Strong Island Media and Jack Daly recently filmed a behind the scenes film for Duncan Hamilton (specialises in classic cars) shot at Goodwood capturing Portsmouth photographer Matt Sills hard at work with some incredible classic sports cars. The film has been used as part of the Duncan Hamilton website redesign launch with the photography from the shoot.
Check Matt Sills’ website to see the photos from the day:
Today sees the launch of Strong Island Media‘s new collaborative short film with Portsmouth street artist & Strong Island contributor (and behind the decks on Where’s Me Jumper nights) Paul Stone AKA My Dog Sighs. ‘Lost and Found on the Circle Line’ starts off with My Dog Sighs on the Southbank in London dropping of work for a Free Art Friday (at the same space where he was featured on the BBC’s Culture Show recently) before he makes his way down in to the Underground with two special Canman cans…
This is the second film collaboration between My Dog Sighs and Strong Island Media, the first was the award shortlisted ‘A Can is Born’ which has had over 30 thousand views after going viral across the world last year with it shown on websites such as The Huffington Post & MSNBC as well as hundreds of art and street art websites and blogs. You can view A Can is Born HERE.
‘Lost and Found on the Circle Line’ was co-written and produced by My Dog Sighs to help promote his new London solo exhibition ‘Walk By, Ignore Me, Forget You Ever Saw Me’ at London Westbank Gallery, 133-137 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RS. The exhibition runs from Thursday 21st March to Sunday 31st March 2013.
A huge thank you to Jack Daly (infront of the camera for a change) and to Louise Duane-White for all their help in the production. You can see lots of behind the scenes photos over on the Strong Island Media Facebook page and you can find out more about Strong Island Media on the website:
Our media production sister company Strong Island Media put up a short article this morning on the Strong Island Media website that highlights cutting edge creative film production developments used in three recent films that focus on skateboarding. Have a read of the article and let us know what you think of the films featured, you can also have a watch of Firefly (one of the films discussed) below:
When you hear the word ‘Fratton’ what does it mean to you? In your mind what is the area like? What kinds of things are there?
‘Fratton Big Local’ commissioned a film to help in drawing together a Community Profile as part of the process in identifying how to allocate the £1million Big Lottery funding the community has to spend over the next 10 years. The film traces a day in Fratton and seeks to give a brief insight in to the area, what it is like to live and work there and some of the things already happening. It also starts to highlight some of the issues raised by the local community as part of the consultations that they would like to see the funds used to address.
The film can be viewed below and will be shown publicly as part of a 4 day public event beginning at St Mary’s Church in Fratton Road on Thursday Oct 4th and continuing on the 5th, 6th and 7th October in a pop up shop at 83 Fratton Road.
The Island Interviews are a new series of in-depth video interviews with Portsmouth people who all have an interesting story to tell related to the island and the city. The interviews are produced in partnership with our sister media production company Strong Island Media.
The first interview is with long time Portsmouth journalist, photographer & author Anthony Triggs whose books on the history and photography of Portsmouth are definitive. If you have a book on Portsmouth & Southsea’s recent history told with photography, it is almost certainly one of Tony’s. With almost 30 years of photographing the city and exploring & researching Tony may well be the most knowledgeable person on the how the city has changed within it’s modern history.
We’re already planning episode two, more info on that soon. Let us know what you think and who in your eyes might be a great candidate for an upcoming Island Interview.
We’re really happy to announce that the new website for our sister media production company Strong Island Media is now live. The website profiles the different services and products we can offer including film production, photography, website design plus schools education workshops and training. We also have a portfolio section highlighting some of the projects we have worked on over the last six months, with more projects to add very soon.
Over the last six months or so we have been quietly growing Strong Island Media, a sister company to Strong Island that provides a variety of media services including film production, photography, web design, graphic design plus education packages for schools and training. The company is born from the combining of successful production company Compulsive Productions and Tristan and his instantly recognisable design work, we decided after years of promioting first class work with Strong Island we wanted to bring our own work in house, as it were, and offer our own style of media products to the city. For the last six months we have been working with clients all across the south coast on a variety of different projects including website promotional films, photography workshops for schools, short documentaries, film production, animation and editing workshops for adults, music videos and host of other interesting different projects. Below is our Summer 2012 showreel featuring just a small selection of some of our recent projects. You can check our Vimeo for more video projects plus our Facebook page for regular news and updates. You can also find our tweets on the Strong Island Twitter account (@strongislanduk) with the #StrongIslandMedia hashtag. We will have a new website up in the next few days with details of our past and current projects, more on that soon.
If you want to get in touch and have a chat about what we could offer you in regards to media of all types, please either call 07752 007101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
In preparation of My Dog Sighs’ second London exhibition opening tomorrow, a new short film made by our new sister company Strong Island Media documents how one particular Canman is born and subsequently becomes part of the Free Art Friday movement. The film can be watched full screen.
This year we have changed the way we are compiling our 2014 calendar. Instead we are inviting entries of all themes all year round.
We will dedicate at least two of the months for images taken on Instagram. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2014.
We will still primarily be accepting submissions via email email@example.com.
This year the calendars will be available from mid November from the Strong Island online store and Southsea Gallery. I’d also ask that you keep 14th November free from 7pm, we’ll announce why in late July.
This year we will again be supporting the Alzheimer’s Society as well as another local charity which we will be announcing very very soon!
Strong Island & Strong Island Recordings are very proud to present our 2nd year at one of the premier new music festivals, Southsea Fest and we are also very proud to be the first stage announcing this year too. We follow up from last year’s ‘Drunken Sailor’ event where queues of one in one out were formed within the opening 15 minutes of the stage starting and where our infamous stage was known for sweat dripping from the walls and ceiling while rabid mosh pits brewed…all in the early afternoon.
This year we have upgraded venues to just across the road with the upstairs of the Southsea Social Club where we have a few new ideas planned for the day while ensuring the same chaos and vibe from our label parties resume. To celebrate what will be Strong Island Recordings’ 1st birthday we like to think we have pushed the boat out this year with a heavy line up ranging from grunge, surf punk, noise pop to space math rock.
So we are really stoked to present the following who will be playing our 1st drunken, messy birthday bash:
Arrows of Love
The Black Tambourines
The Physics House Band
You’re All Smiling But We’ll All Turn Into Demons
A Spotify playlist of some of the acts can be listened to HERE.
We are stoked, as always, to be working once again with local artist My Dog Sighs on what is set to be one of the largest mural paintings in the city.
Rick from Head Hairdressing on Albert Road conceived the idea of having the courtyard to the rear of the local barbers transformed in to a permanent giant art piece. From precision multilayered stencils, through bubble gum cutsie to surreal illustrative mayhem, My Dog Sighs has hand picked his favourite artists from across the country to produce the ultimate street art dreamscape courtyard.
Head Jam will run all day so feel free to pop along, take a look, have a chat, hang out, meet the artists and enjoy the atmosphere. There will be music on all day, a BBQ turning over in the background if you want to stick a burger on (not supplied), and please feel free to bring along a beer too. Everyone is welcome, so bring the kids so they can see some of the countries finest street artists working together in this unique environment.
As you are probably well aware from reading the news recently, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust succeeded in their bid to take control of Portsmouth FC making it the biggest community owned club in the UK. It is a long and hard fought victory by the fans that have endured years of bad fortune, bad news and bad performances and a couple of the SI crew have seen most of them! PST’s aim is to bring about responsible, democratic representation at Portsmouth Football Club and so help promote the highest standards of transparent governance, accountability and embed Portsmouth FC deeper into its community through greater communication and co-operation with its fans.
We contacted the PST back in November last year to put forward our idea of doing a Strong Island PFC edition T-shirt to raise money towards buying a share in the club. The PST warmly welcomed the idea and we are pleased to say we are now putting our plan into action.
Strong Island is keen to get behind the trust as are many others. We’re going to pledge £5 of every limited edition SI X PFC tee sold towards Strong Island buying a share of the football club, therefore financially helping PFC in it’s aim to become stable again and continue to be a hugely important aspect of the city.
The design itself is a re-imagining of the common elements from the iconic Portsmouth FC logo from the 1980s and the Strong Island logo, with two swords in place, each dated with the club’s FA Cup wins. The Strong Island Clothing Co. items are normally hand screened in East London but for this particular tee they are produced literally just down the road from Fratton Park and will be at a special price of £15 (plus P&P).
No matter if you are passionate about football or not, we hope this tee is a way of showing support for a club that is now a beacon to the rest of the country for a city and a community that strives to work together for the better.
To pre-order the t-shirt click on the link below. Tees will be back from the printers soon and we hope to have orders in the post by the end of the month, if not sooner.
We are very proud to announce The Creating Balance Project, a new, collaborative project between Anglepoise, Strong Island & the University of Portsmouth to celebrate a design classic and local creativity in Portsmouth. The project aims to showcase the working studios and disciplines of artists and designers across the island and connect them to local photographers to capture, document and collaborate.
Anglepoise lamps have been given to each of the 10 participating artists/designers and the 10 photographers involved have used the lamps to light the photographs, give a sense of place and document the artist, where they work & how they create. During the collaboration sessions University of Portsmouth BSc TV and Broadcast students Massimo Marzullo and Jonas Jakunas have been documenting the project, producing short films for each collaboration.
Later this summer key images from each photographer will be printed and displayed with the films, lamps, photos and more in an exhibition in Portsmouth and one in London (TBA).
The collaborations are:
Andrew Whyte & Peter Clutterbuck
Matt Sills & Lorna Apps-Woodland
Paul Gonella & Tristan Savage
Russell Squires & Farkfk
Josh Knill & I Love Dust
Thor Haley & William Pounds
Rob Luckins & Roo + Barry Abrook
Cotton Candy & Neal Layton + Sadie Tierney
Matt Saxey & Deer Park Alpha
My Dog Sighs & Jack Daly
The project is progressing over the next couple of months and already two films are finished and many collaborations complete. Below are the completed collaboration films and we will be posting updates on The Creating Balance Project regularly here on Strong Island. To keep up to date with the project also please check the Creating Balance website where you can see loads of photos from behind the scenes of the collaborations.
It’s been a while (apologies) but the Strong Island Clothing Co. spring 2013 capsule drop is now available and online in the Strong Island Shop Ahoy store! The drop includes some brand new Branded tee colourways, a new grey crew (highest quality, carefully selected and sourced) and a collection of accessories including new beanies, our seriously high quality Branded iPhone cases (4 & 5) from Etch and our hand crafted, leather coin pouch collaboration with Raw & Auburn.
To kick this capsule drop off right we visited the home of Portsmouth’s Eberhardt signwriters and neon sign specialists. Eberhardt are a true creative business gem of the city with a very long history and still produce hand crafted, carefully designed neon signs, a rare and special craft these days. Check the photos below and the behind the scenes edit too to see more. Photography principally by Jack Daly.