Knack Studios | 2013 SHOWREEL

Wow, 2013 was yet again another big year for the guys at Knack Studios. We were grateful to work on some amazing projects with fantastic brands in some killer locations. Our latest showreel showcases the work. Highlights include the Peroni Films showcasing beach lifestyle in both Italy and Australia in collaboration with Aquabumps, the ‘Nike Block Series’ filmed through France and Spain, projects with professional skateboarder and TV host Corbin Harris, Australian professional skier Russ Henshaw and a sneaky glimpse or pro surfer Taj Burrow at Bondi, Optus & Lost at E Minor series titled ‘My Creative World’, Miss Australia – Erin Holland for Vie Active, The Delta Riggs working on a new album, Chipiron Surfboards promo film, Land Rover surf trip to the Quiksilver pro with Aquabumps and MANY MORE…..

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Vie Active is a premium Australian activewear brand, designed in Bondi and made using a premium Australian product: superfine Australian Merino Wool – the ultimate performance fabric. Knack Studios recently created two films for the exciting new brand. From Bale to Bondi follows Miss World – Australia , Erin Holland on a journey from the farm where the products fabrics are sourced to the beach, where the product is designed and put to the test. The 2nd Video for the brand titles ‘Unleash the athlete within, focuses on the technical capabilities of the products and how this exciting new fitness brand inspires and empowers women to live a fit and active lifestyle.

Knack Studios
Director / Producer – Justin Barnwell
DOP / Camera Operator – Robert Norman
Camera Operator – Andy Lloyd
Editor – Justin Barnwell
Animator/Motion Graphics- Andy Lloyd
Colour Grade – Justin Barnwell
Sound Designer: Matt Brown/Craig Beck

Vie Active
Creative Director/Co Founder – Noa Ries
Co Founder – Bryan Ries
Global Category Manager – Australian Wool – Lars Ulvesund

From Bale to Bondi
You and Me (Instrumental)
Aaron and Andrew
Unleash the Athlete Within
Custom composition by Matt Brown


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Huckle the Barber

Knack Studio’s Justin Barnwell recently created this film about Chris Ward and his brand new venture ‘Huckle the Barber’. Located in the heart of London’s creative buzz, Shoreditch, Huckle the Barber is a men’s grooming Salon tailoring those who like a little more than a 10 minute Barber experience, good music, appreciation of art and even a boutique beer or scotch on the rocks. I feel like a hair cut now.

Time Out describes ‘Huckle the Barber’

:: You don’t always get what you pay for with a haircut. Oftentimes a pseudo-sexual head massage and the dubious whiff of heritage are enough to double the price of a snip. So, at Huckle, a no-nonsense barbershop that still charges £35 an appointment, you’d expect the service to be damn good. Luckily, it is. Chris Ward, my barber, and the shop’s owner, pays attention to the twist of my crown, styles a trendy sweep across my forehead (we are in the middle of Shoreditch after all) and even shaves off my neck fluff during a 45-minute appointment. The in-trim entertainment is limited to zeigeist-y dream-pop on the stereo, Chris’s easy conversation and some locally brewed Howling Hops craft beer, or a glass of Balvenie whisky. The barbershop is located on the site of the recently departed Murdock, and most of the staff have migrated from there. But this is a very different beard-trimming beast. With butchershop-white tiles and swanky but austere Belmont chairs the design avoids the old-fangled clutter of other premium barbers. The attitude at Huckle is that men are grown-up enough to care about grooming without having to pretend to be in ‘Mad Men’. ‘Guys don’t particularly like getting their hair cut,’ admits Chris. But in this case, they had us at Howling Hops.

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Aquabumps Summer Moments

Aquabumps a stylish celebration of all things water based captures the local beaches of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs Tamarama and Bondi peak summer time. Paying virtue to Australians love of the surf, beach and sunsets — summer time is anticipated by locals and travelers from all over the world. A little moment in time of summer – Aussie style.

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RWD – Spring Fashion 2013 from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

Knack’s Justin Barnwell recently shot and edited a clip for London based magazine RWD – (The largest magazine on youth music and lifestyle in the United Kingdom.) The video was created for the Spring Fashion Shoot with sporty inspired outfits, all shot in the heart of East London.


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Aquabumps Spring/Summer Moments

2012 Aquabumps Spring/Summer Moments in Italy – in association with Peroni from Aquabumps on Vimeo.

Working with Aquabumps again, this time in collaboration with Peroni we set off to Italy to capture the summer, the beaches and the waves of the Mediterranean… Yep thats right, waves in the med! Aquabumps joined forces with Peroni to produce a series of short films that will take you to a place that we all want to be whilst hiding in our office cubicles – the beach.


Camera 1: Rob Norman
Camera 2: Justin Barnwell
Additional Footage: Alessandro Dotti
Editor: Justin Barnwell
Sound Composition & Design: Matt Brown

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Thanks To:

– Alessandro & Pietro Dotti, Luca from Brothers Surf Shop, Sonia Bobbio, Fabrizio from Rimini, all all the beautiful people we met along the way.


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Mere – Across the Grain

Knack Studios worked with Mere shoes to create a brand video and look book photo shoot for this exciting up-coming shoe brand. The Spring/Summer collection by designer James Noakes has been taken from the theme ‘Across the Grain’ Its country meet, chic and was filmed and Photographed on the south coast of NSW. mmm smell the leather.

MERE SS12 – Across The Grain from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

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Rip Curl – Look Book

Last year along side working at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Knack Photographer Justin Barnwell shot two look books for Rip Curl. The first being with the always entertaining Wilko. Wandering the streets of Peniche with a suitcase wardrobe, we found pockets of light in this sleep fishing village. Nice to see the final product from the dudes at Rip Curl.


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Roxy High Summer 2011

ROXY HS11 – Brand Hype Reel from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

In April 2011 Justin & Rob from Knack Studios went to Bali on a Roxy Shoot with Photographers Dane Peterson & Ryan Heywood. Justin working as an Art Director on the shoot and all design elements to be produced from the Campaign & working in a 2 man team with Cinematographer Rob Norman to create the HS2011 Hype Reel. Check out the creative Below:

ROXY – HS11 – Behind the Scenes – Photoshoot from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

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Knack Studios 2012 Show Reel

Check out our new Show Reel!

Knack Studios | 2012 Show Reel from Knack Studios on Vimeo.

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