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Oscar Sansom directs new promos for Fatherson, LaFontaines

Oscar brings a slick gloss to The Forest Of Black equation, and he’s a grafter too; in between his current rack of broadcast ad work, he’s managed to find time to make a clutch of music videos, including these two. The Fatherson video features new international modelling sensation Chris John Millington, new Glasgow actor face Kirstin Gribbin and the brooding beauty of the Highlands. The LaFontaines meanwhile takes the concept of low budget and runs with it, saying cheap can still be beautiful. Or it least it would say that if Oscar had any concept of being able to make things look cheap.

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Pan McMillan: ‘The Finisher’

Book trailers are making the leap from web to big screen multiplex, and we’re happy to entertain the need for beautiful, punchy product with cinematic ambition. This ad, for Pan McMillan’s ‘The Finisher’ title, by David Baldacci, was helped in no small part by striking newcomer Laura Burns, and DOP Carlo D’Allesandro in his first work with Blair directing for The Forest Of Black.

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Holy Mountain: ‘100 Years A Day’

Michael Sherrington caused a bit of a stir with a rather bold Holy Mountain video a few years ago, and his new promo for the Chemikal Underground band stands on similarly uncompromising ground. Exploring the not particularly glamorous world of a sex worker, it’s a an honest, non-judgemental portrait of a life most will only have preconceptions of. it’s not all pretty, but it’s not a clutch of dependency cliches either. What it is, is a human story that shows what music promos can be besides scantily-clad frothy pop fun, and a timely reminder of the darker side of selling sex to sell.

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God Help The Girl at Sundance and Berlin

The Forest of Black Producer Beth Allan has been at Sundance film festival where  musical feature film ‘God Help The Girl’ written and directed by Stuart Murdoch and produced by Barry Mendel premiered in January. Beth was Associate Producer on the project with Blair directing some 2nd unit and our long term editing collaborator Dave Arthur cut the film right here at the FOB offices. So we’re very excited to see the film getting some great reviews, a US distribution deal and an award. The film is currently playing at the Berlinale then on to SXSW with a commercial release scheduled for late summer / autumn 2014.