My chosen media practitioner that i will be focusing on in this task is Richard Ayoade, in the early part of he’s career he appeared in Footlights, Ayoade acted in and wrote many shows. He wrote two pantomimes: Sleeping Beauty, and Grimm Fairy Tales. Ayoade acted in both Footlights in 1997 and 1998 touring shows: Emotional Baggage and Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Ayoade is now a recognisable face, owing to his role as a socially awkward Maurice Moss in Channel 4’s The IT Crowd. In 2008, he won the award for an outstanding actor in a television comedy series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival for his performance. In 2009, and also won a BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance for his performance in the show’s 2013 special.
In 2010, Ayoade released his debut directorial feature, Submarine, a comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel. The film was produced by Warp Films and Film4 and musician Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys contributed five original songs to the soundtrack.
|2003||Hello Friend||Computer Man||Short Film|
|2004||The Life and Death of Peter Sellers||Wedding Photographer|
|2009||Bunny and the Bull||Museum Curator|
|2014||The Boxtrolls||Mr. Pickles||Voice|
|2008||At the Apollo||Director|
British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Palm Springs International Film Festival Directors to Watch Award
Giffoni Film Festival Award for Best Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Nominated—London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated—Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Film Screenplay
|2013||The Double||Writer, director
Nominated—London Film Festival Award for Best Film
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Foreign Film
Nominated—Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Grand Prize
Nominated—Tokyo International Film Festival Grand Prix
|2004||Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace||Dean Learner / Thornton Reed||6 episodes
co-creator, writer, director
|2004||AD/BC: A Rock Opera||Joseph||Television special; also writer and director|
|2004–2007||The Mighty Boosh||Saboo||5 episodes; also script editor and wrote episode: “The Chokes”|
|2005||Nathan Barley||Ned Smanks||6 episodes|
|2006||Man to Man with Dean Learner||Dean Learner||6 episodes; also co-creator, writer, director, executive producer|
|2006||Time Trumpet||Himself||6 episodes|
|2006||Snuff Box||Music Show Host||2 episodes|
|2006–2010, 2013||The IT Crowd||Maurice Moss||25 episodes
British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance (2014)
|2007–2015||The Big Fat Quiz of the Year||Himself||9 episodes|
|2011||Community||Directed episode: “Critical Film Studies”|
|2011||Crooked Man||Stand-up special; also director|
|2012||Full English||Edgar (voice)||6 episodes|
|2012–2014||Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy||Various Characters||6 episodes|
|2013||Was It Something I Said?||Himself||8 episodes|
|2013–present||Strange Hill High||Templeton (voice)||26 episodes|
|2013–present||Gadget Man||Himself (host)||19 episodes|
|2015||The Vicar of Dibley||Bernard||Episode: “The Bishop of Dibley”|
|2015||Danger Mouse||The Snowman (voice)||3 episodes|
|2015–present||Travel Man||Himself (host)||12 Episodes|
|2016||Apple & Onion||Onion (voice)||Pilot|
Music Videos Directed
|2007||Arctic Monkeys||“Fluorescent Adolescent”|
|2007||Super Furry Animals||“Run Away”|
|2008||Vampire Weekend||“Oxford Comma”|
|2008||The Last Shadow Puppets||“Standing Next to Me”|
|2008||The Last Shadow Puppets||“My Mistakes Were Made for You”|
|2008||Vampire Weekend||“Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”|
|2009||Kasabian||“Vlad the Impaler”|
|2009||Arctic Monkeys||“Crying Lightning”|
|2009||Yeah Yeah Yeahs||“Heads Will Roll”|
|2016||Radiohead||“Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief”|
Ayoade’s first book Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey was published by Faber and Faber on 2 October 2014. It looks at the nature of interviews and books that document and analyse the careers of iconic film directors (e.g. Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese).
The book parodies Faber’s Directors on Directors series, in which critically celebrated filmmakers discuss their work. A Cinematic Odyssey sees Ayoade conduct several interviews with himself in which he discusses his work and enthusiasm for the world of cinema.
Ayoade has also directed multiple music videos for the Arctic Monkeys, the Last Shadow Puppets, Vampire Weekend as well as Kasabian and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In 2007 he directed a live Arctic Monkeys DVD entitled At the Apollo, which was recorded at the Manchester Apollo. It was previewed at Vue cinemas across the UK during October 2008 and was released on DVD, winning the “Best DVD” title at the NME Awards that year.
In regards to Submarine, when he directed the film he had a well thought out plan for how the film should be portrayed visual, there are multiple scenes through my research that he actually took over as a camera operator and instead of using a traditional digital film camera he resorted to using a classic film camera. In the shot you see the camera he use’s it dives the audience watching the film to feel like they are also taking part in actions that the actors are portraying on screen with almost surreal elements Embedded in he’s first full length indie film.
In short, the 38 year old actor/writer/director would have you believe he is a hopeless loser. Saying “This probably illustrates why I haven’t done many … um, you know, I’m just terrible. At talking. With words.”
From the research i’ve done of this media practitioner i’ve learned that he’s media career after he’s acting roles was a slow but well done build up to become a director for two critically acclaimed films, with most aspiring directors starting off making music videos for local and upcoming bands. Where as he made music videos for some of the biggest bands in the UK/World and having that on your cv would be any studios dream of signing you on to do a bigger feature length down the line either making your own film or being taken under the wing by independent film companies.