Introducing Billy Boyd Cape

A+ is very excited to announce our latest signing, Billy Boyd Cape.

Billy’s passion for filmmaking started as a teenager when he started photographing and filming musicians of all sorts, from Pendulum, Pussy Riot to FKA Twigs,. He studied at Bournemouth Film School but spent most of his time back in London collaborating with classmates and directing music videos. He quickly took off, garnering millions of views by making several commercially successful videos for Top 40 artists such as Jakwob and Mr. Hudson.

His personal project A Wander Through Hong Kong got him his first Vimeo staff pick and his short film More Hate Than Fear has been nominated for awards at Camerimage and the Royal Television Society.
Most recently he’s been collaborating with the fresh genre-bending artist, Kwaye from LA record label Mind of Genius.

Keep your eyes peeled to see what he’s up to next as we look forward to creating some amazing work with him. Welcome Billy. 

This is what you get

This week, Pitchfork's senior editor, Ryan Dombal, celebrates the subtle radicalism of Radiohead's iconic music videos, singling out Jonathan Glazer's 'Karma Police' as the timeless embodiment of their unique sound and image. Dombal sees in Glazer's work a significance that stretches beyond it's own provocative power and suggestive ambiguity, to help 'turn an inherently craven medium into something genuinely inventive.' Follow the link below to read his conversation with those involved in the shoot - the band, their video commissioner, and Jon himself - as they recall that process, with all its challenges and moments of discovery.

http://pitchfork.com/features/ok-computer-at-20/10036-this-is-what-you-get-an-oral-history-of-radioheads-karma-police-video/


Lernert, Sander & The Advertising Copy Cats

Lenert & Sander’s work has always been a visual spectacle with innovative quirks that of course caught the eye of the advertising industry but not all attention has been good attention. They have been victims of big brands blatantly stealing their ideas and visual style, companies such as Ray-Ban, Expresso and Sony. For creatives such as Lenert & Sander it is next to impossible to go up against brands such as these to make a case but they do not blame those who plagarise. They empathise with the struggle of being creative, as Lenert says regarding the advertising industry: “Let’s cut them a little bit of slack. Maybe they don’t understand the difficulty of presenting great work in mood boards and forgetting that they get stuck with that. That’s something that I think we’re all together in – I think we need to rekindle that. Maybe when you present something as a mood board…” To say imitation is the best form of flattery can sometimes be the case but Lenert & Sander feel the advertising industry after decades still never change in regards to plagiarism but they are optimistic about the future saying “we’d like to take copying and change it into something positive.”

A+ Sign Isaac Ravishankara

Academy/A+ are delighted to welcome Isaac Ravishankara to the roster.  Isaac loves working with alternative choreography and brings a cinematic vision and often humorous lightness of touch to his music videos. He has many Vimeo Staff Picks and won awards at Camera Image.


With a continuing passion for film and education, in 2011 he founded the non-profit "OMG Cameras Everywhere" - an organisation focused on arts education for kids that has now spread to the UK and beyond. His most recent work includes commercials for Jockey and Converse. We are delighted to have him a part of our family. 

NIKE - BELIEVE IN MORE

FKA Twigs, as Creative Director of NikeWomen’s Spring Zonal Strength Tights campaign, has created a striking film focusing on the power of athleticism and creativity in all its various, distinctive forms. Having directed, soundtracked and performed in the campaign, Twigs powerfully grounds her ideas about the importance of ambition, preparation and boundary-crossing in the campaign’s tagline ‘do you believe in more’. From developing the concept to creating the stills for the campaign, FKA Twigs has focused on the agility of young dancers as athletes, she hopes to ‘inspire people to use their bodies in a positive way.’ The film, showcasing the strength of individuality and creativity, also communicates the power of working together, as the cast is united by tribal-style choreography among the wildness of their locations on the outskirts of Mexico City through The Lift Mx.
Styling was by Michael Josephs with make up by Kabuki and Hair by Soichi Inagaki. The spot was lit by Rina Yang, edited by Jamie Foord at RPS LA, Colour by H at MPC and Post through ETC London.