HELP! Robert Freeman is a Legend, and His Life’s Work is in Danger of Utter Ruin

P.I.G. director Dean Freeman’s father Robert Freeman was a trailblazing photographer, best known for the portraits and album covers he shot for his good friends, The Beatles. Beatles beatles-for-sale (1)

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That’s right, Robert shot THIS one.

Tragically, Robert is currently in ill health, and unable to personally protect his portfolio—a photograph collection of tremendous cultural value, featuring the first ever Pirelli Calendar: Pirelli Plus canonical stills of the 20th Century’s greatest icons, from Muhammad Ali to John Coltrane to Andy Warhol. Screenshot 2015-04-03 17.57.52 Robert’s son Dean, with some assistance from Robert’s friend Sir Paul McCartney, is raising money here to help preserve Robert’s life’s work: pmtweet Dean is selling a piece of very rare Beatles memorabilia: a limited batch of prints of the exclusive above photo of John Lennon, taken by Robert inside Lennon’s home in Surrey. The high-quality, C-type metallic paper prints of this photo will be scanned from the original photograph directly and only upon order, and no more of these expert reprints will be made after May 15, 2015. Buy soon, to help the great cause of protecting both Robert’s and the world’s pictorial legacy.

Pigpen Cinema Presents: Indie Game: The Movie!

Tuesday 21 April, 2015

Doors at 9 | Movie starts at 9:30
65-4 Maoming Bei Lu (Weihai Lu/Yan’an Lu)

Drink specials on beer, wine, and cocktails
Free “Grumpy” movie popcorn snacks
Space is limited to 35 seats
First come first serve

More on the film: Indie Game: The Movie (2012, 103 min., dirs. Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky) The late Roger Ebert claimed that video games are not art, but even he found Indie Game: The Movie to be “fascinating,” and a strong counter-point to his statement. This Sundance Award-winning, fully Kickstarter-funded documentary gives ode to those most trivialized and dismissed of all modern craftsmen, video game designers, and sheds light on the stress, heartbreak, and genius that go into making a playable video game.

The four subjects presented in Indie Game: The Movie are all independent game designers, who riskily finance, conceive, code, and lose sleep over their single-and-multi-player labours of love, in hopes of placating the notoriously vocal gaming community, and producing the next Xbox Marketplace mega-hit. Indie Game: The Movie is not only a demystifying look into the game-design process, but also an engrossing drama about the thought and sacrifice needed to make anything of significance in this world, whether it’s art or not.

No VPN? Watch Film Here: www.tudou.com/programs/view/cnFtPccuR8c/

P.I.G.’s New Director: Dom Bridges

Exciting news this month! P.I.G. is now the exclusive China representative for British director Dom Bridges. Dom is a former graphic and TV title-sequence designer who has been obsessed with filmmaking since age 10. Dom’s work is marked by striking visuals and an often enhanced reality, be it through practical effects or CGI. Last year’s Sprite Summer campaign with Jay Chou was directed by Dom and produced by P.I.G. China. More of Dom here!

P.I.G.’s Dean Freeman Went Off to Istanbul to Shoot an Affecting Short Film

“Because hate is legislated, written into the primer and the testament, and Black timeless night sucks us in like quicksand…I need love more than ever now. I need your love. I need love more than hope or money, wisdom or a drink.” – from ‘To My Beloved’

When not directing commercials, our directors will often go off and shoot their own personal projects, just to satisfy their needs for creation. Sometimes, like here, the results are fantastic, and remind us all why these directors are so in demand in the first place. P.I.G.’s Dean Freeman applies his style of bright, naturally lit, and uplifting images to his independently-made short, “I Need Your Love.” The 90-second, Istanbul-set film is a visual interpretation of a cherished excerpt from poet Walter Benton’s book, To My Beloved. “I Need Your Love” is an entrancing blend of music, poetry and photography, with a detached, yet penetrating voiceover narration by its star, model Godeliv van den Brandt. In 90 seconds, Freeman’s short evokes that sense of longing—those blurry gradients between melancholic and hopeful—that is found in the best moments of Wong Kar-Wai and Sofia Coppola’s films. If you enjoy “I Need Your Love,” check out more of Dean Freeman’s work here, and read the film’s full narration here.

Pigpen Cinema Presents: Dark Days

Tuesday 17 March, 2015

Doors at 9 | Movie starts at 9:30
65-4 Maoming Bei Lu (Weihai Lu/Yan’an Lu)

Drink specials on beer, wine, and cocktails
Free “Grumpy” movie popcorn snacks
Space is limited to 35 seats
First come first serve

More on the film:

Dark Days (2000, 94 min., Dir Marc Singer)

Winner of 3 awards at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival

From The Guardian: “Singer’s subject is the community of lost souls living in the underground tunnels beneath Penn Station, in New York. They have erected plasterboard partitions, and ingeniously managed to reroute electricity to their homemade shacks, though there is no running water. They can be very houseproud. It is safer down in their subterranean shantytown than being homeless on ground level, but for me a second viewing disclosed even more clearly the un-bohemian horror of actually existing down there, having almost literally fallen through the cracks. In the darkness, their faces loom like lost souls in purgatory: in daylight, they look quite different and more human.”

Trailer:

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P.I.G.’s Camille Delamarre Directs the New Transporter Film

The action-packed Transporter film franchise is getting a reboot, and P.I.G.-repped director Camille Delamarre is directing the first in a new trilogy of films! The first installment of the Transporter reboot, The Transporter Legacy, will see newcomer Ed Skrein replacing Jason Statham in the role of skilled illegal goods transporter Frank Martin. Luc Besson, who also wrote and produced the original Transporter trilogy, will produce the new film series. Camille is a protégé of Besson’s, and his friends here at P.I.G. are both proud of him and eagerly anticipating this exciting reboot. The Transporter Legacy will have its worldwide release in June.

P.I.G.’s New Director: Marcelo Burgos

We are excited to announce that we’re now representing Argentinian director, Marcelo Burgos. Not only is Marcelo a director, but he’s also an illustrator, animator, printer, sculptor and former agency creative. Before turning his craft to directing, Marcelo worked since he was 18 years old in Argentina and Madrid at agencies such as Ogilvy and BDDP, winning over 70 advertising awards for his campaigns. Now as a director, Marcelo can adeptly handle the visual challenges of directing special effects and detailed set pieces as well as perfectly execute scenes of comedy. His talents converge for these humorous ads for PS3 and Coke Light. We here at P.I.G. can’t wait to create more visually rewarding and comedic work with Marcelo here in China, where he will be exclusively repped (and inclusively befriended) by us.

Marcelo Website

You Must Know More About Marcelo!

We mentioned that in addition to directing TV commercials, Marcelo also involves himself in several other artistic pursuits. It would be criminal to share Marcelo’s TVCs and not show you the very cool sculptures, drawings, prints, animations and toys he has made outside of his filmmaking career. Visit MarceloBurgos.com and check out some of the eye-popping visuals that clearly spans across several mediums. On the site you’ll also find Marcelo’s more poignant work for Samsung, his handmade toys, a game he made as a gift for his daughter, and even a unique font that Marcelo designed for you to freely download and use. See why we love this guy?

Pigpen Cinema Presents: Teenage

Tuesday 10 February, 2015
Doors at 9 | Movie starts at 9:30
65-4 Maoming Bei Lu (Weihai Lu/Yan’an Lu)

 

Drink specials on beer, wine, and cocktails
Free “Grumpy” movie popcorn snacks
Space is limited to 35 seats
First come first serve

 

More on the film:

Teenage (2013, 77 min, Dir: Matt Wolf)

“Teenagers didn’t always exist, they had to be invented.”

Teenage documents the formation of youth culture, as it took shape across the world from the midst of the industrial revolution to the mid-20th century. Narrated by Jena Malone (The Hunger Games) and Ben Wishaw (Skyfall), who read directly from the diary entries of teens throughout various cultures and decades, Teenage is a chronicle of the cultural rebellion, political activism, and popular trends ignited by young adults, as they established themselves as a new, not-to-be-ignored segment of the population. Poetically pieced together from rarely seen archival footage, Teenage showcases the birth and evolution of the “teenager,” through the eyes of subjects as diverse as flappers, Hitler-youth, and black teens living under segregation.

 

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjc3NTE1MDQ4.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8bNqD9YhkM

Behind the scenes of Peugeot “The Legend Returns” by Andy’s

Little Black Book Q&A with Andy’s and Matthieu:

http://lbbonline.com/news/how-photo-real-animation-saw-the-rebirth-of-a-peugeot-classic/

The 1985 commercial for the Peugeot 205i, which featured remarkably executed stunt-driving and a gripping helicopter chase, is regarded as an unforgettable piece of art. The spot is so memorable that Peugeot decided to remake it 30 years later, using pristine CGI effects that were unimaginable in the 1980s. This making-of video documents how WIZZ directors Andy’s made a photorealistic recreation of a classic using mostly CGI, and achieved shots and effects that were impossible 30 years ago.

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http://youtu.be/4XWeuXH3hY8

4 Awards at The Cristal Festival

Cartier “Shape Your Time” Wins 4X at Cristal Festival. Bruno Aveillan and François Brun both served on the Luxury Jury of the festival.

http://www.cristalfestival.com/

Gold –  Luxury, Jewelry

Gold – Luxury, Film

Silver –  Film Craft, Special effects

Silver – Film Craft, Luxury film

The Cristal Festival is an annual gathering of the world’s top minds in advertising. Last month, the festival’s ad campaign competition jury granted four awards to the Cartier TV Spot “Shape Your Time,” from QUAD’s Bruno Aveillan—a director who’s exclusively-repped by PIG in China. “Shape Your Time,” which has garnered over 15 million views on YouTube, is a gorgeous CGI spectacle that explores the ever-indispensible craft of watchmaking.