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  1. This is a passion project I have been set out to do for a while and when I knew Kyle and Alana were up for something different for their wedding I knew the Sky was the limit. We are all unbelievably huge Manchester Orchestra Fans and this was the perfect opportunity to show our creative sides, our musical sides and our wedding side. It really was the perfect project to mix all the different types of films we love to make! Big thanks to Leaping Deer Farms outside Ingersoll for letting us take the maze over for an evening.

    Filmed 90% on an Ursa mini 4.6k with the Sigma 18-35 and Sigma 50 Art. The remainder of the footage was DJI phantom 4 pro and some BMCC during the ceremony. A DJI ronin and ready rig were used for all the gimbal shots and all of the wedding footage was shot with a Vid-Atlantic Anamorphic filter to give it a different feel.

    Director / DP: Nik Pilecki
    1st AC: Jason Plant
    2nd Shooter: Andrew Matejic
    Talent: Kyle and Alana Wakeman

    Cameras: Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6K, Blackmagic Cinema Camera
    Lenses: Sigma 18-35 1.8 Art and Sigma 50mm Art
    Filters: B+W Variable ND, Firecrest IR cut,
    Colour Grading: Davinci Resolve 12 with Filmconvert
    Editing and Colour Correction: Davinci Resolve and Premiere Pro CC
    Stabilizer: Easy-Rig, Ready-g with DJI Ronin for the Ursa Mini
    Lighting: Aputure 120t and Lightstorm LS1 with CTO, Quasar Science 4 ft. Crossfade

    Nik Pilecki is based out of Ontario, Canada.
    For commercial/music Video inquiries message instagram @hungryboyproductions
    or email

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  2. After the controversial verdict of the Rodney King trial, people were forced to take up arms to defend themselves and their families against the civil unrest and violence that was exploding onto the streets of Los Angeles in April of 1992. When faced with rampant looting, a Korean storeowner toils between protecting his wife and young daughter or taking a stand against the rioters who threaten to destroy his business. Amidst the multicultural collisions, April’s Way follows Sung-Min as he struggles to navigate racial and moral boundaries and ultimately uncovers the humanity within us all.

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  3. "More of the Same Tomorrow" is an independent, self-funded, straight from the heart exercise in filmmaking, spearheaded by English filmmaker Ben Lankester and Swedish artist David Hedberg.

    Attempting to bridge the gap between music video and short film, our aim was to tell a single story that would accompany the new five-song EP from East London musical collective Clapton Fox. What began as an idea to shoot a narrative video in the band's hometown of Warsaw quickly escalated into an experimental and frighteningly ambitious journey into the unknown. Filmed across a week in Warsaw in the middle of winter with an additional studio day back in London, "More of the Same Tomorrow" emerged from the rubble of a true filmmaking odyssey.

    Ultimately, what we hoped to create was an essay film on time and routine and progress and destiny, revealing the ever-present, all-destructive nature of the ticking clock, how it continues and passes by, how it is impossible to shed.

    Thank you for taking your time to watch our film.

    The Benefits of Independent Projects on Little Black Book -

    Director: Ben Lankester
    Producers: David Hedberg, Ben Lankester, Robert Kaniepien, Rolf Nyhus
    Production Company: The Progress Film Company
    Director of Photography: Matt Shaw
    Production Designer: David Hedberg
    Steadicam Operator: Matt Allsop
    First ACs: Andy Hill, Mike Linforth
    Second AC: Matt Robinson
    Gaffers: Craig Davis, Emil Prokop
    Grip: Dave Holliday, Becki Horsburgh
    Spark: Barry Keegan
    Costume Design: Silja Manninen
    Make-Up Artist: Filomena Frydel
    Narrator: Robert Lavelid
    Poetry Written by The Fiction Company
    Walking Man: David Hedberg
    Fencers: Mateusz Gralewski, Andrzej Pacek
    Ballerina: Marlena Pietrzykowska
    Gentlemen: Robert Kaniepien, Rolf Nyhus, Giorgio Zampirolo
    All Songs Written & Produced by Robert Kaniepien
    Performed by Clapton Fox
    Recorded at Soup Studio, London
    Editor: Ben Lankester
    Sound Design: Anna Bertmark
    Foley Artist: Tom Deane
    Visual Effects: The Fiction Company, Process Moving Image, Matthew Green, Liam Griffin, Eduardo Sampedro Diaz
    Colourist: Lee Clappison
    Grading Company: Goldcrest Films
    Archive Footage: Prelinger Archives
    Executive Producer: Matt Hopkins
    Thanks: Jakub Bajonski, Wojciech Bojanowski, Alicja Gackowska, Gustav Hedberg, Martin Poultney, Marta Sech

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  4. From the transatlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the conquest and subjugation of indigenous people in the 19th century to current race riots in major urban cities, the ideological pattern of intolerance, bigotry and prejudice has been omnipresent throughout history. This film depicts the representation of what initially appears to be ordinary men persecuted by society. Inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, and conflicts during the civil rights movement, “Station 13” follows the blows of extraordinarily public transgressions that shine a light on the cycle of confrontation of civil liberties and systemic racism. It’s about humanity’s ignorance and the fear of the unknown, which in turn acts as a powerful statement against prejudice. The film is set to “Station 13” by Indochine, a French rock and new wave band that has become one of the most popular French groups of the last thirty years.

    The video was exhibited in French cinemas before screenings of Steven Soderbergh's new film 'Unsane'.


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    Director / Bouha Kazmi
    Producer / Sarah Tognazzi
    Production Company / London Alley
    Executive Producer / Jess Bell
    Director of Photography / Kaname Onoyama
    2nd Unit Director / Sarah Tognazzi
    2nd Unit Director of Photography / Fabian Vettiger
    Production Designer / Laurence Bishop
    Costume Designer / Moira Meyer
    SFX Designer / Chad Waller
    Editor / John Holloway
    Hair & Makeup / Nikkila Mann
    Service Company / Triplane Films
    Service Producer / Sophia Dewberry
    Quoting Producer / Murray Macdonald
    Production Manager / Colin Greyvensteyn
    Production Coordinator / Philip Townsend
    Production Assistant / Bruno Loureiro
    Cast Coordinator / Paul Harker
    1st Assistant Director / Westley Durand
    2nd Assistant Director / Clynton Kleynhans
    Unit Manager / Justin Bezuidenhout
    Casting Director / Jaci Cheiman
    Edit Facility / Portobello Post
    Colourist / Joseph Bicknell @ Cheat
    Post Producer / Melissa Trindade
    Post Production / Gloria FX
    Sound Design / Jason Peacock


    Geraldo Jacob
    Jacobus Smith
    Philip Townsend
    Zac Coetzee
    Gerhardus Boonzaaier
    Alessio Zompanti
    Jeff Cromhout
    Oliver Ntumba
    Jamie Raymer
    Wylene Grobler
    John Kasimu
    Sonwabile Booi
    Ruan Liebenberg
    Tre Hadingham
    Jesus Antonio
    Steven Pitt
    Morenike Tokosi
    Luyanda Dino Krani

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  5. A self funded, deeply personal film made as a donation to MIND - The UK mental health charity.
    As a fundraiser, we've launched a limited edition photobook for the project, with all proceeds going straight to MIND. You can buy them here...

    Approximately 25% of people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Crowns & Owls consists of a group of individuals who are part of that 25%.

    “WITHIN" is an ode to our myriad of collective experiences with mental health - an attempt of visually conveying the spectrum of sensations we’ve felt during the navigation of our individual conditions. The project features our long time collaborator, friend and fervent supporter of MIND Charity; Dennis Okwera.

    Organisations like MIND provide essential services for people in the UK. The fight for better mental health is an ever-changing one and the conversation has reached new heights in recent years, but there’s so much left to do. We have to get people talking about conditions beyond just anxiety, depression and PTSD, we have to vote for MP’s who aren’t keen to destroy the NHS… we have to keep pushing. We are proud to support MIND through our work, in return for how much they have supported us as people.

    Visit to find out how you can help in the fight for better mental health.

    Written & Directed by Crowns & Owls

    Starring - Dennis Okwera, Nicole Harvey
    Director of Photography - Adam Barnett
    Sound Designer - Ed Downham @ Wave Studios
    Additional Sound Design - Ned Sisson @ Wave Studios
    Edit - Crowns & Owls
    Music - Small Press Music
    1st AC - Phil Herron
    Voiceover - Daniel Blake
    Colourist - Jonny Tully
    VFX: Pete Hughes
    Post Producer: Hannah Whitehall & Emma Shuter

    Crowns & Owls would like to thank the following for making this film possible:

    Arri, Big Buoy, Cinelab, Greenkit, Iconoclast UK, Kodak, Panalux, Panavision, PixiPixel, Small Press, Wave Studios

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