May 2013

Soup Co Spring Update

Posted on 14th May, 2013

It's been a busy spring with Jim building an audio-visual lift installation for The Shard and Mark directing the latest Editors video alongside designing video for some new theatre projects. Annie's been animating for the likes of The Almeida Theatre, whilst Alex has been working flat out across the board as well as finding the time to have a baby, congratulations Alex!
Mat's just returned from an unforgettable week in Syria where he was working with charity Syria Relief, to document their aid work.

Heading into the summer, we're looking forward to developing a few upcoming music and museum projects alongside re-grouping to think on our next Soup Collective venture.

Click here to see a selection of recent work

Syria Relief - Mat Norman gives an overview of his time spent filming in Syria.

Posted on 14th May, 2013

I've been working with charity Syria Relief for nearly a year now, and in April/May I was privileged to be asked to visit conflict-torn Syria myself. I didn't really know how to prepare myself (a long phone-call with artist David Cotterell helped), and had little idea of what I might see.

In my 10 days filming in Syria I witnessed mankind's beauty and ugliness in the same moment. I saw bombs dropped on villages and towns causing the destruction of places of worship and community strongholds (such as bakeries and water systems), families torn apart - losing their homes and/or loved ones. I witnessed the chaotic atmosphere of refugee camps and saw thousands of internally displaced people making the best of their fractured lives.

I also met the loveliest people I am ever likely to meet, experienced unsurpassed hospitality in desperate situations and saw some stunningly beautiful countryside.

The team I was working with are the most forward thinking and productive group of people I think I've ever worked with.

Overall it was an extreme and unforgettable experience.