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.



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.

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 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.


Elbow release B-sides album, Dead in the Boot
Posted on  24th September, 2012

A photograph Mark took when touring with the band many moons ago, is now the sleeve for their new album, Dead in the Boot.


Soup Collective Reel
Posted on  10th January, 2012

A selection of past and present bits (big and small) from the Soup Collective folk.
Getting ready to start thinking 'outside of the screen' again on the run up to our week-long
R&D stint at the Lowry.