Happy "Exmas" From x!

Instead of buying environmentally questionable Christmas cards, this year we decided to do what we do best and make a film. Written and directed by BAFTA-winner Keri Collins, Exmas is a short Christmas rom-com about two people who meet outside their office Christmas party, both trying to decide whether to call their ex-lovers. Shot on a long and cold December night and post produced over the last week, we’re very pleased to present our latest short just in time for the last Christmas post. You can watch it here.

Radiator Receives Rave Reviews

The reviews keep coming in for our first co-produced feature Radiator which premiered earlier this year at Picturehouse Central, and we couldn’t be happier with the critics’ reception: 4 stars and pick of the week in The Guardian and The Sunday Times, 4 stars in The Times, The Independent, The Observer, The Standard, and Empire - and 5 stars from The Daily Express and The Huffington Post. Radiator is the directorial debut for Tom Browne, it was shot on location in Cumbria and premiered at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. The film is currently screening at Picturehouse cinemas nationwide. We have summarised the reviews here.

Radiator At Picturehouse Cinemas

x is delighted to announce that its first feature co-production Radiator will be screening at Picturehouse Cinemas from 27 November.

Produced by Turnchapel Films and Rattling Stick, and co-produced by x and HaloRadiator is a moving personal debut from director Tom Browne, which tells the story of retired couple Leonard (Richard Johnson) and Maria (Gemma Jones) in a moving portrait of family love, in all its complicated, heart-breaking and life-affirming incarnations. The film is particularly poignant as it features the last screen performance from the brilliant Richard Johnson, who sadly passed away in June.

The film had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and has since picked up several awards, including the Audience Award at Glasgow Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at Dallas International Film Festival. Tickets for the Picturehouse run are available here.

Kinder Choco-Bons TVC Airs During X Factor

x was commissioned by krow communications to shoot a new commercial for the UK launch of Kinder Choco-Bons. Initially for web only, the video performed so well in market research tests that it has since been upgraded to a broadcast commercial, and will air tonight on ITV during X Factor.

You can watch the spot here.

YourTV Channel Idents Go Live

FOX launches its first ever free-to-air channel, YourTV, in the UK today.

Aimed at the female over-40s market, YourTV will air episodes of Corrupt Crimes, US legal drama Shark, Don’t Tell the Bride and Baking Good Baking Bad.

x once again teamed up with Creative Nuts to create a series of 12 idents for the new channel, which will air every hour, on the hour. You can watch them here.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 Titles Go Live

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One this evening, with it its opening sequence showcasing all of this year's dancing talent.

x teamed up with Creative Nuts to create the title sequence, which was shot on green screen at Elstree Studios over the course of two days in September. We're delighted to play our small part in one of the highest-rated shows on British television.

You can watch the sequence here.

Mother Lode For Mothercare

x has just delivered a whopping fifteen internal films for Mothercare and Early Learning Centre.

Turned around in record time for their annual conference, the films included international brand promos and prototype Christmas commercials.

Watch this space for new public-facing Mothercare films coming soon.

 

Edinburgh Premiere For The Incident

Tonight sees the world premiere of BAFTA-nominated Jane Linfoot's debut feature The Incident at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Backed by the BFI Film Fund and Creativity Capital, the film was produced by Caroline Cooper Charles and Sarada McDermott for Universal Spirits and Square Circle Productionsx provided all the visual effects, and the film was edited by Matthew McKinnon here at xHQ.

The film follows the story of a couple facing their inner demons after ignoring the plight of a teenager in trouble –  an incident that totally disrupts their normal life. Linfoot, quoted in Variety, says she wanted to make “an emotionally haunting piece which challenges audiences to remember we have a moral obligation to protect all children who are vulnerable, not just our own.”

Girl Like You Wraps

In the early hours of this morning we wrapped on our new short, Girl Like You, starring Prabjot Kaur, Alannah Olivia, Rukku Nahar, and Bessy Naidhu. You can view our behind-the-scenes gallery here.

Directed by Rajinder Kochar and written by Sharmila Chauhan, Girl Like You is a story about teenage friendship, betrayal and how a young woman on the cusp of sexual exploration learns she must live and love on her own terms.

The film is produced by Paul Harry Thomas and Terese Bröchner Christensen, and was commissioned by Film London as part of its London Calling scheme.

Fragments Of May Selected For Krakow Film Festival

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x is very pleased to announce that Fragments Of May – directed by Maria Pia Fanigliulo and produced by Paul Harry Thomas – has been selected from over 3,000 entries to receive its world premiere as an Official Selection for the 55th Krakow Film Festival.

The KFF is one of the oldest film festivals in Europe, recognised by FIAPF, FIPRESCI and FICC. The films awarded at Krakow are automatically eligible for the European Film Awards and the Oscars in the short films categories.

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s early poems about life, and David Foster Wallace's very first short story, which visualises depression as living on a different planet to Earth, Fragments Of May splits the eponymous lead character into two halves: one struggling in London; the other trying to recover from depression in a youth clinic – until events lead the two storylines to collide.

Kuishi Na Tembo

It’s an exciting time here at x with the completion of our first wildlife film.

Commissioned by The Wildlife Connection, one of the leading conservation organisations in Africa, Kuishi Na Tembo (Living With Elephants) was shot entirely in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania.

Directed by conservationist Andrea Pawel and beautifully shot by wildlife photographer Sam Stewart, this educational film follows two children as they embark on an adventure around the national park, learning to live safely alongside these incredible creatures. You can view the full film here.

Our First TV Commercial - Red Bull

x is proud to unveil its first TV commercial: a global campaign for the extreme sports and energetic drinks giant Red Bull.

The TVC debuted on Sunday night at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, and has had over a million YouTube views within 48 hours of its launch.

We’re incredibly excited to be working with one of the biggest and most innovative brands in the world.

Watch the spot here.

New Commercial For Tampax

x spent the weekend shooting an ambitious commercial for the world-leading feminine hygiene product brand, Tampax.

The Tampax brand embodies a world in which women can live without limits, and we’ve embraced the theme in the only way x can – by building a record-breaking dolly track over 160 feet long.

Taking over a London street for an entire day, the whole team worked tirelessly to shoot the commercial in a single take.

x Wins Film London Commission - Girl Like You

x has been commissioned by Film London to produce new short Girl Like You as part of its London Calling scheme.

Directed by Rajinder Kochar and written by Sharmila Chauhan, Girl Like You is a story about teenage friendship, betrayal and how a young woman on the cusp of sexual exploration learns she must live and love on her own terms.

The film will be produced by Paul Harry Thomas and Terese Bröchner Christensen.

Dynamo & Fiat – Power Of X

Fiat have partnered with world-famous magician Dynamo on the Power of X campaign, produced by agency Krow Communications.

x participated in the exciting project by shooting the accompanying documentary, from inception to final illusion. Developed over many months, every piece in the magical puzzle was revealed through promotional teasers and on social media, with Dynamo’s final illusion being broadcast live via Xbox.

 x always loves to bring its own special magic to proceedings, and this was no exception. Check out Dynamo’s incredible illusion here.

New Commissions From Saatchi & Saatchi

x was delighted to be commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi to make two innovative and compelling commercial videos for Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company and world leader in diabetes care. Aimed at two audiences – medical professionals and patients living with diabetes – the films highlight the vital importance of insulin control. Starring Ewen MacIntosh (The Office) and newcomer Sean Croft, the films aim to raise awareness about lifesaving insulin products and will be shown at medical conferences worldwide. 

Four New Films Previewing At BAFTA

x is proud to announce a special screening of its latest collection of short films at BAFTA on January 15:

Crocodile (Dir: Matt Harris-Freeth | Prod: Paul Harry Thomas)
Fragments of May [previously Trillaphon] (Dir: Maria Pia Fanigliulo | Prod: Paul Harry Thomas)
Boldly Gone (Dir: Mark Buchanan | Prod: Paul Harry Thomas)
Old Habits (Dir: The Brothers Lynch | Prod: Mike Morrison & Paul Harry Thomas)

Please note that this is a private screening. If you have not received an invitation but would like to attend, please get in touch.

We hope to see you there.

Graham Clayton-Chance Joins Roster

x is pleased to welcome Graham Clayton-Chance to its roster.

Graham's films have screened at many international film festivals, including Berlin, Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam, and One Dot Zero – and he has previously been commissioned by the UK Film Council, the Arts Council of England, and the Scottish Arts Council.

Graham has made commercial films for international organisations such as Dentsu, Monocle, The Guardian, BBC Films, Mini, American Express, Lexus, and Hermes. You can view some of his work here.