A $Multimillion high street fashion retailer has responsibilities both to avoid slavery in manufacturing – see Nike, and how it presents its brand to the buying public.
A $Multimillion high street fashion retailer has responsibilities in how it promotes gender equality. I am casting shade over The Gap and I am sure many more will be joining in this campaign of shame today on social media.
Who agrees on this garbage and lets it fly? You can’t patch it when it is out there. This is not an ad for this brand, it is a decision to boycott until they stop making all girls “the talk of the playground”.
Well its been on the cards for a while and yes, yes, I know there are probably much more studios around here that offer the same service. However, as is our way, it will be delivered to you, our clients and friends of the studio with a whole new way. This year sees Slaughterhouse Studios Ltd move into offering production facilitation in a bigger way we did last year. With clients in the sportswear fashion brand sector amongst others, it was a decision inspired by one of our cherished clients and photographer. He had a terrible experience in a green screen studio last year and – as they say – the rest is history.
So without further waffle and flannel, may I present our very own (annexed) Green Screen Studio
80 square meters and fully loaded sound proofed, state of the art, with all the modern conveniences one would expect in 2013
Call now for details
0161 745 4232
There is so much more I want to tell you about the changes here at the studio, but only our clients get to know this..
You know what to do.
With the first painful weeks of the new year under our wing, it’s all going flat out at Slaughterhouse Mansions. With so much learned from last year and with so much to look forward to in 2013, it’s difficult to know where to start. So I will keep a lot of the expansion plans under wraps for the time being, no point in diluting the good news when you all knew about it months before…but be rest assured there will be no room for Ikea furniture and a splash of paint on the floor. That is not how we roll here.
So what has been learned from 2012?
Well I learned how to know what to look out for and when to offer services to people when they needed it rather than thinking I had all the answers all of the time.
That spending £1000’s on hard copy advertising is pretty pointless when all you guys do is Google Search to seek Studio Hire. So don’t expect to see an add in BJP any time soon.
Not even the oldest of American Snack Foods are secure in this changing market.
That a man in a Space Suit can fall to earth and have 16million people all hold their breath at the same time.
That London can put on one of the finest world events and turn the East End back into a vacant lot.
That I can now add car mechanic to my CV, owning a 14 year old car teaches one quickly.
Gaining market presence in many more sectors as well as fashion and magazine editorial has been a great asset to the studio and will increase throughout the new year.
Being less aware of what I want from my business and more aware of what the customer requires, this is often a bitter pill to swallow, especially when the business is so young. However, it has been more of an issue of late, when it comes to working with those who have continuously changing payment agreements and reducing budgets.
I also found that my continuous encouragement of local photographic talent is starting to pay off. Just as much as I have found new designs on how I can help and encourage people outside of this industry sector. Case in point, the young girl we had on work experience in July and August 2012, Natasha arrived a quite and rather shy, unemployed young girl and left a confident, erudite, employed young woman. A job in Manchester, excellent presentation skills – proven at an event at Portcullis House in September, in front of over 80 people, including CEOs and MPs.
Natasha has gone on to pursue her career in Acting, gaining a place at the celebrated Manchester School of Acting. Not bad for a girl from Irwell who back in Summer (and I am sure she will support me in saying this) was quiet and the epitome of a ‘Wall Flower’. So mentoring is proven to help even those who think the world is against them.
This week will see the Slaughterhouse Studios New Year’s Honours List – something I cannot do without you as my opinion counts for nothing in a democracy.
So let me know who you have enjoyed working with this past year, it could be a photographer, an assistant, a studio Director (hint) or even the Make Up artist that works so well with your own visions. All in all I want to see who is moving and shaking the world of photographic image making in the UK, it is often a lonely place running a studio and often one can only fix one’s attention on the client of the day. I get asked often if I have access to Photographers, Assistants, Digi Assistants, MUA’s, Wardrobe Specialists (inc Seamstresses) and on the odd occasion, Art Directors. So let me have your list of favourites and lets keep them all busy throughout 2013.
No matter what we do this year, lets work together to support all in the industry and allow them to have a busier year, a brighter year and a much more financially successful year. Let us champion those who are not afraid of putting in the hours, bringing in the contracts and keeping the talent in the UK.
Something to keep an eye out over the coming weeks is a Redeye event at Slaughterhouse Studios. For those of you connected to Redeye or those of you wishing to become a member, I am proud to announce a two day masterclass with Celebrated Photographer Liz Hingley on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February. This is a unique opportunity both for me and for Redeye: a weekend workshop with a leading photographer, including a portrait of you – or someone you nominate – by Liz, as part of her series in progress, Spiritual Object Portraits. Numbers are strictly limited to eight participants.
Liz Hingley is one of the most celebrated photographers of her generation; her sympathetic approach, curiosity, and insightful visual storytelling has won her numerous prizes and accolades over the last five years.
Details can be found here on how to book a place on the weekend event. Please hurry however as places are limited and going fast.
Looking forward to seeing you all back in the studio this year.
Papa Simpson x
© Ian F Simpson 2012
The government will name and shame big construction companies that screw subcontractors and suppliers by failing to pay their bills on time.
Business minister Michael Fallon has written to all FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies telling them that if they do not sign up to the Prompt Payment Code, a voluntary agreement to promote good payment practices, he will publicise their refusal in the new year.
Companies being told to sign up include: major contractors Interserve, Galliford Try, Carillion and Kier; housebuilders Barratt, Berkeley, Bovis Homes, Persimmon, Redrow and Taylor Wimpey; support service companies Capita, Mitie and WS Atkins; and materials suppliers Wolseley, Howden Joinery, SIG and Travis Perkins.
The only FTSE 250 construction company to have signed up to the code already is Balfour Beatty, which did so in July 2010. Other major construction signatories include Willmott Dixon, Skanska UK, Morgan Lovell and Miller Construction.
Mr Fallon said: “Late payment causes real cash flow problems for entrepreneurs. It stops them from growing their business – we need to change the culture.
“Too many of our biggest companies are ignoring the Prompt Payment Code. My message to them is clear – make prompt payment a priority or face the consequences of being named. I’m confident that driving up support for the common sense principles in the Code will have a very positive effect.”
Currently 1,182 companies are signed up to the Prompt Payment Code. However, only 27 FTSE 100 companies and five FTSE 250 companies are signatories.
Forum of Private Business chief executive Phil Orford welcomed the minister’s invention. He said: “All too often we see a ‘domino effect’ of late payment right down the supply chain. It decimates cash flow and forces many firms into administration – so it is important that we do whatever it takes to reverse this trend and set in motion a culture of prompt payment for small businesses and the economy as a whole.”
A debate on prompt payment issues took place in Parliament on Thursday 8 November 2012.
Businesses can sign up to the Prompt Payment Code now at http://www.promptpaymentcode.org.uk/
My question is, why should this be a challenge to any FTSE 250/100 company? This should be an enforced code of practice, what ever size of business you are.
Far too many SME’s and Micro Businesses are being effected in the media sector, and yes this includes studio hire facilities. Recently after a very long and protracted conversation on this very subject with a studio owner in London, I challenged him to tell me who has not agreed to pay for his services and create a growing culture of late payment this year, moving the goal posts of terms from 14, to 30, to 90 days and even paying for the whole service package he offers (this includes his own lighting hire service, catering, MUAs, Styling team and a driver for the creative team and celebrity being shot that day) to 30 days after the image went public – six months after the shoot date for those interested in when he got paid. To be honest I had heard this one earlier this year that created a wedge between a new client and obviously some one I no longer choose to do business with.
I understand that as quotes and budgets get progressively strangled, we still offer the best service in all the finer studio hire centres up and down the UK, however, if these agencies are allowed to carry on creating a delay on all payments for services rendered then what are we to do?
Personally, I would love it if there were a standard industry code of practice that anyone hiring any services in the photographic industry – all payments should be treated like a retail payment. There are 1000’s of articles that express the anger of many and use the same analogy that one would not enter a department store, pick up a pair of shoes, try them on, enjoy the view in those small angled mirrors for a while, wonder if they will go with those new jeans you bought the other week and then walk out of the store with a short conversation with the staff saying, “I will come back next month and pay for these, OK?”
The cold arm of the law and probably a night in a cell is the end of this story, so why do proportionately more and more companies out there see the service sector of studio hire a much softer side of the hard faced industry?
I have written to M. Fallon MP to forward any information on those 1182 businesses that have signed up to this code of practice, particularly ones that are outside of the construction game. I will publish this list to assist in those of you who wish to secure at least one client who has no problem paying on time and appreciates the fact that all studios are in a supply chain of paying their own 3rd party debts.
I am lucky that this has happened less and less this year in comparison to last, this is all down to the contract I have with my cherished clientele – however I know that this has alienated me and my studio from many cash opportunities, due to the arrogance of those who wished to extend the payment of a very expensive shoot.
Simple question to ask at the very top – do you have the budget in place to pay for this? In accepting this cost of my services, are you aware that you are legally obliged to pay on my terms, not yours?
For those interested, this is the construction sector list of those who agree to pay on time to their suppliers and contractors, these are the kind of people who should be encouraged as trend setters.
|3D Scaffolding Limited||North West|
|A-Tech Installations||West Midlands|
|Advanced Roofing Limited||East Midlands|
|Archive Repair Specialist||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Ardent Services Ltd|
|Arkoni Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Asbestos Business Contractors Ltd||North West|
|Aspect Building Solutions Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Association of Concrete Industrial Flooring Contractors (ACIFC)||London|
|Association of Interior Specialists||West Midlands|
|Atlas Washroom Systems Ltd||North East|
|B Mc Namee & Co Ltd||Northern Ireland|
|Badham & Sons||West Midlands|
|Balfour Beatty plc|
|Barrow & Brooks Ltd||South East|
|Bermar Building Company Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Besure Building & Maintenance Services ltd||South East|
|BHE Services (Bolton) Ltd||North West|
|Birmingham Glass Services Ltd||West Midlands|
|Black & Veatch||South East|
|Boilerman Ltd||South West|
|Bristan Group Limited||West Midlands|
|C D Potter and Sons Limited||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Cirrus Trading Ltd||East Midlands|
|Clarkes Environmental Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|D H Crofts Limited||South East|
|DCT Civil Engineering Ltd||North West|
|Dufell Roofing Co. Ltd.||North East|
|Dutton’s Electrical||East Midlands|
|Effective Builders Company||North West|
|EMCOR Facilities Services Limited||North West|
|ERH Communications Ltd||Wales|
|ERW Joinery Ltd||North East|
|F PARKINSON LTD||North East|
|Gary Gabriel Associates||South East|
|George Cox & Sons Ltd||North West|
|Goody Demolition Ltd||South East|
|Governor Electrical & Mechanical Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Greendealhull.com||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|H Clarke and Sons Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|H&J Martin Ltd||Northern Ireland|
|Hannafin Contractors Limited||West Midlands|
|Harry Fairclough Construction Ltd||North West|
|HCS (Yorkshire) Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Headway Contracting Services Ltd||North East|
|Huggins Limited||South East|
|Install Electrical Contractors Ltd||East Midlands|
|ITT WATER&WASTEWATER UK LTD||East Midlands|
|J Hughes Construction Limited||North East|
|K & M Mcloughlin Decorating Ltd||London|
|Keith Walton Brickwork Limited|
|L P MASON LIMITED||West Midlands|
|Lewis and Lewis Ltd||Wales|
|Lincs Joinery Services Ltd||East Midlands|
|LJPM Ltd||South East|
|MacLay Civil Engineering Ltd||Scotland|
|Main Building Maintenance Ltd||South East|
|McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd||Northern Ireland|
|MCP Environmental LLP||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|MIDLAND FIRE PROTECTION LTD||East Midlands|
|Minshull Windows Ltd||Wales|
|Moss Construction (NI) Ltd||Northern Ireland|
|Mott MacDonald Limited||London|
|Multispace Systems Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|MURRAY & WILLIS LTD||West Midlands|
|Mwt Civil Engineering Ltd||Wales|
|Oddy Builders Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Olivison Ltd||South West|
|One Stop Maintenance OSM Ltd||West Midlands|
|PAW Structures Ltd||North West|
|Paynters Flooring||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|PGR Innovations Limited||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Professional Electrical Solutions Limited||South West|
|Providence Maintenance & Electrical Services Ltd||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Pyramid Builders Limited||London|
|RDA Limited||North East|
|Reddish Vale Insulations Ltd||North West|
|RESIBLOCK LIMITED||South East|
|RI Construction||North East|
|Rok Plc||South East|
|roofclad profiles ltd||Northern Ireland|
|Roy Hankinson Limited||North West|
|Rule & Parker Ltd||East of England|
|S. Peake & Son Ltd||West Midlands|
|sanmet||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|sedgemoor heating||South West|
|Skanska Construction UK||South West|
|SM ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES LTD||Scotland|
|SOFT SURFACES LIMITED||North West|
|T&B (Contractors) Limited||South East|
|TECHRETE (UK) LIMITED||East Midlands|
|Thompsons Fencing Ltd||North East|
|Universal Carpentry & Joinery Ltd||East of England|
|V&T(Plumbing Central Heating & Bathrooms) Ltd t/a Aqua Interiors||Yorkshire & The Humber|
|Wayman Fabrications Ltd||North West|
|Wellington UK Ltd||South East|
|Wharton Construction||North East|
|William Doherty||Northern Ireland|
|Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited|
|WJM BUILDING SERVICES LIMITED||Northern Ireland|
|Woodhouse-Barry (Construction)Limited||North East|
(source – the construction index Nov. 2012)
I am getting an alarming number of people in the studio this year that have no time, understanding of the importance of, or interest in the writing of a basic call sheet. Well allow me to – without any note of patronising anyone – expand on why it is just as important that everyone gets on board and understands the need for a call sheet with any size of shoot.
Different people like different levels of information, I require lots of information prior too, during and after any shoot here at the studio. A royal pain in the arse, maybe. Important to secure and preserve all aspects of safety on the studio floor, absolutely. In short, a Call Sheet should be no less than 2 pages long for every day you are shooting, ignoring this simple request raises real issues in your ability to understand that a call sheet and risk assessment is just as important as an equipment list and making sure all the relevant kit and/or wardrobe gets delivered to the correct address.
So rather than rant on and on (as I do from time to time) about the importance of entering into any shoot into any studio with a call sheet, I offer you all a pro-forma to copy and paste onto any number of A4 sheets or email.
“What’s the point?” “I know who is here and that’s all I have to say on the matter”, “I am far too busy”. “I have been working in this business for 14 years and never been asked by a studio for a call sheet”…
All quotes from recent “anonymous” clients.
Thankfully I managed to get my point across to some, but not all. I also hear with great disappointment that all graduate students leaving the nation’s Universities this year will yet again be left without the basic tools to enter any studio environment, so I implore, please copy this – free – document and have a copy of it on your Phone/laptop ready for printing and emailing out to any studio or location shoot you may be employed to work on in future and when your boss asks you where you got that from, just say you heard it from me.
Remember, you must have this in the building and copy of it must go to the studio owner prior to arrival. Worst case scenario, you have not told them that you have 22 people in today who are having their photograph taken with your celebrity asset for a Rotary Fund Raiser this Christmas, the place goes up in smoke and fearsome flame and the owner of the studio has only the people he/she saw on arrival that morning. Who would be to blame and who would have to go up in front of a Judge for Manslaughter?
Certainly not I.
Call Sheets are an invaluable method of reference for keeping tabs on who you worked with this time last year and on what jobs.
You have no excuses.
Take a look at the pro-forma I have drafted for the studio website, its a pdf, so I expect to see many more detailed shoot schedules and call sheets in the future. It is your responsibility as the principle on any shoot to have this sent to all relevant people linked to your shoot, it speeds up progress of the shoot and slows down the chances of any horrible surprises on the chosen dates.
October already???!! where has this year gone? Far too much fun and shenanigans this summer, certainly most of it should have come with a health warning – may cause insomnia – but we survived and with that the studio is looking forward to a very busy month. That said, its been a while since anyone creative and daring enough to test out some ideas here. I for one love the change in pace and delivery during test days, its always beneficial to expand one’s techniques and equally expand one’s mind. Rather than calling and suggesting a test be a commercial shoot wrapped up in sheep’s clothing, you know who you are…..
So this ‘all points bulletin’ goes out to all you freelancing snappers who need to rid themselves of the shackles of day-to-day work and have carte blanch in either one of the studios here for either a half or full day. I have some openings on the calendar so booking would be wise. Monday to Friday only I am afraid and you will have to supply your own lights and catering, everything else in the studios are yours to use. £100 full day (08:30 – 17:00) or £50 half day (start and wrap within the times above) – cash only.
So make a call and expand your mind/portfolio/technique/knowledge etc.
The studio is wonderfully toasty warm this morning all down to the new heating system. Yes, it’s true, so much has been done to this building since 22nd March 2010, many, many 100’s of gallons of paint, rewiring, ridding the smell of a dozen years of cigarette smoke, terrible colour schemes and generally making it a cozy and welcoming place to work. However, winter was never a good time to work here due to the ‘vintage’ heating system, so after visiting a contemporary studio recently and feeling just how cold it was even in summer, the essential and over due work had to be done. So much more efficient and very effective appliances now create a warm and improved temperature even in studio 2, so no more shivering models, no more crowding around the wall heaters in down jackets each morning until the Arri’s do their job, and thankfully creating a sub tropical paradise in the badlands of Salford & Manchester. I promise that Sid nor I will be seen wandering the halls of the building in wife beater vests and knotted hankies. Now there’s a vision…
Well it has been a while since I had time to write, what with expansive plans and a very busy studio diary, I feel that I have neglected my responsibilities to exposing the highlights at Slaughterhouse Studios. After opening new client contracts, a summer of assisting in changing people’s lives and generally having a great time driving fast cars, playing with vintage Leica cameras and witnessing some of the finest photographers to come out of Manchester, it’s been a rewarding and humbling season and one that will stay with me for a very long time.
Improvements are being made in the Freelance Photographic sector on the North West, Miss Layla Sailor is now fully freelance and I for one could not be happier for her decision to immerse herself in creating some groundbreaking and cutting edge masterpieces, if only some snappers employed by certain well known fashion mags would stop plagiarising her most current of works – just give her the job people!!! Jesus H Macy, it doesn’t take much…you just pick up the phone and press those numbers on top of it in the same corresponding order as her mobile number and if she doesn’t pick up, leave a message after the beep. Simple, no?
Mr Dan Walmsley has recently become a regular face about the place, this has brought me joy and relief that after following his skilful and professional delivery of photography for some time, we finally managed to join our forces to create a fabulous campaign for a very interesting client. Since then I have had the pleasure in seeing this Gent produce some most excellent images. Anyone requiring an efficient, hard working and skilful master of the lens, then please take a look at his website and book him today.
Equally, there is Mr Rob Evans, a master of the celebrity shoot, excellent at lighting and deeply inspired by Noir, Rob’s work has transformed the more recognised faces of popular culture into sirens and heartthrobs. Now freelance, his work is taking a new direction into fashion and documentary editorial, thankfully I have had the pleasure in seeing these shoots come together with excellent results. So again, anyone in the South requiring a Photographer in the North, one who can work anywhere, then call Rob, anytime.
So here is to the progressive growth of Slaughterhouse Studios Ltd and with increasing links to the finest in the UK and wider overseas markets, major campaigns such as the new Joe Hart Head & Shoulders ambassadorship, luxury fashion goods, scientific breakthrough interventions for Palsy sufferers, fine knitwear and the odd Aston Martin convertible – 2012 is looking like a bloody good year.
Keep tabs on up and coming events throughout the year on the facebook or twitter sites (@ssltd). Film night is on the 27th this month and will prove to be a night of fright.
We look forward to hearing from all the new clients out there, and with all the regular faces in the studio already booked in this month its going to another fun time at the Slaughterhouse.
ⓒ Sir Terry O’Neil 2012
The last three days of May were a personal high point and one for the studio’s archive. It is not every day any studio in Manchester can boast the company of one of the greats of British contemporary photography, nor a celebratory production of this scale.
Six months in the making, a wagon load of props, turning the studios into a well healed Knightsbridge Avenue, a boudoir full of clocks and an 80’s throwback living room, extremely glossy, bouffant and missing only a cameo from Blake Carrington. Ms Colleen Rooney was transformed into staged copies of chosen front covers of the past 80 years of Littlewoods Catalogue, celebrating each decade in style with vintage clothing and the odd hair extension or two.
Sporting looks from the 1930’s to 2000’s, each set was built at record pace between both studios, shot with unmatched pace and skill – something I haven’t witnessed for some time – on a converted RZ67 Pro2 with PhaseOne back. No raising of voices, just the cool demeanour of a master at work. Terry O’Neil created an atmosphere little seen in the studio since Perou was last here.
The three days of lighting, construction, shooting and generally having a fun time everything was completed and delivered on budget and on time. All thanks to the unmatched skills of the agency involved and the relationship they have with the studio.
Littlewoods traditionally uses another studio in Manchester, so it was especially beneficial to us that we are able to build on a relationship with the brand now they are changing where and when they create their new campaigns.
Terry and his team spent time extolling the virtues of the studio and very graciously expressed his admiration for the way clients and visitors are looked after here at Slaughterhouse Studios, the atmosphere created and the relaxed areas away from the studio zones are the design of someone who knows what makes the difference between an ok studio and a great studio.
Kind words indeed and a fantastic testimonial, I am sure you will agree.