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The Value of Design: Who are the Storytellers now?

FootprintXchange: ‘Who are the Storytellers now?’ is the first in a series of events where we will be exploring the Value of Design over the course of 2017. FootprintXchange is a hosted event with guest speakers, followed by discussion with the wider audience.  It offers an informal arena to meet and engage with fellow professionals from business and commerce, academia, and subsidised sectors.  Xchange focuses on subjects that impact our shared futures within the entertainment, theatre, retail, branding and events sectors, with discussions often leading to new, exciting collaborations and projects. In this session, we will explore the hot topic of who are the Storytellers now? Aside from sharing latest insights in immersive audience and brand experience, we will question whether technology enhances or hinders storytelling for artists, designers, producers, brands, and retailers. We are partnering with The Society of British Theatre Designers to bring you an engaging evening at Lyric Theatre Studio, Hammersmith on Tuesday 7th March 2017. Doors open 6.30pm.  The SBTD are a professional association supporting and celebrating the diverse range of design for performance made nationally and internationally by UK based designers. Our guest speakers for this event are: Tupac Martir, Visual Artist and Creative Director Tupac is a multimedia artist, visual designer and creative director, specialising in light, who has provided production design, visuals and lighting direction for Elton John, Sting, New York Festival of Light, Xu Bing at the V&A Museum and the Serpentine Gallery. Tupac is known for creating unique multidisciplinary productions from several art forms including two of his own ‘Nierka’ and ‘Looking Outside My Window’. Jim Whyte, Trends and Insights Specialist Jim is a futurist and trends expert who specialises in turning new technology... read more

Footprint Xchange presents

Another great evening of talk and debate from Footprint Xchange! Footprint Xchange is rapidly becoming a major debate forum for the theatre, events, experiential branding and commercial sectors. If you missed it…here are the highlights of our most recent Xchange on 360 degree filming and the virtual world. We were delighted to partner with Amelia Kallman of Engage Works, and Tom Watt, Director of Photography, at Camberwell Studios where we were joined by a brilliant audience from the world of theatre, film, museums, events and digital production. It’s clear that what people want is an increasing exposure to experience – virtual or augmented – whether it’s using 360 degree filming to tease our senses, or wearing VR headsets for a more complete sensory simulation. Tom spoke about the challenges to 360 filming – giving us an insight into lighting and adapting traditional skills to the new technology. Amelia explored the physical and mental impact of VR. The discussion that followed was fascinating – we even touched on how these new technologies can enhance empathy even as far as to stepping into the ‘paws’ of animals – or being Beyonce for a day. But is there a payback in a world where the rate of progress is outstripping regulation? The Q&A session opened up even more topics and the conversation could have gone on and on. We are hoping to continue with a similar event coming soon. We would like to thank The Broadsword Production Group for their event expertise and equipment. Footprint Xchange is a mechanism where we are always on the lookout for interesting and engaging speakers to partner with – to explore the impact of new... read more

The Value of Design

This guest blog article has been written by Fiona Watt, Honorary Secretary for the Society of British Theatre Designers. Footprint are in collaboration with Fiona and currently working towards our next Footprint Xchange event, which is coming soon! The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) turned 40 in July 2015. Founded by designers, for designers, the first open meeting was held in November 1975 in Covent Garden and many of the topics of conversation in terms of supporting and celebrating the work of performance designers based in the UK remain strikingly resonant. We act as a hub for the sharing of information and communication between designer members at every stage of their career development. We are seen as the first point of communication in the UK by the international performance design community, and by national and international companies seeking professional designers. We provide important industry related information for our members and promote their work through our website as well as publishing a quarterly journal, sending regular e-newsletters by email, publishing the work of members on our website and organising training, seminars and regular informal networking events. Photograph © V&A Images: Make/Believe : UK Design for Performance, Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten. a site specific performance on  Aldeburgh beach.Set and Costume Designer :  Leslie Travers Thanks to the dedication of a small but passionately committed team, our 40th anniversary began with the opening of our latest exhibition, Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011 – 2015 at the V&A. The respect and acknowledgement of our often ephemeral discipline by our National Museum of Art and Design over the past twelve years has... read more

The essence of Camberwell Studios

This guest blog article has been written by Andy Woodruff, Managing Director of Camberwell Studios in South East London. Footprint are in collaboration with Camberwell Studios and currently working towards our next Xchange event at the beginning of September. Camberwell Studios opened for business on Valentine’s Day in 2009 in the darkness of the 2008 Global Banking crisis fallout. Despite some initially hard times getting started Camberwell Studios has established itself as one of London’s best value independent film studios. We asked Andy Woodruff MD of the business about his customers and what changes he had seen over that period. Variety is the spice of life and new flavours are being found all the time. Our Studio 1 We started the studios partly as a reaction to our experiences trying to find a reliable soundproof green screen space to film in and partly because we believed the future of online was going to be video and there would eventually be an increase in demand. These types of shoots, normally a presenter against a green screen background, or interviews have been a mainstay of our smaller studios business. In the larger space, also green screen but not soundproof, we have hosted hundred and hundred of adverts, music videos, mainstream films pieces, art pieces, TV shows, animation and more. Clients range right across the spectrum from top Production Houses, Indie Filmmakers and an increasing number of small fleet of foot independent production companies and marketers learning how to do it themselves. It is all about content, content, content. These remain the main types of production we host but what I have noticed in... read more

Ed Joins Footprint

Ed Jeans has joined the Footprint team as a consultant Design Manager, working across the business in a creative, project management and client servicing capacity. Footprint will draw on Ed’s retail brand experience, to support their industry leading production design and implementation prowess. ”I have known Footprint for a while and always been excited by the bold, innovative approach that Danny, Agnes and the team take to each project” Ed tells us. “There’s clear market leading expertise and bold ambition in the business – all founded on a genuine humility that makes the Footprint offer truly unique. I know there’s much for us to explore together, and a synergy that I already feel will be dangerously good! I’m pleased to have had the chance to work with Footprint, and can’t wait to join the team” Danny Lennon, Footprint’s Co-Founder and Director says ‘”We are delighted to have Ed on board at this time of our evolution, as he will be able to enhance our production design offer with existing clients, as well as develop both our Blackbox studio concept and Modoola IOT furniture range”. Footprint have been creating sets, scenery, brand and retail experiences for the last 11 years, for clients such as Secret Cinema, Emma Brjunes, TRO, Cheil, Habitat, Asda, House of Peroni, Europcar, Crabtree & Evelyn, Top Shop, Regent St Christmas lights, The National Theatre and Les Enfants Terribles among many. With over 15 years’ experience in the creative industry working with leading brands and retailers, Ed is well versed in evolving distinct customer experiences throughout the world. Career highlights include rollout programs with Volkswagen and Virgin... read more

House of Peroni

This summer the Italian lager brand House of Peroni are hosting, For the Love of Italy residency at Proud East, Haggerston in East London. This immersive, sensory experience is aimed to give visitors a taste of Italy. Inspired by the countries cultures, colours, flavours and traditions House of Peroni have created a stylish aesthetic by collaborating with three influential Italians who are master in their field, Margherita Maccapani Missoni, Francescos Mazzei and Simone Caporale. Commissioned by M&C Saatchi and designed by London based artist Petra Storrs, Footprint have created this bespoke U-Shaped laminated table to complete the Italian dining experience. For the Love of Italy residency is open until the 1st of July 2016. Entry is free and there are an additional series of events including mixology classes from Italian culinary masterclasses to private dining experience. Please check out their website to find out... read more

Orphans in Need

Over the next few months Footprint will be working with Orphans in Need, building the set for their televised charity appeals 2016, on the Islam Channel (Sky 806) In 2014 Footprint began working with Orphans in Need and Red Rhino’s designer Jane Cecchi. This year the set has been back to our workshop in preparation for the forthcoming televised appeals. Orphans in need is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable orphans and widows. A UK based organisation supporting over 9,000 orphans in 14 different countries. Their focus is to help provide sustainable solutions to obtain maximum benefits to as many children and mothers as possible. Their mission is to help orphans and widows gain skills and confidence to face all of life’s challenges. To find out more about Orphans in Need, please visit their... read more

The Media Production Show

In just under two weeks time Footprint will be exhibiting at The Media Production Show on the 9th – 10th June, come and see us we would love to see you there. If you work or are interested in TV, film, commercials, music videos or corporate films, this is the show for you. You can also attend up to 60 free seminars and talks, as well as our stand near The Key Note Theatre. As you may know, Footprint began by building scenery and sets for film, commercials and major television dramas. Register here it’s free and for more information check out our latest newsletter. Many thanks, The Footprint... read more

Read Foundation

Since 2014 we have been working with the Read Foundation, creating the set for their forthcoming televised appeals. This week we are receiving the set to give it a paint and polish, so that  it’s ready for the first Orphans Televised Charity appeal on the 7th June 2016. The Read Foundation are a non-profit organisation that support the education of children affected by poverty in the developing world. By creating school places and educational programmes the Read Foundation have helped over 92,000 children gain an education over 340 schools. Many of those children live in extreme poverty and a large number are orphaned. ‘Our mission is to give every child the opportunity to go to school’ For further information about the Read Foundation and their latest projects, check out their website here... read more

Footprint Xchange: Mapping the Future

  Wednesday 4th May, saw Matt Green from The Broadsword Group kick off the first Footprint Xchange on the subject of technology and 3D mapping. More than 40 people from the worlds of theatre, digital, design, production and experiential events, engaged with Matt to discuss how technology is working for them. For more information about our first Footprint Xchange Event why not check out our latest newsletter here Why not subscribe to our newsletter to hear more about our up and coming events, subscribe here. Thank you The Footprint... read more