We were there to film Shapeshifter as the act opening the Christchurch Town Hall with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Here are a few snippets from the occasion! Full videos with be available via Shapeshifter’s Social Media platforms - keep an eye out for them!
Renegade Peach Project
A little throwback to HOMEGROWN 2019 now that we well and truly have our thermals on!
We did some filming for The Black Seeds + Shapeshifter of their Homegrown sets.
Much aroha + respect to these fantastic bands that keep delivering just what the crowds ordered.
It was absolutely incredible to go on tour with UB40 ft. Ali Campbell + Astro - and to experience the crowd going gently wild at London’s O2. Here are some of the videos we put together for the band as they made their way across the UK and Amsterdam. We’ll be jumping aboard another UB40 tour leg soon - stay tuned!
It’s Adventure Time… another The Upbeats #nosleeptil journey of musical collaboration on site in epic locations. Here’s some of the video goods we put together for this incredible crew.
Last weekend - a great Seeds show in Christchurch!
We love putting together videos like this, showcasing summer crowds relishing great live music..
It has landed!
Our music video collaboration with Tunes Of I + Don't Panic Pictures is out in the 'verse and Happy has premiered it! We had a blast working with TOI. Thanks for having us aboard!
Thanks also to NZOnAir for supporting great New Zealand music.
Word from Happy on KISS THE SKY (Official Music Video):
"Ok, let’s talk about the new video from Tunes Of I… this thing is an all-out explosion of wonderful weirdness [...] I feel like I’ve just come off a really intense trip, but I’m not complaining. In fact, I can’t wait to do it all again."
Here it is!
OUR MUSIC VIDEO FOR SHAPESHIFTER "OCULUS" - filmed in September 2017 on location in Christchurch with producer +/ Shapeshifter Sam Trevethick and a troupe of fine dancers from Identity Dance Company Ltd.
Taken from Shapeshifter's latest "Stars" LP, Oculus is a tribute to the ability of music and dance to uplift.
For Shapeshifter tour dates check: www.shapeshifter.co.nz/tour
TUKI FESTIVAL, Wanaka 2018
What a line-up, what a day.
Here's a sneak highlights video that we captured for the festival organisers!
Music by LIPS, MARLON WILLIAMS + UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA.
What a blast!
Thanks TUKI Festival for having us along to film + interview an outstanding line-up. From treasured personal favourites like The Phoenix Foundation + UMO to new encounters such as Aaradhna, Marlon Williams, Lips, Maala and more, TUKI festival delivered great set after great set. We filmed a portion of each set and then interviewed the artists about their upcoming year in music, their experience of TUKI + then threw in a few curveball queries...
The TUKI crew were welcoming + so hospitable. Much aroha to the organisers, Lake Wanaka SouNZ. Profits made from the festival go directly back into future events and the Wanaka community. Since the first festival put together by the non-profit group in 1998, more than $118,000 has been put back into supporting music, youth, and the environment within the region.
It was also our son Theo's first festival - and he not only survived it like a champ, he seemed to really get into it! And of course, last but not least, thanks to Aerial Vision for coming aboard to film and capture some drone footage! It's always great to work alongside this duo.
It's hard to believe we're finished this leg of our journey with The Upbeats! What a time. It was such a privilege to get to know this crew and document this collaboration project with The Upbeats, Noisia and Kitty Izu Studio. Filming goals.
どうもありがとう Japan! We also captured many stills along the way - here are a few of them.
Much aroha + thanks to The Upbeats.
We've been on the road filming Shapeshifter as they make their way around the country performing live for punters all the way from Whanagamata to Wanaka.
We've put together Tour Diary videos for the guys - check them out!
www.shapeshifter.co.nz for tour dates + details
Merry Chrimbo! Happy Holidays!
A special release just in time for fiesta season - the Official Music Video for the latest single from The Black Seeds "Everybody Knows". We filmed this on a stunner of a Wellington day.
Many thanks to The Black Seeds, Dawn Creative, The Makers Initiative + Wellington for their help in making this one heck of a feel-good, summer-vibing vid.
Ho Ho Ho!
'Tis the start of the Silly Season - and this is the most exciting and lavish Christmas Office Party out there. We were there to capture some of the excitement, with music by the likes of The Phoenix Foundation, Estere, and visuals by Lady Lazer Light.
Party brought, by KoKo Creative.
The Renegade Peach Project's Mark Russell flew over to Great Barrier Island this weekend to host an astrophotography workshop for GBI residents. The photography and star enthusiasts learnt more about their cameras' manual settings and were able to experiment with them. Due to poor weather conditions we weren't able to photograph outside, but each participant left equipped with the know-how and practical workshop experience to capture the stars in their own time.
Great feedback for those involved, and looking forward to future workshops (and to seeing some of those starscapes!)
Here are some behind the scenes photos from filming the official music video for SHAPESHIFTER's new track 'Oculus'. We teamed up with the Shapeshifter crew, drone masters Aerial Vision and three amazingly talented dancers from Identity Dance Company Ltd. and went down to Christchurch to capture some ridiculously smooth choreography in some fantastic locations.
Keep you posted.
We are very pleased that Tutere Gallery in Waikanae Beach is exhibiting a selection of Mark's astrophotography as part of the Kapiti Arts Trail.
There are 9 framed photographs up featuring the celestial wonders above Great Barrier Island and Kapiti Island. The photographs will be exhibited until 04 November.
We have been very immersed promoting and working with the islanders involved in establishing the Dark Sky sanctuary on Great Barrier Island. Mark contributed many photographs to raise funds for the project and also donated photographs for the Dark Sky sanctuary book, "Sanctuary".
The sanctuary is one of only three places on Earth that have been made into a Dark Sky sanctuary, protecting it from developing potential light pollution. The island, being completely off the electrical grid, is the perfect place for star enthusiasts, star photographers, and astronomers.
The official music video for The Black Seeds - Freakin' from their upcoming album 'Fabric'.
It was great to be working alongside The Black Seeds and The Makers Initiative again on a feel-good, 80s vibe, pumping track.
Dance + choreography from Hero Dance Company, Pump Dance Studios and The Company NZ.
We've been working with FloatWell to create a series of promotional videos, and today Mark was back by the float tank to interview another blissed out patron about their float experience. Personally, we love the benefits of using a float tank, and are very happy to be helping with capturing content showcasing many of the positive elements of a float session. Float Well is the best secret to a thorough unwind, right in the bustling heart of capital city.