Cine Poem by Jenni Fagan

Michael and Beth have been working with Edinburgh based author Jenni Fagan on a film of her poem ‘Bangour Village Hospital or Edinburgh District Asylum’ – watch the trailer for the film here. We’re calling it a cine poem. Jenni was named best Scottish Novelist of 2016 by the Sunday Herald and is developing her 1st novel into a feature film so we were really pleased to be able to work with her to direct her first short. It screened in Hull at the start of June with Neu Reekie. We’re currently looking for an online home for the film and submitting to festivals so you should be able to watch it in full very soon.

Documentaries in the pipeline…

While we love the discipline of creating short form content we’ve always had the desire to get our teeth into some more complex stories. Beth was at Sheffield Doc Fest this year as part of the Scottish Delegation meeting commissioners and sales agents as well soaking up films, industry sessions and free drinks! Meanwhile Blair and Michael were on the delightful Hebridean Isle of Eigg filming around their 20th Anniversary of Independence celebrations for a documentary we are working on about the island. Watch this space for more on this and other projects we are developing.

Straight 8 to Cannes with our 1st Short Film!

Ok, so maybe it wasn’t in the running for the Palme D’or, but we are extremely proud that our Straight 8 film ‘Hard Coffee’ was selected as one of 8 films to show in the competition’s Cannes screening. We had a brilliant time shmoozing around Le Croisette and meeting great filmmakers from across the world as well as new pals at partner organisations Jameson First Shot and Eleven Fifty Five. There’s a chance to see the film in London in July and after that we’ll get it up on the website for your viewing pleasure. Straight 8 is an amazing filmmaking competition where you make a short on 1 roll of super8 film, no editing, the 1st time you see your film is on the big screen! Get involved in the next round.

Siri Rødnes signed to The Forest of Black

We’re delighted to be working with Siri Rødnes for commercial, brand and music video work. Siri graduated from the National Film and Television School and has been Directing lots of short film work and Television as well as developing two feature projects. She brings some really strong narrative drama experience to the company’s offering. Have a watch of her showreel and do get in touch if you’d like to discuss projects to collaborate with her on.

New Live Video for Biffy Clyro

Delighted to put this live montage video together for Biffy Clyro’s new single ‘Friends and Enemies’ in April. We’d filmed at a few of their Arena shows at the end of last year and Michael and Oscar teamed up to co-direct and co-edit this video with some added VFX from Ciaran. An FOB family affair of a video! As ever a total pleasure to try and replicate the intense energy of a Biffy live set on screen.

Oscar goes Pop! with an Una Healy video

Oscar Directed the new video for Una Healy’s (the Saturdays) single Battlelines in April. Always a fan of a technical challenge Oscar devised a video that was single take, steadicam, loads of cast being used as repeats, fire, smoke, bikes, smashing plates, choreography…and all this with Una synching to the track in the wrong order! What could possibly go wrong? Luckily Una nailed the performance and Oscar pulled off a really lovely looking video. Check it out. 

Ibibio Sound Machine Promo Directed by Ciaran Lyons

Ciaran Lyons has been busying away hand drawing in After Effects to create this vibrant, energetic and mesmerising promo for the incredible Ibibio Sound Machine’s latest single ‘Give Me A Reason’ releasing on Merge Records. When he first listened to the track Ciaran felt like he could ‘hear’ lasers, flashing lights and dancing – with Eno delivering such a great performance on the shoot all Ciaran had to do was try and bring these lights and lasers to life in post!