BUG comes out of Hibernation

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Spring is in the air and BUG has come out of hibernation. Adam Buxton is back to host BUG 54 live at BFI Southbank on 1 and 7 March for the first shows of 2017. BUG features the latest weird and wonderful music videos from around the world as introduced by the legendary “Dr. Buckles” with added YouTube comment hilarity and surreal interviews with promo directors.

Loco has been the BUG postproduction partner since 2008 and continues to work with BUG curators and organisers, David Knight, Phil Tidy and Louise Stevens to prepare the onscreen content for the show.

The show on 1 March at 8:45 features an interview with a surprise guest director. The Director’s Cut Shows (where the director interview is cut from the shows…get it?) are at 6.30pm and 8.45pm on 7 March.

To book your tickets, call the BFI Southbank box office on 020 7928 3232 or book directly via the website.  Tickets sell out fast, but you can check for late notice returns on the night.

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Music videos, the British Museum & The American Dream

BUG fans can also look forward to 2 special shows on Friday 21 April and Friday 12 May to coincide with the British Museum’s forthcoming exhibition ‘The American Dream: pop to the present’ Limited tickets are available to purchase from the event website.

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BUG Bowie Special at the Brighton Festival

Adam will be hosting the BUG David Bowie Special, a tribute to the on-screen life of David Bowie as part of the Brighton Festival on 21 May. Tickets are available through the festival website.

For more examples of our work with BUG, click here. To find out more about Loco’s work with other events, click here. We also work on music videos, and you can read about those projects click here.

You can visit the BUG website to watch more of the vids, download programme notes, or join the mailing list to find out about forthcoming BUG events.

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Share the Loco Love

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, these little love birds are helping to spread the loco love in Soho, London. If you’d like to share the love too, pop in for a visit or get in touch via email or phone. Or, you can stalk us on our social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Creativepool, LBBOnline.

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Wise Girl Film Festival Updates

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Loco’s Jon Davey colour graded Wise Girl, a short film about a girl, a boy, a couple of gangsters and a whole lot of love. The film was directed by Alex Swinfen, and you might recognise the all-star cast: Gemma Whelan from Game of Thrones, Alex Carter from Holyoakes and Emmerdale, TV personality Joe Pasquale and Harriet Thorpe of Absolutely Fabulous and The Brittas Empire.

Wise Girl is touring the festival circuit including Canada’s longest running and biggest comedy film festival, The Shart Film Festival, London-based Shorts On Tap and Fifes Comedy festival in Zagreb.

For Jon’s colour grading reel, click here.
You can follow all the news about Wise Girl on twitter.

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Jon Davey Colour Grading Reel

Loco’s Jon Davey is passionate about using colour to tell stories. He takes great interest in applying the science of colour theory to the art of filmmaking. He knows most important rule of colour grading is never fight the footage; always bring the best out of what’s there to set the mood and convey the message.

Jon is adept at a range of colour grading styles and turns his hand from fashion to fast cars, feature films, and food.

When he’s not sitting in the shadows of a dark grading suite, he’s out painting landscapes, playing music, or exploring the far-flung corners of the world.

For more examples of Jon Davey’s Work, click here.

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360° Filmmaking – The crucial connection between the medium and the message

At Christmas time, there are so many videos vying for our attention. From the latest department store tearjerker to the raft of festive e-cards in our inboxes, it can be easy to overlook important messages for good causes. With this in mind, Loco Director Dave Waldman used 360° filmmaking technology to cut through the clutter and create something a little bit different.

Loco is proud to present his short film, “Homeless at Christmas” which raises awareness and funds to support homeless people in our community through local charity, The House of St. Barnabas

As well as directing, Dave wrote, edited and created the GFX/VFX for the film, always ensuring that the 360° device remained instrumental to communicating the film’s message.

As Dave explains, “First and foremost, you have to work out what you want to say. Then, you work out how to say it. 360° filmmaking is no exception. Unless the medium is integral to the message, it’s just a gimmick.

In this instance, the message behind the film is: don’t think of the homeless as ‘them’; think of them as ‘you’. We wanted to show how close we are all to homelessness.”

Dave teamed up with DOP Colm O’Rourke to capture the footage with Go-Pro’s latest 360° camera, the Omni. Although presented as a 360° film, it was shot as two 180° films. The two-film set-up allowed for the use of location lighting kits. More importantly, the juxtaposed day and night settings further emphasise how easy it is to go from ‘good times’ to ‘bad times’. As the film’s heroine crosses that line, it becomes easier for viewers to imagine themselves as homeless.

A public information film is nothing without a few facts to bolster the emotive message, and Dave’s use of motion graphic design introduces hard-hitting statistics in an engaging way. The text floats through the alleyway, and depending on where you orient your mobile device when you view the film, it feels like a ghostly presence drifting towards, through or around you. This technique, combined with the eerie soundtrack of jingling sleigh bells is reminiscent of film adaptations of the Christmas classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

By animating the text within the film, Dave gives the viewer the chance to interact and explore. This keeps the film fresh and the viewer engaged while still absorbing the message. If they get restless, they can have a look around. 

Dave explains, “This allows us to make content significantly longer than conventional formats where the viewer is a passive observer. It is a great benefit of how VR technology can aid delivering narrative-based content.”

Now in the New Year, Dave is looking forward applying his growing knowledge and enthusiasm for 360° filmmaking and VR techniques to a range of creative treatments.

The film is available on YouTube. For the best viewing experience, use the YouTube App on a mobile device. The film is also optimised for use with use a VR headset such as Google Cardboard. Further information about the best viewing settings are on the YouTube link.

To see more of Loco’s content creation projects, click here.
To find out more about Dave and to see further examples of his work, click here.
If you would like to find out more about Loco’s work for charitable causes, you can read about our films for
Remember a Charity and Cancer Research UK.

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Merry Christmas Love Loco

Loco’s animating elves have been busy in the workshop to create this festive greeting for you.

Best wishes for a delightful holiday season.
We look forward to catching up with you in the New Year!

Music: Xmas Field by Lukas Gorecki published by Felt Music.

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Loco-Creates “Surround Yourself” TVCs for LV= Over 50s Life Insurance

They say you should never film with children or animals… Well, the fearless Loco production and post teams embarked on an ambitious project to bring to life the latest creative for LV= over-50s life insurance complete with kids, dogs and magically appearing props and wardrobe changes, all in one continuous 60-second camera move.

Here are some fun-facts from our LV= over-50s “Surround Yourself” stories:
Working closely with agency Hot Cakes Creative, we filmed two 60-second commercials in 10 hours featuring a cast of 13 actors (2 of them children; 1 of them a dog and her understudy) with a crew of 27 people.

The set build required 2 days of pre-fabrication in the workshop and a day to assemble in the studio. We used a Milo Motion Control Rig, the same kind of robotic camera arm that has been used on major motion pictures from the Matrix to Marvel’s Avengers. Our camera was the Arri Alexa kitted out with Cooke S4 prime lenses, a favourite of DoP’s used on everything from 12 Years a Slave to 21 Jump Street.

Once the shoot was in the can (because it’s not as catchy to say backed up to mirrored hard drive storage), our editors and VFX teams set to work to combine selected elements from each of the 15+ full-length, 60-second takes to show our leading man walking through his home with the accessories of his life and even his wardrobe popping onto screen. We did the same again with the 15+ takes performed by our female lead character.

To add to our compilation of behind-the-scenes revelations, we bet you’d never have guessed that our colourist had changed the hero’s PJs from the blue ones he wore on set to the LV= brand-friendly green.

The version of the commercial with the male lead has been broadcast on TV and distributed across the LV= website and social media platforms.

For additional links to more of Loco’s shoots and branded content creation, click here.

Credits:
Client: LV=
Product: Over 50s Life Insurance
Title: Surround Yourself
Agency: Hot Cakes Creative
Production Company: Loco
Director: Loco-Create
Exec Producer: Danny Coster
Producer: Saša McCartney
Production Manager: Matthew Cummins
DOP: Tony Brown
Post Production: Loco
Exec Producer: Danny Coster
Producers: Saša McCartney, Jen Reznick
Editor: Aidan Taub
CG Supervisor: Charles Beglan
CG Artist: Chris Forrester
Colourist: Jon Davey
VFX: Aidan Taub, Jon Davey, Liam Hawe

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Get Ready for The Weekend

What would you do if you found £100,000? For three hapless school friends, it is the start of a weekend of outrageous adventure and a race against time to repay the debt to a furious gangster.

Premiering in cinemas on 2 December, The Weekend, directed by Sheridan De Myers with an original story by Kojo Anim is the debut feature film for rising stars of UK comedy Jovian Wade (EastEnders, Dr Who, The Youngers), Dee Kaate (Walliams and Friends, The JPD Show) and Percelle Ascott aka Internet sensation Mandem on the Wall (Wizards vs Aliens, The JPD Show).

Loco provided colour grading, VFX, motion graphics and title design for the film, all ably coordinated by producer Saša McCartney.

The motion picture soundtrack includes tracks from leading international and UK artists Dizzee Rascal, P Money, D Dark, D double E, Mez, Davinche, Bonkaz as well as original compositions by renowned Hip Hop and Grime producer S.K.I.T.Z Beatz.

Backed by the BFI’s Lottery Distribution Fund, tickets are available on a pre-order basis only from Ourscreen
Follow The Weekend on their official website and social media (Facebook) (Instagram) (Twitter) for updates on DVD and digital release from 16 December.

For more about our VFX services click here and for colour grading, click here.

Credits:
Title: The Weekend
Production Company: Running Films
Director: Sheridan De Myers
Writer/ Producer: Kojo Anim
Soundtrack: Aiden Hogarth ‘S.K.I.T.Z Beatz’
Executive Producer: Natalie Potter
Line Producer: Tamara Barton Campbell
Assistant Director: Sam Bassett
Production Manager: Charline Price
Sound Recordist: Dave Shoanpal
Post Producer: Saša McCartney
Additional Editing: Aidan Taub
VFX: Aidan Taub, Liam Hawe
Colour Grade: Jon Davey
Motion Graphics/ Titles: Dave Waldman

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Radioman screenings and streamings

The celebrity-packed feature documentary about the famous movie extra and New York City icon, Radioman continues its world tour. Recently broadcast in Hong Kong and Japan, screened in the London The Bright Young Things Film Club including a Q&A with Director, Mary Kerr. The film is now available to rent, buy or stream on Amazon Prime in US, UK, and around the world.

Loco and Dirty Looks were thrilled to help bring Radioman to the big and now small screen(s). Working closely with the production team, Loco looked after the online editing, title design, credit roller, and visual effects as well as re-versioning for TV and other screenings. Tom Balkwill of Dirty Looks provided DI services and a colour grade as well as mastering for cinema. Look out for the cameo section in the film for an example of our VFX, and of course, to find out where to spot Radioman’s on-screen moments.

Radioman is the incredible story of an extraordinary eccentric, a former homeless man whose unparalleled obsession with the movies has taken him from sleeping on the streets to becoming a New York City movie legend with over 100 small parts in films and TV shows. Radioman gets his nickname from the boom box radio he wears around his neck. Viewers may recognise him from appearances in Spiderman 3, The Bourne Supremacy, or in episodes of 30 Rock. Interviews with Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Meryl Streep may leave cinemagoers a little bit star-struck, but Radioman counts such celebrities among his friends.

The film includes interviews filmed by the production team and Radioman over the course of four years on locations in New York and LA as well as movie excerpts, stock footage, family photographs, and even shots captured with an iPhone super8-style app.
You can follow news about Radioman on social media facebook, twitter and keep track of his recent cameos on IMDB.

To view the trailer, click here.

For more about our VFX services click here and for colour grading, click here.

Selected Credits:
Production Company: Ten Cent Adventures
Director: Mary Kerr
Producer: Paul Fischer
Editor: Gary Forrester
Colourist: Tom Balkwill
VFX Supervisor: Dan Coster
VFX Executive Producer: Jen Reznick
Online Editor: Miland Dave Suman
VFX: Lee Bamsey, Jonathan Davey, Edmund Stenson
Re-versioning: Aidan Taub, Liam Hawe

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UKMVA 2016 Videos & News

Loco is thrilled to be able to share with our friends, a little taste of the 2016 UK Music Video Awards, hosted by Adam Buxton at legendary London venue, The Roundhouse.

Loco producer, Arlene Dignam had the honour of presenting the award for Best Rock/ Indie Video to directors Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia for Coldplay’s ‘Up&Up’.

Danny Coster, MD of Loco says, “We are incredibly proud to have been the postproduction partner of the UKMVAs since their inception 9 years ago, and we continue to enjoy the creative collaboration with Louise, David and the extended MVA team”.

Each year, our production team led by Arlene Dignam, works tirelessly with Event Director Louise Stevens of Ballistic Events and her team to design and edit the nominations packages for projection on the big screens. This is no small undertaking as there are more than 30 categories with several shortlisted videos in each.

Our editors also work with David Knight of Promo News to create the opening montage, and this year, our animators collaborated with celebrated artist Reilly to bring to life his artwork for the big screen.

Loco is a leading creative content production facility with over 20 years in the post-production industry. We are a talented team of animators, editors, VFX artists, colourists and directors who share a passion for visual media. Music videos are a natural extension of our creative ethos.

Danny Coster adds ”Our creative teams at loco love working with Music Videos as it gives them opportunities to explore concepts and techniques with real freedom, and our sponsorship of the best UK Rock/ Indie category is a great way for us to get behind some truly outstanding film making”.

The UKMVAs are a fantastic celebration of the best of British and international music videos across a wide range of genres, budgets as well as creative and technical disciplines.
For more about the MVAs including the list of winners, visit the MVA website and promo news for photos, video clips and more.

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Credits:
Client: UKMVA
Post Production Team: Arlene Dignam, Liam Hawe, Emily Ledger, Jon Davey, Aidan Taub
Branding: Studio Thomson & Reilly
Stage Design: Reality Awards
Event Director: Louise Stevens – Ballistic Events
Event Coordinator: Nadya Jones –Ballistic Events
Event Editorial Director: David Knight
Montage Music: ‘Overcome’ by Laura Mvula ft. Nile Rodgers

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Loco marks its 9th year as Post Production Partner of the UKMVAs

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Loco is excited to announce our sponsorship of the Best Rock/ Indie- UK Video category in the 2016 UK Music Video Awards.

Danny Coster, MD of Loco says, “We are incredibly proud to have been the post production partner of the UKMVAs since their inception 9 years ago, and we continue to enjoy the creative collaboration with Louise, David and the extended MVA team”.

Each year, our production team led by Arlene Dignam, works tirelessly with Event Director Louise Stevens of Ballistic Events and her team to design and edit the nominations packages for projection on the big screens. This is no small undertaking as there are more than 30 categories with several shortlisted videos in each.

Our editors also work with David Knight of Promo News to create the opening montage and our animators are collaborating with celebrated artist Reilly to bring to life his artwork for the big screen.

Loco is a leading creative content production facility with over 20 years in the post-production industry. We are a talented team of animators, editors, VFX artists, colourists and directors who share a passion for visual media. Music videos are a natural extension of our creative ethos.

Danny Coster adds ”Our creative teams at loco love working with Music Videos as it gives them opportunities to explore concepts and techniques with real freedom, and our sponsorship of the best UK Rock/ Indie category is a great way for us to get behind some truly outstanding film making”.

The UKMVAs are a fantastic celebration of the best of British and international music videos across a wide range of genres, budgets as well as creative and technical disciplines.

This year, Adam Buxton will be hosting the Awards on Thursday 20th October at legendary London venue, The Roundhouse. Tickets are available to purchase on the UKMVA website.

For more about the UKMVAs including categories and lists of previous years’ winners, click here.
You can visit the Promo News site to see some of the music videos and other announcements about the awards.
For examples of Loco’s work on previous year’s UKMVAs, click here.
To find out more about our work on other events, click here.

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Loco’s New Hire- Director & Motion Graphics Editor Dave Waldman

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Loco is pleased to announce the new hire of award-winning director and motion graphics editor, Dave Waldman.

Loco Creative Director Danny Coster says, “Dave is a fantastic addition to our team, and he brings with him a wealth of experience coupled with an energy and enthusiasm for all new forms of moving image content.”

Dave’s background in illustration and design enables him to work seamlessly through the full creative process from inception to delivery, and he is adept at translating marketing briefs into multi-platform, highly creative communication strategies. His impressive roster includes work for Channel 4, Cadbury, Nissan, Peugeot, Dove, Nike, Nokia, Coke, Lotus, Commerzbank, the V&A and the BBC.

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Dave Waldman’s Bio:
Dave began his Creative career as an Art Director at the Times newspaper soon after obtaining his illustration degree from Ravensbourne. As he continued to develop his skills, he became more interested in moving image, so he retrained as a motion graphics designer. He cut his teeth as a Director at Virgin Media where he was enticed into the world of advertising. Dave has shot with crews in Brazil, LA as well Europe and the UK. In addition to directing, he is an accomplished portrait photographer and has written and directed documentaries for BBC Radio and television.

For more information about the directors that Loco represents, click here.
If you would like to discuss a script or treatment, please email Dan, Jen, Saša, or Phil or call us on +44 20 7304 4403.

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Loco serves up new wagamama recipe videos

Loco has created a series of “how-to cook” videos for online distribution to coincide with wagamama’s launch of new restaurant placemats showing a selection of simplified recipes. The films embrace the brand’s feel good theme of sharing fresh food with friends and are a perfect fit for social media where they are performing well. The popular donburi video reached 1.6 million people in 4 weeks.

Our production team convened for an exciting Saturday of cooking, filming and (of course) tasting super fresh wagamama meals at the Mansion House location. We developed a graphical style for the films that would reflect the restaurant’s brand whilst giving people the chance to create their own wagamama experience at home. Our tabletop shoot captured everything in stunning 4k with the Arri Amira to give us the ultimate flexibility in postproduction and grade. The resulting recipe films are delicious, informative and extremely popular.

If you’re craving some homemade wagamama dishes, you can find our recipe films on the wagamama website.
For links to our other projects with wagamama, click here.
For additional links to more of Loco’s shoots and branded content creation, click here.

Credits:
Director: Loco-create/ David Poole
Exec Prod: Dan Coster
Producer: Saša McCartney
DOP: Cliff Evans
Home Economist: Lisa Harrison
Production Assistant: Emily Ledger
Post Production: Aidan Taub, Lee Bamsey, Liam Hawe
Colour Grade: Jon Davey

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Loco and Go Ape Live Life Adventurously with National TV Campaign – #TakeTheFirstStep

Loco is excited to present the first ever, national TV campaign for Go Ape, “#TakeTheFirstStep”. As Loco Creative Director, Danny Coster explains,

“This project really embodies Loco’s co-creative ethos and we truly became part of the Go Ape Tribe. Our production team worked closely with Go Ape’s marketing team to make the most of a two-day shoot at the beautiful Leeds Castle Adventure location and bring our director’s treatment to life”

Go Ape’s Marketing Director, Paul Lymer provides a ringing endorsement,

“We have really enjoyed working with Loco on the ‘Take the First Step’ project. This is the first time that Go Ape have had a national TV campaign and it was critical that we got it right; from the very beginning we knew that the team at Loco just got our brand. From Conception through to Direction and Production, the team have been brilliant.

It has been a pleasure working with Loco on this project and we look forward to welcoming lots more new customers to Live Life Adventurously this summer. Go Ape will definitely be working with Loco on future projects. Thanks Loco team for making our forest adventures look stunning!”

Loco’s production team organised a five-camera shoot with cast, crew and kit (oooooh, drone camera!) whilst Anna and her colleagues facilitated the involvement of Go Ape’s staff with some of the team and extra equipment joining the shoot from other course locations around the country (zooom, Segways!). As part of our approach to create additional content for the campaign, the team arranged a special event to invite members of the public to participate in the Go Ape Adventure and share their excitement on camera about their first step experience (woo-hoo, zipwire!)

With more than two decades of experience in post production, we were well prepared for a potentially complicated workflow managing multiple rushes formats and colour spaces. Editor Aidan Taub and the Loco-Create directors crafted the story of Go Ape Adventurers enjoying the challenges of the outdoor ropes course and Segway safaris while colourist Kenny Gibb and VFX editor Jon Davey provided expert finishing to bring out the best of the gorgeous footage.

With so much great-looking and exciting material captured, Liam Hawe was able to edit additional content for the Go Ape website and social media platforms. We were also pleased to be able to provide stills for Go Ape’s print and digital campaigns as well as other OOH media. The 30 and 10 second TV commercials will be airing across the UK from July 2016, and the spot is already live on the Go Ape YouTube channel.

You can book you own Go Ape Adventure on the website. Go on, take the first step and share your story on social media with #TakeTheFirstStep.

For additional links to more of Loco’s shoots and branded content creation, click here.

Credits:
Client: Go Ape
Marketing Director: Paul Lymer
Marketing Manager: Anna Attridge
Marketing Executive: Jazelle Johnson

Director: Loco-create
Exec Producer: Danny Coster
Producer: Saša McCartney
Camera 1: Cliff Evans
Camera 2: Avone Keene
Camera 3: Liam Hawe
Body Cam/ Go Ape Site Manager: Graham Saunders
Sound/ Drone Operator: Ed Bulman
Camera Assistant: George Simpson
Production Assistant: Emily Ledger
Runner: Elvis Scanlon
Hair and Make up: Frankie Delooper
Editor: Aidan Taub
Colour Grade: Kenny Gibb
VFX: Jon Davey
Sound Design: Richard House
Audio Mix: Greek Street Studios

Cast:
Dad: Jack Loy
Girl: Edith Grumitt
Mum: Tracey Lushington
Boy: Peter Howard
VO: Brendan McCoy

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