One-Take Live Music Videos with Integrated Animation

CitySessions with Liam Finn

Photo: Filming session with Liam Finn

Launched in 2011 by Director Matthew Lawes, Sound Engineer Joe Bulmer and Producer Bea Kerlin, brings you unique Live Performances with integrated Animation.

A series of films designed to bridge the gap between creative pursuits of film and music.

The Sessions incorporate one or two performances from each artist, filmed in one take.

The unique feature that sets it apart from regular live videos is that Animation is included, making it appear to be filmed in one continuous take. The Animation is incorporated through various ways, including moving in and out of shadows, into instruments, into people, into walls, objects etc.

Each Session has its own custom Animation which fits the style of the artist involved - a music video custom made for the individual, carefully crafted to showcase collaborative and creative talent.

Working with some of the most exciting established artists and raw emerging talent from the UK and beyond, captures exclusive performances in unique surroundings. also holds a regular Live Night in London, which has seen packed venues with artists performing including Goldheart Assembly, The Turbans, David J Roch, Kevin Tuffy and The White Russian. The live nights are currently being held at The Wheelbarrow in Camden.

Liam Finn - City Sessions - Film Twelve video:

In the press

Chris Salmon, The Guardian:

"With so many live session websites competing for your attention, new ones need a unique selling point to stand out. In the case of City Sessions ( that involves mixing films of performances with its own animations. So, the latest session sees Brighton's Electric Soft Parade sitting on one of the city's beaches playing a lovely song on a gorgeous day. Suddenly, the camera pans to the deep blue sky, at which point an animated hot-air balloon drifts across, dragging a passenger behind it. Meanwhile, a performance of the Turbans' vibrant, violin-fuelled music in London's Borough Market is interspersed with paper cut-out scenes based on the duo. It's hardly earth-shattering stuff, but you do find yourself looking forward to the animations. Throw in a good choice of acts and some quality production values, and the sessions deserve more than the few hundred views each film currently gets."

For more information, go to: Official Website

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