Here’s a couple of sneaky images from a soon-to-be-released project that I’m very excited about having directed. It’s a music video for New York musician Benjamin Scheuer and his band Escapist Papers. The song is called The Lion and it’s off their latest album The Bridge. It’s a beautiful song and as an accomplished shower singer I can say pretty catchy too. A great privilege to make a video for it, and to have had the opportunity to work so closely with Benjamin. I also want to mention the masterful compositing skills of Russell Etheridge, whom I met at The Mill last year and who has brought tonnes of skill to this video.
Here’s a spot I worked on that may have caught your eye on tele over the summer: a trailer for series 9 of The Dragons’ Den, introducing new dragon Hilary Devey. Check out the shoulder pads. Wowzers. I provided character animation (of the dragons, not Hilary - she’s real apparently). It was directed by the talented Simon Crabtree and produced by Red Bee Media for the BBC. A tough job because of the tight turn-around required, but great fun.
Back in November I directed four idents for the new Volkswagen Caddy. They’ve just been launched on the Discovery Channel, and you’ll soon be able to see them on my website, but in the meantime I thought I’d post some early design work. The inspiration was broadly speaking New Yorker style cartoons, crossed with Tandem’s very own Simon’s Cat, to which the agency creatives at Iris had taken a shine. Originally I designed the characters you see below, but after some creative discussion with the agency, I changed them to make them more cartoony, something you’ll be able to see in the finished product. The canoeist and the chap preparing to swing across the ravine didn’t make it into the final selection.