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First Frame @GBEditors – A Brand Design

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

First Frame - GBEditors

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Hackney’s Film Emporium – Keeping it Reel!

September 6, 2016 Leave a comment
Umit Mesut

Ümit Mesut outside his shop. Photograph: Richard Morrison #seenlondon

A happy surprise in our digital world was coming across Mr. Ümit Mesut, standing proudly outside his Hackney Film Emporium. The main window display is packed with old archive film and ephemera, but as you well see from my other photograph of the inside it is indeed a treasure trove of analogue filmic delights.

Inside the walls are stacked high with Super 8 and Super 16 reels, a mix of old, classic, cult and blockbuster films. It is a space also crammed full of VideoDiscs and VHS, posters hanging from the ceiling and a tempting range of sweets.

This Hackney native’s shop at 35 Lower Clapton Road (E5) takes you back in time to understand what cinematography was once about. Ümit knows everything about cinema and projectors and owns one of Europe’s largest collections of Super 8, and is on a quest to preserve 16 and 35 mm projectors and technicians who can actually operate them. His pride and joy is a Super 8 copy of Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon” – one of only twenty in the world.

“I am still discovering a lot of things, I am constantly learning. I have been trying to save the art of cinema for twenty five years.”

Inside Ümit & Sons

Inside Ümit & Son. Photograph: Richard Morrison #seenlondon

Ciné-Real – cine-real.com

Ciné-Real began in 2011, after Liam Saint-Pierre found an old super 8 projector lying in a bin. The projector looked in good condition, but Liam couldn’t get it to work. He remembered there was a shop in Hackney called Ümit & Son that specialised in super 8 and 16mm film projection.  As Ümit worked on the projector they talked about the beauty of celluloid and bemoaned the lack of places to watch film as film. Inspired Liam decided to set up Ciné-Real, a non-for-profit film club with the aim of bringing filmmakers and cineastes together, to enjoy a classic celluloid experience, along with promoting collaboration and discussion.

Liam Saint-Pierre.

Liam Saint-Pierre. Photograph: Chris Tang

Ümit was asked to be the projectionist, but, unsure of the commitment, declined the offer. Undeterred Liam bought a 16mm projector and managed to get hold of a 16mm print of “Jaws”. The first screening  in a small gallery attended by friends did not go to plan. Liam had problems changing the reels, dealing with jumping splices and warbling sound, and though the audience were accommodating, it was not a great success. The next day he returned to the shop and after a bit of persuading Ümit agreed to come to the next screening as a kind of projectionist’s mentor. Despite his initial resistance, Ümit loved the night. It still gave him a buzz to lace up the old projector and watch the warm glow of celluloid fill the big screen. He was excited by how many people were still interested in film and shared his passion. Since then Ümit has been the regular projectionist at Ciné-Real where Liam and Ümit have shown a 16mm film once a month for the past two years.

Ümit mentioned that he was very happy to see any body that wanted to pop-by.

Our latest highlights – COMING SOON!

Our latest highlights - coming soon

New RONALDO Releases 9th November

Excited at the studio to see our titles we designed for Anthony Wonke’s new film RONALDO – out on worldwide release 9th November 2015.

From the makers of Senna and Amy, this 102 minute unprecedented access documentary gives an insight into the inner life story of one of the worlds greatest footballers. How he fought to get his son and his family out of poverty and to show the world he’s on this earth to be the best at football. Ronaldo takes the audiences on an intimate and revealing journey of what it’s like to live as an iconic athlete.

A huge delight for us to design all the main and end titles for the film, including all the captions and a great end roller. It was a real pleasure working with Anthony, producer Paul Martin and the films editor Stephen Ellis.

Ronaldo film 2015

Check-out the official website for ticket sales and more information: http://www.ronaldothefilm.com/

Paul Hyett’s new horror HOWL

The latest in the studio sees the completion of our titles on the new “creature feature” horror flick ‘HOWL‘, from up and coming director Paul Hyett.

Known for his SFX work on ‘The Woman in Black‘ and ‘The Descent‘, Paul’s directorial debut was with the fantastic British horror drama ‘The Seasoning House‘.

Now together with producers Martin Gentles (The Liability) and Ed King (Ali G Indahouse) of Starchild Pictures, starring Ed Speelers (Eragon) and Holly Weston (John Carter) leading the cast alongside Shauna Macdonald (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Elliot Cowan (The Descent). Paul’s new film ‘Howl‘ focuses on a group of passengers traveling on a midnight train who become the unsuspecting meal ticket for a gang of hungry werewolves, forcing a shy ticket inspector to unleash his inner beast to lead his passengers to safety and survive the night.

We look forward to sharing more with you soon. The film is due for release later in the year.

Howl 2015 - Werewolf Film

KAJAKI – The True Story

October 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Kajaki Header What a real pleasure to design the title sequences for KAJAKI, and to do our part towards such an important film, and cause.

Directed by Paul Katis (Starting Over), and produced by both Paul and Andrew de Lotbinère (Girlfriend in a Coma) at Pukka Films, along with Oscar Winner Gareth Unwin (The King’s Speech, Zaytoun).

KAJAKI – The True Story was shot on location in Jordan for six weeks in the summer of 2014, and will be released in late 2014 to mark the withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan this year, and in recognition of the valour displayed there. The film will be released exclusively through Vue Cinemas on November 28th 2014. The film will also receive its World Premiere in London on November 12th 2014 at the Vue West End Cinema. Additional preview screenings will follow at Vue cinemas in Edinburgh (November 17th), Glasgow (18th), Leeds (24th) and Bristol (25th), attended by the filmmakers, actors from the film and their real life counterparts from those cities.

All revenue from ticket sales for the Premiere and pre-release screenings, and a portion of the profits from the film’s subsequent release, will benefit equally four military charities – Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded, The Royal British Legion and The Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers. Follow @kajakimovie Soldiers Charity Logos

Our latest work – OUT ON DVD this summer

The Morrison Studio DVD Releases

What a bumper month for us, as 4 of OUR LATEST TITLES GO OUT ON DVD within days of each other!

With the World Cup having come to a close this weekend. We expect many of you will fancy a night in without football, to watch one of the many great films being released on DVD this summer.

Fantastically for us at The Morrison Studio. 4 films we have created the title sequences for go out on UK release in the next few weeks, starting with John Roberts’ Day of the Flowers releasing on the 21st July, followed by Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down going out on the 28th July, finally with both John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary and Biyi Bandele’s Half of a Yellow Sun being released on the 4th August.

It’s a great choice of entertainment for you too! With a mix of genre’s to make you laugh or cry, smile or simply stare at the screen…

DAY OF THE FLOWERS
Two Scottish sisters, one a left-wing activist, the other a popular party girl, travel to Cuba to scatter their late father’s ashes. In losing and trying to reclaim their father’s ashes, the bickering sisters set off on a journey that them takes them through romance, danger, and the discovery of old family secrets.

Stars: Eva Birthistle, Charity Wakefield and Carlos Acosta
Runtime: 99 mins
Previous Blog: http://wp.me/pIDnQ-ti

Day of the Flowers

A LONG WAY DOWN
After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Colette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul
Runtime: 96 mins
Previous Blog: http://wp.me/pIDnQ-x1

A Long Way Down

CALVARY
Four people meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen and Dylan Moran
Runtime: 100 mins
Previous Blog: http://wp.me/pIDnQ-x1

Calvary

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN
Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Stars: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejifor, Anika Noni Rose and John Boyega
Runtime: 111 mins
Previous Blog: http://wp.me/pIDnQ-D6

Half Of A Yellow Sun

We all think here at The Morrison Studio, that you’ll have fun watching these new summer releases. We hope you enjoy our work and we look forward to sharing more with you and some new exciting news in the very near future. Happy viewing!

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