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The Group Therapy Programme – A Multi-Media Book/Song/Film Project

ABOUT THE PROJECT

We are delighted to launch The Group Therapy Programme: (Interpersonal Learning) – a multi-media project which tells the story of a fictional therapy session where a group of characters share how they are feeling through animated songs threaded together through an intra-animation.

The project is a creative collaboration between an eclectic mix of talented artists including a songwriter, 5 illustrators, 4 singers and 3 animators who together bring the lyrics of the songs and the overall story to life.

The Group Therapy Programme is available to experience in a number of ways including the film, a multi-media digital book with the lyrics, music, art and animation as well as  ‘behind the scenes’ extras from the contributors. It is also available as a stand alone music EP.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

ANIMATORS/ILLUSTRATORS

Caroline is an American illustrator based in Paris. She lives in Montmartre with her husband and two children. Prior to switching to illustration, she worked for over ten years as a footwear designer for brands around the world, including adidas and Converse. She is currently working on a graphic novel set in Portland during the 1960s, and due to come out early next year.

Caroline Lee illustrated and animated ‘Breathe in Your World’ for ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ 

 

Daniela Villegas Skinner is a 28 year old artist currently living and working in Southsea, UK. Born in Colombia and raised in Miami, USA, she trained as an animator and art historian at the Kansas City Art Institute. Daniela finished her art history studies in Paris, France. Daniela is particularly interested in our relationship with the human form and working with different textures and line work. She uses repetitive lines to bring a visual rhythm to her work.

Daniela Skinner animated and illustrated ‘Dreaming I See It’ in ‘The    Group Therapy Programme’ 

 

There’s always a narrative behind Ellen’s illustrations. She draws inspiration from many places from her imagination, to bits of conversation overheard, to people and places, to books that she has read. Ellen purposefully keeps her images open to interpretation, providing just enough imagination for the spectator to make their own story. She grew up in Hertfordshire and then moved to Cardiff where Ellen gained a 1st class degree in illustration at Cardiff School of Art and Design. She has been living and working in London since 2012.

Ellen Leber illustrated ‘Stay My Love’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’                                                    

 

Gabreal is an illustrator, animator and entrepreneur interested in original stories.

Gabriel illustrated and animated ‘The Therapist’ and animated ‘Don’t Close My Eyes’ and ‘Stay My Love’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ book and film

 

 

SINGERS

AJ Lewis is a british singer and songwriter who has collaborated with various music producers internationally. AJ has starred in London’s West End and internationally in shows such as ‘Soul Train’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Dancing in the streets’, ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Show Boat’, ‘Bernstein’s Mass’, ‘Porgy and Bess’.  He was also the lead singer in the hit Michael Jackson show ‘Thriller Live’.

AJ Lewis sings ‘Stay My Love’ on ‘The Group therapy Programme’ EP

 

Amy is a self taught pianist, composer and singer from London who has loved music for as long as she can remember. She has written, performed and produced soundtracks for a number of short films and documentaries and has collaborated with a various artists, producers and writers.

Amy sung ‘Breathing I See it’ on ‘The Group therapy Programme’ EP

 

 

 

Dee Ajaye’s luring voice and addictive stage presence captivates her audience. Live work has seen Dee Ajayi alongside Stormzy, Krept and Konan, Nick Brewer and more. Described as ‘up in the clouds’, Dee is noticeably in her own world of infinite energy.

Dee Ajaye sung ‘Don’t Close my Eyes’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ EP

 

 

Like many vocalists, Sharon Rose found her voice in church choirs and on school stages at a very young age. But a voice is best used when it expresses the passion of the singer, and at 27, Sharon is brimming with a fiery passion for her music.

Sharon Rose sung ‘Breathe in Your World’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ book and film

 

SONGWRITER

Cuba was part of influential London Hiphop Group, 12 Stone Productions who were together for 10 years before deciding to go their separate ways in 2004. Even though one chapter in his musical journey came to an end, Cuba’s passion to create music never left him and in 2010 he decided to learn to play the piano. Now a songwriter and composer, Cuba has always believed that regardless of style, music is music and this has taken his songwriting in a whole new direction.

Cuba wrote composed and produced all songs for ‘The Group Therapy Programme’

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Don’t Be Alien – A Multi-Media Digital Book/Song

ABOUT THE PROJECT

DON’T BE ALIEN – a digital book which weaves together lyrics, music and animation to create a multi-layered way to experience the story within a song, and a song within a book, offering a truly immersive experience.

It’s the story of two people once desperately in love but now distant strangers. One day a chance encounter prompts a montage of memories…

The book also includes a behind the scenes ‘making of’ story which gives readers a fascinating insight into how this animated songbook was created. Features include unpublished sketches, character turnaround boards, ‘storyboard to final film’ videos and insightful commentary from the animator and illustrator, Ewan Green.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Singer for this project, Call Me Unique is known for her eclectic and soulful sound which fuses together elements from a wide variety of artists and influences including Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Lisa Lopes, Lauryn Hill and Ella Fitzgerald. Named by Time Out Magazine as an upcoming talent to watch out for, Unique regularly performs across the country and can regularly be heard coming through your radio airwaves. 

 

 

Songwriter for this project, Cuba was part of influential London Hiphop Group, 12 Stone Productions who were together for 10 years and most active in the 90s releasing an album entitled Stone Age 2000 (in 2000). Even though one chapter in Cuba’s musical journey came to an end, his passion to create music never left him and in 2010 he decided to learn to play the piano. Now a songwriter and composer, Cuba has always believed that regardless of style, music is music and this has taken his songwriting in a whole new direction. Cuba is also Creative and Music Director at OWN IT!

 

 

Illustrator/Animator, Ewan graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 with a first in  Animation in the School of Design. He has since contributed work to two feature  films, including: Titeuf: le Film (2010), and L’Illusioniste (2010). In 2012, he  went  to Jeju island in South Korea to teach English, and spent his time there  drawing  the landscape, as well as working on his personal project,  current title:  ‘Far From Home’. He can usually be found in a coffee shop with a  sketchbook in  front of him.

 

 

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JJ Bola Book Launch – Tickets on Sale

Join us for the book launch of JJ Bola’s special debut novel No Place To Call Home and for a personalised signed copy of the book pre-order here

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Robyn Travis Partners with OWN IT!

Robyn TravisOWN IT! is excited to announce the signing of Robyn Travis, a powerful storyteller and fresh new voice. Travis’ debut book (published in 2013), Prisoner to the Streets, is a raw, honest, moving account of growing up in Hackney and Tottenham. In his first book, Travis shares his journey of going from a young man caught up in London’s inner city “postcode wars”, to becoming a positive leader who turned his life around.

OWN IT! will release Robyn’s next book and first novel Mama Can’t Raise No Man. The narrative is creatively told through a series of letters to and from the main protagonist who unexpectedly finds himself in Prison. The novel explores themes such as what happens when there are a lack of male role models for young men, potential consequences of cheating husbands, and how oppressive forces of society and failed systems can negatively effect individuals and family units. Although Travis tackles hard hitting issues, he does so with his trademark engaging style making this not only an insightful, but also an enjoyable read.

The digital edition will take the form of an innovative and unique multi-media format using digital technology to tell the story in a way that really brings the unconventional narrative technique to life in an exciting new way.