Monday, 15 November 2010

Trailer for our new live show for 2011 "Inhabitants"

Inhabitants is a unique fusion of live contemporary dance performance and film, a theatrical experience for all audiences , not just dance enthusiasts, giving them the chance to experience contemporary dance like never before.

Inhabitants is creepy, disturbing and thrilling, evoking a sense of fear in the audience as one might experience watching a cinematic horror film. Yet there are moments of elegance, and beauty within Warrilow’s choreography.

Dancers become feral creatures, abandoned and isolated in a haunted dilapidated dwelling. Over time they become part of nature itself, reclaiming civilized human structures for themselves. Perhaps these beings were once human, an unsettling example of what happens if we are left isolated, alone in the wild for too long...

Monday, 8 November 2010

Slowmotion Dog Agility

"Fluff and the Dalmatians."
Scene from promo for Long Blondes "Guilt"​4059883
Shot on Panasonic Varicam at 60 fps. Slowed further in AE using Twixtor.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Slow motion knockout punch

Super slow-mo of a really hard couple of punches to the face.
Scene taken from Kid Adrift music video directed by Cagoule​15884368
Shot on Red camera at 120fps then further slowed in AE using Twixtor plug-in by another 50%
boxers: John Thain and Lewis Benson from Lochend Boxing Academy

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Kid Adrift music video

Brutal new promo for latest single release from Kid Adrift on Island records. The video portrays an illegal fight orchestrated by an ominous character. This film is not for the squeamish or faint hearted. The raw and visceral style will leave you alarmed but also wanting more. Featuring sweat and blood and glimpses of the unconscious mind. It's certainly dark, photographic, energetic, powerful and claustrophobic.

This is the official video for Kid Adrift - A4 In Ecstasy.

Director: Lewis Gourlay & Abby Warrilow AKA Cagoule

Producer: Clare Kerr

DOP: Scott Ward

2nd Camera: Mintuu Mantynen

Production Company: Gas&Electric

Directors Rep: Debs Ramsey @ YiLondon

Commissioner: Tamara Brooks

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Young Guns Music video

The Moor of Rannoch is as wild and somber a stretch of country as any in Scotland, especially when shrouded in mist or lashed by driving rain or snow, a terrifying wilderness. It is a barren and almost desert like place that could certainly be compared to landscapes in the far north such as Iceland or Greenland. Courror Station is a desolate out post in this unforgiving landscape and in my opinion is one of the best locations in Britain. The train-station is the highest in the UK at 1300ft above sea level and features in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. This location sprung to mind when we read the brief. The band wanted a performance video where the landscape played almost as big a role as the band them selves. I think our familiarity with the landscape helped us win the pitch, we knew the exact spot where we were going to film this from the start.

The difficulty in filming in such wild and inhospitable places should not be underestimated, when the band stepped off the tour bus in flip flops we knew there could be problems. I think there was a realisation from them when they saw the crew head to toe in full wet weather gear! I remember thinking “oh my god they have no idea where we’re taking them” Thankfully we were blessed with good weather, although there were high winds, which made for hazardous jib swinging, mostly it stayed dry for the duration.

We captured the performance in wide, sweeping arcs from the jib arm, firmly positioning the band in the landscape. Intercut with the performance we shot dramatic time-lapse footage of the nearby mountains, showing clouds racing over high ridges. The cinematic quality of the imagery is apparent in every shot. This performance provided the core of the video, while the landscape and the shots around the station supported the band’s performance.

Credit has to given to the Young Guns for enduring a difficult shooting environment and maintaining an enthusiastic attitude and performance throughout. The crew also collectively made this one of the most enjoyable shoots we’ve done to date.

Director: Lewis Gourlay & Abby Warrilow AKA Cagoule

Producer: Jude Lightbody

DOP: Pete Warrilow

2nd Camera: Richard Steel

Jimmy Jib: Aaron Boucher

Production Company: Gas&Electric

Directors Rep: Debs Ramsey @ YiLondon

Commissioner: John Moule

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Sponsored documentary touring highlands

Cagoule were commissioned to make a short documentary to bring a flavour of the Edinburgh Fringe to remote parts of Scotland. For tour dates see link below.

Can also be viewed on the Edinburgh Fringe website

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Currently in production

Cagoule are currently producing a commercial for a product called "SafeTray." Shot on the canon 7D at 60fps by DOP Mintuu Mantynen. The film features a waiter skillfully negotiating a hazardous and busy bar. Actor and dancer Malcolm Shields was choreographed by Abby Warrilow to overcome the challenges and obstacles such as drunken women and flailing arms. It was a tricky and technical shoot that required precision timing from the performers and camera dept.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Our favourite interactive videos

Why passively watch videos online when you can interact with them. Change the story line, play with colour, play with time!

here is a round up of some of our favourite interactive videos...

this ones a beauty...

Award winning interactive commercial for Philips

from Spy Digital

HBO short drama

remix sound and visuals on the fly..

need a web cam for this one..

this changes everything, to coin a phrase. amazing!

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Dance Base Residency 2010

Cagoule Productions were in residence at Dance Base, Edinburgh April 12th – 23rd 2010.

Abby worked on new choreography for a live show while also developing film and music to go with the piece. Cagoule worked with professional dancers Jenna Oxley, Lucy Boyes, Sophia McGregor and collaborated with composer Barney Strachan and cinematographer John Brown.

photography thanks to Maria Falconer

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Concept art

Images created by Lewis for a music video treatment for the band "Performance."

Friday, 7 May 2010

check out our new 2010 reel...

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

On The Edge of Blade Runner ... 10 years on

After 10 years of pride of place on the Cagoule reel it has been decided that it is time to post it to the archives.

The documentary title sequence by Lewis Gourlay, was his first professional motion graphics job using Adobe After Effects for all the compositing.

" I think it was version 5 of AE, and there were no tracking tools back then, all the shots we comped were matted frame by frame. I was learning on the job, which is often the best way, I just happened to have some of the best materiel i've ever had to play with"

On the Edge of Blade Runner was produced in 2000 by Nobles Gate Ltd. (for Channel 4), was directed by Andrew Abbott and hosted/written by Mark Kermode.

It also marks 10 years as a professional motion designer for Lewis. happy anniversary!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Dance Base residency

Cagoule director and choreographer Abby Warrilow has been working with dancers Jenna Oxley, Lucy Boyles and Sophia McGregor for the past two weeks in residency at Dance Base, Edinburgh. The aim was to produce movement inspired by the darkeness of nature. The sections of film, dance and sound all come from the same ideas of disintegration, an eerie, haunting place with quirky characteristics.

Barney Strachen collaborated on the music and Lewis Gourlay and John Brown worked on the video.

On friday a showing was held to a large audience. The performance was part of something Abby hopes to take a lot further: to produce a live dance show and a dance film to parallel the live work, and of course to continue the collaborative process.

"catacomb" - A dance film from Cagoule on Vimeo.

Video projection created for live dance performance.

Directed by Abby Warrilow and Lewis Gourlay
DOP John Brown
Editor Lewis Gourlay

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Merce @ Motherwell

Motherwell College commissioned Cagoule to make a dance film to showcase their current contemporary dance students. Choreographed by Abby Warrilow and directed by Abby and Lewis. Abby worked with the students for three months prior to the shoot to perfect the choreography. The film was an opportunity for Lewis to experiment with new creative lighting techniques and also test the canon 7D camera system in low and high contrast lighting conditions. Many thanks to experienced DOP Richard Steel, AC Aaron Boucher and 2nd AC Ryan Blackwood.

"Circline" - A Dance Film from Cagoule on Vimeo.

Music by Glass Candy

Saturday, 27 March 2010


Last summer we shot two professional dancers performing in a wheat field. The location was on the coast of the North Sea, in the borders of Scotland, a wild and dramatic stretch of sea cliffs. We were interested in creating a film with simple elemental themes, field, sky, sea and movement.

Subsequently we were invited to pitch to make the video for Dove's forthcoming single "Andalucia" and the commissioner at Virgin thought this footage would work well with the track. We agreed.

These videos formed part of the pitch.