film & commercial production issue 2 Jan 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most interesting industry sectors
Film Farm India
Artists Group would like to thank all its clients for a great 2008. A few of the best memories include:
- Vanity Fair, Italy.
- Shoot Me, AFPhoto, Poland.
- Baltika, Alpen Gold, In Touch and Mitsubishi, Russia.
- Fosters, Ukraine.
- Raiffeisbank, Switzerland.
- Lotus, Honda and Penny Plain, UK.
- Kaufhof, Opel and Nissan, Germany.
- Snow jobs for TMN, Stopline, MGN Films and
Currently in production: Shoot Me (Poland), Marta Calheiros (Spain), and Suzuki (UK).
The company extends special thanks to Jolyon Symonds and Liz Thorburn for Lynda LaPlante's 'Above Suspicion', shot in Portugal August, 2008, directed by Christopher Menaul, and starring Kelly Reilly and John Savident.
Banana Films began in Costa Rica in 1995 and opened its Buenos Aires branch in 2002. For the company, each project is unique and requires a particular approach that allows it to tailor client services based on the needs of the job at hand. Exploring new paths, aesthetics and communication forms, Banana Films offers a greater proximity between concept and end result.
With a dedicated staff of directors who regularly collaborate with both national and international producers the company is able to offer complete production solutions. Projects include TV commercials, TV content, and production services for Latin American, US and European companies.
The company's years of experience and continued growth make it both a dynamic and reliable alternative. From its two production bases Banana Films is supported by strategic alliances with local providers in countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay and Chile, thus offering truly comprehensive production services.
Since its inception ten years ago, Film Farm has produced ad-films for prestigious companies such as Lenovo, Hyundai, ICL, Pepsi Co., ESPN, Hindustan Levers, Dabur, L'Oreal, Hero Honda, Revlon, MTV, Johnson & Johnson, Sony, GlaxoSmithKline, Maruti and Pizza Hut to name but a few. The company's client list includes some of the most reputed advertising agencies and major international brands.
Film Farm represents a panel of both international and Indian directors from the advertising and feature film fraternities. All its directors are highly acclaimed and bring with them a range of talent and experience, giving the company a superior creative edge. Film Farm has also collaborated with companies in the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and South Africa, working with local directors and capitalising on their expertise.
The company also provides line production support to international production companies and clients looking to shoot in India. With a team of professionals working full time Film Farm is able to provide logistical and technical support to ensure a smooth production. By working with some of the most accomplished technicians in the country and the world over, its commitment to providing quality - be it technical support or creative input - sets Film Farm apart from the rest.
Final Touch has been producing TV commercials as well as virals and content for integrated media since 1991. Experience has shown that creativity requires spirit, and for this Final Touch highlights two new directors simply bursting with that vital spark:
- Ismail Acar worked for 12 years at Lucas Films ILM and left his mark on many high end commercials. He eventually became an animation and CGI supervisor on productions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars. He is now back in Germany working on numerous projects with Final Touch.
- Swiss-born Mato Atom currently lives in New York. He is a self-taught director, art director and designer. Prior to being represented as an independent director, Mato worked on top design and animation productions. For him, each job requires a different approach, a characteristic which can be seen in the three films presented with this Spotlight.
For over 12 years HelliVentures has been one of the most highly renowned international production houses for its specialisation in sports, nature and the outdoors.Joachim Hellinger, part of the HelliVentures directors team, is known for his on-set accuracy and creative innovation, even under extreme and often incalculable conditions. With his fondness for the elements and his unmistakable flair for the human touch, he conveys the world's edgiest locations in the most engaging of terms. Helli has directed commercials for many top clients around the world, including CLEAR, Colgate Maxfresh, Hansaplast, ING-DiBa, Kraft Foods, Nestlé, Nivea, Oakley, Red Bull, Royal Caribbean, Samsung, Swatch and Unilever.
Young HelliVentures director Mario Zozin fits strongly into the company's concept, displaying through the stringent aesthetics in his work a vivid interpretation of human movement. With his Adidas 'Pure Performance' campaign he has received numerous awards, including first runner-up in the 'European Filmschool' category at the Young Director's Award, Cannes, 2008.
Spots include: CLEAR - Zero Mistake, ING-DiBa - Peak Moments, Hansaplast - Freeclimber, Adidas - Pure Performance.
Over the past decade kafkafilms has been offering high quality full production services in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Working alongside some of the best teams in the country, kafka is proud to have served brands such as VW, Yoplait, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Skol Beer, O'boticario and McDonald's.
Mask offers photography, direction, design, illustration and animation in a specialised production package for above the line visual advertising. Mask has a 2000sq ft in-house studio, Red HD edit suite, and Red One camera system (raw 4k imagery). The company's ability to hand-pick a team relative to a client's brief ensures brand specific creatives (directors, photographers, animators) work on the job in hand.
Mask's in house studio, edit suite and creative team facilitate true to life story boards and concept development, thus ensuring clarity when agencies need to express their creative concepts to clients.
Mask Creative recently completed production of a 30" national TV commercial and 4 x 30" radio commercials for the UK launch of Celebrity Slim. The footage was shot on location around Yorkshire and in the Mask studio on the Red One camera. The footage was edited to broadcast standard in Mask's off-line suite therefore minimising final grade time in smoke at VTR North. The TV commercial has proved to be an overwhelming success for Rowlands Pharmacy.
For cost effective, award winning production, contact the company's producer.
Milagrito Films was founded in 1997 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Its team of directors, executive producers, designers, art directors and post producers has gained widespread recognition for the quality and originality of its work, with industry accolades including Cannes, Clio, Fiap, El Ojo de Iberoamérica and The New York Festival.
Uruguay combines European tradition with cosmopolitan culture and enjoys the most competitive shooting costs in South America. Milagrito Films has five first-class directors, an area exclusively designated to production services, and an in-house post production zone. With strategic partners in Argentina, Chile, México, Brazil and the U.S.A., the company has access to a broad range of locations, post production companies, casting, production professionals and technical equipment throughout Latin America.
- Casting: A broad range of ethnic groups and nationalities of European, African, Asian and Native descent.
- Locations: A wide variety of landscapes, ocean beaches and architectural styles, all in close proximity and complimented by a moderate seasonal climate.
- Equipment: Local suppliers provide ARRI 16mm and 35mm cameras, RedCams, Carl Zeiss and Ultra Prime lenses, ARRI lighting, grip, dollies, cranes, generators and trucks. Milagrito entrusts first-rate regional suppliers with laboratory work, transfers and colour management of all productions.
Red Creek produces and supplies production services in the Americas for film, commercials and print campaigns. Based in Buenos Aires, New York and Costa Rica, Red Creek provides local know-how along with international expertise to clients from all over the world, delivering top quality and best value every time.
Advertising clients: Mother, W+K, Ogilvy, Y&R, Hakuhodo, KesselsKramer, Fallon, Nike, Honda, Suzuki, Motorola, HSBC, Lotus, Kenzo, P&G, Reckitt Benckiser, Diesel, and many others.
Catalogues: Urban Outfitters, J Crew, Selfridges, and many others.
Music Videos: Wyclef Jean, Brazilian Girls, Juanes.
TV: Channel Four, Arte, National Geographic Networks, Discovery Networks, Fox.
From commercials and music videos to independent projects, Senso prioritises creativity throughout the production process. To fulfil a wide range of briefs the company can ensure unique solutions and an exciting collaborative experience with talents from London, Berlin and Paris.
Projects have included the critically acclaimed documentary 'Let The Lolitas Dream'. Produced for French television and supported by the Centre National de la Cinematographie it continues to be diffused. 2007 saw the release of successful documentary 'The Beatbox Choir', a project supported by the South-Bank Centre.
Senso's success in promos and idents include 'Four Tet: Back and Forth' which was featured at the Berlin Film Festival and on the BBC's film network. A two year collaboration with the London-based couturière Aimee McWilliams resulted in the production of her commercial (as previously featured in Production Paradise), and a series of video installations at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Thriving independent projects include the short film 'Moshi' screened at the Raindance Film Festival.
Stink is a Berlin-based commercial production company with a genuinely international outlook. Established in 1998 in London, with a digital unit and offices in Paris and Shanghai, Stink has set out to introduce a unique creative collective to the international stage by drawing on the varied influences of its multicultural directors to produce work that is both progressive and challenging.
"Creativity is of the utmost importance to us", says executive producer Nils Schwmer, "And by that I don't mean that the idea is not important, but rather that we look for scripts that allow our directors to interpret an idea in a way that does justice to their creative ability and that is truly cutting-edge".
The company has produced commercials for, amongst many others, the following agencies: Grabarz & Partner, Palntage, 180 Amsterdam, Wieden & Kennedy, MAB TBWA.
The Stink roster includes eclectic talents such as: Psyop, Adam Berg, Ivan Zacharias, James Brown, Stylewar, Ne-o, Nacho Gayan, Neil Harris, Christoffer von Reiss, Robert Jitzmark, Eric Hillenbrand.
Awards include: D&Ad, Btaa, Midsummer Awards, Creative Circle, Apa 50", Cannes Lions, First Boards Awards, Golden Drum.
Team Works Production is based in Spain and has offices in the country's most popular shooting locations: Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia and Marbella.
The company covers all production requirements from locations and casting to equipment rental. Working on commercials, features, TV and photography assignments, its international producers speak a range of languages and are on hand to advise and assist with any production query.
Team Works budgets are competitive yet maintain a very high standard of service. References for any location needs can be found in the company's large database.
Travelling Films & Productions continues to develop new services, projects and solutions to make its clients' projects and ideas a successful reality. Over the past few months the company has produced international documentaries for RTP (Radio Televisão de Portugal), alongside a feature film and the usual commercial projects. One of its main goals for the coming year is to work hard on developing international services, so that both Travelling Films and Portugal can offer a superbly competitive solution in terms of quality, deadlines, locations and prices for shoots of any nature.
"Other companies produce films; we provide cinematographic experiences."