Sep
30

Hue and Cry

Just finished the first of a couple of pop promos for Scottish pop legends Hue and Cry. A strangely prescient slab of 70s Stevie Wonder-style funk from Pat Kane and his bro Greg. Great fun working with two great musicians – tho Pat is at pains to point out that he ‘famously can’t play an […]

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Jun
23

Just a Northern Soul

Northern Soul dance steps. This page contains links to step-by-step dance moves for Northern Soul dancing on video – notably demonstrated by a cool young Japanese cult in Tokyo! If that’s what you want – scroll down the page. Originally, this post was about a Northern Soul video I was shooting. Legendary Scottish pop combo, […]

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Feb
19

Sell-out Scotland

Brandrepublic reports that a significant Scottish client is searching for a ‘London ad agency’. Which is depressing. In a year in which one well-regarded Scottish agency folded, a few of the more (ahem) senior figures in Scotland’s shrinking adland fell out. The sniping with misfiring antique blunderbusses made playground taunts look like Olympic markmanship. It […]

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Oct
31

X-Factor? Zzzzz-factor more like.

The X-Factor sucks. A lot of people watch it. Simon Cowell has made a lot of cash out of it. But it still sucks. And not just because I think the talent doesn’t have any. The sheer cynicism of the show has corroded the soul of the old ‘Opportunity Knocks’ format and left us with […]

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Oct
14

AS NOT SEEN ON TV

Have you seen the gorilla? You know, the one playing the drums to that old Phil Collins’ track. It’s great, isn’t it? Now, there’s a chance you have no idea what I’m talking about. But, if you have seen this latest piece of ‘gorilla marketing’ for Cadbury, I’m wagering you didn’t see it on TV. […]

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Jul
10

Monkeys and cameras

Why stock photography is making me snap. There’s an old saying that, in an infinite universe, an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters will eventually type the works of Shakespeare. Despite a great deal of blogospheric evidence to the contrary, a similar sort of idea seems to have sprung up among advertising clients regarding photography. […]

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Jun
28

My Tony Kaye Story

I’m a big fan of continuous professional development and ‘advancing my craft’ and learning new stuff. But, most of all, as a professional creative and commercials director, I like the random nature of inputs. Even with the best-laid plans, you often get something different from what you expect – and that, like many creative projects, […]

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