Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Laser Engraved Tattoos

I just found this on Geeky Tattoos.
Do NOT try at home.


Geeky Tattoos

I spent too long trailing through this, but it's too GOOD!!!

Check out this POWER GLOVE tattoo!!! Totally rad!


Tuesday, 22 December 2009


Awesome finger-tricks.

thanks to Jan Janecek for sending this one my way

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Turkey Part 3

The Trilogy is complete!
Created in collaboration with Owen Silverwood for music searchers Major Tom.
A Christmas Dinner like you've never seen before...


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Part 2 of the Turkey Trilogy

There's one more to come after this.
And it's snowing in London! What more could a guy ask for to get into the Christmas spirit.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Pancake Mountain

Ok, so I feel as if I've been sleeping under a rock to have missed this show for so long, but today (thanks to Fever Zine) I discovered Pancake Mountain; possibly the coolest TV SHOW EVER...


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Rejected Christmas Card Design No. 53

I've been obsessed by turkeys for the past few weeks as I've been asked to design a Christmas card for BlinkArt.
Here's my personal favourite, which they rejected. Shame shame.
More to come soon.
Just to get everyone into the festive spirit.


Saturday, 5 December 2009

Neil Swaab

Owen Silverwood

I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Mr Owen Silverwood on a project commissioned by the music searchers Major Tom. It was a really fun, and quite messy, experience. The results will be posted up here in the very near future, but for now, please drool over some of Owen's previous work.
Needless to say, with such a talented man behind the camera, I am VERY happy with the results from our project, and can't wait to show you all.


Thursday, 3 December 2009


I just found this re-edit someone's done for the Sasha Remix of "Earthquake" by Little Boots. It really stresses the amazing effects work created by the guys at Munky (with some slightly bad effects work on top, but there is some nice mirroring!) I lost count how many times the beginning shot is repeated, but rightly so! Big hand to YouTube user R0B01001 for creating it. Lovely...


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Best Things About Having "The Fame" by Lady Gaga on 12" Vinyl...

The fact that I got it for £8 off eBay, and this....

I'm a loser

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Culture Show Wallace & Gromit Special

An hour of pure unadulterated animation appreciation.
Click on Gromit below to a link to BBC iPlayer to watch


However, I was slightly disappointed of Screening Room's heavy focus on Aladdin, and not mentioning the "whale" sequence from Pinnochio (unfortuately this hasn't got the AMAZING bit with the whale's tail crashing into the ocean), but the amount of detail that goes into the animated waves and water is astounding...

But a brilliant excuse to get wrapped up in applauding the hours of painstaking work the technique involves, and when done right, I believe, is truely the ultimate artform;

Monday, 23 November 2009

Saman Keshavarz

So, I went to BUG at the BFI last week (it's my monthly fix of ace new music promos on the big screen).
This piece by new comer (and 23 year old) Saman Keshavarz for Cinnamon Chasers is totally awesome. It starts off like a standard POV video, but stick with it, it gets reeeeeal good.


Saturday, 21 November 2009

Kyle Bean

My good friend Kyle Bean has just blown my mind with his HAND CRAFTED card work for Police Dog Hogan's new EP.





Friday, 20 November 2009

Ramona Falls - I Say Fever

Fabulous animation by Stefan Nadelman


Sunday, 15 November 2009


A nice little piece in this month's Dazed and Confused magazine!




Thursday, 12 November 2009

I Want It That Way

This is awesome. A totally brilliant use of multiple webcams.
One of those ideas where you're gutted not to have done it before.
BIG thanks to Rob Rowley for forwarding me this one.


Tuesday, 10 November 2009


It actually hurts to love Gaga this much.
Blown away yet again by her amazingness.
Good direction by Francis Lawrence.
GREAT styling by Haus of Gaga


Jarvis + Son

The cutest father/son combo ever?


Monday, 9 November 2009

RIP Jerry Fuchs

Today brings really sad news... Jerry Fuchs (drummer for !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Turing Machine, Maserati, and The Juan Maclean) has died at the age of 34 in a horrifically tragic accident.
According to the New York Post, Fuchs died after trying to leap from a freight elevator at a charity fund-raiser event in NYC on Saturday night.

Jerry Fuchs, 34, who drummed for West Coast dance-punk band !!! (pronounced "chk chk chk") and the Georgia-based psychedelic instrumental ensemble Maserati, tumbled five stories shortly after 12:30 a.m. inside 338 Berry St., cops said.

"It's a manual freight elevator, and it stopped somewhere above the fifth floor," said Buildings Department spokesman Tony Sclafani.

Sources said Fuchs and his pal opened the elevator door and attempted to jump the 3 to 4 feet separating the elevator from the fifth floor.

He fell and landed at the bottom of the shaft. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he died at 3:30 a.m.The friend landed safely, but a piece of Fuchs' clothing caught on the elevator, causing him to be yanked backward as he jumped, sending him swinging back into the crevice separating the elevator from the fifth floor.

So unbelievably sad.



Saturday, 7 November 2009


It's a Saturday, so I've got 2 extraordinary cakes just for you...

Tom Selick...

and the Millennium Falcon...


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Adriano Celentano

So, it's not proper English. Infact it's gobbledigoop. But I love it.


Sunday, 1 November 2009

Adam Powell

I really like his new video for Jamie T...


Tuesday, 27 October 2009


Hold on.
What's that he's using as a microphone!


Sunday, 25 October 2009

Extra Hour

Today the clocks changed, and with my extra hour I chose to spend it watching bad Nirvana covers on YouTube.

Words can not describe.

Via Loserville.tv

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Anthony Dickenson

As I mentioned in my interview with It's Nice That yesterday, I can't believe this guy didn't win Best New Director at the UK MVAs. I feel REALLY guilty.
This is just awesome...


Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Little Boots "Earthquake" featured!




The Moray McLaren video PLUS a little piece I've written to accompany the video are both featured in the Autumn/Winter Issue of FILE DVD Magazine.
Created by one half of the team that brought us the ground-breaking Specialten, I am super chuffed to have made it into this magazine. Especially as it has a super hot photo of Brigitte Bardot on the front.


Monday, 19 October 2009

BBC 6 Music Interview

CLICK HERE to listen to me and James Bretton talking to BBC 6 Music's Danny Wallace talking about the promo for Moray McLaren - We Got Time.
(Interview starts at 2hrs 16min into the show)


It's Nice That



BBC 6 Music

Today I am polishing my praxinoscopes and am off to see Danny Wallace at BBC 6 Music to have a chat about the music video I created earlier this year for Moray McLaren "We Got Time".
I don't know exactly what time I'll be on, but Danny's show runs from 13:00-16:00 (he's standing in for Cerys Matthews at the moment).
If you feel like listening in on a DAB Digital Radio, or online that'd be really nice. Otherwise, it'll be on the fabulous BBC iPlayer soon after the show's finished, and I'll be sure to post up a link.

To say I'm excited would be an massive understatement.


Friday, 16 October 2009


My new Little Boots promo for "Earthquake"...

NB. Please pay particular attention to the second verse where we've created a stroboscopic effect by synchronizing the frame rate of the camera to that of dripping stream of water. Each droplet is unique, but has been captured in mid-air with such precision that it gives the impression of a single droplets being held mid flight. This effect was not created through stop-motion animation techniques, or through computer trickery, but was matched live on set with a camera turning over at 12 frames per second in order to allow the artist to lip-sync and interact with the water in real time.
And I'm really proud of it :-)

Director - David Wilson
Producer - Tamsin Glasson
Production Company - Colonel Blimp
Commisioned by Tim Nash at Atlantic / 679
Director of Photography - Will Bex
Art Direction - Emma Roach
Styling - Steven Westgarth
Water-Droplet Effects - Complete Fabrication
Telecine - Aubrey Woodiwiss
Flame Artist - Judy Roberts at Munky
After Effects Artist - Christopher Bristow at Munky

Thursday, 15 October 2009

'Boards Front Cover

Here's the front cover I designed for the new 'Boards magazine (September/October '09 Issue).
It's mainly a US publication, but you can buy it in some of the larger bookstores in most city centers in the UK.
I'm really chuffed to get a front cover. Thanks 'Boards!!


Wednesday, 14 October 2009


So, I walked away with two MVAs last night! Just mind-blowing-ly insane.
I'm a very happy (slightly worse-for-wear) man today!

- Best Budget Video (Rock/Indie) for Moray McLaren - We Got Time

- Best New Director

Thank you to EVERYONE that voted. It means more than you'll ever know.


Tuesday, 13 October 2009


MVAs tonight!

Little Boots "Earthquake" promo is now complete, and will hit your computer screens on Thursday.

Here's a still to wet your appetite!



Sunday, 11 October 2009

Ian Wright

Ian Wright has just done a lecture for It's Nice That.
Ian was a HUGE inspiration to me as a student. He was my final year tutor, and really encouraged me to push my work. I've got a lot to thank him for.
I recommend you set aside 30mins at some point in your day, maybe even this restful Sunday evening, and enjoy this short talk and his work...

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Remix = Credits

Bizarrely, two of the best recent promos I've seen are for remixes, and both of them play on the concept of music playing with credits at the end of a movie...


Keith Schofield's promo for Justice and Lenny Kravtiz...


The Sound of Arrows "Into The Clouds" (Fear of Tigers Remix). Directed by The Sound of Arrows and Mattias Johansson

Winner = ARGH! I just can't decide!! The Sound of Arrows is SO cute, but then Keith Schofield's is really clever, but then The Sound of Arrows is excecuted better (but then I have a slight incling it may be created by piecing together stock footage), but then someone gets shot IN THE HEAD at the beginning of the Justic video!


Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Worried Shoes

LOVE this song at the moment. Can't actually WAIT for this movie, and I'm saddened by the news that the October 16th release date is only in the US now (WTF!!!) and the UK has to wait until December.
Karen O's cover of Daniel Johnston's "Worried Shoes".


Monday, 5 October 2009

Slip n' Slide

Correction... EPIC slip n' slide.


Saturday, 3 October 2009

Licky Long-Time

New video for Depeche Mode, directed by Eric Wareheim.
The whole video takes a twist in the second verse, and goes from being ok to super amazing!


Thursday, 1 October 2009

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

A Few Nice Interviews...

I seem to have been interviewed a fare bit recently, which is always really nice. Here are two of them.



Hope you enjoy!


Fantastic analogue effects produced for a live recording of Jon Hopkins at the ICA.
Created by Bison (aka Dave Bullivant and Owen Silverwood) going mad with magnetics on TV screens...

"The 'post production' on this video was unorthodox: All analogue and all in-camera.

We were really keen on making a gritty, abstract performance video. So we set to work with magnets, screwdrivers, VHS tapes and a host of other techniques: We made an initial edit and played this back through a £3 TV we picked up at the local market, and 'manipulating' it with a screwdriver allowed us to flutter and flicker the image on screen. We'd also bought an industrial strength magnet and used that to distort and twist the picture on itself. We made several runs through the track in this way before playing everything out to VHS (with obligatory stomping and scrunching).

This effectively gave us a new set of footage to make a tailored, grunged-up edit of the original piece."



Tuesday, 29 September 2009

And the Nominations Are...

ARGH! I'm super excited, and not really sure what to do with myself. My work's been nominated for 3 awards at this year's UK Music Video Awards (MVAs), and I've been nominated for Best New Director!!!

We Have Band (Best Budget Video Rock/Indie/Alternative, Best Editing)

Moray McLaren (Best Budget Video Rock/Indie/Alternative)

The Awards Ceremony takes place on October 13th at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square.
I'll be sure to keep you posted!


Monday, 28 September 2009

Friday, 25 September 2009

Date Me

Fancy a date?

BIG Thanks to Chris Pell for this one - the source of all awesome video content on the internet

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Little Boots Shoot

Sorry I've been lazy on the blog recently. I'll try better!
Just shot a new music promo for Little Boots' new single Earthquake on Tuesday (she very kindly asked me back after the last one!). Check out some pictures from the shoot below...








Photos by Joshua Lawrence

Monday, 21 September 2009

You Passed So Bad Gas



Saturday, 19 September 2009

Literally Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thanks to Tim Main for this awesomeness!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Motion Capture

Who invented Motion Capture...


Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Wild Beasts With OneInThree

My good friends Bugsy Steel and Ross Cooper (otherwise known as OneInThree) have just created an awesome promo for Wild Beast's "All The King's Men"...

If you didn't catch OneInThree's first collaboration with this band last year, then check this out NOW...


Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Trick Shot

Classic example of YouTube cutting the video clip just that little bit too short!


Monday, 31 August 2009

Pixel Mirror

yet another gem from Random International.


Friday, 28 August 2009

Reading Festival

Having to give up both my Glastonbury and Bestival tickets this year, this Sunday is my only little gem of summer festival time I'll get to experience this year.
However, due to the nice people at Directors Notes I'll get to do so for free (check it out! I'm kind of opening the festival (film wise) - I don't know whether this is a good thing or not, considering usually at festivals, the lower down the bill, the shitter you are, but hey, at least I'm there!). They're running a film tent ever night at the festival, and tonight they'll be showing my promo for Moray McLaren "We Got Time". I could have gone to the festival today, but instead I did a little swap with Kristofer Strom (whose promo for "Animals" by Minilogue is being shown on Sunday), and I'm going to go on and see the likes of...Radiohead, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metronomy, Passion Pit, Adam Buxton, Jeffery Lewis, and The XX (to names just a few) ALL in one day!
Plus, if last year's anything to go by, the crowd should be one of the liveliest in the UK. Exhausting, but fun. Awesome.

Of course, this isn't my first time at Reading Festival...

... OK, so what you can't really see here is the 21 year old me, walking onstage in a big black wig (I was supposed to be Nick Zinner) and fucking up my words infront of 50,000 people. Yes, I have the footage from the BBC broadcast, and no, I'm not going to put it online.
BUT what I am going to do is this! Forgive me, but this is still the HIGHLIGHT OF MY LIFE! so I'm gonna milk it 'til the cows come home...




(that said, I still think I would have made a HOT Karen O)


Thursday, 27 August 2009

8-Bit Trip

Lego mayhem! Take THAT Gondry.

Thanks to James Bretton for forwarding this my way.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Inventing Worlds

I've just watched the new trailer for Spike Jonze's "Where The Wild Things Are"...

Where the Wild Things Are Trailer #2

and what I really took from it is this sense of imagination. It really brought home one of the really truely wonderful thing about directing, and that's the ability to completely run into your imagination, and create a world through the screen. You can then share it in a way that the viewer can not only see and hear, but also be emotionally touched by. It's a really romanticized view, and sometimes you want to portray the real world, and other times you just want to run away from it and create your own.
Inspiring stuff. It just makes me want to sit down with a pen and drawing pad and escape.

Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Featurette


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The XX

I got really into The XX's debut album (entitled "XX") this weekend, and I reccommend you check it out ASAP.
Hopefully I'll get to see them this weekend at the Reading Festival as well.

Check out their video for Crystalised, which is available for free download from iTunes this week. GO FRIGGIN' GET IT (and then buy the album)!


Monday, 24 August 2009

Pixel Roller

Random International's rapid-responce printing tool. It still seems as if it's in its developmental stage but....


Thursday, 20 August 2009


Director Shilo and creative director Andre Stringer come together to create this visual stunner for Australian duo band, BrotherSister.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Christopher Smith

I am thoroughly enjoying Christopher's work at the moment. His passion, and the fun he has creating his projects really shines through. This is truely inspirational stuff and HIGHLY recommended browsing...


Monday, 17 August 2009


So, Noah Harris' TalkTalk commercial came out at the weekend.
Just as a little factual nibble; the animated doves and fox are all drawn from my designs. In fact I very nearly went out to South Africa to shoot this with them, but then Little Boots came along (talk about a win-win situation huh!!)

Noah Harris is stop-frame king (click to view commercial)...


Johnny Kelly

I'm sure I've posted Johnny's work on here before, appologies to Johnny if I haven't yet because I really should have.
Here's his talk he did for It's Nice That. It REALLY makes me want to learn 3D software - it would make my life a hell of a lot simpler.


Friday, 14 August 2009

Little Boots Remix

Thanks to Tim Nash for this one.


Thursday, 13 August 2009

New Radiohead

Mmmmm.... new Radiohead track "These Are My Twisted Words".
Always welcome.

Enjoy the sunshine!


Robot High School

Awesome music video directed by Roel Wouters. The simplicity of the first half of this promo is great, I just can't help but feel that a brilliant visual concept has been damaged by having to include the artist in the video.
(Massive appologies to Roel if this wasn't a label descision to include the artist, I'm sure you had your reasons, but especially when it's a song about robot, surely it'd just be super awesome to leave it as this balloon killing machine, constantly churning away)

Big thanks to Justin Bonnet for this one


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Pieter Hugo

I just discovered the work of Pieter Hugo last night (via a facebook link from the wonderful Chris Pell (although apparently they were in the Sunday Times recently aswell)). Some of it's pretty hard hitting, and well worth investigating. Please pay special attention to his latest collection of slightly more surreal work entitled "Nollywood".


Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Japan VS Harry Potter

A young japanese girl's wish was recently granted; to meet the cast of Harry Potter on the set of the new film. Watch out for the super excitement over Rupert Grint's (Ron Weasley) eyelashes (including the touching and smelling of Ron's eye). The whole things as bemusing as it is hilarious.

BIG thanks to Sally Hancox for this one

Monday, 10 August 2009


Dear BBC,
Can we have more men making their dogs talk on TV please, maybe we could make a choir?
Many thanks



Friday, 7 August 2009

She Wolf

Is it just me, or is Shakira's performance FUCKING INCREDIBLE in this video. Legs over her head, and then don't get me started on that "dislocating her shoulder" bit (3mins in). You don't get these kind of performances ever day!



Samantha Beeson


This has been spread ALL around the design community this week.
Samantha Beeson (a recent graduate from Falmouth University) has just become the design community has a new poster child of hatred. Plagiarism in its most extreme; her degree portfolio was found to be created almost entirely from other illustrators work (such as Lauren Nassef, but also my friend Jez Burrows). Having passed it off as her own, she went on to win a huge award from Textprint for pattern designs filled with Lauren Nassef's drawings. She even made a fake sketchbook with many of Lauren's drawings traced or pasted in.
It is simple cut and paste, and when viewing this girls work against the illustrators she stole from, her actions are just sickening.

I urge you to read more about this subject here...


Thursday, 6 August 2009

Argos Lovin'

It's been a hard couple of day, and I'm in need of some Argos lovin'...


Wednesday, 5 August 2009


So, I went to Pride in Brighton on Saturday, and I came across something I totally wasn't expecting. Amongst all the rainbow flags and pink banners I saw some flags that weren't so flamboyant in colour.
It was only on closer inspection I came to the realisation that the "bear" community now have their own pride flag, and this is it...


For those of you who don't know what a "bear" is (in regards to homosexuals), here's John Waters with a brief explanation...

... nothing better than John Waters talking about "ultimate nudity" and "blossoms" to gross out your Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Superjail and Psychoville

Ah, TV (aka the brain-numbing (but occassionally amazing) box in the corner of most living rooms). Gone are the days are rushing in at certain times in order to catch your favourite show; god bless TV on demand, I don't know how I existed without it. One of the best series on TV this year has been the superb Pyshcoville, create by the team behind The League of Gentlemen, this twisted comedy just gets better with every episode.
WARNING: you do need to watch every episode to appreciate the storyline and developing humour. Episode 1 is available for only 2 more days, so if you haven't seen it yet - watch it NOW (click on the image below for a link to the first episode)...


On the flipside I discovered Superjail at the weekend. I find the WTF humour of Adult Swim so hit and miss, but this looks AWESOME.

NB (10/08/09) on completion of all viewing all the episodes of series 1 of SuperJail, this show is in fact AMAZING. Thank you

Monday, 3 August 2009


BIG thanks to Motionographer for this. It makes complete sense, and I wholeheartedly agree with Spielberg's mentality.
(except what he fails to mention is that animation and live action are two very different kettles of fish, and it's just impossible to keep the same level of detail in live action as you would in animation, but hey - starting with that huge level of attention to detail and then whittling it down from there is definitely the best starting point)


Friday, 31 July 2009

Got Some Nice Write Ups

Thanks PromoNews and Motionographer!


Fantastic Mr Fox Trailer

It's here! Finally!! The trailer for Mr. Fox.
As you can tell from my previous posts, I'm pretty excited about this one! Highlights include sock balaclavas and cotton wool smoke. However, the trailer's so fast-passed it's really difficult to actually digest the art direction. However, it really does give an indication of what this is gonna look and feel like when it's out there (and how the script's gonna read - it all sounds great to me).
With the movie due in mid-October, there's only a few more months to go!


Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The Bed Sitting Room

Properly off-the-wall comedy from Spike Milligan. I watched this last night with my Grandad, and it was great that we were both able to appreciate the (at times) challenging humour. It's worth it just for Assheton Gordon's art direction - it's absolutely stunning. Completely bizzarre even by today's standards, to think that it was made in 1969 with a million pound budget (whoah!), this really is a lost gem, and a classic waiting to be rediscovered.
For more info click here
BIG thanks to Noah Harris for winging this my way.


Tuesday, 28 July 2009

MGMT - Kids

Opening BUG on Friday night, this is the new one from Ray Tintori. It's been around for a month, but (shamefully) due to my short attention span I think I missed it the first time round because I couldn't sit through the minute long introduction.
PLEASE DO, because what follows is a glorious promo. Look out for the brilliant Joanna Newsom playing the role of mum. Please note... no children were disturbed in the making of this video! Honest!


Monday, 27 July 2009

Little Boots In High Resolution

I've just updated my website with the Little Boots promo, so if you feel like it, you can check out my latest promo in glorious high resolution. Just click on the image below


This Must Be The Place

Dave Green's ode-to-American Psycho via Mile Fisher.
Superb. Thanks to James Copeman for forwarding this one


Friday, 24 July 2009


I've got a new piece of work unleashed on the world today. It's the new music promo for the brilliant Little Boots and her new single Remedy.
It got an exclusive online release via the BBC today. Check it out...

N.B. For some reason the BBC have chosen to compress the video really badly. If you can hold on until Monday I'll have a full-res version on my website

Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra

Crazy. Just crazy. Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra have just provided my ears with something so awesome and refreshing, it's just blown me away; a beatboxing orchestra creating a human sampler! Oh yes.
Half way through this video (when the female lead vocals come in) I realised that one of my school friends is part of the vocal orchestra! (Alyusha, the one with the awesome vocal chords) AMAZING!
Christ, this is nuts...


Thursday, 23 July 2009

Keyboard Drums

Created by the super awesome Ron Winter; Play away to your hearts content; with the best selection of samples I've ever heard, this is pretty smart.