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Director of Photography Nicola Daley has begun shooting on The Letdown, its second season.

Over six episodes, the series follows the comedic highs and dramatic lows faced by new mothers. Season 2 continues to follow Audrey (played by co-creator Alison Bell) and her experiences with the local Mothers’ Group – the story picking up as the newborns have turned one.

Shot in Australia and directed by Amanda Brotchie, Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell and Trent O’Donnell, The Letdown season two will air on ABC TV and iview, and internationally on Netflix, in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NICOLA DALEY ACS | CV | WEBSITE

The third season of Fortitude will premiere on Sky Atlantic early next month.

Featuring cinematography by lead Director of Photography Gary Shaw, the mysterious Arctic thriller returns for its final instalment, starring Richard Dormer, Dennis Quaid, Luke Treadaway, Sienna Guillory, Darren Boyd, Mia Jexen and Alexandra Moen.

Produced by Fifty Fathoms and directed by Kieron Hawkes, the first of four episodes will screen on Thursday December 6th at 9pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARY SHAW | CV | WEBSITE

 

Wednesday night will see the premiere of the seasonal feature film Surviving Christmas with the Relatives.

Shot by Director of Photography Matthias Pilz and directed by James Dearden, the comedy follows a cluster of disparate relatives gathered for three days in a dilapidated country house, their past and holiday confinement bringing old rivalries and tensions to the surface. Shooting was completed earlier this year, with the cast including Gemma Whelan, Julian Ovenden, Joely Richardson and Michael Landes.

The premiere will take place at Vue West End in Leicester Square the evening of Wednesday 21st November, and is released across the UK 30th November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATTHIAS PILZ | CV | WEBSITE

Production Designer Ollie Tiong for Smart Energy, directed by Sam Hibbard.

Shot over 2 days, both scripts involved builds for Ollie, creating a living room for both families now reaping the rewards of using a Smart Energy meter. Whilst one home is redecorated in fabric made viable by the savings made, the family in the other home go blow dry crazy involving their dog in the process…

Smart Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLLIE TIONG | CV | WEBSITE

Shot over 2 days and for WWF, with Production Design by Stripeland.

You may not evidently see a multitude of Production Design in this spot, but a fair amount of prep was involved experimenting with a variety of conceptual aesthetics to connote a polluted world. As the voiceover states, in reality, we are the first generation to accept that humans are destroying the planet.

Plastics now infect the oceans… think: WWF directed by Daren Rabinovitch (of Encylopedia Pictura). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRIPELAND | CV | WEBSITE

Yesterday saw the launch of the new BBC Three comedy Hounslow Diaries – recently lauded as part of a new wave of bold female-driven drama being commissioned across the UK in a recent article in the Guardian.

Written by Ambreen Razia (who also stars as lead character Shadeeba) and directed by acclaimed director Nida Manzoor, Hounslow Diaries draws on Razia’s experiences as a muslim girl growing up in West London, with the pilot featuring Production Design by Ashling Johnson.

Also praised is the Northern Irish comedy series Derry Girls – the first season of which was shot by director of photography Oli Russell. The brainchild of writer Lisa McGee whose earlier work includes London Irish, Derry Girls‘ fresh humour and setting was a runaway success when it aired earlier this year.

Cited as a trailblazer in her field as both a writer and actor, Phoebe Waller Bridge’ take on the spy genre – Killing Eve – starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer proved immensley popular both in the UK and in the US. Season Two recently wrapped shooting, as shot by Director of Photography Damian Bromley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASHLING JOHNSON | CV | WEBSITE
OLI RUSSELL | CV | WEBSITE
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Juliet, Naked is released across the United Kingdom tomorrow – Friday 2nd November.

Designed by Production Designer Sarah Finlay, the Jesse Peretz directed romantic comedy stars Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke.

Byrne stars as Juliet, who living in a small English seaside town lives with her boyfriend Duncan, played by O’Dowd as a college teacher harbouring a near-obsession with obscure 90s musician Tucker Crowe – Hawke – who disappeared decades earlier. When Juliet opts to criticise online recently unearthed bootleg demos of Crowes, the artist himself unexpectedly gets in contact, triggering a transatlantic romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH FINLAY  |  CV  |  WEBSITE

Production Designer Tom Gander designs a series of spots for the BBC and TV Licensing.

We see a city worker in his office frantically but unnecessarily trying to convince his colleague to not shred; a bunch of kids talking ghouls and urban myths as a neighbour sorts his TV Licence on his mobile; and a pastiche of a bygone era where you can purchase a licence online… #paperless is the message.

The pastiche is a studio build, referencing both the reality and its reverse in its connotation of “Dynasty / Dallas” and all that falls in-between. Instead of polishing the veneer of the library so it settles into the build, this and a variety of other designs remain incomplete, resulting in a ‘fake’ newness very much aligned with ’80s / ’90s TV.

Directed by Ollie Parsons this series of commercials is airing now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOM GANDER | CV | WEBSITE

The nominations for the 2018 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were released today, with several feature films featuring work from Wizzo & Co HoDs recognised.

 

Director of Photography Franklin Dow shot the acclaimed feature documentary Evelyn from director Orlando Von Einsiedel – nominated in the category of Best Documentary.

Evelyn focuses on the personal experience of director Einsiedel and his family, one decade on from the trauma of his brother’s suicide. Through visiting landscapes he loved, they attempt to address openly their loss – the beauty of the British landscape standing in contrast to enduring the heartbreak at the heart of the film.

 

Also nominated was director Sebastian Lelio’s drama Disobedience – featuring Production Design from Sarah Finlay – which received four nominations, including Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

In Disobedience, Rachel Weisz plays New Yorker Ronit Krushka who travels to London on the death of her estranged father, returning to the community that shunned her decades earlier for her attraction to Esti (Rachel McAdams) – their reunion unearthing questions of faith and sexuality.

 

Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back) was nominated for Best Effects – shot by director of photography Luke Bryant and the directorial debut writer-director Tom Edmunds.

A black comedy, Dead In A Week centres on the woes of William (Aneurin Barnard), who enlists the services of ageing hitman Leslie (Tom Wilkinson) – the pair entering into a contract guaranteeing death within seven days, just as William unexpectedly discovers a reason to live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANKLIN DOW  |  CV  |  WEBSITE
SARAH FINLAY  |  CV  |  WEBSITE
LUKE BRYANT  |  CV  |  WEBSITE

Next Monday sees the launch of Hounslow Diaries on the BBC iPlayer.

Directed by Nida Manzoor and featuring Production Design from Ashling Johnson, the comedy centres around three Muslim teenage girls living in West London.

Determined to live it up on a ritzy night out on the West End, Shadeeba (played by writer and creator Ambreen Razia) alongside her friends Tash and Leonie (Mandeep Dhillon and Robyn Cara) attempt to circumvent their lack of cash through a unique opportunity by way of her sister’s never-ending wedding preparation…

Hounslow Diaries will be available to view on iPlayer and YouTube from 10am on Monday 5 November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASHLING JOHNSON | CV | WEBSITE