showcase london issue 158 May 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest issue of Showcase London, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the leading visual media professionals currently at work in the Capital, with more info available in our dedicated film and photo directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- Entries for the 2009 Sun Awards opened on May 1st, and the deadline for online entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is July 6th.
- The Photographers' Gallery presents 'The Photographic Object', an exhibition exploring the physical nature of the photograph. Artists include Gerhard Richter, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andy Warhol and Catherine Yass.
- The 53rd London Film Festival will take place from October 14th-29th and is now accepting submissions.
Our cover photo was shot by Deirdre O'Callaghan, represented by Vue Management.
Jamie Stephen London photo agents
Jamie Stephen represents highly talented professional photographers:
- Dean Marsh, currently working on several campaigns for Digital UK with AMV, observes life in the rat race with his project 'The Living Dead'.
- Car specialist Lee Brimble enjoyed Snowdonia while shooting for Audi.
- Food and lifestyle photographer, Carolyn Barber, has created more delicious images for Waitrose Entertaining.
- Omer Knaz continues to be a firm favourite with Grazia, shooting two glamorous jewellery stories for the April editions.
- John Bennett devised and shot a Europe-wide press campaign for the launch of new Herbal Essence range 'Cupid'.
- Stuart McClymont has been as busy as ever creating a range of beautiful work.
Vue London photo agents
It has been a busy start to the year for the team at Vue, with shoots including:
- Dylan Collard worked for Karmarama and the Crime Investigation Channel.
- Deirdre O'Callaghan shot for Oxfam and also flew to Morocco with U2.
- Penny Cottee shot an ad for Galaxy.
- Tim Kent travelled to Germany to shoot a Mini campaign.
- Alan Powdrill worked with RKCR Y&R and Virgin Media.
- Morgan Silk has just finished a landscape campaign for Network Rail.
- Jonathan Minister teamed-up once again with CDP and National Express.
- David Balhuizen was shooting for Men's Health and started his new project 'The Assistants'.
- Garry Simpson worked on campaigns for Peugeot and Tassimo.
April also saw David Balhuizen, Dylan Collard and Morgan Silk nominated in the 2009 AOP Awards.
Check the website for more information, and see Vue's Blog.
Lisa Pritchard Agency - LPA London photo agents
Lisa Pritchard Agency includes:
- LPA/PHOTOGRAPHERS: Established, highly acclaimed commercial photographers, shooting for a range of design and advertising agencies and direct clients.
- LPA/FUTURES: Emerging, up-and-coming talent. The next generation of commercial photographers.
- LPA/STYLE: Stylists and hair/make-up artists carefully selected for their relevant commercial experience and natural styling abilities.
- LPA/PRODUCTION: An experienced team of producers, casting directors and location scouts with an extensive in-house location library and model resources.
Recent clients include: Arsenal, BMI, Boots, Castrol, Co-op, Diageo, Ernst & Young, Eve Lom, Fiver, Heineken, Kingsmill, Lucozade, Mercedes, MTV, Microsoft, National Gallery, National Grid, NHS, Nike, NSPCC, 02, Orange, Procter & Gamble, Royal Mail, Sainsbury's, Sony Playstation, V&A, Virgin, Whitbread.
The Sharon Brandman Agency London photo agents
Photographers from the Sharon Brandman Agency are enjoying a very hectic year.
Paul Bussell and Ian Boddy have been shooting frequently for health care brands.
Ian Boddy also shot back-to-school fashion, Mamas and Papas and Calpol, while Marie Louise Avery continues to shoot for Philly and has worked for a range of drinks clients and new food start-up companies.
Visit the website for more information.
Process London photo agents
The new Process website launched in March and continues to receive masses of traffic; the company's clients love the ease and functionality.
Despite the current unpredictable times, Process has enjoyed shooting numerous campaigns over the past few months:
- Ruud Baan shot for Puma through Select New York and completed campaigns for Onitsouka Tiger and The Dutch National Ballet.
- Leo Burnett commissioned Bill Robinson to shoot kids for fabric conditioner ads. Work with HCL, Prudential, Cinven and Centrica followed.
- This year's Sony Colour Awards recognised Matthew Murray's fantastic talent in three categories.
- Simon Thorpe travelled to Italy where he shot a series of stunning snowscapes. His supermarket exhibition finds a home at the renowned Abbott Mead Vickers this month.
- Louisa Parry recently shot her fifth Ariel campaign, a building wrap for Strongbow through St Lukes, and the latest Sony PSP campaign.
- Spring saw Gareth Sambidge shoot his second commercial for McDonald's, as well as photographic work for Asda, Waitrose and GQ.
Ray Massey London advertising photographers
Anyone with lingering doubts about the multi-cultural society in which we live may be convinced by Ray Massey's portfolio.
Recent work includes commissions by clients based in London, New York, Moscow, Istanbul, Dublin, Hamburg, Warsaw and Dubai.
His London studio offers comprehensive production services second to none.
Ray brings all the facets of a production together, from set building, model making, and background painters to hair, make-up and stylists, with high end digital retouching under one roof in a deconsecrated church in London's Camden Town, NW1.
Jean Cazals London advertising photographers
Jean Cazals is a leading London-based food and lifestyle photographer. His work is about creating an atmosphere and styling with a graphic approach.
Jean's distinctive eye for detail is recognisable throughout his advertising, design, editorial and book work. His worldwide clients include House & Garden, Bentley Mag, Conde Nast, M&S, Sainsbury's, Boots, McDonald's, American Express, Danone, Olive and Martha Stewart, amongst others.
Jean recently shot new campaigns for Findus in Italy and Vahine in France, as well as three newly published books: 'Brasseries: The memory of Paris', a Japanese cookbook with Kimi Barber, and 'Red Velvet', a cake book with vegetables! He also recently expanded his talents into producing TV documentaries.
Jean has worked with numerous chefs from around the world and has been recognised with various awards for his cookery book photography. London establishments 'Club Gascon' and 'The Square' form his current book projects.
Jean shoots from his London studio or on location in the UK and abroad.
Visit his website and previous Spotlight features for more information.
David Parfitt London advertising photographers
David Parfitt's recent projects have included photographing phones for Sony Ericsson, giant Christmas baubles for The Body Shop, and fragrances for Oman-based fragrance house Amouage.
He is currently looking for representation in Continental Europe and the USA.
Lorentz Gullachsen London advertising photographers
Lorentz Gullachsen recently shot healthcare projects in Ronda, near Seville. In the UK, he has been shooting lifestyle commissions and personal projects.
"The harsh winter has produced a great spring and the green shoots of recovery seem to be showing. Positive photography is the way forward; there is too much 'gloom & doom', so let's bring sunshine into the campaigns. There's a great summer ahead!"
Personal projects: Cheltenham Festival, St. George's Day, Walking.
Gavin O'Neill Photography London advertising photographers
Currently based in London, New Zealand-born photographer Gavin O'Neill is fast becoming one of the most recognised names in beauty photography around the world, as he brings his natural eye for detail to fresh and vibrant beauty images.
His recent work includes a beauty feature for Australian Vogue's 50th anniversary issue, two beauty editorials for Marie Claire South Africa, an Asian Ponds campaign shot in Shanghai, a European advertising campaign for Gillette, and worldwide Philips packaging and advertising images.
See his website for a list of agents and his current location.
Mike Ellis London advertising photographers
From his London base, Mike Ellis shoots people on location throughout the world or just around the corner.
Whether shooting portraits or photographing lifestyle with a reportage feel, he strives to capture a natural essence from his subjects.
Two of his most recent projects have included a trip to Croatia for the European Bank and a 'Healthy Lifestyle' campaign for The British Heart Foundation, shot entirely on location a few miles from his west London studio. The resulting set of brochures is to be printed in five different Asian language versions using five sets of models.
Check his website for more information.
Tim Hill - Fab Food Pix London food & drink photographers
The website fabfoodpix.com is an online stock image library specialising in high quality food and drink photographs. All images were shot by Tim Hill in his north London food photography studio.
Clients can organise custom shoots by arrangement. The studio has an experienced in house food stylist and maintains a collection of props and backgrounds.
The studio's workflow handles digital file sizes up to A3 at 300 dpi. The online image library has a word search facility, or alternately a subject search can be requested by email or telephone call.
Ordering and access to images is done via secure server.
Julian Calverley London advertising photographers
Julian Calverley shoots people and places. Using high end digital, he undertakes his own post production in a fully ICC colour managed workflow.
Over the last 12 months he has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Visit his website for more information and latest work samples.
Julian is represented in the UK by Lisa Pritchard Agency +44 (0)207 250 1362.
Richard Freestone London advertising photographers
Richard Freestone is an award-winning photographer who is passionate about producing creative, innovative and inspirational images.
Richard has been busy shooting portraits for various clients as well as working on one of his own personal projects, "Disabled and Paralympic Athletes".
Visit his website for a more comprehensive collection and a PDF download of his portfolios.
Philip Lee Harvey London advertising photographers
Multi-award-winning photographer, Philip Lee Harvey, has travelled the globe in search of his subjects, from the dark drama of a Haitian voodoo ceremony to the stark brightness of the Bolivian salt flats.
For Philip, photography acts as a physical and emotional adventure. His work is always an explorative journey for the perfect moment. His images focus on the character of people and places and are acclaimed for their distinctive use of light and composition.
Advertising and editorial clients include Sony, Microsoft, UBSBank, Tchibo, BP, Shell, Land Rover, Intercontinental Hotels, BBC, Conde Nast Traveller, Vanity Fair and National Geographic Traveller.
Philip is now also shooting HD video as well as stills.
- post production
Taylor James London cgi 3d rendering
Taylor James is a new breed of creative production studio, creating visual content for print, interactive and broadcast media. Known for producing photo-realistic work to the highest standards, the company has been delivering award-winning imagery for iconic worldwide brands for a decade.
With expertise in CGI, photography and post production all under one roof, Taylor James can run complete productions as well as tailor services to meet clients' specific needs. With a wealth of tools at its disposal, plus internal creative leads and robust processes, the company can deliver the most effective project solutions across all media.
Whatever the concept, Taylor James can deliver the creative and technical solutions to turn ideas into a working reality.
- film production companies
Senso London commercial production
2009 has seen Senso grow from strength to strength. Offering exciting and alternative creative content and branding solutions, Senso is beginning to prove that creativity really can be a priority.
Since the 'Carbon Friendly Christmas Card' for DDB (featured), Senso has had a string of successes, including 'The Beatbox Choir' being awarded Best Documentary at the OS International Film Festival, and being included in the official selection at the D Reel International Film Festival, Australia.
The company is also celebrating the launch of its Berlin office with 'Jump from a Platform' (featured), handpicked to be screened at the BBC Big Screen '09.
Amazing Space London location service and scouts
Founded in 1994 by Tiffany Parrish, Amazing Space is the leading location provider to the film, television, photographic and event industries.
The company's locations have recently featured in photo shoots for Orange, Adidas, Virgin, Marks & Spencer, Sony, H&M, Aston Martin and Vogue, as well as in feature films Batman Begins: The Dark Knight, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, The Da Vinci Code, Hot Fuzz and Incendiary.
Holborn Studios London rental studios photo
Holborn Studios is one of the oldest and most renowned hire studios in London. Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, the studios were famously described by the late Helmut Newton as "The Abbey Road of photography".
Consisting of 18 individual studio spaces and with a wealth of expertise and facilities, Holborn represents the crème de la crème of studio hire. While undeniably at the upper-end of the spectrum, the complex has some truly unique facilities including spaces that are large enough to drive into, making it a popular location for car shoots, set builds and animal shoots.
There is also a wonderful on site catering facility, The Commissary, and a magnificent Green Room in which to keep clients entertained.
Check the website for more information.
- styling, hair, makeup
Nadira V Persaud London hair and make up artists
Nadira V Persaud is an international make-up artist with an impressive 15 years of beauty expertise. She has generated a high level of make-up and hair work with beauty and fashion editorials, TV, celebrity and advertising clients.
Recent clients include Wonderbra, Adidas, Marie Claire and Grazia.
Nadira's unique style has gained her recognition in hard-to-reach areas of the industry, such as freelance beauty product development and consultancy, beauty writing, and as a make-up trainer in London and Dubai.
Visit her website for more information.
Natasha Freeman London art direction
Natasha Freeman is based in London and specialises in shoot management and production as well as art direction and styling for the photographic industry.
She offers a flexible and thoughtful approach to every project and produces a comprehensive bespoke service whatever the job. With several years experience as an art director in advertising, Natasha offers a unique and personalised service to match the needs of each individual client.
Natasha has produced shoots in Hong Kong, South Africa, the USA, Thailand, Abu Dhabi and many parts of Europe.
Clients include: Nike, Nokia, American Express, Natwest, MINI, Peugeot, Getty Images, Boots and Xerox.
Steve Edge Design London design companies
Edge Design Ltd. is a creative consultants which specialises in devising and implementing a wide range of corporate design programmes.
Under the guidance of its founder, Steve Edge, the company undertakes branding, brochures, mailshots, marketing, advertising and websites, as well as bespoke projects for individual clients.
Visit the website for more information.
Aimee McWilliams London fashion designers
With 'The Guoman Collection', designer Aimee McWilliams shows an understanding of current art culture while simultaneously incorporating authentic craftsmanship and solid historical foundations. Aimee's aesthetic reaches beyond the perceived obsolescence of trendy clothing and re-establishes the value of timeless classics.
Commissioned to create this haute couture collection, the garments are as complex in cut as they are through embellishment. The garments are covered in handmade roses, sequins and embroidery to translate the individual style, character and history of the Guoman Hotels: The Charing Cross, The Cumberland, The Tower and The Royal Horseguards.
- hotels and apartments
Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton London Regent Street London hotels
Set in London's bustling shopping and theatre district, the Courthouse Hotel offers a luxurious haven for those wishing to enjoy the best the city has to offer. A stone's throw away from the shopping paradise of Regent Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street, the hotel is an old Grade II listed magistrates court, retaining many of the original features including prison cells in the bar and the former courtroom number one, now used as the 'Silk' restaurant serving Asian fusion food.
The hotel is equipped with an indoor swimming pool. Sanook Spa offers a state of the art gymnasium and three treatment rooms.
The guest rooms and suites are designed for style and comfort to give an air of refined sophistication. All rooms are equipped with wireless internet access, premium TV channels, adjustable climate control, two line direct dial telephones, laptop safes, bathrobe and slippers.
The intimate space the hotel offers, despite being in the heart of London, is ideal for film units and production teams. Post production houses and media related companies are within walking distance, making it that much easier for interviews and work. The hotel's private cinema 'Release' is the finished touch to see those rushes! Rates from £155 + VAT.
The Bentley - Waldorf Astoria Collection London hotels
In the heart of London, perfectly positioned for Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea, as well as the Capital's best museums, the sixty-four bedroom Bentley Hotel offers opulent interiors, discreet and personal service and a tranquil and intimate setting behind its traditional white stucco façade.
The rooms are exceptionally large (starting from approx. 45 m²) with high ceilings, oversized beds and walk-in closets. Bathrooms have similarly generous proportions, with stand alone showers and Jacuzzi baths. The room setting makes it ideal for long staying guests.
Guests can unwind and rejuvenate in the Kalon Spa, which boasts the only authentic Turkish Hamam in a hotel in London, or work up a sweat in the state-of-the-art gymnasium.
With vast experience accommodating for the entertainment world, Head of State visits and high profile guests, The Bentley is the perfect venue to cater for any requirement. Rates from £175 + VAT.
Thames & Hudson London book publishers
In May 2009, Thames & Hudson will publish limited editions of 20 specially bound, classic T&H titles to celebrate 60 years of proud independent publishing.
The 20 anniversary titles have been carefully selected from the full range of subjects in the T&H publishing catalogue. Groundbreaking works of art history, such as Robert Hughes' 'The Shock of the New' and David Hockney's 'Secret Knowledge', sit alongside innovative publications at the cutting-edge of design and architecture, including 'Factory Records', featured in this Showcase. The set also includes titles on history, archaeology, fashion and gardens, such as Derek Jarmans' 'Garden'.
'Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album', by Matthew Robertson, is published by Thames & Hudson and priced at £18.95.