showcase london issue 149 Feb 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest Showcase London, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the latest news from London's leading visual media professionals, with more information available in our dedicated Photo and Film directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- London Fashion Week runs from 20th to 25th February. Online registration is now open.
- The London Design Museum presents an exhibition of work by twice-named 'British Designer of the Year,' Hussein Chalayan.
- Gerhard Richter: Portraits. 26th February to 31st May at the National Portrait Gallery.
Our cover was shot by Emma Hardy for The Sunday Times 'Style Couture'.
- photo agents
Clare Fletcher Represents London photo agents
Clare Fletcher Represents Jess Koppel, Sara Morris and Paul Thompson.
- Paul Thompson enjoyed multiple award successes in 2008. He exhibited in the NPG Photographic Prize exhibition for the third year, received two silvers at the Creative Circle, a silver at the AOP awards, and had two entries in D&AD and also at Design week. He has been selected for the 2009 AOP awards. His clients include 3mobile, Home Office, Pizza Express, The Natural History Museum and Philips, to name but a few.
- Still life photographer Sara Morris' most recent advertising campaigns include O2, 3mobile, Birds Eye and KFC.
- Jess Koppel has recently shot for various advertising clients including WeightWatchers, Wall's and Kingsmill.
Jamie Stephen London photo agents
Jamie Stephen Represents is a photographic and production agency. Latest news includes:
- Food photographer Jason Lowe continues to create delicious images with AMV. He is currently working on a campaign for Sainsbury's.
- Ian Scigliuzzi has been taking some stunning still life beauty imagery for a new range from Dior.
- In-keeping with the snowy weather, Sandrine Dulermo and Michael Labica were commissioned to create a winter wonderland for Girls Aloud.
- Grazia favoured Omer Knaz for some glamorous still life shots for a luxury jewellery feature.
- Car photographer Lee Brimble has been busy shooting for Aston Martin.
- Resident photographer Alex Macro continues to capture his witty visual interpretation of life, recently working for Sky.
Visit the website for more information on all the agency's featured artists.
The Sharon Brandman Agency London photo agents
Latest news from the Sharon Brandman Agency:
- It has been an exciting start to the year with two new
photographers joining the agency. The young and highly talented
James Brown shoots fashion and beauty, while Jonathan Beer is an
expert in still life.
- Marie Louise Avery has been busy shooting for Philadelphia. Packs hit the shelves in February.
- Paul Bussell, Richard Seymour and Stuart Chorley have all launched new portfolios.
- It has been an exciting start to the year with two new photographers joining the agency. The young and highly talented James Brown shoots fashion and beauty, while Jonathan Beer is an expert in still life.
Lorentz Gullachsen London advertising photographersA few more Air Miles have been collected by Lorentz Gullachsen following a recent project that took the photographer to New Zealand to shoot a campaign for O2 Mobile with Archibald Ingall Stretton, London.
Other work has included a Caterpillar campaign shot in Tuscany for Y&R, Geneva, and an editorial for 'The Rotarian' shot at Ironbridge in Shropshire.
Lorentz is currently shooting in Spain and will return to the UK to shoot in Birmingham.
Paddy Eckersley London advertising photographers
Paddy Eckersley is based in London but shoots around the world. His location based lifestyle photography is shot with warmth, humour and a reportage feel.
Visit Paddy's website for a detailed portfolio and contact information.
George Brooks London advertising photographers
George Brooks is known for shots of people on location or in the studio, where he is able to make his subjects look warm and relaxed in his own quirky, high contrast, dramatic style.
His work includes a recent worldwide shoot for Hays recruitment, much of the Lloyds TSB in-branch advertising campaign, portraits of leaders from the UK's top FTSE 100 companies, and portraits of Harry Enfield, Jimmy Carr and Elton John.
The Royal College of Pathologists commissioned George to do a series of portraits for its annual report, which resulted in two exhibitions in London and America. He is currently working on a personal project entitled 'Ciren Dogs'.
Gary Smith Photography London advertising photographers
Based in London, Gary Smith shoots clean and stylish still life for advertising and design clients.
With attention to detail and using creative lighting to reveal more about his subjects, Gary transforms the ordinary and everyday into interesting images.
Gerrit Buntrock London food & drink photographers
Gerrit Buntrock is a food and drink specialist with over 15 years experience working from his two studios in west London as well as on location. Studio One has beautiful daylight while the other is equipped for blackout. Both have lavishly equipped kitchens.
It has been a busy twelve months for Gerrit: he worked on a packaging range of over 90 lines for Waitrose called 'As Good As Going Out'. This was followed by work on a complete redesign of Yoplait's range of yoghurts, desserts and fromage frais under the Weight Watchers brand. In addition, Gerrit worked on Weight Watchers packaging and ads for cakes, biscuits, snacks, ice creams and pizzas. Other clients include Tesco, Sharwoods, Branston, Walkers Shortbreads and JKR / Bewleys. Editorial clients included GQ Magazine and Bloomberg Markets Magazine (New York), who commission regular location shoots.
Gerrit shoots on a fully colour managed high-end digital system. He is passionate about his craft and loves solving problems.
Gary Salter London people & lifestyle photographers
Gary Salter is a London-based photographer with over 16 years of experience. He specialises mainly in character and lifestyle based productions.
Over the last twelve months, Gary has been busy on projects for Pimms, Air Miles, Ruffles, The Sun, Mercedes-Benz, Volvic, PG Tips and Sony Ericsson, with commissions from UK, European and US agencies.
Other personal projects can also be seen on his website.
- photo production
Real London Casting - Production & Location Scouting London photo production
Kate Wilson has over eight years of freelance production experience for clients such as Venture 3, Wolff Olins, and Getty Images.
She also works with numerous photographers, including Stuart McClymont, Peter Beavis, Philip Lee Harvey, Karan Kapoor and Jim Naughten.
Kate is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish and her production experience extends to shoots and location scouting throughout Italy, France, Spain, Russia, South Africa and South America.
- post production
Happy Finish London retouching
Happy Finish is a collective of creative digital retouchers and CGI artists who have worked on some of the most eye-catching and award winning campaigns of the last few years, including Diesel, Sony, Adidas, Louis Vuitton and Land Rover, in partnership with many of Europe's most famous art directors and photographers.
Happy Finish artists often get involved in discussions about the cost, timing and quality of different production routes, advising photographers and art directors on the shots required to create complex multiple-part images.
The company's CGI artists also regularly work with photographers to create photo-real CGI elements for their concepts, bringing added reality to images which would be hard to create without CGI.
"We are able to provide advice and cost estimates for any type of project, and are always happy to talk to new people without any obligation," says director Stuart Waplington.
Location X London location service and scouts
Location X announces the launch of a brand new website. The company has decided to go back to basics for 2009 with a site that focuses on what it does best: location research, scouting and management.
For clients looking for somewhere special to shoot, contact Location X and put its location knowledge to the test. "Advice is free, so feel free to pick our brains without the meter running."
The Pub Studio London rental studios photo
The Pub Studio is a beautiful converted Victorian pub. Set on a quiet street in Battersea, south London, it makes the ideal location for both film and still shoots.
Features include a 1500 square foot shooting area with wooden floorboards, diffused south facing windows for daylight or full blackout, a fully equipped shoot-in kitchen, make-up and changing area, and many period features which make it great for use either as a location or studio. The studio also has a comfy client area with attractive sofas and a working open fireplace.
The studio is frequently used for room sets and has a very easy load in straight from the street, with a metre-wide door providing immediate access.
Real London Casting London casting agencies
Real London Casting sources people of all ages, sizes, shapes and ethnicities from London's vibrant streets in response to the demand for REAL people from the photographic and film industry.
Formed in April 2006, Real London Casting not only street-casts for specific jobs but also has a resource of people online and in its database, offering clients a fast 'off the shelf' service similar to a modelling agency.
In addition to street casting, RLC also finds locations both nationally and internationally and has a collection on the web and offline in databases that are constantly being added to.
Since RLC's launch it has successfully placed people into a wide range of jobs, including photo library, editorial, advertising and TV commercials. RLC recently sourced all the actors in the trailer for The Times BFI 50th London International Film Festival.
RLC also offers a full range of production services. Contact the company for more details.
- event production
The AOP London photo events
The AOP Photographers Awards will take place on the evening of Tuesday 7th April, at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London.
The event is the highlight of the photographic calendar, providing the only chance to see all the selected images in one place and where the much anticipated 'AOP Photographer of the Year' is announced.
The ticket price for the AOP Photographers Awards includes the drinks reception, the exhibition, the Awards presentation and a copy of the 2009 Photographers Awards Book. There is a special deal this year whereby for every five tickets bought, a sixth is offered free.
Check the AOP website for more information.
The Photographers' Gallery London photo events
Exhibition at Liberty (London), 2nd February - 8th March 2009.
A celebration of the recent relocation of The Photographers' Gallery's to the Soho neighbourhood has resulted in a collaboration with Liberty, a store synonymous with style. 'British Landscape Photography' shows the work of eleven contemporary artists represented by Print Sales at The Photographers' Gallery.
Photographers featured include Martin Cole, Ernst Fischer, Stephen Gill, Kevin Griffin, Mischa Haller, Nicholas Hughes, Chrystel Lebas, Mike Perry, Jem Southam, Stephen Vaughan and Mick Williamson.
Landscape has provided inspiration for all these artists, yet they have each approached the subject with a unique and individual vision that results in a diverse look at our environment.
All of the works are available to purchase in signed, limited editions. Prices start from £200 plus VAT and framing.
Callooh Callay Bar London bars and nightclubs
Tucked away on a side street in the heart of Shoreditch, Callooh Callay comes "galumphing" into East London's renowned bar scene. Inspired by the nonsensical poem 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll, Callooh Callay takes its guests on a journey into a fun and eclectic world.
The venue is an exciting assortment of top-flight London bar talent from director Richard Wynne (former manager of Loungelover), expert events coordinator Kate Crutchley, and dashing design duo Dtwo. A highly experienced team is led by master mixologist Sean Ware, who provides an extensive list of classic and contemporary cocktails.
Food has a Mad-Hatter's Tea Party feel, served-up by head chef Marco Schnepf (Greenhouse, Smith's of Smithfields, and Gordon Ramsay's Maze). The focus is on seasonal snacks and dishes made to share, including roasted macadamia nuts with rosemary, a selection of homemade breads, slow braised pork belly with creamy mash and apple, fish pot with fresh poached fish, vegetables and star anis, or freshly made soup served in teapots.
Paramount Bar London bars and nightclubs
Interior designer Tom Dixon is the creative inspiration behind Paramount, one of London's more unique venues.
Located atop city landmark Center Point tower, the bar's 60s retro-futurist design lends itself perfectly to the magnificent view.
The Ivy London restaurants
When owner, Abel Glandellini, and Maitre d'Hotel, Mario Gallati, joined forces in 1917, their modest cafe soon made friends and gained favour amongst the theatre community. The Ivy was born. Subsequent redevelopments over the years have evolved the dining room, transforming it into a space closely resembling the grand restaurant created by the original duo back in their heyday. Currently owned by Richard Caring, The Ivy once again boasts its position as London's favourite theatre restaurant.
"A clubby, timeless room with virtually no bad tables; a kind of imperceptible attitude of noblesse oblige so that, once seated, Joe Collins gets the same treatment as Joan or Phil Collins, and food that is consistently good and not overpriced." Jeremy Wayne, Tatler, 2009.