New creatives

Introducing the Team

28/06/07

Basil El-Titi
Having had a passion for film and TV for as long as he can remember,Basil El-Titi is a filmmaker and aspiring director.

Basil studied at the London Film School where he has directed three short films as well as gained experience working as a producer, editor, director of photography, cameraman and set designer. Since leaving, Basil has worked as an assistant director on many professional films, television and commercial productions. He has produced and directed numerous independent music videos and documentaries. He recently directed some product demonstration films and an internet-based advertising campaign for Media Therapy.

Inspired by the arts, TV drama, sport, film and music and also the work of Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cauron and Martin Scorsese, Basil's ultimate goal would be to one-day work as a feature film director.

Kevin Smith
Kevin is due to graduate in September with a MA in Enterprise in Art and Design and has previously been awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design.

Although he doesn't currently practice, Kevin worked within a small independent studio and has also run his own Graphic Design Company. Kevin is currently working on a platform to connect collaborative creative thought and commercial opportunity and hopes to launch his test site sometime in 2008.

Kevin is interested in brand representation, visual research, Web 2.0, social technologies, future systems, communication platforms, collaborative creativity, the aesthetic of thought and anything that relates to innovation in business and culture. Inspirations include any creativity that approaches its subject from a different perspective and enables us to see afresh.

Please visit www.unknownwebsite.co.uk for more information.

Laura Bowler
Laura is currently studying for her BMus degree in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and will be applying for her masters at the Royal College of Music in London in October for 2008. This year Laura spent one semester studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, a truly inspiring and rewarding experience.

Laura's field of composition is contemporary classical concert music and she writes for varying ensembles, choir, instrumental and vocal soloists. She has also had the opportunity to write music for dance, theatre and film as part of her degree.

Laura currently practices as a pianist, vocalist and saxophonist. Aside from classical music studies, Laura's main compositional interests lie in new music theatre and opera, having directed two productions in Staffordshire.

She said: “As a contemporary classical composer I feel it is important to find a balance between what is intellectually acceptable and that that is approachable and coherent for the everyday concert goer. In my work I try to find this balance. Music is supposed to be a form as entertainment not just the science of sound.”

Donna Jevens
Donna graduated last year with a BA in Design and Art Direction from Manchester Metropolitan. She has worked on advertising campaigns, events promotion, magazines, photo shoots and promotional videos for Manchester bands.

Since leaving university, she has worked as a freelance graphic designer. One of her recent projects was for Massive UK - an Events Promotion Agency based in Manchester, organising the lead up to the 'Love MCR' festival (combining music, fashion, art and theatre acts).

Donna produced the graphic design and artwork for the whole festival including posters, flyers, leaflets and a 3D map, as well as some advertising for the web and projected art during the festival. Donna has drawn influences from a wide range of people such as Michael Gondry (Bjork music videos and films such as eternal sunshine of a spotless mind) and Mick Rock (an inspirational photographer of the likes of David Bowie, Queen and Blondie). She said: “I love to live everyday as it comes. I like to keep my options open and grasp every opportunity I can to make me grow and learn more as I go along. It keeps life interesting and entertaining. My only future hope is that I can live off what I love doing.”

  • Basil El-Titi
  • Kevin Smith
  • Laura Bowler
  • Donna Jevens