CRAFT: PORTFOLIO OLLY BLACKBURN

Having already been spotted by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Bafta, it should come as no great surprise to find Olly Blackburn nominated for best newcomer in the Creative and Design awards this year.

Having already been spotted by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese

and Bafta, it should come as no great surprise to find Olly Blackburn

nominated for best newcomer in the Creative and Design awards this

year.



After graduating from Oxford University in 1993, Blackburn worked as a

freelance journalist before winning a film and television scholarship at

NYU. While there he discovered film to be his true love, and the feeling

proved to be mutual when he scooped two Craft awards for excellence and

the Scorsese Post-Production award for his short film, Swallowed.



In 1997, the same film won him the accolade of Spielberg’s Filmmakers of

Tomorrow at the Telluride International Film Festival, and from that

point onwards the offers came in thick and fast.



Blackburn’s reel at Godman is refreshingly diverse, with three short

films - including Fair Game - and music videos for the likes of Embrace

and Gomez showcasing his style. The latest addition to his stable

signifies a further change in direction. ’Anonymous learners’ is the BBC

Education ad which pans around a street focusing on a cross-section of

individuals united in their desire for self-advancement. ’It came out of

the blue, but I loved the script when I saw it,’ Blackburn said.



Despite this first venture into the ad industry with Leagas Delaney,

Blackburn won’t be putting all his eggs in one basket. He has just

returned from shooting a video in Cuba for the band, Nine Yards, and

will divulge nothing about his forthcoming plans.



It is clear that he will be keeping his fingers in as many pies as

possible.



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