Highlights Of The Week

– PROJECTS –

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Blueberry’s collaboration with VICE keeps growing. Aldo Paternostro has cut four cool videos for the content-prolific company. The first one (co-edited by Aldo) is a new episode of Night Visions about the fascinating and visually stunning world of Skotoboinya, aka 90s dance rave culture reimagined by Russian teens in Moscow. Ladybeard is an episode of Off Day about a cross-dressing Aussie wrestler who spends his time outside the ring performing J Pop-infused death metal at intimate venues across Asia. The third one is part of The Chosen Ones series, exploring how Narcissistic Personality Disorder has overtaken “psychopath” and “bipolar” to emerge as our number one label for others’ perceived psychological failings. Finally Martini’s Play with Time campaign follows blogger Laura Comolli as she explores Barcelona in 72 hours.


– SPOTLIGHT –

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A recent Blueberry sign up, Motion Graphic Designer Olly Robertson is the subject of this week’s Spotlight. His dynamic skill set includes experience in projection mapping, directing live action and infographics for brands, TV titles and events. Olly has been working in the industry since 2012 and although mainly focused on motion design, in his spare time he does all sorts of other things – photography, paper mechanics, illustration and more – trying to make something every day and feel creativity as an integral part of his existence.


 – EVENTS –

Showreel and Tell is a new platform for professional motion designers and animators to get together, present and discuss their work and learn new things from each other. Each event will see 2 – 3 talks from motion and animation professionals, giving a behind the scenes look at the concept development, process and technical wizardry of their projects. All interspersed with drink, nibbles, meeting new people and chatting about all things animation. The next event is on November 8th and Blueberry will be in attendance for the first time to see what’s it all about plus our recent sign up Olly Robertson will also be there presenting a piece. Admission is free!

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– HQ NEWS –

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Bav is still buzzing after travelling around China for 10 days. Starting off in Hong Kong where she escaped the bustle of the city to hike up Lantau Peak and then on to Guangzhou where she braved a terrifying bungee jump – still causes palpitations thinking about the fall. Next across to the beautiful Sichuan capital Chengdu where she climbed Quinching mountain, saw the giant Leshan Buddha standing 71 metres tall and then went to see the pandas! Finally off to smoggy Beijing to hike the Great Wall and visit Tiananmen Square. All in all an amazingly incredible holiday with a great combination of activity, culture and adventure.

Highlights Of The Week

– PROJECTS –

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Animator & 3D Motion Designer Luke Doyle has been working on a render project in his spare time for the past 108 days. He took on this experiment as a way to learn a new software while also improving his 3D skills. The software is a render engine inside Cinema 4D called Octane. Luke has been doing these little projects in the evenings after work and posting them everyday has encouraged him to keep going while having an online presence, and it’s a nice visual journey of his progress. The plan is to do it for the whole year, hoping to add more animations towards the end. You can check out Luke’s daily renders on his Instagram.


 – LOVE –

Olly has really been brilliant and the graphics he has done are fabulous. Thank you very much for recommending him.” – Tie Break Tens

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Recently signed Motion Graphic Designer Olly Robertson has been working with brand new client Tie Break Tens on creating content for LED screens that will be used this weekend at their event in Vienna. Tie Break Tens is a new, exciting short-format of tennis in which only tie-breaks are played.


A massive thank you to everyone at Blueberry. You’ve been so helpful and found me some lovely jobs along the way. It’s been a pleasure to be part of your network and I can’t speak highly enough of you. I’ll be giving you a ring the moment I’m back.” – Alistair Moncur

bio-headshot-315x315Motion Graphic Designer and Animator Alistair Moncur has recently been awarded a grant to explore a project that he’s pursued since university around the idea that insects could become a viable food source. So he is about to hop on a plane to go and explore Peru, Colombia and Mexico for a couple of months and see how insects are consumed over there. We couldn’t be more excited for Alistair and look forward to seeing the results of his research .


– SPOTLIGHT –

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Zan Barberton, director and editor with a solid background in broadcast and a passion for documentary, is another recent Blueberry sign up. She is also the subject of this week’s Spotlight – an experienced storyteller, able to easily grasp the editorial needs of a project – whether that be the pace and wit of a primetime TV show, the emotional arc of documentary or the more specific needs of a non-broadcast project.


– HQ NEWS –

Staff lunch at Pizza Express to end the week in style and celebrate some exciting achievements and to welcome our two new fabulous bookings assistants, Makeda Mighty and Marta Konkel who over the past few weeks have already made a difference with their enthusiastic support. We are excited to be working with them and to mentor them into becoming an integral part of the Blueberry family.

Olly Robertson – Motion Graphic Designer

Who is Olly Robertson?

I’m a motion designer living in London. I’m a very creative person and while motion design is my main practice, I do all sorts of other things in my spare time such as photography, paper mechanics, illustration and more. I try to make at least something every day and feel that creativity forms a pretty big chunk of my existence.

How did your career path develop?

When I was very young I wanted to be a cartoonist. I would always be drawing something at family get-togethers and all the way through my education I excelled in the creative subjects. I studied Fine Art and Graphics at college and then went on to do a foundation course in Bournemouth where I developed a love for drawing and illustration and gained a place on the Illustration course at UWE in Bristol in 2007. I experimented with lots of mediums and techniques including, drawing, painting, print, paper mechanics as well as digital techniques such as Photoshop composting and moving image platforms like After Effects.

After graduating I got an internship with Hello Charlie in 2011, which kickstarted my passion for motion graphics and I have been doing it ever since. I moved to London in 2015, which proved to be the biggest challenge so far. I had a good network in Bristol with some projects that came around every year so moving to a new city and trying to build new connections was quite a jump but it’s had some really positive impacts on other things such as networking and self promotion.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

I’d say my biggest achievement is the journey I have been on as a motion designer. I started with next-to-no experience and have got myself to a position where I can operate independently with confidence, taking my own initiative when making decisions about design and process for a project. I feel like I am really starting to discover what motivates me to be a designer and the things that stimulate me the most, which is helping me to offer up ideas that inspire not just my clients but me as well, making the process just as exciting for both of us.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

There are two projects that I am particularly proud of. The first would be the work I did with BDH toward the SEGA Orbi films. Orbi is essentially a virtual zoo in Tokyo, built by SEGA. It houses a number of installations that use the latest interactive technologies to take people on an educational journey about the natural world with the help of BBC Earth. At the heart of the attraction is a cinema auditorium that houses a 40m wide cinema screen accompanied by mist and smell dispensers, shaking seats and a 32.1 surround sound system. My role in the team was to construct shots using archive footage that could be used to edit 15-20 minute natural history films for this unique canvas. Over the course of 3 years I worked on a total of 7 films for Orbi, achieving the role of Lead Compositor. It was an educational journey and I learned a lot about constructing narratives across a totally unconventional platform.

The second project that I view as one of my best feats is the work I have been doing for Boomtown festival over the past 4 years. Every year they approach me with a brief to produce a promotional animation about the festival, usually to promote a new stage or area at the event. Since we started doing these animations we have built up a body of work and now have a digital rendition of the festival that we can use to our hearts to produce content for the marketing team. I have directed every stage of this process as well as producing all of the content and I feel that the trust that has been built up between me and the festival directors allows me to reach some really great results.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

I think motivation is a crucial part of a career. If you feel that it is lacking, then you probably need to set some new goals to enjoy working toward and learning from – otherwise what’s it all for? If you can stay positive and motivated, that will be visible to others and also be reflected in your work.

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Mark Phillips – Motion Graphic Designer

Who is Mark Phillips? 

I’ve always been fascinated with graphics and special effects. Growing up I loved watching X-Men and Power Rangers and at school I enjoyed creative subjects such as art and design. At A-level I studied graphic design, media and fine art and that gave me the chance to explore different areas. I then went on to Staffordshire University to study Film Production Technology. Exploring different areas of the film production process allowed me to really specify which area I wanted to focus on. With my background, motion graphics really spoke to me because it allowed me to combine all my skills and interests. My work is inspired by art, music and film, and I’m especially interested in space and technological themes.

How did your career path develop?

I am lucky enough to have had a focused direction to my career – knowing I wanted to work as a motion graphics designer has helped me achieve success so far. After University I freelanced for a while on a variety of different projects including designing flyers for DJs, working on designs for apparel companies, editing music videos and I even designed branding for a company who supplied mobile planetariums to schools. I then landed my first full time motion graphic design position at an award-winning video production company based in Birmingham, which dealt with a lot of high profile retail clients and web companies. It was there that I had the chance to hone my skills, learn a lot about the industry and work with some great people too. After two and a half years I decided it was time for a new challenge and headed to Switzerland to work for UEFA where I spent a year designing motion graphics in the build up to Euro 2016. The tournament itself was an intense 6 weeks during which I worked with a team of 4 designers creating content for 51 matches, promotional films, team features and stats pieces, all of which were distributed to different broadcasters around the world.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

Apart from working in Paris for Euro 2016, my greatest achievement is now being able to support myself as a freelance designer – something that spurs me on every day. I love creating motion graphics, working on exciting projects and learning new techniques in my spare time. It’s an industry which changes rapidly, it’s exciting to be a part of and I’ve still got so much to learn myself.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

My most notable work as a designer was a promotional film made on site during UEFA Euro 2016 in Paris, which hyped up the semi-final encounter between France and Germany. I worked with a small team and used my design skills to create wings for butterflies within Photoshop – the butterflies, which represented each nation in the tournament were then modelled, rigged and animated in Cinema4D and then taken into After Effects for a final composite to give it a stunning result.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

As a motion designer I’m always looking to grow and develop my skills – I know it’s down to me. If you work hard, stay focused and really love what you do, you can achieve anything.

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Zan Barberton – Director/ Self-shooting PD / Editor

Who is Zan Barberton?

I’m a massive storytelling geek and I love documentary but also revel in the lighter stuff. Outside work I have two kids and love foraging (training in the event of an apocalypse) and reading science fiction and poetry. I studied English literature and Fine Art, so reading and making stuff is a big source of pleasure.

How did your career path develop?

Breaking into the industry was very challenging, so I took pretty much the first job I was offered – which happened to be a start-up local TV channel, working for free at first under Labour’s New Deal. I got into a fight with my boss over cutting the Arts programming – an intervention that left me as the channel’s Arts Producer, with a half-hour weekly magazine show to deliver, and five live VT inserts. I worked with Blueberry’s own Dragomir Bajalica, cutting to daily live deadlines. He trained me to look for undulation of a cut and the underlying beauty of video storytelling.

This formed me as a multi-skiller, which proved to be a blessing and a curse, since we were pretty much the first generation of multi-skillers, viewed with suspicion by the industry’s establishment: “jack of all trades, master of none” – they said. As a result I marketed myself as a director or an editor for many years. It’s taken a long time to feel fully confident to embrace my range of talents as an advantage. I love pursuing new ideas and I’m lucky to have been working with award-winning documentary makers such as Marilyn Gaunt, Roger Graef and Nick O’Dwyer.

I have a track record of winning broadcast commissions like for instance negotiating access to a Shari’a court for Roger Graef, winning a prestigious BBC commission. At ITV’s “The Lab” I devised, cut and directed on the series “Booze Britain” developing an unexpected talent for scripting Blue Lights shows. I also worked with Out There News, the company that produced much of Channel 4 News’ coverage of the Iraq war and its aftermath. During this time I cut two half-hour documentaries for Al Jazeera and directed one.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

Alongside broadcast work I’ve always maintained contacts with the major charities – making campaign films for Save the Children, Action Aid and Oxfam – I did their “most successful viral ever” that got 1.7 million hits  for a flashmob with pregnant breakdancers on the South Bank.

A high point in my career was taking a break from mainstream TV to make a documentary with children in Palestine. At the time I was one of the first people doing what is now known as “participatory filmmaking”. The resulting film, “Child of Bethlehem” was shown internationally and won awards. To my great pride, one of the children went on to become a documentary maker in his own right.

Another project I am proud of is winning a commission for Landmark Films for an Extraordinary People series for Channel 5. I directed “Addicted to ASDA” – a long form film about a woman with PTSD who fixates on shopping which was ‘Pick of the Day’ in the Evening Standard and mentioned favourably in the Times.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

Right now I am working on a series of films on Maternal Mental Health – working with Best Beginnings, as part of a campaign supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. This has been a real labour of love and I am proud of it. The series will be launched in November.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Not everyone can do storytelling very well – so it is a talent I value more as I get older. In the long run, perseverance and focus count for a great deal more than talent.

View Zan’s full portfolio.