CRAFT: NEWS - Eclipse signs up Paul, Hawkes and Kneeshaw to increase roster to five

Eclipse, the production company set up nearly five years ago by Harry Rankin, the former managing director of Limelight, has taken on three new directors, expanding its roster to five.

Eclipse, the production company set up nearly five years ago by

Harry Rankin, the former managing director of Limelight, has taken on

three new directors, expanding its roster to five.



The signings are Charlie Paul, an animation specialist who joins from

Smith Jones Brown and Cassie; Ric Hawkes, who is best known for his car

photography; and a newcomer, Lance Kneeshaw.



Rankin’s best-known director is Colin Gregg, who shot the Blackcurrant

Tango ’St George’ spot. Eclipse also represents the table-top

specialist, Tif Hunter.



’I want to spread the appeal of the company,’ Rankin said. ’But I am

looking for awards rather than turnover.’ Hunter and Gregg were part of

Eclipse’s original line-up. The company has also represented names

including Leonardo Ricagni, Modray and Toby Tremlett. Rankin said: ’You

have to prune the tree every now and then.’



Hawkes joins from James Garrett & Partners, where he shot campaigns for

BMW, Nestle, Citroen, Heinz and Heineken. His career started in 1979 as

an assistant to an ads photographer, and his stills work includes Nike

and BA as well as many car campaigns.



Paul made his first spot for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

in 1989. It won 14 awards including a D&AD silver. Since then he has

made ads for clients including Campbells, Hamlet, Nurofen and Cross &

Blackwell.



Kneeshaw has worked in TV drama for the past two years. His graduation

film, Radio, was produced by Merchant Ivory.



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