Archive for April, 2013

Our title sequence concepts for BBC’s ‘Quirke’

April 25, 2013 3 comments

Quirke Concept Main Title

Sunday night we saw the start of ‘Quirke‘, a new series for BBC One based on the books by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville) and adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson.

Starring Gabriel Byrne as Quirke, the 3 part mini series centers around chief pathologist for the city morgue in 1950s Dublin.

Each episode sees him investigate the deaths of those who end up on his mortuary slab. But as Quirke turns accidental detective he discovers his investigations are often more closely linked to his own life, forcing him to confront the sins of his past as he peels back the layers of his own family history.

Quirke Main Title Concept Frames

In our concept (pitch), we use stained linen as our textural canvas for a series of intriguing and underlying images which we discover during the sequence. A single red thread animates through the loose weave with warp and weft, as we pull focus and shine light from behind.

Quirke Main Title Concept Panoramic

The series is a co-production between the BBC and Dublin-based Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions. John McColgan, Founding Director of Tyrone Productions says:

As friend and colleague of Gabriel Byrne over the years I am thrilled to see him bringing the brilliant, mercurial character of Quirke as created by John Banville to screens worldwide. BBC Drama has brought an incredible pool of writing talent to this project and I’m looking forward to seeing their scripts going into production.

We are delighted in seeing the show aired.

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Stephen Frears – Only British Film at Cannes

April 24, 2013 1 comment
1982 Ali at Cannes

Muhammad Ali in Cannes 1982

We’re delighted to see that our latest film ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’ which we’ve created the titles for, is screening as the only British Film at this years Festival de Cannes (15th to 26th May).

Directed by Stephen Frears for HBO and Rainmark Films, and starring Benjamin Walker, Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella. The film is about the boxer’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam war and the apparent revenge taken on him by the US government.

We look forward very much to the festival and sharing with you more news on the film.

Original Photo by © Richard Melloul/Sygma/Corbis, Colour treatment © Richard Morrison

BAFTA, What next for the UK Film Industry?

BAFTA - What Next For The UK Film Industry

Tomorrow night I will be joining the question time at the Princess Anne Theatre – BAFTA, as part of the conversation to quiz some of the industry’s brightest thinkers about the ups and downs and highs and lows for UK films in 2012, and to see where we’re heading this year and beyond.

On the panel along with Kate O’Connor – Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Creative Skillset and Wendy Mitchell – Editor of Screen International and, will be Iain Smith – Chair of the British Film Commission and Producer of such films as ‘Wanted’ and ‘Children of Men’.

I first met Iain back in 1984 on The Killing Fields‘ working with Roland Joffé who directed the film, and then a couple of years later in 1986 on Roland’s next film The Missionstarring Robert De Niro. The following year I had the great pleasure again as we teamed-up for Seven Years in Tibet, which was the first film I did for Jean-Jacques Annaud, who later I went on and created the titles for Enemy at the Gates and Two Brothers.

Titles sequences done for Producer Iain Smith

Joining Iain will also be James Watkins – Director and Screenwriter, with credits including ‘Woman in Black’ and ‘Eden Lake’. Plus Xavier Marchand – Managing Director of Momentum Pictures and President of International Distribution of Alliance Films. Xavier’s recent films include Welcome to the Punch‘ – which we also created the title sequences for.

It will be good to catch-up with Iain and to see what insights the panel can share on key issues affecting UK film.

The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

Work begins on a new sequence for us this week, as we are really delighted to announce we have been appointed the title sequence for The Two Faces of January.

Based on the classic 1964 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, the thriller has been written and directed by screenwriter Hossein Amini in his directorial debut. Starring Viggo Mortensen (Appaloosa, A History of Violence), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-man, Marie Antoinette) and Oscar Issac (Drive, Body of Lies), the film has been produced out of Working Title (Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner) along with Thomas Sternberg (Apocalypse Now and The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

The Two Faces of January Actors

‘The Two Faces of January’ tells the story of an American couple Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Dunst) who while touring Greece in 1962, meet Rydal (Isaac) a tour guide at the Acropolis scamming tourists in the process. Inviting Rydal to dinner one night at their hotel, Chester presses him to help move an unconscious body which eventually leads him to get caught up in ensuing events.

We are very much looking forward to working on this and sharing our progress with you all as the story unfolds.

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