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Robert Stomberg: 'Maleficent'

Reviews

It’s been six years since Angelina Jolie’s last film and now she’s is back with a slick performance in Robert Stomberg’s ‘Maleficent’. This one is a full-on family feast for Disney and the movie, which was made for an alledged £180 million has been nothing short of a box office blockbuster.

And that is hardly surprising. While the feature is based on a old age, dark fairytale by Charles Perrault ('Little Briar Rose'), ‘Maleficent’ is a watch for the family. In fact it has something for everyone. It a date movie, a play movie, a fun time film, a feel good feature. It’s an easy extra viewing for any demographic.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Movies

Ah yes it’s time. Well, it's almost time. Yes, it’s only a few weeks until the release of Marvel’s much awaited and anticipated ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. This year's superhero comic caper sees stars twist into the most unlikely galaxy guardians and savers. We have something special and superb here. We have Bradly Cooper as a raccoon, AKA Rocket Racoon, Vin Diesel as a ‘tree like’ big guy called Groot, and Josh Brolin as a super human mutant. Sounds pretty cool and if the trailer is anything to go by this will be one fun film. Directed by James Gunn, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is due for release in the UK at the end of July 2014 and in America the following month.

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Art Director: Charles Whiteway

Signings

Undercranked is proud to announce that Art Director, Charles Whiteway has been added to our roster of production talents.

Whiteway was first published as a photographer at 16 and by 19 was working on film sets, taking stills, later working in production and as an Art Director. During his career, he has established himself as he man who 'gets things done' and as a strong, creative artistic lead.

Today, Whiteway has worked on films, commercials and promos in areas including Europe, Africa and Asia, for production houses, clients and talents listing Nicki Minaj, Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzie Rascal, Eliza Doolittle, Pulse Films, My Accomplice, Unit 9, and HSI, as well as campaigns for leading brands like Nissan, Honda and Stella Artois.

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Luc Besson: 'Lucy'

Movies

Oh man. Luc Besson is back. Yes he is. Finally, he's here at last. This time round with he's coming in fast at cinemas with ‘Lucy’, a sci-fi, superhero, revengeful, surefire hit.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, the film was written by Besson and shot in Paris, Taipei and New York. The story is simple but sassy; a woman living in Taipei, goes through all sorts of hell. She becomes a drug mule, gets beaten up, the drugs in her belly leak and she, well, she becomes more of a superhuman. Think ‘Nikita’ with a little of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ thrown in for good measure.

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Mel’s Mini-Mini Mart: ‘Mini Oreos’

Commercials

With a run time of close to two minutes, here's a lil’ advertising gem for Oreo's new mini range. The commercial was produced by The Martin Agency and its in-house studio Hue and Cry, and is a cool and childlike but most of all feel-good spot. Think; Wes Anderson meets the Gingerbread Man (An Oero style one, of course...) on Route 66. It's a mix that works and it is, frankly, superb. It’s technicolour delight, that’s simply smooth and playful and nice and easy.

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Abbie Stephens: Hero Fisher ‘No Ceremony’

Music Promos

Directed by Abbie Stephens at Las Bandas and produced by My Accomplice, the new music promo from artist Hero Fisher for her track ‘No Ceremony’, is a real stunner.

Shot by Director of Photography, Jonathan Isles and Art Directed by Undercranked’s own Charles Whiteway, the promo was commissioned by Sarah Gates and features some serious dance action from a troupe of kids, alongside Hero’s own performance.

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Drew Cox: Aiden Coker 'Suicide Drive'

Festivals

Undercranked’s Director Drew Cox was recently nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Berlin Music Video Awards 2014 for his work on Aiden Coker’s ‘Suicide Drive’. The event, presented by Daily Motion, is a regular hot pot of talents and has become ever more popular on the awards’ circuit. Meanwhile, Cox’s promo is a bit of a visual feat, a film that spirals, around and around and hits hard with a trippy, cool vibe. In fact, it's a little remarkable and does everything that a music promo should do and more.

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Gary Shore: 'Dracula Untold'

Movies

You can bet Bram Stoker didn't foresee the amount of remakes and reshuffles that his novel might have had, way back when he when he worked at the Lyceum Theatre in London, turning out classics during the late 1800s. There's no way he could have ever imagined the ripple his gothic novel would have on ensuing culture, film and stroytelling. Why would he?

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Director of Photography: Max Williams

Signings

Undercranked has signed Director of Photography, Max Williams. Having studied at the National Film School, Williams has filmed varied genres in Africa, America and Asia and, having carved out an early career in high end documentary, is now a renowned, talented and creative Director of Photography. More recently, Williams shot promos for artists such as Tinie Tempah, Paloma Faith and the Prodigy, and commercials for leading brands including Nike and Doritos, alongside Directors and well-known talents listing Mo Ali and Joe Roberts.

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Paul King: Paddington

Movies

He finally made it, right up there in his own film on the big old silver screen. ‘Paddington’ the adventurous bear from 'darkest Peru', is due for arrival by way of StudioCanal and Hey Day Films in December 2014. Directed by Paul King and produced by David Heyman, the much anticipated family film is set for a well-calculated Christmas release and, with a with a stellar line up of Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Hugh Boneville, this one is bound to be one huge, happy, heady festive hit.