Film Festival 202326 | 09 | 23
Congratulations to Vision members with work heading to this year’s London Film Festival! Cinematographers Anna Macdonald, Kia Fern-Little, Jonas Mortensen and Spike Morris along with Production Designer Paix Robinson all have films showing across the event. Head to the London Film Fesitval website for showtimes and read below for more details of each film...
Anna shot and Paix designed FESTIVAL OF SLAPS, written and directed by Abdou Cissé, which is an action-packed short that explores the misconceptions of Pan African parenting and the clash of modern life.
Also shot by Anna is ASOG, directed by Sean Devlin and set in the wake of a destructive typhoon, ASOG is a witty combination of road movie and docu-drama that follows non-binary Jaya, as they travel across the country in the hope of winning a beauty pageant.
Kia's THE GIRLS ROOM, written and directed by Tracey Lopes is a coming-of-age short that follows three girls as they share a bedroom throughout a transformative year.
Spike’s SEEKERS, written and directed by Josh Feder is a short set in the Summer of 1995, during which the faith of a couple living in an isolated UFO cult is put to the ultimate test when a huge comet appears in the night sky, fulfilling a long-awaited prophecy.
Jonas’ feature film BONUS TRACK, directed by Julia Jackman and written by Mike Gilbert & Josh O’Conner, is the story of a teenager aspiring to be a musician, who decides to team up with the son of a rock star to try and win the school talent show.
AREA BOY, designed by Paix is a short film written and directed by Iggy London that follows Eli, a young teenager torn between two worlds, who tries to balance fitting in with finding his true identity after he moves to a provincial town. Excitingly, AREA BOY has been nominated for Best Short Film. Good luck to all those involved!
SUCH A LOVELY DAY also designed by Paix is a short that you can catch at the festival, directed and written by Simon Woods.
You'll also be able to watch PRAY, a short written and directed by Caleb Azumah Nelson and designed by Paix that traverses grief, hope and first love -it's a portrait of brotherhood that looks at what we will do for the people we love, how we find joy in the midst of overwhelming despair, and how community can lift us up.
Production Designer Hugo Harris joins Vision Artists1 | 09 | 23
We are excited to announce that Production Designer and Sculptor Hugo Harris has joined Vision.
Hugo studied MA Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in sculpture.
After graduating, he travelled internationally working on large scale sculptures and installations for world renowned sculptor Phyllida Barlow. Through this, he developed his passion for material experimentation and composition, which has inspired and informed his set design.
Hugo’s sculptural work is primarily concerned with the human body and material experimentation. He enjoys incorporating the skills that he’s developed through his art practice, like life casting and metal work, within elements of his production design.
He has worked across commercials, narrative and music for companies such as Stink, Somesuch, Pulse, Knucklehead and Iconclast. Check out some of his work here.
Lorena Pagès featured in Cinematography World17 | 08 | 23
Vision’s Lorena Pagès has been featured in this month’s Cinematography World magazine in their ‘Ones To Watch’ feature.
Discussing all things cinematography, she delves into her favourite films, what she has learnt on her journey so far, and shares some of her best and worst on-set moments.
Greatly inspired by cinematographer Claire Mathon and director Céline Sciamma, in three words, Lorena describes her cinematography as ‘Passionate, sensitive and warm’.
Two For The Road wins at Galway Film Fleadh24 | 07 | 23
Two For The Road picked up two awards at the Galway Film Fleadh – Best Short Drama and Best Cinematography in a Short Film. Congratulations to Vision’s Eoin McLoughlin for the beautifully shot, emotional portrait of a father-son relationship.
Director Lochlainn McKenna said that the film ‘explores the malleability of children and the influence our parents have on us and that love really can triumph… and that that, perhaps, isn’t always a good thing.’
'We shot the film on glorious 16mm Kodak stock on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and for me the whole film looks and feels like a 90s memory' he said.
The film was produced by Heritage – a female led, net zero production company set up by Gráinne Dwyer and Fiona Dwyer in Skibbereen.
Well done to Eoin, Lochlainn and the rest of the team! We are looking forward to seeing this film travel across the festival circuit!
Olly Williams wins at Creative Circle Awards19 | 07 | 23
Congratulations to Olly for winning Gold in Best Production Design and Bronze in Film Craft at this year's Creative Circle Awards!
Titled ‘Suzuki Good Different’ Olly was the perfect fit for the unique campaign. It’s a playful celebration of the perception around the brand as a proud outlier, with cars that are different to everything else on the market.
Olly created detailed 3D models of all the weird and wonderful sets, for them to then be recreated perfectly in Bulgaria. Working with Merman and ad agency Iris, Olly also directed the ad, with pretty much all of the action playing out in camera - including knitted wool balls running down tracks and genuine knitted cardigans for the Suzuki Viatra.
However, the project wasn’t without its drama – a torrential downpour on a shoot day led to a flood in the studio...Luckily the set that was ruined was one that they had already filmed, a very close call!
Massive congratulations to Olly for his work on the project and a well-deserved win at the Creative Circle Awards!
Benedict Spence joins the BSC8 | 06 | 23
Vision's Emmy-nominated DoP Benedict Spence is welcomed into the BSC.
Benedict is know for his work on This is Going to Hurt, Alma’s Not Normal, In My Skin and cult favourite The End of the F***ing World.
Congratulations to Benedict!
DOP Will Hanke joins Vision Artists8 | 06 | 23
Will Hanke is an incredibly popular and highly sought after DOP in the world of film and television.
Having lit for a variety of production companies, Will’s TV credits include ‘Feel Good’ for Netflix, ‘Everyone Else Burns’ for Channel 4 and all 3 seasons of ‘Starstruck’ for BBC/HBO Max.
Will is as hilarious and personable as he is talented. Welcome Will!
Bonus Track and Asog at Cannes8 | 06 | 23
Cannes Great8, run by the BFI and British Film council, has programmed Bonus Track shot by Jonas Mortensen. The film is a coming of age story about a musically gifted, small-town 16 year old George.
Asog, shot by Anna MacDonald and directed by Seán Devlin, will also screen as part of the Canada Documentary Showcase. The doc profiles a non-binary Filipino comedian who survived Super Typhoon Haiyan but lost their TV career when the storm destroyed the studio.
Congratulation to Jonas and Anna!
BAFTA TV Awards8 | 06 | 23
Congratulations to both Mood, shot by Nick Morris, and This Is Going to Hurt, shot by Benedict Spence for their nominations at the BAFTA television awards.
Both shows were nominated in the mini-series category, with Mood taking home the award.
Costume Designer Leena Mistry Signs20 | 04 | 23
Leena Mistry is a highly sought-after and well resepected London-based freelance Costume Designer and Fashion Stylist. Born and raised in Leicester, Leena graduated with a respected BA in International Fashion Marketing at Manchester Met University before pursuing her lifelong ambition - a career in Costume with the TV & Film industry.
Leena is a force of nature. Bubbly, quirky, enthusiastic, determined and organised. Her eye for detail is impeccable and she works very collaboratively, often sharing great ideas which look to elevate the costumes, in turn making the characters feel more real, which contributes to the world building of the story.
Soon after moving to London, with thanks to her commitment, persistence, natural talent and passion, she was soon awarded work as a Fashion Stylist working with major brands and styled advertising campaigns including Clarks, Lulu, Guiness, Kipling and Birkenstock. She went on to secure work as a freelance fashion stylist working on Ecom shoots with stores such as Harrods, Selfridges and House of Fraser
Mistry was soon scouted by Director Rajinder Kosher and was invited to design for her short film GIRL LIKE YOU. The success of this film paved the way for a striking array of narrative, commercial and music video work.
Genres include: Coming of Age, Horror, modern-day and period drama.
Working within longform her credits include; SACRIFICE directed by Andy Collier & Tor Main, WE DO WHAT WE CAN directed by Kwaku Awuku-Asabre, SNEAKERHEAD directed by Simon Neal, GIRL LIKE YOU directed by Rajinder Kochak and AL SARAB and ROOM FOR TWO both directed by Riff Ahmen, the latter being offically selected for BFI Flare.
She has designed for the likes of Vodafone, Hotels.com, Dominios, Netsky, Manscaped, Sons of Raphael within commercials and music vids to name a few. We are thrilled to have her on board.
Aartthie Mahakuperan joins Vision’s new Costume Designer department...20 | 01 | 23
Before finding her way to Costume Design, Aartthie studied Human Geography at Kings College London and went on to work in Advertising as an Account Manager working with companies such as Lowe London and Delaney Lund Knox Warren. Having always been interested in style and how a garment could tell a story she decided styling was really where she wanted to be. She assisted a range of stylists before becoming a fully-fledged Costume Designer. Her love of clothing as both an art form and a storyteller has acquired her work across fashion, commercials, E-commerce, music videos and film working with the likes of Vogue, Tatler, Wonderland, VCCP, Prodigious, M&C Saatchi, Adidas, Samsung, L’oreal, Estee Lauder and many more.
We are very pleased to welcome Aartthie to the Vision roster!
Welcome Production Designer Stefania Lucchesi to the Vision roster!13 | 01 | 23
Stefania was born in Warsaw Poland she is half Polish, half Italian. She spent several years in America, splitting her time between New York attending NYFA and LA where she directed short films and worked on personal projects. Before discovering her passion for Production Design, Stefania worked at a variety of different companies within the creative industry. Working at Dazed as a Graphic Design Intern, an Art Director Intern at Simmonds Ltd working on creatives for Balenciaga, Zara, and Gucci, plus assisted with Casting & Production at Rosco Production. She found her way to Production Design through The Magnet Agency working as a Studio Assistant, assisting the designers from the agency allowing her to learn from some of the best in the UK.
Lucchesi finds inspiration from experimental and surreal movies and artists that explore the absurdity of life. Drawing a lot of inspiration from retro music videos, performance art and video art, Americana, folklore and popular culture. She has worked with the likes of Adidas, Object and Animal, Blink, Juicy Couture, L’Oreal, OB Management, Lez Creative, Absolut, Charlotte Tilbury to name a few.
Costume Designer Florence Jones joins Vision...2 | 12 | 22
Florence has over 10 years of experience within the industry. She works mostly out of her studio in Hackney, which has an extensive collection of contemporary and vintage stock. She studied fashion promotion and communication at Ravensbourne University which led into jobs within retail and buying including working at both London and Paris Fashion Week. After assisting some of the most talented Costume Designers within the industry, Jones went on to become a HOD herself working across commercials, music promos and stills for Adidas, Guinness, Nike, Adobe, Samsung, Lexus, New Balance, Reebok, Ray-Ban, produced out of the likes of Academy, Iconoclast, Riff Raff, Pulse, Blink, Stink and Radical Media. We are thrilled to add Florence's super stylish design to the Vision roster.
Formally introducing Paix Robinson to the Costume Designer roster! ️24 | 11 | 22
Oakland raised, London based, multi-disciplinary artist, Paix, has received two Bafta Cymru nominations for his film ‘Father of The Bride’ written and directed by Rhys Marc Jones \ Robinson. He has also designed on Pulse Films short ‘Pillars’, Channel4 ‘Digging’ and ‘Pale Saint’ also written and directed by Rhys. Commercial credits include Levis, British Vogue, Tiktok, JD Sports, Badoo, Bumble, Agile, Greatcoat and Pulse Films.
Amy Thompson joins Vision's Costume Department...23 | 11 | 22
Costume designer & stylist Amy Thompson was born and raised in Hackney, now based in her studio in South Tottenham. She studied at London College of Fashion where she trained as a costume maker. She has a background in trading vintage clothing, sourcing vintage stock and running stalls across North London. This is where she found a passion for collecting vintage clothing, which has now been transformed into a love for acquiring unique and one-of-a-kind pieces to be used for costume design & styling jobs.
Straight out of university she started designing for low budget music videos and short films and discovered a real love for storytelling and working closely with directors on narrative projects. Thompson has worked on a multitude of NFTS, BFI & Film London short films which led on to designing for her first feature film ‘Sweetheart’ directed by Marley Morrison. ‘Sweetheart’ has gone on to have great festival success and recognition from BAFTA, BIFA and many more. As well as narrative projects she enjoys working on commercials, getting absorbed in the fast paced and creative environment. Having designed commercials for brands such as Toyota, L'Oréal, Coco Pops, Dominos, BUPA, Vinted, Butlins, ASUS. We a very excited to see what’s next for Amy.
Welcome Lydia Kovacs to Vision’s new Costume Designer department!22 | 11 | 22
Before Lydia found her feet in Costume, she studied Theatre at university. This led her into TV Production where she worked as a PA and PM for commercials. From there she spent 4 years at Beyond Retro as a Vintage Pricer falling in love with vintage clothes, ‘the evolution of style and historical trends’. Combining her experience in production and apparel she turned her hand to Costume Design and Styling for commercials and music promos working with the likes of Merman, Riff Raff, Sweetshop, Starbucks, Vodafone, Pets at Home, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Ben Liam Jones, Nicolas Davies etc.
Sustainability is very important to Lydia and she predominantly uses second-hand items from her studio, stock rents amongst other stylists and costume hire houses. She is working on an expansion of her studio and a collaboration with the second-hand supplier, The Salvation Army. This relationship means she can acquire huge amounts of stock, in turn providing other designers with pre-owned contemporary clothes to hire from one place, saving them the need to hunt in multiple charity shops. Contact and follow her Instagram @styleitgreen2022 for updates.
Director of photography Lorena Pagès joins Vision!11 | 11 | 22
Spanish born Lorena was first inspired by films such as "Elephant" by Gus Van Sant and "The 400 Blows" by Truffaut. From there her interest in framing, lighting and especially cinematic language grew. Pagès started shooting small music videos and short films on a DSLR camera, filming, lighting and editing; until making the decision to focus solely on Cinematography. She moved to London where she worked as a camera assistant on high-end TV dramas and feature films such as "Taboo", "Trust", "The Kid Who Would Be King". Gaining her first big opportunity via Tobias Schliessler ASC who asked her to operate camera and shoot splinter units on the feature film "The Good Liar" (Warner Brothers).
Lorena has worked on commercials for Hermès, Miu Miu and Google as well as music videos for Måneskin and Harry Styles to name a few. She has worked on the award winning short “Tótem Loba", directed by Verónica Echegui and most recently shot second unit on the Film "Greatest Days" a musical, directed by Coky Giedroyc. We look forward to seeing what is next for Lorena.
Jaime Feliu Torres has been nominated at Camerimage for Best Cinematography...10 | 11 | 22
Congratulations to Jaime on his nomination for Best Cinematography for Florence and the Machine ‘My Love’ directed by Autumn de Wilde. This is one of three music videos that Jaime has shot with Autumn for Florence’s new album ‘Dance Fever’. In ‘My Love’ we see Florence and her band performing in a 1920s Art Deco inspired space. There’s a feeling of anxiety and panic as the scene unfolds with Florence’s appearance reflecting this.
Good Luck Jaime!
Awards takes place on 16th November in Toruń, Poland.
Courtney Bennett has been nominated for best Cinematography at British Short Film Awards for The Mourning Bird...7 | 11 | 22
The Mourning Bird directed by George Somner is a coming-of-age film that pivots on themes of adolescence, morality, family, and grief. The film follows KY, a 13 year old boy whose brother has recently been murdered. Overwhelmed with grief and unable to articulate the way he is feeling in a conventional manner, he begins to find comfort in an unlikely place.
Awards takes place on 14th December 2022!
Luke C Harper wins best cinematography at the Young Arrows!28 | 10 | 22
Congratulations to Luke for winning best cinematography for Casablanca ‘Apartamento’ directed by Rashid Babiker. It was Rashid’s 80’s Japanese advertising book that gave them inspiration when creating the look and style of the film. Some of Luke’s own words on the project...‘The attention to detail and intricate design of the collection was unreal to have in frame and getting to capture it through the format of 16mm, made the film look and feel timeless’.
Congratulations to Kai Blamey Nguyen and Luke C Harper who have been nominated for Best Cinematography at the Young Arrows!24 | 10 | 22
Kai has been nominated for his work on the recent Cass X Prada spot directed by Axel Morin. We see a surreal performance within a white walled room, highlighting the Cass x Prada trainers and custom-made one-of-a-kind masks.
Luke’s nomination is for his conceptual Casablanca ‘Apartamento’ ad directed by Rashid Babiker. Filmed on 16mm this spot pays homage to 80’s Japanese commercials.
The Young Arrow Awards take place Wednesday 26th October.
Good luck Kai and Luke!
Ryan's 'Grav' wins Best Film at BAFTA Cymru...13 | 10 | 22
Eddleston's film 'Grav' (dir. Marc Evans) wins Best Film at the BAFTA Cymru. The drama, which has been adapted from the acclaimed stage show created by Owen Thomas, Peter Doran and Gareth John Bale in the Torch Theatre, looks at the life of Ray Gravell, one of Welsh rugby's most revered figures. He played a phenomenal 485 times for Llanelli Rugby Club. As well as playing for Wales, he became a British Lion, achieving the pinnacle of his sport. When his illustrious playing career ended, he became a successful commentator, pundit, actor and television personality.
Olly Williams wins silver for best production design at the Kinsale Shark Awards!13 | 10 | 22
Congratulations to Olly for his silver win for best production design for Suzuki's brilliantly bonkers commercial ‘Good Different’ which he also directed for Merman productions. The campaign was created by Iris to convey Suzuki as the proud, fun and friendly outlier. Williams created 3D models of all the sets before building them to life-size scale. The opening ‘S’ flap was created with the electronics of a toy truck and a hand knitted cardigan was actually made for a life-size Suzuki Vitara.
Production Designer Fin Sullivan joins Vision!23 | 09 | 22
Fin Sullivan is a freelance Art Director/ Production Designer born, raised and working in London. He studied painting and then worked as an artist. He lived in Barcelona for 4 years working in the art department for Film and Television. This is where he started designing, building smaller sets and fell in love with the designing process – the problem solving, and creativity involved. Now back in London he has been focusing on projects across fashion, advertising and music.
Sullivan has worked with the likes of Believe Media, Blink Productions, Academy Films, Stink, OB Management, Ground Work, Knucklehead, Park Village, The Sweetshop, Agile, Greatcoat, Partizan, Bullion, Adidas, Bentley, Smeg, Dazed, Under Armour and many more.
Welcome Tim Fok to Vision!16 | 09 | 22
Tim first discovered his passion for filmmaking through his love of skateboarding. After taking a Film Technology course, he worked for several years as a camera operator, working on music promos and content before taking the step to becoming a full time DOP.
Fok has a number of sport and food / table top commercials under his belt working with the likes of Academy Film, Lurpak, Agile, Sasha Rainbow, Pukka, Michael J Ferns, The Gate Films, Carex, Paul Butterworth, Simon Willows to name a few.
Olly Williams discusses his tricks of the trade...12 | 09 | 22
Check out the Little Black Book article where Olly talks us through the way he balances and integrates the role of both Director and Production Designer. He lets us in on how he prepared for his recent Suzuki 'Good Different' Campaign for Iris Worldwide.
Jade Adeyemi joins Emerging Artists!9 | 09 | 22
Jade is a British-Nigerian multidisciplinary artist whose work combines Production Design and Art Direction. Her work offers a colourful approach to visual communication, as she creates immersive worlds across: fashion, advertising, music, experiential design and event installations. She graduated from Goldsmiths University where she studied Design - here she learnt to master her skills of curating spaces. Her cultural upbringing and ongoing influences provide a canvas for her to tap into an array of textures, art forms and palettes, which in turn amplifies her visual storytelling.
Jade has worked with a number of brands and artists including: Facebook, LinkedIn, M.A.C., Vogue - Richard Quinn, Nike x Patta, Ahluwalia, ASOS, Adidas, Selfridges - Sean Brown, Microsoft, Bumble, Havana Club, Highsnobiety, Greater Anglia Railway, Vodafone, Agent Provocateur and more.
Ryan Eddleston has been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award...8 | 09 | 22
Congratulations to Ryan who has been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award for Photography and Lighting: Fiction for the feature film ‘Grav’ (dir. Marc Evans) which has also been nominated for best film. ‘Grav’ produced by S4C is a biopic about welsh rugby hero Ray Gravell played by Gareth John Bale. The drama has been adapted from the acclaimed stage show of the same name created by Owen Thomas, Peter Doran and Gareth John Bale.
Trying Season 3 Out Now!28 | 07 | 22
Jonas Mortenson collaborated with director Elliot Hegarty on the new season of Trying an Apple TV ‘Dramedy’ written and produced by Andy Wolton. Trying follows the journey of Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall), a couple who really want to become parents but struggle with conceiving a child. In order to have the baby they decide to adopt, only to face a whole list of new challenges and surprises that come with the adoption process.
Season 3 we see them as new parents to two children that they are still getting to know. Thrown straight into the parental deep end, Nikki and Jason’s relationships with each other and with their nearest and dearest are tested as they desperately try to navigate the ups and downs of parenting - while hanging onto their kids, and their sanity.
Welcome Moritz Moessinger to Vision!29 | 04 | 22
Moritz discovered his love for film and photography in his early youth, when he started to experiment with his parent's analogue photo camera and MiniDV camera. His love for being immersed into a story through images or documenting a moment with his camera grew from there and ignited his desire to pursue a career as a photographer and filmmaker.
He received a bachelor's degree in Audio Visual Engineering where he learnt about the technical aspects of creating images. Moritz started to gain professional working experience, during his studies, on set as a lighting technician and AC on student films as well as commercials and TV productions. To fully focus on his creative work, he moved to Scotland to study Cinematography at the Screen Academy in Edinburgh. During his time in Edinburgh, he worked on several projects taking on the role of DOP as well as spending some time on set as a Gaffer and AC. In order to make the jump to a full time DOP, Moritz moved back to Germany and applied at the Hamburg Media School for a MA in Cinematography, where he graduated in 2016 after shooting various award-winning short films.
After graduation, he started working on commercials, music-videos as well as feature films and drama-series. He has worked with a number of established companies and brands such as Mercedes Benz, Sky Sports, Adidas and Porsche to name a few. We most recently introduced Moritz to Somesuch where he worked on Sigrid x Griff ‘Head on Fire’ music promo with director CC Wade. We are thrilled to have him onboard.
‘Master of Light’ wins the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at South by Southwest...22 | 03 | 22
Congratulations to Jurgen Lisse for his win at SXSW for ‘Master of Light’ directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten. The documentary introduces us to George Anthony Morton, a classical painter, who developed his skills during a decade in federal prison. He started making paintings in prison that were good enough they gave him leverage: Morton recalls using them to justify a transfer to a less dangerous facility. After his release, he found his way to an art school in New York and further opportunities to study the history of painting. He hopes that the career he has built will help family members see a life for themselves beyond the cycle of poverty, crime and jail.
‘Master of Light’ has been described by Indiewire as ‘a gentle and graceful film defined by the capriciousness of sight. Some scenes by cinematographer Jurgen Lisse wrap the subject in a chiaroscuro lighting, wherein their visibility is defined by shadows. Others are bathed in near blinding, overexposed sunlight. Each extreme only adds rather than subtracts melancholy and personhood.'
Luciana nominated twice for Best Cinematography at Underwire Film Festival7 | 03 | 22
The first nomination is for the short film ‘The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be’ directed by Adeyemi Michael. Set in the year 2080, climate change has forced nearly all humans to flee Earth, those who remain are forced to live an isolated nomadic existence. In the desolate landscape, we see Dez who forages for survival, until a piece of the past is unearthed leading him and others on an unexpected mission.
The second is for a short directed by Carmen Mueck titled ‘White Rocks’. On a remote stretch of coast, Mara, Kate and Lois are holidaying abroad. Within their small clique, tensions and divisions have formed and Lois has become the scapegoat. The sudden arrival of a man amongst the white rocks gives Lois a way back in, but as the pecking order shifts the women find that more than status is at stake.
Check out more of Luciana’s work here.
Congratulations to Olly, Marie, Kai and Rhys who are all shortlisted at The British Arrows Craft Awards...3 | 03 | 22
We are thrilled to have four Vision members nominated. Olly Williams' brilliantly bonkers Money Supermarket ‘Calm Bull’ has the nod from the Best Production Design category, where we follow a very chilled bull keeping its cool in some of the most stressful situations. Marie Lanna is nominated for Best Production Design for her stylish Diet Coke ‘Just Because' which celebrates the mischievous and light-hearted spirit of its fans.
Kai Blamey Nguyen and Rhys Warren have been selected for Best Cinematography within the Young and Emerging Talent Award. Kai for his sleek experimental Prada SS21 Fashion Film and Rhys for his beautifully lit Umbro x West Ham United ‘We Are East London’ commercial.
The Awards take place on the 31st March.
To see more of their work please click on the links below:
Ben Spence’s new series ‘This Is Going to Hurt’ is out now...15 | 02 | 22
Spence shot the first four episodes of the series, ‘This Is Going to Hurt’, directed by Lucy Forbes and starring Ben Whishaw. The series is an adaptation of Adam Kay's biographical book, of the same name, about life as a junior doctor working on the obstetrics and gynaecology ward for the NHS. The seven-part series which was also written by Kay has been described as ‘painfully funny, heartbreakingly honest’. The series shows how tough, tiring and rewarding at times, life as an NHS doctor is.
The show has been very well received and in particular Ben Whishaw’s portrayal of Adam Kay has been highly commended. Kay’s humour and behaviour at times can make him a pretty unlikeable character but with Whishaw's beautiful performance we, the audience, sympathise and are coaxed over to his side. The show also has a brilliant cast of supporting actors such as Michele Austin who is a calm and all-knowing senior midwife, Tracy. Plus, Ambika Mod who plays the nervous trainee doctor, Shruti, that Kay is mentoring.
Cinematographer Stephen Dunn signs to our Emerging Artists Division3 | 02 | 22
Dunn graduated in 2014 from Film School in Bristol where he discovered his love for all things cinematography. He moved back to London, where he began Running and worked his way up through the ranks, the traditional way, within the camera department. Camera Assisting for 7 years for some of the top DOPs across features, tv drama and commercials, he truly learnt the craft of cinematography and was exposed to lighting on a much larger scale. In the summer of 2021, he took the plunge and starting DPing full time. Stephen has worked with a number of brands such as Verve Clicquot, New Balance x Foot Locker, Loreal and he recently shot The Kooks new music video ‘Connection’ with director Paul Johnson Rojas.
Welcome aboard Stephen!
Paix Robinson has been selected as a participant at Berlinale Talents 2022!24 | 01 | 22
Congratulations to Paix who has been recognised by Berlinale Talents for his stunning work as a Production Designer / Art Director. He has been described as ‘a cross-over artist, whose creations move between fashion, art, advertising, and film’. Paix will be participating online at the Berlinale Talents Labs Week commencing 12th - 17th February.
Nick Morris’ short Film ‘The Tunnel’ has been longlisted at the BAFTA Awards!14 | 01 | 22
‘The Tunnel’ written and directed by Arash Tiani tells the story of three refugees who are running the race of their lives from Calais to Dover. They travel through the Euro Tunnel, trying to beat the trains and overcome their terror in a bid to reach their freedom and start new lives in the UK. The film was produced by Ana Griffin of Griffin Pictures originally as proof of concept for a feature film.
Big congratulations to Nick and the team!
Tim Gibson’s ‘Alma’s Not Normal’ Wins Best Comedy Programme At The RTS Awards!26 | 11 | 21
Gibson designed for the award winning series ‘Alma’s Not Normal’, directed by Andrew Chaplin. It is a BBC2 series about Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women. The series is written and executive produced by Sophie Willan, who also plays the role of Alma. After a recent break-up, Alma tries to get her life back on track. But with no job, no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, it's not going to be easy...
Anna MacDonald's On The Edge: Superdad is now on All 4!15 | 11 | 21
On The Edge, is a BAFTA nominated collection of dramas produced by BlackLight Television, a Banijay UK company. This series explores the impact of mental health in families, depicted through the lens of different parent-child relationships and brought to life through three exciting genres – a romantic comedy, a road trip and a horror.
Anna's episode 'Superdad', written by Daniel Rusteau and directed by Theo Krekis, tells the story of a road trip between a father and son, Keon (Martin McCann) and Wesley (Joseph Obasohan). Keon, who has been absent for most of Wesley's life, shows up out of the blue to whisk his son away on an adventure...
Cinematographer Luciana Riso joins Vision Artists!24 | 09 | 21
We are thrilled to welcome Luciana to Vision. Luciana is a Columbian/Italian DOP, based in London, she graduated from NFTS in 2016. Riso has worked on a variety of commercials for brands such as Ellesse, Vivienne Westwood and Tommy Hilfiger, in addition to a number of edgy music videos. Luciana brings stunning narrative work in the form of shorts, documentaries and her recent debut feature ‘Ear for Eye’ directed by Debbie Tucker Green. Tucker Green adapted her acclaimed 2018 Royal Court stage production for the screen. With original music composed by Luke Sutherland and tracks by Sons of Kemet, Run the Jewels, Little Simz, Kano and FKA twigs the film inter-twines beats, dialogue, visuals and music shifting through time and place.
‘Ear for Eye’ premieres at the 65th BFI London Film Festival and BBC iPlayer on 16th October.
We would love to introduce Paix Robinson to the roster...17 | 09 | 21
Oakland raised, London-based, multi-disciplinary artist Paix Robinson believes in building inclusive worlds and creating honest characters. Paix is an experienced Production Designer and Costume Designer, particularly for narrative and commercial content. Commercially Paix has worked with the likes of British Vogue, BBC News, JD Sports, Pulse Films and Kode. He has had two Bafta Cymru Nominations, the most recent for his latest film ‘Father of The Bride’ written and directed by Rhys Marc Jones. The other being his short film ‘Pale Saint’ nominated in 2020. Paix took on the role of Costume and Production Designer for both films.
Nick Morris, Luciana Riso and Dan Atherton’s short films have been selected for BFI London Film Festival.13 | 09 | 21
Nick Morris’s ‘Know The Grass’ written and directed by Sophie Littman is about a 15-year-old girl, Mattie, who has vivid dreamlike premonitions, which she is encouraged to ignore by her older brother Marco. But Mattie begins to sense that these visions might have more substance than they would like to believe.
Luciana’s ‘Ear for Eye’ directed and written by Tucker Green is an adaptation from a stage production, which explores the themes of demonstrations vs direct action, violence vs non-violence, the personal vs structural across Black families, friends, students and older generations in contemporary British and American society and features a soundtrack from artists including Run the Jewels, FKA twigs and Kano.
Dan Atherton’s ‘JOY’ directed by Alexandra Brodski, is about a group of children in a secure care home for troubled kids (some of whom have even committed crimes). They live their lives under really strict discipline, until one of the residents - a 12 year old girl who has renamed herself Beyoncé - comes up with a brilliant way of giving her friends a sense of freedom within the confines of the home - through a wild and original form of dance and movement.
It's definitely worth checking out these brilliant shorts!
BFI London Film Festival takes place 6th - 17th October
Evelin van Rei shoots on Kodak Super 8mm for C4’s four-part drama ‘Deceit’7 | 09 | 21
Evelin featured in a recent online article for Kodak; discussing how she used Super 8mm to shoot flashback/memory scenes when working on the 2nd Unit for C4’s acclaimed true-crime drama 'Deceit'. The graininess of celluloid film really helps with portraying the look and feel of memory and the past. To find out more information and the technicalities of Evelin’s experience with using Super 8mm check out the article linked below.
Introducing Cinematographer Alex Bender!26 | 08 | 21
We welcome Alex to the roster!
Alex is a London-based cinematographer, he has an extensive amount of experience particularly within commercial work. He specialises in high speed and liquid work, most recently working on a commercial for 71 Gin with director Mert Alas as well as several shoots for Johnnie Walker. He has worked with Prada, Nike and Adidas along with car brands such as Audi and Bentley. Alex prides himself on his versatility and his craftsmanship.
Cinematographer Luke Harper joins Vision!9 | 07 | 21
We are excited to announce that Luke has joined our super talented Emerging Artists roster. Harper specialised in Cinematography at the University of Westminster where he discovered his passion for shooting on film not only for the aesthetic but for the on-set discipline. He loves collaborating early into a project and seeing it through from ideas to delivery.
Luke started shooting grime/rap videos for the likes of Tinchy Stryder and Bugzy Malone. Moving on to collaborating on Fashion and Commercial projects for Gucci, The Northface, Nike and many more. He has worked with Arlo Parks on a number of stunning shoots as well as had the opportunity to shoot documentaries in Jamaica, Czech Republic and Cyprus, to name a few. We are thrilled to have him on board!
Thrilled to announce Kai Blamey joins Vision!18 | 06 | 21
Introducing Cinematographer Kai Blamey to our Emerging Artists division...
Born into an Anglo/French/Vietnamese family of artists, Kai studied Fine Art filmmaking at Kingston University. With past experience as a camera assistant, Electrician and Gaffer Blamey has got himself a sturdy foundation for all things technical. As a keen stills photographer and passionate scholar of film histories, his influences cross cultures as well as centuries: Alex Webb, Wong Kar-Wai, Khalik Allah, Jaques Tati, Arthur Jafa, to name but a few. Kai has some impressive Fashion/Commercial work under his belt, he has worked on campaigns for Hugo Boss, Prada, and Valentino and most recently a Dazed x Burberry collaboration.
Congratulations to Olly Williams who wins Silver at the Shot Awards18 | 06 | 21
Olly’s collaboration with director Ian Pons Jewell on Squarespace ‘Launch It’ is awarded Silver at Shot Awards. This commercial shows us the creation and lift off of a wide variety of websites. We are brought into the world of an eclectic collection of companies from Sculptors, Beekeepers and Farmers to Russian doll makers.
Kia Fern Little named Cinematography World’s ‘One to Watch’11 | 06 | 21
Cinematography World have chosen our very talented Kia Fern Little as ‘One to Watch’ in their 2nd issue. We are thrilled to see that Kia is getting the recognition she deserves and can’t wait to see what beautiful work she creates next. Well done Kia!
Welcome Sarah Asmail!10 | 06 | 21
We are thrilled to announce Production Designer Sarah Asmail has joined our Emerging Artists division.
Sarah graduated from UAL Chelsea College where she studied Interior Design and has a strong selection of work under her belt so far in music, film, live events, fashion and installations. Asmail has collaborated with a number of artists including Wesley Joseph, Shygirl, Arlo Parks and Jorja Smith. Most recently she worked with Tawbox for the Brits 2021 taking on the role as Art Director creating the set for Arlo Parks’ performance and has designed for several other live shows for Parks including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
We look forward to seeing what stunning work she creates next!
Thomas Bird signs to Vision Artists29 | 04 | 21
Bird studied illustration at Brighton University where he started experimenting with 3D, creating sculptures, headpieces and maquette using simple materials. After graduating he developed his knowledge of fabrication and installation by working on the design and production of window displays for Selfridges, which then led him into the world of set design. He loves creating large, detailed immersive sets, creating worlds that have an unusual quality to them. He is always looking to create something that is unexpected with intricate details that shine through.
Thomas has spent the last 7 years working in fashion and stills creating sets for the likes of Marni, See by Chloé, Fendi and Kenzo. Over the last year he has been focused on developing and expanding his moving image commercial work. He has worked on a number of striking projects with brands including Bershka x Billie Eilish, Nike x Skepta and River Island. We are thrilled to have him on board!
Courtney Bennett selected for BMVA’s Silver Screening!16 | 04 | 21
Bennett’s collaboration with Shan Phearon on One Acen’s music video for ‘Nigeria’ has earned him a nod at the Berlin Music Video Awards. In this action-packed vid, we see One Acen fight off masked intruders with newly discovered powers, including shooting bullets from his fingertips! Nigeria displays futuristic elements throughout, the story is told in chapters similar to that of Sci-Fi movie franchises, with the final chapter ending on a trippy note.
Congratulations to Olly Williams who wins Silver at the British Craft Awards!29 | 03 | 21
We’re delighted to announce that Olly’s collaboration with director Keith Schofield for Virgin Trains has won him Silver for Best Production Design at the British Craft Awards. His kooky contraption is a mystifying masterpiece! We see a mad mishmash of all the things Virgin Trains have to offer crammed onto a souped-up street bench.
Mikey wins Silver for Best Production Design at the British Craft Awards!29 | 03 | 21
Congratulations to Mikey who takes Silver at the British Craft Awards for his impressive work with Playstation ‘Feel the Power of Pro’ directed by Frederic Planchon. His epic creation of an abandoned underwater world, that all started from one tear, is certainly something to be admired.
Anna’s Film ‘Good Thanks, You?’ Wins Best Short At Kinsale Sharks!26 | 03 | 21
Anna Macdonald’s collaboration with director and writer Molly Manning Walker has won Best Short Film at the Kinsale Shark Awards. ‘Good Thanks, You?’ is a thought-provoking drama about a 16-year-old girl, Amy, played by Jasmine Jobson, who is dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault. We see how she struggles with the additional trauma of reporting the crime and how her life is now forever changed from this event. It’s definitely worth checking out this powerful award winning short!
Jonas Mortensen Won Best Cinematography!25 | 03 | 21
Mortensen’s collaboration with director Sarah Clift on The Birth of Valerie Venus has earned them a win for Best Cinematography at Kinsale Sharks. A merge of horror and comedy we see Valerie, played by Jane Guernier, a frustrated wife of a vicar struggling with an unseen force that seems to have possessed her hands. With a great use of imagery there’s no surprise this brilliantly made short is getting the attention it deserves.
Dan Atherton's new series 'The One’ is now on Netflix…19 | 03 | 21
This Adaptation of John Marrs’ 2017 novel is set in a, not so far away, future world in which computers can run your DNA through a database and predict your perfect love match. However, this love-focused company is not all that it seems, there’s something more sinister going on. This stylishly shot series created by Howard Overman stars Hannah Ware as Rebecca, the recklessly ambitious CEO and co-founder of MatchDNA. Definitely a binge-worthy series to watch! Dan shoots Episode 7 and 8 directed by Brady Hood.
Another nomination for Benedict Spence’s In My Skin!4 | 03 | 21
In My Skin has been nominated for Best Drama at the Royal Television Society. This darkly comedic coming of age series directed by Lucy Forbes is definitely a must watch!
The award ceremony takes place on 16th March.
Rhys Warren Signed to Emerging Artists19 | 02 | 21
Introducing Cinematographer Rhys to our Emerging Artists division...
Warren began his Vision journey within the Camera dept at CREW. We are thrilled to welcome him as a fully-fledged cinematographer! Since graduating in 2019 from Ravensbourne University he has worked on a number of striking Music Videos and Shorts. He has a passion for working within analogue and shoots much of his work on 16mm film. He regularly achieves stunning visuals with frequent collaborator director Milo Blake, most recently on a promo for artist Lava La Rue set on a London underground train.
Introducing Kia Fern Little to Emerging Talent5 | 02 | 21
Cinematographer, Kia, signs to our Emerging Artists division...
A Bournemouth Film School graduate, Kia shoots both digitally and on 16mm stock. She has a passion for creating work that evokes an emotional response, whilst also playing around with some fun camera trickery and her film influences and inspirations include La Haine (1995) and The Lighthouse (2019). Kia brings with her a wealth of music video experience. She has recently collaborated with director Anna Fearon for singer-songwriter Hope Tala. Kia is also looking to branch out and put her stamp on more Narrative focused and storytelling work.
Theo Boswell Signs to Emerging Artists23 | 11 | 20
Introducing Production Designer Theo to our Emerging Artists division...
Since graduating from the NFTS in 2019, Theo has some accomplished and impressive work under his belt. He brings strong expressive Concept Art and Set Design to the roster with Commercial, Music Video and Animation experience. Working with established brands including Ikea and Uber, Theo is always looking for new engaging narratives to design for. He recently collaborated with Director Charlie Manton on the Student Acadamy Award Winner short film 1st November. We look forward to seeing what is next for Theo!
Jurgen Lisse Signs to Vision Artists20 | 11 | 20
A superb addition to the roster is new signing JURGEN LISSE
Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, Lisse used a bank loan to buy his first camcorder. He then enrolled in the Netherlands Film Academy, juggling coursework and jobs in film, television, and advertising.
Since graduating, Lisse has been in constant demand across TVCs, music videos, and drama. His passions lie in story telling and narrative work where he creates the most special, dreamlike and striking visuals.
Special mention to just released Adidas dance film 'Triple Black' directed by Billy Pols and 'Rooted in Shadow' directed by Bobby Delatierra which both showcase his exquisite light.
Ranya El Refaey signs to Emerging Artists2 | 11 | 20
Production Designer Ranya signs to our Emerging Artists division..
The Wimbledon College of Art graduate started out in theatre, fashion, and installation art, and how since made the the successful transition into music videos working with both Black Dog's Jade Jackman and director Jocelyn Anquetil. More recently she has designed for Femke at Canada on commercial work - soon to be released!
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