In late 2003 it was time for Arkwright to throw in the towel. Rocket was no longer advertising and Domino's had no campaigns planned until the new year. No work equals no money and so it was time for new adventures. I got married and started a rock band, almost in the same week. For money, I worked three days a week at HHCL offshoot, Heresy just off Sloane Square.
The BBC asked Yes keyboard wizard Rik Wakeman to find out what the UK felt about Jesus in 2004. i was asked my opinion - skip to 10:10 for some long haired leather jacketed action.
Madame Tussauds: Geoff TV
One of Heresy's accounts was Madame Tussauds and I created a TV commercial for them. It was really just a checklist of shots with a loose narrative tying it together. when I find it I'll share it.
Honeymoon with The Darkness
A week after we got married in April 2004, Claire andI flew out to Phioenix and joined the band on their tour. We stopped off in San Diego and hopped off in LA. I spent much of our down time writing ads for Premier Inn by a hotel pool. Rock 'n' roll!
Premier Travel Inn: 'Clarence & Archie'
In July 2004, Premier Lodge and Travel inn combIned to form the hotel chain that today is Premier Inn. I created this campaign, illustrating it myself and enlisting Richard Briers and Hugh Lawrie to provide the VO's
Idea a Day: The Big Idea Book
In 2004, the publisher Wiley brought out the Big Idea Book containing 500 of the site's best ideas to date. Ex Yahoo VP, Seth Godin wrote the foreword. The book was even translated into Korean. The site survived for 14 years without selling out but sadly ran out of steam when I had too many other projects (and life) going on to keep it running.
The International Christian Playboys
After being given guitars as wedding presents, Claire and I formed a band which dominated the next 6 years of my life. This song is called Miss California and has an Eagles / Journey FM rock vibe. Written in 2004, recorded in 2011 and now on Apple, Spotify and most of the others.
Churchads: Call Centre
The image you can see was used to illustrate the "get in touch" page on the churchads website. It was part of a poster with the headline: "Lines to God open 24/7." When I find it I'll add it in.