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THE BTS THREAD
9 December 2023

Rather than always include them in the main part of the website, we've decided to create a thread of BTS films so you can check them out as they arise. So, here they are, opening with a spate of the 2023 Christmas BTS films. Watch out for more as they're added.


Do you ever get the feeling the main purpose of a BTS film is to occupy the client while the production team get on with making the actual ad? Client voices suspiciously dominate this look at the Boots 2023 Christmas ad.





These days, the public's eager anticipation of the John Lewis Christmas ad is mainly because it provides a vehicle for the widespread belief that nothing is as good as it used to be. Here, you can find out just what it was all about.





In this BTS, no one loses sight of the importance of bigging up ASDA at every opportunity, but hang in there for an amusing out-take at the end featuring the campaign's expensively acquired star.





This BTS for Apple's 2023 Christmas commercial focuses mainly on the stop-frame animation, and since the commercial itself also shows how stop-frame animation is done, it's all a bit meta (not Meta, but meta).





A glimpse at some of the techniques used by The Mill to bring to life the animals that appeared in this Christmas's T K Maxx commercial.




News

MAX FISHER'S MOUSE! HITS THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

Max Fisher's latest short film Mouse! has hit the festival circuit and will soon be wowing audiences the world over.


CHELSEA PICTURES SNAP UP MARIE TOMANOVA.

Chelsea Pictures have signed photographer Marie Tomanova ahead of her directorial debut.


CALI BONDAD JUST WANTS TO FEEL.

Feel Films now have Cali Bondad on the books on both sides of the Atlantic.


JEAN-SEBASTIÉN DEGNI JOINS DOG EAT DOG.

DOGEATDOG have signed "a bloody lovely person" in the form of Jean-Sebastién Degni.


MOIRAI EMBRACE ALBA ROLAND MEJIA.

Director, writer, and producer Alba Roland Mejia has joined MOIRAI for global representation.


LAURA MARCIANO HEADS TO PARTIZAN.

À la mode director Laura Marciano has joined Partizan for commercial representation.


JOSEPH KAHN EYES TOP GRADES AT ACADEMY.

When Joseph Kahn thought about representation outside the United States, one place came to mind straight away: Academy Films.


AGILE FILMS WELCOME ANTON TAMMI.

In-demand director Anton Tammi has joined Agile Films for UK representation.


NICLAS BERGMAN SIGNS FOR ANNEX.

Annex Films have completed the signing of Swedish director Niclas Bergman.


TV KLAXON: MESSI'S WORLD CUP: THE RISE OF A LEGEND.

A new documentary from SMUGGLER Entertainment and Apple TV+ is a must-watch for Lionel Messi fans


BLINKINK ADD NG'ENDO MUKII.

After the success of ‘Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire’ at the 2024 Annie Awards, Blinkink have signed director Ngendo Mukii to the global roster.


PAUL MITCHELL JOINS UNTOLD STUDIOS.

Los Angeles-based director Paul Mitchell now has international representation thanks to Untold Studios.


BIRTH SWOOP FOR CELINE VAN HEEL.

Director and photographer Celine van Heel has joined the roster at Birth UK.


SPINDLE ENLIST SACHA BARBIN.

Paris-based director Sacha Barbin has joined Spindle for UK and Dutch representation.


TV KLAXON: ALL IN A DAY'S WORK.

A Running Commentary's Effie Pappa has directed six episodes of 'All in a Day's Work' for MailChimp and It's Nice That.


GERRIT BECKERS FOR ALL OF US HERE

Acclaimed animation director Gerrit Beckers has joined the roster at All of Us Here in London.


LAURE ATANASYAN LANDS AT BIRTH.

French director Laure Atanasyan has signed with Birth for UK representation.


MARSHALL STREET EDITORS WELCOME BECCA SPAVEN.

Becca Spaven says a place on the Marshall Street Editors roster is a "game changer".


MATTHÄUS BUSSMANN GOES STRAIGHT TO YOU ARE HERE.

German director Matthäus Bussmann has joined You Are Here for UK representation.


HARRY REAVLEY ARRIVES AT NM PRODUCTIONS.

Director Harry Reavley has formed "an alliance" with NM Productions for a good-natured tilt at world domination.


IMMIGRANT SIGN YONI LAPPIN.

IMMIGRANT have added director Yoni Lappin to their cosmopolitan roster.


DAN FRENCH IS THE MAN FOR STINK.

Stink Films now represent Dan French for work in the UK and the US.


ORPHANS

This a thread of unclaimed work which we'll include at DAVID REVIEWS just as soon as we have sufficient credits.


THE DIRECTOR BEHIND MR BATES

The ITV Drama 'Mr Bates vs The Post Office' has joined that rare recollection of TV programmes that can justifiably claim to have changed people's lives for the better.


BLINK ENLIST JESSE LEWIS-REECE.

Blink look forward to a raft of "connected, compelling, and emotional stories" from new signing Jesse Lewis-Reece.


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