2017 Highlights

Our team has been evolving… Liam moved back to his home town of Toronto and continues to work with us remotely. Maureen, Makeda and Alice are looking after Short Form Editors and Designers. Following maternity leave we’ve also welcomed back Carly, our Creative Advisor, Kirsty to Long Form and Cici to Accounts. We’re a full house again!

As well as returning to Sheffield Doc Fest in 2017 we also saw some great films at Sundance London and the BFI London Film Festival. We had an amazing time listening to filmmakers talk about their craft during the inspiring and insightful Q&As, networking with our piers and making new connections.

After his talks at Sheffield, we saw legendary film editor Walter Murch again at the Curzon Soho’s screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation”, followed by a Q&A with the Master himself. This was a really enjoyable treat to share with some of our editors… To quote Blueberry Editor Dragomir Bajalica: “Great to learn how Walter edited and replaced 15 pages of scenes from the script that were never shot by editing ideas, making this classic one of the best films ever.”

Inspired after attending Sheffield Doc Fest we hosted film and documentary evenings throughout the summer, inviting our talent to  join us at Sundance London, BFI and random films about town. We enjoyed some truly inspiring moments; catching up with each other, watching great films, documentaries and insightful Director Q&As and often rounding off with drinks, dinner and some lively debate. Our favourite films of the summer included DetroitI Am Not A WitchLoving Vincentand documentaries IcarusCity Of GhostsChasing CoralDispossession, Dina, Whitney Can I Be Me, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power. We highly recommend checking these out! 

Our Long Form Editors worked on many popular TV programmes and one off documentaries for both terrestrial and SVoD. Our Bookings Team’s highlights include Channel 4’s Mutiny, BBC2’s Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie, E4’s Tattoo Fixers on Holiday, Apple Music’s On the Record: Sam Smith, The Thrill of it All.

We’re lucky to work with some people who are highly skilled across multiple disciplines, eg Editing, Motion Design and Directing. This is great for Short Form work – for example, the multitalented Phillip Whiteman directed, shot and edited the Promo for ASOS’ new chic collection of clothing and accessories featuring popular Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty.

Blueberry Editor Ed Kinnear worked on Our Family, CBeebies’s documentary series following eight young children and their families as they go about their everyday business such as visiting grandparents, baking and going to the farm. Produced by Sixth Sense Media, the show won a BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Pre-School Live Action programme in November.

Another major highlight this year was Blueberry Colourist Leo Hallal grading An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the follow up to Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, featuring Al Gore. The film’s UK Premiere opened Film4’s Summer Screen series to a large audience at Somerset House, introduced by the former US Vice President in person. Maureen had the pleasure of attending the event alongside Leo! And we have news that the film has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best documentary in 2018!

Blueberry Motion Designer/Creative Director Ibrahim Ahmed and his brother Fahd have created Journey to the Blue City, the first photo book to document the culture of calisthenics (bodyweight exercises) among the youth of Morocco. Documenting the journey, raising funds for the project and finally printing the book has been a 3 year process. 100% of sales profits will support Je Suis Calisthenics, a non-profit cause that empowers the next generation by creating employment for the youth featured in the book.“Having worked with Ibrahim for over 10 years, I’m delighted to see his photographic work evolve in such a compelling way and that it gives back to the community from which it originated.” – Irantzu

For the second year running Irantzu hosted one-to-one career sessions as well as group workshops for the Grierson Trust’s Doc Lab Trainees: “It’s been rewarding to demystify some of the challenges people encounter during the early stages of their careers and have empowering conversations for their next steps. At Sheffield DocFest we saw Ryan from the 2016 alumni group, pitch and have his documentary idea commissioned by BBC North. I look forward to seeing more of the trainees’ journeys unfold and I’m delighted to have been asked to take part again in 2018. This will be Blueberry’s third consecutive year supporting the Grierson Trust’s programme for up and coming documentary makers.” – Irantzu Lauhingfan