Natural Reality at “the art of progress”

Our Virtual Reality film Natural Reality 2:1 opened as a part of the Human Nature art collection in the “art of Progress” at no.19 Greek St last Thursday. It was many people’s first experience of VR and we had some interesting reactions! The exhibition is open until the 27th September, so there is still time to see if you can look better in a VR headset than this lot …

“the Art of Progress” 19th – 27th September 2015

no. 19 Greek St. Soho, London.

Bruce Abundance



Shooting Virtual Reality film Natural Reality 2:1

Director Dorothea Gibbs and 3D specialist Kevin Zemrowsky

Director Dorothea Gibbs and 3D specialist Kevin Zemrowsky

With the generous support of Abundance Generation, this week we were able to start production on our first virtual reality film Natural Reality 2:1. This immersive film aims to plunge the user into a contemplation of nature, human relationships and technology’s role in the interruption of these two vital elements of life. Director Dorothea Gibbs and Producer Rupert Lloyd travelled to the stunning North Norfolk coast last week with Kevin Zemrowsky, 3D camera specialist from from Onsight to complete the shoot, which involved shooting continuously for 12 hours straight with a 2.7K 6 camera 360 rig. The film will be first presented at Human Nature, an exhibition exploring our changing relationship with the environment which opens 17th September 2015 at 19 Greek St, Soho.

VR Film Natural Reality 2:1 – Human Nature preview at “the Art of Progress” 19 Greek St, W1D 4DT on the 17th – 27th September 2015.

Natural Reality 2:1 Shortlisted for ARTE Interactive Award



We were delighted to hear earlier this week that our Virtual Reality project Natural Reality 2:1 is one of just five projects being considered for the new ARTE Interactive Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. The development award worth €1,500 will be presented to a project pitched in the Crossover Market that shows “a promisingly original approach to interactive storytelling”. We would like to thank ARTE and Sheffield Doc/Fest profusely for considering our project.

Our Russell Page Film featured in the Telegraph

Russell Page My Garden

“Evocative and Moving” Franky Kentish, The Telegraph

We were recently asked by our good friend Christopher Woodward Director of the beautiful Garden Museum in Lambeth to make a film for the exhibition The Education of a Gardener: The Life and Works of Russell Page 1906 – 1985. Page’s masterpiece  The Education of a Gardener concludes with the fantasy of his ideal garden; he is fifty-six years old, he tells us, and has not had a garden of his own since he was eighteen. We decided that it would be impossible to capture his imagination from existing gardens so suggested that the film be animated. Loving her previous work on Coffee vs Gangs, we asked if Illustrator Rebecca Strickson would like to be involved. Rebecca responded to Page’s own drawings and the colour palette of the painter, Kokoschka, with whom the designer studied, to visualise the dream, with Page’s words spoken by Roy Marsden.

View the film online on Telegraph

The Education of a Gardener Exhibition will be open until 21st June 2015 at Garden Museum

A Third Channel Production for the Garden Museum
Production Company: Third Channel
Director: Rebecca Strickson & Dorothea Gibbs
Producer: Dorothea Gibbs
Illustration: Rebecca Strickson
Animation: Aaron Brady, Emily Howells & Paul Rains
Additional Illustration: Emily Howells
Narration: Roy Marsden

John Constable – Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows


We created a film to accompany the current V&A Exhibition (20 September 2014 – 11 January 2015) Constable: The Making of Master, focusing on Constable’s masterpiece “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows”.

The Exhibition reveals the hidden stories of how John Constable created some of his most loved and well-known paintings. On display are such famous works as “The Haywain” together with the oil sketches he painted outdoors direct from nature. This major exhibition reassesses John Constable’s influences, techniques and legacy to offer a new interpretation of Britain’s best-loved artist.

Shot, Edited and Directed by: Santiago Posada
1AC: Ollie Craig
2AC: Antony Hariades
Produced by: Rosie Cardiff
Commissioned by: Sofie Roberts
Production company: Tate Media & Third Channel

Aerials Season 3 – Shaba National Reserve, Kenya

Joy's Camp

The team continue with a stop at the wild, remote and incredibly special Joy’s Camp in Shaba National Reserve. After a long, windy and bumpy road through the park we ended up in an oasis of sandy coloured tents lined by carefully landscaped rock paths through the bush. Directly in front of the camp is a wide open flat opening in the bush full with giraffe, buffalo, zebra and wort hogs to name a few – So teaming with wildlife, it feels surreal. Joy’s Camp is named after Joy Adamson the famous naturalist and author of “Born Free” who dedicated her life to the conservation and study of Lions and Cheetahs and spent her final years raising a Leopard cub on the site of the camp. Here is a picture of a Cheetah we took at Amoboseli a couple of days ago in her honour!

Photo by: Pedro França

Aerials: Season 3 – Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park

Here we are with the Cinemauro team in Kenya – making the third season of “Aerials” for Canal OFF. The Africa leg kicked off a couple of days ago at Cheli and Peacock’s Tortilis Camp in Amboseli National Park next to Mount Kilimanjaro. The paramotoring duo Sylvestre Campe and Dean Eldridge swooped in on this Masai village just under Mt Kili this morning. This place is truly incredible. Unspoilt landscapes as far as the eyes can see. So far we have seen hundreds of elephants, zebra, buffalo and giraffes. You really couldn’t ask for anything more…

Photo by Dorothea Gibbs

Tate – Protest Against Knowing

At first glance, Houshiary’s Veil 1999, is a square, black painting. but as we see in this new Third Channel video, Houshiary’s work on canvas is built up through layers of pigment and geometric markmaking. Born in Iran, Shirazeh Houshiary has lived and worked in England since 1973, and her work has consistently drawn on Islamic traditions, particularly on Sufi mysticism. Here she discusses other works made at a similar time, and returns to themes of light and darkness, visual perception and judgement, explaining: “I’m trying to explore how we see the world”.

Olafur Eliasson on Turner

Danish-Icelandic contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson has analysed seven paintings by Turner to create Turner colour experiments, which isolate and record Turner’s use of light and colour. Third Channel records the analysis on one of Britain’s best loved Romantic painters, coming at an interesting time coinciding with the 31st October release of the new Mike Leigh film Mr Turner.

After Dark at the Tate Britain

Continuing our collaboration with the Tate Britain, Third Channel has made a short film about the new installation After Dark at the Tate Britain.

The final frontier: Astronauts, robots and sneaking into the gallery after dark

This week, you can peek through the ‘eyes’ of four robots who will be roaming the darkened galleries in Tate Britain after all the visitors have left, controlled by anyone across the world who logs on through the website:

On Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 between 22.00 BST and 03.00 BST, you can log in to view the robots on their journey through the artworks and even remotely control their movements. If your kids (or you) can’t stay up that late, Friday 15 is the night for you, when the robots will be taking a turn about the galleries between 19.30 BST and 00.30 BST.

The first robot master was Colonel Chris Hadfield, retired commander of the International Space Station (you may remember him as the singing astronaut performing David Bowie’s Space Oddity), though he navigated the robots this time from the slightly more mundane location of his home in Toronto.

After Dark has been created by design studio The Workers: Tommaso Lanza, Ross Cairns and David Di Duca. It is the winning project of the IK Prize 2014, which, supported by the Porter Foundation, is a new annual prize presented by Tate which celebrates digital creativity and seeks to widen access to art through the application of digital technology.

The project was mentioned in the Guardian and the Daily Mail.

Railway Redemption – Culture Unplugged Festival

Nominated for best feature documentary at the 2013 EEFF and the best short documentary at Open City Docs 2013, we are delighted that Railway Redemption is now available to view for free, for the next few months only in the Culture Unplugged Festival “We Speak, Here”.

Sri Lanka, 2010. A 70 year-old busker makes a final journey home. After hearing the news that his brother is dying, Vijay decides to face up to his past and confront his family, with whom he has had no contact for twenty-five years.

The Story of the Line – New Animation Series


Our great friends at the Good Shout Studio and Abundance Generation have created something we think is well worth sharing.
A new series of animations telling one of the biggest stories of our time. We are a world looking for change. The Story of the Line demonstrates how we can change. A tale of money, energy, information and myths. It’s a story that affects us all.
Read, watch and share the story on Facebook and Twitter #storyoftheline

Chapter release dates:
Monday 28th April – The Vertical Line
Wednesday 30th April – The Money Line
Friday 2nd May – The Energy Line
Tuesday 6th May – The Information Line
Thursday 8th May – Myths and The Battle of the Lines

Produced by Abundance Generation and Matt Abbiss.

Jende ri Palenge screens at Visual Journeys to the other South

Jende ri Palenge plays at Visual Journeys to the other South, South Africa

Jende ri Palenge, directed by Santiago Posada and Simon Mejia will play at “Visual Journeys to the other South” the first Colombian Showcase in South Africa. The first Colombian Film Showcase brings a dozen of classic and contemporary Colombian productions of outstanding track record for their quality and international scope, that are testimony of the country’s new generation of talented filmmakers exploring new narratives and techniques in Latin American cinema.

24-27 April at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg
8-11 May at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.

More on Jende ri Palenge: The village of San Basilio de Palenque in Colombia was founded by Benkos Biohó in the XVIIth century. It is the first walled community of runaway slaves in the Americas to have gained independence from the colonizing regime.

In 2008, the first ever music-recording studio of the village was set up, in an effort to help preserve their endangered musical heritage. This film follows three of the singers that passed through the doors of San Basilio Estudio.

Greta’s Lament


We just wrapped the shoot of Greta’s Lament – a short film starring Borja Sagasti and Marc Brady. Shot by Jeremy Valender, directed by Santiago Posada and featuring an astonishing piece of classical music by Kate Simko. Thanks to the brilliant crew for all their hard work and to Focus 24 for providing the kit. We can’t wait to get into the edit! more to come soon…

Jende ri Palenge – In Edit Music Film Festival Colombia

In Edit Music Film Festival comes to Bogota 27th November – 1st December and features Jende ri Palenge (People of Palenque) directed by Simon Mejia and Santiago Posada. The film was shot in San Basilio de Palenque, a walled community in the north of Colombia founded by escaped slaves in the 17th Century. Santiago and Simon travelled to the community establish the first recording studio in the town, in order to preserve its incredible musical heritage. This film is about three of the musicians who passed through the doors of the San Basilio de Palenque studio.

Railway Redemption in MUBI – Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival




1 – 14 November 2013

We are delighted to announce that Railway Redemption is in the official selection of the World’s first film festival dedicated to the phenomenon of people in search of their identity in the era of globalisation. Its goal is to jumpstart a dialogue between cultures through the universal language of cinema. Sign up to MUBI in order to view all the film entries online. Railway Redemption, telling the remarkable story of a Sri Lankan busker Vijay, is Directed by Santiago Posada and Produced by Dorothea Gibbs.

Third Channel Music Promo – Pure Love by Bomba Estereo

Pure Love is the third single from Bomba Estéreo’s latest Grammy nominated album Elegancia Tropical. The video, starring Liliana Saumet and body popper Tobias Mead was directed by Santiago Posada and produced by Dorothea Gibbs in East London in August 2013.

Production Company: Third Channel Directed by: Santiago Posada Produced by: Dorothea Gibbs Cinematography: Jeremy Valender Art Direction: Olivia French & Emma Rios Styling: Ruth Higginbottom Editor: Mathew Mckinnon @ Family Soho, London Colourist: Faith Millin @ Pundersons Gardens, London Executive Production: M3 Music

Titus premieres at Raindance 2013

Titus Ron Cephas Jones

Charlie Cattrall’s beautiful black and white feature-length directorial debut Titus will premiere at this year’s Raindance Festival in London. Ron Cephas Jones plays an African American jazz legend lost in London, fighting to find a way back to the music that has kept him alive this long. Marina (played by Ann Mitchell) his patron, has tried all she can. Now, his fate rests in the hands of a distant stranger. Titus was written by Nico Mensinga, produced by Christian McLaughlin and Edited by Third Channel’s Santiago Posada.

SCREENING 1:Saturday 28 September – 9pm

SCREENING 2:Monday 30 September – 1.15pm

Liliana Saumet smashes it in Bomba Estereo Promo


Bomba Estereo visited London last week on the UK leg of their Pure Love tour. They managed to squeeze a day filming the promo with Third Channel into their tight schedule. Liliana Saumet, styled by Ruth Higginbottom looked really stunning. Here is a little behind the scenes gem from the day in the George Tavern.



Tobias Mead and Jeremy Valander in Bomba Estereo Promo

Third Channel Director Santiago Posada and Producer Dorothea Gibbs were busy making the promo for Bomba Estereo’s  forthcoming single Pure Love this week. The incredible Tobias Mead played the lead and completely smashed it with his animation body popping performance. Shot in various locations across London, including a club scene shot at the George Tavern and a Prison scene shot in London Bridge it was an ambitious shoot and promises to be as good as the song! Thank you to the amazing Stuart at Rudeye who put us in contact with Tobias.

Aerials: A Dream Realised – Season 2

Sylvestre Campe

After the immense success of the first season of “Aerials: A Dream Realised” production staff at Third Channel are putting the finishing touches to the production of their globe trotting collaboration with Cinemauro Productions (Rio de Janeiro) for Globo’s Canal OFF. Season 2, directed by multi Emmy Award winning Director Sylvestre Campe and starring British Paramotor Champion Dean Eldridge will kick off in Europe in August and looks set to be a corker. Watch some clips from the last season here.

Railway Redemption screens at East End Film Festival

Santiago Posada and Andrew Simpson - Q & A at East End Film Festival Screening of Railway Redemption

We were delighted to hold the UK premiere of Railway Redemption on the 30th June 2013 at the Art Deco Rio Cinema in Dalston in competition for best feature documentary at the East End Film Festival. Head programmer Andrew Simpson spoke afterwards to Director Santiago Posada and Producer Dorothea Gibbs. It was a really hot sunny day so we were really pleased so many people could tear themselves from the park and come down. On the same day Railway Redemption was released online as “film of the day” on MUBI UK.


Railway Redemption Film of the Day on MUBI UK


On the 30th June, on the day of its UK Premiere at the EEFF, Railway Redemption was film of the day on MUBI UK. The film will be available for subscribers to MUBI to download for 1 month. Screening alongside the Dardenne Brothers, Harmony Korine and Wolfgang Becker, we feel in very good company!


Railway Redemption screens at Open City Docs Fest



On the 21st June Railway Redemption screened at the Open City Docs Festival in London  in competition for the short documentary award. For us this relatively new festival stands out with original creative documentary programming of really excellent quality. Some of the Third Channel team including Director Santiago Posada, Producer Dorothea Gibbs and Production Assistant Lauren Ashi managed to see a whole host of other gems at the festival including but not limited to, the excellent 12 O’ Clock Boys, A Dream in Making and In No Great Hurry. Thank you very much to the team at Open City particularly Oliver Wright and Lisya Yafet who were pleasures to work with.

People of Palenque screens at the BFI

Santiago Posada at BFI


Director Santiago Posada Q+A at the BFI

Jende ri Palenge (People of Palenque) Screened at the BFI in April 2013 as a part of the African Odysseys program. Director Santiago Posada took part in a Q+A afterwards with Michael La Rose, author, cultural and political activist, and chair of the GPI.

Jende ri Palenge is a documentary about the music and culture of the people of Palenque, the location of the first free slave (or Maroon) community in the Americas. With its own unique style of music and language, heavily influenced by its African heritage, it holds a unique position in the world and is today proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.