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Twickenham Film Studios

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Sad indeed the old Baron of St. Margarets, namely Twickenham Film Studios was recently put into administration by its owners and is now under threat by the possibility of property developers turning the area into offices and flats.

The historic Studio complex, which houses amongst its’ many services, one of the very few Dolby Premiere sound dubbing Studios in the country, has been at the forefront of the British film industry for 99 years producing films such as The Iron Lady, War Horse and The Italian Job.

I loved having meetings there over the years and with the famous Turks Head where “A Hard Days Night” was filmed, just around the corner – what a delight. One of many memories I have from the studios, would be having my first meeting with Ridley Scott which started with the merits of cigar smoking before discussing “Someone to Watch Over Me“, the job in hand.

A recent petition, which I was made aware of by Peter Joly (ex MD of Aquarium Studios, Goldcrest Post Production Facilities and De Lane Lea) has been set up to help stop these developers. Twickenham Studios is unique and must be allowed to continue as a crucial part of our industry – one which we are constantly being told by the government is vital to attract investment to and provide employment opportunities in this country. Indeed the government, having recently blocked any further development at Pinewood, would be ill advised to allow another key part of what remains a relatively fragile industry to disappear to unnecessary development.

Already, there is a groundswell of opposition forming to the potential destruction of this historic site, both within the Film, Television and creative community, and amongst the local St. Margarets community itself.

You can help the cause by signing the petition – http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-twickenham-film-studios/, forwarding to as many concerned people as possible and writing to your MP to let him or her know how important you find this issue. Please spread the word and we can save the Studio and allow it to celebrate its centenary later this year as an essential part of our industry’s infrastructure!

Twickenham Film Studios

Channel branding

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

TV Idents

I read with great interest Lynda Relph-Knight’s D&AD interview with my old colleague and friend Martin Lambie-Nairn.

In the interview Martin recalls the emergence of Channel 4’s branding, which stirred up fond memories of when I worked with Martin in their offices in Long Acre, prior to the success of this.

In those days our Saturday nights were spent up at London Weekend Television on night shift crashing out urgent graphics and news items needed for the following morning. Without the use of computers all the graphics were hand made with an abundance of pantone paper and Letraset!

Looking back to the launch of Channel 4. When choosing the colour palette, Martin may have possibly been inspired by the range of Pantone paper. Martins says “He is still bemused by what he and his then partner, graphic designer Colin Robinson, achieved”. He goes on to say “The design demanded the use of computers to achieve the fragmentation of the ‘4’ and in those pre-desktop days, Robinson Lambie-Nairn had to go to American colleges to find computers with the capacity to do the job”.

I too had similar issues in these early days of TV branding, where I relied heavily on my film background of live action technics to create the desired look for such TV brands as UTV and Norway’s first independent channel TV2. Martin also shared a similar thought on the future of motion graphics, which was to change quick as the digital world was fast approaching. This is the point were I invested in the first V-series paint box. Preparing stills in the video medium was sometimes referred to as ‘painting by numbers’. Now digital paint systems have become the most common tool in graphic design production, But I still start with a pencil.

I have put together a few examples of my earlier TV branding work from this period, which were created using a mix of analogue and early digital techniques. You can view this snapshot by clicking here or visiting my YouTube Channel – richardmorrison04.

My appearance in PromaxBDA’s Brief magazine

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

www.richard-morrison.co.uk

Following on from my interview at Tiff Bell Lightbox with Rae Ann Fera. I have been featured in her article The Creative Lifefor PromaxBDA’s Winter 2012 Edition of Brief Magazine. The article is about top creatives sharing what keeps them inspired. The magazine is also available online at www.promaxbda.org

Here is my Q&A which is featured:
Q. How would you describe your job to a nine year old?
A. I have an idea, which is sketched, filmed and used to excite you at the front of a movie as you start to eat your way through a bag of popcorn.

Q. What does being creative mean to you?
A. Being able to wake up each morning and make a pot of coffee.

Q. What inspires you?
A. Movement.

Q. What ‘s the one object that you own that would explain you most?
A. My hat.

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A. Being able to drink my morning coffee in peace.

Q. What’s your passion?
A. The life that I live each and every day.

Q. If all the world’s creativity and innovation could only be used for good, what would you hope for?
A. It would be used to demonstrate universal sharing of commodities as well as ideas.

Q. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
A. Movement or if you like Mind, which is central and constant in the world around us. When ideas appear for a moment in the Mind, I seize them.

Q. What turns you off?
A. People who think there are no new ideas left in the world to discover. Its nonsense because when you stand and be present with yourself you will see movement within your Mind and all around you.

Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A. Pianist.

Q. What was the last thing you shared on Facebook or Twitter?
A. Best to log on and take a look: http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Morrison/1380242436

Q. What music are you listening to in heavy rotation?
A. Jazz, one of my all time favourites is Miles Davis, he lead a life immersed in movement.

Q. What ‘s a great book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen recently and what did it teach you?
A. I read and watch films constantly; they do not teach they inspire me.

Q. Where do you go to be alone?
A. Swimming.

Q. What is your current state of mind?
A. I fancy another cup of coffee.

Q. If you wrote your memoirs, what would they be titled?
A. ‘Under My Hat’

About Brief Magazine:
Based in Santa Monica, California. Brief is a quarterly intelligence report identifying ideas, trends and innovations from the world’s most revolutionary entertainment and information content brands. brief exposes and explores emerging business trends, artistic executions and the creative and strategic professionals who make the media marketing, promotion and broadcast design industry tick.

As the leading trade publication to this industry, brief investigates the intersection where marketing, promotion and design converge with the value of media.

From new revenue streams to the evolution of content consumption, Brief provides context and insight to help marketing, promotion and design executives enhance their ability to drive audiences to their networks, stations and content brands.

Rubbeldiekatz Title Sequence by Darius Ghanai

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Title designer Darius Ghanai (Lichtrausch), the other man in Europe (besides my dear self) who can always be relied on to come up with eye-catching work for the big screen. Has just released his latest title sequence which can now be viewed on YouTube. Click here and take a look for yourself.

Its a great animated sequence for the film Rubbeldiekatz (Woman in Love), directed by Detlev Buck for Universal Pictures.

rubbeldiekatz

Rubbeldiekatz Title Sequence

Inside Andy Brown’s own Four Walls

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Andy Brown founded Four Walls in 2006, following a career at some of London’s best post houses. He is an artist who has bridged analogue to digital visual communication, with total understanding of the demands needed in this fast moving medium and always with a keen eye on its future.

Dean and I have had the pleasure of working with Andy over the years on projects such as Enemy at the Gates, The Constant Gardener, and Tania Hoser’s ten minute short Grandma, which I produced.

Working closely with long-time producer Toby Abbott, Four Walls provides post-production solutions for a wide variety of clients and projects from around the world.

After a successful first year in their new home at 93 Wardour Street, Soho. They have upgraded their software and hardware facilities last week to include Flame and Flame Premium. Giving the capability of starting up as Flame, Smoke or Lustre.

Andy says “We’re really excited with this update as it gives us some powerful new capabilities. We’re planning to expand the grading side of the business in response to demand from clients and Lustre provides us with a great toolset. Add that to the latest updates for Flame and the increasing demand for Smoke and we are very happy!”

We wish Andy and Toby all the best for the future.

Andy Brown Four Walls

John Hurt honoured by BAFTA

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Following on from receiving the Alexander Walker Special Award at the 39th London Evening Standard British Film Awards. John Hurt has been presented with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at last nights BAFTA ceremony.

John Hurt Wins BAFTA
John Hurt Wins BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
John also won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor in 1976 for The Naked Civil Servant (pictured below), which was followed by a British Academy Film Award in 1981 for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in The Elephant Man, directed by David Lynch.

Throughout his career, John has received four more BAFTA nominations – one for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi film Alien and two Academy Award nominations. His most recent film roles have seen him starring as Ollivander in the Harry Potter series and Control in the latest spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, winner of this years BAFTA for Outstanding British Film.

“I know that film means a great deal to me but I had no idea that I meant so much to film. I feel very honoured.” John Hurt, 2012.

We would like to add our congratulations from all at Richard Morrison.

John Hurt wins BAFTA

The Naked Civil Servant, The Elephant Man (top), Alien, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy (bottom)

Now Is Good to go

February 9, 2012 3 comments

Having an idea is one thing, but having a great team pull together and understand my vision is essential in delivering great work. We have just finished and delivered the final main title sequence for Ol Parker’s ‘Now Is Good‘, and I want to take this opportunity to thank my team for a job well done.

They are:
Executive Producer Dominic Buttimore and Producer Mark Farrington at Th1ng in Soho, where the sequence was produced.

Senior Designer Dean Wares, who as always, was involved in the initial design concepts with me and created all the hand-drawn type for the titles as well as the original line illustrations seen in the sequence.

Rotoscoping Artist Chris Walker, who’s job was to extract Ms. Fanning from every frame (no pretty green screen footage for us!). A time consuming feat indeed but Chris pushed on relentlessly and as a result we were able to treat Ms. Fanning’s performance with a nice, illustrated animated sequence.

VFX Director Sean Martin, who was responsible for bringing to life the original idea and building the sequence. By tracking the original footage in a 3D tracking package, Sean was able to find where the camera was in the live scene so he could then create an After Effects camera to move in the same way. He then was able to bring together the layered illustrations onto a 3D stage to replicate the original footage in our illustrated style.

Here is some other information for you:

UK Release date: Friday 25th May 2012
Directed by: Ol Parker
Written by: Jenny Downham, Ol Parker
Produced by: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario, Olivia Williams, Paddy Considine, Jeremy Irvine, Patrick Baladi
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Movie Synopsis: A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she’d like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.

We look forward to sharing the entire sequence with you when the film is released in May.

Click here to view a sneak Rotoscope preview of the first few frames.

Now is Good Main Title

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