David Knight - 28th Nov 2011

Leeds-based production company Brown Bread Films has rebranded as Crowns & Owls, following the departure of Rob Blake, one of the Brown Bread founder members, to go freelance.

The company has produced music videos for Pengilly's Toby's Hill (right), Iswimwithsharks' Just Be Good, Maia's Constant Play and Thomas Broughton's Ain't Got No Sole, as well as films for The Hip Store, Ben Sherman and Nike SB. Blake's departure leaves the remaining three members of the collective - Rory Martinez, Thomas Harrison and James-Alexander Adair - as Crown & Owls.

The new name is derived from the story of Louis Le Prince, a French entrepreneur who lived in Leeds in the late 1800s, and developed a single lens reflex motion camera before the Lumiere brothers or Thomas Edison, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

A cast iron crest featuring three owls with crowns sits on Leeds Bridge, where Le Prince arguably shot the first ever moving pcitures shot on paper film.

Crowns & Owls website here Rob Blake here

David Knight - 28th Nov 2011

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