Marc and Ish

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Originating in fine art and architecture, Marc & Ish have gained a reputation in creating sharply focused, beautiful and often unsettling imagery. They make bold, brave and disruptive content that moves effortlessly from the dark glamour of their work for the likes of Cartier to their dangerous and compelling documentaries of child gods and revolutions, far right thugs and Islamic extremism, and new dance crazes in LA’s ganglands.

They’ve been Oscar shortlisted, have collaborated with David LaChapelle, Dita Von Teese, the KLF, and Zaha Hadid. Clients include Cartier, Levi’s, Renault Clio, Amnesty International, Nomura, Channel 4 for agencies such as Weiden + Kennedy, TBWA and Publicis. They were Creatives at BBH heading up a imaganeering think tank, have created installations for the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and at the Museum Of Modern Art in Los Angeles (for an anti meth campaign), and exhibited their artworks across Europe and The States. Their films distributed by Lionsgate and Netflix.

Marc was awarded the Royal Institute Of Architects Silver Medal and was Guest Professor at The South California Institute if Architecture. During the Balkan civil war he became a presenter on the acclaimed pirate anti war radio station B92 in Serbia. Ishbel trained as an actress under Zophia Kalinska, the protégé of Tadeusz Kantor and Grotowski.

Cartier commissioned marc & ish to shoot seven fashion films for their new Nouvelle Vague range of exclusive jewelry released this summer featuring supermodel Anouke Lepere. They were hired to bring a contemporary edge to Cartier’s branding and got to drive the awesome vintage Jaguar XK150 open top in the process.

marc & ish’s relaunch commercial featuring a stripping Dita Von Teese and ogling Thierry Henry for Renault Clio in the UK was called “Britain’s sexiest TV ad ever” by Murdoch’s News Of The World. AdFreak said of the spot “It’s so self-consciously wacky, it’s awesome”. The spot was banned on UK daytime TV and became a global news story. The spot was Campaign’s Ad Of The Week.



Awards

Their viral for Amnesty International, The Stuff Of Life, (launching the global Amnesty campaign UNSUBSCRIBE which they also Creative Directed) was youtube most watched two days in a row, and had so many hits it brought down Amnesty’s server farm. The film was given a 20-minute special on CNN World, which was unprecedented exposure for an Amnesty cause.

Their campaign film “Unwatchable” is may well be the most provocative campaign film ever made. Marc & Ishbel teamed up with Hollywood A list D.O.P. Michael Bonvilain (Lost, Cloverfield… ) and composer David Arnold (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace… ) to create a reenactment of a real life Congolese atrocity but setting it instead in the rural heartland of England. Shots Magazine featured it saying “This powerful, unflinching film is definitely not for the faint hearted”. Marie Clair said it was “Shockingly Honest”

They were commissioned by Publicis and The Office For National Drug Control Policy in America to create three commercials about Meths. They took over the Museum Of Modern Art in LA and created huge artworks of Meth addicts life before addiction and filmed the reaction to it.

marc & ish were formerly working under the name DarkFibre. Darkfibre means “unused bandwidth”: but got fed up with people thinking we might be “dark” which they are not! So they changed their name.

Their video for Marina and The Bandits has soared past 12 million views on YouTube featuring a dozen semi naked men in a shower, and they created Levi’s first piece of branded content for Channel 4 – a documentary where the film makers kidnapped the rock band Ash for seven days.

Now, with TBWA Paris and Control Films they are about to release a steamy spot for Aides.com starring a teenage Pinocchio making out with the seminal Parisian it girl !

Their work crosses boundaries be it a high end commercial, an installation in a gallery or a campaign film charged to change the world. They feel at home making work that reflects the now, and seek to find a simple and strong humanity in every script they get.

Renault Clio Va Va Voom:
“It’s so self-consciously wacky, it’s awesome” – Ad Week
“Britain’s sexiest TV ad ever” – News Of The World

Unwatchable
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“Shockingly honest” – Marie Clair
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"Beautifully shot and carefully controlled” – The Guardian

Rize:
“Rize is a visual miracle!” – Peter Traders. Rolling Stone.
“Rize will have audiences out of their seats” – Variety
“Creativity and innovation in its purest form” – ID Magazine
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