Expanding the Picture

Posted on 25th July, 2019

We were fortunate to follow the development of Expanding the Picture, an ongoing relationship between Mary Prestidge and two emerging dance artists based at Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts. Through a six month programme, the members of Blue Room, Tony Carroll and Diana Disley created a full length piece which explores the possibilities of improvisation. Inspired by their own individual interests and ambitions, Tony and Diana developed the work through multidisciplinary activities, engaging with sound, live music, objects, projections and each other.

This film is a small insight into their creative process within which each workshop grew into a spectacle of their own and often something like of a meditative experience. The project culminated with a mesmerising performance that showed us rare authenticity and left us wondering over what could come from daring to truly let go of control, welcome freedom and embrace the present moment as it comes. All the while being on stage.


Bluecoat, dance

In Production | Stories of Islands | Chester Zoo

Posted on 29th April, 2019

Combining 2D and 3D animation and compositing, this 8 screen immersive film presents a tactile take on the evolutionary shifts of the natural world. The film covers biodiversity, endemism and the geological shifts that have occurred over millennia, bringing attention to the work of explorer and biologist Alfred Russell Wallace and his findings that resulted in a greater understanding of how species have adapted and evolved.

The work will go live later this Spring, in their freshly revamped Sumba School 360º immersive space.

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!

BUY Physical - http://saintanthony.tmstor.es
BUY Digital - http://radi.al/StAnthony | http://radi.al/StAnthonyEP
Buy tickets for the launch event on Fri August 14th at the Old Granada Studios - http://stanthony.tickets/
DONATE Text your donation: FACT65 £ followed by the amount to 70070

More information can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StAnthony­MCR

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