Archive for January, 2013

Don Mancini’s Chucky comes out to play again

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Curse of Chucky

I just had a really lovely email from Don Mancini, director/creator of the ‘Child’s Play‘ series, who I created the titles sequence for ‘Seed of Chucky‘.

In response to seeing the footage of my master class at Tiff proceeded to say:

“I was thrilled to see the inclusion of Seed of Chucky, and touched by your kind words… it goes without saying – working with you back in 2004 has remained a highlight of my career, and I remain an ardent fan of your work.” – Don Mancini

Don has just finished shooting a new addition to the series ‘Curse of Chucky‘, check out this latest interview:


42 Management and Production launches

January 10, 2013 1 comment

We are currently in development with the new identity for UK based movie and TV management and production company 42, which was launched this week by partners Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney and Kate Buckley.

42 will represent a roster of actors, writers and directors which already include actors Michael Caine, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Christopher Lee, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Drew, Jonny Lee Miller and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as well as writers and directors Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch), William Monahan, Peter Cattaneo and Daniel Wolfe.

Michael Caine Rhys Ifans Paul Bettany

With plans to also develop and produce film and television. Founders Rory and Ben set up the production company Between The Eyes back in 2005, which is to remain as a production label for certain titles under the 42 banner. Their latest project ‘Welcome to the Punch‘ starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong, which we created the titles for releases in the UK and US March 2013.

Here below is the release poster for ‘Welcome to the Punch‘:

Welcome to the Punch Official Poster

We wish them all every success.


Artificial Intelligence

January 9, 2013 1 comment

Artificial Intelligence

Technology affects every aspect of our life so much that the way we consume information now often defines our thinking. So how do we understand the impact of technology?

For Digital Natives, like the majority of students, it’s a given. They were born into it and they live it. But for others, like myself, the very idea, scale and its omnipresence is a truly remarkable, if not scary, process without an obvious conclusion.

It was not until a couple of years ago when I consciously realised the true scale and impact of technology in my life.

I had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the natural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. I began to feel that my mind was changing, that I wasn’t thinking the way I used to think.

I noticed that I used to find it easy to immerse myself in a book or a lengthy article but now my concentration started to drift after a page or two. I would get fidgety, lose the thread, or begin looking for something else to do.

So I went ‘un-plugged’ for a week and then started thinking, looking for answers and I turned to Google for doing some research. And it’s what and how I found it that made me realise the obvious that so frequently we tend to forget.

It’s the way we consume information now provided by technology, its instant accessibility and already defined content that enriches or inhibits our thinking.

When we absorb information our independent thinking is often led by technology and so there’s a danger we’re subconsciously guided by it, and relying on what Stanley Kubrick would refer as “artificial intelligence”.

“As we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence”.

When we outsource our memory to a ‘machine’, we also outsource a very important part of our intellect and even our identity. It’s harder for us to lock information into our ‘biological memory’.

Kubrick’s dark prophecy still remains to unfold but there’s no doubt that in the creative world digital convergence is now happening fast making visual communications a challenging creative space incorporating, ideas, moving image, sound, 3D, interactive design & story telling and more. So, whether you’re a digital native or not, it’s important to remember where ideas or stream of consciousness are born.

Smell Taste Sight Touch Sound

In our own “hard drive”, our brain where we have “plugins” – our five senses (computers only give us two senses: sight & sound).

Technology is a great source of inspiration but let’s not forget that we can get more inspiration from elsewhere. We’re not “alone together”.

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