I'M FEELING VERY MODERN!
Updated: Mar 16
Guess what? I’ve recently drawn my first 9x16 storyboard (that’s like a TV screen on its side).
Yes, I know that I’m a bit late to the party but it’s the first time I’ve ever been asked to direct a campaign solely intended to run on mobile phones.
Like my first attempt at sexual relations, it felt a bit awkward to start off with but after a bit I found that I really, really liked it... a lot!
And what made the experience even better was that the storyboards (actually there were six in total) I ended up shooting we’re exactly the same as the ones I drew for my original treatment. (YES!… nothing changed!).
The lovely job in question was for IKEA written by the smashing creative team, Marcelo and Georgina, at MOTHER.
Being an online campaign there wasn’t a huge budget on it so I decided to approach the job like a ‘moving’ stills job.
That meant we could do without the normal expensive circus required to shoot a conventional bunch of commercials.
And that’s why I got COY! photographer Joe Giacomet on board as soon as I could. We put our heads together and devised a bunch of gifs and cinemagraphs to bring the spots to life.
I won’t go into the plot too much, just have a gander yourself.
They’re very simple, graphic and colourful and we all had a lot of creative fun on the shoot.
I hope that comes across in the finished executions.
Oh, there was another bonus too. My Missus got to be the star in one of them alongside the biggest dog in the country! (That’s what his trainer told us anyway).
The post-production was an equally joyful experience with Matthew Prickett of Cut+Run editing on set as we shot.
Sam Robson at 750mph sorted a brilliant soundtrack and Unit supplied the final post-production icing on the cake.
So thanks again to all at MOTHER for dragging me into the 21st Century
Mobile phones… they’re good, aren’t they!
M. Denton Esq.
Creative Directors: Thom Whittaker & Dani Outhwaite-Noel
Creatives: Marcelo Duarte & Georgina Brisby
Agency Producer: Nic Akinnibosun
Production Company: Thomas Thomas Films
Director: Mark Denton Esq.
Producer: Debbie Carmichael
DoP: Joe Giacomet
Production Design: Steve Smithwick
Wardrobe Design: Spencer Horne & Craig Sheppard @Handsome Folk
Hair Design: Anna Longaretti
Make-up Artist: Louise Constad
Editor: Matthew Prickett @ Cut+Run
VFX: Rob Ellis @ Unit
Colourist: Denny Cooper @ Unit Sound Design: Sam Robson @ 750mph