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.

Rats' Tales begins at The Royal Exchange

Posted on 19th December, 2012

We've been lucky enough to be involved in the production of Rats' Tales, a new play written for The Royal Exchange. Producing visuals to support the live action, we helped to bring out the darker side of some classic fairy tales, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy. The play runs until the 12th of January.

http://www.royalexchange.co.uk/xmas.aspx?page=831

See the Guardian's five star review;

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/dec/04/rats-tales-review

Delphic Album Trailer

Posted on 6th November, 2012

Our Delphic album trailer is now live. It's our second outing using the kinect 3D sensor as a camera device, the first time using the incredible RGBD Toolkit, kindly shown to us by James George.

Done as a bit of a Soup Collective offshoot, it's one of what will hopefully a few projects with film and code we'll be pushing under the Leicina Film Unit moniker. Follow the link below for full credits and details.

http://www.soupco.tv/films/delphic/introducing-collections

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.

http://m.elbow.co.uk/news/dead-in-the-boot-out-today/

Portrait of an Athlete screened at WE PLAY Expo

Posted on 24th September, 2012

Portrait of an Athlete gets a screening at Preston's weekend festival to celebrate the North-West's role in the Cultural Olympiad. The film follows the Vanuatu Vollyball team as they acclimatise to their new training grounds in sunny Crewe...

http://www.nwfor2012.com/whatson/portraitofanathletepreston#.UDYvF60XdnA

Blackpool wins 3 million for arts and culture

Posted on 24th September, 2012

A short film made by SoupCo, in support of Blackpool's funding application, proved an invaluable tool in their bid. Having spent a fair bit of time in Blackpool in Research and Development with Blackpool Council, we're looking forward to seeing the effects the funding will have on the local arts community.

www.altblackpool.co.uk/blackpool-wins-3-million-in-arts-council-funding/

Build The Truce goes live

Posted on 6th September, 2012

Build The Truce is now up and running at Imperial War Musuem North and Imperial War Museum London. Using interviews with civilians, ex-combatants and aid workers, the film explores the prospects of peace in post-war areas such as Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone.
The 360 degree projection at IWM North shows in the Main Exhibition Space at 2pm every day and runs in a loop all day at IWM London.

http://blogs.iwm.org.uk/truce/2012/07/25/big-picture-show-at-iwm-north/#...

Build the Truce

Posted on 23rd August, 2012

A bit of a talk from Mat about Soup Collective's recent film work for the Imperial War Museum project Build the Truce.

http://blogs.iwm.org.uk/truce/2012/06/07/directors-cut-guest-blog-by-dir...

Imperial War Museum North: Big Picture Shows (the making of)

Posted on 11th May, 2012

On the build up to another installation at the Imperial War Museum North, thought it's a good time to get an airing of our making of film from the last venture.