Twitching Curtains is devoted to generating creative visual media, thriving on a mix of passion, professionalism and the unusual.
A London-based creative video production community, Twitching Curtains was founded by film-maker and art director Marko Waschke, whose own artistic vision is informed by an 20-year career in film, theatre, dance, live events, advertising and idents for television. Both nominated for and awarded a BAFTA for his short film work, he is a lecturer on film and performance degree courses at both London South Bank University and University of the Arts London.
Marko’s recent work includes IPEX, Erdem, Amnesty International, British Library, the Barbican, the V&A, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and London Road – the movie (Cuba Pictures, BBC Films, National Theater).
The Twitching Curtains mission is to gather cast and crew from a select network of collaborators from all strands of the artistic world, but in particular bring film and design students to their productions and enable them to learn and grow in this creative hothouse. Talented newcomers work alongside experienced crew, providing professional training on the job via teamwork. This rich mixture propagates opportunities and pushes forward new talent, be it during pre-production, on set or post-production; on both sides of the camera. All crew and cast are at a career stage we call ‘after commitment before fame’.
Twitching Curtains’ latest major project is titled:
IPEX, Print in Performance
A unique collaboration between IPEX, Rogue Agency, Twitching Curtains and UAL – London College of Fashion.
Breathing life into the event’s ‘Print in Action’ theme, prominent print businesses worked with Performance Design students from LCF to create digitally printed and laser-cut costumes, pushing the boundaries of print applications.
In October 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham the worlds of print and performing arts united, as the dancers showcased the digitally printed creations, props and make-up in a series of live performances at this bi-annual B2B Trade Exhibition for the UK Print Industry.
Apeshit’s talented crew has been recruited from a variety of creative industries and Universities alike. It started in Winter 2014, when Marko and West-End performer Adam Vaughan (From Here to Eternity, London Road – the movie, Sweeney Todd – ENO) began to collaborate on a video sketch. Linea Longmate (Game of Thrones, Royal Swedish Opera) designed and fabricated the amazing ape suits for the three main characters named Boner, Spit and Nimble.
Shortly after, new comer talents Rebecca Korang (at the time a dance student at Kingston University) and Alexander Han (personal trainer and London club promoter) joined the ape-cast.
Apeshit’s Make-Up Designer Niall McCaffrey-Cassidy (Bench), Make-Up Artists Jade Gaskel (Bench) and Alaya Cambata are all currently studying at LCF’s BA (Hons) Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics for Performance programme; camera operators Pat Dickson and Gareth Pugh, are both recent film graduates from LSBU’s Digital Film and Video programme.
Stuart King, author E. J. Swift (The Osiris Project) and filmmaker Meloni Pool (Dish, LAP, Manchester School of Art, LSBU), are all consulting on the upcoming APESHIT series.
Roulla Silver from Photostatik provided the wonderful promotional stills and ape portraiture.
Richard Preston Twitching Curtains’ ‘house composer’ (Sweeney Todd – BBC, Nature Boy- BBC, Gangster No.1, Croupier, Caravaggio, Oscar nominated Trance) is involved in the upcoming art film.
Experienced DoP Julian Langham (BBC, BFI, NBC, Koestler Trust) shot and lit the crowd funding trailer and the film itself. And seasoned Art Director Alexander Ward (Sparks and Embers, Love Is The Devil) supported the pilot film shoot.
Creative Director Tony Charalambous (GAWP gallery, UCA, Sotheby’s) and Associate Producer James (M-P) Matthews-Paul (Brixton Press, Output Magazine, Rogue Agency) continue to be involved in the project.
Artist Oliver Sarley (Oliraptor, MICA) recently joined the gang as Marketing Officer.