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
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