Kingston art school was one of the big 5 art schools in London before the right Honourable Margret Thatcher dismantled the art school system in the UK.

My time there was from 1977 to 1981 completing the foundation course in the old garage that contained small studios of artistic passion and long hours of drawing and drawing and drawing. Seven of us from there went onto the Honours Degree course in Furniture and Related Product Design at Kingston, which at the time was the place to go and do furniture. After the intensity of the Foundation course we were disappointed with the volume of work and lack of pressure and asked the powers that be to give us more workload so that we could feel the same pressure of our year on the foundation.

I think it was the perfect beginning to a career in the Art Department of the film industry. Kingston was a unique experience. We had working designers of note come in and tutor us. We had project’s set by major manufacturers in industry. We had short deadlines to meet and brutal critiques to prepare for. We had workshops the size of a football field that provided us with tuition in welding and all forms of metal work, wood work, vacuum forming wood and plastic, a model making workshop and spray painting booth. Darkrooms and photographic studios and the cross pollination of a strong Graphics School, Interior Design and Fashion as well as fine art, painting and sculpture, architecture and art history. And we had a bar where all met and argued for hours about the importance of our art, passion, ideas and ambition’s, it was creative nirvana. During the 3 years of hard labour we also took to producing outrageous cabaret and multi media shows at Christmas and end of year.

On completion of Design school I worked for product designers Wrightson and Raymond in London. Helping to build and prototype the advanced passenger train for British Rail. This involved building full size mock ups of carriages and constructing prototypes of all the fixtures and fittings in an environment of design and build with Keith Wrightson heading the design team.

New Zealand
Arriving in 1981 in Wellington to start working as a model maker to the commercial film industry. It was the early days of commercials and we were all learning how to make ads together in a highly collaborative community. Silver Screen and Motion Pictures, Interfilm, the Partners Film Co, all at the beginning of their rise and establishing Wellington as the place to make commercials in New Zealand.


Mick Coote Production Designer

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date of birth 5 November, 1956
place of birth London, England
driving licence full and clean
qualifications 5 O levels, 1 A level. BA Hons Furniture and Related Product Design at Kingston Polytechnic 1981
languages English and basic Spanish
countries worked in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain.
England for Pearson TV the Bill and Foresight events End of Days Premier Launch


Notable International TV Commercials include:

Client Production Director Country
Lincon Financial The Girl Robert Logeval USA
Right Guard Tomboy Films Fatima UK
Cocacola the Directors Gallery James Holt Spain
Berenzen schnapps Khun Films Roman Kuhn Europe
Seat Ibiza Mima films Madrid John St Clair Europe
Grey Poupon Mustard BFCS Michael Serasin USA
Dulux Paint Sydney Film Co Tony Williams NZ
Sony New Blood old Money Adrian Hayward NZ
Weetbix Brighton films Barry Fawcett AUST/NZ
Jim Beam Flying Fish Gregor Nicholas Global
Air New Zealand Sydney Film Co Brian Morrow NZ
Panasonic Silverscreen John Toon Global
Caltex Film Factory David Green Global
Air New Zealand Brain Wash Wez Werrin NZ
Hong Kong Bank Rolling Films Murray Savidon India/Asia
Vogel bread The Sweet Shop Vincent Ward AUST
Nintendo Wii TVC’s Jesse Dylan USA
Halifax TVC’s Exit Films Garth Davis UK
US Cellular Anonymous Content Garth Davis USA


New Zealand & Australian Film Companies and Directors worked with:

Film Company Directors
Flying Fish Adrian Hayward
Josh Frizzel
Lee Tamahori
Gaylene Preston
Hamish Rothchilds
John Blick
Gregor Nicholas
Air Date Brian Cooley
Silverscreen Geoff Dixon
John Reid
Melanie Bridge
John Toon
Christine Jeffs
Black Stump Fane Flaws
Peter Avery
Film Construction James Holt
Barry Fawcett
Kevin Denholm
Sally Shapshot
Melanie Bridge
Chris Mauger
Mark Lever
Motion Pictures Nigel Hutchinson
Dennis Hitchcock
Robert Sarkies
Tony Sherwood
Cranbrook Films Roger Tompkins
Murray Savidon
Republic Films Simon Mark-Brown
Brian Challis
Shooter Criag Howard
Exile Films Brendan Donovan
The Sweet Shop Vincent Ward


Barcelona and Madrid Companies:

Film Company Directors
Rodar y Rodar Sergio PieraMar Taragarona
Erre c Erre Dolores Bardera
Mr Mariano Resquin
Studio Pommes Jose Llorens
Axis Films Ian Wilson
Strange Fruit/The Directors Gallery James Holt
Mima Films John St Clair


Other projects include:

Tutoring at the British Film Institute

Production Designer on Worzel Gummidge Down Under

A year and a half working in Barcelona for local film companies

The Bill, TV drama in the UK – 15 episodes.

Over 1000 TV commercials completed in 30 years