From Vampires to the French New Wave – Making promos for Jigsaw

From fishermen and vampires, through to French New Wave inspired free spirits – it’s been great looking after the award-winning NFTS ‘Bridge to Industry’ promos for Jigsaw.

The NFTS collaboration with British clothing company Jigsaw began in 2015.  NFTS students and graduates were invited to come up with ideas for promo films that showcased the brand’s values of ‘Truth & Style’.  As the NFTS Executive Producer I had the great pleasure of working with the talented teams and looking after the films being made.  The resulting short films included documentaries, a Vampire’s Anonymous comedy and some stylish fishermen.

Here’s Vampire comedy Time is Forever, directed by Joasia Goldyn & Edurne Bargueno:

And a lyrical look at being a twin, The One and Only, directed by Weronika Tofilksa:

We launched the films with a screening and celebration at Jigsaw’s flagship store:

With Time is Forever directors Joasia Goldyn & Edurne Bargueno & their lead vampire, Karen Bryson, at the launch

We were thrilled when one of the films, Teach a Man to Fish, was lucky enough to win a Gold Arrow at the British Arrow Craft Awards for Best Student Commercial.

Here’s Teach a Man to Fish producer Ian Packard, director Tom Day and Cinematographer Dan Atherton picking up their award:

Ian Packard, Tom Day & Dan Atherton

And their film:

Then, in 2016 Jigsaw invited ideas from NFTS students and graduates for a promo film inspired by the French New Wave.  It was a pleasure working with writer-director Roland Kennedy and his team to help bring their idea to life.

Here’s the end result:

A few behind the scenes photos from New Wave Jeans, taken by co-producer Ian Packard:

There’s an interview with director Roland Kennedy on Jigsaw’s website.

The film began screening in Spring 2017 and has just been nominated for a British Arrow Craft Award for Best Student Commercial.