Dec
09

Headin’ For a Gig

Here’s the video I shot for Scottish pop legends Hue & Cry (aka Pat and Greg Kane). The tune – Headin’ For A Fall – is a slab of 70’s-Stevie-Wonder-style funk shot through with that same sense of righteous anger Stevie was once able to summon up, before the lurid clothing and schmaltz got in […]

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Nov
13

see me

Just finished two little spots for a Scottish mental health ‘anti-stigma’ campaign called see me. It’s 5 years since I made the first see me commercial and a lot has changed in that time. The campaign has been tracked in widescale public research, and there’s been a definite shift in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around […]

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Nov
13

Vince’s story

“It started off as nothing. I met my mate Tony for a beer. I felt great. Really clear in my mind. Hadn’t seen him in ages. He’s got a new wife, kid on the way, doing great. Had a few beers, nothing much, a great laugh, and then, at closing time, we said cheerio in […]

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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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May
27

Cat in suitcase

I bought an absurdly small suitcase at Edinburgh’s funk fair – a cool name for a mixture between a craft sale, hippy bric-a-brac, retro chic and car boot sale. It’s the perfect size for my mac and I thought it would make an entertaining alternative laptop bag… Our cat Twiggles thought it would make a […]

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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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