Friday, March 30, 2012
We do! Take at a look at the film our Will McGregor directed in his second
year at Uni. It won an RTS award for best drama and many of our
Millers now go to the Watersprite Film Festival in Cambridge every
You can now enjoy the whole thing online for the first time……
or consider it a taster for the feature film version that Will
currently has in development with the BFI!
Friday, March 30, 2012
Here at Mill London HQ, an organic (cotton) revolution is taking
hold. What started as people dressing up a
little bit in
preparation for Friday night out has resulted in this.
Beautifully-attired Ladies and Gentlemen of the Mill, we salute
(don't ask us what the sleeping bag and toga are about, they're
creatives don't you know).
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all... We
think its Snow White and the Huntsman. See the trailer here and
look at some of Mill Film's latest work including the magical and
chilling mirror. Release date June 21st.
Trailer courtesy of Universal Studios
Monday, March 26, 2012
Had your heart broken by a scoundrel lately? Forget vengeance.
Join the Marines. In the ultimate gesture of female empowerment,
that's what Katy Perry's character does in the artist's new video
"Part of Me," directed by Little Minx's Ben Mor. The promo debuted
last week on MTV, and our Kiana Bicoy produced The Mill L.A.'s 2D
and Telecine team who helped make it happen."
Bicoy comments, "Ben Mor and Phil Crowe collaborated on one of The
Mill LA's first projects-Pepsi Max 'Jump' featuring The Black Eyed
Peas. It was great to work with him again, especially on a
music video for such a high-profile artist. Greg Reese
brought the film to life with grade and Steve Cokonis lead the
Take a look below.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The CG Students Awards 2012, which showcase and reward
excellence in computer graphics from students and recent graduates,
is now open for entries. To date, the event has already helped
kick-start the careers of countless digital artists and given away
over $100,000 in prizes, and this year they are doing it again. The
event is split into three categories: Student of the Year, Studio
Internships and People's Choice. There is a prize pool of over
$100,000USD and ten Studio Internships.
The ten professional internships are being offered
throughout Europe, Canada, USA, and India at Leading
production studios Double Negative, MPC, Framestore, Prime
Focus, BlueBolt and of course, here at The Mill . Each studio
offers slightly different internships, but the winner can expect to
receive 2-4 month professional experience, support and guidance
from industry leading experts, standard intern salary, and an
amazing opportunity to network and prove your skills.
The deadline for submissions is 20th May, 2012 so get your
entries in and winners will be announced 1st June, 2012.
here to get your entry started.
Friday, March 23, 2012
So Chris Scott, Adam Grint and Bevis Jones have been working
with the very lovely Sam Brown from Rogue and JWT on their latest
To spice things up this week the boys tasked some of our
incredibly hard working Running team to find some exciting new
flavours around Soho.
And the Runners really did deliver... with an amazing South Korean
spread from Kim Chi, Cobra beers and an Indian banquet from Imli,
all rounded off by a very traditional Friday fish and chips from
Golden Union - but with a twist. Our intrepid trio donned
their best bib and tucker to honour the end of a very enjoyable
week of culinary treats.
We don't often get to see the guys dressed to impress and we'd
like to say GOOD effort.
Friday, March 23, 2012
John is a dedicated young skater with dreams of greatness; but
his giant baws keep getting in the way of his destiny. But the
story doesn't end here… all it takes is a 19th birthday and the
perfect present from Gran to get John back on the skate path to
Joining forces with Scottish underwear company Bawbags and
Edinburgh based creative agency, Newhaven, like three 'peas' in a
pod, we bring you our recent work with this story of the underdog,
directed by Austen Humphries. BUT, the story doesn't end here
either… Bawbags donate a percentage of their profits every year to
the Everyman Testicular Cancer Charity.
So before you get your skates on… get your Bawbags on.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The glitterati of the UK advertising world gathered last
night for the annual British Arrows Awards, that recognise and
reward the best and brightest in television and cinema commercials
made by British advertising agencies and production companies over
the last year.
A very special congratulations to our long-time friend and
collaborator BBH on picking up Agency of the Year, Paul Rothwell on
his British Arrows Fellowship Award and Rattling Stick for
Production Company of the Year.
A great night for British Advertising and creativity and many
congratulations to all of the well-deserved winners.
Visit the British Arrows website to see the full list of winners and
And click here to have a flip through the
British Arrows sponsorship film, out of The Mill's Design Studio
and directed by our Carl Addy.
Friday, March 16, 2012
How many people can say they have collaborated with Hemingway?
Bowe can! Director at The Mill NY, Bowe King had the pleasure of
working with his friend Edward Hemingway, grandson to legendary
author Ernest Hemingway, on the animated promo for his latest book:
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship.
"Eddie causally mentioned one night over drinks that he wanted
to make a promotional animation for his new book and asked me if I
had any pointers on how to make that happen," says Bowe. Familiar
with his work and his style of painting, King thought it would be a
great idea to add some life to Hemingway's illustrations.
"A lot of books on Amazon.com use promotional videos to get
people more interested in their books," continues Bowe. "Often
times, these are just fades between a handful of pages with some
additional supers. For Eddie's promo, I wanted to give it more--his
characters are so cool and quirky, and his style is unique. I
thought they deserved more than fades, but at the same time I
didn't want the animation to overpower the art."
Hemingway had accent artwork in the book, such as autumn leaves
that helped with the transitions. The hardest part of the project
for King was deciding how many panels to make the piece. Since
every page in the book is a piece of art, it was hard to narrow
down which pages to use without giving the whole book away!
When the animated promo was complete, Brett Anderson, lead
singer and songwriter for all-female band the
Donnas and her musical partner Jacques Brautbar created
original music specifically for the animation.
Watch the promo for "Bad Apple" now:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
British indie rock is alive and well!
The Wedding Present graced The Mill's Los Angeles studio with a
live rehearsal performance on Monday night, kicking off their North
American tour before heading down to SXSW. The band, with David
Gedge on lead vocals and guitar, played songs from new album
'Valentina,' and 1991's 'Seamonsters' in its entirety (marking the
first time ever on U.S. soil-as quoted by Andy Gillespie, a Man
City Fan who knows a little something about rock 'n' roll).
"Surreal! I never thought I'd ever introduce the Wedding Present,"
says The Mill L.A.'s Phil Crowe. "And as Gary Barlow would say ...
Wedding Present's David Gedge says, "It was a unique setting,
which meant we were a little outside of our comfort zone. But, in a
way, that kind of added to the experience since 'Seamonsters' isn't
meant to be particularly comforting! We were very well looked
after, so a big thanks to everyone who helped!"
Here's wishing all Mondays ended on such a high note. Cheers to a
great tour, Wedding Present!