Concrete Antenna

We recently asked Cameron Duguid to created this animated film that interprets Tommy Perman's designs for the packaging of our latest Random Spectacular project, Concrete Antenna, a 12" vinyl and print set by Rob St. John, Simon Kirby and Tommy Perman. The project is inspired by the trio's sound installation at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Copies of this limited edition release can be found over at our Random Spectacular store - you can also hear what Jarvis Cocker, Stuart Maconie and Gideon Coe had to say about the release.

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The Films of Saint Etienne

On Friday 12th July 2013 our friends at Caught By The River and the BFI are celebrating the launch of A London Trilogy: The Films of Saint Etienne 2003-2007 with special guests, filmmaker Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley, Sarah Cracknell and Pete Wiggs.

From a beautifully conceived film-poem and an imaginative exploration of the Lower Lea Valley to an uplifting documentary on a London landmark, the collaborations between electronic indie trio Saint Etienne and filmmaker Paul Kelly (Lawrence of Belgravia) document London’s ever-changing environment and landscapes with music by the band.

Released together by the BFI on one DVD for the first time (on 15 July 2013) the trilogy of Finisterre, What Have you Done Today Mervyn Day? and This is Tomorrow is accompanied by rare and previously unavailable short films.

The event takes place at Rough Trade East with the screening of a selection of the shorts followed by a Q&A with Paul Kelly and Bob Stanley.

Find out more from Caught By The River and Rough Trade East.

Trilogy poster

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The Man with the Beautiful Eyes

We'd been aware of Jonny Hannah's The Man with the Beautiful Eyes animation for some but we've only just found it online.

I asked Jonny for a few words about the film...

"The Man with the Beautiful Eyes is an adaptation of a poem by my favourite author, Charles Bukowski. I collaborated with the very talented animator Jonathan Hodgson and the animation was produced by Jonathan Bairstow of Sherbet for Channel 4TV.

We made it as traditionally as possible with no Photoshop trickery - the majority of it being paint on paper, 12 frames a second.

It was a dream job to work on and it seemed to grow in a very organic manner, until a year and a half later, it was a finished 6 minute film. We won many awards, including the animation BAFTA in 2000 and lead to a variety of commissioned ads for American TV."

You can view a selection of Jonny Hannah prints over at our online print store.

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Saul Bass

An exhibition of Saul Bass’s instantly recognisable work has opened at the Kemistry Gallery in London.

Breaking all conventions in the 1950s and 60s, Bass virtually invented film titles as we know them today, and he was the first to synthesize movies into compelling trademark images.

In a period when graphic imagery can be so easily manipulated electronically, Bass reminds us that a strong idea is always at the heart of a great design. His work, as reflected in this exhibition, is as refreshing today as ever.

Born in New York in 1920, Saul Bass moved to Los Angeles where he set up his design studio in the 1950s. From this time until his death in 1996, Bass continued to work with Hollywood’s leading directors, including Preminger, Hitchcock and Scorsese. In 1968 Bass received an Oscar for his own film ‘How Man Creates’, which he regarded as his seminal work. Bass’s authority derives not only from his film work and posters; he is also acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s most successful corporate designers, responsible for (amongst others) the logos and identity systems for AT&T, United Airlines, Alcoa and Warner Communications.

The exhibition runs until 17th March 2011 at the Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PD. Visit the Kemistry Gallery website.

saul bass

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Hue & Cry

We're very proud to have been supporting the Edward Bawden exhibition that's on at the Bedford Museum & Gallery, running until the 31st of January 2010.

And on Thursday 21st January you can visit the gallery for a free screening of the 1947 Ealing comedy 'Hue & Cry' for which Bawden designed the poster below. The film will be screened at 7.00pm.

edward bawden hue cry

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Peter Serafinowicz

Out with friends last night and for some reason this cropped up in conversation - a brilliant bit of telly from Peter Serafinowicz.

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