• Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis

    With zero cases of Coronavirus, New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1 and it's business as usual. Our Co-Executive Producer of Sweetshop New Zealand Kate Roydhouse recently spoke to Shots about how production companies have coped over the last few months.

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  • DB Export Named a WARC Winner

    Damien Shatford's 'I'm Drinking It For You' for DB Export from Colenso BBDO has been awarded the Grand Prix in the Effective Content Strategy category at the WARC Awards.

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  • D&AD 2020 wins

    Sweetshop won three pencils at this year’s prestigious D&AD Awards.

    D&AD is traditionally the toughest of the awards shows, the judging process is famously rigorous, with the juries only selecting work they believe is truly exceptional.

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  • AWARD Award wins

    Winners of the 41st annual AWARD awards have been announced via a live-streamed virtual show that celebrated the most outstanding creative communications work in the Asia Pacific region.

    Congratulations to Sweetshop directors Dylan Pharazyn for winning three Golds (Cinematography, Digital and Social Media), two Silvers (Social Media), and a Bronze (Social Media) for his Tourism New Zealand ‘Good Morning World’ for Special Group AU & NZ; and Damien Shatford for taking a Gold in Direction for DB Export ‘I’m Drinking it For You’, and a Bronze in Product design for L&P ‘Best Day Ever’.

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  • Adapting to a New Reality

    Conversing with agency partners on Zoom, live streaming shoots and casting remotely and practising social distancing on set, Australia's top production companies are bravely adapting to a new world order, while supporting each other and talking up Australia as a safe economic place to shoot. Campaign Brief catches up with a few of the nation's finest...

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  • Shoots Resume in Australia

    Australian production is emerging from a brutal lockdown. But it’s not a return to business as usual, not production as it was. Production has always had restrictions, none like those confronting it right now. As a result, production as an industry is coming together to conquer these new challenges and allow it to resume doing business. There is a real sense of community within the industry, with production companies helping one another to adapt. One of the larger production companies resuming business is Sweetshop.

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  • Production During a Pandemic

    Productions in New Zealand are gearing up to come online in a matter of weeks after registrations are lowered. Stoppress New Zealand talks Sweetshop's Executive Producers Ben Dailey and Kate Roydhouse about how they've adapted over the last six weeks to stay creative despite tight restrictions.

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  • On My Radar: Morgan Whitlock

    Morgan Whitlock, our EP at Sweetshop UK & Europe, is disappointed with Covid creativity, takes solace in a Friday Night Dinner, and points out three key advertising learnings. Read his On My Radar piece for Shots Magazine here.

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  • Remote Directing at its Best

    Faced with the issues of enforced quarantine in making his video for Marcus Mumford’s version of You’ll Never Walk Alone, Nicolas Jack Davies turned to Zoom – possibly before most of us had heard of it – and pioneered some principles of the current phase of remote directing. Crucially the end result, with Mumford performing with Reuben James from their respective homes, has real emotional impact.

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  • Directing in Isolation

    Sweetshop‘s Alexander Brown needed only a live video chat, the artist’s girlfriend’s Canon 5D, a flashlight and his own post and graphic skills, to make this beautiful piece for Orlando Weeks‘ new track ‘Blood Sugar’, which was created entirely under lockdown from his parents’ farm in the North of England.

    Watch the music video here

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