9 films, 2 series and an 11 minute short animated character film
Our films premiered at Sundance, Tribeca & SXSW. We screened on Netflix, HBO, CNN & Showtime, working for LA, NY and London.
We’ve had an incredibly busy but incredibly satisfying year, working on a range of brilliant projects – from a high profile Netflix series to a film about Mewing (don’t know about it? Get googling!)
2022 has seen us working on 9 films, 2 series and a lovely 11 minute short animated character film. We’ve worked with a solid slate of female film makers during this time, 5 of our 9 films were directed by women. And we also had 2 films with female subjects – namely Tanya Tucker and Anna Nicole Smith.
We launched into the start of the year with two films in Sundance, the award winning Navalny and Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares. These films marked our 21st Sundance films, it’s always an honour to be involved in the festival (even if it means a hectic Christmas schedule!)
Moving into the year – World Autism day in February saw the online launch of our own hand illustrated animated short The Amazing Adventures of Awesome. After a successful two year festival run – it was wonderful to release the film to wider audiences. The film was released on the premier short film you tube channel, Omeleto, where it currently has over 13K views. Read more about our journey here.
We have continued our passion for character animation with NY based short film, Dog Park. Directed by Daniel Cowen and based on the book The Man In The Dog Park by Cathy Small, this gorgeous film draws awareness to the humanity of homeless people and their struggle with society’s judgment. We worked on the project from the bottom up, scheduling, budgeting, booking and overseeing character dev, boarding and the animatic – right through to animation and delivery. It was a brilliant project to be involved with, and we’re looking forward to the films release.
With SXSW on the horizon, we were thrilled to have designed and delivered Tanya Tucker for director Kathlyn Horan. Premiering at SXSW, the film is a biographical celebration of the career and the comeback of the legendary country star Tanya Tucker.
Working with Netflix, on another female director/female protagonist film – we were excited to join forces once again with director Ursula Macfarlane on a biographical journey into the life and times of the largely misunderstood Anna Nicole Smith who, through the Playboy mansion, went on to become the face of Guess. The film is slated for a 2023 release.
As spring rolled into summer, we thoroughly enjoyed further character work in our next film – The Royal Stunt, a tongue-in-cheek exploration of the absurd circumstances of fake art, directed by Kief Davidson. Producer Giampiero says, “In 2019, art forger Tony Tetro showed me three photos he had secretly taken of curious documents – an art loan between eccentric purported billionaire, James Stunt and Prince Charles. Three years and a lot of undercover investigation later, we were able to unearth a massive art forgery scandal. Now, we’re almost ready to release our film, The Royal Stunt, with academy award nominated, director Kief Davidson, and partners MRC Entertainment. It’s a crazy story and a wild ride, releasing early 2023.”
Every year, we deliver on our commitment to work on a social justice film for a considerably reduced budget. This year, we received an email very promptly on the first of January, from LA based director Elizabeth Gray Bayne. She requested that we partner her in an important film that discovers the mindset of the African American community toward breastfeeding. We side stepped budget constraints to work on this film pro bono, giving Elizabeth the flexibility to move her funding into other areas. We were proud to work closely on the film throughout the year, delivering front credits, title card and a range of in film typographical elements.
Our largest project of the year, was the four part Netflix series, FIFA Uncovered. It was wonderful teaming up with director Dan Gordon, our fourteenth year working together. This highly acclaimed four part Netflix series casts a spotlight on the bribery and corruption of FIFA individuals on the road to the Qatar FIFA World Cup. We worked with the London team on a limited timeframe to deliver over 100 sequences for the series.
Furthering our sport series focus, we paired up with LA based Richard Brown (True Detective) for an uplifting four part series following the final stages of the journey of the Basketball Africa League as they explore a new league in collaboration with the NBA. Due for 2023 release, we’re continuing our journey with the series into the new year.
As 2022 progressed, and the leaves turned multi-coloured and the skies darkened, we meandered into the dark thriller documentary Phantom Parrot directed by Kate Stonehill. The film explores the loopholes in the terrorism and border control acts which threaten our rights to privacy, and we’ve been involved in a range of in film sequences which aid to explain and enhance the tech based narrative.
In one of our more off beat films of the year – we joined LA based director Sara Goldblatt as she delved into the works of maxillofacial surgeon John Mew. The film explores the social media driven obsession with beauty in a fascinating theory – we definitely learnt some new things working on this one!
And as the year rolled closer to the finale – we wound down a busy year with a wonderful film for HBO. We were very excited to work with LA director Stephen Kijak again, on his beautiful tribute to Rock Hudson – through the trials and tribulations of being gay in Holllywood during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Our involvement in the film continues into 2023, more about this soon!
We’ve been thrilled this year to be involved in such a range of incredible projects, and with an exciting slate rolling into 2023 – very much looking forward to the new year!