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Friday 19 January 2018
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2011 Powerpoint Karaoke event at Dolly Rogers

When I was asked to collect images for the upcoming Powerpoint Karaoke event at Dolly Rogers HQ, I had no idea where to start. I began by surfing the internet in search of an aesthetic – an absolutely wrong idea, as Powerpoint Karaoke is about making up stories based on a visual collection of embarrassing and nonsense slides.

It wasn’t the first time that the students from Falmouth University had visited our agency and been introduced to Powerpoint Karaoke. Previous years never tell the next generation of students what’s going to happen, and sure enough when the students finally arrived at our studio, they seemed clueless.

But to see other people sinking in awkwardness was not the only thing I was waiting for. I was also excited to meet young graphic designers from England, to see their work, and to sneak in some conversation. It wasn’t so long ago that I finished my own study at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague.

After the rules were announced and the show began, I felt quite happy that I was not one of the students because it was fun to sit back and watch. Even though some topics like “Camel Toe” were a mystery to me, up until Powerpoint Karaoke that is! All up I enjoyed the performance, some students were quicker and more inventive with their stories than others, but everyone gave it ‘a good Aussie go’.

I think everyone was inspired by each other that day, and I was very happy to hear back from some of the students after they returned to the UK, sending their gratitude to Dolly Rogers for the nice time they had visiting our studio.

Here’s a short film I shot and edited of the event and some pics to check out.

Movember, a family affair

At Dolly Rogers we support Movember every year because we believe it’s a great cause. This year we were asked to develop a campaign to motivate the creative community in The Netherlands to get on board. We came up with a very simple idea : An oversized Mo with a girl riding it. We wanted it to be cheeky and fun while highlighting the sex appeal and rugged masculinity a good moustache can bring out in you!

The challenge was to organise everything without budget and within a week. What follows is what never usually happens:

By chance my friend and photographer Sarah was in town with Isabelle (you might have seen her nice smile in the latest Cassius video). Photographer✓  Model✓. Our mate Paul Barbera hooked us up with the good people at Studio13 Amsterdam Photo studio ✓. Fellow Aussie Leah Dunkley, who just arrived fresh off the boat wrote a clever line. Finally, hair & make up was covered by Tynke who we met through our previous project, Spinnin’ Yarns. Make-up artist

The rest is just fun, the video speaks for itself. I still can’t believe that everything went so smoothly. Thanks again to all the amazing people involved.