In Production | Shapes of Water, Sounds of Hope | Suzanne Lacy

Posted on 27th February, 2017

Working with artist Suzanne Lacy to devise and plot a way to capture a series of mass-participation performances staged within a disused mill. Filmed in Brierfield, Lancashire, the piece drew on the collective effort of the local community to create a mesmeric mass performance, exploring the history of the area and the different vocal traditions. Currently in production, the final film will be showcased later this year as a multi-channel installation, location TBC.

In production | My Bluecoat

Posted on 16th February, 2017

“It’s a fascinating history, from the enlightenment to where we are now.. You can almost chart and change the history of the city through this building. The sense of the civic, which is important at some times, and the inward lookingness and outward lookingness, and the global connections.”

Bryan Biggs. Art in Liverpool.

We began our film portraits for the My Bluecoat project back in 2016 with a pilot for the lovely Eddie Rauer, a regular at the Bluecoat with a host stories about his time spent at the venue. Starting next week we begin filming for a series of 30 portraits spanning the 300 year history of the venue, from it’s beginnings as a school through to it’s incarnation as a melting pot of performance, arts and crafts. Looking forward to seeing what stories emerge, both from individual experiences and through the collective memory of the Bluecoat. What links and threads emerge through the 30 narratives will become clear as we get underway.

IDFA | Documentary Music Video Showcase

Posted on 17th November, 2016

We’ve been invited to show five music videos and talk at the International Documentary festival in Amsterdam as part of a showcase on documentary in music video. Our 2010 video for Doves song Andalucia alongside the series of four films produced for Elbow’s 2014 album The Take Off and Landing of Everything.

The event is on Friday 18th Nov 2016 (tomorrow!). If you’re there please do come and say hello! Event starts at 8pm at the De Balie cinema.

In Production | Robots | Science Museum

Posted on 16th November, 2016

Work is well underway on our Science Museum commission for their upcoming Robots exhibition, launching in Feb 2017. Tackling the early years of automation and the sense of spectacle that came with this has been a visual treat for us, combining shoots at the wonderful MSI with some heady CG and stop-frame animation.

We’re at the final stages of bringing it all together now ready for the launch on Feb 8th 2017 at London’s Science Museum before coming to MSI, Manchester in October 2017.

For the love of... Performance

Posted on 19th April, 2016

Soup's love of capturing live performance condensed to 20 seconds of highlights from our recent work.

St Anthony (An Ode to Tony Wilson)

Posted on 12th August, 2015

After 12 months in the making and an ensemble cast totalling 28 performers, Soup Collective's video for Saint Anthony is now live. Props to poet Mike Garry and Joe Duddell for creating such a touching tribute to Tony Wilson and having the energy to push this project forward with so many people contributing time and resources to make it happen.

All proceeds go to Christies Hospital in Manchester so do take a look and there's links below to get out there and buy it!

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Buy tickets for the launch event on Fri August 14th at the Old Granada Studios -
DONATE Text your donation: FACT65 £ followed by the amount to 70070

More information can be found at­MCR

Elbow at the Apollo

Posted on 24th June, 2015

A work in progress. Finalising work on a multi-cam edit for Elbow's homecoming gig at the Manchester Apollo. Look out for some sneak peeks from the gig in the coming months across Elbow channels.

Making Real Life (angel)

Posted on 15th July, 2014

Two days in Snowdonia, a little bit of rain and a new-found love of outdoor swimming thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of Vivienne Rickman-Poole. Continuing the documentary thread developed over the campaign for Elbow's sixth studio album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, it was Vivienne's underwater documenting that sparked the idea to create this short portrait. Viv's take on being in and around the water proved such a strong inspiration for the piece, as well as drawing on her skills as a photographer to film some of the underwater scenes.

Shooting was a joy - our DoP, Percy went above and beyond the call of duty, stripping down to his smalls for some impromptu shots, and even trekking Snowdon for the sake of some lush landscapes. The hope is, while we can't recreate the feeling of being in that setting, we've hinted at what it's like in that world, and maybe even tempted a few people to give it a go.

Cheers, Mark

Client: Polydor / Commissioner: Emily Tedrake / Director / Editor: Mark Thomas / Producers : Tim Mullett and Alison Surtees / DoP : Percy Dean / Additional Camera: Vivienne Rickman-Poole / Lighting: Chris Sarginson / DiT/Assist : Sean Lomax / Edit Assist: Gwen Osmond / Colourist: Alex Hindle / Thanks to Surflines, Llanberis

Soup Collective residency at National Football Museum

Posted on 4th October, 2013

If you have an object with a story, help us to record its part in football history.

As the Football League celebrates its 125th year, Soup Collective are exploring the idea that objects have their own tales to tell, developing a picture of the League from the perspective of the objects and the people who encountered them.

Soup Collective will be resident in the museum from the 9th to the 16th October, 3D scanning and printing objects from the museum’s collection. Most excitingly, visitors to the museum are invited to bring their own objects which will be documented in the same way, helping to blur the line between artefacts and personal memorabilia. Delving into the imaginary, we will work with participants to create a film based on their memories of the object.

The results will be presented in a six month exhibition at the museum, in which visitors will be able to select an object, automatically triggering its accompanying film in this miniature, Personal Museum.

Soup Archives #01 Switching Off by Elbow

Posted on 4th July, 2013

The first in a series of infrequent films trawling through the Soup archives. This comes from back in 2003, around the time of developing ideas for Elbow's second album Cast of thousands.

Beginning life as a sketch around an instrumental piece from Craig and shot on state of the art mini-DV while on hols in Norfolk, this film became the visual accompaniment for a lot of memorable live performances during Elbow's Cast of Thousands tour. Running in sync with the live performance via the high-tech method of a quivering finger awaiting the first beat, this film went on to become a staple for a lot of live shows to follow, including the somewhat special Wembley show from a couple of years back, proudly watching on both band and backdrop in such a super-sized setting.